Cudamani | The Seven Tone Gamelan Orchestra from the Village of Pengosekan, Bali

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The Seven Tone Gamelan Orchestra from the Village of Pengosekan, Bali

by Cudamani

The virtuosic gamelan musicians of Çudamani present a wide range of pieces, from newly-created, experimental works to formative pieces of the explosive kebyar style, performed on their seven-tone gamelan semara dana instruments.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Geregel
12:35 $0.99
2. Pengastung Kara
8:18 $0.99
3. Legong Candra Kanta
26:28 $0.99
4. Topeng Tua
7:32 $0.99
5. Taruna Jaya
17:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
This CD presents music by Çudamani, one of Bali’s most vibrant arts organizations. Çudamani was formed in 1997 by a family of young musicians in the village of Pengosekan, a center of gamelan music, dance, painting and sculpture. The group’s virtuosic musicians, led by Dewa Putu Berata, play on an unusual type of hybrid gamelan orchestra created in the 1980s. With seven tones rather than the usual five, this gamelan semara dana allows the freedom to play in various modes, derived from older court and ritual gamelan. Combining this modal freedom with the powerful resources of kebyar style, Çudamani is able to create and re-create a wide range of music and dance works—from Taruna Jaya, an explosive early twentieth century dance, to Geregel, a seven-tone instrumental work by Dewa Alit that has opened entirely new vistas in contemporary gamelan music.

Recorded on July 27, 2000 in Pengosekan, Bali
Mastered at Vital Records Studios, 3837 Linden Lane, El Sobrante, CA 94803
Cover painting by Dewa Putu Berata
Recording, mastering, and booklet text by Wayne Vitale

ÇUDAMANI, like all Vital Records CDs, is the result of a long process of collaboration and planning with the group’s members. All the artwork, from the cover to the disc surface, was created by Çudamani musicians. The works were chosen for their balance, contrast, and representation of the group’s repertoire. The recording was done in the largest courtyard area of the Dewa family’s compound, an outdoor space of perfect acoustics for gamelan.



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