Ghost Gamelan

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‘Wildly original.’ The Guardian (U.K.)

What do Erik Satie, Sonic Youth, Philip Glass and Miles Davis share? A fascination inspired by gamelan, the Indonesian musical tradition of shimmering, looping resonance whose DNA has made its way into everything from modal jazz to electronic dance music.

British-Australian singer Susheela Raman’s creative journey has embraced the diverse: from Byzantine chant, post-punk art-pop and ecstatic Pakistani Qawwali to the South Indian music her parents gifted her. For their album Ghost Gamelan, Raman and long-time co-writer and guitarist Sam Mills travelled to Java to transform their songs with contemporary Javanese gamelan composer Gondrong Gunarto. It’s a haunting combination.

With its compulsive guitar rhythms and otherworldly vocal harmonies, Ghost Gamelan is full of ancient echoes but achieves something unique, thrilling and contemporary.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Festival in arrangement with Far & Away Productions



Susheela Raman
Sam Mills


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