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....
POSTPONED: Gamelan Taniwha Jaya at CubaDupa

POSTPONED: Gamelan Taniwha Jaya at CubaDupa

March 2021 Unfortunately, due to Covid19 restrictions on large gatherings, CubaDupa 2020 was cancelled. Look out for Gamelan Taniwha Jaya at CubaDupa in 2021 where we hope to present a programme showcasing Indonesian roots and contemporary sounds: 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...