May 3, 2007 Eastman Gamelan Lila Muni Ellen Koskoff, Director Kilbourn Hall Eastman School
of Music Rochester, NY
Eastman Gamelan Lila Muni
Andy Akiho Dave Ferriera Baljinder Sekhon
Rob Sanderl John
Hain Bronwyn Wyatt Kyle Acuncius Paul Coleman
MI(2), for Balinese Gamelan, Steel Drums and Percussion, was a commission from the Eastman Gamelan
Lila Muni as the winner of the Barbara B. Smith competition for best new gamelan work.
MI(2) is a piece which explores the traditional characteristics
of both Balinese Gamelan music and the steel drum music of Trinidad and Tobago. I performed
in several steel drum bands over the last five years (2000-2005) and have always admired the unique color of the instrument.
After studying and performing Gamelan music last summer (2006), I have been interested in composing
a piece for both of these ensembles. I would like to thank the Eastman Gamelan Lila Muni for
this wonderful opportunity and their hard work on the piece and I would like to thank all of the percussionists and steel
drummers for their willingness to perform on this piece.