We regret to announce that as of September 2008 we are no longer available for performances due to many members leaving the region. We would be very happy to receive your emails about gamelan in general, and we redirect you to the 'links' page for information about other gamelans in Australia and overseas.
Gamelan Giri Jaya
Gamelan Giri Jaya Inc. is a voluntary community group based in
Toowoomba who practice and publicly perform Balinese gamelan music
throughout Eastern Australia on a regular basis. It is recognized
as Australia’s longest established performing gamelan, the
original Toowoomba gamelan formed more than 24 years ago. It offers
workshops and performances, ranging from concerts for school groups,
exposing students to part of Australia’s diverse music culture,
to performances at cultural festivals such as Toowoomba’s
Multicultural Day and World Environment Day, Yagubi Folk Festival,
National Folk Festival in Canberra, the Premier's Multicultural
Festival, regular appearances at Woodford Folk Festival, and Sacred
Music Festivals, among many others.
Members of the group also work in schools where they conduct workshops
in music and culture, and the group also collaborates with other
Queensland musicians (eg. Balinese Community of Queensland Gamelan)
and dancers for performances and to produce dance dramas based on
Regular visits from Balinese musicians over the years have helped
the group to remain focused and professional as well as giving many
Toowoomba people an appreciation of Balinese culture and music,
and offering specialised workshops for University of Queensland
and University of Southern Queensland students.
At present, the performer base is nineteen persons, and as membership
base changes each year we offer tuition to new members. We are affiliated
with, and have ongoing events with the Balinese communities of Brisbane
and the Gold Coast comprising approximately one hundred people.