Gamelan Sari Pandhawa is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing an educational and entertaining multi-cultural experience for the Eugene community, enriching lives through expanding cultural awareness. Since 1996, the ensemble has performed in concert and taught classes throughout the area, and seeks to increase our community’s understanding of traditional Javanese cultural arts, music, dance and shadow puppetry, We perform on bronze and wood instruments elegantly handcrafted and painted by master instrument makers in Central Java. The group is actively seeking to share performance and learning opportunities with the Eugene community.
We are available for hire!
Please consider booking Eugene’s Gamelan Sari Pandhawa for your performance venue, exhibition opening, festival, ceremonial gatherings, or any other event that can be enhanced by this spellbinding music. We have performed at weddings, memorial services, and private parties.
We have performed throughout Oregon, including the Eugene Celebration, Oregon Coast Music Festival, Asian Celebration, Salem World Beat Festival, Willamette Valley Folk Festival, University of Oregon’s Beall Hall and Erb Memorial Union, and more, both in concert and accompanying dance and shadow puppet theater. The ensemble has also performed at schools, art galleries, and cultural events.
Our repertoire includes traditional and contemporary music in a variety of styles, ranging from poetic songs to ceremonial court repertoire, from quiet, meditative pieces to stirring battle music. The ensemble performs wayang kulit, the fabled Javanese shadow puppet theater, accompanied by gamelan music. The shadow puppet plays we perform are based on stories from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and other world literatures (e.g. Beowulf) .
The group performs in either of two configurations: a large ensemble suitable for stage and outdoor events; and a smaller group which emphasizes the softer, subtler instruments, appropriate for intimate settings. We also collaborate with dancers and other performers. Musicians observe traditional playing style: seated on the floor, wearing colorful Indonesian batik costumes. The beauty of the teak and bronze instruments, hand-crafted in Java, complements their ravishing sound. Listen to samples of our music on this website.
For prices and performance bookings, use the Contact form, or call Qehn at (541)683-9257.
Gamelan Sari Pandhawa seeks to continue its contribution to the community through teaching others to play gamelan, and to reach those who have never had the privilege of experiencing this music by adding performances in different venues throughout the area. We welcome support from community members and institutions that value the multicultural experience.