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Gamelan DanAnda & Yarra Irama @ Thornbury Bowls Club - Warm up your winter with Balinese gamelan, Indonesian dangdut, and delicious Indonesian food

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Thornbury's own Balinese gamelan orchestra Gamelan DanAnda come together with Melbourne's newest dangdut band Yarra Irama to warm up your Melbourne mid-winter afternoon at the Thornbury Bowls Club. Come down and enjoy the tunes, and the delicious food from Diana's Kitchen.

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There will be limited Nasi Bakar available for sale on the day. Pre-orders are now closed, but if you turn up early, you might be lucky.

  • Nasi Bakar Ayam - Nasi Gurih (spiced rice), Ayam Pelalah (chicken with Balinese spices), Gulai Kale (kale stew), Oseng Tempe (fried tempe), Teri (anchovies) wrapped in a banana leaf
  • Nasi Bakar Vegan - Nasi Gurih (spiced rice), Rendang Kacang (red kidney beans rendang), Gulai Kale (kale stew), Oseng Tempe (fried tempe) wrapped in a banana leaf

Both options are gluten free.

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Gamelan DanAnda (GDA) is a Balinese gamelan percussion orchestra based in Darebin, Naarm. They mostly perform in the traditional Gong Kebyar style, which features shimmering cascades of metallic sound, virtuosic rhythms and breathtaking crescendos. 

Open to public membership, GDA is dedicated to increasing awareness of the unique features of Balinese Gamelan music, for audiences to enjoy, performers to understand, and composers to be inspired.

Modelled on a Balinese organisation style known as a Sanggar and with a community orchestra at their core, beginners and experienced players, students and professional performers come together to create a dynamic network of musical ensembles under one roof. Head down to their studio in Thornbury to give it a shot sometime. 

GDA regularly perform at Australia’s leading festivals including OzAsia Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, AsiaTOPA, the National Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and more. Recently they have been taking this music to new spaces and audiences with collaborations with Oz hip-hop legend Joelistics, Balinese-Australian neo-soul singer/producer Komang, and electro-jazz-fusion band Firetail. 

GDA have appeared live on Sunrise on Channel 7, have been interviewed and performed on The Music Show on ABC Radio National, and have appeared multiple times on Melbourne’s community radio stations to perform and be interviewed.

“A new–and thoroughly beguiling–musical language”, “wooden hammers dancing in perfect unison or forging intricate, interlocking patterns on shimmering metallophones, bamboo xylophones, gongs and double-headed drums”. The Age. 

“mind-boggling polyrhythmic avalanche of shifting pulses…This was a music fusion like no other…I cannot recommend this show highly enough.” BroadwayWorld review of Saudara Sound System at OzAsia Festival.

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Yarra Irama are Melbourne's newest dangdut band. Dangdut is a genre of Indonesian folk fusion music that first emerged in the 1970s, bringing together sounds and instruments from Indian, Arabic sounds and indigenous Indonesian traditions to create an intoxicating blend of melodies, rhythms and harmonies. If that sounds fun, wait until you hear about koplo!


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