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This farewell concert for Irwansyah Harahap and Rithaony Hutajulu featured a number of compositions by Irwan drawing on a range of cultures.
Gamelan Padhang Moncar (Java) and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya ( Bali ) presented a programme selected by Jack Body to celebrate his 30 years of teaching at Victoria University/NZSchool of Music.
This practical 3 hour workshop offered by Victoria University’s Centre for Continuing Education introduced the basic playing techniques of the instruments, and explained how the music is put together.
A showing of the legendary film Opera Jawa(2006, Garin Nugroho, director) was preceded by live music from Gamelan Padhang Moncar and refreshments kindly provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.
As part of an SMP Ensemble concert, Gamelan Padhang Moncar members performed in Terry Riley’s “In C” (arranged by Anton Killin) for Javanese gamelan and western instruments.
Gamelan Padhang Moncar was joined by the NZSM jazz choir in two free lunchtime concerts of vocal and gamelan music.
Gamelan Padhang Moncar performed twice at this festival with Tristan Carter on electric violin.
This innovative Indonesian musical puppet show by ethnomusicologist/performer Megan Collins and master puppeteer Joko Susilo combines Javanese puppetry and Sumatran sung story-telling (kaba) traditions into an engaging show for children.
As part of Palmerston North’s “Festival of Cultures”, a small (gadon) group from Gamelan Padhang Moncar performed two 45 minute sessions outside Wholly Bagels, on the Square.