Angklung is an idiophone made of several bamboo tubes attached to frames. In 2010, angklung was included in the list of UNESCO Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage. Not only is angklung popular in its provenance, Indonesia, but it is also prevalent in many countries around the world. As one angklung only produces a particular note, angklung is commonly played in the form of ensemble with each person holding multiple angklungs, making collaboration and cooperation the linchpin of a superb and harmonious performance. That is why everybody plays a pivotal role in an angklung ensemble.
Established in 2007, NUS Angklung Ensemble has reached a greater height as a part of NUS Cultural Activity Club (CAC). Its uniqueness has attracted both local and international students from all over NUS. Despite our relatively young age, we have been invited to perform in a broad range of events within and outside NUS such as NUS Arts Festival, NUS Open House InFusion, Temasek Foundation Governance and Public Administration Conference, ASEAN Forum, and CAC+US.
We have been holding our annual concert since 2011, having the main purpose of showcasing angklung and introducing NUS Angklung Ensemble to the NUS community. In our 2015 concert, “The Chronicle”, we performed 13 well-known songs spanning diverse eras to take the audience in a journey through time. As the biggest concert in the history of NUS Angklung Ensemble, “The Chronicle” successfully attracted 150 people, including the Education Attaché of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore, Mr. Ismunandar, and the manager of NUS Office of Student Affairs, Ms. Lyana Wang Wanzhen.
We have our biweekly practice at NUS CAC Clubroom. The collection of songs we play is extensive, ranging from the traditional Indonesian songs such as Manuk Dadali and Ayam Den Lapeh, to the modern tunes such as Pirates of the Carribean and Winter Games. Apart from that, we also organise a musical camp for all members at the end of the year to prepare ourselves for the upcoming performances and simultaneously build solid ties between the members. While the main activities during the camp are practising and reviewing the songs we have learnt, a series of exhilarating welfare events, is also held so that the members has the chance to get to know each other better.
So guys, what are you waiting for? Join us for a fulfilling, one-of-a-kind, and indelible experience in your university life. Fret not! You do not need to have any musical background; all we need are perseverance and collaborative spirit. Do make a visit to our booth at NUS Student Life Fair to know more about us, or simply e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org in case you have further queries. In addition, you can like our Facebook page: “NUS CAC Angklung”, subscribe to our Youtube channel (under the same name), and visit our website: nusae.wordpress.com to stay tuned for more information and updates.
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