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May 31, 2021 6:00PM—May 31, 2021 7:30PM • Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library of New Zealand, Wellington

Gamelan Aotearoa


Experience gamelan at the National Library with Wellington's Gamelan Padhang Moncar, introduced by Lilburn Fellow Dr. Anton Killin.

Featuring works by Budi S. Putra, Megan Collins, Judith Exley, David Farquhar, Hazel Barrett, Ross Carey, Emma Carle, Anton Killin, and more.

Gamelan is the traditional ensemble music of the Javanese, Sundanese, and Balinese peoples of Indonesia, made up predominantly of percussive instruments.

Gamelan first arrived in New Zealand in the 1970s when Allan Thomas imported a set of instruments from Java to Wellington to support ethnomusicology teaching, with a performing ensemble soon being formed.

There are now ensembles based around the country. Composers who were subsequently inspired to write works for gamelan include David Farquhar, Judith Exley, Megan Collins and Lilburn Fellow Anton Killin, whose works feature in this concert, along with that of Dedek Wayhudi from Indonesia and others.

Join us to hear gamelan being played by Gamelan Padhang Moncar, a group of New Zealand musicians dedicated to the study and performance of Javanese music and based at the New Zealand School of Music (Victoria University of Wellington). They are directed by Budi S. Putra, and managed by Megan Collins. The group performs traditional repertoire from the courts and villages of central Java as well as contemporary works by New Zealand composers.

Start time

May 31, 2021 6:00PM

End time

May 31, 2021 7:30PM


Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library of New Zealand, Wellington
corner of Molesworth & Aitken St, Thorndon


Entry is free