The name Gamelan Semar Pegulingan refers to a specific type of Balinese gamelan ensemble and music, among many different types found on the island of Bali. The instruments for this particular ensemble are bronze instruments and use a seven-note scale. The instruments heard on this CD belonged originally to the Badung royal family. The gamelan takes its name from Semara, the Hindu god of love. These instruments have not been used for quite a while and where restored in 1976 with support from the American Ford Foundation. It appears that the original repertoire is lost. The works they play are principally arrangements from the well-known Balinese composer I Wayan Lotring. Experience the graceful music of Bali.
Review by Bruno Deschênes