Fifth graders were treated to a visit by members of a Balinese Gamelan ensemble, Wahyu Dari Langit, meaning "revelation from the sky". The style is called Belaganjur, otherwise known as marching gamelan. It was traditionally used in Bali for Hindu cremation ceremonies, usually for several village members who have recently passed, involving a procession.
The instruments were made in Bali - Gongs from small to large play intricate patterns while "chang changs" play two interlocking syncopated patterns. There are seven independent rhythms layered together in this example. We noticed that interlocking rhythm patterns are found in other musical cultures as well, such as the Ghanaian drumming we studied earlier, as well as in Txalaparta music from the Basque region of Spain. Another connection we made is that the Gyil, the Ghanaian xylophone we studied, is used for funerals as well.