Bali to New York
– a musical journey from Indonesian gamelan to downtown Manhattan
With its infinite rhythmic patterning and metal percussion orchestration, Indonesian gamelan music has had a strong influence on many composers.
The American Colin McPhee spent several years in Bali during the 1930s transcribing this luminous and fiery music including Balinese Ceremonial Music. In the following decade, under the spell of this magical sound world, John Cage and Lou Harrison collaborated on Double Music for an assortment of Chinese gongs, water buffalo bells and thunder sheet.
Charlie Barber‘s Kantilan Karangan, a re-invention of traditional arabesques of Balinese music, is heard alongside the motoric rhythms of Steve Reich’s seminal minimalist classic Piano Phase and the eastward-looking Fifth Simfony by West Coast composer Lou Harrison.
Music direction: Charlie Barber
Musicians: Semra Kurutaç, Kate Halsall (pianos); Hugh Wilkinson, Dave Danford, Nick Baron, Gareth Hamlin (percussion)
Technical support: Richard Balshaw
Marketing: Stephan Stockton
|17.02.08||LLANTWIT MAJOR||St Donats Arts Centre|
|19.02.08||CARDIFF||St Davids Hall|
|24.02.08||MANCHESTER||Royal Northern College of Music|
|01.03.08||MOLD||Clwyd Theatr Cymru|
With the financial support of: Arts Council of Wales, Britten-Pears Foundation, Hinrichsen Foundation
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