Christmas Chimes

Sunday 9th December 2012

Southbank Gamelan Players will be performing repertoire from Javanese wayang kulit (shadow puppet theatre) and more alongside other groups involved in the gamelan programme at the Southbank Centre.

Further details:

Learn more about shadow puppet repertoire here.

Plaid & Southbank Gamelan Players 2010 Tour


Southbank Gamelan Players and Plaid tour.

Electro-alchemists Plaid blend their trademark sound with the mesmerising textures and rhythms of a Javanese gamelan orchestra. Gamelan has influenced so much western electronic, from Aphex Twin to Kode9, but both genres have never before shared the same stage, until now.

Commissioned by Southbank Centre as part of Ether 2009, Electronic Music Duo Plaid

worked with Artist in Residence Rahayu Supanggah and Ensemble in Residence Southbank Gamelan Players to create an exciting collaboration of gamelan and electronic music which was premiered in April 2009 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
SbGP and Plaid have since been developing this piece and embark on a tour starting in June 2010.

Tour dates:

Click here to read a review of the original Plaid & Southbank Gamelan Players performance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2009.

Royal Northern College of Music Gamelan Weekend

Saturday 28 November 2009 7.30pm

Birth, Death and Marriage: A Journey through life in Javanese Music and Dance

South Bank Gamelan Players make a welcome return to Manchester with a concert centered around the Javanese form of sung poetry called måcåpåt.

10pm: Wayang Kulit

In the informal surroundings of the RNCM Café Bar, this exciting English language performance of traditional Javanese shadow puppetry, accompanied by full gamelan, will fill the night with ancient wisdom and topical humour.

Box Office: 0161 907 5555

To hear music visit the Southbank Gamelan Players Alterhit page

St Brandon’s Church, Brancepeth

Saturday 6 June 2009, 7.30pm


Following a stunning show in the Gala Theatre last year, Musicon welcomes back Europe’s formost Gamelan group. From exuberant folk traditions to the refinement of the Javanese royal courts: Southbank Gamelan Players, Ensemble in Residence at London Southbank Centre, presents a rich and varied programme of music from Central Java.

Portico Quartet and Supanggah

Wednesday 19 November 2008, 7.45pm

London Jazz Festival in association with BBC Radio 3
Purcell Room

Nominated for this year’s Mercury Award, the Portico Quartet play melodic, rhythmic music that mixes the inspiration of Philip Glass and Steve Reich with a very contemporary kind of improvisation – engagingly chiming themes delivered by steel pan-like Hang drums, saxophone and bass. They have played and busked all over the world, and they’ve always been fascinated by gamelan, so they jumped at the chance when Southbank Centre and the London Jazz Festival suggested a collaboration with Indonesian gamelan master Rahayu Supanggah, a Southbank Centre Artist in Residence, supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Rahayu Supanggah opens the evening performing with Southbank Gamelan Players, Portico Quartet play their own set, and then Supanggah and Portico join forces.