Gamelan Encinal is an American aluminum gamelan ensemble founded by Stephen Parris in 2015. Their focus is on the performance of new works for their unique set of instruments, and the performance of past works for just tuned American gamelan.
Gamelan is a word used to refer to particular types of percussion orchestras with roots in Indonesia. Encinal is the Spanish word for oak grove, and is what our home, Oakland CA. was formerly named. Our instruments frames are also made of oak.
The instruments used for the ensemble are inspired by central Javanese gamelans, and use the same tuning used by Lou Harrison and Bill Colvig for various gamelans they built. The instruments have been built over a number of years by Daniel Schmidt with the aid of Lydia Martin, Stephen Parris, and various students of Mills College.
Current members of the ensemble are Derek Drudge, Patrick Liddell, Joel Nelson, Stephen Parris, David Samas, Maria Siino, Daniel Schmidt, Sophia Shen, Breonna Taylor, and Lucas Turner.