Peter Moran - Mamuska Background

Composer | Dublin, Ireland

Composer, Performer, Director UCD Gamelan Orchestra and National Concert Hall Gamelan Orchestra

New Release on Farpoint Recordings

Two of my compositions for guitar and electronics are featured on the new CD/DVD release Knowing/Unknowing from Ben Dwyer on Farpoint Recordings.

Anois 's Aris (2009), which was originally written, in collaboration with Judith Ring, for the delicate medieval psaltery, has been tranformed in Ben's hands into a dramatic performance piece.

My more recent work Enharmonic Harmonics (2016), written especially for Ben, is an exploration of the "enharmonic genus", the remarkable microtonal tuning system of ancient Greece.


The Dublin Miniatures Postcard Collection

The Dublin Miniatures are now available as a collection of 22 unique postcards. Each postcard features an original composition (including a short programme note) and a photograph of the location where the music was composed. Taken together, the cards can also be read as a piano book which can be performed in concert or played at home. These compositions are aimed at all levels and abilities, from amateurs to professionals.

The complete set includes a specially-designed cover card which features a map of the city pointing to the locations where each composition was written. The full set is available now for the special launch price of E20 (includes P&P to anywhere in the world).

Javanese Gamelan in Dublin

After receiving the gift of a complete bronze gamelan orchestra from the Sultan of Yogyakarta in Java, there are now five different gamelan ensembles all rehearsing and performing in Dublin.

Peter Moran - Composer - Paris workshops

NCH Gamelan Performs in Indonesia


In August 2018, the NCH Gamelan represented Ireland at the International Gamelan Festival in Indonesia. The week-long festival took place in venues all across the city of Surakarta in Central Java. We put together a specially-prepared programme for the festival to showcase the different gamelan styles and techniques we have developed in the five years since we began playing together. The programme included a selection of popular Javanese folk songs and original compositions, including my own work Embat, alongside several core works from the classical Javanese repertoire.



We performed before a huge audience in the festival's outdoor arena, and the whole performance was extremely well received. The event was covered by national media, including BBC Indonesia. Indonesia's national weekly magazine, Tempo, described how the group "truly captured the audience's attention", while one festival organiser cited this ensemble as a great example of how the foreign gamelan orchestras at the festival were able to "mesmerise" audiences with their "competent and holistic understanding of gamelan". But the greatest appreciation was reserved for our rendition of the popular Javanese song Prau Layar, which closed the set with the festival audience enthusiastically cheering and singing

At the festival's closing ceremony I was delighted to be presented with the surprise gift of a specially-designed lamp bearing the image of Javanese deity Wuku Sungsang, who is symbolically associated with the date of my birth.


Upcoming Events

July 17th 2019

Performers: NCH Gamelan
Venue: National Botanic Gardens, Glanevin

June 12th 2019

Performers: Gamelan Jam Delapan, Gamelan Sore Sore
Venue: National Concert Hall, Dublin

June 8th 2019

Performers: NCH Gamelan
Venue: National Concert Hall, Dublin

April 26th 2019

Performers: UCD Gamelan, NCH Gamelan
Venue: St. Finian's Church, 23 Adelaide Road, Dublin

March 26th 2019

Performers: NCH Gamelan
Work: Embat
Venue: National Concert Hall, Dublin

January 26th 2019

Performers: Gamelan Jam Delapan
Work: Team Gamelan
Venue: Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

January 25th 2019

Performers: Prof. Benjamin Dwyer (guitar)
Work:Anois 's Aris
Event: Benjamin Dwyer CD Launch
Venue: Dance House, Foley Street, Dublin

January 17th 2019

Performers: Prof. Benjamin Dwyer (guitar)
Work: Anois 's Aris
Event: Benjamin Dwyer CD Launch
Venue: Middlesex University

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