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Michael Bettine on Tour

13, Sep, 2005
Gong artist Michael Bettine will be taking his solo percussion project, Gongtopia, on tour in October and November. The highlight of the 9 date tour will be his presentation of a Gong clinic at the 30th Annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) being held in Columbus, Ohio. Each year PASIC attracts over 6,000 percussionists from around the world for four days of concerts, presentations, and product exhibits. He is acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost experts on Gongs, and currently works extensively with both Gongs and metal percussion. Discovering Asian Gamelan music in the late 1970s, and the minimalist works of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and others, Michael went on to compose expanded works for multiple Gongs where rhythm & melody became one. His current project, Gongtopia, brings percussion to the forefront in a one man solo performance. Using an array of 40 Gongs, from 6" to 32" in diameter, Michael’s music is a panoply of metallic soundscapes and haunting melodies. He draws heavily on the spiritual aspect of his instruments, sacred geometry, and the traditions of cultures from around the world.

The Complete Tour Schedule:

28 - Madison, WI - Mother Fools, 1101 Williamson St, 8pm, -
30 - Milwaukee, WI - Bremen Cafe, 901 E. Clarke St, 8pm -
1 - Indianapolis, IN - Mythopeic @ (venue TBA), 8pm -
4 - PASIC, Columbus, Ohio, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 12noon, -
6 - Columbus, Ohio - Icebox @ ACME Arts Company, in The Continent. 6172 Busch Blvd, 8pm -
8 - Cleveland, Ohio - Passport Project, 12803 Buckeye Rd, 8pm -
9 - Kalamazoo, MI - Kraftbrau Brewery, 402 East Kalamazoo Avenue, 9pm -
10 - Ann Arbor, MI - Kerrytown Concert House, 415 North Fourth Avenue, 8pm -
11 - Midland, MI - Creative Spirit Center, 1517 Bayliss Street - 7:30pm,

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