DARMSTADT "Classics of the Avant Garde" presents GUNUNG SARI
Wednesday, February 27 at 7:00 PM, Galapagos Art Space
Gunung Sari, from the ancient Javanese for "Mountain Essence," is the
Brooklyn-based performance ensemble of Nick Lesley, Stanley Ruiz, and
Michael Dotolo. While taking inspiration from Gamelan and other
percussion-based folk musics of Southeast Asia (such as Kulintang),
their instrumentation is anything but traditional. Circuit-bent
electronics, homemade analog synthesizers, remnants of wood and metal
are their main tools, in addition to the laptop, which is used both
for image and sound processing.
Modeling their performances after the ritual forms played by Balinese
"Sekaha" ensembles, from which their name is derived, the band has
situated themselves in between New York's improvisational noise and
artified new media communities. Past shows include the annual Bent
festival, La Superette at Eyebeam, free103point9's "Noise!" festival
at the Ontological Hysteric Theater, Issue Project Room, Monkey Town,
in addition to rock venues in Brooklyn and beyond.
"As a band, we are interested in the similarities and differences
regarding the physicality of manipulated circuits and more traditional
instruments such as percussion, and using these opposing means in
interplay of the intentional and interference. Gunung Sari is
interested in topics like collaborative performance, multimedia
events, spatial treatment of sound, and the raw power of
Their CD "That Wanderest Unseen" is available at Neck and Tongue music.
For more information and band history: http://www.gunungsari.blogspot.com
Hosts Nick Hallett and Zach Layton DJ "classics of the avant-garde"
before and after the live set: Bülent Arel, Robert Ashley, Meredith
Monk, Harry Partch, Toru Takemitsu etc.
DARMSTADT "CLASSSICS OF THE AVANT GARDE" presents
Wednesday, February 27, 7:00 pm
Galapagos Art Space
70 N 6th Street (between Wythe and Kent), Brooklyn
L to Bedford
Official Website: http://www.darmstadtnewmusic.org
Added by nicklcat on February 14, 2008