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Java, Jakarta to Solo

Lucy Duran begins a two-programme exploration of Indonesian gamelan music. In this programme she travels east through Java discovering the south coast and music of the royal court.

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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Sat 20 Mar 2004 15:00

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  • Exploration of the Indonesian gamelan begins.

    Lucy Duran begins her exploration of the Indonesian gamelan.

    Duration: 02:14

  • Music Played

    • Pura Paku Alaman Gamelan/K.R.T. Wasitodipuro

      Bubaran/ Hudan Mas

  • Dangdut and religion

    Lucy learns about Dangdut music and religion in Indonesia.

    Duration: 04:47

  • Music Played

    • Rhoma Irama

      Gali Lobang Tutup Lubang (part 1)

    • Rhoma Irama

      Gali Lobang Tutup Lubang (part 2)

  • Sudunese gamelan

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

    Duration: 05:52

  • Music Played

    • Pa’endang and his group

      Senggot (part 1)

      • BBC recording on location.
    • 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.

    Duration: 05:15

  • Music Played

    • 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.

    Duration: 06:32

  • Music Played

    • Bandung Ankclung School

      Pentatonic Medley in the Helaran Style

      • BBC Recording on location.
    • 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.

    Duration: 10:56

  • Music Played

    • The Royal Gamelan of the Mankunegaran

      Puspawarno

      • BBC Recording on location.
    • The Royal Gamelan of the Mankunegaran

      Donoluwih

      • BBC Recording on location.
  • Lenger style

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

    Duration: 08:03

  • Music Played

    • Sekarngremboko

      Kulu-Kulu

      • BBC Recording on location.
    • 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.

    Duration: 08:54

  • Music Played

    • Sana Buana

      Bengawan Solo

      • BBC Recording on location.
    • 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.

    Duration: 07:19

  • Music Played

    • Pura Paku Alaman Gamelan/K.R.T. Wasitodipuro

      Bubaran/ Hudan Mas

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