Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   Traditional Indonesian songs
Arranger:   I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda & Robert Young Walser
Publisher:   World Music Press / Plank Road Publishing
Voicing:   Unison
Setting:   Dance


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In “Saman!: Dance of a Thousand Hands” book and DVD

This song belongs to a unique genre of song and dance from Aceh, on the island of Sumatra. Singers kneel in a row and weave complex patterns with their arms as the tempo quickens. The melodies are chanted and distinctive and are accompanied with body percussion. There is nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world and it can have quite an impact on an audience experiencing it for the first time. This song is part of a collection that includes a teaching DVD. The dances are taught in slow motion with mirror-image footage to facilitate learning. The book includes complete cultural context, musical score with illustrated photographs for hand and arm positions, a list of resources, and suggestions for performance and costume.

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