Drawing its inspiration from the clove and incense scented air Bali, Indonesia, Gamelan X explores the sonic landscape of contemporary beleganjur gamelan to offer a wildly unique expression of both East and West. From the resonating sound of the gongs to the explosive drum beats and interlocking cymbals, Gamelan X remixes the ritual of a Balinese procession with a decidedly west coast twist. The ebb and flow of the energy of a performance will transport you on a journey that will take you from dancing ecstatically, through moments of reflection and wonder.
Kuckaw! is a brand spankin’ new band, fresh out of Oakland, California. Members Adam Lowdermilk (Bass), Michael Wynar (Guitar), Casey Cameron (Keys), Ross MacIntire (Drums), and Teddy Raven (Sax) came together through happenstance in order to fulfill one common goal: to get some Bay Area booties shakin’. The music of Kuckaw! melds the driving, heavy sounds of 70′s funk with the hypnotic, interlocking essence of Afrobeat, a touch of disco, and the unwieldily abandon of a through-composed psychedelic odyssey. Lowdermilk and Wynar, both members of Albino! Afrobeat, combined forces with Ross Macintire (of DRMS), fresh off the Bayou from New Orleans. Feeling the emptiness of a keyboard-less trio, the three conscripted long time flood pants advocate and all around musical wizard Casey Cameron to lay down an ever-shifting polyester blanket of harmony. Shortly after, the band managed to rope-in Bulgarian folk music extraordinaire, and fulbright fellow Teddy Raven (MWE, Jazz Mafia). Together, the five notoriously funkified local heavy-hitters compile an outfit of epic proportions… Keep an ear out for this burgeoning ensemble, bringing the funk to a location near you!
When & Where
La Peña Cultural Center