Music Department


Gamelan Galak Tika

Evan Ziporyn, Director

Galak Tika, founded and directed by Evan Ziporyn, Kenan Sahin Professor of Music at MIT, is the Boston area's first Balinese gamelan. This large percussion orchestra consists of gongs, metallophones, hand drums with cymbals, vocals, bamboo lutes and spiked fiddles. A community ensemble in residence at MIT, Galak Tika was founded in September 1993 to study and perform both traditional and modern Balinese music and dance, as well as to develop new works in collaboration with Balinese and American artists. The gamelan has performed throughout New England as well as internationally, and collaborated with artists from across the globe, including Chinese pipa masters, Senegalese drummers, and some of the finest musicians on the American jazz and new music scene. MIT Balinese Gamelan (21M.450) may be taken for credit.

Rehearsals are Sundays 4:30-6:30pm and Wednesdays 7-10pm.


MIT Balinese Gamelan Galak Tika, Evan Ziporyn, Director
Ramon Castillo, Agak-Agak


MIT Gamelan Galak Tika


Visit the Gamelan Galk Tika website.


An exuberant blast of metal fireworks!”

Anne Midgette
The New York Times