#3691: Gamelan Plus

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Listen to works that include gamelan, but take a more western approach for this New Sounds - like combining Celtic traditional music and Indonesian gamelan in music from Gamelan Son of Lion and composer/sax player and bagpiper Matthew Welch. In the music of Barbara Benary, the co-founder and guiding spirit of Gamelan Son of Lion, there is a juxtaposition of Cape Breton Celtic singing, gamelan and Benary herself on violin. Also, hear the Celtic-Balinese tapestry of Matthew Welch’s chamber rock hybrid Blarvuster with its Scottish bagpipes, Balinese gamelan, and Welch’s vocalizing in Indonesian. Plus, Lou Harrison’s "Threnody for Carlos Chavez," written for viola and gamelan ensemble, and music from NYC-based Patrick Grant, who serves his post-minimalism with a twist of Rock and Balinese gamelan. That, and more.

PROGRAM #3691 Gamelan Plus (First aired on 2/3/2015)  

ARTIST: Gamelan Son of Lion
WORK: John Morton: She (really) Had To Go [9:23]
RECORDING: Sonogram
SOURCE: Innova 718 
INFO: innova.mu

ARTIST:Patrick Grant
WORK: Fields Amaze [8:35]
RECORDING: Patrick Grant
SOURCE: Available at cdbaby.com

ARTIST: Bill Frisell, Tim Sparks, Marc Ribot
WORK: Tzalim [:10]
RECORDING: Masada Guitars
SOURCE: Tzadik 7171
INFO: tzadik.com

ARTIST: Gamelan Son of Lion
WORK: Barbara Benary: Jigalullaby [8:23]
RECORDING: Sonogram
SOURCE: Innova 718 
INFO: innova.mu

ARTIST: Matthew Welch  & Blarvuster
WORK: Canntaireachd Masolah I [6:23]
RECORDING: Blarvuster
SOURCE:  Tzadik 8077
INFO: tzadik.com

ARTIST: Lou Harrison
WORK: Threnody for Carlos Chavez [8:00]
RECORDING: Drums Along The Pacific
SOURCE: New Albion #122
INFO: Out of print, but available as a download via Amazon 

ARTIST:  Susan Jensen, violin; Bill Alves & The HMC American Gamelan
WORK: Bill Alves: Mystic Canyon for Violin and Gamelan [5:20]
RECORDING: Bill Alves: Mystic Canyon
SOURCE: MicroFest Records
INFO: microfestrecords.com