50th Anniversary Concert & Workshop

50th Anniversary Concert & Workshop

Te Papa, Wellington Foyer, Level 2 Sun 10 Mar 2024, 10.30–1.30 Join us for the first event of our 50th anniversary of the arrival of gamelan in Aotearoa. Gamelan arrived in New Zealand in 1974, when ethnomusicologist Allan Thomas brought a centuries-old gamelan set of instruments from Cirebon on the north coast of West Java. Check out our history page for more information. Fifty years later (2024) the gamelan has become an integral part of what is now New Zealand School of Music Te Kōki at Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka. From those beginnings in the mid-70s, there are now at least six gamelan ensembles throughout New Zealand. Gamelan Wellington led by Budi Putra and Dr Megan Collins, will perform at Te Papa on the current set of instruments from Surakarta, to bring to you the extraordinary experience of this fascinating and unique Indonesian sound world. Take part in a free workshop to learn how to play the instruments, which are celebrating their 50th anniversary in New Zealand. Supported by the Indonesian Embassy in Wellington. Programme of the day: 10.30am–11.00am: Short intro concert 11.15am–12.00pm: Workshop (booking required) 12.30pm–1.30pm: Concert and hands-on opportunities...
What’s coming up?

What’s coming up?

Celebrating 50 years of gamelan in Aotearoa in 2024! Check back for our programme of special events commemorating this. Or sign up to receive emails here. You can always follow us on Facebook or Instagram. Or take a look at our past events to see what we’ve done before including appearances at WOMAD the Silver Scroll Awards shadow puppet shows and accompanying...
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...