If you have already been to traditional Indonesian temples or palaces, chances are that you have heard Gamelan music. Gamelan is the traditional ensemble music of Java and Bali which mostly consists of percussive instruments. The gamelan represents an indigenous art form that predates the Hindu-Buddhist culture that dominated Indonesia. The earliest image of a musical ensemble is actually already found on the Borobudur temple's bas relief sculpted centuries ago which speaks to this ancient musical form's timeless appeal!
This experience takes place a little bit outside of Yogyakarta, it is the perfect place to find a bit of peace and quiet away from the city! During the experience our host, Mr. Pardiman welcomes you into his house to teach you all about this wonderful music genre. Mr. Pardiman is a great gamelan artist who has inspired many young Indonesians to continue the art form into a brighter future while he himself have taken part in numerous international music events as part of a Gamelan ensemble.
He will explain a lot about Gamelan but he will also play for you and teach you how to play! And in between he somehow finds the time to make plenty of jokes. When you have learned (and laughed) enough you will be invited to get dressed in traditional Javanese attire and to preform your own concert. The concert will take place outside in front of the surrounding rice field. Don't be nervous, it will be great! Also, it is the perfect picture moment!
When you leave this experience you will not only have a new and improved knowledge about Gamelan but you will also have made a good friend in Pak Pardiman.