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Java, Jakarta to Solo

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 12 July 2003

Lucy Duran begins a two-week exploration of the Indonesian gamelan.

This week she travels east through Java from Jakarta to Solo, discovering the lively indigenous music of the south coast, the island’s cultural centre that is Bandung, and the seat of Java’s royal court at the Mankunagaran Palace.

She hears the sweet sound of the suling flute, a child bamboo orchestra hooked on Elvis, and the ethereal sound of the royal gamelan complete with wild swallows.

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  • Exploration of the Indonesian gamelan begins.

    Lucy Duran begins her exploration of the Indonesian gamelan.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Pura Paku Alaman Gamelan/K.R.T. Wasitodipuro
      00:01

      Pura Paku Alaman Gamelan/K.R.T. Wasitodipuro Bubaran/ Hudan Mas

  • Dangdut and religion

    Lucy learns about Dangdut music and religion in Indonesia.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Rhoma Irama
      00:02

      Rhoma Irama Gali Lobang Tutup Lubang (part 1)

    • Image for Rhoma Irama
      00:04

      Rhoma Irama Gali Lobang Tutup Lubang (part 2)

  • Sudunese gamelan

    Pa’endang, master of Sundunese music, and student discuss the Sundunese gamelan tradition.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Pa’endang and his group
      00:07

      Pa’endang and his group Senggot (part 1)

      BBC recording on location

    • Image for Pa’endang and his group
      00:12

      Pa’endang and his group Senggot (part 2)

      BBC recording on location

  • Suling Flute and a lullaby

    Pa’endang explains about how the Suling flute imitates birds.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Pa’endang and his group
      00:14

      Pa’endang and his group Ayun Ambig

      BBC recording on location

  • Bamboo tuned percussion

    Children learn to play bamboo tuned percussion. Lucy talks to a tutor and two students.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Bandung Ankclung School
      00:19

      Bandung Ankclung School Pentatonic Medley in the Helaran Style

      BBC Recording on location

    • Image for Bandung Ankclung School
      00:23

      Bandung Ankclung School Can't help falling in love

      BBC Recording on location

  • Court Gamelan Music

    The Royal Gamelan of the Mankunegaran perform court gamelan music.

  • Music Played

    • Image for The Royal Gamelan of the Mankunegaran
      00:24

      The Royal Gamelan of the Mankunegaran Puspawarno

      BBC Recording on location

    • Image for The Royal Gamelan of the Mankunegaran
      00:33

      The Royal Gamelan of the Mankunegaran Donoluwih

      BBC Recording on location

  • Lenger style

    Lucy takes us to hear an uptempo, wild and raunchy gamelan.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Sekarngremboko
      00:36

      Sekarngremboko Kulu-Kulu

      BBC Recording on location

    • Image for Sekarngremboko
      00:41

      Sekarngremboko Lobone Ilang

      BBC Recording on location

  • Sana Buana and the ulimate mix

    The 7th birthday party of "Sana Buana", one of the most successful Javanese pop bands.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Sana Buana
      00:46

      Sana Buana Bengawan Solo

      BBC Recording on location

    • Image for Sana Buana
      00:50

      Sana Buana Caping Gunung

      BBC Recording on location

  • Importance of the Gamelan in Java

    Pete Smith explains the importance of Gamelan in Javanese way of life and its history.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Pura Paku Alaman Gamelan/K.R.T. Wasitodipuro
      00:56

      Pura Paku Alaman Gamelan/K.R.T. Wasitodipuro Bubaran/ Hudan Mas

  • A woman goes into a trance at the dalem ped temple oon nusa penida island

    A woman goes into a trance at the dalem ped temple oon nusa penida island

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