Wednesday, December 10, 2008

CD Review: Soothing Sounds of Suarasama

Fajar Di Atas Awan
Drag City

Suarasama is a group based in Medan City, North Sumatra, Indonesia that is composed mostly of ethnomusicologists. Fajar Di Atas Awan ("Dawn Over The Clouds") was recorded by ethnomusicologist, Philip Yampolsky, in 1997. Notably, this is a re-issue of the 1998 recording. The group incorporates instrumentation from the Indian subcontinent and surrounding Southeast Asian regions. Overall, the recording includes a lighter collection of music that is good for contemplative listening, yoga, reflection, or immediate transport to a far-off land. Instruments used include the sruti box, framed drum, guitar, Persian duf, tabla, Sundanese kendang, and varied percussion. A mix of sporadic vocals, various instrumentation, and informative liner notes complete the ensemble. This release is also available on LP. ~ Matthew Forss

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