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Collaborations and Special Projects

Constantly exploring through diverse creative collaborations with the Malay Gamelan

Music Directors : Jillian Ooi & Teuku Umar Ilany

Theatre Director : Kee Thuan Chye

Swordfish + Concubine


Rhythm in Bronze provided the live music for the theatre production Swordfish + Concubine,  a story by Kee Thuan Chye

Artistic & Music Directors: Jillian Ooi  and Kohey Kawamura

Producers:Sharmini Ratnasingam and

Aki Uehara

Beyond Gongs - Rhythm in Bronze with Taikuh Jikang


The Beyond Gongs project was a collaboration between Rhythm in Bronze and Taikuh Jikang from Japan, to deepen understanding of both Malaysian and Japanese culture and the evolution of contemporary musical creativity within the region

Artistic & Music Director: Jillian Ooi

Facilitator: Gareth Farr

Executive Producer: Sharmini Ratnasingam

RiB Composition Workshop #2


Rhythm in Bronze conducted their 2nd music composition workshop, facilitated by Gareth Farr, a composer from New Zealand. New compositions from Rhythm In Bronze members were introduced, refined and presented in a small performance

Facilitators: Pak Wayan Chitra and Agus Win

Masterclass with Sanggar Singamurti #2 


Rhythm in Bronze's 2nd masterclass with Sanggar Singamurthi in Gianyar, Bali

Artistic & Music Director: Jillian Ooi

Producer: Sharmini Ratnasingam

Desserts with RiB


“Desserts with RIB" is part of the ensemble’s showcase series which gives the group the opportunity to explore new gamelan works and collaborations in a casual and informal atmosphere.

In this performance, we were privileged to work with thespian Ghafir Akbar and songstress Ida Mariana and Stephanie Van Driesen.

Artistic Director: Sharmini Ratnasingam

Music Director: Ann Salina Peter

Narrator: Grey Yeoh

Producers: Sharmini Ratnasingam & Julie Dessureault

MPO Happy Hour


Rhythm in Bronze 2nd collaboration with a number of musicians from the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, introducing Rhythm in Bronze and its different styles. 

RiB Collaborators: Ann Salina Peter, Christine May Yong and Teuku Umar

Producers: Sharmini Ratnasingam & Grey Yeoh



In 2011, the British Council invited The Light Surgeons to create and develop a performance project that would explore the rich cultural landscape of Malaysia.

This new commission brought unique creative processes and artistic direction to new audiences and was a valuable opportunity to produce a new piece of live cinema work in collaboration with a group of leading Malaysian audio and visual artists  

Rhythm In Bronze was one of the collaborators in co-creating the music and soundscape 

Facilitator: Gareth Farr

Producer: Sharmini Ratnasingam

RiB Composition Workshop #1 


With the kind support of HSBC in the Arts & Malaysia Airlines, RiB conducted a music composition workshop. Designed to guide Rhythm in Bronze members in the gamelan composition process, the workshop was facilitated by a well-know gamelan composer, New Zealander Gareth Farr. 

Facilitators: Pak Wayan Chitra and Agus Win

Masterclass withSanggar Singamurti #1


Rhythm in Bronze members participated in a 3-day masterclass in Gianyar, Bali with the established Balinese gamelan ensemble; Sanggar Singamurthi

Artistic Director: Sharmini Ratnasingam

Music Directors: Seow Lai Fong & Ann Salina Peter

MPO MID-WEEK JAM: A Gamelan Discovery


Rhythm in Bronze collaborated with a number of Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra musicians, introducing the mystical Malay gamelan instruments in a story form

Music Director: Susan Sarah John  

Producer : Sharmini Ratnasingam

Sultan of Kedah’s 50th Sovereignty Anniversary


The Kedah Royal family had invited Rhythm in Bronze to perform at the Sultan of Kedah’s 50th anniversary of his sovereignty. Susan Sarah John, who is Rhythm in Bronze’s Music Director and also a Kedah native, was specially commissioned by Sultan of Kedah’s daughter to compose a song for her dad.

Music Director: Jillian Ooi

Producer: Sharmini Ratnasingam

Buka Panggung - Tejasuara


Blessing ceremony of Rhythm in Bronze’s very own gamelan set, named Tejasuara (“radiant sound”), sponsored by HSBC in their support of the arts

Artistic & Music Director: Jillian Ooi

UTIH – Celebrating Krishen


A ‘wayang kulit’ tribute with a twist to the late Dato’ Krishen Jit, who had been instrumental in guiding Rhythm in Bronze’s journey

Song Company Artistic Director: Roland Peelman

RiB Music Directors: Sunetra Fernando & Jillian Ooi

Executive Producer: Marion D’Cruz

Rhythm in Bronze with The Australian Song Company


Rhythm in Bronze collaborated with Australia’s The Song Company, combining gamelan and voice -and  exchanging ideas and expertise. Gamelan Composer, New Zealander Gareth Farr was commissioned to compose Lagu Untuk Teman Baru (A Song for a New Friend) which featured gamelan with 4 voices

Music Director: Sunetra Fernando 

Producer: Five Arts

Kuala Lumpur BBC Proms Festival 


Sunetra Fernando was commissioned by the Malaysian Philharmonic to compose Wayang, to be performed in a collaboration between the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rhythm in Bronze and the PETRONAS Performing Arts Group, directed by MPO Associate Conductor Kevin Field.

Artistic & Music Director: Sunetra Fernando

Producer: Marion D’Cruz

Rhythm In Bronze CD


The Rhythm In Bronze CD project is the first recording of contemporary Malaysian gamelan music featuring original compositions by local composers like Sunetra Fernando, Michael Veerapen, Tan Sooi Beng Suhaimi Mohd Zain, Wayan I Rajeg, alongside a traditional Malayand Javanese repertoire specially adapted for the Malaysian gamelan. The CD incorporates different instruments like vocals, electric guitars, the Kelantanese rebab and Chinese shigu drums amongst others into the traditional gamelan repertoire​

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