Influences and Inspirations: Gamelan
 
I hope you enjoy this enchanting sample of expertly performed gamelan music from the island of Java!  Ever since I played in the gamelan ensemble at the University of Texas at Austin, I've been inspired by its mesmerizing sounds and structures.  

In its traditional setting, gamelan is performed for several different purposes, but for me (and many outside of Indonesia), I cannot help but to enter a meditative state of mind when listening to or playing it.  In fact, mindfulness is crucial to performing it the right way, perhaps even more than in other types of music... enjoy!

Read the description of the video for a good summary of what gamelan music is.