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Lightbulb Ensemble—Hamsa: Five Tales

  • The Freer|Sackler at the Smithsonian Institution 1050 Independence Avenue Southwest Washington, DC, 20560 United States (map)

An allegorical story of a beggar’s perplexing dreams offers a compelling and original perspective on the Five Pillars of Islam. This world premiere performance features music by Brian Baumbusch, director of the Bay Area’s trailblazing Lightbulb Ensemble, and a libretto by Paul Baumbusch. Playing on Balinese gamelan Semar pegulingan, the members of Lightbulb are joined by organist Brett Carson, guitarist Ramon Fermin, and narrator Christina Stanley.