Alex Dea

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Alex Dea is an American-born Chinese composer.

Life and work[edit]

Alex Dea was trained in Western classical music and received a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, with a specialty in Javanese gamelan music. He was a performer in La Monte Young's experimental music group Theatre of Eternal Music.[1] Other mentors include prominent avant-garde composers Terry Riley and Robert Ashley. He has also studied the musics of Africa and Japan - and studied raga with the Hindustani master Pandit Pran Nath. Dea recently works in the gamelan form. One of his gamelan compositions, In Pelog, is the result of his collaboration with Prof. Dr. Sumarsan, an Indonesian teaching at Wesleyan University.[2]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Potter, Keith (2000). Four Musical Minimalists: La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass. Music in the Twentieth Century series. Cambridge, UK; New York, New York: Cambridge University Press. p. 76
  2. ^ Slamet Susanto, "Alex Dea: Wholeheartedly into Gamelan". The Jakarta Post (Saturday, September 23, 2006).

References[edit]

  • Potter, Keith (2000). Four Musical Minimalists: La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass. Music in the Twentieth Century series. Cambridge, UK; New York, New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Slamet Susanto, "Alex Dea: Wholeheartedly into Gamelan". The Jakarta Post (Saturday, September 23, 2006).