Purchased in 2012, our first Selonding set is modelled on the Bugbug formation but with additional instruments found in the set from Merajan Selonding in the Besakih Temple complex that dates back to around the 10th century. It is one of just three sets of this formation in the world.

Our family based group called Sekaa Selonding Semeton was formed in the same year inspired by the enthsiastic interest and ability in Selonding shown by gamelan prodigy Gede Semara when he was five. In the next year at just six years old he had already composed three pieces of music (Tinjo Cak, Puncak Ting and Pau Cak), then one when he was seven (Kungkarang). The group has also learned pieces from eight different villages, including Bugbug (Rarawangi and Dukuh Dayang), Batur (Tinjo Katak), Kedisan (Capung Gandok), Bungaya (Anda Sahat, Landung Locog and Kungkang), Ngis (Deha Malong), Tenganan (Geguron and Rangga Tating), Asak (Cili Muani) and Kedampal (Melayu). Vaughan Hatch has also transferred one Asak-style Gambang piece to Selonding called Gumi Rusak.

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