March 21, 2012 – 4:25 am

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BBC Radio 3 2012 [no label, 1CD]

Broadcast on World On 3, February 24, 2012. Excellent HD stream.

Eventhough Indonesia’s Sambasunda Quintet featured here is a stripped-down version of their 17-member orchestra, their music remains stupendously rich. Formed in 1995, band leader Ismet Ruchimat fused different styles of West Java Sundanese music.

Four pieces are played here, beginning with Bulan Sapasi (Crescent Moon), a romantic number. Then there is the joyful Jaleuleu Ja, where the band’s vocal cries and shouts bring a thrilling burst of happy sounds. The third number fuses two styles of music, led by Rita Tila’s haunting vocals, Yadi Kahyadi’s violin and Asep Karyana’s flute. You never know where the tune is going or when it’s going to end till it fades off. The final Butterfly Song is a brooding, almost blues number. There are over 300 types of music on Java island in Indonesia. We have to start somewhere. - Philip Cheah

Thanks to UncleBoko for sharing the tracks on Dime.

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Track 01. Introduction by Mary Ann Kennedy (1.0MB)
Track 02. Bulan Sapasi (12.8MB)
Track 03. Talk (5.9MB)
Track 04. Jaleuleu Ja (5.0MB)
Track 05. Talk (744k)
Track 06. Balagenjat Naek Bangbung Hideung (10.4MB)
Track 07. Talk (8.9MB)
Track 08. Jemplang Naek Kukupu (The Butterfly Song) (11.8MB)
Track 09. Outro (367k)

Ismet Ruchimat (kecapi – zither, kendang - drums)
Yadi Kahyadi (kecapi – violin)
Asep Karyana (suling - flute)
Budi Sofyan (kecapi – zither, kendang - drums)
Rita Tila (vocals)

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  1. 9 Responses to “SAMBASUNDA QUINTET - BBC 2012”

  2. It’s about time! I can’t wait to hear this - and would deeply, madly request more classical and obscure and ethnic music postings more frequently - like once every 7 or 8 postings?

    Classic and contemporary rock and jazz and whatever is fine, but to see this, preceded by Mahler is extra-special. It’s great see something so completely different!

    By lowendbill on Mar 21, 2012

  3. gr8! thanx.
    more ambient ethnic music please.
    I would offer my own music as well for that purpose, please check my website

    By Thomas Wiegandt on Mar 21, 2012

  4. I have heard their incredible music before! GREAT stuff. Big *thanks* for spreading world musical forms ,as well as all their many hybrids. I was only somewhat surprised to see you present his . You provide a valuable world service , IMO. Kudos! Excellent.

    By Craig on Mar 21, 2012

  5. Our group might be of interest to others who enjoy world music hybrids … / Check us out … Thank you & happy listening ! ~Craig

    By Craig on Mar 21, 2012

  6. Best world post since Zee Avi. many thanks for the diversity of sounds.

    By Creatist on Mar 22, 2012

  7. Great! Very big Thank You! That’s a lot more interesting than a new digitized version of some Beatles/Stones bootleg or vault tapes.

    By -jl on Mar 22, 2012

  8. Let me add my deepest thank to you BigO for sharing with us also music like this, when you can…yes…please do share also ethnic music, but whatever suit you is fine
    Alex Corvini

    By Bob Cat Al on Mar 22, 2012

  9. Hello BigO, I just have to say that I love you especially for introducing me to music I never heard before like this sweet sound from Sambasunda and also for interesting articles to read. BigO was the first site I downloaded from music years ago and its still my favourite. Yes, diversity will be appreciated,thank you all for the good work. Greetings from Germany, hope to visit Indonesia sometime soon.

    By simsaladum on Mar 31, 2012

  10. I spent a few months backpacking through Indo…while in Jogyakarkta, Java I stumbled upon a Saturday nite music competition. All the musicians were local teenagers..sadly my SD card was filled before I could document more…enjoy! pedro

    By pedro on Oct 14, 2012

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