For amplified violin and gamelan gong kebyar
Premiered by Yao Jue and HKU Balinese Gamelan Orchestra in Loke Yew Hall, HKU on 15 April 2009.
- Performed by James Cuddeford and HKU Balinese Gamelan Orchestra in Loke Yew Hall, HKU on 8 February 2012, conducted by Yip Ho Kwen Austin.
“…perhaps, the tomb itself is not at all frightful, what constructs its horrific illusion is probably our discomposure of the unforeseeable future after death…”
Written for violin and gamelan, A Tomb Odyssey (2009) is an mélange of east and west, horizontal and vertical, group and individual, pentatonic and diatonic. It is as well a fusion of violin concerto and traditional Balinese gamelan music–the violin’s virtuosic lines and cadenzas juxtapose with the gong cycle and kotakan (interlocking figure).