YOUNG COMPOSERS WORKSHOP CONCERT:
ARRAY X ECCG: Music Creators’ Workshop featuring the gamelan degung of ECCG
June 30, 2022 @ 8PM ET
For Arraymusic’s 33rd annual Young Composers Workshop and Concert/YCWC, former Arraymusic Artistic Director Composer Linda Catlin Smith will mentor 5 emerging composers over the course of June. Each composer will write a new piece of music for the Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan to perform in concert at The Array Space on June 30th.
Linda Catlin Smith grew up in New York and lives in Toronto. Her music has been performed by: BBC Proms, Tafelmusik, BBC Scottish Orchestra, Tectonics Festival (Glasgow), and many others. Recordings include: Thought and Desire, with Eve Egoyan, and five recordings: Dirt Road, Drifter, Wanderer, Among the Tarnished Stars (with Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time) and Ballad, with ‘another timbre’. Recently her string trio Meadow was released on CD with Louth Contemporary Music Society. In 2019, her orchestral work, Nuages, (commissioned by the BBC Proms), was premiered by the BBC Scottish Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall. Her newest orchestral work, Tableau, was premiered recently by the Victoria Symphony in Canada. Her works are available through Composers Edition and the Canadian Music Centre.
Composer I Putu Arya Deva Suryanegara has been exploring new departures in gamelan and electronic music composition throughout his career. His works blur the lines between the avant-garde and the traditional, exploring electroacoustics, audio-visual performance, psychoacoustics, and sound installation. Based in Kerobokan, Bali, Arya is a founder of the gamelan collective Naradha Gita (NaGi), which regularly commissions and performs new works for gamelan, collaborates with local and international composers, and maintains strong ties to the community through performing traditional works. Arya is the Operation Director of Insitu Recordings, a gamelan recording label based in Tabanan, Bali. Arya began his studies with I Wayan Budiarta, and went on to study with I Made Subandi, I Gusti Ngurah Padang, I Ketut Cater, and I Nyoman Windha at SMKN 3 Sukawati and Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) Denpasar. Arya is currently pursuing his master’s in music composition at Université de Montréal under the direction of Pierre Michaud and Jonathan Goldman.
Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan (ECCG) is a collective of professional musicians whose goal is to foster and strengthen inter-cultural connections through commissioning, rehearsing, performing, and teaching contemporary repertoire for its gamelan degung ensemble. Now in its 39th season, the group became the first gamelan in Canada in 1983 when its founder, Jon Siddall, imported Sundanese bronze gongs and metallophones, wooden xylophones and bamboo flutes from Indonesia. Since its formation, ECCG has commissioned over 100 works, toured around the world, and released 10 studio recordings.
ECCG has also invited its audience to engage with Indonesian culture through educational community outreach since an ensemble of community members was established and performed degung klasik (classical degung) repertoire in 2007. Over the years, the initiative evolved into monthly, PWYC “Gamelan Meet-Ups.” Since the first Meet-Up in 2013, there have been 63 sessions in which community members have learned both old and new repertoire on ECCG’s bespoke gamelan with extended instrumentation and pitch range.
ECCG stands apart from the nearly 350 gamelan groups found across North America today due to its nature as a professional, regularly rehearsing ensemble. In addition to Indonesian degung klasik, their repertoire includes arrangements of popular songs of the 1980s and 90s, instrumental works by leading Sundanese composers such as Nano Suratno, Burhan Sukarma, and Ade Suparman, as well as works for degung and “gamelan-plus” by renowned Western composers. These include world premières by John Cage, James Tenney, Gilles Tremblay, Walter Boudreau, Lou Harrison, Linda C. Smith, Dieter Mack, Gordon Monahan, Linda Bouchard, and Ana Sokolović. Apart from its numerous broadcasts and audio CDs, ECCG can be heard on the soundtracks of both feature and short films: The Ice Storm and Life of Pi (M. Danna/Ang Lee); Antoine Fischer (M. Danna/Denzel Washington), and Balifilm (ECCG / Peter Mettler).