Collections of themed recordings curated by John Noise Manis

Ceremonial Music


1 – 15:40 Sekaten gending – played on Gamelan Sekati GUNTUR MADU of Kraton Surakarta
2 – 20:32 Sekaten gending – played on Gamelan Sekati GUNTUR SARI of Kraton Surakarta
3 – 7:08 Gending Munggang – played on Gamelan MUNGGANG of Istana Mangkunagaran
4 – 6:13 Gending Kodok Ngorek – played on Gamelan KODOK NGOREK of Istana Mangkunagaran
5 – 10:25 Gending Carabalen – played on Gamelan CARABALEN of Istana Mangkunagaran


II. Ceremonial Music

Collection: Gamelan of Central Java, Original Series

I want to thank you for making this beautiful stately ceremonial music available. Especially the piece ‘Munggang’: I have a recording of it from around 1970…. It’s very nice to have such a fresh sounding recording of it. But also the other numbers are very beautiful.

Cees Bonhof, by email


Ware auf der vorliegenden CD nicht auch noch jede Menge grossartiger Musik, man musste sie schon wegen ihrer charmanten Atmosphare als Referenz fur eine Auffuhrungspraxis heranziehen, bei der sich die hehre Kunst mitten im Leben absspielt.

Walter Bast, Folker!


Gamelan music is challenging for Westerners. It is not easily understood. But even without knowledge of the various instruments, scales and musical formats, its beauty is immediately apparent. The beauty may even be enhanced by the feeling of mystery it imparts to listeners on this side of the world.

Dave Howell, Rambles


Superbly recorded and played, this disc is a fine document.

Allan Evans, Global Rhythm