Monash University Gamelan Orchestra plays the School of Music’s Javanese gamelan, an Indonesian percussion ensemble consisting of resonant bronze gongs, gong-chimes and metallophones, drums and other instruments. Students gain a unique ensemble and cultural experience that simultaneously caters for both beginners and more advanced players with instruments covering a wide range of technical difficulty. It also provides opportunities for composers to explore the Javanese gamelan as a compositional resource.
Repertoire ranges from lively pieces at fast tempos to softer slower pieces with singing. The Monash University Gamelan Orchestra is directed by Dr Jonathan McIntosh and is open to all Monash students. It maintains a nearly 40-year long tradition of gamelan music at Monash that has included many collaborations with guest artists in performances for the Monash and wider community.