31 August 2011

More Indonesian sounds fill the airwaves this Wednesday from 8-11am CT on 101.5 / www.umfm.com. Gamelan is the Indonesian percussion orchestra, which, due to an acoustical quirk, is known for its shimmering, hallucinatory sound.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:30am

*1. Mark Duggan: Evocation...Gentle Rain Falling

*2. Lou Harrison: Ibu Trish

3. Between Heaven & Earth: Traditional Gamelan Music of Bali
Music Club, 50113

Set #2 - 9:30am - 11:00am

*4. John Wyre: Islands of Silence

*5. John Siddall: Palace

*Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5
Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan: Bill Brennan, Mark Duggan, Paul Houle, Blair Mackay, Andy Morris, Paul Ormandy, Bill Parsons & Andrew Timar
Artifact Music, ART-012

6. The Earth Meets the Sun: Gamelan Music from Bali (rec. 1972)
Gong Kebyar, Sebatu
Deutsche Grammophon, 447 499-2

24 August 2011

Indonesian and Indonesian-inspired vibrations continue on this week's Komodo Dragon Show, Wednesday from 8-11am CT on 101.5 / www.umfm.com

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

*1. Paul Intson: Rainforest
("An energetic work characteristic of Intson's rhythmic compositional style.")

2. Bali: Gamelan & Kecak [minus the Kecak] (rec. Bali 1987)
Elektra/Nonesuch, 9 79204-2
(Another smorgasbord of Balinese musical forms. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamelan)

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

*3. Jon Siddall: Greenhouse: Act IV
("Finale from a music-theatre work... with puppets, set-as-sculpture, projected images and dance.")

*4. Larry Lake: Three Bagatelles
Larry Lake - computer
(Suite of three short pieces combining computer synthesis and gamelan. "The computer acts as soloist, as accompanist, and as a member of the ensemble.")

*5. Andrew Timar & Mark Duggan: Rasa Sunda II (1988)
("The interplay between the instruments [flute and zither] was intended to conjure in the listener a particular feeling of sadness and reflect a sense of melancholic loss.")

*6. Andrew Timar: North of Java (1983)
("Adapted from a series of field recordings of folk music from the mountains of Vietnam... I set these pieces for six equal voices/instruments – each playing one note...." Plus taped nature sounds capturing a contemplative environment.)

*7. Paul Intson: Two Paths
Paul Intson - electric bass
("There are always at least two options in all situations. Two Paths seeks to represent this musically by juxtaposing traditional gamelan instruments with computer instrumentation and electric bass, the feeling of different rhythms and textures, and certain popular and classical approaches to music writing. The intersecting point of two paths becomes the starting gate for a new idea.")

*Tracks 1, 3-7
Evergreen Club Gamelan Ensemble: Jon Siddall, Bill Brennan, Michael Cote, Mark Duggan, Blair Mackay, Paul Ormandy, Richard Sacks & Andrew Timar
North of Java
Arjuna Records, 291

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

8. Balinese Gamelan Gong: Music from the Island of the Gods
Sekaa Gong Bina Remaja Ubud
Interra, IN5700

17 August 2011

You want to enjoy a steaming cup of coffee from your very own Komodo Dragon Show coffee mug, don't you?

This limited edition, heavy-duty vessel for beverages is available for $10 in Winnipeg, shipping and handling extra for locations farther afield.

And don't forget to tune into 101.5 / www.umfm.com every Wednesday from 8-11am CT for music from the land of the Komodo.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

*1. Bill Parsons: Kissed (2003)

2. Bali
(A smorgasbord of musical styles from Bali.)

3. Indonesia
(Indonesian angklung orchestra. Angklung = a frame-mounted bamboo rattle.)

Tracks 2-3
Islands of the Indian Ocean Vol.1: Indonesia, Bali & Sri Lanka
Arion, ARN 60485

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

*4. Andrew P. MacDonald: The Eleusinian Mysteries (1998)
Erica Goodman - harp

*5. Bill Parsons: For There & Then (2003)
Bill Parsons - electric guitar

*6. Ronald Bruce Smith: Rain Cycles (1991)
William Beauvais & Stephen Wingfield - nylon string guitars

*7. Daniel Janke: Main Road (1994)
Daniel Janke - kora

*Tracks 1, 4-7
Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan Ensemble: Mark Duggan, Graham Hargrove, Paul Houle, Blair Mackay, Bill Parsons, Rick Sacks, Ryan Scott & Andrew Timar
For There & Then
Artifact Music, ART-034
(Works for gamelan plus strings. If you don't know what a gamelan is, look it up here.)

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

8. Jegog: The Rhythmic Power of Bamboo (rec. Bali 1995)
I Nyoman Jayus' Bamboo Ensemble
Music of the Earth: Indonesia
Multicultural Media, MCM3012
(Jegog = gamelan of bamboo instruments.)

Where to buy CDs featured on today's show:
Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan Ensemble: For There & Then - Canadian Music Centre
Islands of the Indian Ocean Vol.1 - Amazon
Jegog: The Rhythmic Power of Bamboo - Multicultural Media