Monday, April 27, 2015

A Xylophone of a Gamelan Ensemble

                                       Attribution: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos (CC-BY-NC)
Image1: A Xylophone-like gambang part of a Gamelan Ensemble (here)

                                                                                      Attribution: Jocelyn Gonzales
Image2 : An American Lady knocking at the gambang. This is the Son of Lion, an
American gamelan in Manhattan, New York (here)

Note: Gamelan is traditional ensemble music of Java and Bali in Indonesia, made up predominantly of percussive instruments. The most common instruments are metallophones played by mallets as well as a set of hand played drums called gendang which register the beat. Other instruments include xylophones, bamboo flutes, bowed instrument called rebab and gongs - Wiki

X is for Xylophone

A Tanka

Slow rendition that
floats with monotonous beats
supported by gongs
xylophones rebabs and flutes
mesmerizing to dreamers

For A  to Z April Challenge  - X and
Marian's hosting at Real Toad's Tuesday Platform


  1. Good choice for the letter X Hank. Good write.

  2. I would love to hear what they are playing!
    This is wonderful. X is such a bear, so many harsh words, and you've done well and gently with yours.

    1. Thanks Marian! Yes, you can have your wish, Ma'am! Just google for Gamelan and click on any YouTube link. There are so many of them even American ones!


  3. A perfect tanka and great use of the letter X .. bravo!

  4. lovely musical piece; thanks for sharing the photos, i
    had not seen these instruments before

    much love...

  5. I've heard of Gamelan, but I've never had a close look at the musical instruments used in it. Thank you for sharing the photos.
    I like your tanka, too.

    An A-to-Z participant
    Letters from the Land of Cherry Blossoms

  6. Bet they have a nice beat as they play all as one

  7. This is absolutely marvelous..! :D

  8. We had fun, when I was in grade school, with Xylaphones and we did some world of music. My teacher had been stationed in Asia and thought it would be fun for us to have a project where we made percussion type boards and played something. :-)

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

  9. Xylophone.. there is some magic in that music.. love it.

  10. I can imagine swaying to the music Hank.

  11. What a wonderful way to display a Post about a xylophone, and read about so many things I didn't know about the instrument. I guess you learn something new every day don't you? hehehe Thanks for sharing. :)

  12. Goodness, I don't think I've read a poem about a xylophone. Very creative

  13. Never knew that. Such a variety of instruments

  14. Thank you for this sweet reminder. I loved the gamelan music when I used to visit Indonesia in the seventies.

  15. I like the rhythm that accompanies the text.

  16. I've seen gamelan before, it's an impressive feat ~