- the Malaysian Gamelan
“When Rhythm in Bronze exploded on the scene in 1997 with their brand of contemporary gamelan, it was revolutionary. Suddenly it spiked a renewed interest in this dying genre all too often regarded as spa or convocation music”
~ Lim Chee Wah, TimeOut, Oct 2008
Rhythm in Bronze’s gamelan set, Tejasuara (meaning “radiant sound” in Sanskrit-based Javanese) was specially commissioned and created in Solo, Indonesia, according to Malay gamelan tuning, which follows the pentatonic Javanese slendro scale.
Rhythm in Bronze is well versed in traditional Malay gamelan repertoire but focuses its artistic energy on creating new soundscapes on what it calls the Malaysian gamelan. This includes experimenting with other instruments to work together with the gamelan, usually via collaboration with musicians who are themselves masters of those instruments.
Rhythm in Bronze also pushes boundaries by exploring the gamelan in unconventional ways in an effort to pull out textures and timbres previously unheard. Rhythm in Bronze’s music springs from diverse creative collaborations with other gamelan genres such as Malay, Sundanese, Javanese and Balinese gamelan, with Carnatic music, Chinese drumming and percussion, as well as Malay and Sufi poetry.
Among musicians the group has previously worked with are Kevin Field, Associate Conductor of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), Adrian Lee from the United Kingdom, Roland Peelman of the Song Company from Australia, I Wayan Rajeg and Ben Pasaribu from Indonesia, and Gareth Farr from New Zealand.