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LOW STOCK LEVEL
3-4 Weeks
ARTIST
TITLE
Kecak: A Balinese Music Drama
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
BRIDGE 9019CD BRIDGE 9019CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
12/7/2009

1990 release. Recorded September 17, 1987 in Bona Kelod, Gianyar, Bali. This is the first recording of a complete "Ramayana Monkey Chant." "Down the lanes to the temple men are streaming, calling to one another out of the darkness, mustering in the temple-court. Already the circles are forming, one within another, five or six circles of crouching bodies, a hundred and fifty men under the flickering light of a great branching wooden torch. All sounds die away, there is silence and a feeling of suspense. Suddenly the motionless bodies grow tense, awaiting a signal. With a series of short cries they lift themselves, then sink with a hissing sound of outgoing breath. They intone a rhythm, menacing, intense, all exactly together; then drop and muffle it, press it down into the dark hole between their crowded heads. They begin to sway; low inarticulate sounds break from them; their bodies gleam in the flickering flame, their eyes half close in dreaming faces. A slow chant rises from a single voice in their midst, a child's high-pitched wailing voice. The swaying grows and grows till suddenly the heaving mass bursts open with a roar, like a crater in eruption scattering fragments. Circle upon circle they fall backwards, the full-blown flower of a volcano. Again they fold together and continue their swaying and their song..." -- Dance And Drama In Bali