As an undergraduate I fulfilled a minor in enthnomusicology, focusing on Balinese gemelan. I spent part of my degree pursuing this study in the village of Pengosekan in southcentral Bali. After finishing my degree, I continued to develop my knowledge and performance in the music while playing with Tuns Mekar. I quit playing with this group in 1996. I haven’t really played the music since then, until the other day.
The other day I started rehearsing with a Javanese gamelan at Cornell (Javanese is new to me as a player). It felt great. While gamelan has not been an active part of my life for more than a decade, the feeling has continued. And it felt great to express that feeling again.