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.

Angklung

Posted at 29 Sep 2014

The angklung is a musical instrument made of two to four bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. The tubes are carved to have a resonant pitch when struck and are tuned to octaves. The base of the frame is held in one hand, whilst the other hand strikes the instrument. 

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Celempong

Posted at 29 Sep 2014

Percussion instrument made ​​of metal, bronze, or iron, circular, located in Kuantan and Riau area; talempong 
Traditional musical instrument consisting of five to seven pieces of wood along the 5-7 cm with 6-8 cm wide, located in the Tamiang, East Aceh

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Kacapi

Posted at 29 Sep 2014

Kacapi is a zither-like Sundanese musical instrument played as the main accompanying instrument in the Tembang Sunda or Mamaos Cianjuran, kacapi suling (tembang Sunda without vocal accompaniment) genre (called kecapi serulingin Indonesian), pantun stories recitation or an additional instrument in Gamelan Degung performance.

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Kariding Sunda

Posted at 29 Sep 2014

The Karinding is Sundanese traditional musical instrument from West Java and BantenIndonesia. It is usually made from bamboo and midribs of palm trees. 

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Kulintang

Posted at 29 Sep 2014

Kulintang is a modern term for an ancient instrumental form of music composed on a row of small, horizontally-laid gongs that function melodically, accompanied by larger, suspended gongs and drums.

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