MCG regularly presents musical concerts, Wayang Kulit (shadow puppet) and dance performances. A large or small ensemble is available for hire to play at events and festivals. The ensemble rehearses  on a  beautiful gamelan set owned by  Melbourne University.

Our Musical Director and teacher – Ki Poedijono O.A.M.  is well-known for teaching gamelan for universities & community groups in  Australia for many  years.  Read about Ki Poedijono >>


Members

Our members  come from diverse backgrounds but have been brought together by their love of gamelan. Several MCG players have been studying and performing since 1990 under Ki Poedijono’s direction. Rehearsals run every Monday in Carlton (upstairs) from 6.15pm to 8.30pm. Please contact us if interested in attending.

Background

Based at Melbourne University, the ensemble is equipped with both slendro and pelog gamelan instruments, and a full set of ‘wayang’ (shadow puppets) and  screen. The beautiful set of instruments, said by MCG teacher, Ki Poedijono to be the finest sounding of all the gamelan in Australia, was purchased in Madiun, central Java, in 1990. The great gong, almost a metre in diameter, was forged in 1888, according to an inscription in Kawi, the ancient Javanese language, inside the gong.

The Melbourne Community Gamelan was formed in 1990 when a Commonwealth Government grant for the promotion of Asian Studies in Education awarded to the former Music Department in the Institute of Education enabled the purchase of the instruments, and the establishment of a permanent group of performers.

Learn about the different types of gamelan instruments >>
Read an article  about the Melbourne University gamelan, & the development of MCG >>

Acknowledgements

Thank you to all our enthusiastic supporters and our audiences. Melbourne Community Gamelan would like to thank The Faculty of Music at the University of Melbourne for the privilege of rehearsing on its gamelan set, Nyi Gemi Raras, and for assistance and support over the years.
Matur nuwun sangat, Mbak Cathy.