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...
Festival of Cultures

Festival of Cultures

Sunday 5 March 2017 Te Manawa (MacDiarmid Foyer, Level 2), 326 Main Street, Palmerston North Gamelan Padhang Moncar performed and conducted workshops as part of the 3-day Festival of Cultures in Palmerston North. 11:45am - Concert, with guest singers from the local Indonesian community. 1:45pm - hands-on...