David Byrne’s Meltdown: Gamelan Late & Live


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:

Pioneers of Percussion @ Scala

Scala Night Club

Saturday 16th November

South Bank Gamelan Players are proud to support ::Nonclassical‘s biggest ever event at the Scala. Southbank Gamelan Players will present a 30min set of contrasting pieces comprising refined  traditional music from the Royal Courts of Java, exuberant music from mountain  villages plus a contemporary work written exlusively for the gamelan by a London based composer.

Scala 275 Pentonville Rd, N1 9NL


Gamelanathon @ London’s Southbank Centre

A weekend of Indonesian music, dance and puppetry 6-7 July 2013 Celebrate 25 years of gamelan (Indonesian percussion orchestra) at Southbank Centre. A packed weekend of free and ticketed events showcases traditional and new music for gamelan with dance, puppetry and electronics. Join us as we shine a spotlight on the international gamelan community.


Sendratari – Javanese dance-drama Queen Elizabeth Hall 6 July, 7.30pm An evening of spectacular traditional Javanese gamelan and dance. Master Javanese musicians and dancers collaborate with Southbank Gamelan Players. With free Indonesian snacks from 6pm. Book tickets

In Lieu

In Lieu Queen Elizabeth Hall Sunday 7 July, 4pm Following its premiere at Adelaide’s OzAsia Festival, dancer / choreographer Ade Suharto and composer / performer David Kotlowy bring their beautiful work to London. In Lieu explores their search for a sense of place, navigating between two cultures. Buy tickets

Gamelanathon free events

Free events From 10.30am each day, 30 gamelan groups from across the UK and Ireland, and visiting artists from Indonesia, give free performances indoors and out. From the Ramayana on stilts to a post-concert chill-out with gamelan and electronics, discover the creativity of the international gamelan community. View timetable

Darbar Festival, Torino, Italy

6-7 June 2013
Museo d’Arte Orientale – MAO

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.


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.