Rhythm in Bronze, a Malaysian contemporary gamelan ensemble founded in 1997, continues to pioneer and spearhead totally new dimensions of gamelan performance.
Rhythm in Bronze has been championing to conserve Malaysia’s musical heritage, and has been recognized for its role in promoting and preserving our national heritage for future generations. The ensemble has been raising awareness of the richness of Malay Contemporary Gamelan especially in academic and world-music circles by constantly creating new compositions and experimenting with new approaches to performing on the instruments.
While many contemporary gamelan groups exist, very few are based on the Malay gamelan and fewer still incorporate the traditional roots and contemporary artistic sensibility as does Rhythm in Bronze. Rhythm in Bronze has received widespread media attention in Malaysia and also many performing arts awards and accolades. Through its music, the broader international audience can be introduced to the unique form of Malay gamelan music and its evolution.
The group has also been instrumental in developing the genre of gamelan theatre in Malaysia and is the first to use the gamelan as its main musical medium in concerts, and aims to continue to explore and advance this unique performance style of Gamelan Theatre®.
“Contemporary sensibilities meet traditional. Not surprising since Rhythm in Bronze is known for creating music that builds on the strengths of tradition…”
The Malay Mail, September 1999