Definition of gamelan
: an Indonesian orchestra made up especially of percussion instruments (such as gongs, xylophones, and drums)
Recent Examples of gamelan from the Web
Performers include the Venerable Showers of Beauty gamelan ensemble, Portland Percussion group, Portland State faculty and student performers, and other Portland musicians.
His first recording for Nonesuch, devoted to the gamelan, the traditional percussion orchestra of Indonesia, sold surprisingly well.
Mr. Lewiston recorded the ethereal percussive sounds of the traditional Balinese ensembles known as gamelans.
He was often treated as an outsider artist for his protean interests, which included Indonesian gamelans, Esperanto and microtones.
The Javanese gamelan is an ensemble of metal percussion, drums, strings, bamboo flutes and vocals.
Returning to Mission Dolores, the festival will focus on the composer’s gamelan masterpieces.
Along with drums, Ms. Milton had played percussion in gamelan, samba and Cuban-style groups, none of which are evident in her drum parts for Savages.
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Origin and Etymology of gamelan
borrowed from Javanese, going back to Old Javanese gamĕlan “percussion instrument, ensemble of percussion instruments,” from gamĕl- “playing of a percussion instrument” + -an, noun-forming suffix
First Known Use: 1816See Words from the same year
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