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Revving Up For The Year

I went to gamelan practice last night, the first time in several weeks that I've played. It all just kind of comes back. There have been some developments since I've been gone -- apparently, the church basement flooded back in August, so we're not in our usual room, and we're using the iron gamelan, since it's easier to move that into a dry room while we wait for the room where the bronze gamelan lives to be fixed up. Been a long time since I played on the iron instruments, and the sound quality is definitely different. Its pitch is also different; I don't remember if it's low enough that I can sing pelog with it. I should definitely give that a try sometime.

We have a concert coming up in Joliet in October, so we're putting together a program of music from the spring concert. I wasn't able to participate in the spring concert, so I enjoy having a chance to learn some of the music from it anyway.

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jelazakazone
Sep. 10th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
All this talk of gamelan is definitely inspiring me to go to a gamelan concert if I ever have the opportunity!

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frenchpony
Sep. 10th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
You should go to a gamelan concert at least once. It's beautiful music, and if you can find one with a dance or wayang component, that is also not to be missed.
jelazakazone
Sep. 10th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Maybe my kids can start up a group. Then I'd definitely have to go! LOL:)
elliska
Sep. 10th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, I hope nothing was ruined in the flood--like the bronze gamelan. I bet its fun to be back in the swing of things.
frenchpony
Sep. 11th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
The instruments themselves are okay, but the beaters and the pillows were mostly ruined. Apparently, new beaters have been ordered from Java, and we'll scrounge for new pillows.

I'm looking forward to this thing in Joliet.
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