Siswå Sukrå is a community gamelan group of fifteen or more players, based at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The group has been gigging since 2010 and grew out of the Southbank Centre’s resident gamelan programme, which began in 1988. It is tutored by Pete Smith, one of the UK’s leading gamelan musicians and teachers.
Siswå Sukrå plays pieces from the central Javanese gamelan repertoire, both classical and modern, in moods ranging from solemn court ritual to exuberant village celebration. Its programmes are designed to introduce new audiences to a great musical culture that has fascinated composers from the West for over a century.