For this year’s West End Festival gig at the Kibble Palace, it’s a game of two halves! In the first part of the concert we’ll be concentrating on traditional repertoire developed during the residency by Prasadiyanto last year, while in the second half we’ll be concentrating on new music written by members of the group.
Our regular appearance at the West End Festival is given an added twist this year, as we will be joined by our visiting artist Prasadiyanto for a farewell performance before he heads back to Indonesia.
Gamelan Naga Mas and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland present a joint concert to celebrate the work of artist-in-residence Prasadiyanto.
Between March and June of this year Pak Prasad has been working with students and members of Naga Mas to develop a programme of traditional Javanese music from his home city of Solo. For the first time in many years, this concert will bring together both halves of Gamelan Spirit of Hope: the instruments in the pélog tuning, played by Naga Mas, and the sléndro instruments currently housed at the Conservatoire.
Naga Mas will be peforming as part of Experience Indonesia, a day-long event by the Indonesian Student’s Association, the PPI. As well as gamelan, the event will feature culture, music dance and food from every part of the nation. We expect to play during lunch, around 1130-1230, and then again around 1500 as part of a musical extravaganza telling the folktale of Bawang Putih Bawang Merah.