Tire Fire

1993, 20' for gamelan gong kebyar, 2 electric guitars, electric bass and keyboard

Tire Fire was originally written for Gamelan Sekar Jaya but has since become Galak Tika'a anthem. Combining traditional gamelan instruments with a battery of western technology (2 guitars, bass,and keyboard), the work is both an examination and celebration of cultural diversity. Kaleidoscopically blending tuning systems, playing techniques, and formal ideas from west and east (i.e., interlocking parts and metric modulations), the piece ranges in feel from archaic Balinese dance forms such as gandrung to Grateful Dead jams. As ethnomusicologist Marc Perlman put it "what you hear will depend on where you are sitting in cultural space."