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New Music America:
1981: A Concert of New Gamelan Music

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 68 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

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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 harp, flute and trumpet with the traditional gamelan. These works are performed on two sets of gamelan instruments designed and largely built by William Colvig. They are the Gamelan Si Betty, named for Betty Freeman who made possible its construction, and Gamelan Si Darius, named after composer Darius Milhaud. The clarity of the sound and the complexity of the intertwining melodies is truly exceptional and as Lou Harrison points out at the beginning of the concert, the intent of these pieces is too leave your ears ringing as you exit the hall. An intent that is clearly fulfilled by this marvelous recording.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  [unidentified work for gamelan] (6:44) -- [unidentified work for gamelan] (4:31) -- [unidentified work for gamelan and solo harp] (6:04) -- [unidentified work or additional movement for gamelan and solo harp] (3:15) -- [unidentified work or additional movement for gamelan and solo harp] (2:40)
Performers:  Larry London, harp
(see part two for complete listing of performers)
Genre:  New Music
Subject:  New music; Gamelan music; Harp and gamelan music; Harp with instrumental ensemble
People:  Oliveros, Pauline, 1932-; Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; Wasitodipuro, K.R.T.; London, Larry (Musician)
Recording Date:  6/13/1991
First Broadcast Date:  6/13/1991
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  [unidentified work for gamelan and flute] (6:54) -- [unidentified work for gamelan, harp, chorus, etc.] (6:46) -- [unidentified work for gamelan and drone] (5:17) -- Bubaran Robert, for gamelan and trumpet (4:30) / Lou Harrison -- Bubaran Robert, for gamelan and trumpet [repeated as audience exits] (5:23) / Lou Harrison
Performers:  Lou Harrison
William Colvig
Peter Huboi
Markus Bonfoey
Edo Castro
Paul J. Carufel
Susan Owens
Dave Powell
Scott L. Hartman
JoAnne Hanlon
Randy Wade
Trish Neilson
Jerry Martin
Jean Moncrieff
Todd Boekelheide
LuAnne Daly
Alexis Alrich
John Siddall
William Winant
Barbara Golden
Mark Trayle
Mary Hennessey
Rose Butte
Larry London, harp
Genre:  New Music
Subject:  New music; Gamelan music; Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with instrumental ensemble; Flute and gamelan music; Flute with instrumental ensemble; Trumpet with instrumental ensemble
People:  Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; Wasitodipuro, K.R.T.; London, Larry (Musician); Alrich, Alexis
Recording Date:  6/13/1981
First Broadcast Date:  6/13/1981
 
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