The Lightbulb Ensemble: New works for gamelan-based instruments

March 31, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
CMC Concert Hall
544 Capp St
San Francisco, CA 94110
$20 adult, $15 senior and youth, $10 low income.



The Lightbulb Ensemble (LBE) is a new music percussion ensemble that champions experimental music, instrument building, and contemporary gamelan. LBE performs on a set of metallophones designed, tuned, and built by Brian Baumbusch, LBE founder and director, plus Balinese gongs of various sizes, and Western instruments.


This performance will feature two works:

Hamsa – Five Tales, by Brian Baumbusch. 2016
This 80-minute piece for 12 players follows a storied narrative based around the Five Pillars of Islam. 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.
Dauh Tukad, by Wayne Vitale. Work-in-progress premiere
Dauh Tukad (“West of the River”) for piano, marimba, electronic keyboards, tubular bells, percussion, and Balinese gongs, explores multiple metric cycles, each of which expand and contract in their own ways. Their interactions spark other musical events: splashes of color, bells-like sounds, ringing gongs.