MALAY GAMELAN 101
Call 03 – 4047 9023
WhatsApp Us at +60 18 266 3383
Beginners 4pm ~ (FULL)
Intermediate 8pm ~ Available
Beginners 8pm ~ Available
Intermediate 4pm ~ Available
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After three years, award-winning gamelan exponent Gangsapura will be bringing its popular Malay Gamelan classes back to klpac. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn this ancient art form that is part of our heritage.
The 6-week programme kicks off with a buka panggung ceremony on 24 September which will feature a pocket performance by Gangsapura. The term ends with a public recital on 12 November.
A perfect introductory course for beginners, students will be taught the manners (adab), different instruments in a gamelan ensemble, different techniques employed to play each, structure and notation of gamelan music and how to play as a group.
After a quick refresher, students will then learn how to fuse Malay gamelan playing with Joget Gamelan, how to ‘turun gambang’ as well as more intricate ‘bunga’ on the keromong and gambang.
Gangsapura Gamelan Group is a contemporary Malay Gamelan group founded by power duo Teuku Umar Ilany and Nur Diyana Nadirah in 2016. It aims to promote Malaysian culture, develop traditional arts and instil music and arts skills among Malaysians.
Teuku Umar Ilany – Facilitator (Sat class)
Teuku Umar was first exposed to the Malay gamelan at the age of 12. He obtained his Masters of Arts (Music) by research with a focus on Malay gamelan from Universiti Malaya after graduating with a First Class Hons Music degree in Composition and Arranging from the National Heritage and Culture Academy (ASWARA). At ASWARA, he was exposed to other traditional Malay performing arts such as Wayang Kulit (Malay shadow play), Mak Yong, Bangsawan, Mek Mulong and Randai, all of which has influenced his creative musical skills.
Under the tutelage of mentors and adigurus like Pak Bob Khalil, Pak Osman, Ruslan Imam, Salvadore Guerzo and many others, Teuku is a leading light in the new generation of Malay gamelan artists. Winner of the “Best Gamelan Performer” in a competition in Terengganu, Teuku Umar has directed many traditional performances and has also led the ASWARA Gamelan Group in a collaboration with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO). In 2016, he founded Gangsapura to further champion traditional Malay gamelan. A resident composer with Rhythm in Bronze, he also composes for various orchestras.
Mohamad Faliq Bin Che Adeni – Facilitator (Sun class)
Mohamad Faliq Bin Che Adeni graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music (Composition and Arranging) from the National Arts and Cultural Academy (ASWARA) in 2015. After discovering his interest in the Malay gamelan in 2003, when he was just 13, he continued to pursue it along with other forms of performing arts such as dance and acting, performing at school and international level. In ASWARA, he explored composition and arrangement, opening up opportunities to further develop his craft.
Currently a Malay gamelan trainer at the Sultan Alam Shah Islamic College (KISAS), he has brought honour to KISAS as they have emerged as the Champion in numerous Malay Gamelan Competitions held for boarding schools. In hope of preserving the Malay gamelan and traditional art forms, he continues to teach and share his knowledge as well as compose so that it can be a pride for future generations regardless of race or religion.