Community Gamelan Ensemble Workshop




Contact Info:

The instructor is Jenny DeBouzek, and she can be reached at  or 505-242-6198 for more information.

Ticket Info

Six-week workshop: $90

Event Description

The Contemporary Music Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) announced that it has acquired a new Indonesian gamelan. As a central element of Indonesian culture, a gamelan is a set of instruments that includes xylophones, metallophones, bamboo flutes, drums and gongs.

The gamelan, made especially for the university, took several months to manufacture in Java, Indonesia. It replaces SFUAD's 200-year-old antique gamelan.

"Gamelan music is one of the most important components of world music studies," said Steve Paxton, chair of SFUAD's Contemporary Music Department. "It has been extremely influential since the late nineteenth century, when it first came to the attention of European composers. For a university as intimate as ours, it's rather prestigious and unique that we incorporate a gamelan into our world music program. We feel that it's important to expose our undergraduates to its influence."

According to Paxton, top schools with world music programs typically have gamelans on campus, including University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Santa Cruz; and Yale University.

Student and community ensembles will be rehearsing with the new gamelan under the guidance of instructor Jenny DeBouzek of Albuquerque's Gamelan Encantada. Rehearsals will culminate in a joint concert on campus May 5 at 7 p.m. in the SFUAD Quad Bandshell.

Midiyanto Mid, one of the United States' most respected gamelan authorities, will visit campus in the spring to work with students and community members. For more information about the gamelan and to watch performances, visit

Classes take place Thursdays 6:30-8:00 p.m. from March 21-April 25 and is $90 for the six weeks.

The community class is open to all ages and levels of musical experience.