According to the late great California composer Lou Harrison: "A good gamelan is the most beautiful musical ensemble on the planet."
His point was proved this spring at the Ojai Music Festival, where a fifteen-person-strong ensemble, called Gamelan San Raras, from UC Berkeley, with Hrabba Attadottir on the violin, played Harrison's meltingly gorgeous Philemon and Baukis. And for free, a gift of the festival!
Hear here (from a recording available on-line):
The loveliness cannot be overstated.