Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Angklung, traditional instrument of West Java

The angklung was a delight. I foun many clips of the instrument, but I selected this one, because it is short. The instrument is made of wood, and eight are required for a composition. Each one is designed to deliver one note.

While I was on Java, we visited a presentation of the angklung. It was in Bandung, and people were all given an instrument to play. Each one was marked one through eight, and the lady instructing us started by calling out numbers. She then switched to hand signals, and soon we as a group were playing music under her guidance.

They day was fun and instructive. I am grateful I showed up...

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