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Gamelan is one of the ancient music traditions of the world. In Solo, 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 films capture the essence of the gamelan tradition, in the context of the changing modern world. Come and experience Java through my eyes and ears. Feel what it’s like to be lost in a world of history. -MD
1. Sekaten - 35’15” - Experience Javas most cosmic music festival where the old world and the new are colliding, creating captivating images and sound. It attempts to put the viewer in the perspective of someone experiencing the Sekaten festival for the first time, leaving a sense of curiosity, and desire to learn more about Javanese culture.
2. Srimpi Muncar - 15’20” - Enchanting melodies and meditative dance from Mangkunegaran Palace, with arresting images from throughout Java.
Purchase the film in either a Digital version for $10 or get the DVD AND the Digital version for $17 (includes Shipping to US addresses)
The Stirring of a Thousand Bells - Digital Version! –
Sekaten is a short documentary exploring one of Javas most cosmic festivals. The old world and the new are colliding and creating interesting images and sounds. Sekaten is a popular festival marking the birth of the Islamic prophet Mohammed and is the only week of the year when the mystical Gamelan Sekaten music is performed. 36 minutes