Géwar Sumringah

“Géwar Sumringah” literally means “a joyful (sumringah) sounding of many voices or noise (géwar).” This piece is set in the Balinese Kebyar style as reflected by the traditional forms and energetic nature of the music. The piece is a literal sounding of many voices on two levels: first, it has the internal workings of counterpoint—many voices working independently while creating a whole and, second, there are two overriding voicings that come together—the voice of the Eastern, Balinese tradition of gamelan Kebyar and that of the Western tradition of contrapuntal design.


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