Darbar Festival, Torino, Italy

6-7 June 2013
Museo d’Arte Orientale – MAO
http://www.maotorino.it

Southbank Gamelan Players present three programmes drawing on the many gamelan traditions of Java, from the refined and richly contemplative sacred court music, to intimate chamber music, from popular street song to exuberant folk traditions.

Music of the Royal Courts of Central Java – Friday 7 June, 6pm
Folk traditions from the regions of Java – Friday 7 June, 9pm
Family workshop and concert – Saturday 8 June 3pm
From court to village: Gamelan music of Java – Saturday 8 June, 9pm

A selection of pieces from the concert of 8 June will be broadcast on RAI 3 in the autumn.

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Gamelan Arsenal Style

Recently tutors from the Southbank Gamelan Players spent time with members of the Arsenal football squad as part of the team’s preparations for the upcoming Asia tour. Tutors John Pawson and Manuel Jimenez shared information on collection of instruments and gave a background to their historical and cultural significance in Javanese culture.

The results have been made into a small promotional clip for the team. If you listen carefully there is in fact a relationship between the notes used in the gamelan and the football chant which fades in at the end. Enjoy.