NZ Gamelan Compositions

Compositions written by NZ or other composers for gamelan groups in NZ or for Indonesian visiting artists or using some Indonesian instruments or vocalists.

(Somewhat Wellington-centric - apologies to Jonathon Besser whose many compositions for gamelan are listed on the SOUNZ website.)

Note: click on the little black arrows beside each column heading to sort on that column.

TitleComposer SurnameComposer NameDateInstrumentsPerformancesRecordingsDurationNotes
Shadows over KapitiExleyJudith1993Javanese gamelan
In dir ist FreudeBach & HarsonoJS & William2004Javanese gamelan
Reong LenggongFarrGareth1993Balinese angklung
FloatingExleyJudith1996Javanese gamelan and orchestra
Voices of WelcomeArmstrongGabriel1992bansri, saron, bonang, gender, gong, violin, oud, conga
Segi TigaFarrGareth1993Balinese angklung
ElegyKillinAnton2009piano and Javanese gamelan
??DeLorenzoLeon2002Javanese gamelan
MembisikiPattersonAndra1986Javanese gamelan12:00
Cheng ChengFarrGareth1992Balinese angklung, 2 harps and percussion
Medicine Bunde (No.1)CareyRoss2002solo piano, degung gamelan, or unspecified instrumentalists/vocalists
UlllalimKillinAnton2007Javanese gamelan and saxophone and clarinet with recorded Philippine vocalsCD "Now I Know" (excerpt)2:03
Roh Gunung (Spirit of the Mountains)NorrisMichael1999amplified saluang and sampelong (electronic transformations)Rafiloza and Friends (Portal 1003)6:30
The Sycamore TreeLangfordMark1981Javanese gamelan and percussionscore held at AGI
Collaborative Improvisationbin Rafii & BrownleeRafiloza & Philip1999sampelong, recordersRafiloza and Friends (Portal 1003)6:47
Each of TwoCarleEmma2002chromatic gamelan and saxophone quartet5:00
Collaborative Improvisationbin Rafii, Body, & McKenzieRafiloza, Jack, & Andrew1999rabab, voice, chamber organ, harpsichord, double bassRafiloza and Friends (Portal 1003)9:25
SuffocateBebanDaniel1999rabab, vocals, double bass, celloRafiloza and Friends (Portal 1003)5:37
Metal and Glass MachineBebanDaniel2007?2 slenthem and 30 wine glassesCD "Now I Know"5:24
Tembang MatjapatBowaterHelen1999Javanese gamelan (inc. gerong), string orchestra, marimba and tam-tam
Shifting ShadowsPrastitiBriar2012Javanese rebab, slenthem (pelog), gambang (slendro), sound technician(s)
March (part of Manifestations)ExleyJudith1994/5Javanese gamelanTabuh Pacific (CD Manu 1514)3:49
Kreasi BaruNorrisMichael1994/5Javanese gamelanTabuh Pacific (CD Manu 1514)8:45
Carik CarukYudaneI Wayan Gde2002Javanese gamelanArak (CD MANU 2033, Ode Music)
ManifestationsExleyJudith1994Javanese gamelan4 November 1994, Adam Concert Room - Gamelan concert as part of ExtravaCANZa
Tatas Nembas BawanFairlyDi1994/5Javanese gamelan4 November 1994, Adam Concert Room - Gamelan concert as part of ExtravaCANZaTabuh Pacific (CD Manu 1514)7:04
Music of GamelanFletcherMark1994/5Javanese gamelan4 November 1994, Adam Concert Room - Gamelan concert as part of ExtravaCANZaTabuh Pacific (CD Manu 1514)14:00
ProcessionCareyRoss1994Javanese gamelan and piano4 November 1994, Adam Concert Room - Gamelan concert as part of ExtravaCANZaTabuh Pacific (CD Manu 1514); SOUNZwrite Ears Wide Open Education Resource CD (2nd movement only-Quartet)
17:06
Imbal-ImbalanCollinsMegan1994/5Javanese gamelan4 November 1994, Adam Concert Room - Gamelan concert as part of ExtravaCANZaTabuh Pacific (CD Manu 1514)4:57
JangeranWatsonChris2005gamelan; perc; strings gamelan: suling, kendang, ceng ceng, gongs, 2 gangsa, 2 calung4 Oct 2005 - Nusantara Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hikotaro Yazaki at the Symphony Hall in Osaka, Japan, as part of the 2005 Asian Orchestra Week; 3 performances in 2007 in Jakarta, Yogyakarta and TokyoCommissioned by the Nusantara Symphony Orchestra
Zonam SolvereNorrisMichael2002chromatic gamelan and saxophone quartet6 Dec 2002 - Ensemble Multifoon and Aurelia Saxofoon; Kwartet, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Poem in a Time of TerrorExleyJudith2002Javanese gamelan7th Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival, 2002
Cast AwayYudaneI Wayan Gde2007Balinese gamelan and flute12th Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival, July 2007CD "Now I Know"4:42
Now I KnowWatsonChris2007Javanese gamelan and clarinet12th Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival, July 2007CD "Now I Know"6:32
A Melody for Balinese GamelanKillinAnton2007Balinese gamelan12th Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival, July 2007
Run AwayYudaneI Wayan Gde2007Javanese gamelan, baritone sax, clarinet, percussion12th Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival, July 2007CD "Now I Know"3:34
Polish Folk DancesBodyJack2007Javanese gamelan, two clarinets, baritone saxophone12th Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival, July 2007CD "Now I Know"3:45 + 5:34
Must Be TogetherPutraBudi S.2007Javanese gamelan and baritone saxophone12th Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival, July 2007CD Now I Know"3:21
Rona e te MaramaFarrGareth2007Balinese and Javanese gamelan12th Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival, July 2007CD"Now I Know"6:36dedicated to Didik Nini Thowok
Not-or-NisExleyJudith2007Javanese gamelan and voice12th Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival, July 2007CD "Now I Know"4:26
EchoesRitchieAnthony2009Javanese gamelan (Gender (1 part)), Saron (3 parts), Gambang, Bonang Panerus, Bonang, Kenong, Kempul, Kendang, Kecer)17 Oct 2009, Temple Gallery, Dunedincommissioned and performed by Gamelan Puspawarna (based at Otago University)
At the Hawk's WellKeayNigel1991One-Act Opera. with 5 soloists and chamber orchestra incl optional gamelan instruments28 & 29 March 1992 at the Nelson School of Music by the N.S.M. Orchestra52:00An operatic setting of the play by W.B. Yeats
Tanpa JudulSadraI Wayan1992Javanese gamelan and musical saw1992 Sonic Circus, VUW
Po AtarauFarrGareth1993/4Javanese gamelan1993/4 tour to Indonesia
Campur SariBodyJack1996string quartet with Javanese musician on drum, gender and voice1996 Wellington International Festival of the ArtsPulse CD Rattle D00914:00
UribSusiloJoko1999Javanese gamelan1999 BEAT! FestivalBeat! (Portal Music 1001/2)4:30
DremtupSingerNaomi1999Javanese gamelan1999 BEAT! FestivalBeat! (Portal Music 1001/2)8:07
Go Go Gadget ArmsCarleEmma1999Three violins and bonang barung1999 BEAT! FestivalBeat! (Portal Music 1001/2)4:51
Two Pieces for Three Gamelan PlayersCareyRoss1999Two sarons; one demung1999 BEAT! FestivalBeat! (Portal Music 1001/2)6:03
Red HillsAdamsMiranda1999Javanese gamelan and violin1999 BEAT! FestivalBeat! (Portal Music 1001/2)4:19
Ratok Nan TuoCollinsMegan1999Javanese gamelan, rapa'i, saluang, vocals1999 BEAT! FestivalBeat! (Portal Music 1001/2)8:59
Sarupo Tapi Indah Samobin RafiiRafiloza1999cello, flutes, electronics, rabab, serunai, vocals, percussion1999 BEAT! FestivalRafiloza and Friends (Portal 1003); excerpt on Beat! (Portal Music 1001/2)7:59
Acid EuphoriaFarrGareth1999Javanese gamelan and percussion trio1999 BEAT! FestivalBeat! (Portal Music 1001/2)6:22
MandalaNorrisMichael1999Javanese gamelan1999 BEAT! FestivalBeat! (Portal Music 1001/2)4:31
Ling TazidMacDonaldSteve1999Javanese gamelan and terompet1999 BEAT! FestivalBeat! (Portal Music 1001/2)5:25
The Autonomy of IndecisionSaundersDavid (Treefrog)1999guitar, celesta, percussion, Javanese gamelan1999 BEAT! FestivalBeat! (Portal Music 1001/2)5:45
Not Always Like That: Ora Mesthi NgonoPutraBudi S.1999Javanese gamelan1999 BEAT! FestivalBeat! (Portal Music 1001/2)20:29
Tri Murti (The Cycle of Life)Adu, O'Dempsey, Hancock, & RidgewayLeila, Michael, Oliver, & Martin1999Balinese gamelan and vocals1999 BEAT! FestivalBeat! (Portal Music 1001/2)4:43
BantenDobsonElaine1999Balinese trompong1999 BEAT! Festival; “Banyu Gunung Salju, Gamelan Concert”. The Chapel, Music Centre of Christchurch. 8 pm, 18 June 1999
Gendhing LontheFarrGareth2004Balinese gamelan"A Night to Remember" 9 May 2004
JabalanPutra & YudaneBudi & I Wayan Gde2004Balinese gamelan and Javanese gamelan"A Night to Remember" 9 May 2004; revised for concert series June 2006
Tabuh SepuluhEkagustdimanDody S.2003Javanese gamelanACR 5 June 2003CD "Now I Know"3:14
Tabuh PacificFarrGareth1994/5Javanese gamelan and orchestra; Balinese gamelan and orchestra (2 versions)ACR concert of VUW Orchestra, August 1995Tabuh Pacific (CD Manu 1514); 'From the Depths Sound the Great Sea Gongs' (Trust CD MMT2021n)16:40
SaronYudaneI Wayan Gde2002Javanese gamelanACR concert of Yudane's music, 8 August 2002
TaikoanFarrGareth1994Javanese gamelan and Taiko groupApril 28, 1994 Hammers & Gongs concert, ACR, VUW
Palaran: Songs of Love and WarBodyJack2004/20092002: small orchestra with traditional Javanese singer/2009: arr for full orchestraAtlas Ensemble, Amsterdam (2002); NZSO (2009)recorded by Concert FM, 200918:00
Uri TaniwhaFarrGareth2002Soprano, Taonga Puoru and Javanese gamelanBeehive, 29 July 2003 - opening of Gandhi, King, Ikeda exhibitionWaikohu (Mere Boynton) Trust CD MMT20345:00
...tor/tueKillinAnton2008guitar and kenongs and saronsCaprice Arts Trust concert, St Pauls Lutheran, Mt Cook/ 10 Oct 08; + two others
After BachBodyJack2001Javanese gamelan and 4 viola soloists and massed violasCommissioned for the 29th international viola congress, Wellington6:05
OstinatoFarquharDavid1975Cirebon Gamelanconcert in New Directions in New Zealand Music Festival, 1982EMI PRA 9001 (held at SOUNZ)2:00
PalindromeFarquharDavid1979Cirebon Gamelanconcert in New Directions in New Zealand Music Festival, 1982not other comp of same name for tape, flute etc
Komposisi BaruFarrGareth2006Balinese gamelanConcert series June 2006 (Pataka, St Andrews, Lower Hutt, Waikanae)to raise funds for earthquake relief in Yogyakarta
SumarahPutra & Farr (arranged)Budi S. & Gareth2006Javanese gamelanConcert series June 2006 (Pataka, St Andrews, Lower Hutt, Waikanae)to raise funds for earthquake relief in Yogyakarta
The Churning of the SeaYudaneI Wayan Gde2006Javanese gamelanConcert series June 2006 (Pataka, St Andrews, Lower Hutt, Waikanae); 12th Yogya Gamelan Festival 2007CD "Now I Know"5:46to raise funds for earthquake relief in Yogyakarta
Denpasar MoonFarr (arranged)Gareth2006/2007Javanese gamelan and viola (2006); Javanese gamelan, voice, electric bass (2007)Concert series June 2006 (Pataka, St Andrews, Lower Hutt, Waikanae); 12th Yogya Gamelan Festival 2007 with WaljinahCD "Now I Know" (with Clare Tattersall, vocals)4:05to raise funds for earthquake relief in Yogyakarta
Paradise RegainedBody & YudaneJack and I Wayan Gde2004piano and Balinese gangsaEmma Sayers and I Wayan Gde Yudane, in Body Portrait concert, NZ International Arts Festival, 2004
The Seventh AgeFarrGareth2009Balinese gamelan, viola, shengGong Crazy! Concerts, 3-4 October 2009adaptation of work that featured in the 'Seven Ages' show, 2008
Cycles, ShadowsKillinAnton2009Javanese gender, bassoon, viola & clarinetGong Crazy!
Enteng (light and easy)HarrisRoss2009Balinese and Javanese gamelanGong Crazy!
Melangkah dan melangkahDeLorenzoLeon2009electroacoustic (using sounds from gamelan instruments)Gong Crazy!
Dancing Lights, TheLambertThomas2009Javanese gender panerus, gender barung, slenthem, vocals and electric guitarGong Crazy!
waiting:stillPsathasJohn2009piano and Balinese instrumentsGong Crazy!adaptation of previous work of the same name for piano
Wire, Bronze and SpokesSandersDavid2009Balinese & Javanese gamelan and prepared spinning wheelGong Crazy!
A House in BaliBody and YudaneJack and I Wayan Gde2009Balinese gamelan, string quartet, sheng and narratorGong Crazy!
Sun Wu Kong/MonkeyBowaterHelen2009Javanese gamelan, string quartet, sheng, voiceGong Crazy!
Abstand und Nähe (distance and proximity)NowickeAndrzej2009Balinese gamelan and bassoonGong Crazy!
MataCollins and HoroMegan and Horomona2009Javanese gender, Maori purerehua, pukaea, putorino, koauau, karakia, rabab pasisia, saluang, kaba
Minangkabau gandang tambuah (drums)
Gong Crazy! China
De la Noche, De la Muerte (Of Night, Of Death)  PrastitiBriar2013Two demung, slenthem, gong, accordian, violin and voiceIndonesia tour 2013Naga
Two Transcriptions KillinAnton2013Javanese gamelan and musical sawIndonesia tour 2013Naga
Sixty FiveHarahapIrwanyah2009Javanese gamelan, bassoon, clarinet, baritone saxophone, vocals and electronic soundsIrwansyah Harahap and Friends Farewell Concert, Adam Concert Room 30 Nov 2009Dedicated to jack Body, this composition reflects Irwanyah Harahap's 3 months experience living in Wellington, expecially his work with wonderful fellow musicians and composers at the NZSM.
Kebyar MoncarFarrGareth1993Javanese GamelanMarch 1993 Hammers & Gongs concert (Bats); August VUW Lunchtime concert; 1993/94 tour to Indonesia
Rubbing a reongYudaneI Wayan Gde2005Balinese gamelanMassey University (Wellington) lunchtime series, September 2005
Yen In TawangPutra (arranged)Budi S.2003kroncong orchestra, saxophones and Javanese gamelanMontana 7th Wellington International Jazz Festival, October 2003Campur Sari (privately produced by Jack Body)10:31
Ilir-ilirYudane & Harsono (arranged)I Wayan Gde & William2003kroncong orchestra, saxophones and Javanese gamelanMontana 7th Wellington International Jazz Festival, October 2003
Jali-JaliBody (arranged)Jack2003kroncong orchestra, saxophones and Javanese gamelanMontana 7th Wellington International Jazz Festival, October 2003Campur Sari (privately produced by Jack Body)7:43
Kroncong MoritskoCollins (arranged)Megan2003kroncong orchestra, saxophones and Javanese gamelanMontana 7th Wellington International Jazz Festival, October 2003Campur Sari (privately produced by Jack Body)5:51
Bengawan SoloNorris (arranged)Michael2003kroncong orchestra and saxophonesMontana 7th Wellington International Jazz Festival, October 2003Campur Sari (privately produced by Jack Body)4:48
KanganWuts (arranged)Anton2003kroncong orchestra & saxophones/clarinetsMontana 7th Wellington International Jazz Festival, October 2003
Temporal ParadoxYudaneI Wayan Gde2010violin, viola, Gamelan BaliMusical Hunters and Collectors; 17 Oct 2010
PerjalananNorris, Exley, Young, Taylor, Lynch, SandersMichael, Judith, Ros, John, Daniel, David1996Javanese gamelan and orchestraNew Plymouth, with the New Plymouth Orchestraeach composer wrote one section of the complete piece
PadhasapaErksineJason2013Balinese gamelanNorth to South: International Concert for New Music for Gamelan (Bentara Budaya Bali, Bali)Naga
HeadrushFarrGareth2013Balinese gamelanNorth to South: International Concert for New Music for Gamelan (Bentara Budaya Bali, Bali)Naga
From ShadowsKillinAnton2013Balinese gamelan with violinNorth to South: International Concert for New Music for Gamelan (Bentara Budaya Bali, Bali)Naga
HuBowaterHelen2001massed recorders and gamelanNZ Recorder Conference, Christchurch, 2001
So Short the LifeBodyJack1989Javanese gamelanOpening Celebration Concert of new VUW School of MusicAfter many years of playing gamelan, this is my first attempt to try to write for the ensemble. There are few specific references to traditional gamelan composition. Instead, I have tried to focus on the nature of the instruments themselves, the attack and decay of the tones, and most especially the rich spectrum of overtones within each sound. As the piece progresses, the fundatmental tones are deliberately supressed, while the upper partials are reinforced - a journey into the interior of the sounds. The text is adapted from Chaucer who was quoting Hippocrates: "So short the life, so long the craft to learn." " Ars longa, vita brevis".
Wan Ge (The elegy)NalinShen2005guzheng, gender and voicespart of "Vita Brevis" at St Mary of the Angels Church, 20 November 2005
A Drop of Water at the Edge of a LeafYudaneI Wayan Gde2005Balinese gamelan and vocalistpart of "Vita Brevis" at St Mary of the Angels Church, 20 November 2005
The Twin of SleepFarrGareth2005Balinese gamelan, choir and karangapart of "Vita Brevis" at St Mary of the Angels Church, 20 November 2005
Seven Ages of ManPutraBudi S.2008Javanese gamelanpart of the show "The Seven Ages of Man"DVD "The Seven Ages of Man"
Seven Ages of ManFarrGareth2008Balinese gamelan, electric violinpart of the show "The Seven Ages of Man"DVD "The Seven Ages of Man"
Seven Ages of ManYudaneI Wayan Gde2008Balinese gamelanpart of the show "The Seven Ages of Man"DVD "The Seven Ages of Man"
SiteranFarrGareth1990Javanese gamelan and harpPercussion International Concert Series 1990: Concert III, 13 August "Gamelan Music Traditional and Contemporary" at the Adam Concert Roomcassette tape "Victoria University Gamelan 1990) harp solo: Carolyn Mills-Williams25:00
A Song of MarigoldsExleyJudith1990Javanese gamelan & sopranoPercussion International Concert Series 1990: Concert III, 13 August "Gamelan Music Traditional and Contemporary" at the Adam Concert Roomcassette tape "Victoria University Gamelan 1990) vocal solo: Helen Bowater10:00
Ombak Ing SegaraYudaneI Wayan Gde2002Balinese gamelanprelude to Ananda Sukarlan piano concert, Soundings Theather, Te Papa, 5 August 2003
Mass for St CeciliaHarrison (arr. Body, Plimmer, Putra et al)Lou (arr Jack, Karen, Budi et al)2002?Choir, Javanese gamelan, organ, harp, throat-singersSacred Heart CathedralMass for St Cecilia (privately produced by Jack Body, GPM003)
The CaveCoxonJane1987choir and Javanese gamelanSonic Circus, Wgtn Town Hall, 31/10/1987 conductor: Elizabeth KerrSound Archives (of Radio NZ) - http://collections.soundarchives.co.nz/4:13setting of a poem by ARD Fairburn, score held at AGI
PagadadogapDadsonPhilip1987Javanese gamelanSonic Circus, Wgtn Town Hall, 1987Sound Archives (of Radio NZ) - http://collections.soundarchives.co.nz/8:58
Maju TerusPattersonAndra1987Choir, orchestra and Javanese gamelanSonic Circus, Wgtn Town Hall, 1987 conductor: Peter WallsSound Archives (of Radio NZ) - http://collections.soundarchives.co.nz/12:34
But It Only Makes A Small ShadowLangfordMark1987choir, Javanese gamelan and orchestraSonic Circus, Wgtn Town Hall, 1987 conductor: Peter WallsSound Archives (of Radio NZ) - http://collections.soundarchives.co.nz/6:10
Divertissement IICareyRoss1987Javanese Gamelan and seven western instrumentsSonic Circus, Wgtn Town Hall, 1987 conductor: Peter WallsSound Archives; cassette tape "Victoria University Gamelan 1990)5:40
Gam.orgYudane & CarleI Wayan Gde & Emma2003Javanese gamelan and organSt Andrews on the Terrace and ACR, Sept 200312:00
Slendro CanonKillinAnton2005saron panerus, demung, slenthemSt Andrews on the Terrace lunchtime series, August 2005
ImprovisationHancox and friendsNick2005viola and selected Javanese gamelan instrumentsSt Andrews on the Terrace lunchtime series, August 2005
Darkness to Light (an Easter Celebration)Body, Oliver & Collins (conceived by - arrangements and contributions from many others - see note)Jack, Robert & Megan2001Church choir, Javanese gamelan, throatsingers, cello, jews harp, rabab pasisia, bagpipes, organ, wine-glasses etcSt Mary of the Angels Church, Wellington, April 18, 2001Darkness to Light (CD privately produced by Jack Body; live recording)also from Benicio Sokkong, Budi Putra, Di Fairley, Leon De Lorenzo, Nigel Collins, Sue Street, Greg Street, Daniel Lynch, Judith Exley, Jane Hebberd, Karen Plimmer)
A CrossingDunTan1988Javanese Gamelan and chinese instrumentsVUW School of Music and Symphony House, June 1988Sound Archives (of Radio NZ) - http://collections.soundarchives.co.nz/The work is dedicated to the VUW Music Dept.
ReonganFarrGareth1992Javanese gamelanVUW School of Music lunchtime concert; 1992 Sonic Circus, VUW
Delirious EuphoriaPrastitiBriar2013Balinese gamelanYogyakarta Gamelan Festival & North to South: International Concert for New Music for Gamelan (Bentara Budaya Bali, Bali)Naga
SzunnHookerJack2013Balinese gamelanYogyakarta Gamelan Festival and Indonesia tourNaga
NagaCarterTristan2013Javanese gamelan with violinYogyakarta Gamelan Festival and Indonesia tourNaga
Lagu ImprovisasiKillinAnton2013Javanese gamelan (pelog and slendro) with accordianYogyakarta Gamelan Festival and Indonesia tourNaga
TinggalCollinsMegan2013Balinese gamelanYogyakarta Gamelan Festival and Indonesia tourNaga
Clockwork DancerPrastitiBriar2013Javanese gamelan (slendro and pelog), violin and musical sawYogyakarta Gamelan Festival and Indonesia tourNaga
Green RiverHookerJack2013Javanese gamelan and violinYogyakarta Gamelan Festival and Indonesia tourNaga
Volcano SongNaschitskiAnnika2013Javanese gamelanYogyakarta Gamelan Festival and Indonesia tourNaga
Ancient MoonDobsonElaine2001Balinese gamelan and Japanese kotos“August Moon”. Great Hall, Christchurch Arts Centre, 22 Aug 2002; “Golden Baris”. Great Hall, The Arts Centre of Christchurch, 7.30pm, 30 September 2004
AlcoholicSadraWayan“Banyu Gunung Salju, Gamelan Concert”. The Chapel, Music Centre of Christchurch. 8 pm, 18 June 1999
Indra Sang GuruhHancockOliver“Banyu Gunung Salju, Gamelan Concert”. The Chapel, Music Centre of Christchurch. 8 pm, 18 June 1999
Lagu Kapal KuningBarkinElaine2005“Global Gala”.  Ngaio Marsh Theatre, University of Canterbury, Christchurch.  1 June 2005