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NMM Live! Tatag Gamelan Ensemble

April 27
National Music Museum, Vermillion
(605) 677-5306
nmmusd.org/Events/Details/946

A Treat for the Ears and Eyes!

Discover the magic of gamelan music in this annual NMM Live! concert performed by the National Music Museum's own Tatag group using the National Music Museum's own extraordinary set of Javanese instruments.

One showtime only - Free noon concert!

Gamelan — not one musical instrument, but many. Hanging gongs, cradled gongs, drums, bronze pots, xylophone-like instruments, mallets, and more. You feel the music of the gamelan almost as much as you hear it. Watching the gamelan played can be like observing some golden workshop where metalsmiths at their respective workbenches strike intricate melodic blows in rhythmically interlocking sounds. It’s an experience to have in person.

Commissioned from one of the master gamelan makers of Central Java for the National Music Museum by late NMM Trustee Margaret Ann Everist in 1999, the NMM’s gamelan is named Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan — an honorific that signifies how esteemed and beautiful the ensemble is. It is one of the finest and largest sets of such instruments outside of palaces in Java, Indonesia. From Surakarta, Java, to Vermillion, South Dakota -- more than 80 custom-forged gamelan instruments crossed 9,500 miles by ship and rail, to their home at the NMM in 2000. A selection of those instruments — many supported on teakwood platforms — now dominate the floor space of the NMM’s Beede Gallery. But for performances, the pieces are laboriously and carefully brought down to the NMM's Larson Concert Hall.