Music/Instrument in Indonesia

Indonesia is also strong in the performing arts including dance and music performance. The beautiful Ramayana dance drama is enacted during the dry season at the large open stage at Prambanan near Yogyakarta under a tropical full moon and against the dramatic illuminated background of this 9th.century temple with live music like Gong and Gamelan on the site. Indonesia’s dances are colourful, dramatic or entertaining. They vary from the highly synchronized “saman” song and dance from Aceh, to the sedate and sophisticated court dances from Java accompanied by the liquid sounds of the gamelan orchestra, to the war dances of Kalimantan, Papua, and Sulawesi. Each of these performance involve musician team with its traditional instruments. Chinese influence can be seen along the entire north coast of Java from the batik patterns of Cirebon and Pekalongan, to the finely carved furniture and doors of Kudus in Central Java, as also in the intricate gold embroidered wedding costumes of West Sumatra. But Indonesia does not live in the past alone. Today, in music, in metropolitan Jakarta, the Java Jazz Festival is the annual meeting highlight for top international and Indonesian jazz musicians. Indonesia also boasts some of the best rock and pop bands and singers who never fail to create a sensation wherever they appear in Indonesia as also in Malaysia and Singapore.

Rebab

Posted at 29 Sep 2014

The rebab Arabic الربابة‎ or ربابة‎ also known as جوزه "joza" or "jawza" in Iraq  also rebaprababrebebrababarabebaal-rabeba or al-rababa is a type of a bowed string instrument so named no later than the 8th century and spread via Islamic trading routes over much of North Africa, the Middle East, parts of Europe, and the Far East.

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Sasando

Posted at 29 Sep 2014

The sasando, also sesando or sasandu, is a harp-like traditional music string instrument native to Rote Island of East Nusa TenggaraIndonesia.

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Qanbuz atau Gambus

Posted at 29 Sep 2014

A qanbūs or gambus Arabicالقنبوس‎ is a short-necked lute that originated inYemen and spread throughout the Arabian peninsula. Sachs considered that it derived its name from the Turkic komuz, but it is more comparable to the oud.

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Cekuntrung

Posted at 29 Sep 2014

The cekuntrung is a stringed musical instrument from Indonesia.

It has 4 or 2 strings in single courses. The strings are often made of metal, but sometimes of nylon or fishing line.

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Genggong

Posted at 29 Sep 2014

The genggong is a kind of jaw harp used in the music of Bali. It consists of a wooden frame and tongue cut from a single piece of the leaf stem of the sugar palm.

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