ABOUT THE RECORDING
Kali Yuga: The Age of Chaos
Soundtrack to the dramatic work performed by Gamelan Sekar Jaya
Music by Wayne Vitale & I Made Arnawa
Vocals: Emiko Saraswati Susilo & Rashidi Omari Byrd
Ambient sound designs by Jay Cloidt
Poetry by Goenawan Mohamed
Editing & mastering by Wayne Vitale
Engineering by Cuco Daglio
Musicians: I Made Arnawa , Dudley Brooks, Bea Deering, Tom Deering, Sara Gambin,
Todd Greenspan, Jim Hogan, Maddie Hogan, Andrej Hronco, Steve Johnson, Dan Kennedy, Debbie Lloyd, Emerson Munkres, Mudita Nisker, Alicia Patrice, I Made Putrayasa, Nicci Reisnour, Molly Smart, Nicholas Statan, I Ketut Suardana, Suzanne La, Wayne Vitale , Sarah Willner, Ben Zadan
Kali Yuga: The Age of Chaos, is a full-length dramatic dance work that includes a thirty-musician bronze gamelan orchestra, poetry, song, ambient sound, and video installations. A deep artistic response to recent world conflicts, and inspired by the ancient texts of the Mahabharata, Kali Yuga is the creation of an international team of artists, including Ellen Sebastian Chang (director), Wayan Dibia (choreographer), Goenawan Mohamad (poet), Wayne Vitale, Made Arnawa, and I Dewa Putu Berata (musicians/composers), three artists—Elaine Buckholtz (multimedia design), Jack Carpenter (lighting designer) and Jay Cloidt (sound design artist) and dancers Tjokorda Isteri Putra Padmini, I Ketut Rina, I Made Moja, Ni Luh Estiti Andarawati, Emiko Saraswati Susilo, I Wayan Dibia, Rose Nisker, Rashidi Omari Byrd, and Christina Sunardi.
ABOUT THE TRACKS
Composed by Wayne Vitale with I Made Arnawa
Recorded at the One People Voice Company warehouse September 2006.
from the traditional lelambatan piece Tabuh Pat Jagul
Sinom vocals by Emiko Saraswati Susilo
2. The Man With Four Faces / The Shattering
3. Kecak / "Sign"
poetry narrated by Rashidi Omari Byrd
4. The Dice Game
5. Dewi Sri's Lament / The Disrobing
6. Prayer and Hope
ABOUT GAMELAN SEKAR JAYA
Gamelan Sekar Jaya (GSJ) is a sixty-member company of musicians and dancers, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in the performing arts of Bali. GSJ’s music and dance range from traditional Balinese repertoire to cutting-edge compositions. The sixty plus company of musicians and dancers of GSJ play on several sets of Balinese instruments, consisting of various combinations of bronze-keyed metallophones, bamboo marimbas, gongs, drums, and flutes. Gamelan Sekar Jaya is the only foreign group to ever receive the Dharma Kusuma, Bali's highest award for artistic achievement. The company is renowned for its exploration of traditional and modern forms through long-term residencies with Bali's finest musicians and dancers. Formed in 1979, the orchestra has performed in various settings and venues from the bustling village squares in Bali to the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
WITH SINCERE GRATITUDE TO
World Arts West, for outstanding support of the Bay Area dance community and as presenter-partners of Kali Yuga; Sarah Maxim and Thuy Pham, at The Center for Southeast Asia Studies, for arranging the residency of Goenawan Mohamad, and for arranging Visiting Scholar status for Kali Yuga artists at the University of California, Berkeley; Gloria Law, at Services for International Students and Scholars; and Professor Ben Brinner (University of California, Berkeley) for facilitating visas for guest artists; Rachel Cooper, co-founder of Sekar Jaya, for advice, inspiration, and use of her gamelan instruments; Grady Cousins, Paul Jorgensen, and The One People Voice Company, for providing space and creative support for rehearsals of Kali Yuga
This recording was made possible with grants from the Doris Duke Fund for Dance of the National Dance Project, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with additional funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Ford Foundation). The creation of Kali Yuga has also been supported by generous grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, the LEF Foundation, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.
Kali Yuga is dedicated to the many victims of 2002 & 2005 bombings in Bali, their search for meaning in the midst of chaos, and in our shared hopes for peace and reconciliation.
Cover Photo: Michael Strickland
Graphic Design & CD Production: Sara Gambin
Kali Yuga: The Age of Chaos
Soundtrack to the dramatic work
© Gamelan Sekar Jaya 2006