Returning Minimalism


Returning Minimalism


Two renowned Balinese composers took on a unusual challenge—to create new works inspired by Terry Riley’s groundbreaking 1964 piece, In C, a founding work of minimalism. 

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Album Notes

Using their extraordinary sense of ensemble and improvisational abilities, composers I Dewa Putu Berata and I Made Arnawa respond to one of the most influential works of twentieth century Western music, Terry Riley’s In C,  from a unique cultural perspective.  In the process they confront ideas of freedom vs. constraint, individual vs. group, and the interactive nature of gamelan performance in a unique light. Their glowing creative response, and the reverberation of cultural ideas that arose within it, are described in extended notes. Returning Minimalism was conceived by John Noise Manis, and follows the Central Javanese sessions he captured in recordings featuring other outstanding Indonesian musicians.

Performed by members of Seka Gong Taruna Mekar (Tunjuk) and Çudamani (Pengosekan)

Recorded on 28 June, 2011 at the Pura Dalem Munduk Sangkur, Tunjuk, Bali

Recording, mastering, and photos: John Noise Manis and Wayne Vitale

Artistic coordination: Emiko Saraswati Susilo and Wayne Vitale

Artistic direction and booklet text: Wayne Vitale

Cover image: I Dewa Putu Berata

©2011 Vital Records.