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Gamelan Nyai Saraswati Concert
April 11 @ 7:00 pm
UNC’s Gamelan Nyai Saraswati is proud to present their Spring concert, which will take place in Hill Hall 107 during their normal rehearsal time. This concert is free and open to the public— don’t miss out on one of the most unique musical experiences that the department has to offer!
Named for the Hindu goddess of music, arts and science, Gamelan Nyai Saraswati is a traditional Javanese musical ensemble at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The gamelan arrived in Chapel Hill from Central Java in December of 2000, wrapped in Indonesian newspapers, clove cigarette packing boxes, plastic “raffia” twine, and with the bronze blackened from its three months at sea. A small group of devoted supporters met on a daily basis in January 2001 to polish and prepare the nearly 70 instruments which comprise Gamelan Nyai Saraswati. The ensemble began to meet informally at the Chapel Hill Museum soon thereafter and gave its first concert to a small audience of friends in June 2001. Now, the gamelan currently resides in Hill Hall on the UNC campus, and the ensemble performs regularly scheduled concerts at UNC as well as throughout the Triangle and the state. Members of the ensemble (several of whom had no previous musical experience before joining) include students and faculty from UNC and other universities in the Triangle, as well as members of the surrounding community. You can read more about UNC’s Gamelan ensemble here.