Gamelan Semara Santi
Current students, please see our plan for Fall 2020 here.
Gamelan Semara Santi is a classical percussion orchestra from Bali, Indonesia, consisting of tuned gongs, bronze-keyed xylophones, drums, and bamboo flutes. Approximately 20 to 25 musicians participate, mostly Swarthmore students, plus a few additional community members. We perform classical and modern compositions from Bali - some instrumental, some with dance. We rehearse Indonesian style, without the use of notation. Musicians may receive 0.5 credit per semester if desired. We welcome any student musician to play, with or without prior training in music. No audition is necessary. Students who wish to dance should have a background in some form of dance (not necessarily Indonesian dance). Weekly rehearsals are on Mondays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Lang Music 410, plus an additional 30 minutes per week in smaller groups ("sectionals"), day and time TBA. There will also be three Sunday afternoon rehearsals per semester. Gamelan Semara Santi is co-directed by Tom Whitman, I Nyoman Suadin, and Ni Luh Kadek Kusuma Dewi.