Vital Records is a recording label specializing in the music of Bali, Indonesia. Created in 1996, Vital Records is devoted to producing the highest quality digital recordings of a variety of Balinese gamelan ensembles. The highest standards are used in every recording project, from extended planning and discussion with the musicians, to careful choice of pieces and recording location, to extensively researched documentation, to first-class post-production.
The documentation included with all Vital Records CDs is based on interviews with the musicians, primary research in the field, and secondary sources. Through more than two decades of research and experience by the author (owner Wayne Vitale) in conveying Balinese music to audiences worldwide, the booklets created for these CDs are informative, well researched, and easy to read.
In fact, the recordings and accompanying texts can be used as a mini-course in contemporary Balinese music-documents, in the best sense of the word, of one of the world’s most vibrant, and still evolving, musical traditions.
Wayne Vitale is a composer, performer, teacher, recording engineer, and instrument conservator who has long been inspired by the music of Bali, Indoneisa. As a composer, he has created numerous works for gamelan, performed by Bali’s most noted orchestras, that have directly impacted the evolution of Balinese kebyar music. His most recent was Makrokosma Bali, a multimedia work premiered in San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum in May 2011 by the 25-member ensemble from Tunjuk, Bali and a US-based design crew.
He is a founding member and former director of Gamelan Sekar Jaya (www.gsj.org), an ensemble of sixty musicians and dancers that has achieved an unparalleled reputation for its cross-cultural creative work. His recording label, Vital Records (www.vitalrecords.ws), releases critically acclaimed CDs of Balinese music. He has also devoted himself to the metallic art of gamelan tuning, grinding and filing his way throughout the US and Europe to restore Balinese instruments. He recently taught at the University of Oregon in Eugene as Robert M. Trotter Distinguished Visiting Professor.