Music of Death and New Creation: Experiences in the World of Balinese Gamelan Beleganjur
by Michael B Bakan (9780226034881)

Music of Death and New Creation: Experiences in the World of Balinese Gamelan Beleganjur
 
Michael B Bakan
Release Date: 15 January 1999
Format: Mixed media product
Pages: 407
Category: Ethnomusicology
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226034881
ISBN-10: 0226034887



For centuries the gamelan beleganjur percussion orchestra has been an indispensable part of political, social, and spiritual life on the island of Bali. Traditionally associated with warfare and rituals for the dead, the music has recently given rise to an exciting new musical style featured in contests that are attended by thousands. Ethnomusicologist Michael Bakan draws us into these intensely competitive events, in which political corruption, conflicting notions of identity, and irrepressible creativity rupture the smooth surface of cultural order.
Building from his own experiences as a beleganjur drummer, Bakan also takes us inside a distant musical world and into the lives of musicians connecting across vast cultural divides. Rich with musical examples, photographs, and an accompanying compact disc, "Music of Death and New Creation" is an unprecedented exploration of how music embodies and shapes life in contemporary Indonesia and beyond.

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