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Salu Ening
Salu Enig
Salu Ening

Motivated by references to a selonding ensemble in 11th century inscriptions, in 1993 the newly formed Yayasan Selonding Balicommissioned the construction of a set of instruments in Desa Bebandem. The aim was to reestablish a performing group and reintroduce the ensemble to ritual practices in the area. The new group learned repertoire by formally studying with other selonding groups in Karangasem (East Bali) as well as consulting notated melodies preserved in palm-leaf manuscripts (lontar). This resulted in a distinct collection of ritual pieces. Salu Ening includes five works from this collection performed by Desa Bebandem’s Sarati Svara (est. 2002) on instruments built by one of Karangasem’s most respected ironsmiths, I Wayan Widia. Also includes Tandavasandhi, a new work composed by I Wayan Pande Widiana that combines selonding with other instruments.

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Landung Loncog Selonding
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Rejang Manda Selonding
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Lelungidan Rarewangi Selonding
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Anda Sahat Selonding
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Rejang Bugbug Selonding
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Tandavasandhi Selonding - Reong - Gong - Kendang - Voice
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Track 1 - Landung Loncog
A classical piece used for Mamuit processions during the Usaba Dangsil in Desa Bungaya.
Track 2 - Rejang Manda
Accompaniment to ritual rejang dances in Bebandem village. Rejang Manda implements the form of widyadari, which is interpreted visually in the choreography as a symbol of prosperity.
Track 3 - Lelungidan Rarewangi
A piece from Desa Bugbug used in ritual processions for the Usaba Gumang/Usaba Sri.
Track 4 - Anda Sahat
A piece from Desa Bungaya. It usually accompanies the rituals executed by the Daha Taruna (male youth ritual organization) during the Usaba Dangsil.
Track 5 - Rejang Bugbug
Accompaniment to ritual rejang dances in Desa Bugbug typically executed by the Deha Teruni (female youth ritaul organization). The dance is performed during Usaba Gumang processions that happen approximately once every two years.
Track 6 - Tandavasandhi
Tandavasandi is a dance piece accompanied by an augmented selonding ensemble. The composition combines timing structures from Indian classical music with Balinese gamelan, while the choreography, which does not follow a literal narrative, fuses movements from Balinese and Indian dance. The choreographer, Ida Ayu Made Dwita Sugiantini, drew inspiration from the Balinese Bari and Legong dances and fused their movements with movements from the Indian Bharata Natyam. Tandava means movement and time, Sandhi, combination or fusion.
Composer I Wayan Pande Widiana (Pande)
Recording Session Credits
Recorded at Bali Sibetan Volunteer Center, Desa Sibetan, Kec. Bebandem, Kab. Karangasem, Bali.
Recording Jonathan Adams, I Putu Gede Sukaryana (Balot), I Putu Deva Suryanegara (Arya), Yan Priya Kumara Janardhana (Janu)
Photography Jonathan Adams
about the artist
Sarati Svara
Ketua Yayasan Drs. I Wayan Astika
Koordinator Gamelan I Wayan Widia
Ketua Komunitas Gamelan Sarati Svara I Wayan Pande Widiana
Pembina Komunitas Gamelan Sarati Svara Pande Made Widnyana
Sekaa Selonding
I Wayan Widia
I Wayan Pande Widiana
Pande Made Widnyana
I Wayan Murtika
I Kadek Ahong Bagus Priana
I Gede Suparmadi
Agus Surananggana
I Kadek Pande Myantara
Anak Agung Gede Agung Tresna Priya Dharma Swami
I Kadek Pande Tusantika Wijaya
Pande Bayu Santika Putra
Musicians on Tandavasadhi
I Wayan Pande Widiana
I Putu Agus Darmajaya
Pande Made Widnyana
I Gede Ardi Merdangga
Agus Surananggana
Anak Agung Gede Agung Tresna Priya Dharma Swami
I Gede Suparmadi
I Wayan Anton Kurniawan
I Wayan Tedi Wirawan
I Wayan Agus Suprasista
I Kadek Pande Myantara
I Made Aditya Pramana
Ida Ayu Made Dwita Sugiantini
I Kadek Aditya
I Wayan Mardiana
Komang Vandya Mahendra Dinata
I Ketut Pradana Adiarsa
Ida Bagus Agung Weda Astawa
I Gede Sapa Darma
Gamelan Pesel
The name ‘Sarati’ is a combination of the roots ‘Sarat’ and ‘Arti’ which together mean ‘full of significance. ‘Svara’ is taken from the Sanskrit word for sound. Therefore Sarati Svara denotes a sound that is loaded with meaning. In these compositions, each arrangement of sounds bears both structural and philosophical significance. Komunitas Gamelan Sarati Svara acts as a vessel in which the musical structures from previous eras can be uncovered and understood as fundamental to the composition of new music today. All meaning excavated from this music becomes educational media for the development of character in the youth that participate in Komunitas Gamelan Sarati Svara. Although this group has been active since 2002, it has formal roots under its umbrella organization Yayasan Selonding Bali created in 1993. This community is administered in Banjar Pande Tunggak, Dusun Pande Sari, Desa Bebandem, Kecamatan Bebandem, Karangasem, Bali.

Komunitas Gamelan Sarati Svara maintains several gamelan facilities that support the activities of the group, such as: gamelan selonding, gamelan gambang, gamelan caruk, gamelan semara pegulingan, gamelan angklung, gamelan gender wayang, and various other ritual and processional instruments. The organization conducts several work programs to research, preserve and develop Balinese musical arts. In its preservation efforts it works in the reconstruction of classical gamelan ensembles and repertoire and maintains them as local cultural treasures. It also promotes regeneration efforts, specifically in the education of children and teenagers. This is done with the aim of cultivating young artists in support of the general artistic population so that these gamelan art forms can continue to flourish. To develop the community, the organization is allocated as a creative space for young and academic artists. By establishing this space the group hopes to develop the artistic potential in each of our youth so that the community can continue to produce new artwork. Today the organization has around 65 active members representing three generations: young children, youth, and adults. The members are organized into three separate ensembles according to these age groups, each of which conducts its own activities under the umbrella of the larger community.

Location Br. Pande Tunggak, Dusun Pande Sari, Desa Bebandem, Kecamatan Bebandem, Karangasem, Bali
Phone +62 81 236 088 348
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