HomeBlogs Calung Calung is a traditional music instrument from Java precisely from
Central Java and West Java. Similar to Angklung, Calung is made from
bamboo but they have different form. Calung is a little bit like
xylophone. To sound it, simply hit the lath using its stick.
is usually played on special occasion like at the wedding anniversary, a
boy’s circumcision celebration, and other anniversary. Dancers called
Lengger (girl dancers) dancing along with the music of calung.
me, there is a calung festival (a competition actually) when I visit
Baturaden. Groups of calung players are competing to perform the best.
They show their best performance, uniform, music arrangement and
choreography. Each group consists of several musicians who play calung,
angklung, percussion, and bamboo flute. No electric music instrument is
played on the competition, all we hear is acoustic sounds. Four or more
dancers are dancing along with the music. The musicians are singing
songs in Javanese language with Banyumas dialect. [ad#kotak336] The
instruments used are all hand made. Usually, each group has an expert
who makes, tunes and repairs the instrument. Calung, angklung and flute
are made from bamboo; it is from bamboo Wulung, the best kind of bamboo
for music instrument. The percussion is made from big plastic barrel and
tire for the membrane.
It is so merry. The music is inviting the
audiences to dance or just nodding the head. I just wonder how popular
those instruments at the past.