Gamelan Alligator Joy, the chamber ensemble incarnation of Gamelan Madu Sari, returns after a one-year hiatus with a varied new program of works, “Branching Out, Branching In,” composed by four members of the group and well-known guest composers John Oliver and Jon Siddall.
Gamelan Alligator Joy (named after the supposedly gun-running freighter that hauled it over from Indonesia) came to Vancouver 24 years ago. Since then they have performed many new, as well as traditional, pieces. This concert is special in that it is the first time they asked composers from outside the group to write new pieces for them. The whole program will illustrate the wide range of sounds, forms, and feelings that an ongoing creative engagement with the wonderful instruments of Javanese gamelan can lead to.