Musicians of STSI Denpasar | Music of the Gamelan Gong Kebyar, Vol. 1

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Music of the Gamelan Gong Kebyar, Vol. 1

by Musicians of STSI Denpasar

Musicians of STSI Denpasar, Bali’s famed National Institute of the Arts, play a wide range of works in Bali’s most popular and dynamic musical style, kebyar. They are led by famed composer and teacher I Wayan Berata.
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1. Swa Buana Paksa
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2. Tabuh Pat Jagul
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3. Gabor
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4. Kebyar Duduk
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5. Cita Utsawa
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6. Topeng Arsa Wijaya
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7. Teruna Jaya
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Since its emergence in the early tewntieth century, the fiery kebyar style has swept the island of Bali and become its predominant musical force. Now, after more than a century of evolution, its fame has spread internationally. The music of the gamelan gong kebyar is at once rich in orchestral color and melodic shape, intricately patterned in its elaborate systems of interlocking rhythmic parts, and kaleidoscopic in mood as it changes from the most dazzling outburst to a whisper of metallic shimmer – all made possible through the virtuosity and ensemble unity of of Bali’s many kebyar orchestras. This compact disc is the first authoritative digital recording devoted exclusively to the musicians of STSI Denpasar, Bali’s famed National Institute of the Arts, playing seven of the pivotal works of the kebyar repertoire. The players, drawn from the senior faculty of this national academy, are among Bali’s finest, regarded at that time as a kind of musical all-star team. They are led by I Wayan Berata, the elder composer, teacher, and gamelan maker who played a pivotal role in the development of kebyar music in the late twentieth century.

Performers: Musicians of STSI Denpasar (Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia—Bali’s National Institute of the Arts), under the artistic direction of I Wayan Berata.
Recorded on the STSI campus, 1991-92.
Recording, mastering, production, and liner notes by Wayne Vitale.
©1996 Vital Records.

Created in 1996, Vital Records is devoted to producing superior recordings that feature Bali’s most brilliant ensembles, and music based on Balinese traditions and instruments. The highest standards are used in every recording project, from extended planning and discussion with the musicians, to careful choice of pieces and recording location, to extensively researched documentation, to first-class post-production.



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