Evergreen Club Gamelan Ensemble - North of Java (LP)
Gamelan turned the Western musical canon upside down since it was first heard outside of the Indonesian archipelago when a Javanese ensemble played in the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Pretty much everything we love about the music of the 20th Century, we owe to the this tear in the cultural fabric of the West. Over here in North America musicians such as Harry Partch, Lou Harrison, Daniel Schmidt, and Gamelan Son of Lion have created a cultural feedback loop of sorts composing music on traditional and invented gamelan instruments.
Here, in the North we have the Evergreen Club Gamelan Ensemble, who have been composing and performing with and for degung gamelan since 1983. A self-described gamelan-plus ensemble they use electronics, Western instruments and extended techniques to accompany their Javanese degung set. North of Java sees the group, composed of Andrew Timar, Bill Brennan, Blair Mackay, Jon Siddall, Michael Cote,Paul Omandy, and Richard Sacks, performing contemporary works often woven around a rhythmic tapestry of drum computer and synthesizer. Founding member Andrew Timar has played on several 80s Jon Hassell LPs, and the FM fabric of Paul Intson’s Two Paths, and Larry Lake’s electronic trilogy certainly feel like they are cut from the 80s 4th World cloth. Inston’s deft piece feels almost like an outtake from Kimber and Keliehor’s Bruton excursion East Meets West. A Brilliant and underrated gem from the North American Gamelan canon, as timely now as it ever was. Essential Canadiana.
Sealed stock copy - may have very slight warp from storage dnap