Ningnang marks Pusaka Sunda’s fourth recording and features music from our 30th anniversary concerts and West Java tour in 2018. Thanks to the dedicated musicians of Pusaka Sunda and support from our friends, we are pleased to bring you this exciting album of gamelan degung music.
Burhan Sukarma’s compositions on Ningnang demonstrate what it really means for music to be “traditional.” He calls upon the many expressive resources of the Sundanese music he has been playing for decades to create meaningful new music for the present day. One thread that unites all the compositions is hinted at in the title of the second piece, Banda Manusa, which means “humanity’s shared resources”; the music reminds us that the earth is a source of both limitless potential and great responsibility.
From the rhythmic dissonance of Ningnang (“disharmony”) to the classical degung idioms of “Sérédét Degung” (“nostalgia for degung”), the original pieces on this recording display Burhan Sukarma’s creative range as a composer, as well as his gift for expressing a range of emotions, from very sad (“Panghegar”) to very happy (“Mangga”).
Burhan Sukarma is one of the most influential Sundanese musicians of his generation. He built his international reputation as a masterful improvisor on the suling bamboo flute, performing on hundreds of traditional and contemporary recordings. Those recordings continue to inspire generations of musicians who scrutinize them for inspiration and technique. Since relocating to the US and founding Pusaka Sunda, Burhan has also been recognized for the artistry of his gamelan degung compositions.
Undang Sumarna is an esteemed Sundanese drummer and educator based in Santa Cruz, California. Since 1976, he has introduced thousands of college students to Sundanese gamelan music through his teaching at University of California, Santa Cruz. He has toured throughout the United States and frequently joins Pusaka Sunda for recordings and performances.
Musicians: Ed Garcia, Danni Redding Lapuz, Malaya Redding Lapuz, Ray Lapuz, Gretchen McPherson, Olivia Sears, Henry Spiller, Rae Ann Stahl, Burhan Sukarma-Director, Undang Sumarna-Guest Artist