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Kijang Trans Am
Bibit Volume 1
Kijang Trans Am

New works for gamelan by Evan O'Donnell (Evan)

Kijang Trans Am is an experiment in applying the principles of the three minute rock song to Balinese gamelan. I chose gong kebyar because its ubiquity and explosive energy make it the closest equivalent to the American garage band. Although these five pieces contain moments of sheer bombast and vulgarity, the project was less about bravado and more about the inner colors of rock and kebyar. Beneath the surface they share commonalities in riff, energy, structure and feeling. Though, the question remains: is it possible to concentrate the experiments and idioms of contemporary gamelan into short and accessible nuggets that pack artistic punch without losing their integrity? - Evan O’Donnell


duration: 17 min. 09 sec.
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Also available on CD in select locations. Click here for details.
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Title Track Description
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Sayap Explorasi Kebyar Rock
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Muka Kacau Explorasi Kebyar Rock
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Jangan Kencing Disini Explorasi Kebyar Rock
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Kijang Trans Am Explorasi Kebyar Rock
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Lalu Lintas Explorasi Kebyar Rock
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extended notes
Track 1 - Sayap
 
 
Kantilan Nyoman Astadi Jaya Pramana (Mang Adi)
  A. A. Mahendra Putra (Gustu)
Pemade I Made Agus Tara (Gustara)
  I Made Mondana (Mondana)
Jublag I Made Putra Antara (Gogon)
  I Gede Hery Sudarma (Gedu)
Jegogan I Made Dwika Putra Sanjaya (De Sabar)
  I Putu Arya Deva Suryanegara (Arya)
Gong/Kempli I Wayan Gede Purwa Adikara (Yande)
   
Group Naradha Gita - #NAGi
Track 2 - Muka Kacau
 
 
Ceng-Ceng Evan O'Donnell (Evan)
Kempli I Wayan Gede Puurwa Adikara (Yande)
Kantilan Nyoman Astadi Jaya Pramana (Mang Adi)
  A. A. Mahendra Putra (Gustu)
Pemade I Made Agus Tara (Gustara)
  I Made Mondana (Mondana)
Jublag I Made Putra Antara (Gogon)
  I Gede Hery Sudarma (Gedu)
Jegogan I Made Dwika Putra Sanjaya (De Sabar)
  I Putu Arya Deva Suryanegara (Arya)
Gong I Putu Gede Sukaryana (Balot)
   
Group Naradha Gita - #NAGi
Track 3 - Jangan Kencing Disini
 
 
Ceng-Ceng I Wayan Gede Puurwa Adikara (Yande)
Pemade Nyoman Astadi Jaya Pramana (Mang Adi)
  I Made Agus Tara (Gustara)
Jegogan I Made Mondana (Mondana)
  I Made Putra Antara (Gogon)
   
Group Naradha Gita - #NAGi
Track 4 - Kijang Trans Am
 
 
Ceng-Ceng I Wayan Udin Wirawan (Udin)
Kempli I Wayan Gede Puurwa Adikara (Yande)
Kantilan I Nyoman Kartama (Kate)
  I Gusti Ngurah Adi (Rah Di)
Pemade I Wayan Yudisrawan (Doble)
  I Kadek Edi Mardika (Dek Wok)
Jublag I Made Kertayasa (Dek Tung)
  I Gede Adi Yudianta (Deadi)
Jegogan I Wayan Wali Antara (Wayan Gajrut)
  I Komang Gede Sandanu Arta (Mang De)
Gong/Kempli I Wayan Gede Adiartha (Yande)
   
Group Prabawa Bakti
Track 5 - Lalu Lintas
 
 
Ceng-Ceng I Wayan Udin Wirawan (Udin)
Kempli I Wayan Gede Puurwa Adikara (Yande)
Kantilan I Nyoman Kartama (Kate)
  I Gusti Ngurah Adi (Rah Di)
Pemade I Wayan Yudisrawan (Doble)
  I Kadek Edi Mardika (Dek Wok)
Jublag I Made Kertayasa (Dek Tung)
  I Gede Adi Yudianta (Deadi)
Jegogan I Wayan Wali Antara (Wayan Gajrut)
  I Komang Gede Sandanu Arta (Mang De)
   
Group Prabawa Bakti
Recording Session Credits
Recorded in Pura Dalem Munduk Sangkur, Desa Tunjuk, Kab. Tabanan, Bali on August 24th 2016.

Evan would like to express his sincere appreciation to the two groups that made the project possible, and special thanks in particular to their leaders, I Putu Arya Deva Suryanegara (Arya) of Naradha Gita and I Made Joker Winangun (Joker) of Prabawa Bakti.

Naradha Gita (#NAGi)
Banjar Jambe, Desa Kerobokan Kaja, Kab. Badung
Rehearsals at Puri Jero Kajanan, Desa Kerobokan and the Bale Banjar Jambe, Desa Kerobokan Kaja, Kab. Badung

Prabawa Bakti
Banjar Pengosekan Kelod, Desa Mas, Kab. Gianyar
Rehearsals at Pura Taman Limuh, Banjar Pengosekan Kelod, Desa Mas, Kab. Gianyar

Additional thanks to I Made Arnawa for arranging the recording location.

 
Jero Mangku Dalem Munduk Sangkur I Made Artana
Kelian Pura Dalem Munduk Sangkur I Made Eka Arta
Coordinator I Wayan Kardikayasa (Esti)
Gamelan Transport I Putu Adi Sucipta
Recording/Photos/Videos Jonathan Adams and I Putu Gede Sukaryana (Balot)
about the artist
Evan O'Donnell
Evan O'Donnell
Evan O'Donnell is an American composer and guitarist, raised playing classic rock and R&B in the basements and brownstones of Brooklyn, NY. He started his first band at the age of 8 and has been performing regularly ever since. O'Donnell's group, The Brooklyn What, has performed hundreds of shows in the NYC area and across the USA, self-releasing 2 full length albums and 4 EPs along the way. In the recent past O'Donnell has also released 3 solo records, experimenting with lo-fi guitar and electronics, noise, instrumental gamelan-rock and power-pop songwriting. He has been playing Balinese gamelan for several years, as a member of NY's Gamelan Dharmaswara and more recently in Bali on a yearlong scholarship. His first set of compositions for gamelan, Kijang Trans Am, apply his decades of Rock&Roll in American basements to Gong Kebyar, in pursuit of a new hybrid.
Location Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Phone +62 82 213 163 481
Email evanonyc@gmail.com
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