Kekembangan

1990, 16' for saxophone quartet and Balinese gamelan gong kebyar, composed by Evan Ziporyn & Nyoman Windha

First performance: April 1990, Berkeley, California - Gamelan Sekar Jaya; Randy McKean, Chris Jonas, Evan Ziporyn, and Daniel Plonsey, saxophones

Recording: American Works for Balinese Gamelan Orchestra (New World) - Gamelan Sekar Jaya; Randy McKean, Chris Jonas, Evan Ziporyn, and Daniel Plonsey, saxophones

Kekembangan (1990) is based on I Nyoman Windha’s Kembang Pencak, a piece for Balinese gong kebyar which accompanies choreography by I Nyoman Catra.  That original piece was revised by Ziporyn and Windha to include saxophone quartet.  The original piece is played in its entirety, with certain sections (notably Part Four) expanded. In keeping with traditional practice, the Balinese parts were transmitted by ear, while the saxophonists learned from notation.  At present no score of the gamelan parts exists. 

 

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