The Stirring of a Thousand Bells – Film Screening & Live Music by Andrew Timar & Bill Parsons Duo


Two films take viewers on a visual / musical tour of life in Indonesia, to mark Small World's first film screening at the Centre.

Gamelan is one of the ancient music traditions of the world. In Solo, it’s still a part of everyday life and an important cultural custom. A complex wonder of human invention, it comes from a timeless world of aural tradition, contemplation, and relaxed living. These films capture the essence of the gamelan tradition, in the context of the changing modern world. Come and experience Java and feel what it’s like to be lost in a world of history.

The Stirring of a Thousand Bells (Sublime Frequencies 2014, 51 min), by Matt Dunning

1. Sekaten - 35’15” - Experience Java's most cosmic music festival where the old world and the new are colliding, creating captivating images and sound. It attempts to put the viewer in the perspective of someone experiencing the Sekaten festival for the first time, leaving a sense of curiosity, and desire to learn more about Javanese culture.

2. Srimpi Muncar - 15’20” - Enchanting melodies and meditative dance from Mangkunegaran Palace, with arresting images from throughout Java.

The evening will start with a musical performance:
An Imaginary Live Soundtrack for Ambient Worlds: Indonesia meets Canada by the Andrew Timar & Bill Parsons Duo

Playing Sundanese instruments from West Java, Indonesia Canadian composer-musicians Andrew Timar (suling: ring flute & kacapi: zither), and Bill Parsons (kacapi, & guitar) with guest Matthew Dunning (kendhang sabet: Central Javanese barrel drum) weave an ambient soundtrack to an imaginary film, woven with fixed and improvised interlocking minimalist sonic textures, using threads of Sundanese songs, bronze Javanese kemanak, bells and gamelan drumming.

The Stirring of a Thousand Bells - TRAILER - Sublime Frequencies dvd 094 from Doop di Doop on Vimeo.