Sekar Enggal (SOAS Concert Series) - 20/02/2017 Fri, 2017-06-02 14:56

Gamelan degung from Sunda/West Java

Sekar Enggal is a London-based ensemble performing traditional Sundanese music from West Java, Indonesia. The group was formed in 1992, when the first set of gamelan degung instruments arrived in the UK. The ensemble is directed by Simon Cook, who began playing gamelan in the Netherlands in 1979, and subsequently spent 12 years in Indonesia, where he studied Sundanese music. Gamelan degung is unique to Sunda. It developed during the 19th century in the courts of the Bupati (Regents); since Independence in 1945 degung has become increasingly widespread, nowadays often played at wedding receptions. It has also become the vehicle for a certain type of Sundanese popular music (degung instrumental), which enjoyed phenomenal commercial success in the late 1980s.

Part of the SOAS Concert Series 2016/17 – the public face of music at SOAS

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