Gendhing Trans-Border

constructed improvisation


Gendhing Trans-Border is a constructed improvisation for infinite numbers of any pitched idiophone instruments, chordophone instruments, small numbers of aerophone instruments, and gong (Javanese--referred to Gong Ageng/Chinese) or cymbal (ride/crash). The improvisation system is inspired by the style of gamelan playing. This piece, with the notion of Trans-Border, invites musicians around the world to celebrate gamelan in a different way.

Premiered by Jay Afrisando (ID, composer, keyboard), Christie Burns (US, hammer dulcimer), Ng Chor Guan (MY, percussion), Elena Moon Park (US, violin), Denis Peniugin (Russia, balalaika), and Daniel de Mendoza (CO, double bass)

Performed at the St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, US on November 7, 2015 (video) and recorded at the Islandwood, Bainbridge Island, WA, US on November 9, 2015 (audio) during the OneBeat 2015 residency. OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by Bang On A Can's Found Sound Nation.

This 2nd performance was conveyed by Stephen May (US, kendhang), Daniel Furuta (US, saron), Lars Christensen (US, saron), Casey Palbicki (US, slenthem), Bill Heinze (US, bassoon), and Jay Afrisando (ID gong) at the Studio Z, St. Paul, MN, US on September 9, 2017.

Supported in part by the American Composers Forum through the Minnesota Emerging Composer Award 2016 funded by the Jerome Foundation.

© Jay Afrisando 2019