|Featured artist: I Wayan Sinti
2004 Artist Support Program
Project: Gamelan Siwa Nada
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|I Wayan Sinti (left) at his Jack Straw Productions recording session with a member of his Gamelan Siwa Nada ensemble.|
I Wayan Sinti Biography
I Wayan Sinti was born January 1, 1943 in the
Pak Sinti has mastered many kinds of Balinese vocal music and nearly all forms of instrumental music with outstanding teachers such as, I Nyoman Gerana, Ida Peadanda Made Sideman, I Nyoman Kaler, and I Wayan Lotring. His dedication to the classical musical styles he learned from these teachers inspired him to revive many forms of gamelan including gamelan gambang, selonding, saron, gong luang, gambuh, semar pegulingan, legong, bebarongan, and others.
Pak Sinti has spread his love of Balinese music by teaching village ensembles throughout
In 1974, Pak Sinti was invited to teach at the Center for World Music in
In 1994, Pak Sinti created a new type of gamelan ensemble called Manikasanti, which means "jewel for peace." Manikasanti features a new tuning system that allows for the playing of various Balinese modes and musical scales, and was inspired by his long study of ritual vocal and instrumental music.
Pak Sinti recently completed a residency at the
About the musical selection
Windu Sara is a new piece written by I Wayan Sinti specifically for Gamelan Siwa Nada. The name of the piece has two meanings: the word Windu means "circle" and Sara means "nucleus." In this piece Windu Sara means that each cycle uses a different mode, whose nucleus consists of the tones 9, 7, 5, 3 returning to 9. The second meaning of Windu Sara is that it is a rare jewel whose color is red, black and white. This indirectly describes the tri murt: Brahma is red, Vishnu is black, and Siwa (Iswara) is white. In the middle of the piece, you will hear a theme from Dvorak's "New World" Symphony.
Gamelan Siwa Nada
After creating Gamelan Manikasanti in September 1994 Pak Sinti challenged himself to create a new ensemble called gamelan Siwa Nada. Inspiration for Siwa Nada came from the Balinese vocal music wirama, which is similar to the Vedas of India. Pak Sinti's goal was to create a gamelan with a scale capable of reproducing the tones used in wirama. Gamelan Siwa Nada has a nine-tone tuning system that allows it to produce this scale as well as several others including pelog and slendro. With this tuning system, as well as the particular instrumentation of the gamelan, Siwa Nada can also perform music from the repertoires of gamelan gambang, gambuh, semar pegulingan, pelogongan, bebarongon, angklung, gong gede, kebyar, and others. This is the only gamelan of its type in the world and Pak Sinti has recently completed a composition, windu sara, which utilizes all nine tones of the tuning system and is only capable of being played on Siwa Nada. Siwa Nada was built in Seattle by Pak Sinti and his students and is currently housed at the
Jack Straw Productions