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Guitars and Gamelan - Bill Alves: Concerto for classical guitar & gamelan orchestra / Nat Condit-Schultz, microtonal guitar; John Schneider, guitar

Album Summary

>Alves, Bill : Angin Listrik, for 2 electric guitars & gamelan
>Alves, Bill : Rational Basis, for 8 electric guitars
>Alves, Bill : Concerto for Guitar & Gamelan
>Alves, Bill : Metalloid
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Composed by new music composer Bill Alves, electric and acoustic guitars join the gongs, percussion, and propulsive rhythms of gamelan orchestras in the premiere recording of the first-ever concerto for re-fretted classical guitar and a collective of gamelan gongs & metallophones featuring Grammy winning classical guitarist John Schneider along with the powerful Los Angeles-based Electric 8 guitar octet, two different California gamelans, and the HMC Electronic Music Ensemble create a combustible combination of acoustic and electric sounds, Eastern and Western music that breaks genre barriers and traverse delicate to wailing, gritty to glowing audio soundscapes.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
If for some reason you have ever wondered what electric guitar and gamelan would sound like, Bill Alves has answered the question. 'Angin Listrik' is just over 9 minutes of bells that sound just the right amount of off and a couple of chunky electric guitars. The guitars are relegated to mostly rhythmic positions, making the piece sound highly minimal. Rational Basis adds more melodic variety in the ostinatos that are heard and replaces the bells with many more guitars. 'Metalloid' keeps all the compositional elements. The piece settles into a funky groove accentuated by the drum kit and meanders through various sections. Tunings are different from the norm in 'Metalloid' and Alves's Concerto uses just intonation on the guitar.



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Works Details

>Alves, Bill : Angin Listrik, for 2 electric guitars & gamelan
  • Performers: Nat Condit-Schultz; Sean Hayward
  • Conductor: Linda Burman-Hall
  • Ensemble: Gamelan Semar Pegulingan Dharma Kanti
  • Running Time: 9 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Alves, Bill : Rational Basis, for 8 electric guitars
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Electric 8
  • Running Time: 11 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Alves, Bill : Concerto for Guitar & Gamelan
  • Performer: John Schneider (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Bill Alves
  • Ensemble: HMC American Gamelan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Alves, Bill : Metalloid
  • Ensemble: HMC Electronic Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary