very happy to present these videos. (finder's credit goes to Janas) i have arranged them in a sequence which makes sense as a complete experience; for the newcomer whose curiosity is cursory, the essential ones to see are 01 and 07.
included below are good quicktime and better MPEG2 links (for more options including streaming go to the archive), but this is for sure no substitute for seeing and hearing in the flesh: if you live in a big city, chances are there is an ensemble associated with music department of a university or Indonesian cultural center, doing shows a few times a year...
Performances by eminent elder Balinese performing artists with Gamelan Semara Ratih
"Banyu Pinaruh dan Bulan Purnama"
26 December 2004 - Ubud, Bali
sit your friends down, shut them up, lower the lights, turn up the volume and give the EQ some extra bass. (comments below are from my subjective point of view, without knowing the narratives of the pieces or their historical significance.)
instrumental piece in which the power and subtlety within interplay of complex elements of the full orchestra is demonstrated. quicktime or MPEG2
a somewhat angular dance with a sense of urgency and danger, perhaps a good introduction to the many dancers which follow. quicktime or MPEG2
03 Kebyar Duduk
an ornamental and lush performance with sweeping arcs and gentle inviting gestures. quicktime or MPEG2
04 Teruna Jaya
a sensuous and playful dance. quicktime or MPEG2
my fist time seeing one of these guys my heart almost stopped... a demon animal spirit of some kind, he is at once spooky and funny. quicktime or MPEG2
06 Bapang Gede
a lovely number from this woman who looks to be at least 80... limbs not so nimble anymore but the moves are still there, and most importantly the spirit... she must be the coolest grandmother in the world. quicktime or MPEG2
this is the centerpiece for me. not only are her fantastic moves out of this world, her characterization rich with personality, she also sings and sits down to play gongs. quicktime or MPEG2
08 Oleg Tambulilingan
a dance for pair of female and male performers. some kind of love story is my guess. quicktime or MPEG2
09 Candra Metu
a subtle and whimsical dance. quicktime or MPEG2
in case some out there are not aware of this man or his sound... this is partially improvised Malian music made on the 21 string Kora; its formal sophistication and refinement comparable to the high classical styles of Indonesia, of Europe or Persia, yet with a particular fluidity and sensuality unique, to me at least, to African sensibilities. the pieces are a mixture of traditional melodies and original compositions through which touches of jazz and other modern sensibilities are hinted at, this is an essential recording.