Past Dates

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Hamsa - Five Taes - 8 pm
509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(917) 267-0363
Price: 20/15

An allegorical story of a beggar’s perplexing dreams offers a compelling and original perspective on the Five Pillars of Islam. The performance features music by Brian Baumbusch, director of the Bay Area’s trailblazing Lightbulb Ensemble, and a libretto by Paul Baumbusch. Playing on Balinese gamelan Semar pegulingan, the members of Lightbulb are joined by organist Brett Carson, guitarist Ramon Fermin, narrator Christina Stanley, and South African video artist Chris Bisset. In Hamsa,the gamelan becomes a vessel for realizing musical symmetries built on interlocking fragments woven together in a tessellation, and fractal-like colotomic structures inspired by Islamic geometry and tile-work mosaics. The concert-length piece follows a storied narrative based around the Five Pillars of Islam in which each movement meditates on the moral principle embodied in each pillar, becoming a narrative coloring, in which musical renditions are designed like tile-work tessellations and shape-shifting kaleidoscopes. The music draws inspiration from various sources including Balinese music, early-minimalism of the 1960’s, progressive rock, and many others. The Lightbulb Ensemble (LBE) is a new music percussion ensemble that champions experimental music, instrument building, and contemporary gamelan. Their

“refreshingly innovative performances challenge conventional notions of how gamelan music should sound” (SF Classical Voice), and they are “as cutting edge as cutting edge gets, exhuberantly complex, maddeningly beautiful, and as intoxicating as a drug” (The Washington Post). The ensemble emerged from the culture of new music at Mills College and the longstanding artistic exchange between Indonesia and the US that permeates the Bay Area. LBE performs on steel metallophones, wooden marimbas, and other instruments designed, tuned, and built by Brian Baumbusch, LBE founder and director. Performing only new repertoire, the group presents in-house compositions and collaborates with other artists of the new music community, including the Paul Dresher Ensemble, the JACK Quartet, Jessika Kenney and Eyvind Kang, and The Center for Contemporary Music, among others.

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

Hamsa - Five Tales - 7:30
500 17th Street
Washington, DC 20006
USA
Price: Free

An allegorical story of a beggar’s perplexing dreams offers a compelling and original perspective on the Five Pillars of Islam. The performance features music by Brian Baumbusch, director of the Bay Area’s trailblazing Lightbulb Ensemble, and a libretto by Paul Baumbusch. Playing on Balinese gamelan Semar pegulingan, the members of Lightbulb are joined by organist Brett Carson, guitarist Ramon Fermin, narrator Christina Stanley, and South African video artist Chris Bisset. In Hamsa,the gamelan becomes a vessel for realizing musical symmetries built on interlocking fragments woven together in a tessellation, and fractal-like colotomic structures inspired by Islamic geometry and tile-work mosaics. The concert-length piece follows a storied narrative based around the Five Pillars of Islam in which each movement meditates on the moral principle embodied in each pillar, becoming a narrative coloring, in which musical renditions are designed like tile-work tessellations and shape-shifting kaleidoscopes. The music draws inspiration from various sources including Balinese music, early-minimalism of the 1960’s, progressive rock, and many others. The Lightbulb Ensemble (LBE) is a new music percussion ensemble that champions experimental music, instrument building, and contemporary gamelan. Their

“refreshingly innovative performances challenge conventional notions of how gamelan music should sound” (SF Classical Voice), and they are “as cutting edge as cutting edge gets, exhuberantly complex, maddeningly beautiful, and as intoxicating as a drug” (The Washington Post). The ensemble emerged from the culture of new music at Mills College and the longstanding artistic exchange between Indonesia and the US that permeates the Bay Area. LBE performs on steel metallophones, wooden marimbas, and other instruments designed, tuned, and built by Brian Baumbusch, LBE founder and director. Performing only new repertoire, the group presents in-house compositions and collaborates with other artists of the new music community, including the Paul Dresher Ensemble, the JACK Quartet, Jessika Kenney and Eyvind Kang, and The Center for Contemporary Music, among others.

Friday, October 30th, 2015

East Coast premiere of "Mikrokosma" - 7:30
159 Pioneer St
Brooklyn, New York 11231
USA
(718) 596-3001

We will be joined by the Ghost Ensemble for this eve of music. 

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Premiere of "Hydrogen(2)Oxygen" w/ The JACK Quartet - 7:30
1000 Jefferson Dr SW
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-1000

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Garden of Memory Summer Solstice Marathon - 5 pm
4499 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94611
510-654-0123

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Mikrokosma - 8 pm
700 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 978-2700

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Mikrokosma - 8 pm
700 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 978-2700

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Preview of Mikrokosma - 7:30
CCRMA, "The Knoll"
Stanford, CA 94305

Here is a map of the venue.