Event Info:

Gamelan Galak Tika & Ensemble Robot

Gamelan Galak Tika is an orchestra of instruments traditional to Balinese music and dance. Ensemble Robot is a team of engineers, designers, and artists that have created a collection of unique robotic instruments. Galak Tika will travel in a processional across campus performing beleganjur, Indonesian marching music. Once arrived at EMPAC, the two ensembles will perform in the open-air space of EMPAC’s Café, spreading the unique sounds of gamelan and robots throughout the building.

Curator: Micah Silver

No Tickets Required


Images: Bill Southworth, Jeff Lieberman


Gamelan Galak Tika is America's most innovative Balinese Gamelan. Led by composer Evan Ziporyn, Galak Tika has performed groundbreaking music at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, BAM, two Bang on a Can Marathons, at colleges all over New England and New York, and throughout Bali, Indonesia. Galak Tika was formed in 1993 and is dedicated to commissioning and performing new works by Balinese and American composers, for gamelan and mixed ensembles of gamelan and Western instruments, as well as performing traditional Balinese music and dance.

Ensemble Robot is a collective of  engineers, artists, and composers working together to create robotic musical instruments, commission music for the ensemble, and produce concerts and exhibits to showcase the robots in collaboration with human performers.  Since founded in 2003 by Christine Southworth and Leila Hasan, Ensemble Robot has performed over a dozen commissioned works, by emerging and established composers, at the Boston Museum of Science, Mass MoCA, Wired Magazine’s Nextfest, the Boston Cyberarts Festival, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, and at universities throughout New England.  Currently, Ensemble Robot is Andy Cavatorta, Chyle Crossley, Giles Hall, Wenzday Jane, Erik Nugent, Christine Southworth, and William Tremblay. 



  • Beleganjur (2007) by Dewa Ketut Alit
  • Agak-Agak (2008) by Ramon Castillo
  • Tire Fire (1992) by Evan Ziporyn
  • Heavy Metal (2006) by Christine Southworth

Gamelan Galak Tika:

Evan Ziporyn, artistic director Sean Mannion, music director Christine Southworth, general manager

Larisa Berger, Lina Bird, Jarad Brown, Thomas Carr, Ramon Castillo, Midori Matsuo, Erin McCoy, Michelle Merrill, Steve Merrill, Sachi Sato, Mark Stewart, Julie Strand, Megan Tsai, Jacques Weissgerber

Soloists: Yoon Lee, guitar Blake Newman, bass Erik Nugent, EWI (wind synth) Matt Van Brink, accordion Eddie Whalen, guitar Yukiko Ueno, keyboard

Ensemble Robot: Larisa Berger Giles Hall Wenzday Jane Erik Nugent Christine Southworth William Tremblay

More Information:

Performance Dates/Times

Saturday, October 18, 2:30 PM | Level 5



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