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Music of the Gamelan Gong Kebyar, vol. 1
Musicians of STSI -- Bali's National Institute of the Arts
Music of the Gamelan Gong Kebyar, vol. 1
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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Music of the Gamelan Gong Kebyar, vol. 1, is a thrilling collection of Bali's most popular kind of gamelan muisc. The gamelan gong kebyar is the modern concert orchestra of about 30 musicians, playing a variety of bronze m...  more »

      
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All Artists: Musicians of STSI -- Bali's National Institute of the Arts
Title: Music of the Gamelan Gong Kebyar, vol. 1
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Vital (City Hall)
Original Release Date: 12/18/1996
Release Date: 12/18/1996
Genres: World Music, Pop
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 614564001122

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Music of the Gamelan Gong Kebyar, vol. 1, is a thrilling collection of Bali's most popular kind of gamelan muisc. The gamelan gong kebyar is the modern concert orchestra of about 30 musicians, playing a variety of bronze metallophones, tuned gongs, drums and flutes. The style itself -- known simply as kebyar -- is relatively new, born in 1914 through the competition of two orchestras in North Bali. In reflection of those turbulent times, the music is explosive, virtuosic and colorful in character. Volume One focuses on the musicians of STSI Denpasar, Bali's National Institute of the Arts. They are led by I Wayan Berata, now in his sixties, who as a composer and teacher has played a pivotal role in the development of kebyar music over the past four decades. The players, all drawn from the senior faculty of STSI, are among Bali's finest, regarded throughout the island as a kind of musical all-star team.

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Gamelan music for prog rock lovers
gamantyo | Ottawa, ON Canada | 07/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I like to consider this type of music as the symphonic rock equivalent of Balinese gamelan. While the size of the ensemble (about 30 players) reminds of a classical orchestra, the energetic, virtuosic yet melodic playing is not unlike those found in progressive rock compositions. Hard to believe that a group this large could show a very tight playing, especially when the music is so full of sudden start/stop with frequent changes of tempo. On top of that, the harsh-vs-mellow contrasts that often appear in the same piece make the music so explosive yet beautiful and mystical at the same time. Fans of prog rockers, such as Yes, King Crimson and Thinking Plague, would enjoy this CD."