Aris Daryono

Musician, Composer, Teacher

Aris Daryono is the director and founder of Go Gamelan!, a gamelan company based in London. He was born and grew up immersed in traditional Javanese culture in a small village near Solo/Surakarta in Central Java, Indonesia. His father and grandfather were both gamelan musicians, dancers and puppeteers. He was educated and trained both in western music and traditional Javanese gamelan in Java. He came to the UK in 1999 to further his studies as a composer and to promote the richness of Javanese gamelan music and culture.

As a professional Javanese gamelan musician, Aris Daryono has been involved in many gamelan concerts across the UK and Europe. He is a member of the Southbank Gamelan Players, as well as being a freelance musician who has worked with and taught many gamelan groups throughout the country.

Aris Daryono is highly experienced in teaching gamelan to school children and has also run gamelan workshops for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds including INSET workshops. He has been working with many major UK organizations including notably The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal College of Music, The Asian Music Circuit, Blackheath Conservatoire, and The Southbank Centre where he is one of the gamelan tutors. Among his recent successful projects was teaching Javanese traditional music and writing new music for gamelan with composition students from The Royal Academy of Music in London.

Aris Daryono is also a composer of both western and gamelan music. He has a Master’s degree in music composition from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and recently completed his PhD in music composition at the University of York, focusing on composing music for gamelan and electro-acoustic music.