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Singa Nglaras Gamelan Ensemble

Singa Nglaras means “relaxing lion” (the word “nglaras” means both to “relax” and “to harmonize, tune”). Formed in January 2004 by Dr Jan Mrazek of the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS), the ensemble is generously supported by the NUS Department of Southeast Asian Studies. The ensemble is made up of students, alumni, and faculty of both NUS and Yale-NUS, together with members from outside the university, several of whom are leading musicians in Singapore's homegrown Gamelan ensembles, Gamelan Asmaradana and BronzAge Gamelan.

Apart from our annual performances at NUS South East Asia Night (organised by the Department of Southeast Asian Studies), the ensemble has also performed at the Esplanade Waterfront (2012, 2013 and 2014), as well as at the Malay Heritage Centre in collaboration with Indonesia-based Guntur Mataram Dance Company (2013 and 2014). Additionally, we have worked together with several Javanese Puppeteers and Dancers, notably Ki Purbo Asmoro (2006), Didik Nini Thowok (2009), and Rianto (2014)


Our weekly rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings. These are free and open to all NUS students, staff, and the general public, who are keen to learn and enjoy this seriously relaxing music. No prior musical experience is necessary.

Time: 7.00pm - 10.00pm

Venue: NUS, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Block AS2, 
Gamelan Room (#02-01)
(Near LT 11/ Behind The Coffee Hut Cafe)

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