Gamelan from Central Java (ARC Music EUCD1902, 2004)
The music on this album comes from the Indonesian island of Java. Gamelan
music is played primarily in the islands of Java and Bali. Most researchers
recognize three different styles: Balinese, West Javan (Sunda) and Central
Javan. The album’s detailed notes describe the characteristics of Central Javan
gamelan music. The album includes recordings by musicians from Java performing on
various Javanese and European gamelans: “Srepegan” [slendro nem] (2004); “Gendhing
kemanak Anglirmendung” [pelog barang] (1998); “Ladrang Gadhung Mlati ” [slendro
sanga] (1999); “Bedaya Dances at Kraton Surakarta” (1995); “Gendhing Munggang”
(2000); “Gendhing Mandulpati” [slendro nem] (2004); “Gendhing Carabalen” [Ladrang
Bali Balen and gangsaran] (2004); “Sekaten Gendhing” (2001); “Goa Tabuhan –
Stone gamelan” (2001); “Sampak” [slendro nem] (2004); “Gendhing Kodok Ngorek”
(1999); and “Lebaran” (1989).
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.