|A Concert by the Wesleyan Gamelan Chamber Ensemble|
The Wesleyan Gamelan Chamber Ensemble in its first new York performance. Recorded at the Asia House in New York City, January 17, 1971. The ensemble is composed of native Javanese teachers and their students at Wesleyan University. The instruments used include a gender, kendang, rebab, gambang, and slentem.
Keywords: Music; World Music; Gamelan; Wesleyan Gamelan Chamber Ensemble
|A Concert of Court Music of Central Java, 1978|
Recorded and broadcast live by KPFA on March 8, 1978, this is a concert of court music from Central Java, performed on a gamelan in Hertz Hall on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley. The word gamelan refers to the whole set of instruments collectively. Unlike the Western orchestra, the gamelan consists of the instruments only, and not the players. Each gamelan, and often large gongs as well, is given a name and treated with great reverence...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; World Music; Gamelan Music; Indonesia
|New Music America 1981: A Concert of New Gamelan Music|
From a recording made on June 13, 1981 in San Francisco, as part of the New Music America Festival, this is a concert of new gamelan music by Lou Harrison, K. R. T. Wasitodipuro, and others. Lou Harrison’s music is known for its original and sensitive use of percussion and employment of just intonation. It also is widely appreciated for its lyricism and assimilation of techniques from East and West, as is clearly evident in the pieces heard here that incorporate Western instruments such as the...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; New Music America series; Music; New Music; Gamelan
|A Concert by Gamelan Sekar Jaya|
Charles Amirkhanian introduces members of San Francisco’s sensational Balinese music ensemble, Gamelan Sekar Jaya (Flowering Success), founded in 1979 under the direction of Balinese composer I Wayan Suweca and American Michael Tenzer. Included in this 1980 concert is a composition by I Wayan Suweca entitled “The Love of Art”, composed in difficult, non-metric rhythms with virtuosic solos for each of the three main instrument groups, gendaran (metalophones), reong (row of tuned gongs), and...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Music; World Music; Gamelan music
|Colin McPhee and the Music of Bali|
Henry Cowell presents a program on the music of Indonesia, featuring early recordings of gamelan music, as well as many transcriptions of Balinese music by Colin McPhee. The music of Indonesia first came to the attention of the West when in the 1920s Erich M. von Hornbostel and others collected and commercially released a number of gamelan performances, recorded in the villages of Indonesia. These early 78rpm records later inspired the Canadian composer, Colin McPhee, to travel to the island of ...
Keywords: Interview; Music; World Music; Gamelan Music; Henry Cowell
|Night Sounds: The Gamelan Music of Bali|
Larry Reed presents a selection of recordings of gamelan music, recorded in Bali, Indonesia in 1979. The program begins with a brief field recording of frogs, crickets and other night creatures, the rhythm of which it has been suggested served as a template for early gamelan ensembles. We then hear a “Pemungkah,” the introductory music of a traditional Balinese shadow play, performed by a gender wayang, the smallest (four piece) of the gamelan ensembles...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; World Music; Ambient Sounds; Field Recordings; Gamelan music