Gamelan Joged


Gamelan Joged


The musicians of Dharma Kanti perform the energetic and joyous music that accompanies tari joged, a dance of flirtation, playing on an orchestra of bamboo marimbas and other percussion instruments.

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Dharma Kanti is a music and dance ensemble from the small hamlet (banjar) of Beluangan in the village of Perean Kangin, in Bali’s district of Tabanan. They play the energetic music that accompanies tari joged, a dance of flirtation. Their set of instruments, one of more than twenty distinct ensemble types in Bali, is called gamelan joged or joged bumbung. Its rich sonority combines the warm timbre of bamboo marimbas and flutes with the brighter sounds of drums and bronze instruments. When this recording was made in late 1991, the group consisted of 17 musicians and seven dancers. This outstanding ensemble, whose skills have been honed over decades of performance (the group was formed in 1942), was recorded in 1991 at the Pura Merta Sari, a small temple in Beluangan to which they have a close connection

Vital Records Historical Recording Series.

Recorded November 4, 1991 at the Pura Merta Sari temple in Banjar Beluangan.

Recording, mastering, cover photo, and booklet text by Wayne Vitale. 

Booklet cover: Watercolor by I Nyoman Gunarsa, 1998.

With special thanks to Gusti Aji Pageh, I Made Arnawa, and Ni Luh Andarawati.

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