Southbank Gamelan Players, Ensemble in Residence at Southbank Centre, was founded in 1987. Collaborating with dancers, puppeteers and composers from Indonesia, Europe and the USA, the group has established an international reputation for its performances of traditional Javanese repertoire and its championing of new music for gamelan
The group has commissioned and collaborated with a wide range of musicians including Björk (MTV Unplugged), Alec Roth and Salvatore Sciarrino (ISCM World Music Days).
Notable performances have included the BBC Proms (1998) with artists from STSI Surakarta, an all-night wayang kulit with Ki Purbo Asmoro (2007); collaborations with contemporary choreographers and dancers including Mark Morris Dance Group (Edinburgh Festival), Wayne McGregor and Kenneth Tharp; new British gamelan music at the International Gamelan Festival in Malaysia (2009); and an Arts Council England tour (2010) of Southbank Centre commission Rubber Time, a collaboration between Indonesian composer Rahayu Supanggah, SbGP and electronica duo Plaid.
They premiered SENDRATARI, a Javanese dance-drama featuring shadow-puppetry and multi-media choreographed by Matheus Wasi Bantolo and featuring artists from ISI Surakarta at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in July 2013.
Southbank Centre is home to a second bronze gamelan named ‘Sekar Tunjung Sari’.
This is a portable slendro gamelan commissioned from gamelan maker Tentrem Sarwanto in Surakarta, Java in 2004. This gamelan is used primarily for outreach work in schools, hospitals and prisons as well as for performances at Southbank Centre.
If you would like to foster our gamelan for use at your own institution, please email any enquiries or telephone: 020 7921 0767.