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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 gong—referred to Gong Ageng—or Chinese gong) or cymbal (ride/crash). The improvisation system is inspired by the style of gamelan playing. The piece’s notion of “trans-border” invites musicians around the world to celebrate gamelan in a different way.


Jay Afrisando

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.

performance 2

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

performance 1

OneBeat 2015 at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, WA, US on 7 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

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