Gamelan Taniwha Jaya 2015

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Thanks to everyone who came to see Gamelan Taniwha Jaya play in Wellington recently!


Tabuh Telu

In 2015 we’ve also performed at the Newtown Festival, the Southeast Asian Night Market, and Indonesia Day.

Indonesian news article, 31/08/15,

Here are a couple of recordings of two of the pieces we played:

These are in the Balinese gong kebyar style of gamelan, which is loud, fast, intricate and modernist.  For more info see

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

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.

Recent Highlights include performing with throat singer Jonny 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 Ubud, Bali.

I played in the 2010 lineup of the group (predating my first visit to Indonesia), and have rejoined since returning to NZ at the end of 2014 after seeing where this amazing music comes from.  Like Indonesia itself, gamelan gets more intriguing the closer you look…

Gamelan Taniwha Jaya 2010

12 thoughts on “Gamelan Taniwha Jaya 2015

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