Sunda Song

Sunda Song

by Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan
     
 

The Canadian-based Evergreen Club are dedicated to playing original music based on the pretexts of the Indonesian/West Java gamelan music of old. Yet they choose to play new contemporary compositions and mix in traditional works. As you would expect, the result is a rich, vibrant, lively, and living music that has deep spiritual roots, playing upon the wide timbral… See more details below

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The Canadian-based Evergreen Club are dedicated to playing original music based on the pretexts of the Indonesian/West Java gamelan music of old. Yet they choose to play new contemporary compositions and mix in traditional works. As you would expect, the result is a rich, vibrant, lively, and living music that has deep spiritual roots, playing upon the wide timbral elements of the gongs, metallaphones, and percussion instruments they specialize in. The octet from Toronto is skilled in more stoic Western and classical disciplines, but play this music with great joy and enthusiasm. They have also been known to use their instrumentation to perform compositions of John Cage or James Tenney, and owe no small debt to the composer who reframed this sound with an American gamelan instrumentation, Lou Harrison. This music holds a consistency that in many ways supersedes strict traditional compositions. "Anjeun" (You) is likely the brightest and happiest, multi-layered piece, while the short, light number "Tina Jandela" (From the Window) and "Arang Arang" reflect the imagery of the cultural dance choreography that usually accompanies Indonesian music. "Jeruk Bali/Kunang Kunang" (Sweet Grapefruit/Fireflies) is as busy, interactive, dramatic, and mysterious as this music gets, while a contrary pacing between wood flute and metallaphones suspends time, wafting through "Sorban Palid" (Turban Floating Away). There's a distinct feeling of democracy here, as no one instrument dominates, save the percussion instruments during the driving "Kalangkang" (Illusion), or the mixing and matching of sounds showcased on the patient and drawn-out "Samagaha" (Solar Eclipse). The Evergreen Club have touched on something utterly beautiful, unique unto itself, and very respectful of tradition, but expanding the ancient music with their arrangements in a way that bears close examination and provides sheer, uplifting delight.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2004
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943706121
catalogNumber:
76061
Rank:
280415

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan   Primary Artist
Andrew Timar   Suling
Bill Parsons   Kacapi,Jenglong
Mark Duggan   Bonang,Kendang,Gambang
Bill Parker   Kacapi
Ryan Scott   Bonang,Kempul,Goong Gedé
Blair Mackay   Percussion,Hand Clapping,Rub,Bonang,Kendang,Gambang,Jenglong,Panerus
Rick Sacks   Bonang,Kempul,Goong Gedé
Evergreen Club Gamelan   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Jim Tait   Engineer,Engineering
Andrew Timar   Arranger,Liner Notes
Bill Parsons   Arranger,Liner Notes
Mark Duggan   Arranger,Contributor
Bill Parker   Liner Notes
Burhan Sukarma   Composer
Ryan Scott   Contributor
Michael Jack   Engineer
Blair Mackay   Producer,Liner Notes,Artistic Director
Rick Sacks   Contributor
Evergreen Club   Arranger

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