Gamelan Nyai Saraswati

Gamelan Nyai Saraswati is an ensemble of the Department of Music, College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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Group:  Gamelan Nyai Saraswati

Performance: 7 June 2001  (other performances:  8 December 2001,  18 January 2002 "Gamelan Gala",  20 March 2003,  23 November 2003 ("New Music Concert") ,  7 April 2004 "Molak-Malik" ,  21 November 2004 "World Music Concert" ,  22 April 2005 "World Music Concert" ,  13 November 2005 ,  2 April 2006 "Reinventing Black Mountain" ,  19 November 2006 ,  25 April 2007 "World Music Concert" ,  26 April 2009 "An Evening of Javanese Music and Dance" ,  21 November 2010 "Music in the Galleries" )

Gamelan Nyai Saraswati
June 7, 2001, 6:00 PM
Chapel Hill Museum

This was Gamelan Nyai Saraswati's first concert for an audience. It was a private concert for members of the UCIS (University Center for International Studies), who helped to bring this gamelan to Chapel Hill. The concert was recorded on a voice tape recorder, so the audio quality is not ideal, but it exists only because Morgan Kenney (director of the Chapel Hill Museum) was thoughtful enough to do so. Thanks for preserving this record of Nyai Saraswati's beginnings!

Available audio files (how do I listen to these recordings?):

Ladrang Wilujeng slendro manyura


Ladrang Wilujeng, Laras Slendro, Pathet Manyura

Traditionally used as the first piece in a performance to ensure good luck and prosperity, gamelan groups outside of Java tend to teach it as the first piece one learns on any instrument.

Ketawang Puspawarna slendro manyura


Ketawang Puspawarna slendro manyura

A version of Puspawarna, meaning "kinds of flowers", was included on the record sent with the Voyager spacecraft in 1977.

Ladrang Sri Sunuba pelog nem


Ladrang Asmaradana slendro manyura


Ladrang Asmaradana slendro manyura

This popular piece has two sections, the second an expansion of the first and featuring a chorus.

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