World Music

Undergraduates and graduates from all divisions at Emory are welcome to join either of the World Music Ensembles.


Gamelan Ensemble

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The Emory Gamelan Ensemble aims to disseminate the beauty and knowledge of gamelan performance arts which include musical concerts, wayang (shadow puppet) shows, and traditional dances. We focus on Javanese and Balinese styles of gamelan.

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In 1997 Emory professor Steven Everett formed the first gamelan ensemble supported by students, faculty, and community members. The first gamelan was a mid 19th century wayang set, and the first performance was a wayang (shadow puppet show) at the Carlos Museum of Emory in February 1997. In the following year, a new set of Javanese Court instruments were ordered and later being named Paksi Kencana (Sacred Eagle). Other high profile performances included playing at the High Museum of Art, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, an ecumenical service with the Dalai Lama, as well as at universities around Georgia. 

A Sundanese gamelan was generously donated and primarily played from 2007 through 2013. A new set of Balinese Bela Ganjur gamelan was purchased in 2013.  In recent years, the Javanese Court gamelan has served as our ensemble's primary gamelan with the Bela Ganjur set being featured in select performances.  

From the very start our Ensemble has been supported by generous donors and visiting Gamelan masters such as Ki Midiyanto (University of California, Berkeley) and Pak Made Lasmawan (University of Colorado, Boulder), Sumarsam (Wesleyan University).  These masters have been instrumental to our success, development and  ability to procure world-class gamelan directly from master musical metalsmiths.

Our members continue to represent a varied cross-section of Emory students, faculty and community members. Senior members generously share the gamelan wisdom that they have accumulated over more than two decades.  

For more information about our Ensemble please visit www.emorygamelan.org or contact the Gamelan Director, Sarah Muwahidah, at smuwahi@emory.edu.

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North Indian Classical Music Ensemble

The Emory North Indian Classical Music Ensemble was formed in Fall 2007. The ensemble comprises students who sing and play the sitar, harmonium, and tabla. This is a dynamic, dedicated and motivated group of individuals who are eager to learn the intricacies of the Hindustani classical music tradition. The Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies (MESAS) currently oversees this ensemble and conducts rehearsals in the Burlington Rd. Building.