Selonding Set 1

Purchased in 2012, our first Selonding set is modelled on the Bugbug formation but with additional instruments found in the set from Merajan Selonding in the Besakih Temple complex that dates back to around the 10th century. It is one of just three sets of this formation in the world.

Our family based group called Sekaa Selonding Semeton was formed in the same year inspired by the enthsiastic interest and ability in Selonding shown by gamelan prodigy Gede Semara when he was five. In the next year at just six years old he had already composed three pieces of music (Tinjo Cak, Puncak Ting and Pau Cak), then one when he was seven (Kungkarang). The group has also learned pieces from eight different villages, including Bugbug (Rarawangi and Dukuh Dayang), Batur (Tinjo Katak), Kedisan (Capung Gandok), Bungaya (Anda Sahat, Landung Locog and Kungkang), Ngis (Deha Malong), Tenganan (Geguron and Rangga Tating), Asak (Cili Muani) and Kedampal (Melayu). Vaughan Hatch has also transferred one Asak-style Gambang piece to Selonding called Gumi Rusak.

Other Collections

In 2019, we restored and reconstructed a very unusal Angklung set from Lombok we have called ‘Semara Kirang’ because of its tuning, where it has four sweet tones with the lowest one missing.
The Seven-tone Semara Pagulingan set in New Zealand also partly old but has a higher tuning than our one in Bali. The ensemble is both smaller in instrumentation as well as dimensions of the keys, pots and casings.
Our Six-tone Semara Pagulingan is not yet complete, as we still need to fundraise more to make the ornate wooden casings, the design of which we would like to base on the only other Six-tone Semara Pagulingan orchestra in the world.
In mediaeval Bali (circa 1600-1906) Semara Pagulingan (also known as Semar Pegulingan) was an important part of the Balinese courts.
Five-tone Semar Pegulingan
Our five-tone Semara Pagulingan set is our antique Semara Patangian set with a terompong, ponggang-kempyung, kangsi and grantang added, and the gender rambat removed.
Our smallest ensemble with just two musicians, Caruk is one of Bali's rarest gamelan art-forms and is only found in a handful of villages, including Selat, Karangasem.
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