Bill Alves


Bill Alves is a composer, writer, and video artist based in Southern California. He has written extensively for conventional acoustic instruments, non-Western instruments (especially Indonesian gamelan) and electronic media, often integrated with abstract animation. CDs of his audio works include The Terrain of Possibilities (EMF) and Imbal-Imbalan (Spectral Harmonies), and a dvd of his video works, Celestial Dance is published by the Kinetica Video Library. He is the author of the book Music of the Peoples of the World, the third edition of which was released by Cengage/Schirmer in Spring 2012. In 1993-94 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellow in Indonesia, where he studied the gamelan orchestra music of Java and Bali. He currently directs the HMC American Gamelan, an ensemble of specially tuned Javanese instruments dedicated to the performance of new, non-traditional music. He teaches at Harvey Mudd College of the Claremont Colleges in Southern California.