Gendhing Trans-Border

constructed improvisation

2015

 

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.

system

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 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

© Jay Afrisando 2020