Gamelan music concert to be presented Nov. 20

Western Carolina University’s Low Tech Ensemble will perform a concert of Indonesian gamelan music Wednesday, Nov. 20.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. It is open to the public free of charge.

The concert will feature a program of traditional music played on a Central Javanese slendro gamelan. Most of the gamelan instruments are made of iron and are either metallophones, racked gongs or hanging gongs.

Although some form of gamelan music can be heard in many regions of Java, the music for the concert is traditional and in the style of Central Java. Javanese gamelan music is an integral part of the arts of Java, as it is used to accompany theater, dance and puppet performances.

After the Nov. 20 concert, members of the audience are invited onstage for a closer look at the instruments.

For more information about the concert, call the WCU School of Music at 828-227-7242.