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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Gamelan -- it's not just for Java anymore. There are several Western groups creating new works for gamelan orchestras, but Canada's Gamelan Madu Sari do one of the most interesting jobs of fusing the heart of Javanese gamelan music with Western sensibilities. Some of the music here was created for shadow plays, although it exists wonderfully on its own. Most interesting, though, are the vocal pieces. English words juxtaposed with gamelan can seem out of sync initially, but soon take on a soothing, dreamlike quality, especially on the shifting, lengthy "Bonessongs." There's a variety of composers, each bringing something different to the ensemble and offering real changes ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Gamelan -- it's not just for Java anymore. There are several Western groups creating new works for gamelan orchestras, but Canada's Gamelan Madu Sari do one of the most interesting jobs of fusing the heart of Javanese gamelan music with Western sensibilities. Some of the music here was created for shadow plays, although it exists wonderfully on its own. Most interesting, though, are the vocal pieces. English words juxtaposed with gamelan can seem out of sync initially, but soon take on a soothing, dreamlike quality, especially on the shifting, lengthy "Bonessongs." There's a variety of composers, each bringing something different to the ensemble and offering real changes from track to track. There's plenty of time for the music to be explored the shortest cut is over five minutes, and to introduce surprises. It's not music for casual listening, but something to sink into, complex and inviting, and utterly absorbing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2010
  • Label: Songlines
  • UPC: 774355240625
  • Catalog Number: 2406
  • Sales rank: 281,840

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ganjil (10:27)
  2. 2 Stream (6:58)
  3. 3 Bonessongs (13:06)
  4. 4 Leaky Heaven (5:47)
  5. 5 From Heaven To Earth (5:03)
  6. 6 Symmetries (9:06)
  7. 7 Nang Ning Nong (5:08)
  8. 8 Full Fathom Five (5:54)
  9. 9 Inquietude (15:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gamelan Madu Sari Primary Artist, Vocals, Various
Christine Duncan Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Kenneth Newby Percussion, Choir, Chorus, Demung, Saron, Suling
Ann Hepper Bonang, Demung, Kenong, Saron
Andreas Kahre Percussion, Frame Drum
Tony Reif Gong, Kempul, Saron
Andrew Czink Bonang, Kenong, Saron
D.B. Boyko Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jessika Kenney Vocals
Mark Parlett Percussion, Choir, Chorus, Rebab, Kendang, Kenong, Saron, Suling, Gambang, Kethuk
Ben Rogalsky Bass, Mandolin, Percussion, Cello, Gong, Vocals, Bonang, Hand Clapping, Demung, Kempul, Kendang, Kenong, Saron
Sutrisno Hartana Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Rebab, Bonang, Hand Clapping, Kendang, Suling, Gambang
Joanna Chapman-Smith Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jennifer Low Kenong, Saron
David Cunnington Gong, Demung, Kempul, Kenong
Ayundita Batari Demung
Aska Okamura Gong, Bonang, Kempul
Anis Astuti Gong, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Kempul
Sam Salmon Gong, Bonang, Demung, Kempul, Saron
Kemal Wahyu Demung, Kethuk
Technical Credits
Kenneth Newby Liner Notes
Tony Reif Producer, Liner Notes
John Raham Engineer
Diane Kadota Booking
Andrew Czink Liner Notes
Gamelan Madu Sari Producer
Mark Parlett Liner Notes
Ben Rogalsky Liner Notes
Sutrisno Hartana Liner Notes
Yarrow Koontz Artwork
Graemme Brown Mastering
Jennifer Mascall Text
William Irwin Thompson Text
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