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Bill Alves: Mystic Canyon - Music For Violin & Gamelan / Susan Jensen, violin; The HMC American Gamelan

Album Summary

>Alves, Bill : Mystic Canyon, for violin & gamelan
>Alves, Bill : Concerto for Violin & gamelan
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

These new compositions by Bill Alves weave together virtuoso piano and the radiant tones of the Javanese gamelan orchestra. Alves combines minimlaist polyrhythms, lyrical melodies, and propulsive percussion to create a fresh take on a tradition. Susan Jensen has played violin throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia and is an active chamber muscian and recording artist in Los Angeles. Jensen plays a 1697 G.B. Rogeri violin. Bill Alves is a composer, writer, and video artist based in Southern California. Alves studied the gamelan orchestra music of Java and Bali while a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellow in Indoensia. the Hmc American Gamelan, conducted by Alves, is an ensemble of specially tuned Javenese insturments dedicated to the performance of new, non-traditional music. This album includes the composition "Mystic Canyon" and five concertos for violin and gamela. "A new lyrical adventure, well worth the trip." - R&R

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
Alves teaches at the Claremont Colleges in Southern California. This short program comprises two works for violin and gamelan. (Alves has been interested in gamelan since a 1993 Fulbright trip to Indonesia.) The brief liner notes suggest that the gamelan is tuned in just intonation, with the result that all the intervals are pure. Both works are gentle, rhythmically engaging, and lyrical; and they are well performed and recorded.



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>Alves, Bill : Mystic Canyon, for violin & gamelan
  • Performer: Susan Jensen (Violin)
  • Ensemble: HMC American Gamelan
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Alves, Bill : Concerto for Violin & gamelan
  • Performer: Susan Jensen (Violin)
  • Ensemble: HMC American Gamelan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto