With Michael Bettine
With a sense of both history and mystery, Michael Bettine brings these ancient sounds to modern times. Imagine floating in an ocean of sound, where you can let go of all your stress and worries. Gongs, Singing Bowls, Bells, and other instruments ring out, creating waves of vibrations that wash over you. Your mind, body, and energy systems are able to realign and recharge, helping to clear out blockages, while leaving you refreshed and reawakened. In our over stressed world, these primordial sounds can help us reach a space of calm and healing within ourselves.
He is also able to speak about the instruments, putting them into a historical and cultural context; as well as demonstrating both the sounds and techniques he uses in a meditation session or concert.
Additionaly, Michael is one half of the GONGTOPIA TAIRAKU duo, along with shakuhachi flute player, Brian Tairaku Ritchie (of Violent Femmes fame). He is also devoted to music education. Besides teaching privately, he has presented workshops on Gongs at the prestigious Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in 2005 & 2012; and was the Artist in Residence at the 2016 MONA FOMA Festival in Hobart, Australia. In July 2019 he will be one of six national and international artists teaching at the GONG SUMMIT – Gong Culture and Craft retreat in Chester, CT. (www.gongsummit.com)
“Bettine’s work is the sonic equivalent of action painting. Using mallets as brushes and the Gongs as a canvas, he creates vast washes of vibration and punctuates them with stabs and slashes of crescendo. He’s a combination of abstraction and visceral physicality.” – MONA FOMA, Australia
“Bettine played the room as much as the instruments, exploring the beating tones of vibrations. Creating a shifting wall of sound that washed over the audience, Bettine offered us a distinctive exploration into the craft of percussion.” – Real Time Arts, Australia
“And I want you to know that the way you talk about it, I’m aware of your heart, how much you love it, and your passion with it. Like, you can tell that you care. And I appreciated that, because I think that whoever you’re working with, that matters. So I really want to thank you so much. Wow. That was incredible.” – Gong Session Participant, October 2018