Traditional Javanese Gamelan music is masterfully reworked into an eclectic and sonically adventurous musical theatre/philosophical spectacle. This is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Vancouver composer, Michael O’Neill (best known for writing avant-garde bagpipe quartets) creates a remarkable performance. It is part multimedia live visuals, part philosophical discourse, part new-music masterpiece with Javanese Gamelan music performed by Gamelan Alligator Joy. Fantastical stage design by Andreas Kahre, along with Sammy Chien’s digital projections and some clever electronic interventions lend extra depth to O’Neill’s enchanting and poetic performance.
World-music, theatre, story-telling, electronica, digital projection…this piece is a mind-blowingly creative mix of genres. p.s. …no bagpipes included.
“Michael O’Neill’s work is both brainy investigation and new-music masterpiece” – Georgia Straight
Proudly sponsored by Joan Farlinger.