This video shows the Lightbulb Ensemble performing excerpts from "Mikrokosma," composed by Wayne Vitale and Brian Baumbusch. This new multimedia work will be premiered at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on May1-2, 2015, during Gamelan Sekar Jaya's 35th Anniversary concert.
The Lightbulb Ensemble (http://lightbulbensemble.com/) is a group of twelve percussionist-composers based in Oakland, CA. We play a set of gamelan-inspired instruments designed, constructed, and tuned by Brian Baumbusch, the group's director.. Mikrokosma will also feature a stunning visual environment created by live media artist Ian Winters and lighting designer Allen Willner.
The commissioning and production of the world premiere at YBCA is made possible by the Gerbode-Hewlett Foundations 2013 Music Commissioning Awards initiative.
Mikrokosma is the second piece of a triptych. The first was Makrokosma Bali, performed by the gamelan ensemble of Tunjuk, Bali, led by Bali’s renowned composer I Made Arnawa. That work, co-composed by myself and Arnawa, was presented by the Asian Art Museum in May, 2011. The final piece in the triptych, Buana Agung-Buana Alit, is planned for 2016.