Sunday 26 July 2015

10am @ The Beehive (NZ Parliament), 1 Molesworth St, Thorndon

Photos: Victoria University of Wellington Image Services (Colin McDiarmid)

To celebrate the 150th Birthday of Wellington becoming the capital of New Zealand, more than 30 national institutions opened their doors free of charge, revealing some of the rarest and most significant collections and important treasures housed in this city.

The New Zealand School of Music Open Day (held at the Beehive) opened with a free performance from Gamelan Padhang Moncar at 10am, followed by aspiring jazz vocalists at 12 noon and classical voice students at 2pm.



A contemporary gamelan composition by Nanang Karbito, a young gamelan composer and lecturer at Gadjah Mada University of Yogyakarta, this piece expresses feelings of anger through its very fast tempo.

Lagu Dolanan (Folk Songs) - featuring The Indonesian Chorus

  • Suwe Ora Jamu, written by RC Hardjosubroto, is very popular, especially when sung by Waljinah, a prominent Indonesian singer of the keroncong style.
  • Swara Suling, (“Sound of the Flute”)
  • Prahu Layar, (‘Sailing Boat’), tells of a cheerful relaxing Sunday picnic on a boat and beach, and evokes the waves of the sea.

These last two pieces were composed in the late 1970s by Ki Narto Sabdo, a prominent Javanese gamelan expert and a famous dhalang (puppeteer). They remain popular to this day.

Nusantara Indah

“Nusantara Indah” (the beauty of Islands) was composed by Dedek Wahyudi, a prominent gamelan composer and gamelan expert. This is an opera gamelan, a Javanese genre which is through-composed and features prominent vocals, and has been arranged by Budi Putra for Gamelan Padhang Moncar.