This is a master piece. Based on the work of Peter Blasser.
Kuda Lumping (literally flat horse; also known as Jaran Kepang in Javanese) is a traditional Javanese dance depicting a group of horsemen. Dancers « ride » horses made from woven bamboo and decorated with colorful paints and cloth. Generally, the dance portrays troops riding horses, but another type of Kuda Lumping performance also incorporates trances and magic tricks. When the « possessed » dancer is performing the dance in trance conditions, he can display unusual abilities, such as eating glass and resistance to the effects of whipping or hot coals. Although the dance is native to Java, Indonesia, it also performed by Javanese communities in Suriname, Malaysia and Singapore. (wikipedia)
Greg Jolivet takes the Hurdy Gurdy to the next level.
The following is a mix of recordings from folk cultures from around the globe that use music not as art and entertainment but as a function to aid in rituals, to accompany ceremonial rites or to express spiritual devotion. Obviously, the aesthetics presented is a hodgepodge but there are some common threads to this collection that I’ve noticed while listening and researching. One is that the music seems to stretch out sinuously, forming layers of concentric patterns without following a direct linear path of a narrative like most Western art and pop music. As one Sufi (the mystical sect of Islam) cleric mentioned, “our music is not represented by bars and staffs, it’s circular, it has no beginning, no end.” Secondly, the musicians all seem to have a spiritual relationship with their instruments, most of which are of modest resources available, mainly trees, animal skins, human voice and hands. Last, and most important, this music seeks to liberate the consciousness from distractions and to transcend the listener/performer/participant to a clearer state of mind. Hope you enjoy.