RR: * Suara Semara is one of the first professionally recorded, non-reissue vinyl releases of Balinese gamelan from the Island of Bali in over 30 years.
* Suara Semara is the first ever vinyl pressing of the Saron Luang style of Balinese gamelan, with a refined sound which translates well to vinyl.
* The record features a gorgeous, eye-catching jacket and includes a download code and full colour insert with photographs, track descriptions, and personnel list.
* Relatively low-cost while maintaining equitable profit sharing with the ensemble Sanggar Alit Semara Dahana.
Saron Luang Alit Semara Dahana of Jero Gede Petangan, Desa Ubung Kaja, Denpasar Utara, Bali
This collection of new works for the Balinese gamelan Saron Luang performed by Sanggar Alit Semara Dahana (est. 2013) of Desa Ubung Kaja emerges from one of the many junctures at which longstanding gamelan traditions meet new creativity.
Composer I Ketut Sujena skillfully navigates this crossroads by exploring new sonic and symbolic territory without abandoning performance styles recognizably derivative of the Saron Luang repertoire, which provide much of the foundation upon which subtle and more creative departures rest.
The hauntingly beautiful vocals in kidung style composed by A.A. Ngurah Oka that float above these textures point to Saron Luang's ritual associations, while choreographies by A.A. Ngurah Bagus Supartama that were inspired by ritual rejang dances point to the religious undertones permeating much creativity on Bali today.