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Gamelan

Bali is a small island in the Indonesian archipelago, is unusually blessed with an abundance of music, art and dance. Balinese musical ensembles are called Gamelan, which is the Indonesian word for orchestra.

There are dozens of different type of gamelan in Bali. Most are made from bronze keys with bamboo resonators, but some are just made from bamboo.

The music has a very long history. There have been bronze gamelans in Indonesia for hundreds of years and their origins may trace back 2000 years. While the musical traditions is quite ancient, it is still very much alive and active. Virtually every village on this island of just three million inhabitants has a performing gamelan. Some have a dozen or more.