APRA Silver Scroll Awards 2014

APRA Silver Scroll Awards 2014

30 October 2014, TSB Events Arena Gamelan Taniwha Jaya covered the winning song at the 2014 Silver Scroll awards, arranged by Gareth Farr, with Johnny Marks on vocals. Video/Audio Reviews Video Link: Audio Link: Radio NZ National (1 November 2014) Emma Smith attends a rehearsal of Gamelan Taniwha Jaya and throat singer Johnny Marks of the Silver Scroll-winning song Walk (Into Your Arms) by Tami Nielson. …the Silver Scroll went to Tami Neilson, for her blues belter ‘Walk Back to Your Arms’, which also received my favourite cover interpretation on the night, in being performed by a gamelan orchestra with Gareth Farr and the All Seeing Hand’s Johnny Marks, who did part of his vocal as a convincing throat-singer. It really was quite wow. Russell Brown Hard News - read full text The big winner on the night, Tami Neilson, had her song Walk (Back to Your Arms) performed by Johnny Marks (of All Seeing Hand) and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya. Tami’s original performance is, of course, exquisite - but in arranger Gareth Farr’s expert hands, aided by Johnny’s throat singing and the eerily beautiful sound of the gamelans, something entirely new and spine-tingling occurred. Briar Lawry NZ Musician Observation Post - read full...
2013 Tour to Indonesia

2013 Tour to Indonesia

1-21 July 2013 Gamelan Padhang Moncar and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya toured Indonesia presenting new works by Gareth Farr, Briar Prastiti, Jason Erskine, Anton Killin, Jack Hooker, Tristan Carter, Megan Collins and Annika Naschitski. Listen to Jack Body and Gareth Farr talking about the tour on Radio New Zealand Concert. We performed a programme of new compositions at the Yogyakarta International Gamelan Festival (Sunday 7 July). We also participated in a number of joint concerts at schools and universities in Yogya, Solo and Malang, and performed at the Car-Free Day in Solo on Sunday 14 July. Gamelan Taniwha Jaya debuted in Bali at Bentara Budaya Bali on Thursday 18 July performing new compositions for Balinese Gong Kebyar in a joint concert with Gamelan Gita Asmara (from Canada) and Wrdhi Swaram and Salukat (from Bali). The tour was led by Budi Putra (our director) and Jack Body (our manager). Itinerary: Tues 2 July - Gamelan Padhang Moncar Concert - Anjungan Jawa Tengah, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah 1pm-2:30pm Sat 6 July - Gamelan Padhang Moncar Joint concert - Universitas Gajah Mada, Yogyakarta, 1-3pm Sun 7 July - Gamelan Padhang Moncar and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya concert at Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival (evening) Wed 10 July - Gamelan Padhang Moncar Joint concert - SMPN 10 Solo (intermediate school) - 8-10pm Thur 11 July - Gamelan Padhang Moncar Joint concert - SMKN (Arts high school), Solo - 8-10pm Sun 14 July - Gamelan Padhang Moncar Concert at Car Free Day, Slamet Riyadi, Solo (early morning) Mon 15 July - Gamelan Padhang Moncar Joint concert with University of Malang at UNIBRAW (evening), Malang Thur 18 July -...
Minuit with Gamelan Taniwha Jaya

Minuit with Gamelan Taniwha Jaya

In 2012, Gamelan Taniwha Jaya collaborated with local electronic band, Minuit, to perform arrangements of some of their best-known songs, arranged by Jason Erskine. Minuit comprised lead singer, Ruth Carr, with Paul Dodge and Ryan Beehre playing machines and disbanded in 2014. The show was performed live at the Wellington Homegrown Festival in February and then at WOMAD in March. at WOMAD (Photo: Dominika Zielinska) at Homegrown Gamelan Taniwha Jaya rehearsal with local band Minuit Already well known for their energetic live shows, Minuit say “it’s definitely been a challenge adding twelve more players to the band, but its completely kickass! Why didnt we do it before? Oh that’s right, we need a small truck to move everyone”. from Amplifier Radio New Zealand broadcast a segment documenting the project: Gamelan Taniwha Jaya collaboration with local Wellington band, Minuit - 2012 GTJ performers: Gangsas: Rupert Snook, Anton Killin, Jacqui Stowers and Jack Hooker Reyong: Jason Erskine, Gareth Farr, Jo Hilder and Tristan Carter Jublag: Briar Prastiti and Mike Jones Gongs: Carina Esguerra Kempli: Clare Tattersall Ceng-ceng: James...
Gong Crazy! 2009

Gong Crazy! 2009

October 3 & 4, 2009, 8.00pm Adam Concert Room, NZ School of Music, Kelburn Campus $25/$15 concession Gamelan Padhang Moncar (Java) and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya ( Bali ) presented a programme selected by Jack Body to celebrate his 30 years of teaching at Victoria University/NZSchool of Music. This concert of new music was for gamelan in combination with an assortment of wonderful and rarely heard instruments including the sheng (Chinese mouth organ) and hasapi (Indonesian lute), as well as traditional Western classical instruments. Listen  to Jack Body talking about  the difference between sound and music, upcoming gamelan concerts and his approach to his work (27 Sep 2009). Read a review of these concerts. Guest artists included: Wang Zheng-Ting (China/Australia) - Chinese sheng (mouth organ) Irwansyah Harahap ( Indonesia ) - Indonesian gambus (lute) Rithaony Hutajulu ( Indonesia ) - vocal NZ String Quartet John Rae (percussion) Richard Nunns, Alistair Fraser (taonga puoro) Tevita Katoa, George Upu (percussion) Featuring newly composed works by: Jack Body and Wayan Yudane: A House in Bali (string quartet & Balinese gamelan, and narrator) Helen Bowater: Sun Wu Kong -Monkey (Javanese gamelan, string quartet, sheng, singers(s), rebab, frog toys) Irwansjah Harahap: Born (string quartet, sheng, clarinet, marimba, hasapi etc) John Psathas: waiting : still (Balinese musician & piano) Ross Harris: Enteng - light, easy (Balinese & Javanese gamelan) Gareth Farr: The Seventh Age (Balinese gamelan, viola and sheng) Leon DeLorenzo: Melangkah dan Melangkah (electroacoustic and masked actor) David Sanders: Wire, Bronze and Spokes (Balinese and Javanese gamelan and ‘prepared’ spinning wheel) Megan Collins: Mata (taonga puoro, rabab pasisia, saluang, percussion & gongs) Andrzej Nowicki: Abstand...
Didik Nini Thowok

Didik Nini Thowok

Celebrated transgender dancer Didik Nini Thowok has performed with us twice in New Zealand as well as in Indonesia at the 2007 Yoygakarta Gamelan Festival. Te Papa’s 10th Anniversary, 2008 At Te Papa, Didik performed traditional Javanese and Balinese dance, with live music from Gamelan Padhang Moncar and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya. He also danced the Maori story of Rona e te Marama (‘Rona and the Moon’) to music by Gareth Farr for both gamelan combined. This work had premiered at the 2007 Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival. Didik was joined in a newly choreographed Balinese dance by Evie Suyadnyani, a dancer visiting from Bali. They danced exquisitely to music composed especially for them by I Wayan Gde Yudane.   A Night to Remember, 2004 Didik was joined in  by cross-dressing Gareth Farr (Lilith La Croix) for an outrageous evening of dance and music from both Java and Bali, with a bit of flamenco thrown in. Gamelan Padhang Moncar and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya combined forces for this one-off event in May 2004 which played to a capacity audience at Soundings Theatre in Te Papa. Night of contrasts a venerable delight WHAT: A Night to Remember WHERE: Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, Sunday REVIEWED BY: Jennifer Shennan A NIGHT to Remember was a cross-over programme of dance and music, including gamelan orchestras in both Javanese and Balinese styles. There were two male performers in female roles, court dances freed from tradition then camped up cabaret fashion, and characters in comic routines. A capacity audience delighted in these contrasting elements, the programme presented by Jack Body. Didik Nini Thowok, from Indonesia, is a celebrated dancer specialising in female roles. The opening Javanese dance,...
The Seven Ages of Man, 2008

The Seven Ages of Man, 2008

Cross-cultural multi-media music-theatre 4-5 October, 2008 Adam Concert Room, Victoria University of Wellington (Kelburn Campus) Acclaimed master of Balinese masked dance, I NYOMAN SUKERTA combined with local artists to reinterpret Shakespeare’s famous text. This new collaboration between NZ and Indonesian artists was a hugely entertaining, sometimes startling, reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s view of human life. Mixing multi-lingual declamation, exotic vocal styles, physical theatre and gamelan percussion this production transcended the many boundaries of time and place, language and culture. Shakespeare was never more universal than this! All the world’s a stage…. Hear more about the show on Radio New Zealand’s Upbeat, where Eva Radich talked to Jack Body and Nyoman Sukerta. The infant The schoolboy The lover The soldier The justice The lean and slippered pantaloon The final phase All photos by Robert Catto /robertcatto.com. Full photo gallery here. DVD available on request. Featuring: Gamelan Padhang Moncar Gamelan Taniwha Jaya a specially formed Randai group Tristan Carter (electric violin) Helen Bowater, Christine White (vocals) Megan Collins (rabab pasisia, vocals) and Graduates of the Wellington Performing Arts Centre: Salesi Le’ota Deborah Rea Jessica Aaltonen Gamelan Performers: Budi S. Putra (dir Gamelan Padhang Moncar); I Wayan Gde Yudane (dir Gamelan Taniwha Jaya); Helen Bowater; Marie Direen; Judith Exley; Gareth Farr; Beth Goodwin; Jo Hilder; Mike Jones; Anton Killin; Kylie Nesbit; Catherine Robertshawe; Richard Robertshawe; Lyndee Jane Rutherford; Greg Street; Pippa Strom; Svenda Strom Randai Performers: Jessica Aaltonen, Megan Collins, Salisi Le’ota, Leutu Matautia, Bronwyn Poultney, Yono Soekarno Music by: Gareth Farr, Wayan Yudane, Budi Putra Producer: Jack Body Director: Lilicherie McGregor Lighting: Thomas Press Guest artist: I Nyoman Sukerta (Bali) Sponsors:  The NZ School of Music Asia:NZ Foundation Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia...
12th Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival, 2007

12th Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival, 2007

Gamelan Padhang Moncar and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya travelled to Yogyakarta, Java in July 2007 to perform a full programme of brand new works by New Zealand composers for gamelan, many incorporating clarinet, baritone saxophone and flute. We were joined in performance by guest Indonesian artists we have previously performed with – kroncong diva Waldjinah, and transgender dancer Didik Nini Thowok. Waldjinah performed the old favourite “Denpasar Moon” with gamelan accompaniment arranged by Gareth Farr – to great acclaim by an enthusiastic audience. Didik danced the traditional Maori story of “Rona and the moon” to music composed by Gareth for both Javanese and Balinese gamelan combined. A highlight of the concert was the appearance of another guest – Slamet Gundono who improvised over a classic Javanese lancaran, ‘Singa Neba’, in which our clarinetist Andrzej Nowicki interacted first with Waldjinah singing a traditional song, and then with the truly amazing Gundono whose powerful vocals incorporated a wide range of influences. Our treatment of the piece transformed it from Singa Neba(pouncing lion) to Singa Edan (crazy lion). Another audience favourite was Jack Body‘s arrangement of a number of Polish Dances for Javanese gamelan and two clarinets and baritone sax. The work of I Wayan Gde Yudane featured strongly – a new work for Javanese gamelan and winds featured angular melodic lines and interesting twists on traditional Javanese forms, while his work for Balinese gamelan featured complex rhythms and a western flute. Other works were by Chris Watson, Judith Exley, Budi Putra and Anton Killin. Compositions for this festival appearance were funded through Creative New Zealand (see here for an account of the...