Kantilan Karangan (1993)
for six pianos
duration: 4 minutes
First performed by Piano Circus at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival on 29 August 1993
Version for s sax, t sax, tpt, tbn, pno, 2 perc, 2 vln, vla, vcl, db; first performed by Charlie Barber + Band at Chapter Theatre, Cardiff on 29 April 1994
The title is taken from two Balinese words: ‘kantilan‘ refers to the intricate patterns or ‘flower passages’ in Balinese gamelan, whilst ‘karangan‘ describes a piece of work which is assembled or constructed. The technique of interlocking parts is an important feature of Balinese music, for there are two ‘voices’ that run in counterpoint – two different rhythms, positive and negative, that fit together to form an unbroken swift arabesque. The work was composed in April 1993 for Piano Circus.