GamelanX is a San Francisco Bay Area collective headed by composer Eric ‘EO’ Oberthaler. They created a beautiful, original piece just for TED, collaborating with a dance troupe from Philadelphia called ArcheDream, who use black light and perform in elaborate Indonesian masks and costumes, aided by invisible ‘Ninjas’ who perform magical lifts and animate flying silk butterflies. They took full advantage of the massive stage at our new digs in Long Beach—this would never have been possible in Monterey. The piece was the mesmerising ‘Spiral Flower’, featuring a mysterious obligato piano part, woven inside and out by a haunting female soprano, with their two gamalan virtuosos chiming gently over the top. Simply gorgeous.
I’ve been too lame to figure Yesenia’s camera out, but TEDster David Geller said I could use his shots!