To meet the builder of the new Dublin gamelan instruments, and the members of the Yogyakarta royal family who are presenting these instruments as a gift to Dublin, I spent the summer in Java studying the Yogyanese-style gamelan, performing with local gamelan ensembles, and even learning to speak Indonesian!
Videos of the gamelan-building process, and my visit to the gamelan workshop with the sultan's brother, Gusti Yuda, can be seen here.
Upon my return from Java, I was appointed Director of the UCD Gamelan Orchestra. This student ensemble rehearse once a week, and finished their first term with a performance for the Indonesian Ambassador and the Vice-President of the University.
Work: The Dublin Miniatures
Performers: Peter Moran
Event: Listen At Arthurs
Venue: Arthur's Pub, Thomas Street, Dublin
Performers: NCH Gamelan Orchestra
Festival: Another Love Story
Work: Enharmonic Harmonics and Anois 's Aris
Performer: Benjamin Dwyer (guitar)
Venue: Ryogoku-Monten Hall, Tokyo
Work: Transcript No.4
Performer: Martin O'Leary (piano)
Venue: The College of Intercultural Communication, Rikkyo University, Tokyo