Semara Kirang

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. These types of sets that included squat gangsa called gangsa jongkok, cungklik (a xylophone in two octaves with slab bamboo keys affixed with nails to a box resonator), large cymbals with a lower pitched kempur when compared to most other Angklung in Bali, were still found in the Karangasem region less than a century ago.

The original instruments we acquired in 2017 were two squat gangsa in the kantilan range and two squat gangsa in the swir range as well as four reong in the kantilan range. One of the reong was badly damaged, and this required particular care and a lot of time to restore.

SEMARA KIRANG

These instruments were also very out of tune, presumably after decades of lack of use, so Vaughan reconstructed the scale based on general tuning concepts he had heard in Lombok where the tones were sometimes arranged in the more unusual order of ndong, ndeng, ndung, ndang rather than the typical ndeng, ndung, ndang, nding.

Watch a video of our set:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=IQUICbreq2k%3Fsi%3DBccb5F_JsZBUMzDc

Other Collections

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.
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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