50th Anniversary Concert & Workshop

50th Anniversary Concert & Workshop

Te Papa, Wellington Foyer, Level 2 Sun 10 Mar 2024, 10.30–1.30 Join us for the first event of our 50th anniversary of the arrival of gamelan in Aotearoa. Gamelan arrived in New Zealand in 1974, when ethnomusicologist Allan Thomas brought a centuries-old gamelan set of instruments from Cirebon on the north coast of West Java. Check out our history page for more information. Fifty years later (2024) the gamelan has become an integral part of what is now New Zealand School of Music Te Kōki at Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka. From those beginnings in the mid-70s, there are now at least six gamelan ensembles throughout New Zealand. Gamelan Wellington led by Budi Putra and Dr Megan Collins, will perform at Te Papa on the current set of instruments from Surakarta, to bring to you the extraordinary experience of this fascinating and unique Indonesian sound world. Take part in a free workshop to learn how to play the instruments, which are celebrating their 50th anniversary in New Zealand. Supported by the Indonesian Embassy in Wellington. Programme of the day: 10.30am–11.00am: Short intro concert 11.15am–12.00pm: Workshop (booking required) 12.30pm–1.30pm: Concert and hands-on opportunities...
What’s coming up?

What’s coming up?

Celebrating 50 years of gamelan in Aotearoa in 2024! Check back for our programme of special events commemorating this. Or sign up to receive emails here. You can always follow us on Facebook or Instagram. 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...
Wayang Kulit

Wayang Kulit

Saturday 25 November 2023, 7pm Upper Hutt Library Gamelan Padhang Moncar accompanied Ki Joko Susilo who presented the story of Ciptaning through traditional Javanese wayang kulit. The space at the Upper Hutt Library in Fergusson Drive was packed out.   Performers: Budi S. Putra (musical director), Megan Collins, Marie Direen, Judith Exley, Desi Haliyati, Jo Hilder, Alisa Hogan, Josh Hyslop, Mike Jones, Faris Fairusham, Hasil Maksud, Paul Nuttall, Greg Street, Eddie Ramirez     Thanks to the following organisations for their support:      ...
Tombo Ati

Tombo Ati

Friday 13 October 2023, 7pm Adam Concert Room, New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington Kelburn Campus Music can be a medicine to calm our heart - Tombo ati. Our annual end of year concert featured Gamelan Padhang Moncar and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya. Programme: Macapat: Dhandanggula Tlutur – Budi Putra and Briar Prastiti (vocals), Tristan Carter (violin), Nick Hancox (viola) Rabab Pasisia Selatan – Megan Collins (rabab Pasisia Selatan) Ladrang Ubaya Pelog Lima  – Gamelan Padhang Moncar Baris – Gamelan Taniwha Jaya Seketi – Gamelan Taniwha Jaya Lelagon Ojo Dipleroki Pelog Nem – Gamelan Padhang Moncar Lelagon Prahu Layar Pelog Nem – Gamelan Padhang Moncar Cendrawasih - Gamelan Taniwha Jaya Sapta Pesona/Nusantara Indah (opera gamelan) – Gamelan Padhang Moncar Jabalan (Javanese and Balinese Gamelan) and tembang – Gamelan Padhang Moncar and Gamelan Taniwha...
2022 Student Gamelan Recital

2022 Student Gamelan Recital

Friday 14 October, 7pm @ the Adam Concert Room (NZ School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington) The 2022 students of Javanese gamelan (PERF255) at the NZ School of Music presented their final recital with support from Gamelan Padhang Moncar and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya, performing Lancaran Samiran slendro manyura, Lancaran Lumaris slendro manyura, and Ladrang Tedak Saking - Sampak Asmaramurka pelog barang. This concert also included a Balinese dance (Tari Pendet) performed by Hawa Matthews and Ruliyati Dewi with live music from Gamelan Taniwha Jaya, led by I Wayan Gde...
Eternal Glory of Friendship

Eternal Glory of Friendship

Saturday, 24 September, 2pm St John’s in the City, Cnr Willis and Dixon Streets Gamelan Padhang Moncar presented a programme of traditional style Javanese gamelan music, including “Nusantara Indah”, a composition by Dedek Wahyudi, a prominent Javanese gamelan composer. Free...
Articles on events 2020-2022

Articles on events 2020-2022

Links to publications about our activities during COVID times (2020-2022): Article in Balungan (publication of the American Gamelan Institute): Vol. 14, GAMELAN DURING COVID, 2020 - Gamelan and related arts during the COVID era; Editors: Jody Diamond and Linda Hibbs The Gongs Hang Silent: Gamelan in New Zealand, by Jo Hilder, Megan Collins, Budi Putra, and Gareth Farr Article in FiftyFifty (newsletter of the New Zealand Indonesia Association - NZIA): Vol. 19, September 2021 The Music Behind the Shadow Puppets by Jo Hilder, Anton Killin, Megan Collins and Budi S....
Nelson Tuku22 Heritage Festival

Nelson Tuku22 Heritage Festival

11 June 2022 Gamelan Padhang Moncar provided live music at an Indonesian cultural day of events at the Saxton Oval Pavilion in Nelson as part of Nelson’s Tuku22 Heritage Festival. This included background music provided for a morning batik workshop and a more formal musical presentation at the evening dinner event. This event was organised by IndoNelson with support from the Indonesian Embassy (KBRI), Nelson City Council, Multicultural Nelson Tasman, the Department of Internal Affairs and Denaya...
New Book – Sonic Dissonance: The Music and Life of Composer Yudane

New Book – Sonic Dissonance: The Music and Life of Composer Yudane

Announcing a significant new book about I Wayan Gde Yudane, a prominent Balinese composer linked to New Zealand.  Robyn Yuwell has penned this book based on interviews with Yudane and research. We were fortunate to have held an in-person event to launch this book on the 8th of August at the Long Hall in Roseneath. This event featured compositions by local musicians performed by The First Smile gamelan and a performance of Topeng Tua by Yudane (with skeletal accompaniment on the Cirebon gamelan). Readings of book excerpts by Jennifer Shennan and by Robyn showcased the poetic nature of much of the writing. Yudane and daughter, Delisia, accompanied Robyn’s reading with subtle improvised music – the words and sounds together evoking scenes from Yudane’s childhood and the Balinese world. Some responses: The book is highly unusual…and brilliant. – Jennifer Shennan ...captures Yudane’s voice really clearly … it’s like he’s right there in the room with you. An entertaining and interesting life story worth finding out more about. – Rupert Snook The book is available as an e-book from: Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/ Hard copies are available from: the author: Email Robyn at robynyudane9@gmail.com Writer’s Plot Bookshop (Upper Hutt, NZ): https://writersplot.org.nz/ Ganesha Bookshop (Ubud, Bali): https://www.facebook.com/Ganesha-Bookshop Images of Yudane performing Topeng Tua at the book launch at the Long Hall, 8...
2021 Gamelan recital

2021 Gamelan recital

Friday 8 October, 6:30pm @ the Adam Concert Room (NZ School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington) This year’s students of Javanese gamelan (PERF255) at the NZ School of Music presented their final recital with support from Gamelan Padhang Moncar. Due to Covid restrictions at the time, this event had a very limited audience and was streamed over...
Gamelan Aotearoa

Gamelan Aotearoa

Monday 31 May 2021, 6pm at the National Library, Molesworth St, Wellington (Ground floor foyer - Te Ahumairangi) - FREE Lilburn Research Fellow, Dr Anton Killin, introduced a concert of New Zealand compositions for Javanese gamelan, set in context with traditional and contemporary Javanese gamelan music. Music was performed by Wellington’s Gamelan Padhang Moncar (Budi Putra, Director). Rupert Snook & Josh Hyslop performing Balinese rindik Anton Killin presenting Gabrielle Young Gamelan Padhang Moncar in the National Library Dr Anton Killin is the Lilburn Research Fellow, 2021, based at the National Library of New Zealand. His research will focus on cross-cultural music composition in New Zealand relating to the use of Indonesian gamelan. Gamelan has been a significant cultural influence on New Zealand composers since it was introduced. Since gamelan first arrived in New Zealand in 1975, many New Zealand composers have been inspired to write works for the ensemble including David Farquhar (1928-2007), Judith Exley, Megan Collins, and Lilburn Fellow Anton Killin, whose pieces featured in this concert, along with that of Indonesian composer Dedek Wayhudi and US composer Lou Harrison (1917-2003)....
Gamelan Taniwha Jaya at CubaDupa

Gamelan Taniwha Jaya at CubaDupa

28 March 2021, 11.30am parade from the Swan Carpark to Abel Smith St Gamelan Taniwha Jaya presented baleganjur at the 2021 CubaDupa Festival. Balinese parade music with interlocking rhythms from the reong gongs, ceng-ceng cymbals and drums, baleganjur music is used in Bali for both funeral music and competitive street performances. We were led by I Wayan Gde Yudane.   Performing under art installation at CubaDupa I Wayan Gde Yudane leading baleganjur...
Umbul Donga: Gamelan Recital

Umbul Donga: Gamelan Recital

Wednesday 14 October, 7pm @ the Adam Concert Room (ACR) Students of PERF250 gave their final recital, with Gamelan Padhang Moncar in support. The students performed Gangsaran (pelog), Ladrang Singa-singa (pelog barang) and Lancaran Naraca (slendro). This year’s gamelan prizes (sponsored by the NZ Indonesia Association and the Indonesian Embassy) were also announced. Gamelan Padhang Moncar performed Ketawang Ibu Pertiwi (pelog lima) and Ladrang Mugirahayu (slendro manyuro). The evening ended with a performance of Umbul Donga, an arrangement by Budi Putra which incorporated a Javanese song of cleansing from bad influences as well as students performing on violin and harp. The students were joined vocally in this item by Gamelan Padhang Moncar....
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...
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...