Peter Moran - Mamuska Background

Javanese Gamelan in Dublin

The story of how Dublin received a full bronze gamelan as a gift from the Sultan of Yogyakarta in Java is recounted in this article I wrote for the International Council for Traditional Music. The article also looks at the many opportunities gamelan music offers for performance, composition, academic research, teaching and health care.


I direct three gamelan orchestras in the National Concert Hall, teaching traditional Javanese music (karawitan) on Tuesday evenings. Levels 1 and 2 are for newcomers and beginners respectively, while the third group is for more experienced/professional musicians. I also teach gamelan at University College Dublin, where I direct the department ensemble. The fifth gamelan ensemble in Dublin is Gamelan Nua, which is made up entirely of composers who peform all original works.

Alongside these five ensembles, there are also temporary groups which are formed for specific workshop projects or festival performances. Most notable among these would be the quintet which was assembled in 2014 to perform at the Yogyakarta International Performing Arts Festival in Java, with repeat performances in Ireland in 2015.

Peter Moran - Gamelan- SOAS

Upcoming Events

November 13th 2018

Performers: Juice Vocal Ensemble
Work: Five Juice Songs
Event: The Night With... Festival
Venue: The Hug and Pint, 171 Great Western Rd, Glasgow

November 14th 2018

Performers: Juice Vocal Ensemble
Work: Five Juice Songs
Event: The Night With... Festival
Venue: The Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market St, Edinburgh

November 14th 2018

Performers: Martin O'Leary (piano)
Work: Transcript No.4
Venue: National Concert Hall, Dublin

January 25th 2019

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

January 26th 2019

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

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