Darmstadt at Galapagos
DARMSTADT "CLASSICS OF THE AVANT GARDE" PRESENTS
FEBRURARY 27, 7pm at GALAPAGOS ARTS 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 noise.”—Gunung Sari
Their CD “That Wanderest Unseen” is available at Neck and Tongue music.
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