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Kiwi Gamelan Musicians Tour to Indonesia. Two Indonesian music ensembles, Javanese Gamelan Padhang Moncar and Balinese Gamelan Taniwha Jaya (25 people in all!) have been invited to perform at the International Gamelan Festival in the city of Yogyakarta in early July.

We need your help to get there! We will take with us new home-grown repertoire for gamelan, created by innovative young NZ composers under the mentorship of well-known composers Jack Body and Gareth Farr. We will perform these exciting works as well as traditional compositions in villages, towns and cities across the islands of Java and Bali during our two and a half week tour.

Gamelan has established a unique presence in New Zealand's multi-cultural musical landscape. Featuring gongs and other bronze percussion instruments, gamelan has a long tradition in New Zealand, particularly in Wellington - of over 30 years! The current group's range of ages and cultures reflects this tradition and passion for gamelan.


  • CD Release Party


    Rattle Records, Gamelan Padhang Moncar & Gamelan Taniwha Jaya invite you to the launch of Naga: New Music for Gamelan. This is the latest CD of new music from the gamelan ensembles based at the NZ School of Music and contains music from last year's tour of Indonesia. It features music by Gareth Farr, Briar Prastiti, Jason Erskine, Megan Collins, Tristan Carter, Annika Naschitzki, and Anton Killin.

    This occasion will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of the arrival of gamelan in New Zealand and welcome the new Indonesian Ambassador, His Excellency, Mr Jose Antonio Morato Tavares.

    Date: 30 March 2014

    Time: 5pm

    Venue: Adam Concert Room, NZ School of Music, Kelburn Campus.

    The evening will begin with a short concert from the two gamelan ensembles followed by official launch, welcome to the new Indonesian Ambassador, and reception. Copies of the album will be available at special launch prices.

    "Naga is a collection of outstandingly imaginative pieces by our composers, including Gamelan Taniwha Jaya's director Gareth Farr, performed with impressive skill and panache by our players" says Jack Body, well-known composer, manager of Gamelan Padhang Moncar, and producer of this CD.

    "Rattlw Records is proud to present this unique music as part of our series of contemporary art music of Aotearoa" - Steve Garden, Rattle Records.

  • 'Back Home' Concerts by Gamelan Taniwha Jaya and Gamelan Padhang Moncar


    We're back!  Thank you so much to all of you for helping fund our tour to Indonesia. We had a fantastic time sharing our music and seeing lots of amazing sights and sounds over there.

    We'd love to see you at our 'Back Home' Concerts where we'll be playing the new works we took over there. Both will be in the Adam Concert Room, NZ School of Music, Kelburn Campus.

    Friday 9 August, 12:10pm-1pm, Gamelan Taniwha Jaya

    Our Balinese gamelan will perform six new compositions by Briar Prastiti, Jason Erskine, Anton Killin, Jack Hooker, Megan Collins, and Gareth Farr. We were thrilled to be positively reviewed in the Jakarta Post Bali Daily after our concert in Bali: "...From Shadows composed by Anton Killin, set the tone perfectly; a soft melodic piece that gently eased the audience into the concert. It featured Tristan Carter playing the violin that provided a significant and at times eerie contrast."

    Sunday 11 August, 6pm, Gamelan Padhang Moncar, followed by refreshments

    Our Javanese gamelan will perform new works by Annika Naschitzki,  Anton Killin, Briar Prastiti, Tristan Carter, Jason Erskine, and Jack Hooker. Our performance at the Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival was one of only two international acts at the festival this year and was well received, against an amazing backdrop of video images projected onto Taman Sari (the old water palace in Yogya).

    After this concert, we invite you to join us for refreshments and to chat about our experiences on tour.

    We look forward to seeing you at one or both of these events. We couldn't have done it without you!


    'Back Home' Concerts by Gamelan Taniwha Jaya and Gamelan Padhang Moncar
  • Six More Sleeps !


    Six more sleeps and two more rehearsals before we go ! The plan when we return from Indonesia is to record all of the new compositions, releasing a CD of the works.  Stay tuned for more information about our Friday lunchtime concert at the New Zealand School of Music on August the 9th.

    Six More Sleeps !
  • We made it !


    Thank you very very much to everybody who helped us reach our target. We will keep you posted with upcoming events related to the tour.  We have doubled our rehearsal schedule in the lead up to depature, which is in THREE WEEKS ! 

    We made it !
  • I Week To Go !


    Thank you to everyone again for you generous donations so far.

    Celia Wade-Brown joined us recently at Wellington's Trade Aid Store to help us celebrate World Fair Trade Day.

    Only one week to go with our crowd funding project, please help us spread the word so we can hit our target !


    I Week To Go !
  • Performance at Trade Aid this Saturday 11th of May.


    Hello everyone,

    A small ensemble from our Javanese group Gamelan Padhang Moncar will be performing at Wellington's Trade Aid on the corner or Bond Street and Victoria Street this Saturday the 11th of May at 1.30pm.  We will be playing a selection of traditional pieces that we recently performed at the Sacred Voices Festival in Auckland. Come down to check us out and say hi !

    Performance at Trade Aid this Saturday 11th of May.
  • First Performances.


    The First of our performances will be at the Mall of Indonesia in Jakarta, a huge place where thousands visit every day.  Our second concert will be at Jaya Suprana School of Performing Arts. Then it's off to Yogyakarta where we will perform at the Universitas Gajah Mada, and then the next day at the Yogyakarta Festival!

    First Performances.
  • New Works In The Mix


    Thanks again to all those who have donated so far!

    Lots of writing and rehearsals going on at the moment.  Anton Killin’s composition for Balinese gamlelan, kendang, and violin is shaping up well.  It incorporates closely scored and improvisational sections, along with some of the rhythmic and temporal twists and turns that are characteristic of Balinese gamelan music.  Jason Erskine’s transcription and arrangement of Padhasapa , a work originally written for solo koto by Ravi Shankar, has been distributed across a range of instruments in the Balinese gamlelan.  A simple theme is introduced, then shifted within the beat cycle, extended and extrapolated upon, building into a flurry of activity before resting again.  Again for the Bali group,  Briar Prastiti introduced an atmospheric and haunting piece.  Open and ringing, the bronze keys shimmer and blend together making strange and wonderful voicings.  Jack Hooker will bring a new composition for us to rehearse tonight for Javanese gamelan.  His influences from and love for both the Anglo-folk and post-rock styles promise to bring something beautiful, textural, and intense to our repertoire.

    New Works In The Mix
  • Thank you !!


    Terima kasih ( thank you) to our very first donors ! We have reached 8% of our target of $5000- already. A fine start. Stay tuned for updates on the progression of our compositions, rehearsals, and performances. Last night we rehearsed music composed and arranged by Briar Prastiti, and Anton Killin. We also rehearsed a Ladrang presented to us from the Putra family (Budi Putra is our gamelan master and teacher), a rapid, energetic, and joyful workout ! Before rehearsal we ran through our tour itinerary, it's aready packed, we are going to be busy !

    Thank you  !!

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