Javanese gamelan

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Originally owned by the sultans of Java, the Javanese gamelan orchestra has spread worldwide, with dozens of them found from the United States to Japan, and from Australia to Ireland. The typical orchestra has mainly percussion instruments, plus a spike fiddle, a female vocalist, and a male chorus. This orchestra accompanies dramas such as the Javanese wayang kulit (shadow-puppet) drama and wayang wong, as well as performing concerts alone.