7-tone Iron keyed ensemble from the Bali Aga people of East Bali, 4-6 players evoke mysterious chimes of an ancient tradition. The entrancing sounds of this ensemble have their origins in the walled mountain village of Pegringsingan, Tenganan. During their ceremonial performances musicians are stationed high on raised stages to be out of sight but still within earshot.
Legend has it that the original set of keys bestowed upon the Bali Aga were washed up on the beach at the foot of the hills, during an intense storm. As the ocean is seen as the home of demonic entities, the Gods residing atop Mt Agung, great care is taken to manage the spiritually charged tones and tunes.
Until recent years Selunding music was not to be seen or heard by anyone outside the walls of Bali Aga villages, as the instruments were considered heavenly gifts to them alone. It is said that certain compositions handed down from the Gods are too holy to be played any more!
Respectful separation of secular and sacred repertoire has allowed friends of the Bali Aga to enjoy their non-ceremonial melodies by playing on unconsecrated instruments, such as the ones housed at the GDA Sanggar.
This ensemble of 4-6 musicians uses no drums, gongs or flutes, only tuned keys of iron, creating a lilting atmosphere of a bygone era. Gamelan DanAnda has performed Selunding locally for Weddings, Concerts, Cultural Days, and Garden Parties, and will fascinate audiences at your next event.