New music for gamelan

Southbank Gamelan Players is committed to commissioning and performing new music for gamelan, and the ensemble’s current repertoire includes music written or arranged by composers from the UK, Europe and America.

Notable performances have included:

  • Electronic music collaboration with Plaid and Rahayu Supanggah in a new work ‘Rubber Time’, commissioned by the Southbank Centre for Ether Festival and first performed in April 2009. An extended programme of new gamelan music featuring the collaboration and other new works toured the UK in 2010 with support from Arts Council England.
  • Collaboration and performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra of Geoffrey Poole’s Swans Reflecting Elephants for gamelan and orchestra (2004)
  • French tour of new compositions for gamelan by François-Bernard Mâche, Jean-Yves Bosseur and Symon Clarke (2002).
  • Participation in spnm cagamelan project devised by Joanna MacGregor, with RCM Gamelan Project, around John Cage’sSonatas & Interludes. Included performance of pieces by Jane Gardner, Terry Mann, Colin Broom, Hettie Malcomson, Martin Read, Brian Wilshere, Frédéric Maintenant, Luke Bedford & Ben Foskett. (Bath Festival, 2000);
  • ISCM World Music Days, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester including the first performance of Salvatore Sciarrino’s Waiting for the Wind, specially commissioned by Southbank Gamelan Players (1998);
  • MTV Unplugged with Björk – an arrangement of the song One Day, for gamelan, tuba and tabla (1996);
  • Premiere of the music-theatre work The Knight with the Lion commissioned by Southbank Gamelan Players from composer Adrian Lee and librettist Matthew Sweeney with the help of the Arts Council of England (1995);