#3518: The Sounds of Sunda

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Sunda is the western portion of the island of Java, in Indonesia. For this New Sounds, listen to the music from both that region and from western bands like Tribecastan, the Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan of Canada, from Sabah Habas Mustapha, a member of London group 3 Mustaphas 3, and much more.  Hear music by Sasha Bogdanowitsch written for the group Pusaka Sunda.  The work, “If There Be Rivers, All Will Blossom,” is for Gamelan Degung, the chamber-sized gamelan ensemble which usually features the suling (flute), and is about the importance of keeping faith in life, and maintaining creativity in hardship.

Also, from the Sambasunda Quintet, listen to a work called “Teman Endah” (Beautiful Garden), centered on the kacapi, a traditional boat-shaped zither.  Plus, a work by Lou Harrison for Carlos Chavez (the Mexican composer/conductor who premiered the first major orchestral piece entirely imitating the gamelan sounds of Indonesia, Tabuh-Tabuhan by Colin McPhee), which unites the Western violin with the Eastern gamelan.  And more.

PROGRAM #3518 – The Sounds of Sunda (First aired on 10/4/2013)    

ARTIST: E. Koestyara & Group Gapura
WORK: Hayam Sebrang [6:00]
RECORDING: Sangkala!
SOURCE: Icon LP #5501 (1984)
INFO: Long out of print, but download is available from Emusic.com, Amazon.com or iTunes

ARTIST: Pusaka Sunda
WORK: Sasha Bogdanowitsch: If There Be Rivers, All Will Blossom [5:36]
RECORDING: Samagaha
SOURCE: Sakti Records 1999
INFO: pusakasunda.org Download is also available from Emusic.com, Amazon.com or iTunes

ARTIST: Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan
WORK: Sorban Palid [8:08]
RECORDING: Sunda Song
SOURCE: Naxos World #76061
INFO: naxos.com

ARTIST: Imas Permas and Asep Kosasih-Nimbus
WORK: Bubuka, Rajah Kunasari [5:21]
RECORDING: Tembang Sunda: Sundanese Classical Songs
SOURCE: Nimbus 1053782NIM
INFO: Nimbus Records’ site: wyastone.co.uk, Available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: Tribecastan
WORK: Kecapi Rain [3:03]
RECORDING:  New Songs from the Old Country
SOURCE: Evergreene Music 008
INFO: evergreene.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Sambasunda Quintet
WORK: Teman Endah (Beautiful Garden) [5:36]
RECORDING: Java
SOURCE: TUG 1058
INFO: worldmusic.net

ARTIST: Sabah Habas Mustapha & the Jugala All Stars
WORK: Bandung [5:10]
RECORDING: Jalan Kopo
SOURCE: Omnium Online / Omnium - 2020
INFO: Available at iTunes

ARTIST: Tribecastan
WORK: Sunda Sunday [2:49]
RECORDING:  Strange Cousins
SOURCE: Evergreene Music 002 
INFO: evergreene.com

ARTIST: Lou Harrison, suling player; Gamelan Sekar Kembar; Susan Bates, violin;
WORK: Harrison: Threnody for Carlos Chavez  [7:05]
RECORDING: Three Pieces for Gamelan
SOURCE: CRI 613 
INFO: Reissued on New World Records 80643, as “Lou Harrison: Chamber and Gamelan Works”
newworldrecords.org