Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Our Other Orchestra
Here's a Google map of gamelan orchestras in the US. Compiled by Chad Bailey Nielson, it's color coded: blue for central Javanese, red for Balinese, green for Sundanese, teal for Cirebonese, and purple for mixed. The gamelan, in one variety or another, has rapidly became an alternative orchestral form in the US, and not a few composers have had more large ensemble experience with gamelan than with traditional western orchestras.