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Sounds of Spring

Sunday May 1st

Gong Tirta live concert in Het Gamelanhuis

Veemkade 578, 1019 BL Amsterdam

In the Series of 25th Anniversary of Het Gamelanhuis

Program:

1- Stretch (Renadi Santoso)

2- Merdeka Bellz (Renadi Santoso)

3- ZapHooligan (Jeroen Sep)

4- Kacang Lupa (Jessica Polak)

5- Devachan prt. 1 & 2 (Renadi Santoso)

Interview with Renadi Santoso by Hedi Hinzler

Entry €10,- Reserve your seat by mailing: gongtirta@gmail.com

A new year, new chances – ‘Devachan’ by Gong Tirta

New work by Gong Tirta: part 1 and 2 of ‘Devachan’, composed by Renadi. For the integral studio version of ‘Devachan Ascension’ go to the Bangkirai X album on the ‘Listen & Download’ page.

‘Stretch’ in new form!

Work in progress: ‘Stretch’ was originally part of the improvisation piece ‘Stretch my Timeline’. Here it is ‘stretched’ into a piece of its own.

Cancellation of concert Gong Tirta in January 2022

Due to the recent lockdown regulations we decided to cancel the house concert planned on 29th/30th of January 2022. We currently plan to be part of the Gamelanhuis’ 25th anniversary which will probably consist of a series of events during April-June. We are very eager to share with you all our new repertoire with pieces like Mañana, Kacang Lupa, Devachan, Merdeka Bellz and Stretched. Keep safe, healthy and happy and join us then!

Gong Tirta: Kacang Lupa

Composed by Jessica Polak, ‘Kacang Lupa’ – though very much Westernized – is a reminder of our roots in Balinese gamelan.

Gong Tirta new piece: Mañana

Sounds from the Past#1

A new page to this site has been added. A new page, but the content might be already welknown to some of you.

Aorta and Kieselguhr, two bands from the past, are hereby presented once again. Click here.

” … poetic and crashing… impressive with expression… rich with meaning, relevance and significance.”

” ..Todas tienen ese sello de misterio que guardan las improvisaciones..”

“.. the drums of ‘Kiezelguhr Dance’ were powerful and compelling… inclusive and intrusive..”

“.. Stunning!”

Gong Tirta Rehearsal Time #1

Rehearsing during Corona is restricted, but Gong Tirta keeps working on new material.

Future releases

Future Bandcamp releases:

Re-mastered release of ‘Santoso Sings’, an album with classical Indonesian songs from the pre-, inter- and post Merdeka eras. Sung by the late Adi Santoso. Production has been delayed.

Later in 2021 expected release of re-mastered versions of the albums ‘Contemporary Gamelan’ by aWàs! and ‘Tales of Two Continents’, the first album by Gong Tirta. 

Also in the pipeline: release of the second album by Eté Parfait: ‘De Prinses, der Rebbe & le Renard’.

Composition for Poppenspeelmuseum

01-01-2021 – Composition on Commission

Between september and december 2020 I was writing, recording and producing a new piece on commission of the Poppenspelmuseum in Vorchten (NL). The composition is for their in-house barrel organ together with their (also in-house) Javanese gamelan set (acquired from the former museum Nusantara in Delft) and is intended for the educational project ‘De Cium van Katrijn’ for the visually impaired, in which the Javanese Punakawan are matched with Dutch Jan Klaassen and Katrijn. It’s part of a collection of media around a funny confrontation between Katrijn and the Punakawan. Media used include smell, tactile, visual and audio. 

The story was written by Otto van der Mieden, director/curator of the museum and an experienced puppeteer himself, and it sports a plethora of  Indonesian words that are stock-and store of the petjok language of the “Indo’s’, the group of people with (mixed) roots in Indonesia or the Dutch East-Indies, and is subtitled ‘Een Nederlands-Indisch poppentheaterboek’. If and when Corona allows it, a live performance of my piece might be expected at the Vorchten Poppenspelmuseum. Watch the puppets, and listen to my music in this video here.