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Bali: Court Music and Banjar Music

Various Artists
Bali: Court Music and Banjar Music The Indonesian island of Bali is so small and densely populated that there has long been a complex system of cooperation among banjar, community groups within a village. Every family member shares duties in the household, every community member shares duties in the village, and every musician shares duties in creating a song. In the same way neighboring rice farmers have coordinated alternating watering patterns for maximum production, Balinese courtmusicians have developed interlocking melodies for maximum expression. The gamelan ensembles heard here—consisting of bronze gongs and metallophones, bamboo flutes, and hand drums—are played in the kebyar (“lightning”) style, at times so fast that it would be physically impossible without cooperation between paired players. The resulting music culls harmony from seeming chaos. The liner notes explain this phenomenon, as well as a brief history of Balinese musical tradition.

Track Listing

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Sekar Jepun Gong Kebyar of Peliatan 06:49
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Baris Gong Kebyar of Peliatan 05:20
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Gambang Suling Gong Kebyar of Peliatan 06:54
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Pendet Gong Kebyar of Peliatan 04:46
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Tari terompong Gong Kebyar of Peliatan 06:52
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Palewakia Gong of Belaluan 04:04
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Legong kraton Gong of Belaluan 25:13