Director: Budi S. Putra Indonesian (Javanese) percussion ensemble based at the New Zealand School of Music (Victoria University campus) in Wellington.
Manager: Jack Body Our repertoire includes traditional Javanese music and new compositions by New Zealand composers.
We are vailable for functions, receptions, conferences, weddings, workshops and concerts.

What's On:

What do we sound like?
Gamelan Taniwha Jaya recently performed at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards, covering the winning song.

"...the Silver Scroll went to Tami Neilson, for her blues belter 'Walk Back to Your Arms', which also received my favourite cover interpretation on the night, in being performed by a gamelan orchestra with Gareth Farr and the All Seeing Hand's Johnny Marks, who did part of his vocal as a convincing throat-singer. It really was quite wow."

Hard News by Russell Brown

"The big winner on the night, Tami Neilson, had her song Walk (Back to Your Arms) performed by Johnny Marks (of All Seeing Hand) and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya. Tami's original performance is, of course, exquisite - but in arranger Gareth Farr's expert hands, aided by Johnny's throat singing and the eerily beautiful sound of the gamelans, something entirely new and spine-tingling occurred."

Observation Post - 2014 Silver Scrolls By Briar Lawry

See video

Hear a radio item about the performance.
Listen to mp3 samples of Gamelan Padhang Moncar playing traditional and new music.

Our new CD, Naga, (on the Rattle Label) is now available.
It features new compositions from our 2013 Indonesia Tour and can be purchased by contacting us directly for only $25.

"...[an] innovative, daring and even courageous extension of the gamelan into hitherto unexplored territory" - Graham Reid

"...remarkably varied...I was captivated by this album and strongly recommend it" - Robert Johnson

Watch 'The Power of Percussion': a profile of us on TV One's "Asia Downunder"

What does Padhang Moncar mean?
This Javanese name can be interpreted in several ways. Padhang is brightness or daylight. Moncar means growing or developing vigorously. Padhang Moncar can refer to the sunrise (the growing light), and the fact that in Aotearoa we are the first gamelan in the world to see the new day. Padhang Moncar can also be interpreted as harmony and growth and thus the name can reflect the aspirations of the group.