Network at Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam 22/05/2016

by Charles Matthews on May 16, 2016, no comments

We will be performing a new Augmented Gamelan piece as part of a performance with Southbank Gamelan Players and Plaid on the 22nd May.

Tickets are available here: https://www.muziekgebouw.nl/agenda/Concerten/4576/Plaid_Southbank_Gamelan_Players/Gamelantronics/

Programme notes:

Network explores space around the edges of silence and darkness, and extending the interlocking processes characteristic of gamelan music.

Fragments of melody are broken down and rebuilt electronically, passed back and forth between instruments and electronics. Placed in the centre of the ensemble, a set of modified instruments called electric bonang form a bridge between the two worlds. Devices attached to these small gongs turn them into metallic speakers, making them resonate with unique textures and rhythms.

This piece centres on a traditional form of Javanese song called Asmarandana, with words taken from the Langendriyan dance drama. In the verses sung tonight, the hero Damarwulan says goodbye to his lover Anjasmara, believing that he will be killed in battle.

The first half of the concert will also feature an A/V collaboration with Charlotte Pugh transcribed and updated from improvisation sessions, and works by Augmented Gamelan members Malcolm Milner and Cathy Eastburn (Eternity Bleeps).