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Join us for the Fall 2023 season!

Gamelan practice: Tuesdays, 2-3:15 pm, WFU campus, starting on August 28

Balinese (female) dance: Thursdays, 2 pm, WFU campus, starting on September 14

WFU Fall Concert: Friday, November 17, 6 pm, Brendle Recital Hall. Free.

​Gamelan Giri Murti (in English, called Gamelan of the Enchanted Forest) was founded by Dr. Elizabeth Clendinning in 2015. The ensemble rehearses from August-April and is open to WFU students, faculty, and staff, as well as students and other members of the greater Piedmont Triad community. We perform at least once per academic semester.

Our primary instruments were made by the Rindhi family at Kerajinan Gong Bali in Blahbatuh and were blessed and named by guest director I Made Lasmawan (Bangah/Colorado Springs) in a special concert in October 2015 which featured Ni Ketut Marni as guest dancer.

The ensemble is a kembang kirang 5-tone angklung (slendro) with extended range, which allows us to play traditional and new compositions for gong kebyar and angklung; we also perform beleganjur and kecak.

Please follow us on Facebook at #WFUGamelan.

New members welcome! If you are a WFU or UNCSA student, alum, or a member of the Piedmont Triad community and want to join the gamelan or learn Balinese dance, please contact me. We are an open group, no prior experience necessary--just a desire to learn.


Gamelan Giri Murti processes across campus in March 2016 to inaugurate an exhibit at the WFU Museum of Anthropology. Photo credit: John Stifler.

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