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 one—referred to Gong Ageng—or Chinese gong) 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.
Created during the OneBeat 2015 residency, 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.
Convergence, Studio Z, St. Paul, MN, US on 9 September 2017.
Supported in part by the American Composers Forum through the Minnesota Emerging Composer Award 2016 funded by the Jerome Foundation.
Stephen May kendang
Daniel Furuta saron
Lars Christensen saron
Casey Palbicki slenthem
Bill Heinze bassoon
Jay Afrisando gong
OneBeat 2015 at Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, US on 6 November 2015.
Jay Afrisando keyboard
Christie Burns hammer dulcimer
Ng Chor Guan cymbal
Elena Moon Park violin
Denis Peniugin balalaika
Daniel de Mendoza double bass