Bandcamp pick of the week: TARAWANGSA • the sacred music of Sunda


February 21, 2017

In distinct contrast to the gamelan Sunda, with its elaborate array of gongs and xylophones, tarawangsa music is a shockingly spare art form, pure and minimal. The music is played on just two instruments: the tarawangsa, a two stringed fiddle played upright like a rebab or small cello, and the jentreng, a seven-stringed zither (confusingly, the names of both instruments can be used to signify the musical genre as well.)

Recorded by Vincent Moon and Aniza Santo in Rancakalong, West Java, Indonesia in January 2012.

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