Its not The Gong Show, but it is a gong show. The Space City Gamelan is Houstons only orchestra dedicated to gongs and wind chimes and the ancient music of Java and Bali. Now, we know what youre thinking: Gong plus chimes plus music equals loud. Actually, although the initial bang might be a little noisy, its necessary to achieve a resonating sound, which is then accompanied by chimes, bells and other instruments to create a meditative state. So, lovers of all things ambient might want to head over and hear these hits. (Get it? Hits. Theyre playing gongs never mind.) As an added bonus, the musicians of Space City Gamelan will also explain their instruments as others chime in on their, well, chimes and gongs. 7 p.m. Herring Hall at Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, call 713-439-0051 or visit www.asiasociety.org. Free.
Wed., Dec. 5, 7 p.m., 2007