Currie, Colin


From his earliest years Colin Currie has pioneered new music for percussion. He was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2000 for his inspirational role in contemporary music-making and received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2005. Past commissions have included works by composers such as Simon Holt, Kurt Schwertsik, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Jennifer Higdon and Alexander Goehr.

Currie has also had the privilege of commissioning a new work from Elliott Carter - the double concerto, Conversations, premiered with Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the 2011 Aldeburgh Festival. He later premiered a new longer version Two Controversies and a Conversation with the New York Philharmonic/Robertson in June 2012. Upcoming commissions include new works by Nico Muhly, Steve Reich, James MacMillan and Louis Andriessen.

In 2011 Currie was appointed Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre, a role which allows him to develop new relationships with artists and ensembles across a variety of art forms, as well as take part in collaborative and educational projects. His dynamic percussion ensemble The Colin Currie Group received critical acclaim for its performances of Steve Reich’s Drumming; following sell-out UK performances, the group made its international debut in 2012 at Tokyo Opera City, Japan.

Currie’s critical acclaimed recordings include Rautavaara’s Incantations with the Helsinki Philharmonic (Ondine) and MacMillan’s Veni, Veni, Emmanuel with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic (Challenge Classics), conducted by the composer.

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Hind, Rolf


Rolf Hind has established himself as a major force as soloist, composer, recording artist and chamber musician. He has given recitals at many of Europe’s new music festivals, at Carnegie Hall and at Sydney Opera House.

Rolf has worked with many leading conductors and has appeared seven times at the BBC Proms. He has worked with orchestras around the world and with many of London’s orchestras.

His compositions include a piano concerto, Maya-Sesha, and a concerto for accordion, premiered at London’s Barbican. He collaborated with choreographer Rui Horta on Danza Preparata, featuring John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes. 

His first opera, Lost in Thought, was premiered at The Barbican. He recently wrote a major work for the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and continues to develop many exciting composition projects.

Kanga, Zubin


Zubin Kanga is a pianist, composer, improviser and technologist. He has collaborated with many of the world’s leading composers including George Benjamin, Thomas Adés, Liza Lim, Nicole Lizée, Alexander Schubert and Michael Finnissy, and premiered more than 120 works. His recent tours have focused on interaction between a live musician and new technologies, using film, AI, motion capture, 3D modelling, animation and virtual reality.

Zubin has performed at many international festivals including the BBC Proms, London Contemporary Music Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Melbourne Festival (Australia), Manifeste Festival (France), Klang Festival (Denmark), November Music (Netherlands), Darmstadt (Germany) and Borealis Festival (Norway). 


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Raphael Neal

Carré, Isabelle


Isabelle Carré is a flute player and gamelan musician. After graduating in music from University of York, she studied flute with Pierre-Yves Artaud in Paris. Working as a flute player mostly in contemporary music, she regularly collaborates with composers and has given many first performances, both as a soloist and a member of groups such as Ensemble Exposé and Critical Band. CD recordings include chamber works by Brian Ferneyhough with Ensemble Exposé (Métier/Divine Art). In addition to modern (concert, piccolo, alto and bass) flutes, she plays early flutes from the Renaissance to early 19th century, as well as those from several non-Western traditions including Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Indonesian. As a gamelan musician Isabelle performs traditional Javanese music and new compositions for gamelan instruments. She is a founder member of Southbank Gamelan Players and Hammer & Bronze, and has been instrumental in a number of commissions and collaborative projects with composers and other artists.

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Campion, Robert


Rob Campion is a composer, performer and enthusiastic exponent of new music for gamelan. His composition for bass flute and gamelan, Cathedral Grove, was performed in January 2019 as part of Southbank Centre’s SoundState Festival. He has been a member of the Southbank Gamelan Players, ensemble-in-residence at Southbank Centre, since 1988. He has performed widely throughout Europe and Asia and has worked with many composers on new commissions for gamelan, including Salvatore Sciarrino, Richard Causton, Rolf Hind, Philip Corner, the electronica duo Plaid, and the most acclaimed Javanese composer of his generation, Rahayu Supanggah. 
Rob is founder and Music Director of Hammer & Bronze. He teaches gamelan at Cambridge University, mentors composers writing for gamelan and has led workshops for the Composers’ Collective at the Southbank Centre. He is a facilitator for Good Vibrations, an organisation which uses gamelan to work with people in prison, developing life and work skills through music.

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Spencer Lloyd Peet

Southbank Gamelan Players

Southbank Gamelan Players

Southbank Gamelan Players, Ensemble in Residence at Southbank Centre, was founded by Alec Roth in 1987. Most of the musicians have undertaken extensive study in Java and a number are tutors for the Southbank Gamelan Programme. Working closely with dancers, puppeteers and composers from Indonesia, Europe and the USA, the group has established an international reputation both for its performances of traditional Javanese music and for its championing of new music for gamelan. Notable performances include collaborations with Björk (MTV Unplugged), Salvatore Sciarrino (ISCM World Music Days and Southbank Centre commission for SbGP), Mark Morris Dance Group, and electronica duo Plaid. 


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Colin Currie percussion
Rolf Hind piano
Zubin Kanga piano
Isabelle Carré gamelan soloist
Robert Campion gamelan soloist
Southbank Gamelan Players

Rolf Hind’s work for percussion, gamelan and piano evokes the hike to an eponymous Bhutanese cliffside monastery.

The piece is written for Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra, two prepared pianos and solo percussion including the canna sonora – a collection of nine-foot aluminium rods.


This piece is part of PRS Foundation's New Music Biennial 2019. For more information about the project and to download the New Music Biennial album, please visit our project page:


Commissioned by Southbank Centre and Cheltenham Festival with the support of the Britten-Pears Foundation.


NMC Biennial is generously supported by the following committed patrons, funders and partners:



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29 November 2019