The King’s College Chapel Cambridge 17th June 10pm
Hear the wonderfully rich and resonant tones of the Javanese gamelan – an orchestra of almost a hundred bronze gongs and metallophones from Indonesia which, in the wonderful acoustic of King’s College Chapel, is sure to sound mesmerising.
This is a diverse programme that celebrates a rich, living tradition: classical music from the royal courts of Java is heard alongside 20th Century Javanese compositions and the world première of Cathedral Grove for bass flute and gamelan, composed by Cambridge-based composer and master gamelan musician, Robert Campion.
For this very special concert the Cambridge Gamelan Group will be joined by members of Southbank Gamelan Players, Ensemble-in-Residence at London’s Southbank Centre.
A Magical evening of gamelan and stories from South East Asia for all the family
6 August 2014
Especially created for the Church Stretton Arts Festival, Holding Up the Sky will be a unique opportunity to hear the stories and sounds of South East Asia.
Uniquely, for this performance Cassandra Wye
will be joined by members of the Southbank Gamelan Players, who will create the musical backdrop for these real and imagined worlds. They will play a selection from a repertoire that spans the thousand years of Gamelan music – from the ceremonial sounds of the courts of ancient Kings to the music created by contemporary composers for the Gamelan.
Don’t miss this magical collaboration, it’s suitable for all ages: adults and children are welcome!
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
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 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
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
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.
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: http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/series/gamelan-christmas-chimes
Learn more about shadow puppet repertoire here.
26th – 29th April 2012
Southbank Gamelan Players perform alongside groups from around the UK and beyond including an all night wayang performance and masterclass with Bp Aloysius Suwardi.
Further details: http://www.york.ac.uk/music/conferences/gathering-of-the-gamelans/
Saturday 15 October 2011, 11.15
Southbank Gamelan Players perform a programme of Javanese gamelan music to open the Indonesia Kontemporer 2011 day of events at SOAS, University of London (Room G2).
Further details: http://www.artiuk.com/programme.html
DATES FOR 2010
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.
Click here to read a review of the original Plaid & Southbank Gamelan Players performance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2009.
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