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Sa’ Unine String Orchestra

CD cover
CD cover

My husband brought the CD home last Friday. Right after the beginning of the first song flew, I got my heart wrenched. In a good way. It’s Maladi’s Di Bawah Sinar Bulan Purnama. The peaceful, breezy song made me feel like everything went in sepia tones.

At first I thought Sa’ Unine was something French. But then I realized it’s actually sak muni-munine (Javanese, translated: random sounds). A very humble name for such a brilliant string orchestra. Assembled in 1992, this Jogjakarta-based group have been doing concerts all around the world and become a part of some of Indonesia’s best orchestras.

Sa’ Unine is conducted by Oni Krisnerwinto and consisted of violin, viola, cello, contra bass, and a set of choir. In the CD that I’ve been listening to, they packed eleven arrangements:

  1. Di Bawah Sinar Bulan Purnama (composed by Maladi)
  2. Sapu Lidi (composed by Sukamto)
  3. Ilir-ilir (composed by Sunan Kalijaga)
  4. Paris Barantai (composed by H. Anang Ardiansyah)
  5. Belaian Sayang (composed by Bing Slamet)
  6. Padang Bulan (a Javanese folk song)
  7. Kambanglah Bungo Parautan (composed by Sofyan Naan)
  8. Stamboel Lagoe Manis
  9. Cublak-cublak Suweng (a Javanese folk song)
  10. Medley Sulawesi – Anging Mamiri & O ina ni keke
  11. Dolanan Pizzicato – Gundul-gundul Pacul, Jaranan, Cublak-cublak Suweng

Arrangements 1, 3, 5, and 8 are my favorites. Really soothing and calming. With easy flow of music and a lot of violin sounds. But Paris Barantai is more upbeat and gives off a film feeling of someone running in an endless prairie (just my imagination, though :D)

Read in some articles that the members of Sa’ Unine never wears tuxedos and

Sa' Unine String Orchestra
Sa' Unine String Orchestra in lurik

gowns when they perform. Only lurik, the peasant clothing from Jogja. Make them, inspite of the genre of music they play, very subtle and down-to-earth. Everyone would love listening to them and get immersed in the nostalgic sense of their arrangements.

Their tagline, ‘masa lalu selalu aktual’ (the past is always new), really fits the message they spread through their music. Everyone who have heard of the songs since long time ago will enjoy the time-traveling in their minds and the new listeners will surely enjoy the vintage touch.

Check out one of their performances at Tembi Rumah Budaya:

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6 thoughts on “Sa’ Unine String Orchestra

    1. hi, Dilla. makasih udah mampir😀
      CD Sa’Unine itu bonus dari toko batik, dan di internet kayanya memang jarang mp3-nya yang bisa di-download. Tapi di YouTube banyak video2 pertunjukan live mereka.

  1. Hai, arimbi.
    Setau saya, cd mereka hanya bisa dipesan lewat Rumah Budaya Tembi.

    Sa‘Unine String Orchestra
    harga cd Rp.90.000,- (belum termasuk ongkos kirim)
    hubungi Titin di 62856115273 atau 62217253410

    Untuk informasi lebih jelas, klik http://tembi.net
    semoga membantu🙂

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