New Music of Indonesia 2
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The liner notes give a brief telling of the expedition. The Fahnestocks risked life and limb to make this music available. Take advantage.
This is simply an amazing record -- my favorite so far in the excellent Rough Guide World Music series. Featuring such sfnal Bruce Sterling moments as Sabah Habas Mustapha of the legendary 3 Mustaphas 3, a Balkan [Kosavar?] immigrant who had a massive Indonesian hit with "Denpassar Moon" (but had trouble getting paid); Sandii Suzuki, of mixed Japanese-Hawaiian ancestry and with a fine, flat, bare midriff, here singing a Malay song from north Sumatra; and Nasida Ria, an all-girl Islamic-pop (qasidah modern) band from central Java, who admonish us to have fun, but don't forget God. It's got a beat. You could dance to it.
Do try a few of the samples here, all prime examples of well-recorded, fairly-current Indo pop. Or try your library, which likely owns a copy. Don't miss this one. Ah, Surabaya!
Peter D. Tillman
No, the Balinese have not lost that sense of spirit being a constant companion in daily life, but their music has changed in order to wow visitors. This music on the other hand, quietly seduces us into the "other world". Also check out the mp3 album, The Roots of Gamelan, which also features some historic two handed piano performances by Benjamin Britten and Colin McPhee. This wonderful music, recorded in 1929, is a nice companion to this fine album. Both would make a great addition to any world music lovers library.
If you are a listener of rhythms, you cannot afford to miss this CD for these two selection.
Also on this CD are some 'vocal impersonations' of gamelan music which are quite interesting. Apparently there is some comedy involved that would be apparent if these performances were witnessed live, but for CD listeners, you hear very rhythmic and interactive music.
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This was a gift. I am unable to rate it for the recipient.Published 22 months ago by North Star Woman
This is raw spiritual music of the Gods. I am happy to own it and use for that aesthetic experience.Published on September 13, 2013 by O. Korringa
I first got this disk from the library, just out of curiosity, and fell in love. The sound quality isn't so great, because the medium they were recorded on is falling to pieces,... Read morePublished on July 16, 2007 by D. Munro
I remember when I first discovered gamelan music; it was entrancing (it's also wonderful live seeing the actual instruments and ensembles). Read morePublished on July 12, 2006 by Andrew Sosnowski