The gamelan is a spectacular set of tuned bronze percussion instruments played by an ensemble of up to 20 musicians. It comes form the island of Java in Indonesia, where it is a central part of traditional culture, and is used in community music settings all across the globe due to its accessibility and simplicity. A set of these instruments has recently arrived in Skibbereen and will be launched on Monday 10 October as part of Mental Health Week and West Cork Feelgood Festival.
At 7pm there will be a performance by members of the UCC gamelan ensemble, who have been playing gamelan as part of UCC’s music degree since it was introduced in 1995. They will be joined on the night by the Bantry Community Choir who will sing some traditional Javanese songs, as well as newly-composed music for the gamelan. This is a highly collaborative and easy to perform style of music and to prove it there will be a quick workshop after the concert for those who want to get their hands on the instruments. A weekly rehearsal will then take place from Wednesday Oct 19th and all are welcome to become members of this new ensemble. No musical experience is necessary.
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