New Music for Ancient Instruments


For this New Sounds, listen to Chris Brown's new work for gangsa, one of the traditional instruments of the Philippines, related to Indonesian gamelan.  There's also music from Raphael Mostel for Tibetan singing bowl and new music for traditional Japanese koto.

From a live performance recorded in the WNYC studios in 1990, hear the koto armada that is the Kazue Sawai Koto Ensemble perform a new work, "Homura" by Tadao Sawai.  Plus, a work for gamelan by the late Lou Harrison, and more.

PROGRAM # 3278, New Music for Ancient Instruments (First aired on 12/07/2011)                                                             





Lou Harrison

Music of Lou Harrison

Main Bersama Sama [1:30]

CRI #613 **, now New World Records.

William Winant, percussion; the William Winant Percussion Group; Chris Brown, piano and electronics


Chris Brown: Gangsa [14:00]

New World Records 80723

Raphael Mostel & Tibetan Singing Bowl Ensemble

Blood on the Moon

Swiftly, How Swiftly IV, V, IV [15:51]

Digital Fossils #10009**
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Kazue Sawai Koto Ensemble

Live at WNYC, 5/8/90

Tadao Sawai: Homura [14:50]

This performance not commercially available. Other Kazue Sawai recordings have been released only in Japan.

Lou Harrison

Music of Lou Harrison

Main Bersama Sama (Playing Together), excerpt [3:30]

See above.