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William “Bill” Colvig

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Death 1 Mar 2000 (aged 82)
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Memorial ID 161890125 · View Source
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Lou Silver Harrison was an American composer. He was a student of Henry Cowell, Arnold Schoenberg, and KPH Notoprojo (formerly called KRT Wasitodiningrat, informally called Pak Cokro). William (Bill) Colvig was an electrician and amateur musician who was the partner for 33 years of Harrison, whom he met in San Francisco, California in 1967. Colvig helped construct the so-called "American gamelan“, a full Javanese-style gamelan, modeled on the instrumentation of Kyai Udan Mas at U.C. Berkeley. Harrison lived for many years with Colvig in Aptos, California. They purchased land in Joshua Tree, California, where they designed and built the Harrison House Retreat, a straw bale house. Harrison died in Lafayette, Indiana, from a heart attack while on his way to a festival of his music at The Ohio State University. Harrison is particularly noted for incorporating elements of the music of non-Western cultures into his work, with a number of pieces written for Javanese style gamelan instruments, including ensembles constructed and tuned by Harrison and his partner William Colvig.


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  • Created by: Elisa Rolle
  • Added: 30 Apr 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 161890125
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William “Bill” Colvig (13 Mar 1917–1 Mar 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 161890125, ; Maintained by Elisa Rolle (contributor 48982101) Unknown.