SambaSunda is a modern Indonesian collective of musicians, organized by Ismet Ruchimat in 1998. His experience in Norway expanded his musical vision to bring contemporary sounds to traditional Javanese instruments. The group's name came after their first album, adopting the title of a track from that recording. Sunda is the comparatively sparse region of Java with its own traditional forms that differ from the more familiar and formal Javanese court music, but over the years the group included styles and rhythms from Bali, Arabia, Latin America, and Europe. SambaSunda once comprised over 16 members, but for this album we hear a five-person chamber ensemble, led by Ismet Ruchimat himself. Also in contrast to previous albums, there is no gamelan of metallophones. Instead, the baritone boat-shaped zither, the kacapi indung, and its higher pitched variant, the kacapi rincik, are featured. Also present are the large khendang and smaller kulenter drums, a violin, and the suling bamboo flute. The group introduces haunting vocalist Neng Dini Andriati. Even though some tracks are traditional in melody, the arrangements and instrumental harmonies are very modern. SambaSunda helped pioneer contemporary fusion in Indonesia, and this album will probably have similar influence. Track 5, Serat Salira, is an unusual, very slow and beautiful ballad that contrasts sharply with the fast and funky tunes of earlier albums. The following track, however, takes a wild leap to Ireland, or rather, as the title indicates, an Irishman goes to Sunda. While characteristic of SambaSunda's playfulness, I believe that it is an intrusion to the overall tone of the album; it is only six of the album's generous 73 minutes. I find it interesting that SambaSunda's global vision, indeed much of world music today, is reflected in the credits: recorded and mixed in various sites in Germany, mastered and published in England, and manufactured in Hong Kong. The album was produced and mixed by Colin Bass [aka Sabah Habas Mustapha], English rock and world music musician, songwriter, and record producer. This worthy album should delight world music aficionados.