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 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


I've seen what you do. It's remarkable.

~ Victor Salazar, formerly of  Vic's Drum Shop, Chicago


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 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 at Prairie Fire Yoga, Prairie Du Sac, WI 2018 by Cindy Bettine.

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

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