Welcome to the Ruby Gamba Website
At the occasion of the launch of our new Ruby Gamba – Alder Version we have chosen to also launch a new website in a web 2 environment: you can talk back.
If you are a musician and you seek to extend your potential market, your applications and your repertoire we have exciting news for you.
The Ruby Gamba is a unique instrument that combines tradition and contemporary technology. Bowing, plucking, tapping and much more on a premium 7-string electric Viola da Gamba.
The Ruby Gamba merges the power of electric bass, jazz guitar, viola and viola da gamba. Play it with the technique you already have and set off for unexplored fields of knowledge, practice and community.
After 20 years of research and many prototypes we think this is the ultimate hybrid musical instrument to be played at the dawn of our new Age. New Age, meaning to us the merging of a 1000 years time period, and many contemporary cultures into your own personal and shared expression. Many instruments are being developed at the present time, and we simply try to fit into this new wave of sonic expression, based on a very long tradition. We don’t revolutionize music, we slowly move towards true intercultural- en interpersonal exchange.
Are you willing to take the step and become part of the group of musicians who not only live in the 21st century but also use the creative and sonic possibilities of it.
Our philosophy is “to define the Spirit of the 21st Century” as we perceive it to be: an Era of integration, bringing together, awareness of the whole, and bold steps into uncharted social and cultural dimensions. We believe the Ruby Gamba will be a helpful tool in this, because it allows you to integrate 700-800 years of musical history and virtually all musical styles of our day into one instrument. This instrument combines the power of the electric bass, the jazz guitar, the viol and computer technology (with the right computer equipment and applications) into one elegant channel of expression: 7 strings (A’-D-G-c-e-a-d’), 21 frets and a world of sonic sound-steps to explore: bow, pluck, tap, scratch, beat, brush, loop and invent.
Our Ruby Gamba isn’t an iGamba or any kind of iGadget; we see it as a tool to serve your purpose and the goals of the communities you blend out/into.
We wish you good faith and a friendly determination.
The Ruby Gamba Team
Jan Goorissen, Kees Jan Goorissen