The Ensemble plays music from the Central Javanese tradition and by contemporary composers. A gamelan is an orchestra of tuned percussion instruments that consists mainly of gongs, zithers and xylophones. The concert will feature several traditional pieces as well as a performance of an arrangement by Will Peebles, director of the WCU School of Music.
Joy Shea, also a WCU music faculty member, instructs the ensemble. A resident of Jakarta,Indonesia, for 12 years, Shea has studied and played gamelan with some of the foremost instructors in the United States, according to an announcement from Western Carolina University's website.
The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Coulter Building recital hall on the campus of Western Carolina University. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.
Not sure if you like gamelan music? Here's a medley of songs by Gamelan gong kebyar from bali:
For more information about the concert, contact the WCU School of Music at 828-227-7242. To learn more about the Low Tech Ensemble, contact Shea at email@example.com.