UCD Gamelan Orchestra (with special guest Dónal Lunny)
The UCD School of Music and the Creative Futures Academy are delighted to present the first public performance of the UCD Gamelan Orchestra in over three years with our very special guest artist, the legendary Dónal Lunny. This concert will feature pieces from the classical Javanese repertoire alongside original compositions, and a brand new arrangement of Dónal Lunny's music for gamelan and bouzouki.
Gamelan is the ancient classical music of Indonesia, performed on an orchestra of tuned bronze percussion instruments. The UCD Gamelan Orchestra was founded in 2012 as one of the very few gamelan orchestras in all of Ireland. Since then, the instruments have been played at festivals, universities and venues across Dublin, for such special guests including the UCD Vice-President and the Indonesian Ambassador. In 2018, UCD signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indonesian Institute for the Arts, and has since appointed visiting artists from Indonesia to the role of UCD Gamelan Artist-in-Residence. Alumni of the UCD Gamelan Orchestra have performed at major festivals around Ireland and in Indonesia. Dónal Lunny is one of the most influential figures in Irish traditional music over the past 50 years, as a founding member, arranger and producer of such groups as Planxty, The Bothy Band and Moving Hearts. Lunny is currently UCD Creative Fellow with the Creative Futures Academy.