The Stirring of a Thousand Bells - Digital Version!
Gamelan is one of the ancient music traditions of the world. In Solo, on the island of Java Indonesia, it's still a part of everyday life and an important cultural custom. A complex wonder of human invention, it comes from a timeless world of aural tradition, contemplation, and relaxed living. These two films by Matt Dunning capture the essence of the gamelan tradition, in the context of the changing modern world. The main attraction of this package, is a 35-minute sequence of audio/visual beauty centering around Gamelan Sekaten; a rarely-witnessed event that is performed once yearly at the Sekaten festival which marks the birthday of the prophet Mohamed. Sekaten is Java's most cosmic music festival, where the old world and the new are colliding, creating captivating images and sound. Srimpi Muncar is a form of Javanese classical court dancing held at the Mangkunegaran palace and is the feature of a bonus 15-minute film. This short blends aspects of the dance and its enchanting melodies with a variety of sublime images from throughout the island of Java, allowing the viewer to experience this magnificent island. Feel what it's like to be lost in a world of history.
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