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Alchemy 2019

I’ve never experienced anything like that in my 10 year yoga practice, absolutely mind blowing! Highly recommended. Michael from Gongtopia is amazing, a true professional!

~ Gong Session participant, 2019


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 festival, Hobart, Australia


Michael Bettine, a master gong musician, was the first performer I heard at MOFO last weekend. The sounds he was able to create, using metal and its interaction with air, were captivating.

~ Jann Williams, FIRE UP WATER DOWN blog, Australia


Bettine played the room as much as the instruments, exploring the beating tones of vibrations that when combined sounded like a train rumbling underground. Creating a shifting wall of sound that washed over the audience, Bettine offered us a distinctive exploration into the craft of percussion. 

~ Delia Bartle, Real Time Arts, Australia


Sinking into Bettine's sound world is fascinating and inspiring.

~ MODERN DRUMMER

   

Bettine has a unique vision that sets him apart from the hoards.

~ DRUM!

   

Bettine is essential listening for percussionists and anyone interested in solo free-oriented music. 

~The Improvisor


Gongs Among the Giants

Performing for the 2018 Fall Equinox at Kinstone Magalithic Gardens


The fringe is the unexplored territory where truth and fantasy are not yet disentangled.- Freeman Dyson


No great art has ever been made without the artist having known danger. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke


Enlightenment is not a one time event. We must each seek to become enlightened everyday. ~ Singal Rinpoche


The true artist is a man who believes absolutely in himself, because he is absolutely himself. ~ Oscar Wilde


Top photo of Michael  2019 by Cindy Bettine.

Bottom photo of Michael at KInstone Megalithic Gadens, Fountain City, WI, courtesy of Intuitive Arts Media.

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