Welcome to the UK Gamelan Network website
The site for anyone who is interested in gamelan music and the related performing arts.
The sound of the ‘hang’
Visitors to London’s Southbank might have noticed an unusual group busking outside the National Theatre.
Portico Quartet is a four-piece group featuring saxophone, bass and percussion – with the addition of an intriguing instrument called the ‘hang’ (pictured).
The hang is derived from the study of a diverse collection of instruments from around the world, such as gamelan, gongs, ghatam, drums and bells,
Hear the instrument on their recent CD debut album ‘knee deep in the north sea‘. See the review on our CD reviews page.
Festive Gamelan Showcase
Sunday 16 December 2007 at 12.30pm
A celebration of gamelan featuring groups affiliated with the Southbank Centre, showcasing a variety of repertoire on their magnificent Javanese gamelan.
Experience the gamelan first hand by taking part in taster sessions throughout the afternoon, following the performance. See the events listing page for full programme details.
Southbank Centre Wayang Weekend
On 8th September 2007 dhalang Ki Purbo Asmoro, accompanied by the Southbank Gamelan Players gave an all-night wayang performance at the Royal Festival Hall, London, as part of a three-day event.
See See Southbank Wayang for more details of the performance and video clips of Ki Purbo Asmoro in action.
Play gamelan in Glasgow
Naga Mas is offering a new ‘Beginners Course’, followed by an ‘Ongoing Course’, in Glasgow located at The Tramway.
See Gamelan in Glasgow for further details.
Southbank Centre Gamelan Programme
The new Southbank Centre Gamelan Programme is now underway. Classes are being run in collaboration with Morley College and are held in the new gamelan room in the Royal Festival Hall, with tutor Peter Smith.
See Southbank Centre Gamelan Programme for further details.
Books for Bali
The ‘Books for Bali’ project aims to promote literacy and education throughout the Balinese community and, in particular, to help schools and libraries provide access to books for poorer children.
The project is supported by Ganesha Bookshop.
Visit the Ganesha website for more details of this project and for mail order books and CDs.
We are delighted to make available a video clip of ‘Topeng Dalem Arsa Wijaya’ danced by Margaret Coldiron, accompanied by Lila Cita, at the Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s in March 2007. The video clip has been specially prepared for us and made available courtesy of the London Symphony Orchestra.