Other Islands: 2012-2018

fiffdimension vol3 (see also Gleefully Unknown: 1997-2005 and Fame & Oblivion: 2005-2012) brings us into the current decade - with further wide-ranging experimentation and exploration sonically, temporally and geographically, in New Zealand, Western Australia, Indonesia, Okinawa (Japan), and Fiji. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTMQw7roXH0&list=PLtbrBpNjlOHOfvink1dJANU_UFOs6My4Y by Dave Black (acoustic & electric guitars, banjo, harmonica, laptop, bass, tenor saxophone, field recordings, piano, ukulele, sanshin, saron, … Continue reading Other Islands: 2012-2018

Gamelan Padhang Moncar, 18th June

All-Day Multicultural Event Saturday 18th June 2016, 10am-5pm St Patrick’s College Hall, Kilbirnie A small gadon group from Gamelan Padhang Moncar will perform at this festival, which will feature a wide range of performances from many cultural groups (European and Māori, Pacific and Asian) as well food stalls and face-painting.  More information here. This event is … Continue reading Gamelan Padhang Moncar, 18th June

Gamelan Padhang Moncar @ Pataka Gallery

p 5 Feb – 13 March 2016 ShadowPlay – an exhibition of wayang kulit shadow puppets from Cirebon (West Java) at Pataka Museum in Porirua.  The antique collection of puppets was purchased by the late Allan Thomas (who also commissioned me to contribute to the book Jazz Aotearoa) in 1974 together with a set of gamelan … Continue reading Gamelan Padhang Moncar @ Pataka Gallery

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtbrBpNjlOHMi_Mz-tTtkwn2ChtedbStJ Here's video from my two visits to Indonesia in 2014 - a fascinating new country that I'm only just beginning to explore, and can continue to do so through gamelan (like Indonesia itself it gets more complex & interesting the more you look). Partly because I've visited several countries in East Asia now, and lived … Continue reading Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Gamelan Taniwha Jaya 2015

Thanks to everyone who came to see Gamelan Taniwha Jaya play in Wellington recently! Gopala Tabuh Telu In 2015 we've also performed at the Newtown Festival, the Southeast Asian Night Market, and Indonesia Day. Here are a couple of recordings of two of the pieces we played: https://soundcloud.com/user521325057/gopala-rehearsal-feb-2015/s-l3LrV https://soundcloud.com/user521325057/margapati-rehearsal-feb-2015/s-rQW6u These are in the Balinese gong … Continue reading Gamelan Taniwha Jaya 2015

Bali, Indonesia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Se4U7pQWNg There's my first video from Bali, from footage taken on my earlier visit in August.  Note the gamelan (bronze percussion) and rindik (bamboo percussion) soundtrack. I left my job in Perth and am on my way home to New Zealand, so I'm nervous about jobhunting & starting all over again (again).  On the way … Continue reading Bali, Indonesia

Nusa Penida, Indonesia

Nusa Penida is a smaller island between Bali and Lombok, about an hour by boat from Sanur in Bali. I spent a week as a volunteer with Friends of the National Parks Foundation. I helped with feeding the Bali starlings (critically endangered due to poachers - the population was down to 10 at one point … Continue reading Nusa Penida, Indonesia