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Santa Fe University of Art and Design's Contemporary Music Department Acquires Custom-Made Indonesian Gamelan Instrument   By PRWEB

Santa Fe, NM (PRWEB) November 16, 2012

The Contemporary Music Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design(SFUAD) announced that it has acquired a new Indonesian gamelan. As a central element of Indonesian culture, a gamelan is a set of instruments that includes xylophones, metallophones, bamboo flutes, drums and gongs.

The gamelan, made especially for the university, took several months to manufacture in Java, Indonesia. It replaces SFUADs 200-year-old antique gamelan.

Gamelan music is one of the most important components of world music studies, said Steve Paxton, chair of SFUADs Contemporary Music Department. It has been extremely influential since the late nineteenth century, when it first came to the attention of European composers. For a university as intimate as ours, its rather prestigious and unique that we incorporate a gamelan into our world music program. We feel that its important to expose our undergraduates to its influence.

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