28 September 2011

This week's show begins with high-energy gamelan from Bali, moves through more laid-back tunes from Java and concludes with the Ramayana monkey chant. The time is 8-11am CT; the frequency, 101.5 / www.umfm.com.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:15am

Gamelan of Munduk Village
Jiva Media, 96873 08784

Set #2 - 9:15am - 10:15am

2. Nano Suratno: Anjeun (You) (1980s)

3. Unknown-Sundanese: Jeruk Bali/Kunang Kunang (Sweet Grapefruit/Fireflies) (1980s)

4. Nano Suratno: Pengkolan (On the Corner) (1980s)

5. Unknown-Sundanese: Arang Arang

6. Unknown-Sundanese: Sorban Palid (Turban Floating Away)

7. Nano Suratno: Kalangkang (Illusion) (c. 1986)

8. Mang Koko Koswara: Tina Jandela (From the Window) (c. 1970s)

9. Burhan Sukarma: Samagaha (Solar Eclipse) (1997)

Tracks 2-9
Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan: Richard Sacks, Paul Houle, Andrew Timar, Mark Duggan, Blair Mackay, Bill Parsons, Ryan Scott, Graham Hargrove
Sunda Song
Naxos World, 76061-2

Set #3 - 10:15am - 11:00am

10. The Kecak (rec. 1998)
Kecak Puspita Jaya
Bali: Le Ketchak
Playa Sound, PS 65212

21 September 2011

Indonesian and Indonesian-inspired sounds continue on this week's Komodo Dragon Show, Wednesday from 8-11am CT on 101.5 / www.umfm.com. For a refresher on what a gamelan is click here.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:30am

1. John Cage: Haikai (1986)
Road to Ubud
Artifact Music, ART-021
(Haikai is the plural of haiku? Cage instructs his performers to use non-traditional techniques, e.g., playing a gong with a violin bow. Spare musical gestures appear against a background of silence. The pertinent Wikipedia quote: The poetic genre "haikai involved a combination of comic playfulness and spiritual depth, ascetic practice and involvement in human society.")

2. Nano Suratno: Anjeun (1980s)

3. Unknown-Sundanese: Jeruk Bali (1980s)

4. Unknown-Sundanese: Pulo Ganti (1960s)

5. Mark Duggan: Gamelan Solo (2000)

6. Burhan Sukarma: Samagaha (1997)

7. Burhan Sukarma: Rengga-Renggi (1999)

8. Unknown-Sundanese: Sorban Palid (1930s)

Tracks 2-8
Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan: Bill Brennan, Mark Duggan, Paul Houle, Blair Mackay, Andy Morris, Paul Ormandy, Bill Parsons & Andrew Timar
Artifact Music, ART-027
(The whole album. A suite of popular Sundanese tunes, plus world music at its finest: Mark Duggan's composition Gamelan Solo. "The intended mood is one of open spaces, simplicity and elegance with a narrative quality connecting the nine movements. The overall esthetic is not at all Indonesian, but rather, draws from a dramatic, minimalist language.")

Set #2 - 9:30am - 11:00am

9. Formes vocales
Anthologie des musiques de Bali Vol.1: Traditions populaires
Buda Records, 92600-2

10. Gamelan Angklung (rec. 1970)
Bali South: UCLA Ethnomusicology: Archive Series Vol.1
UCLA Ethnomusicology Publications, 88251 70003 2 8
(Gamelan angklung is "characteristic of rituals related to death, and therefore connected in Balinese culture to the invisible spiritual realm and transitions from life to death and beyond." It evokes a "combination of sacred sweetness and sadness.")

07 September 2011

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Musique pour le Gong Gédé (rec. 1972)
Musicians of Batur & Tampaksiring temples
Ocora, C559002

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

2. Music of Bali Vol.1: Jegog
Swara Cipta Priyanti
Celestial Harmonies, 13136-2

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

4. Gilles Tremblay: L'arbre de Borobudur (1994)

5. James Tenney: The Road to Ubud (1986, rev. 1996)

Tracks 4-5
Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan
Road to Ubud
Artifact Music, ART-021