At California Institute of the Arts he studied ethnomusicology (Ewe drumming (Ghana ), Balinese gamelan & south Indian tala ).
Specific examples of tuned percussion instruments include a gamelan with iron keys dating from the 19th century.
On " Ponderosa " he mixes gamelan and Special Brew.
Trainees have the opportunity to develop traditional techniques, and to use the gamelan as a stimulus for composition.
Small groups were given the chance to get up close to a Javanese gamelan.