The angklung is a musical instrument made of two bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. The tubes are carved to have a resonant pitch when struck and are tuned to octaves.
The base of the frame is held in one hand, whilst the other hand strikes the instrument. This causes a repeating note to sound. Each of three or more performers in an angklung ensemble play just one note or more, but altogether complete melodies are produced.
The angklung is popular throughout South-east Asia, but it originated in what is now Indonesia and has been played by the Sundanese for many centuries.
The word "angklung" was originated from Sundanese "angkleung-angkleungan", that means the movement of angklung player and the sound "klung" that comes from the instrument.
Another theory suggested that the word "angklung" was formed from two Balinese words - angka and lung. Angka means "tone", and lung means "broken" or "lost". Angklung thus means an "incomplete tone".
Adelindo Angklung is an Indonesian Traditional Music Group based in Adelaide City, South Australia which plays this music instruments. They play both traditional Indonesian music and variety of western songs.
If you would like to taste a bit of Indonesia and learn how to play a simple tune yourself with this unique music instruments, City of West Torrens will have "A Taste of Indonesia", a free Indonesian cultural evening of music and food.
Be part of this event on Thursday 26 June 2014, at West Torrens Auditorium 1 Brooker Tce Hilton Adelaide, on 7pm. Bookings are essential, please phone 84166228 or via the West Torrens website, www.wtcc.sa.gov.au