The 2nd Kassel International Gamelan Festival takes place from 22 -25 November 2018.
Southbank Gamelan Players perform a programme of traditional and new music from Java on Saturday 24th in the Kulturbahnhof Südflügel.
The group has recently been working with Indonesian composer Iwan Gunawan and is delighted to be performing his piece Lalamba.
For more information and the full festival programme, see https://www.gamelan-kassel.com/2-internationales-gamelan-festival-2018/
The International Gamelan Festival takes place in Solo Indonesia from 9-16 August 2018.
SbGP will be joining groups from Indonesia and around the world for the Homecoming Festival in Java.
SbGP perform with dhalang Ki Sujarwo Joko Prehatin in the International Gamelan Music Festival Munich on 16 June 2018.
The main performance is a five-hour wayang kulit telling the story of Jarasandha. It is preceded by a short afternoon shadow puppet show for children with the story of Dewa Ruci.
Southbank Gamelan Players will be performing with Plaid once again as part of the CAFe Budapest (Contemporary Arts Festival).
Tickets are available here: CAFe Budapest site.
Photo by Julia Murphy
Building upon our recent performance at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t Ij in Amsterdam, we will present an evening of “Gamelantronics”. The programme features Rubber Time, developed in collaboration with Plaid and Dr Rahayu Supanggah, alongside a range of compositions by members of the group: Eternity Bleeps, Charlotte Pugh and Charles Matthews, Augmented Gamelan, and Malcolm Milner.
A review and video relating to the Amsterdam performance can be found here: http://www.nieuwenoten.nl/?p=2183
Southbank Gamelan players continue their collaboration with Plaid at Muziekgebouw Amsterdam on the 22nd May, featuring development of the piece Rubber Time written with Dr Rahayu Supanggah in 2011.
Plaid featuring the South Bank Gamelan from Ben Dowden on Vimeo.
The programme also features new works for gamelan and electronics by members of the Southbank Gamelan Players, including Eternity Bleeps, Augmented Gamelan, Malcolm Milner, and a new collaboration by Charlotte Pugh and Charles Matthews.
Tickets and more information available here.
Fri 21 Aug 10pm, Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Gamelan Players perform intricate Javanese classical repertoire, court dance, popular Indonesian songs and experimental music by UK composers.
See the full programme.
Highlights from this performance are now available on YouTube thanks to Junji Kawarazaki:
Members of Southbank Gamelan Players are excited to be involved in this project.
PULSE, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society, brings together British/Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova and Scottish film-maker Ruth Paxton to create a new score and film for the PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial in 2014, one of 20 new commissions selected from over 130 proposals.
TOPÈNG PANJI KAYUNGYUN
The Panji Story: A Javanese Tale
The Panji story is native to Indonesia, specifically to East Java. Unlike adaptations from India such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata that play such an important role in the Javanese performing arts, the Panji story is originally a Javanese tale, a story of our own ancestors. But the story has also long been known in several countries of Southeast Asia and even further abroad in Asia. In Thailand, it is called Inao. As such, it is an example of Indonesian national culture that has spread beyond the archipelago.
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.
WOMAD 1997 – a contemporary Javanese Wayang Kulit (shadow-puppet play) with CIPA (Contemporary Indonesian Performing Artists)