Sundanese Gamelan Pop

There’s gamelan music from Sunda, the western third of the island of Java in Indonesia, on this edition of New Sounds. The Sundanese type of gamelan is called Degung - an unique type of gamelan used for listening and ritual, rather than for various forms of theatre or dancing. In contrast to other gamelan, Degung is smaller in size, having developed in the small courts of Sunda, originally without singing, and may feature a large hanging gong, called goong and a 4-hole bamboo flute, known as suling degung. Gamelan degung has also become the vehicle for arrangements of Sundanese popular music. Listen to this distinctive style of chamber gamelan pop from a 1985 LP of music by E. Koestyara and Group Gapura along with the Western music that it has inspired, like Lou Harrison’s work Main Bersama-Sama, written for Degung, but including an additional horn from the European classical orchestra.
» Presentation on gamelan with more photos, in French

PROGRAM # 2439 Songs from Sunda (First aired on Thurs. 7/14/05)





E. Koestyara & Group Gapura


Ayam Sebrang [6:00]

Icon #5501
Long out of print

Evergreen Club

Sunda Songs

Sorban Palid [8:00]

Naxos World #76061**

Tembang Sunda

Sundanese Classical Songs

Bubuka, Rajah Kunasari [5:30]

Nimbus #5378, out of print.
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Tembang Sunda

Classical Music from West Java

Bubuka, Tepang Asih [4:30]

Celestial Harmonies #13134

West Java

Sundanese Jaipong and Other Popular Music

Idjah Hadidjah: Tonggeret [4:30]

Nonesuch Explorer #79815**

E. Koestyara & Group Gapura


Reumbeuy [4:00]

See above.

Sunda Africa

No Risk No Fun

India [5:30]

GlobeStyle #ORB-095**

Lou Harrison

Music of Lou Harrison

Main Bersama-sama, excerpt [5:30]

CRI #613 Our of print, but try* or auction sites

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