SbGP with Plaid at Bela Bartok National Concert Hall, Budapest

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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.

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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

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St Thomas’s Hospital

Members of Southbank Gamelan Players will be playing as a gadhon (chamber) ensemble on Monday 9 May for a lunchtime recital at St Thomas’ Hospital. This is part of a free series of lunchtime performances organised by Breathe Arts Health Research – a brilliant charity and scheme to bring music to hospitals to benefit patients, staff and visitors. The performance will take place in the Central Hall at 1pm.

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Southbank Gamelan Players and Plaid, Amsterdam

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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.

David Byrne’s Meltdown: Gamelan Late & Live

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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:

SENDRATARI ! An introduction by choreographer Matheus Wasi Bantolo

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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.

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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.