Gamelan Gangsa

Gamelan Gangsa

Sunday October 21, 2012 Adam Concert Room, NZ School of Music A combined concert featuring Gamelan Padhang Moncar with gamelan students of PERF250, the Indonesian Community Gamelan Ngripto Raras and Nice Pisan (angklung...
Indonesian Fair

Indonesian Fair

Sunday October 14, 2012 Old Town Hall, Wellington Gamelan Padhang Moncar presented a new work, NUSATANARA INDAH (The Beauty of Islands,) composed by Dedek Wahyudi, a well known Javanese musician who created many new gamelan works in the late 1990s. The work combined new gamelan pieces and songs into an opera ensemble, all in the pelog scale. Gamelan Taniwha Jaya, our sister Balinese ensemble, also performed two works in the Gong Kebyar style and composed in the early 20th century by one of the most famous Balinese composers, I Wayan Lotring: Kompyang and Sekar...
World Fair Trade Day

World Fair Trade Day

Saturday 12 May, 2012 12 noon Wellington Trade Aid Shop A small (gadon) group from Gamelan Padhang Moncar performed Ketawang Kinanthi Sandung and Ketawang Asmarandana to support World Fair Trade Day and coffee and tea-growers in Java and Sumatra. This was followed by Megan Collins performing “Kaba Iniak Mudo” - a story about a tiger presented through kaba, Sumatran sung story-telling with rabab pasisia. Wellington’s Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown, also spoke about Fair Trade.   Budi S. Putra plays...
WOMAD 2012

WOMAD 2012

16-18 March Gamelan performers from Wellington had a strong presence at WOMAD 2012 in New Plymouth with three shows presenting music from Java, Bali and Sumatra. Read an account here on the NZSM website. Wayang Kulit at WOMAD 2003 (Gamelan Padhang Moncar and Joko Susilo) at WOMAD (Photo: Dominika Zielinska) Joko Susilo and Megan Collins – Tiger Show Wayang Kulit (shadow puppetry) with Pak Joko Susilo Saturday 17 March on the Shell Gables Stage GPM Performers: Budi Putra (kendhang), Jo Hilder (gender barung), Greg Street (rebab, gender panerus), Jason Erskine (slenthem), Rupert Snook and Clare Tattersall (demung), Stephanie Cairns, Helen O’Rourke and Tristan Carter (saron), Judith Exley (saron panerus), Marie Direen (bonang barung), Jack Hooker (bonang panerus), Mike Jones (kenong), Alisa Hogan (kethuk), Pippa Strom and Carina Esguerra (gong, kempul), Juliet Palmer, Briar Prastiti and Annika Naschitzki (gerong/sindhen), Anton Killin (gambang) Minuit with Gamelan Taniwha Jaya Sunday 18 March on the Shell Gables Stage This new collaboration featured some of Minuit’s best-known songs with Balinese gamelan parts added by Jason Erskine. For more information, see here or listen here. GTJ performers: Rupert Snook, Anton Killin, Jacqui Stowers and Jack Hooker (gangsas); Jason Erskine, Gareth Farr, Jo Hilder and Tristan Carter (reyong); Briar Prastiti and Mike Jones (jublag); Carina Esguerra (gongs); Clare Tattersall (kempli); James Rolfe (ceng-ceng) “Kaba Iniak Mudo” Sumatran/Javanese tiger puppet show Saturday & Sunday 17 & 18 March in the Kidzone Joko Susilo (dalang) and Megan Collins (kaba, rabab pasisia, saluang, drums) with Bronwyn Poultney on Javanese genderand drums. We also had fun participating in the WOMAD parade.         Thanks to the NZ School...
Minuit vs. Gamelan Taniwha Jaya

Minuit vs. Gamelan Taniwha Jaya

Saturday 18 February 2012 Jim Beam Homegrown Festival on the Wellington Waterfront Gamelan Taniwha Jaya (Balinese gamelan directed by Gareth Farr) appeared with Minuit in this new collaboration which featured some of Minuit’s best-known songs with Balinese gamelan parts added by Jason Erskine. For more information, see...
Kaba Iniak Mudo – crossover wayang

Kaba Iniak Mudo – crossover wayang

Sunday 29 January 2012 at the Long Hall, Pt Jerningham, Roseneath, 13b Maida Vale Rd. Joko Susilo (Javanese dalang) and Megan Collins presented ‘Kaba Iniak Mudo‘ with Wayang kulit Javanese) shadow puppets), Kaba (Sumatran song & story telling), and music from The First Smile (Cirebon gamelan). The show about tigers was much enjoyed by children aged 4 years and up. This was followed by an illustrated talk by Joko Susilo about his own training and experiences as a traditional puppeteer in Indonesia. Techniques and repertoire of wayang kulit were demonstrated with reference to the extensive collection of puppets brought with the Cirebon gamelan to New Zealand by Allan Thomas in...