Gamelan Son of Lion

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Gamelan Son of Lion playing in a loft in Soho, Manhattan in 2007

Gamelan Son of Lion (GSOL) is a new-music American gamelan ensemble based in New York City. The group was founded in 1976 by Barbara Benary (who constructed most of the instruments), Philip Corner, and Daniel Goode. It is a composers' collective as well as repertory ensemble. Current composers in the group in addition to the co-founders are: David Demnitz, Laura Liben, Jody Kruskal, Lisa Karrer, Marnen Laibow-Koser, Jody Diamond, and David Simons.

Gamelan Son of Lion's keyed instruments have bars constructed of iron, in the Javanese style. The group uses both the pelog and slendro tuning systems, sometimes in conjunction with one another within a single composition.


  • 1979 – Gamelan In The New World (Folkways)
  • 1992 – Macedonian Air Drumming (Bridge) – includes 1 track performed by GSOL
  • 1992 – Interaction: New Music for Gamelan (Leonardo/ISAST) – includes 2 tracks performed by GSOL
  • 1995 – New Gamelan/New York (GSOL Records)
  • 1996 – Gamelan as a Second Language (GSOL)
  • 2002 – Bending the Gending (GSOL)
  • 2004 – The Complete Gamelan in the New World (Locust Music)
  • 2004 – Prismatic Hearing (Tzadik)
  • 2005 – Metal Notes (Locust Music)
  • 2006 – Sun on Snow (New World)
  • 2007 – Dragon Toes (GSOL)
  • 2008 – Sonogram (Innova)
  • 2009 – Fung Sha Noon (Tzadik)


  • Facts Become Sounds. The Village Voice. November 27, 1978.
  • Music in Review; Gamelan Son of Lion – The New York Times. May 4, 1991.
  • New York Music – Rock Happens. The Village Voice. November 29, 2005.

External links

  • Gamelan Son of Lion website
  • Gamelan Son of Lion at AllMusic
  • Gamelan Son of Lion discography at Discogs
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