House of Angklung

7 Nov

house of angklung
In a weekend full of gamelan, the Washington, D.C.-based House of Angklung was a welcome change in timbre and instrumentation. Like an Indonesian version of carolers’ bells, angklung are bamboo idiophones that a player shakes to produce a single note. With a whole ensemble, they create a melody.

If you search for angklung on Youtube, you’ll see it’s pretty popular to adapt contemporary pop music to these centuries-old instruments. This group was no exception. I have a soft spot for “Volare”:

house of angklung
Novelties aside, my favorite song of the performance featured this singer, a popular folk song from the Papua province called “Yamko Rambe Yamko”:


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