Selonding Set 2

Purchased in 2015, our second Selonding set is based in New Zealand and is modelled on the Bugbug formation that has 48 keys. It is smaller than our more complete set in Bali and has a lower and different tuning. It is the only one of this type outside of Indonesia as all active sets overseas are based on the common Tenganan Pegringsingan model.

This set is housed in Wellington under our New Zealand non-profit branch called Mekar Bhuana Aotearoa. Apart from our our nuclear family, we don’t have permanent members, but have additions of a number of enthusiastic course students from our gamelan and dance courses in Wellington that we taught between 2022 and 2024 with the support of grants, sponsorship and funding from various governmental and non-governmental organisations in New Zealand.


Other Collections

Our Semara Patangian ensemble in New Zealand is unique because it is the only one of its kind outside of Bali with the old-fashioned key order and instrumentation.
Our first Semara Patangian (Pelegongan ) set is at Mekar Bhuana Centre in Bali. It is an antique, very complete ensemble that Vaughan Hatch acquired in 1999.
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.
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