CANCELLED: Gamelan Taniwha Jaya at CubaDupa

CANCELLED: Gamelan Taniwha Jaya at CubaDupa

Sunday 29 March 2020, 1:15pm, Swan Stage Unfortunately, due to Covid19 restrictions on large gatherings, CubaDupa 2020 has been cancelled. Gamelan Taniwha Jaya hopes to present their programme showcasing Indonesian roots and contemporary sounds at CubaDupa in 2021 or at other events later in the year. Watch this space for concerts which will feature new works for Balinese gamelan by Gareth Farr, Jack Hooker and Megan...
Gamelan in the NZ Festival of the Arts

Gamelan in the NZ Festival of the Arts

Gamelan Wellington was delighted to take part in this year’s NZ Festival of the Arts in Wellington. In the first week, we provided workshops on Javanese gamelan to Porirua College students as part of Lemi Ponifasio’s Te Ata Festival in Porirua (22-29 February). The second week of the festival saw Budi Putra, Megan Collins, Jo Hilder and Greg Street working with Laurie Anderson for two of her shows: The Calling and Here Comes the Ocean. It was an honour to work Laurie and the wonderful musicians she brought with her: Greg Cohen, Eyvand Kang, Shahzad Ismaily, Rubin Kodheli and Stuart Hurwood, as well as local taonga puoro musician Horomona Horo. Their open-hearted and ‘loose’ approach to improvised shows was a revelation and a joy. Reviews may be found here: The Calling and Here Comes the Ocean...
Gong Beats: Gamelan Recital

Gong Beats: Gamelan Recital

Thursday 3 October 2019 Adam Concert Room, NZ School of Music Students of this year’s PERF250 undergraduate class in Javanese gamelan presented their final recital, directed by Budi S. Putra, with guest appearances from Gamelan Padhang Moncar and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya. PERF250 Students with Budi Putra Gamelan Padhang Moncar Gamelan Taniwha Jaya Programme: Ladrang Sumarah pelog nyamat (PERF250) This traditional piece is in ladrang form which is usually performed at a slow tempo, and is often used to welcome guests or to begin a concert. Lancaran Pambuka slendro manyuro (PERF250) Lancaran Lumaris slendro manyuro (PERF250) These traditional gamelan pieces are often used to accompany shadow puppets. Lancaran is a formal structure of at least two gong cycles, each divided into 4 bars of four notes each. It is one of the shorter Javanese structures and is usually played lancar (at a fast tempo). PERF250 Performers: Jac Boothe, Lorenz Romuel Arabelo, Kenny Childs, Morgan Smith, Imogen Moore, Ellen Travis, Ferg Fry, Kylie White, Samuel McMillan, Julian Mittmann, Emma Bernard, Maxwell Stone, Soyam Dean, Phoebe Caldeiro, Mia Kelly, Arturo Lopez, Kauru Sawada Hujan Mas (Gamelan Taniwha Jaya) This Balinese piece in the gong kebyar style is of unclear origin but most likely originated in the early to mid 20th century in Kedis Kaja, North Bali, before spreading to a group in Ubud popular for its tourist performances, Gunung Sari. It is now a favourite among Balinese gamelan groups outside Bali. GTJ Performers: Gareth Farr, Rupert Snook, Mike Jones, Svenda Strom, Jo Hilder, Sophie James, Bo Yang, Josh Hyslop, Peter Ingram, Ijaan Yudana, Anita Tan, Clare Tattersall, Jean Arnold, Amber Madriaga, Budi...
What’s coming up?

What’s coming up?

Check back for further public events in 2019. Or take a look at our past events to see what we’ve done before including appearances at WOMAD the Silver Scroll Awards shadow puppet shows and accompanying...
Pyramid Power Festival

Pyramid Power Festival

Jeff Henderson and gamelan Saturday 4 May 2019, 5pm The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Wellington $10 Saxophonist extraordinaire, Jeff Henderson and members of Gamelan Wellington created experimental music from a graphic score devised by Jeff - part of the Pyramid Power Festival, festival of adventurous music organised by the good people of the Pyramid Club....
Balinese Baleganjur @ BATS Theatre 30th Birthday

Balinese Baleganjur @ BATS Theatre 30th Birthday

Saturday 6 April 2019 A baleganjur parade kicked off the BATStravaganza! - a spectacular variety show to  celebrate 30 years of BATS Theatre. The show highlighted some of the best bits in theatre, dance, comedy and music from the last 30 years at Bat’s. Members of Gamelan Taniwha Jaya were led by Gareth Farr, a longtime member of the BATS whānau dating back to his first Bat’s show HAMMER AND GONGS back in the early 90s, which also featured baleganjur. At the BATStravaganza, Gareth and members of Gamelan Taniwha Jaya paraded from Bat’s Theatre along to the Embassy Theatre where the event began at 8pm....
Night Hub 2019

Night Hub 2019

Friday 22 March 2019, 6pm Victoria University of Wellington, The Hub Many months in the planning, our Night Hub concert became a special opportunity for people to come together, as it fell on Friday 22 March, a week after the horrific attacks on Al Noor mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre, in Christchurch, 15 March 2019. Ustad Agam Jaya welcomed the audience with an Islamic do’a prayer, which was followed by speeches of condolence and support from Dr Megan Collins (our manager), Professor Sally-Jane Norman (director of the New Zealand School of Music) and Ibu Adek Triana Yudhaswari  (Indonesia’s cultural attache here in NZ). The Indonesian Ambassador Mr. Tantowi Yahya was in Christchurch, supporting victims of the shootings. The concert began with Umbul Donga, which included a macapat poem sung by music director Budi Putra. This called for all evil to be banished from our performance space. It was paired with lampu obor (torchlight) ritual based choreography from our guest artist, dancer Sri Mulyani, of Mulyojoyo dance group, Surabaya, Indonesia. This haunting and poignant beginning gave way to the excitement of dance and gamelan, the audience mesmerised by the sounds and textures of both gamelan. Sri Mulyani danced again with the Balinese gamelan, lead by Rupert Snook, the gorgeous Cendrawasih bird of paradise dance. The audience were invited to try the instruments at the end of the concert and many in the crowd did. The performance featured Gamelan Taniwha Jaya (Bali) and Gamelan Padhang Moncar (Java), the Indonesian Chorus, Megan Collins on rabab Pasisia (West Sumatra, Minangkabau) and Tristan Carter on violin. Read Jenifer Shennan’s erudite review of the concert here. Gallery (photos by Stephen Gibbs...
Improv with ‘From Scratch’

Improv with ‘From Scratch’

City Art Gallery, Wellington Saturday 16 February 2019 Gamelan Taniwha Jaya members, Gareth Farr, Rupert Snook and Jo Hilder, joined From Scratch, with their unique invented instruments, for 20 minutes as part of a day-long performance in collaboration with a travelling roster of local guest musicians. Here’s a sample of what...
Orokaya The Rhythm of Sunda

Orokaya The Rhythm of Sunda

Visiting artists from Sunda, Orokaya, recently visited Wellington for a few days to perform and give workshops and demonstrations. Here are some videos from an informal performance in the Asia Pacific Music Studio at the NZ School of Music for members of Gamelan Padhang Moncar. Thanks to Carina Esguerra for the...
News

News

Money raised in New Zealand sent to Cirebon following gamelan tragedy In Gegesik Village, Cirebon Regency, in Java, a tragedy occurred at a gamelan practice on 14 May, 2018, when a wall collapsed on a group of young musicians, killing seven people including their dhalang, Bapak Suherman. The first gamelan to arrive in New Zealand had been brought here by Allan Thomas in 1974. Allan died in 2010 but The First Smile gamelan is still regularly played by his colleagues and friends in Wellington. It seemed impossible for us to do nothing from this distance, so a wayang kulit by dhalang Dr. Joko Susilo and Gamelan Padhang Moncar, directed by Pak Budi Putra, was the central part of a fund-raiser held at New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University of Wellington, and supported by Ambassador H.E. Mr. Tantowi Yahya and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia. See more information, including photos and videos of the show here. All those who participated, to send support to the families involved in this tragic incident, will be pleased to hear that the sum raised (NZ$3000) has been safely delivered to the widow of Dhalang Suherman and members of Sanggar Hidayat Jati (The True Guidance Studio in East Gegesik village). The donation was delivered by Benjamin Seilhamer, a student and colleague of Richard North, and a member of Gamelan Sinar Surya (Cirebon gamelan), at Santa Barbara, California. Ben was in Cirebon studying and performing Tarling Klasik (Cirebon gamelan pieces played on guitar and suling (flute), with an elder Tarling master, Mama Djana Partanain). The following messages have been received:  An expression...
Auckland Indonesian Festival

Auckland Indonesian Festival

Saturday 1 September, 2018 AUT City Campus, 55 Wellesley St East, Auckland Music, dance, wayang kulit (shadow theatre), food. We were honoured to take part in this festival and perform on the new Javanese gamelan from the AUT Indonesian Centre (AUTIC). In addition to performing a short recital, we accompanied Ki Joko Susilo for a short wayang kulit show and accompanied a dance group from Jakarta led by Martini Tri Murjoko performing Tari Kayungyun (see video below).   Ki Joko Susilo Tari Kayungyun Auckland Gamelan Shiny new gongs Accompanying wayang from ‘the wrong...
Wayang for Cirebon

Wayang for Cirebon

  Saturday 30 June 2018Ki Joko Susilo with Gamelan Padhang Moncarin the Adam Concert Room (NZSM, Victoria University of Wellington).$30/adult - all proceeds were sent to Cirebon   Ambassador Tantowi Yahya and Jack Hooker – opening act! Ki Joko Susilo in action Children enjoying the action Ki Joko Susilo and Gamelan Padhang Moncar This fund-raising event was sparked by a tragedy in Cirebon in April this year when a wall adjacent to the rehearsal space collapsed on top of the players, killing seven youngsters, aged between 12 –15 years, and their teacher, dhalang Mas Herman Basari. The $3000 raised reached the community in September 2018. Read more. The Cirebon area of Northwest Java is dear to our hearts. Allan Thomas brought the first gamelan to New Zealand from Cirebon in 1974. You can read about the history and about these instruments on our site by following the links. Later named The First Smile, the ensemble is still played by a local Wellington group who spear-headed this fund-raising campaign to send support to Gegesik village and families affected by the tragedy who plan to purchase a new gamelan dedicated to the memory of those who died.   Thanks to Te Koki New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia...
Walking in Forest / Ocean / River

Walking in Forest / Ocean / River

Thursday 31 May 2018, 6pm Thistle Hall Walking in Forest / Ocean / River was a week-long event featuring VR, Dance, and Projections (from 28 May  to 3 June). Gamelan Padhang Moncar provided live music on Thursday evening including Judith Exley‘s most recent composition for gamelan instruments . “Forest Whispers” was composed for an event at the School of Oriental and Asian Studies at the University of London in 2014. This performance was its NZ premiere. It features four gamelan instruments (including gong) and violin (played by Tristan Carter) - an adaptation from the original that featured cello. Our director, Budi S. Putra, also performed macapat song accompanied by Tristan...
Wayang Kulit @ CubaDupa

Wayang Kulit @ CubaDupa

Gathutkaca Gugur - The Fall of Gathutkaca Wayang Kulit with Ki Joko Susilo (dhalang) and Gamelan Padhang Moncar in the Hannah Courtyard @ CubaDupa Saturday 24 March 2018, 8pm Joko Susilo presented The Fall of Gathutkaca in a village atmosphere, outdoors in the Hannah Courtyard near Cuba Street, accompanied by Gamelan Padhang Moncar. Despite the rain, a spot under cover near Goldings bar was found and an enthusiastic audience enjoyed a 90 minute show and clamoured for more. Review  … a riveting Javanese wayang kulit shadow puppet show by dhalang Joko Susilo, effortlessly accompanied by the local Gamelan Padhang Moncar. The astonishingly dance-like arm movements of the puppets was a revelation of this dhalang’s expertise.  - Jennifer Shennan (Michelle Potter … on dancing) Brief synopsis of the story:  As the war between the royal cousins Pandawa and Korawa rages on, Prince Abimanyo is killed. Furious, Gathutkaca heads into battle, bidding his pregnant wife Pergiwa farewell. Tragically, Gathutkaca is slain by the magic arrow called Wijayan Danu. Carina Esguerra on gong Ki Joko Susilo Kindly supported by a grant from the Asia New Zealand Foundation....
Bali: The Sights and Sounds of Heaven

Bali: The Sights and Sounds of Heaven

12 December 2017 Indonesian Embassy, Wellington Dancers from Sanggar Mulyo Joyo Enterprise (Surabaya), led by Sri Mulyani, performed Balinese dances with music performed by Gamelan Taniwha Jaya, who also performed a number of instrumental interludes. Programme: Tari Pendet - traditional Topeng Arsa Wijaya (instrumental) - traditional Tari Teruna Jaya - Wandres/Manik Sekar Gendot – I Gusti Made Geria (Geladag) (instrumental) Tari Margapati (instrumental) - Kaler Tari Cendrawasih - Windha/Bandem Dancers: Sri Mulyani, Nila Rahayu Ningsih, Mazaya Nurbaity, Maheswari Dian Permata, dan Firly Annisa Musicians: Gareth Farr, Rupert Snook, Jo Hilder, Clare Tattersall, Anita Tan, Paul Nuttall, Mike Jones, Jean Arnold, Iain Gordon, Yile Ying, Pavel Gri, Velichko Fetvadjiev, Svenda Strom, Briar Prastiti, Chris Wratt, Carina Esguerra, Budi S. Putra Tari Pendet Teruna Jaya danced by Sri Mulyani Teruna Jaya danced by Sri Mulyani Tari Cendrawasih Tari Cendrawasih Tari Cendrawasih The visit of Sanggar Mulyo Joyo was supported by Bank BPR Jatim/Bank UMKM Jawa Timur, Indonesian Embassy of Wellington, and Telkom...
Forged in Fire: The Sound of Heaven

Forged in Fire: The Sound of Heaven

Thursday 19 October 2017, 7pm Adam Concert Room, NZ School of Music, Kelburn, Wellington The final recital for students of PERF250 also featured Javanese gamelan ensembles led by Budi S Putra plus Balinese gamelan led by Gareth Farr Programme: Batak dance from North Sumatra, performed by local Indonesian children PERF 250 gamelan students Lancaran Udan Mas Ketawang Mijil Panglilih Lancaran Lumaris Ngripto Raras Gamelan Group Ladrang Ela-Ela Gandrung Gamelan Taniwha Jaya Sekar Gendot (Gladag version) Arsa Wijaya Gamelan Padhang Moncar Gending Endol-Endol Ladrang Mugirahayu Slendro Nem and Ketawang Kinanthi Sandung Pelog Nem Manik Jejantung (a vocal composition by Peni Candra Sari featuring Budi Putra and Briar Prastiti on vocals). Presentation of 2 Gamelan Prizes from NZIA and KBRI to students of PERF250 2017 Students of PERF250 Gamelan Taniwha Jaya Marie Direen demonstrates bonang Gamelan Padhang Moncar Gamelan Taniwha Jaya Ngripto Raras Indonesian Community...
Indonesian honour for Allan Thomas and Jack Body

Indonesian honour for Allan Thomas and Jack Body

On 22 August 2017, Allan Thomas and Jack Body were awarded certificates of appreciation for their services in introducing, promoting and developing gamelan in the New Zealand School of Music’s curriculum at Victoria University of Wellington by the Indonesian government. The Ambassador for the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Bp Tantowi Yahya, presented the certificates on behalf of Associate Minister Puan Maharani, Minister for Human Development & Culture of Indonesia. Jennifer Shennan accepted the certificate on behalf of her late husband, Allan Thomas, and Judith Exley accepted the certificate on behalf of her close friend, Jack Body. Jennifer Shennan’s words on the evening: Ambassador Yahya, Mrs. Yahya, Excellencies. Hon.Gerry Brownlee, Ministers, Ladies & Gentleman - selamat sore, kia ora koutou katoa. Our daughters,  Beth & Nell, and I are happy to be reminded of the good thing Allan did in bringing the first gamelan to New Zealand, back in 1974. There are now 8 gamelan in the country —  the newest on its way to Auckland University of Technology where Dr.Joko Susilo, as the director, will arrive this week to unpack and name the ensemble. Altogether this means that hundreds of New Zealanders play or have played gamelan — and therefore thousands of New Zealanders of all ages, have heard gamelan music. Allan was enchanted with the truth that you can introduce people to gamelan, hand them the beaters and have them playing something beautiful within two minutes… as was brilliantly demonstrated by Pak Budi Putra at an open session of Gamelan Padhang Moncar at VUW last evening.  This is not true of a crate of 10 violins - - that would...
Open Rehearsal

Open Rehearsal

Monday 21 August 2017, 6pm Asian-Pacific Music Studio, NZ School of Music This was an informal chance for members of the public to listen to Gamelan Padhang Moncar rehearse, and have a go. Snacks were...
Movie fundraiser: Kartini

Movie fundraiser: Kartini

Friday 11 August 2017, 6pm Reading Cinemas A screening of the new movie, Kartini with live Javanese gamelan in the foyer before the film. More about the film:  “This is a story about the most famous Indonesian heroine, Kartini. In the early 1900s, Indonesia was still a colony of the Netherlands, Java is a land where noble families rule under Dutch supervision. Only noble and royal family were able to get education. Women weren’t allowed to get higher education, even for women of royal blood. Women in the Javanese culture only had one purpose - to be a bride for a man with royal blood. Kartini grew up to fight this caste system, fight for equality for women, and most importantly she fought for the right for everyone to get an education regardless of their social status or gender. This is an emotional journey of Kartini where she had to defy her own family, her own culture and she had to fight to change in rules and traditions that were considered sacred in Java.”...
Balinese Gamelan recital

Balinese Gamelan recital

Wednesday 7 June, 6pm Asia-Pacific Music Studio, NZ School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington This free Balinese gamelan recital will feature students of PERF252 who have been learning new performance skills this semester with I Wayan Gde Yudane, recently returned from Bali. They were joined by Gamelan Taniwha Jaya. The concert featured the following repertoire: Gending Bebonangan Gambang Kuta by I Wayan Lotring Kebyar Jaya Semara by Wayan Beratha Sekar Gendot (Binoh version) by I Wayan Lotring Sekar Gendot (Kebyar Br Geladag version) by I Ketut...
‘So Short the Life’ – Jack Body

‘So Short the Life’ – Jack Body

Gamelan Padhang Moncar recreated Jack Body’s first composition for gamelan, ‘So Short the Life’ as part of a choral concert by Nota Bene at Wellington’s Sacred Heart Cathedral on 7 May 2017.  The piece was composed for the opening of the new School of Music building at Victoria University in 1989. Budi, Tristan and Pippa rehearse macapat Poster for the concert page 1 of Jack’s original handwritten score Jack described the piece as containing “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.” (jackbody.com) The text is adapted from Chaucer who was quoting Hippocrates: ‘So short the life, so long the craft to learn’ – Ars long, vita brevis.” “I had the idea that the gamelan speaks but that if we listen very carefully we can actually hear voices inside the gamelan. Perhaps that’s something to do with friends that have departed - that the memories stay with us.” Recreating the piece was a challenge as Jack’s handwritten score was a little cryptic to understand (see sample below). Using an audio recording of the original performance provided by Nga Taonga Sound and Vision and under the direction of Gareth Farr, who had been one of the original performers, we were able to successfully recreate the piece, albeit in somewhat shorter form. The piece was very warmly received in the context of a concert of several of Jack’s choral works, juxtaposed against simlar works by Benjamin Britten. The Wellington Young Voices children’s choir came and...
Seni Nan Gombang from Sumatra, Indonesia

Seni Nan Gombang from Sumatra, Indonesia

Saturday & Sunday 1 & 2 April 2017 at the ASEAN/Southeast Asian Night Market on the Wellington Waterfront Seni Nan Gombang, an innovative music, dance and theatre company, visited Aotearoa/New Zealand from West Sumatra, Indonesia to showcase indigenous music and dance along with new compositions. Their dance and music included repertoire drawn from the natural environment of the South Coast. Home to the endangered Sumatran tiger and the black siamang gibbon, their homeland borders the Barisan Ranges of the great Sumatran rain forest. The dance style Sentak Ilau depicts the tiger dance, dedicated to the highly revered tigress, which is a symbol of their culture. Minangkabau people whakapapa through their mother’s line and women hold a strong place in West Sumatra. They performed four times at the SE Asian Night Market to great acclaim and gave a free workshop at the NZ School of Music on Tuesday 4 April. Seni Nan Gombang were proudly supported by Asia New Zealand Foundation, GNS Science and the Indonesian Embassy,...
Java at the SE Asian Night Market 2017

Java at the SE Asian Night Market 2017

Sunday 2 April 2017 Gamelan Padhang Moncar braved wind and rain to perform twice at the night market on the Wellington Waterfront, near Te Papa. This year we invited audience members to come up on stage and have a go on the instruments briefly as well. We finished with a brief collaboration with musicians from Sanggar Seni Nan Gombang who were visiting New Zealand for a week from Sumatra. Musicians from Gamelan Padhang Moncar and Seni Nan Gombang collaborate Members of the audience came up on stage and tried their hand at playing gamelan Jason Erskine, Rupert Snook and Greg Street...