|Javanese Gamelan in Sydney|
- Langen Suka (community group)|
- some history
Javanese Gamelan in Sydney
Sydney has now seen more than twenty years of Central Javanese gamelan performance. Some of the highlights and key events:
- In 1985 instruments were bought jointly by the Centre for Performance
Studies at the University and the Australian Museum. The purchase
of the instruments was championed by Tony Day in Theatre Studies at
the University of Sydney and Gay McAuley and Zoe Wakelin-King at the
- The first performance group (Sydney University Gamelan Society) was
started in 1986 by Dr Jennifer Lindsay.
- A student group Kyai Kebo Giro was started in 1992 by Sarah Weiss.
Based in the Department of Music, this became a focus for ethnomusicology
programs as well as a performance ensemble.
- Each year from 1993 to 1997 Midiyanto S. Putra, musician and puppeteer
from Central Java, visited Sydney to hold workshops and enhance student
understanding and feeling for both Central Javanese music and culture.
- Kyai Kebo Giro performed at the Global Cultural Diversity Conference in
April 1995, hosted by Prime Minister Paul Keating and the Secretary
General of the United Nations Boutros-Boutros Ghali. The ensemble
performed for both the opening ceremony and for the Prime Minister's
- In August 1996 Sudarsono, an expert teacher from Central Java,
worked in the Department as Artist in Residence for three weeks. He then
travelled to Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, spending a total of almost
two months in Australia.
- Sarah Weiss left Sydney in 1998. Vi King Lim, a student of hers
who subsequently spent several years living in Java and studying
both gamelan and dance, became the director of the community group
(renamed Langen Suka).
Aline Scott-Maxwell joined the music department and led the student
group Kyai Kebo Giro.
- In December 1998 a contingent of Sydney gamelan players performed
- In August 2001 Langen Suka performed in the Sydney Opera House as part of the Asian Music and Dance Festival.
Performance List (incomplete)
|24 February 2002||Langen Suka/Vi King Lim||Powerhouse Museum: with dance (VKL)|
|19 January 2002||Langen Suka/Vi King Lim||Powerhouse Museum: with dance (VKL)|
|26 August 2001||Langen Suka/Vi King Lim||Opera House: Asian Music and Dance Festival|
|12 May 2001||Langen Suka/Vi King Lim||ODS: Gandakusuma|
|27 April 2000||Langen Suka/Vi King Lim||McLaurin Hall: Music from Indonesia (with Sari Minang and Sekaa Gong Tirta Sinar)|
|13 April 2000||Langen Suka/Vi King Lim||ODS: Music of the Soul|
|27 October 1998||Kyai Kebo Giro||McLaurin Hall: Vi King Lim's recital|
|19 November 1997||Kyai Kebo Giro/Sarah Weiss||The Harbourside Brasserie|
|26 October 1996||Kyai Kebo Giro/Sarah Weiss||The Dispensary|
|18 October 1996||Kyai Kebo Giro/Sarah Weiss||McLaurin Hall: Ray Keogh benefit (with Sydney Chamber Choir)|
|29 October 1995||Kyai Kebo Giro/Sarah Weiss||Australian Museum|
|18 October 1995||Kyai Kebo Giro/Sarah Weiss||McLaurin Hall: A Night of Central Javanese Gamelan|
Last updated: July 2001