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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Exploration of the Indonesian gamelan begins.
Lucy Duran begins her exploration of the Indonesian gamelan.
Dangdut and religion
Lucy learns about Dangdut music and religion in Indonesia.
Pa’endang, master of Sundunese music, and student discuss the Sundunese gamelan tradition.
Suling Flute and a lullaby
Pa’endang explains about how the Suling flute imitates birds.
Bamboo tuned percussion
Children learn to play bamboo tuned percussion. Lucy talks to a tutor and two students.
Court Gamelan Music
The Royal Gamelan of the Mankunegaran perform court gamelan music.
Lucy takes us to hear an uptempo, wild and raunchy gamelan.
Sana Buana and the ulimate mix
The 7th birthday party of "Sana Buana", one of the most successful Javanese pop bands.
Importance of the Gamelan in Java
Pete Smith explains the importance of Gamelan in Javanese way of life and its history.