Dear New York Friends,
The Lightbulb Ensemble will be coming to the east coast to premiere an 80-minute piece at Roulette, Brooklyn, based on the Five Pillars of Islam for a chamber gamelan, electric organ, guitar, narration, and live video. The concert information is as follows:
Location: Roulette Intermedium, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Date/stage time: November 20th, 8 p.m.
Cover Charge: $20 – students/seniors $15
Please come and check out our performance. It promises to be quite a lively and colorful experience. Below is some more information on the piece:
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.