Music of the Tropics: Balinese Drum Troupe Performs at the Sackler

Syncopated rhythms and melodic drums characterize Indonesdian “gamelan” music

Syncopated rhythms and melodic drums characterize Indonesian "gamelan" music, the focus of today's installment in our "Around the Mall" performance videos. Gamelan differs from island to island, and the ensemble that played at the Sackler Gallery last week does Balinese gamelan. Check out the video below to learn how the gongs and drums are played, and to see a clip from the performance.

In an earlier performance video, "Ganesh in the Garden," we talked to a Rajasthani dance group about retelling the stories of Hindu Gods.