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Jagat Anyar (Reissue)

by Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Jagat Anyar includes original works by Balinese and American composers for GSJ's Balinese gamelan angklung and gong kebyar ensembles. This album was first released on cassette in 1994 and has been reissued by popular demand on CD and MP3.
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1. Byomantara
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2. Jagat Anyar
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3. Arjuna Tapa
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4. Sindu Arsa
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5. Legong Kuntul
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Album Notes
Jagat Anyar
From the Vault -- Originally produced in 1994. Reissued 2014
Audio remastered by Wayne Vitale in 2014. Notes edited in 2014. Special thanks to Gregory Ghent.

Byomantara - Composed by Wayne Vitale, Byomantara demonstrates some of the dramatic possibilities in the cross-fertilization of Balinese gong kebyar music with elements from outside the Balinese tradition. The perspective and approach is here important: rather than borrowing musical techniques from Bali and plugging them into Western forms, the composer seeks expression from within the Balinese aesthetic - as if a traditional artist employed a palette of modern paints, but retained the brush strokes and style of his tradition. Recorded July 1992 in Peliatan, Bali

Jagat Anyar ("New World") - In this composition, created for Gamelan Sekar Jaya in 1991, I Nyoman Windha has developed and refined several elements of the prevailing kebyar style. The roles of the various instrumental groups have been
combined and expanded to give each a more equal role. The trompong (row of tuned gongs played in an semi-improvised style) has been added to evoke the feeling of the older ritual musical styles with which it is normally associated, and the flute melodies make use of other modes and tuning systems not accessible to these bronze instruments. Recorded August 1990 at the Cowell Theater, San Francisco

Arjuna Tapa - Although based on traditional mythology, Arjuna Tapa is a new composition, with choreography by Ni Wayan lriani and original music by I Wayan Sujana. The story, drawn from the Mahabharata epic, depicts the god Indra in his test of the steadfastness of the hero Arjuna, who is deep in meditation. Recorded December 1991 at the Cowell Theater, San Francisco

Sindu Arsa - Composed by Gamelan Sekar Jaya's former guest director I Ketut Partha in 1987, Sindu Arsa won an award at STSI - Bali's National Performing Arts Academy (now known as ISI), where Partha is a senior faculty member. While following the usual arrangement of sections found in most new Balinese instrumental work, Sindu Arsa also reveals Partha's gift for melodic variety and instrumental color. Most notable is the re-introduction of the bamboo angklung rattles, played by four musicians in hocket style, which emphasize the core-melodies and add a distinctive contrasting timbre. Recorded February 1994 at the Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco

Legong Kuntul - Drawn from the ancient Legong tradition, Kuntul is one of Bali's most famous classical dances. Like its better know cousin, Lasem, it is said to derive its inspiration and form from the sacred dance of the dedari (divine nymphs), as seen in a meditative dream by a 19th-century prince of the Ketewel village in south-central Bali. The abstract choreography, divided between two dancers, depicts the movement of a crane. Recorded June 1992 at the Cowell Theater, San Francisco

Gamelan Sekar Jaya’s music and dance range from traditional Balinese repertoire to cutting-edge compositions. The sixty plus company of musicians and dancers of GSJ play on several sets of Balinese instruments, consisting of various combinations of bronze-keyed metallophones, bamboo marimbas, gongs, drums, and flutes. Gamelan Sekar Jaya is the only foreign group to ever receive the Dharma Kusuma, Bali's highest award for artistic achievement. The company is renowned for its exploration of traditional and modern forms through long-term residencies with Bali's finest musicians and dancers. Formed in 1979, the orchestra has performed in various settings and venues from the bustling village squares in Bali to the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

These recordings were first released in 1994. At that time,
Gamelan Sekar Jaya had 30 member-performers:

Kate Beddall, Tom Ballinger, Avi Black, Marianna Cherry, Rachel Cooper, Brian Dahmen, Bea Deering, Poul Erikson, Carla Fabrizio, Pat Farrell, Jim Finck, Dan Freed, Lisa Gold, Barbara Golden, Todd Greenspan, James Harding, Valerie Harris, Pam Hetrick, Jim Hogan, Maddie Hogan, Lars Jensen, Susan Jette, Andreas Johns, Steve Johnson, Dan Kennedy,
Joyce King, Jeni Mangels, Todd Manley, Paul Miller, Susanna Miller, Jean Moncrief, Zac Morrison, Mudita Nisker, Rose Nisker, Mimi Prather, Christopher Romero, Mark Salvatore, Emiko Saraswati Susilo, Ken Susilo, Michael Tenzer, Wayne Vitale, Richard Wallis, Samuel Wantman, Sarah Winner, Ken Worthy, Evan Ziporyn.
GSJ now has over 60 members (2014).

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