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Illinois World Music Ensembles

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    Some ensembles only open to UI Students, but Community Gamelan classes offered on Mondays (see Desc)

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Balkan Ensemble

"Balkanalia," the University of Illinois Balkan Music Ensemble, performs traditional village, urban, and popular music styles of Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey on indigenous, orchestral, and electronic instruments. Participants include musically gifted graduate and undergraduate students majoring in a variety of disciplines; instructor approval required for enrollment. If you are interested in joining, or have questions about participating, please contact Donna Buchanan.

  • Undergraduate students should enroll in MUS 252S (listed under: "Ethnomusicology Performance Ensembles").
  • Graduate students should enroll in MUS 450S (listed under: "Advanced Ensemble Music: Ethnomusicology Performance Ensembles").

Gamelan

This class is designed to study the nature of Balinese gamelan music by exploring its unique characteristics, the character of the various instruments, and the elements of arrangement (central melody, various types of embellishment and elaboration, gong punctuation).  It is, essentially, an applied course.  Consequently, it will be devoted to learning the music by playing it.  The class will be taught using an oral tradition system called Maguru Panggul, which is the time-honored method of Balinese gamelan music pedagogy. The literal meaning is “teaching [or learning] through the mallet”, so no prior experience reading musical notation is necessary.

In the process of becoming conversant with the instruments, their characters and capabilities and some of the traditional Balinese repertoire for the Gamelan, students will also learn about the meaning and place of music in Balinese society, the structures and characteristics of the music that reflect social characteristics in their communities, the rituals the various works are associated with, and a number of other cultural issues surrounding the musical traditional in question. If you are interested in joining, or have questions about participating, please contact I Ketut Gede Asnawa.

Through the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music, we are pleased to offer two gamelan courses.

  1. University Gamelan Class | 4:00-5:20 PM, Monday and Wednesday
    • Enrollment is open to students of all majors from throughout the university (1 credit).
    • Undergraduate students should enroll in MUS 252S5 (listed under: "Ethnomusicology Performance Ensembles").
    • Graduate students should enroll in MUS 450S5 (listed under: "Advanced Ensemble Music: Ethnomusicology Performance Ensembles"). 
  2. Community Gamelan Class | 6:00-8:00 PM Mondays
    • No credit and no tuition fees.
    • Visit the CWM Website for more information. 

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