Sunday, August 10, 2014


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. They perform on a set of instruments made by Pak Rantes in Denpasar, Bali, which was bought by Gareth Farr in 2003. 

The name combines a NZ Māori word (Taniwha – a mythical water monster) with a Balinese word (Jaya – glorious or victorious) to symbolise the mix of New Zealand and Balinese cultures.
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.
Gamelan Taniwha Jaya was launched in August 2003, and since then has been involved in many projects and performances – including a collaboration with one of NZ’s most popular acts, Minuit, at WOMAD 2012.
In July 2013, the group toured Indonesia, performing music for gamelan by NZ composers in several cities – including the Jogjakarta Gamelan Festival in Java, and in Ubud, Bali.
The ensemble is based at the New Zealand School of Music, Kelburn campus in Wellington – if you are interested in joining the group, please email Gareth – details on the contact page.
See the official website of gamelan in Wellington, NZ -

Reyong Fingers Gamelan Padhang Moncar Nz 940

The Seven Ages of Man

from All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (Act II, Scene vii)
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.

At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.

Then the whining school boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school.

And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow.
a soldier the lover
Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth.

And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part.
The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,

With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
sixth age the justice His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound.

Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Nusantara Grand Cultural Parade 2014

18 Aug 2014 Start At: 07:00 Until: 15:00

nusantara art n culture paradeIn conjunction with Indonesia's 69th Independence Day,  which falls on 17th August the Nusantara Art and Cultural Parade 2014, one of the grandest processions in Indonesia will be shown on 18th August 2014.  

Presenting the rich diversity of Indonesia's art and cultural performanced from all offer the  Archipelago,  the Nusantara Art and Cultural Parade displays the rich diversity in  the arts and cultural performances  of the islands that will be  centered at the country's national icon:  the  National Monument (Monas) located in the heart of Jakarta.

This outstanding parade is initiated and organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy in collaboration with the City of Jakarta

Nusantara Art and Cultural Parade 201 represents and epitomizes the arts and cultural wealth and diversity of Indonesia. The event is a creative endeavor by the county’s finest artists, artisans and cultural personalities to  illustrate Indonesia's   cultural diversity involving all the provinces of the country. This is the best opportunity to observe some of Indonesia’s most fascinating art and cultural wonders.

The parade will commence at the National Monument (Monas) before marching into the Istana Merdeka (Merdeka Palace) where each troupe will perform for 2.5 minutes at  the honorary stage. From there, the parade will continue to the Sapta Pesona Building (The Office of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy) in front of the Arjuna Wijaya Statue at Merdeka Barat, and turn left to Medan Merdeka Selatan, where the parade will pass Jakarta's City Hall, to finally return to the Monas Square.

The event will involve delegates from all 34 provinces of Indonesia with an addition of 5 State Owned Enterprises. No fewer than 4,000 artists from all over the archipelago are estimated involved in this one of a kind parade. The parade will be highlighted by creatively designed traditional costumes, traditional art performances, a variety of traditional musical ensembles, and beautifully decorated floats. There will also be delegates from Jakarta’s Tourism Police who will ride decorated bicycles, hundreds of the unique Reog Ponorogo dancers from East Java, and a special marching band colorfully dressed  from the Jember Fashion Carnival (JFC).

Participants for the parade have been carefully selected based on their skill and competence in their local art and culture. Each contingent may consist of 50 to 100 persons,  accompanied by art directors, choreographers, composers, makeup artists, costume designers, production designers, and more.

The Nusantara Art and Cultural Parade 2014 is intended to boost the creativity of Indonesia's  Performing Art  wrapped in the form of a Carnival. Moreover, the event is expected to raise the appreciation of the Indonesian people for their own country’s authentic arts and culture. Furthermore, it is expected to create a wave of creativity  throughout the archipelago and establish itself as an icon of indonesia's  Creative Economy which can simultaneously acts as a major tourist attraction to Indonesia.
For more information, you can contact:

Secretary of Performing Arts and Music Industry Development
Directorate General of Art and Culture-based Creative Economy
The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy
Gedung Film 5th Floor
MT. Haryono Kav. 47-48
South Jakarta, 12770
Phone/Fax. +62 21 79170572
Lina Verawati: 085890232192
Arlin Citra: 085776352100

Reinventing the Sacred Highland

TorajaThe Indonesian Archipelago forms an important part in the history of human civilization in Asia. A number of scientists even speculate that it is here where civilization of modern man  began. Traces of these ancient human civilizations are embedded in the megalithic culture of Tana Toraja inSouth Sulawesi Province and will be unveiled to the world at the Toraja International Festival 2014,  scheduled to take place from 11th to 13th August 2014, at the ancient villlage of Ke'te Kesu, Sanggalangi district, Tana Toraja Regency.

Carrying the theme “Reinventing the Sacred Highland”, the festival intends to re-discover the sacred beauty of the “Land of the Heavenly Kings” and celebrate the extraordinary megalithic culture of Tana Toraja.  

The festival will commence with a colossal performance of Opera Toraja. The opera will involve musicians, dancers, acrobats, actors, and other artists from Indonesia and from abroad. The festival will continue with musical performances featuring Tana Toraja’s own musicians as well as  national and international performers. The festival will  be highlighted with an exhibition of Toraja’s variety of authentic hand-woven fabrics. There will also be a coffee corner where people can enjoy the world- renowned Toraja Coffee, and a seminar  held on the role of youth in local culture and tourism development.

This year the festival  has invited distinguished guests from England, the United States of America, Zimbabwe, and Korea.

"Discovered" and opened to the world from their long isolation only since the beginning of the last century,  Toraja ethnic group today still adheres to their age-old beliefs, rituals and traditions, although many of her people are modernized or have embraced Christianity. Toraja is most well known for its elaborate funeral ceremonies that can take days and involve entire villages. These are not only moments for mourning but are moreover events to renew family ties and to ensure continued unity among villages and communities.

To reach Toraja you must  first fly to Makassar, capital of South Sulawesi Province. There are multiple daily flights to Makassar from Jakarta, Bali and other parts of Indonesia. Garuda Indonesia also flies to Makassar from Singapore.  Then you must drive by car or bus to  Toraja, The journey takes over 8 hours. If you plan to attend this unique Festival it is best to book your hotel well in advance.

Toraja International Festival Video

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gema Gamelan Bali di World Music Ensemble, Ontario

08 April 2014
Gamelan Bali berkumandang di pertunjukan budaya Indonesia oleh University of Waterloo (03/04). Pertunjukan dengan tema "World Music Ensemble: Gamelan Music of Bali" ini mengambil tempat di Luther Village Great Hall, Waterloo, Provinsi Ontario.
Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo tahun ini untuk pertama kalinya mengajarkan musik tradisional  Indonesia, yaitu gamelan Bali. Sebagai pengajar gamelan Bali adalah Maisie Sum, seorang etnomusikolog, pemain musik, dan Associate Editor of Analytic Approaches to World Music Journal.

Maisie Sum telah mempelajari kesenian musik Bali di Indonesia dan telah mengikuti beberapa pertunjukan lokal serta anggota beberapa grup gamelan Bali  di Kanada.
Di Conrad Grebel University, Maisie Sum mengajar mata kuliah World Music and Music Appreciation dan juga sebagai pimpinan Balinese Gamelan Ensemble University of Waterloo.

Acara diawali dengan tarian Puspa Mekar yang dibawakan oleh Keiko Ninomiya, seorang penari dari Toronto. Berturut-turut disajikan musik gamelan: Gilak Bebonangan, Pengecet Hujan, Gilak, Sari Anom serta diakhiri dengan Kecak. Pertunjukan yang melibatkan sekitar 20 mahasiswa sebagai pemain juga menghadirkan pemain gamelan dari Bali  I Dewa Made Suparta. (sumber: KJRI Toronto)

Monday, April 7, 2014

40 Tahun Selebrasi Gamelan Indonesia Di Selandia Baru

Selasa, 01 April 2014
Naga, Selebrasi 40 tahun Gamelan di Selandia Baru
​Buah karya grup gamelan Padhang Moncar dan Taniwha Jaya di Selandia Baru yang meluncurkan CD baru berjudul “NAGA” (30/03). Peluncuran CD baru tersebut sekaligus menandai rangkaian peringatan 40 tahun gamelan Jawa tiba dan dipelajari di Wellington, Selandia Baru. Acara tersebut berlangsung meriah di Adams Concert Room, New Zealand School of Music (NZSM).

Peluncuran CD "NAGA" dihadiri langsung oleh Duta Besar RI, Jose Tavares, Walikota Wellington, Celia Wade–Brown, serta Deputy Director NZSM, Associate Prof. Green Garden, Manajer Gamelan Padhang Moncar, Associate Prof. Jack Body, Direktur Gamelan Taniwha Jaya, Gareth Farr bersama sekitar 150 orang.

Karya-karya musik baru gamelan pada CD berjudul “NAGA” tersebut merupakan hasil karya terbaru para anggota kelompok Padhang Moncar dan Taniwha Jaya.

Dalam kesempatan peluncuran itu, ditampikan sejumlah karya baru gamelan Jawa seperti “Nusantara Indah” karya Dedek Wahyudi dan “De la Noche de la Muerte” karya Briar Prastiti, serta gamelan Bali “Sekar Gendot” dan “Tinggal” karya Dr. Megan Collin.

“Saya sangat terkesan dengan antusiasme dan keseriusan warga Selandia Baru dalam mempelajari budaya Indonesia, dan KBRI Wellington akan terus mendukung pengembangan gamelan di Selandia Baru” demikian disampaikan Duta Besar Jose Tavares dalam sambutannya.

Pada kesempatan tersebut, Duta Besar juga memberikan sumbangan 3 set angklung kepada New Zealand School of Music.

Gamelan di Selandia Baru

Gamelan pertama kali tiba di Selandia Baru pada akhir tahun 1974, ketika Dr. Allan Thomas membeli seperangkat alat gamelan dari Cirebon di pantai utara Jawa Barat. Bersama Associate Prof. Jack Body, Dr. Allan membawa gamelan tersebut dari Auckland ke Wellington sebagai bagian dari program musikologi di Victoria University.

Pada tahun 1977, Perdana Menteri Selandia Baru, Norman Kirk mengunjungi Indonesia untuk pertama kalinya. Pada saat itu, Ibu Negara Tien Soeharto, memberikan hadiah 12 set gamelan Jawa kepada berbagai institusi di seluruh dunia, termasuk Kedutaan Besar Republik Indonesia di Wellington.

Duta Besar Indonesia pada saat itu menjalin kerja sama dengan School of Music Victoria University dan meminjamkan secara permanen seperangkat gamelan ‘pelog’ untuk sarana belajar bagi staf dan mahasiswa.

Dalam mendukung pengembangan gamelan di Victoria University, KBRI Wellington telah menyediakan tenaga bantuan guru gamelan yang juga pegawai setempat Kedutaan antara lain Midiyanto (1983-1986), Joko Sutrisno (1988 hingga 1995) - keduanya pindah ke Amerika Serikat serta Budi S. Putra sejak tahun 1996 hingga saat ini untuk pengajaran Gamelan Jawa.

Gamelan Bali juga diajarkan sebagai mata kuliah (PERF250) bagian dari program musikologi di NZSM oleh salah satu komposer muda terbaik Selandia Baru, Gareth Farr.

Padhang Moncar, Gamelan Indonesia dan "The Hobbit"

Padhang Moncar didirikan pada masa Duta Besar Abdul Irsan dan telah melakukan tour ke Indonesia 4 kali termasuk pada Juli 2013, dengan mengunjungi dan melakukan kolaborasi gamelan di enam kota di Indonesia antara lain Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Magelang, Solo, Malang dan Bali.

Dalam kunjungan 21 hari tersebut Padhang Moncar dan Taniwha Jaya melakukan 14 kali pertunjukkan termasuk di TMMI, Festival Kesenian Yogyakarta, International Gamelan Festival Yogyakarta, kolaborasi dengan sekolah menengah dan umum serta  perguruan tinggi seperti Universitas Gajah Mada, dan Universitas Brawijaya. 

Padhang Moncar dan Taniwha Jaya juga telah  dua kali pada tahun 2002 dan 2013 terlibat dalam festival budaya tahunan terbesar di Selandia Baru yaitu “World Music and Dance (WOMAD)” yang digelar di kota New Plymouth dengan menampilkan kolaborasi wayang kulit dengan dalang Dr. Joko Susilo (University of Otago,Dunedin) dengan jumlah pengunjung lebih dari 25.000 per hari.

Prestasi terbaru gamelan Padhang Moncar adalah menjadi elemen penting dalam salah satu soundtrack film “Hobbit 2”, karya produser dan sutradara terkemuka Selandia Baru, Sir Peter Jackson. (Sumber: KBRI Wellington)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Indonesia is Wonderful: Bali Spirit Festival 2014

Bali Spirit Festival 2014
The tranquil town of Ubud in the cultural heartland of Bali will once again be filled with universal spirituality as the Bali Spirit Festival 2014 gets underway from 19th to 23rd March 2014. Now in its 7th edition, this annual spiritually charged event is projected to attract nearly 6,000 visitors to experience the synergy of global cultural collaboration through sacred arts: from yoga, healing, and meditation to diverse, creative expressions of music and other creative movements.

Set in the spectacular grounds of the Purnati Center for the Arts in Batuan, just 15 minutes south of Ubud, the daytime workshops and Dharma Fair along with rainbow kids, Camp Magic, and Wayang Kulit will enjoy a venue unmatched for its tropical beauty and gentle energy. The global music concerts will take place in Ubud, at the Agung Rai Museum of Arts (ARMA) outdoor stage, to allow easy access for visitors and locals.

Named one of the “Top Yoga Festivals Around the Globe” (Yahoo News), Bali Spirit Festival features over 150 daytime workshops set in the stunning, tropical surroundings of Bali, led by dozens of top international instructors, inspirational speakers, and holistic healers. Ranked among “Asia’s Top 6 Music Festivals” (Travel Wire), the Bali Spirit Festival’s nighttime festivities include a “Bhakti Series” of devotional music, as well as “One World One Stage” line-up of world class acts that encourage conscious living and well-being for individuals, communities, and the planet. The Festival also celebrates the lush beauty and creativity of its island-home with performances of traditional Balinese performing arts.

This year’s music and Bhakti music lineup include:  Fabian Asultany, Dustin Thomas, SusuIbu, KryastaGuna Gamelan, MekarBhuana, Cudamani, Kevin James, the Bloom Series, Daphne Tse and many more.  For the yoga sessions, the festival will feature some of world’s prominent names such as Tiffany Cruishank (USA), Janet Stone (USA), Deera (Indonesia), Simon Low (UK), Pete Guinosso (USA), Nadine Mc Neil (Jamaica), Genevieve Laquerre (CAN), Sarina Jain (India), Pau Castellsagué (Spain), Michiko Minegishi (Japan), Alexandra Ruiz (Mexico), Ronan Tang (China),Sumei Shum (SIN), Tara Judelle (USA), Julia Weis (Germany), Pimrat Swatewacharkul (Thai), Ng Wui Ching (Malaysia), Marcus Felsner (Aus), Les Leventhal (USA),and Anastasis (Greece).

Personalities leading meditation, conscious movement, and health &healing are: Lela Thomas, Elaine Grundy, Awahoshi Kavan, Shervin Boolorian, Ellen Watson, Igor Olivier Ezendam, Satya Burger, MichaleHalloc, Genevieve Laquerre, Kelsey Lawford, Indra Widjanarko, Gede Parma, Sheena Sarles, Hillary Hitt, Jamie Catto, Jeffrey Armstrong, and Frances Fuller.The festival will also feature the Brazilian martial arts of Capoeira by Graduado Nako, Masala Bhangra From Sarina Jain, Hoop Yogini of Jocelyn Gordon, and Art installations by Indonesia’s own Made Muliana Bayak, Pranoto, and Ni Nyoman Emy Agus.

Pass-holders can relish the beautiful surroundings of Bali and the excitement of this global gathering knowing that their participation supports the BaliSpirit Festival’s “Karma” initiatives. The Festival’s founders are committed to giving back to the local community and have raised more than $75,000 for local charities and outreach programs for Balinese performing arts, HIV & AIDS education, and reforestation in Bali.

Adhering to the spirit of ancient Balinese wisdom of Tri Hita Karana, meaning  harmony with God, harmony with the community, and harmony with nature, the Bali Spirit Festival awakens and nourishes each individual’s potential for positive change within, leading to positive change in homes, in communities, and ultimately in global societies around the world. The Bali Spirit Festival is indeed a celebration of the richness of culture, the sanctity of the environment and harmony between peoples of all nations. Be there! Take part in this special celebration and in doing so make the world a better place.

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