Extra Eclectic

Colin McPhee’s 'Tabuh Tabuhan' makes Indonesian inroads

Traditional dancers and musicians perform in Bali.Mathis Jrdl/Unsplash

Indonesian Inroads


May 04, 2022

You can directly trace the fascination with the music of Indonesia held by composers like Steve Reich and Lou Harrison back to mid-20th-century composer Colin McPhee — who brought his experiences with the Balinese percussion ensemble known as the Gamelan to the West. On the latest episode of Extra Eclectic, host Steve Seel features a selection from McPhee’s groundbreaking Tabuh Tabuhan, as well as music by Caroline Shaw, Anna Clyne and Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov.