Bang a gong and get it on in Indonesian gamelan style
You wouldn’t meet Sultan Hamengkubuwono X of Yogyakarta strolling down Earlsfort Terrace in Dublin too often, but I can tell you he’s a very popular man indeed in that boulevard’s great music establishment, the National Concert Hall.
The reason is simple. Last year, the sultan from Java presented a complete gamelan orchestra – not the players, just the instruments – to the NCH for the promotion and education of gamelan music in Ireland. It was received with delight by NCH chief executive Simon Taylor who described it as “a heavenly gift of music”.
The music of Java has always intrigued the West and, in fact, has been adapted by such...
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