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, 7pm @ the Adam Concert Room (NZ School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington) This year’s students of Javanese gamelan at the NZ School of Music will present their final recital with contributions from Gamelan Padhang Moncar and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya. Watch out also for other special guests. Fingers crossed that this event will be able to go ahead in this evolving COVID-19 context. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for...
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...