Gamelan Taniwha Jaya

  • When: 8th Mar 11:10am
  • Where: Summer City Mainstreet Stage
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Gamelan Taniwha Jaya is a group of New Zealand musicians dedicated to the study and performance of Balinese music. They specialise in contemporary music for Gamelan Gong Kebyar, and frequently incorporate western instruments into the ensemble.
The gamelan is the traditional percussion orchestra of Indonesia, and Bali’s Gong Kebyar style is characterised by unpredictable rhythms and wild dynamic contrasts. Entirely comprised of bronze metallophones and gongs, it has a vibrant and complex sound, and the music shimmers and pulses with a broad range of sound from tiny high tinkling metallophones all the way down to massive booming gongs.
Recent Highlights include performing with throat singer Johnny Marks at the 2014 APRA Silver Scrolls, and a 2013 tour of Indonesia where they performed at the Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival in Java and the “North to South” International Concert of New Music for Gamelan in Bali.
Photo by Bradley Garner