Winter Wayang was a mini-festival of Javanese shadow puppetry to celebrate Jack Body’s 70th year and 40 years of gamelan in New Zealand.
Our fourth tour to Indonesia and 3rd appearance at the Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival. Gamelan Padhang Moncar and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya presented new works by Gareth Farr, Briar Prastiti and others in a busy programme of concerts in Java and Bali.
The sound crew from ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ sought us out in late 2013 to record some elements that were included in the soundtrack.
Gamelan performers from Wellington had a strong presence at WOMAD 2012 in New Plymouth with three shows presenting music from Java, Bali and Sumatra.
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.
Celebrated transgender dancer, Didik Nini Thowok, performed with us twice in New Zealand: in 2008 as part of the 10th anniversary of Te Papa and in 2004 in ‘A Night to Remember’, as well as in the 2007 Yoygakarta Gamelan Festival.
Acclaimed master of Balinese masked dance, I NYOMAN SUKERTA combined with local artists to reinterpret Shakespeare’s famous text in this cross-cultural multi-media music-theatre.
Our third tour to Indonesia and second appearance at the Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival (this time including our Balinese gamelan for the first time), presenting a full programme of brand new works by New Zealand composers for gamelan.
A compelling Inter-Cultural Meditation on Life’s Brevity for Voices, Gamelan & Dance to remember those who died before their time, particularly the victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami.
In October 2003, Gamelan Padhang Moncar collaborated with the Indonesian Kroncong diva,Waldjinah, and her kroncong ensemble to present an evening of gamelan and jazz.
Our second tour to Indonesia and first appearance at the Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival presenting new compositions.
In 1999, we celebrated 25 years of gamelan in New Zealand with an international gamelan festival
Our first group tour to Indonesia was from December 1993 to January 1994 when the Gamelan Padhang Moncar spent six weeks in Java and Bali.