Hindustani vocalists: the Gundecha Brothers from the Dagar school, and Veena Sahasrabuddhe of the Gwalior school. We played a dhrupad from the Gundechas, followed by several devotional songs (Bhaktimalas) dedicated to Shiva and Ganesh by Sahasrabuddhe, recorded on vintage cassette.
Moving away from the population centre of Java, Bali and Madura, we explore the folk music of Sumatra, the Riau Islands, and the Mentawi Islands in the northwest of the country. We start with the people living in the interior uplands of Sumatra, the Toba and the Minangkabau, the latter of which being the largest matrilineal society in the world. The Toba are famed for their intricate Gondang percussion music, whereas the Minangkabau have a form of chamber music that features one or two singers with a single instrument.
The first half of the the programme was dedicated to the works of the Ukrainian composer Lubomyr Melnyk, famous for his "continuous stream" technique involving extremely fast notes and continued sustain.
The theme of the latter half was "Americans in Rome" - we featured the collective Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV), founded 1966 in Rome, as well as other composers working in the American Academy in Rome.