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From REDCAT:

Friday, March 23, 8:30pm
The supremely gifted cellist Frances-Marie Uitti makes a rare Los Angeles appearance for the debut of Michael Jon Fink’s new cello concerto, written especially for her pioneering technique of playing with two bows simultaneously, and chamber ensemble. Known for a prodigious career of dismantling longstanding musical boundaries, Uitti follows with another world premiere by Greg Moore, and works by Lisa Bielawa, Jonathan Harvey, Giacinto Scelsi, Karen Tanaka, and Ken Ueno, most written for Uitti’s incredible interpretations. REDCAT, Located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, 631 West 2nd St., downtown Los Angeles | $20 / $16 students

From Beyond Baroque:

Friday, March 23, 9pm
Beyond Baroque presents Beyond Music series with wildUP! – Brooklyn to LA. : New music from one coast to the other coast: Brooklyn/ LA featuring music by Timo Andres, Art Jarvinen, Chris Kallmyer, Missy Mazzoli, Andrew Norman, Andrew Tholl, and Frederic Rzewski. The music of right now, right this very moment, is being created in basements and recorded in living rooms in high definition. wildUP! : their music is raw, unabashed, and they made it themselves. wildUp! presents two concerts about the music being composed now in LA and Brooklyn. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice | $15 advance / $20 door

From Beyond Baroque:

Saturday, March 24, 3pm
Beyond Baroque presents Beyond Music series with wildUP! – Brooklyn to LA. : New music from one coast to the other coast: Brooklyn/ LA featuring music by Timo Andres, Art Jarvinen, Chris Kallmyer, Missy Mazzoli, Andrew Norman, Andrew Tholl, and Frederic Rzewski. The music of right now, right this very moment, is being created in basements and recorded in living rooms in high definition. wildUP! : their music is raw, unabashed, and they made it themselves. wildUp! presents two concerts about the music being composed now in LA and Brooklyn. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice | $15 advance / $20 door

From FaceBook:

Saturday March 24, 7pm
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art presents the closing event of GOTHIC, with music by Trestles (electronics +), Toaster Music, and The League of Vampiric Bards. OCCCA, 117 N. Sycamore St., Santa Ana | Free

From Southwest Chamber Music:

Saturday, March 24, 8pm (7:30pm pre-concert talk)
Southwest Chamber Music continues their Cage 2012 Celebration with a concert featuring John Cage works including Lecture on the Weather, Score (40 Drawings by Thoreau), and 23 Parts. Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School, 200 South Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles | $38 / $28 seniors / $10 students

From Sundays Live:

Saturday, March 24, 8pm
Music at Boston Court presents the Thies-Krajacic Project: Spontaneous Inventions. Featured performers of the TKP are Damjan Krajacic (flute), Robert Edward Thies (piano), Michael Valerio (bass), and Steven Schaeffer (drums). Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 North Mentor Ave., Pasadena | $25 / $20 seniors and students

Saturday, March 24, 8pm
Pomona College Faculty Chamber Music presents Annabel Guaita (piano) and Alfred Cramer (violin) in a concert of Music of Norway, selections by 20th-century atonal polyphonic composer Fartein Valen and others. Pomona College, Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. 4th St., Claremont | Free

From REDCAT:

Saturday, March 24, 8:30pm
The Los Angeles new music high-fliers meet up with the godfather of techno Morton Subotnick for a live revisit to the electronic music pioneer’s iconic works, rendered with new technology. From the landmark Silver Apples of the Moon (1966) to A Sky of Cloudless Sulphur (1977), Subotnick worked with Buchla synthesizers and tape recorders to create new electronic works meant for the home environment—and later adapted his music for live performance. Now equipped with Ableton Live on his Mac and the new Buchla 200e, he performs with the California E.A.R. Unit—collaborators since 1980—and draws on elements of Silver Apples and Sky in an evening of “spontaneous performance and decision-making.” REDCAT, Located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, 631 West 2nd St., downtown Los Angeles | $20 / $16 students

From SASSAS:

Sunday, March 25, 1pm (12:30 load in)
SASSAS and the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock present soundShoppe, a monthly unstructured sound workshop/noise jam for experimental musicians and sound artists. soundShoppe offers a means by which sound artists can hangout on a regular basis and informally explore their medium together. soundShoppe offers experienced sound musicians an opportunity experiment with different instrumentations and approaches and play outside of their comfort zone. soundShoppe also presents the opportunity for novice sound artists to interact with more experienced ones. Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock | Free

From the wulf:

Sunday, March 25, 8pm
the wulf presents Casey Anderson: Solo, Many, All – two new pieces (solo live electronics, the other participatory) concluding with an open discussion based on a prompt. The event will shift from an exclusive format (solo) to one in which everyone present is placed on an equal playing field (all). The live electronics piece is rooted around Anderson’s current interest in instrument design for/around chaotic data networks, while the participatory piece is based on a poem about a poem about a painting owned by a poet, and will feature something like writing, breathing, tearing paper (etc.). Concluding the event will be an open discussion on exclusivity. the wulf, 1026 South Santa Fe Ave. #203, downtown Los Angeles | donations accepted

From Monday Evening Concerts:

Monday, March 26, 8pm
Monday Evening Concerts presents Jazz Encounters, music as extreme action; music rooted in popular styles. This concert will feature pieces by Stefan Wolpe (Quartet for Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone, Percussion and Piano)(Piece for Oboe, Cello, Percussion, and Piano), Evan Johnson (ground), Peter Ablinger (Parker Notch), Peter Ablinger (weiss/weisslich 4), and Evan Johnson (Supplement), performed by Daniel Rosenboom (trumpet), Eliot Gattegno (saxophone), Nicholas Terry (percussion), Vicki Ray (piano),
Gareth Davis (clarinet), Ariana Ghez (oboe), Jason Lippmann (cello), and Donald Crockett (conductor). Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School, 200 South Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles | $27

From Athenaeum:

Tuesday, March 27, 7pm
The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library and San Diego New Music present the Formalist Quartet in concert. This evening’s program will feature pieces by Harold Budd (String Quartet 2001), Toru Takemitsu (Landscape 1), Leos Janacek (String Quartet No. 1), and others. The Formalist Quartet is Andrew Tholl (violin), Mark Menzies (violin, viola), Andrew McIntosh (violin, viola), and Ashley Walters (cello), who will perform this evening with special guest Phoebe Jevtovic Rosquist (soprano). Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla | $25 members / $30 non-member, available here

From LA Phil:

Tuesday, March 27, 8pm
Keith Jarrett: An Evening of Solo Piano Improvisations. Experience the music of Keith Jarrett in the pristine acoustics of Walt Disney Concert Hall as he celebrates the release of Rio, one of the finest live solo recordings of his career. <a href=”Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles | $43 to $150, available here

From FaceBook:

Wednesday, March 28, 8pm
Wicked Dreams Celebration! presents at triple bill at the EL Cid Restuarant, featuring Noah and the MegaFauna, Tears of the Moosechaser, and Timur and the Dime Museum, and special guest Maesa Pullman. El Cid Restuarant, 4212 Sunset Blvd., Silverlake | $5

From The Last Bookstore:

Thursday, March 29, 7pm
The Last Bookstore presents the End of Quarter Blowout, A multi-level event in which performances flow through three conjoined floors of the Spring Arts Tower (The Crocker Club, The Last Bookstore (natch), and the Mezzanine. Featuring!: Double G and the daKAH Orchestra, NineNet, Killsonic, Poetry Noise Orchestra, and HMS Soundsystem with special guests Robert F. Leng and Tom Steck of Other Criteria, multiple smaller esnsembles, theater installation curated by Poor Dog Group, and a diverse collection of friends and contributors of The Last Bookstore. The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St. (ground floor), downtown Los Angeles | Free

From the wulf:

Thursday, March 29, 8pm
Giacomo Fiore will present a night of recent music for classical and just intonation guitar, with and without live electronics and other trickeries. Works by Lou Harrison, Larry Polansky, Ron Nagorcka, and Toshio Hosokawa. Born in Italy in 1983, Giacomo has been playing and studying music in the U.S. since 2003. He lives in San Francisco and looks forward to his debut at the wulf. the wulf, 1026 South Santa Fe Ave. #203, downtown Los Angeles | donations accepted

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From Beyond Baroque:

Friday, March 16, 9pm
Beyond Baroque presents a special evening of poetry and music, featuring Dottie Grossman (poetry) and Michael Vlatkovich (trombone), with special guest Rich West (drums, percussion). Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice | $7

From Angel City Arts:

Friday, March 16, 9pm
Angel City Arts and the blue whale present night two of the three-evening residency of Kneebody, featuring Adam Benjamin, Ben Wendel, Kaveh Rastegar, Nate Wood, and Shane Endsley. By combining sophisticated compositions and virtuosic improvising, the Grammy nominated group Kneebody has created a diverse, loyal fan base in the United States and Europe. Founded in 2001, Kneebody has built upon an impressive array of individual resumes and conservatory training to create a truly singular voice within the instrumental world. blue whale, Weller Court, 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka St. Ste. 301, downtown Los Angeles | General Admission: $15 / $25 (for 2 nights) $35 (for three nights).

From The Broad Stage:

Saturday, March 17, 7:30pm
Russian composer Alexander Scriabin caused a sensation in 1915, staging what was most likely the first multimedia concert in history. Designing a clavier à lumière to project colors onto the stage as it was played, this singular composer pioneered ideas relating colors and musical pitch. Now celebrated Georgian pianist Eteri Andjaparidze and MacArthur “genius” lighting designer Jennifer Tipton explore the legacy of this late Romantic composer through excerpts from his Poeme Languide in B Major and other works, including Feuillet d’Album in F-sharp Major, Opus Posthumous. A pre-concert lecture by Ryan Dudenbostel will be presented at 7:00 pm. The Broad Stage, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica | $75 / $60 / $47

From the wulf:

Saturday, March 17, 8pm
the wulf presents music by Laurence Crane, Tim Parkinson and James Saunders, in a concert of five works by three composers, curated by Christine Tavolacci. The performers will include Eric km Clark, Rory Cowal, Corey Fogel, April Guthrie, Cassia Streb, Christine Tavolacci, Brian Walsh, Tara Boyle, Matt Barbier and Orin Hildestad. the wulf, 1026 South Santa Fe Ave. #203, downtown Los Angeles | donations accepted

From Jacaranda:

Saturday, March 17, 8pm
A vaporous shot of dry ice across a raging inferno gives you a sense of the contrasts of this program, Chill Upon The Heat, presented by Jacaranda. Four highly inventive and utterly different American composers are convened here to make strange sense of the world. Featured on this program will be Christopher Rouse (String Qt. No. 2, No. 3), Leon Kirchner (Five Pieces for Piano), Richard Rodney Bennett (Six Tunes for the Instruction of Singing Birds), and William Schuman (In Sweet Music: Serenade on a setting of Shakespeare). Featured performers will be the Calder Quartet (Benjamin Jacobson, Andrew Bulbrook – violins, Jonathan Moerchel – viola, Eric Byers – cello), Maria Casale (harp), Victoria Miskolczy (viola), Steven Vanhauwaert (piano), Pamela Vliek Martchev (flute), and Suzanne Waters (soprano). First Pres of Santa Monica, 1220 Second St., Santa Monica | $35 general / $15 student

From Sundays Live:

Saturday, March 17, 8:30pm
Now into its second decade of celebrating the beauty that lies “between the keys” of the piano, MicroFest 2012 is the world’s leading concert series devoted to the glorious universe of non-standard tunings. Founded by microtonal guitarist and radio personality JOHN SCHNEIDER in 1997, MicroFest has grown to a festival of eight separate events this year at various venues around Southern California. This evening’s concert will feature Wolfgang von Schweinitz‘s Raga, an exquisite gossamer web of harmonics and finely tuned harmonies for violin and bass, performed by Andrew McIntosh (violin) and Scott Worthington (contrabass). Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 North Mentor Ave., Pasadena |$25 advance / $30 door

From Angel City Arts:

Saturday, March 17, 9pm
Angel City Arts and the blue whale present night three of the three-evening residency of Kneebody, featuring Adam Benjamin, Ben Wendel, Kaveh Rastegar, Nate Wood, and Shane Endsley. By combining sophisticated compositions and virtuosic improvising, the Grammy nominated group Kneebody has created a diverse, loyal fan base in the United States and Europe. Founded in 2001, Kneebody has built upon an impressive array of individual resumes and conservatory training to create a truly singular voice within the instrumental world. blue whale, Weller Court, 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka St. Ste. 301, downtown Los Angeles | General Admission: $15 / $25 (for 2 nights) $35 (for three nights).

From Sundays Live:

Sunday, March 18, 3pm
The Epicenter Music Performance Organization TEMPO presents the CSUN Faculty New Music Ensemble, performing pieces by Daniel Kessner, Roshanne Etezady, Hee Yun Kim, Joanna Bruzdowicz, and Joseph Eidson. The performing artists include David Shostac (flute), Julia Heinen (clarinet), Nancy Roth (violin), Matt Cooker (cello), Aaron Smith (percussion), Francoise Regnat and Dolly Eugenio Kessner (piano), and Daniel Kessner (conductor). Cal State University Northridge, Cypress Hall (Music Building), Recital Hall, 18111 Nordoff St., Northridge | $10 general / $7 faculty, staff, seniors / $5 students

From Jacaranda:

Sunday, March 18, 6pm
A vaporous shot of dry ice across a raging inferno gives you a sense of the contrasts of this program, Chill Upon The Heat, presented by Jacaranda. Four highly inventive and utterly different American composers are convened here to make strange sense of the world. Featured on this program will be Christopher Rouse (String Qt. No. 2, No. 3), Leon Kirchner (Five Pieces for Piano), Richard Rodney Bennett (Six Tunes for the Instruction of Singing Birds), and William Schuman (In Sweet Music: Serenade on a setting of Shakespeare). Featured performers will be the Calder Quartet (Benjamin Jacobson, Andrew Bulbrook – violins, Jonathan Moerchel – viola, Eric Byers – cello), Maria Casale (harp), Victoria Miskolczy (viola), Steven Vanhauwaert (piano), Pamela Vliek Martchev (flute), and Suzanne Waters (soprano). First Pres of Santa Monica, 1220 Second St., Santa Monica | $35 general / $15 student

From Sundays Live:

Sunday, March 18, 7:30pm
Resound! Concert Series presents Cheri Cole (trumpet) and friends, as they perform Terry Riley (In C) and other selections from the 20th and 21st centuries. This performance will have approximately 30 players, consisting of strings, woodwinds, brass, electric instruments, and percussion. Bethel Congregational Church, 536 North Euclid, Ontario | Free

Sunday, March 18, 8pm
Chapman University Faculty Recital series presents Kritina Driskill (soprano), performing a program of modern music, including pieces by Dominick Argento (The Diary of Virginia Woolf), Gary Schocker (Diary of an Urban Maiden), and Alva Henderson (various songs). Chapman University, Salmon Recital Hall, One University Drive, Orange | $10 general / $5 students and seniors

From CalArts:

Monday, March 19, 2pm
The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts presents Visiting Artist, bassist Mark Dresser, as part of the Performer-Composer Forum. California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Pkwy., Rm. A300, Valencia | Free

From FaceBook:

Thursday, March 22, 7pm
Rubix invites you to the debut of Culture + Music + Art + Talk, with hors d’oeurves, beer, wine and a special “rubix-tini”. Join LA-based photographer Dana Ross as he interviews prominent artists and musicians as they share their thoughts on the creative process. This evening’s featured artists include John Van Hamersveld (graphic design innovator and icon), Timur & the Dime Museum (avant-garde cabaret act performance), and Shana Nys Dambrot (well-known and respected art critic, curator and author). Rubix Hollywood, 1714 North McCadden Place, Hollywood | RSVP to rsvp (at) shinyobjectco.com

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From blue whale:

Friday, March 9, 9 pm
The blue whale hosts the Bay Area’s Scott Amendola Trio in an evening of music. Scott Amendola (drums), Jeff Parker (guitar), and John Shifflett (bass). blue whale, Weller Court, 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka St., Ste. 301, downtown Los Angeles | call 213-620-0908 for ticket prices

From the wulf:

Saturday, March 10, 8pm
the wulf presents Omoi for Japan, “One for All”, a tribute concert dedicated to all the victims and sufferers of 3.11 earthquake/tsunami in Japan. Performed by: Michael Pisaro, Sara Roberts, Ulrich Krieger, Adam Overton, Mark So, Julia Holter, Alex Sramek, Christine Tavalocci, Ezra Buchla, Alan Nakagawa, Carmina Escober, Archie Carey, Paul Fraser, Colin Wambsgans, Chaz Underriner, Stephen Touchton, James Klopfleisch, Ingrid Lee, Donald Gialanella, Kristin Thora Haraldsdottir, Justin Asher, John Hagen-Brenner, Eric Mayron, Mari and more. the wulf, 1026 South Santa Fe Ave. #203, downtown Los Angeles | Free, donations accepted

From Southwest Chamber Music:

Saturday, March 10, 8pm
Southwest Chamber Music continues its Cage 2012 Festival, celebrating the centenary of John Cage, concluding on the composer’s 100th birthday on September 5, 2012. This evening’s concert will include Cage works: Atlas Eclipticalis, Variations IV, and 0’00″. Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida St., Pasadena | $38 / $28 seniors / $10 students

Sunday, March 11, 5pm
Southwest Chamber Music continues its Cage 2012 Festival, celebrating the centenary of John Cage, concluding on the composer’s 100th birthday on September 5, 2012. This late-afternoon concert will include Cage works: Branches, Music for Carillion No. 5, Radio Music, and Etudes Boreales I-IV. Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena | $38 / $28 seniors / $10 students

From LA Jazz:

Sunday, March 11, 7:30pm
Fearless San Francisco-based string quartet Kronos and L.A.’s own modern jazz pianist/composer Billy Childs each play their own sets and then collaborate on a piece written by Childs to stunning effect. “The most innovative and influential jazz guitarist of the past 25 years” (Wall Street Journal), Bill Frisell begins the evening with his spacious jazz & country-inflected drum/violin trio, featuring Eyvind Kang and Rudy Royston. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles | $47-121, available here

From SD City Beat:

Tuesday-Wednesday, March 13-14, 7:30pm / 9:30pm (two shows each night)
Anthology presents Béla Fleck & The Flecktones: The Original Line-Up, featuring Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten, Roy “Future Man” Wooten, and Howard Levy. “Béla Fleck and the Flecktones’ new CD Rocket Science reunites the highly eclectic group’s original personnel, and really re-ignites the musical chemistry of unlikely ingredients that made the group’s first two CDs so utterly distinctive.” (George Graham). Anthology, 1337 India St., San Diego | $19-99

From musicweb UCSD:

Wednesday, March 14, 8pm
Graduate computer music students perform original works in a concert featuring experimental music, performance art, and visual music. Highlights include custom software for live performance, hand built electronics, sculptural sound objects, and a brainwave interface that controls sound by reading the performer’s mood. <a href=”University of California San Diego, CPMC Theatre, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla | Free

From Angel City Arts:

Thursday – Friday – Saturday, March 15-16-17, 9pm
Angel City Arts and the blue whale present the three-evening residency of Kneebody, featuring Adam Benjamin, Ben Wendel, Kaveh Rastegar, Nate Wood, and Shane Endsley. By combining sophisticated compositions and virtuosic improvising, the Grammy nominated group Kneebody has created a diverse, loyal fan base in the United States and Europe. Founded in 2001, Kneebody has built upon an impressive array of individual resumes and conservatory training to create a truly singular voice within the instrumental world. blue whale, Weller Court, 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka St. Ste. 301, downtown Los Angeles | General Admission: $15 / $25 (for 2 nights) $35 (for three nights).

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From FaceBook:

Thursday, March 1, 8pm
TRiP presents Spincycle, featuring Base 4 – Derek Bomback (guitar), Alan Cook (drums, percussion), and Bruce Friedman (trumpet). TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica | Free

From Sundays Live:

Thursday, March 1, 8pm
CSULB Faculty Artist Series presents the Ironworks Percussion Duo, featuring Dave Gerhart and Axel Clarke. Cal State University Long Beach, Daniel Recital Hall, University Music Center, Long Beach | $10 / $7 students and seniors

From FaceBook:

Thursday, March 1, 8:30pm
ATX, Gregory Lenczycki, and Jorge Martin present JAAP BLONK, an evening of improvisations with Ted Byrnes, Anna Homler, Jorge Martin, Vetza, and Brian Walsh. Atwater Crossing (ATX), 3269 Casitas Ave., Atwater, Los Angeles | $10

From FaceBook:

Friday, March 2, 7:30pm
Sacred Grounds Coffee presents an evening with Base 4, featuring Derek Bomback (guitar), Alan Cook (drums, percussion), and Bruce Friedman (trumpet). Sacred Grounds Coffee, 468 W 6th St., San Pedro | Free

From Sundays Live:

Friday, March 2, 8pm
The Toronto-based NEXUS percussion quartet will perform a concert at California Lutheran University‘s Samuelson Chapel. Nexus features percussionists Bob Becker, Bill Cahn, Russell Hartenberger, and Garry Kvistad. California Lutheran University, Samuelson Chapel, 60 West Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks | Free

Friday, March 2, 8pm
California State University Fullerton presents an evening with the resident New Music Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Pauline Oliveros (guest composer in residence), and Steve Lehman (saxophonist, composer). Friday’s program will include: Steve Lehman – For McCoy Tyner, Tristan Murail, Anthony Braxton, and Alexander Scriabin; Steve Lehman – Manifold; Pauline Oliveros – Breaking Boundaries; Pauline Oliveros – 13 Changes; Pauline Oliveros – Inner/Outer Sound Matrix George Crumb, Movements from 11 Echoes of Autumn; and Pamela Madsen – Prophecy of Place with video by Quintan Ana Wikswo. California State University Fullerton, Meng Concert Hall, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton | $15

Saturday, March 3, 3pm
The Occidental Faculty Artist Recital series presents: Piano Journey in Japan – Import, Synthesis, and Export, from the first piano piece in Japan to Game Music, featuring Junko Ueno Garrett (piano). The program will include selections by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Nobuo Uematsu, Takashi Yoshimatsu, Toru Takemitsu, Akira Miyoshi, Yoshinao Nakada, Rentaro Taki, and Kosaku Yamada. Occidental College, Bird Studio, 1600 Campus Rd., Los Angeles | Free

Saturday, March 3, 8pm
California State University Fullerton presents an evening with the resident New Music Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Pauline Oliveros (guest composer in residence), and Steve Lehman (saxophonist, composer). Saturday’s program includes: Nathan Davis – Fullerton Bells; Elliott Carterb – Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux; Steve Lehman – Lenwood and Other Saints who Roam the Earth; George Lewis – Artificial Life; Cory Smythe – pluripotent; Pauline Oliveros – Double X; and Steve Lehman – Demian. California State University Fullerton, Meng Concert Hall, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton | $15

From SouthWest Chamber Music:

Saturday, March 3, 8pm
Southwest Chamber Music continues its celebration of John Cage’s 100th birthday, with a concert of two of his many works: One-6 and One-10. Both of these works, by John Cage, will feature audio-kinetic sound sculptures by Mineko Grimmer. Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First St, downtown Los Angeles | $38 / $28 seniors / $10 student w/ID

Sunday, March 4, 5pm
Southwest Chamber Music continues its celebration of John Cage’s 100th birthday, with a concert of two of his many works: One-6 and One-10. Both of these works, by John Cage, will feature audio-kinetic sound sculptures by Mineko Grimmer. Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First St, downtown Los Angeles | $38 / $28 seniors / $10 student w/ID

From FaceBook:

Sunday, March 4, 5pm
Balconi Coffee Company + Cafemode present: SONG X, a group art show curated by Kio Griffith. SONG X is a group show of artists’ interpretations of a piece of music that sticks in one’s mind so that one seems to hear it, even when it is not being played. This condition is also known as musical imagery repetition and involuntary musical imagery. Reinterpretated as single cut EPs artists were asked to create their custom 7 x 7 inch artworks based on their song choice. Opening reception features a special performance by Shin Kawasaki who will attempt to sing and play the tune choices! BALCONI COFFEE COMPANY, 11301 Olympic Blvd, #124 West Los Angeles | Free

From Open Gate Theatre:

Sunday, March 4, 7pm
Open Gate Theatre presents their Sunday Evening Concert Fifteenth Year Celebration. Come March it will be fifteen years since Open Gate Theatre began hosting monthly concerts of unusual and uncompromising creative music, most of it in some way improvisational in nature. At the time of this writing, among those scheduled to participate along with Alex Cline and Wil Salmon are Vinny Golia, William Roper, Brad Dutz, Emily Hay, Tom McNalley, Steuart Liebig, Jie Ma, Charles Sharp, Tim Perkis, Andrew Pask, Jeff Schwartz, Joseph Berardi, G.E. Stinson, Kaoru, Wayne Peet, Bruce Friedman, Dave Tranchina, Robert Leng, Scott Heustis, Anthony Shadduck, Alan Cook, Carey Fosse, Jim McAuley, Rich West, and, in what is likely to be a gargantuan “Call and Response” section, poet Dorothea Grossman. More are sure to join the serious fun. As if this weren’t enough, free food and beverages will be available for everyone’s consumption. Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, Los Angeles | $10 / students, seniors, and series performers half price

From Angel City Arts:

Monday, March 5, 9pm
Angel City Arts and the Blue Whale brings the world premiere of “Orphic Machine,” primarily commissioned by Chamber Music America, clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg leads an amazing ensemble in a song-cycle based on the poetical writings of Allen Grossman. Internationally renowned musicians help Ben bring this extraordinary project to life, including vocalist and violinist Carla Kihlstedt (of Tin Hat), guitarist Jeff Parker (of Tortoise), saxophonist Rob Sudduth, percussionist Ches Smith (of Secret Chiefs 3), pianist Myra Melford, trumpeter Ron Miles, percussionist Kenny Wollesen, and bassist Greg Cohen (of Masada). Blue Whale, Weller Court, 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka St. #301, downtown Los Angeles | $10

From SASSAS:

Tuesday, March 6, 9pm
SASSAS and ATX present AD HOC #5, an evening of new works for brass and electronics. Valve trombonist Christian Pincock of Albuquerque, New Mexico interfaces his instrument to a laptop and transforms all sonic expectations while the pairing of live computer music legend Tim Perkis, teaching at CalArts for the semester, and LA local and trumpet innovator Dan Clucas explores the inner workings of totally free improvisation. Atwater Crossing (ATX), 3245 Casitas Ave., Atwater, Los Angeles | $7 advance; $5 for SASSAS members. $10 at the door.

From blue whale:

Wednesday, March 7, 9pm
The Blue Whale presents the trio of Emily Hay (flute, voice), Motoko Honda (keyboards), and Brad Dutz (percussion) in concert. Blue Whale, Weller Court, 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka St. #301, downtown Los Angeles | $10

From Santa Barbara New Music Series:

Thursday, March 8, 8pm
The Santa Barbara New Music Series presents a double bill featuring Dick Wood and the Bonnie Barnett Group. Dick Wood (sax, flute, whistle, boom box) will perform with Dan Clucas (trumpet, flute, octokoto), Hal Onserud (bass), Mark Trayle (live electronics), Marty Mansour (drums/percussion), Dan Ostermann (trombone), and Chuck Manning (tenor sax). Bonnie Barnett (voice) performs with Dick Wood (reeds), Hal Onserud (bass), and Garth Powell (percussion). Muddy Waters Cafe, 508 E. Haley St., Santa Barbara | $8

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Tom Steck, Empty Bottle, Chicago, March 8, 2009 (Photo credit: John Kannenberg)

From LAFMS:

Friday, February 17, 6:30pm
The LA Free Music Society (LAFMS) presents a bonus concert at The Box. This concert will feature Points of Friction (Damian Bisciglia, Tim Alexander, Joseph Hammer, Mitchell Brown), Albert Ortega, Destroy Date (Eddie Nervo), Small Drone Orchestra (Wild Don Lewis – bass, synth; Eddie Nervo on 2nd bass) and Artzenkraft (John Lewis, solo extended guitar). The Box, 805 Traction Ave., downtown Los Angeles | Free, donations accepted

From FaceBook:

Friday February 17, 7:30pm
Sacred Grounds Coffee presents Base 4, the jazz/free improv trio of Derek Bomback (guitar), Alan Cook (drums), and Bruce Friedman (trumpet). Sacred Grounds Coffee, 468 W. 6th St., San Pedro | Free, donations accepted

From Beyond Baroque:

Friday, February 17, 9:30pm
Beyond Baroque presents WYATT PENN KEUSCH MUSIC PERFORMANCE. Following up on the four-year-long concert series “decay fest”, Wyatt Penn Keusch and KHALIJA present transmigrations, a new series of experimental electronic music performances focussing on one-off collaborations between artists within the KHALIJA collective. This, the first installment, will feature performers such as Daniel Eaton, Jinku Kim, Wyatt Penn Keusch, Scott Cazon and more. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice | $7

From Open Gate Theatre:

Saturday, February 18, 8pm
Open Gate Theatre presents What the Moose Heard: CC’:”filamento”, with Carole Kim (live video performance, performance-based video installation) and Carmina Escobar (voice, multimedia performance) performing a criss-cross live audio-visual sampling
projections onto a sculptural mesh screen. Glendale Moose Lodge, 357 West Arden Ave., Glendale | $10

From Sundays Live:

Saturday, February 18, 8pm
Miles Memorial Playhouse presents Fireside at the Miles, with String Theory, a unique collaborative ensemble of musicians and dancers that utilize invented instruments and sonic sculpture to create a unique performance landscape and sonic footprint. Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd. (1/2 block N. of Wilshire), Santa Monica | $10

From Creative Alarm Inventions:

Tuesday, February 21, 7:30pm
Creative Alarm Inventions and California State University Dominguez Hills present a series of concerts featuring Improvisation and Creative Music. This evening’s performance presents two sets, the Grasse/Hay/Steck Trio and Other Criteria. Jonathon Grasse (guitar), Emily Hay (flute, voice), and Tom Steck (drums) will perform, as well as Other Criteria – Robert F. Leng (saxes) and Tom Steck (drums). California State University Dominguez Hills, Marvin Laser Recital Hall (LaCorte Hall A103) , 1000 East Victoria St., Carson | $2 minimum donation, $4 parking (lot 6)

From FaceBook:

Tuesday, February 21, 11:30pm
The TRiP Santa Monica presents the Scott Fraser (guitar, electronics) Bruce Friedman (trumpets) Duo, performing improvised melodic overlays to evolving sonic tapestries. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica | Free

From Angel City Arts:

Wednesday, February 22, 9pm
Angel City Arts presents the Rhythm Chowder Quartet, featuring Bevan Manson (piano), Brad Dutz (percussion), Dave Robaire (bass), and Tom Rizzo (guitar). Blue Whale, The Weller Court, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. # 301, downtown Los Angeles | $10

From Hammer Museum:

Thursday, February 23, 7pm
The Hammer presents Sanford Biggers: Moon Medicine, an aural and optical experiment conducted by interdisciplinary artist Sanford Biggers. His live work, by turns troubling and inspiring, weaves found images of punk, funk, film noir, sci-fi, traditional Samoan dance, and Buddhism with original video content and improvised turntableism and veejaying. The result is an evocative concert that is as much jam session as it is a performative film screening. UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood | Free, $3 parking

From Creative Alarm Inventions:

Thursday, February 23, 7:30pm
Creative Alarm Inventions and California State University Dominguez Hills present a series of concerts featuring Improvisation and Creative Music. This evening’s performance presents two sets, Scott Heustis and Friends, and The Decisive Instant. Scott Heustis (guitar) will perform with Breeze Smith (drums), Tony Green (bass), Dan Clucas (trumpet), and Tony Atherton (sax). The Decisive Instant is a large free jazz and creative music ensemble who will perform pieces by Barry Guy, Jonathon Grasse, Robert F. Leng, and Charles Sharp. The Decisive Instant features David Adler, Robert F. Leng, Ken Luey, Tracy McMullen, Charles Sharp, and Alexander Vogel (reeds), Bruce Friedman, Carvell Holloway, and Douglas Wadle (brass), Derek Bomback, Jonathon Grasse, and Jeff Schwartz (strings), Eduardo Poyart (keyboards), and Alan Cook, David Martinelli, and Tom Steck (drums, percussion). California State University Dominguez Hills, Marvin Laser Recital Hall (LaCorte Hall A103) , 1000 East Victoria St., Carson | $2 minimum donation, $4 parking (lot 6)

From CalArts:

Thursday, February 23, 8pm
CalArts presents ESP Night 2, an evening of electronic & experimental music composed and performed by students in the Experimental Sound Practices program. <a href=”California Institute of the Arts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall, 24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia | Free

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From Open Gate Theatre:

Friday, February 10, 8pm
Open Gate Theatre presents The Moose Herd: SOUND, MOVEMENT and LIGHT – Drama / dance / music improvisations, featuring the LA Collective and Open Gate players. The LA Collective features Ellen Burr (flute, conduction), Laura Osborn (flute), Ken Luey (clarinets), Robert Leng (sax), Alexander Vogel (sax), Steve Lockwood (keys), Oz (Chapman stick), Jeff Schwartz (double bass), Owen Green (electric bass), Charlie Lowrey (percussion), Tom Steck (drums, percussion), and Nicole Strafaci (poetry), with special guests Cheryl Banks-Smith and Roxanne Steinberg (movement), Kio Griffith (live video art), and Anet Ris-Kelman (performance art). The Open Gate players include Will Salmon (flute, voice, performance), Vinny Golia (winds), Brad Dutz (percussion), Jie Ma (pipa), and special guests Anet Ris-Kelman (performance art), Carmina Escobar (voice and performance), and Antony DiGennaro (prepared guitars). Glendale Moose Lodge, 357 West Arden Ave., Glendale | $10

From REDCAT:

Friday, February 10, 8:30pm
Vintage electronics share a stage with the newest sonic technology when acclaimed Dutch composer Thomas Ankersmit highlights a two-night festival celebrating the CalArts Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology (CEAIT). Friday is “Noise Night” featuring L.A.’s own Damion Romero and the pairing of noise pioneers Zbigniew Karkowski and Xopher Davidson. REDCAT, located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex, 631 West 2nd St., downtown Los Angeles | $20 / $16 / $10

From the wulf:

Saturday, February 11, 8pm
the wulf presents Voice and the Composer – Odeya Nini, Andrea Young, & Denis Kolokol: An evening of experimental solo voice and new instrumental music, performed by Tara Boyle (flute), Elaine Cho (flute), Clarie Chenette (oboe), Christin Hablewitz (clarinet), Derek Stein (cello), Archie Carey (bassoon), Cassia Streb (viola), Nic Salas (violin), and Betsy Rettig (cello). the wulf, 1026 South Santa Fe Ave. #203, downtown Los Angeles | Free, donations accepted

From Sundays Live:

Saturday, February 11, 8pm
PiE (People inside Electronics) presents Nothing is Real: psychedelia for piano and electronics, a kaleidoscopic concert of fleeting sonic images, epic journeys and eerie doppelgangers. The program includes works from Shaun Naidoo, Pierre Jodlowski, Linda Bouchard,
Charles Dodge, Alvin Lucier, and Mike McFerron. Performers will include Aron Kallay, Vatche Mankerian, Vicki Ray, Rafael Liebich, Genevieve Lee, and Louise Thomas. Pierre’s Fine Pianos, 11039 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles | $20 / $10 students

From LAFMS:

Saturday, February 11, 12pm (noon)
The Box is host yet again to another ful day of LAFMS and related musical performances in support of the exhibition “Beneath The Valley Of the Lowest Form Of Music: The Los Angeles Free Music Society (1972-2012)”. Performances begin at noon and will conclude by 7pm, featuring Extended Organ (Tom Recchion, Paul McCarthy, Joe Potts and Fredrik Nilsen), Jim Shaw (with Dani Tull & Eddie Rusha), Marnie Weber’s F for Ache/Dolphin Explosion (Marnie Weber, Dani Tull, Doug Harvey…with Colette Weber Shaw and Ariel West), Feedback Waveriders (Antony DiGennaro, Michael Fink, Paul McCarthy, Chas Smith, Brian Walsh), Vetza & Joe Potts, Ace and Duce, and Dinosaurs With Horns. The Box, 805 Traction Ave., downtown Los Angeles | Free, donations appreciated

From REDCAT:

Saturday, February 11, 8:30pm
Vintage electronics share a stage with the newest sonic technology when acclaimed Dutch composer Thomas Ankersmit highlights a two-night festival celebrating the CalArts Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology (CEAIT). “Ambient Night” on Saturday features the debut of a new work by Ankersmit created expressly for the historic Serge analogue modular synthesizer, originally developed by Serge Tcherepnin at CalArts in the 1970s. Ankersmit, known for abstract, intensely focused electroacoustic work using hyper-kinetic synth and computer improvisation, kicks off a program that also features work by zerfall_gebiete, the duo of electronic ambient soundscape veterans Thomas Köner and Ulrich Krieger. REDCAT, located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex, 631 West 2nd St., downtown Los Angeles | $20 / $16 / $10

From SASSAS:

Sunday February 12, 7pm
SASSAS and Center for the Arts Eagle Rock present the Ad Hoc series, having the honor of presenting an evening with Fred Frith. As a songwriter, composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist Fred is best known for the reinvention of the electric guitar. Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock | $12 advance / $10 for SASSAS and CFAER members / $15 at the door advance tickets available here

From REDCAT:

Wednesday, February 15, 8:30pm
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth, REDCAT hosts two nights of rarely played music – some of which is performed for the first time in Los Angeles. The CalArts New Century Players join forces with the CalArts Orchestra to open the festival with a program of large-scale pieces by the American visionary, including Dance/4 Orchestras, Fourteen, Etcetera, Ryoanji, and Renga. REDCAT, located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex, 631 West 2nd St., downtown Los Angeles | $20 / $16 students / $10 CalArts students, faculty, staff

From musicweb UCSD:

Thursday, February 16, 8pm
Violinist Andrew McIntosh and bassist Scott Worthington perform Wolfgang von Schweinitz’s concert-length duo in just intonation, Plainsound Glissando Modulation. University of California San Diego, CPMC Concert Hall, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla | Free

From REDCAT:

Thursday, February 16, 8:30pm
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth, REDCAT hosts two nights of rarely played music – some of which is performed for the first time in Los Angeles. The New Century Players center the festival’s second evening on Cage’s seminal graphic score Fontana Mix – a telling example of the composer’s fascination with the ideas of indeterminacy, chance, and silence. In addition to the original Fontana Mix tape music composition itself, the program consists of instrumental group works composed using the Fontana Mix score by James Tenney, David Behrman, Cornelius Cardew, and others responding to Cage’s benchmark. REDCAT, located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex, 631 West 2nd St., downtown Los Angeles | $20 / $16 students / $10 CalArts students, faculty, staff

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Vladimir UssachevskyFrom LA Composers Forum:

Friday, February 3, 8pm
The Ussachevsky Memorial Festival of Electronic Music, Evening I begins with works by Frances White, HyeKyung Lee, Benjamin Broening, Tom Flaherty, Barry Werger-Gottesman / Bill Alves, and Nina Young. Festival performers include Genevieve Feiwen Lee and Aron Kallay (piano), Tom Flaherty (cello), Cynthia Fogg (viola), Roger Lebow (cello), William Peterson (organ), Gary Bovner (clarinet), Chakisapa and Ullanta the Robot Levin (robots), and the Pomona College Band with Graydon Beeks (conductor). Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont | Free

From Cryptogramophone:

Friday, February 3, 8:30pm
The Jazz Bakery’s Movable Feast Presents Trio M: Myra Melford (piano), Mark Dresser (contrabass), Matt Wilson (drums) in concert. Musicians Institute Concert Center, 1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood | $25 / $15 students

From blue whale:

Saturday, February 4, 7:30pm
blue whale presents a double-bill Saturday night, with the Trevor Dunn / Travis LaPlante Duo at 7:30, and at 9pm Ben Wendel will present his new CD release, with Ben Wendel (saxes, bassoon), Tigran Hamasyan (piano), Adam Benjamin (fender rhodes, piano), Larry Koonse (guitar), Dave Robaire (bass), and Nate Wood (drums). blue whale, 123 astronaut E.S. Onizuka St. Suite 301, downtown Los Angeles | $15

From Sundays Live:

Saturday, February 4, 7:30pm
LACMA Art & Music presents the Eclipse Quartet with vocalist Perla Batalla, performing selections by Ruth Crawford Seeger and Meredith Monk. The Eclipse Quartet is Sara Parkins (violin), Sarah Thornblade (violin), Alma Fernandez (viola), and Maggie Parkins (cello). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., (mid-Wilshire), Los Angeles | $25 / $18 members and seniors / $5 students

From LA Composers Forum:

Saturday, February 4, 8pm
The Ussachevsky Memorial Festival of Electronic Music, Evening II begins with works by Frank Stemper, Benjamin Broening, Eric Moe, Barry Schrader, Frederick Lesemann, and Olivier Messiaen. Festival performers include Genevieve Feiwen Lee and Aron Kallay (piano), Tom Flaherty (cello), Cynthia Fogg (viola), Roger Lebow (cello), William Peterson (organ), Gary Bovner (clarinet), Chakisapa and Ullanta the Robot Levin (robots), and the Pomona College Band with Graydon Beeks (conductor). Bridges Hall of Music, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont | Free

From FaceBook:

Saturday, February 4, 8pm
Open Gate Theatre presents The Moose Heard, “Vondell Vu” – Improvisations with Electronics, curated by Stephanie Cheng Smith, with performers Daniel Eaton (trombone, electronics), Carmina Escobar (voice, electronics, a little bit of salsa dancing), Kristin Thora Haraldsdottir (viola, electronics), and Stephanie Cheng Smith (violin, electronics). Glendale Moose Lodge, 357 West Arden Ave., Glendale | $10

From CalArts:

Sunday, February 5, 4pm
CalArts presents The Long Books: John Cage’s Complete ‘Song Books’, performed in the Main Gallery, L-Shape Gallery, Roy O. Disney Music Hall Foyer, and Main Reception Area. This is a complete performance of the Song Books by John Cage. California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia | Free

From Sundays Live:

Sunday, February 5, 6pm
LACMA presents pianist Bruce Brubaker in a concert of new music by Phillip Glass, Missy Mozzoli, Nico Mulhy, and Meredith Monk. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., (mid-Wilshire), Los Angeles | Free

From the wulf:

Sunday, February 5, 5pm/8pm
Legendary Tokyo guitarist and composer Taku Sugimoto joins Michael Pisaro and the Dog Star Orchestra for two concerts and a grillout. At 5pm, a group of 16 musicians will premiere a new, 50-minute piece co-written by Sugimoto and Pisaro. At 8pm, Sugimoto and Pisaro will take turns playing each other’s guitar solos (Pisaro’s melody, silence and a new piece written by Sugimoto), with grillout in between concerts courtesy of Dr. Hildestad as chef. Taku Sugimoto and Michael Pisaro (guitars) with the Dog Star Orchestra (Winter, 2012): Casey Anderson (computer), Matt Barbier (trombone), Eric KM Clark (violin), Devin Disanto (clarinet), Paul Fraser (trumpet), Kristin Haraldsdottir (viola), Stefan Kac (tuba), Ingrid Lee (piano) Daniel Letourneau (guitar), Heather Lockie (viola), Sepand Shahab (keyboard), Cassia Streb (viola), Christine Tavolacci (flute), and Chaz Underriner (guitar). the wulf, 1026 South Santa Fe Ave. #203, downtown Los Angeles | Free, donations accepted

From Open Gate Theatre:

Sunday, February 5, 7pm
From Open Gate Theatre presents the Sunday Evening Concert with GongFarmer and Corey Fogel. Corey Fogel (drums) will begin the evening with a solo set, followed by Gongfarmer – Jim McAuley (acoustic guitars, Marxophone), Andrew Pask (woodwinds), Mary MacQueen (bass, voice, recorders), and Alan Cook (drums, percussion). Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock | $10 / students, seniors, and series performers half price.

From musicweb UCSD:

Monday, February 6, 12pm(noon)
Diagenesis Duo gives its California debut. The duo, dedicated to performing new music, is made up of UCSD cellist Jennifer Bewerse and Montana-based soprano Heather Barnes. This concert will feature the world premiere of two pieces from the Diagenesis American Folksong Project: Just Lonesome by Aaron Jay Myers and Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair by Scott Ordway. They will also perform Hands and Lips of Wind, by Mischa Salkind-Pearl and excerpts from James Kallembach’s 11 Songs to the Poems of Anne Bradstreet, both of which they commissioned and premiered in 2011. University of California, San Diego, CPMC Concert Hall, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla | Free

From FaceBook:

Tuesday, February 7, 8:30pm
The Anthony Shadduck Double Quartet featuring Norton Wisdom will perform at the blue whale. The Anthony Shadduck Double Quartet features Tom McNalley (guitar), Brian Walsh (bass clarinet), Adam Goodwin (contrabass), Alan Cook (drums), Jeff Kaiser (trumpet), Alex Sadnik (alto sax), Anthony Shadduck (contrabass), and Ted Byrnes (drums), with Norton Wisdom performing live painting. blue whale, 123 astronaut E.S. Onizuka St. Suite 301, downtown Los Angeles | $10

From CalArts:

Tuesday, February 7, 8pm
CalArts presents Off the Grid II, an evening of live, improvised electronic music. California Institute of the Arts, The Wild Beast Music Pavillion, 24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia | Free

From Santa Barbara New Music Series:

Thursday, February 9, 8pm
The Santa Barbara New Music series presents a double bill of New Music. The first set will be Anna Abbey, Jim Connolly, and Colter Frazier; a band that is yet nameless. Tunes that are created for this performance and never played again using the Mini Piano, Bass, Voices, Banjo, Bibber box, musical saw. The second set will be PLOTZ!, blending the sounds of Eastern European folk music with progressive rock and creative jazz improvisation, featuring Daniel Rosenboom (trumpet), Gavin Templeton (saxophone), Brian Walsh (clarinet, saxophone), Jake Vossler (guitar), Orest Balaban (bass), and Austin Wrinkle (drums). Muddy Waters Cafe, 508 E. Haley St., Santa Barbara | $8

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Art LandeFrom The Getty

Friday, January 20, 7pm
The Getty Center presents, as a part of the “Pacific Standard Time” initiative, Kalpa and the LAFMS Shoe Ensemble. Kalpa performers include Butoh master Oguri, leading a small company of dancers; musician and composer Yuval Ron, who creates an aural environment with a combination of live and recorded music; and sounds featuring harmonica player Tetsuya Nakamaura. Following the performance of Kalpa, the LAFMS Shoe ensemble, comprised of many of the core members of the Los Angeles Free Music Society, including Dennis Duck, Ace Farren Ford, Joseph Hammer, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Tom Recchion, and Vetza. The artists play a series of duets that seamlessly morph from musician to musician, exposing a constantly evolving palette of musical voices. The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., West Los Angeles | Free, reservations required call (310) 440-7300, parking is $10

From the wulf

Friday, January 20, 8pm
the wulf presents “Lessons I’ve Learned from Tammy Wynette”, an evening of solo and small chamber compositions from the 1960s and 70s about break-ups and make-ups, curated by April Guthrie. This concert will feature music by Karl H. Berger, Luciano Berio, David Koblitz, Barbara Kolb, and Elisabeth Lutyens and includes interludes of peculiar arrangements of Tammy Wynette songs, performed by Stephanie Aston, April Guthrie, Moira Smiley, and Christine Tavolacci. the wulf, 1026 South Santa Fe Ave. #203, downtown Los Angeles | Free, donations accepted

From Jacaranda – music at the edge

Saturday, January 21, 7:30pm
Jacaranda presents “Ring around the Moon” concert, featuring music by Kaija Saariaho, Toru Takemitsu, Henri Dutilleux, and Chinary Ung.
The Performers include Gloria Cheng (piano), Jonathan Moerschel (viola), Eric Byers (cello), Michael Kudirka (guitar), the Lyris Quartet, Elissa Johnston (soprano), Kathleen Roland (soprano), Jacaranda Chamber Ensemble, and Mark Alan Hilt (conductor). First Pres of Santa Monica, 1220 Second St., Santa Monica | $35, $15 students

From FaceBook

Saturday, January 21, 8pm
The Third Annual San Diego Guitar Show happens this Saturday, featuring Bill Orcutt (Harry Pussy), Rob Crow (Pinback, Mission:Valley), Bill Wesley (Array Orchestra), Sam Lopez (Zsa Zsa Gabor), Jon Calzo (DJ Tenshun, Skrapez), Aaron Legrow (Dead Animal Mod, California Bleeding), and The League of Assholes featuring Marcelo Radulovich, Bobby Bray, Frank Melendez and Randy Chiurazzi. The Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego | $6

From FaceBook

Saturday, January 21, 8pm
Fais Do Do proudly presents Accordion Babes Revue – Los Angeles Winter 2012 Edition, is a night of diverse musical revelry celebrating the accordion, featuring Accordion Babe Pinup Calendar girls Mrs. Hobbs of Ketchup Soup, Renee de la Prade, and Amber Lee Baker. This is the fourth indie release of the provocative, girl-powered, ultimate tribute to the squeeze box, created by Renee de la Prade. The Accordion Babes Album & Pinup Calendar is sultry, sexy, sassy, silly, sweet, and impassioned. The women are not only beautiful, they are damn fine musicians, playing one of the world’s greatest instruments. The evening’s audience will be enchanted by three calendar girls and will be joined by a multi-musical line-up from the alternative accordion scene that has colored Los Angeles music in recent years. From blues to punk, experimental to jazz, Latin to gypsy, Bulgarian to Klezmer, opera to cabaret—this ain’t your grandfather’s accordion music! The evening’s festivities will include performances by Count Smokula, Danny Kopel, Cat Hair Ensemble, Rattlesnake Charm School, Salt Petal, Demonite Na Khaosa, Ketchup Soup, AK & Her Kalashnikovs, Renee de la Prade, Timur & the Dime Museum, Amber Lee Baker, Seeing Thingz, Dorian Wood, 2-Bit Opera, princessFrank & the Killsisters, Amy Denio Trio, and The Shpil. Fais Do Do, 5253 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles | $10 advanced, $15 at the door

From CalArts

Saturday, January 21, 8pm
CalArts presents a rare collaboration and appearance in L.A. by two jazz legends, Art Lande and Albert “Tootie” Heath! Both musicians are cultural treasures, having worked with many of the greatest artists in jazz history. The first set will be a four movement piece by four different pianists. Performers include faculty and alumni of CalArts: Art Lande, David Roitstein, Cathlene Pineda, and Rory Cowal. The second set will be a dedication to Eddie Marshall, a dear friend of Art Lande and Tootie Heath. Lande and Heath will play some free improv, some standards, and some of Marshall’s music. California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Pkwy., Valencia | Free

From FaceBook

Saturday, January 21, 8:30pm
TIME LAPSE & GUTTER TRUNK Present : A Night of The Machines III, with live performances by BIZZART, Eyes Of March, Secta Erah, Dracula Spacecraft, Igor Amokian, Big Epoch, and HMS Collective, with New Art by Tawee Kiva. , 16000 Strathern St. #102, Van Nuys | $5 byob

From FaceBook

Saturday, January 21, 8:30pm
Fab’s Corner Cucina presents the Joe Bartone Ambient Quartet, featuring Joe Bartone (guitar), Brandon Schmidt (bass), Kyle O’Donnel (tenor sax), Mike Lockwood (drums). Fab’s Corner Cucina, 4336 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks |

From FaceBook

Sunday, January 22, 8pm
Open Gate Theatre and the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock present Voices Unwound: a concert of vocal exploration, featuring Odeya Nin (voice), Robert Een (voice, cello), Will Salmon (voice, flute), and Antony DiGennaro (prepared guitar). Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock | $10 / $5 seniors, students, series performers

From MetalJazz

Tuesday, January 24, 9:30pm/11:30pm
Postfusion-funky Ohm guitarist Chris Poland may be best known for his ’80s Megadeth trailblazing, but he started as a jazzbo, and he’s versatile enough to be juicing the late set with PolCat, a quartet featuring the truly outstanding Chicago gutjazz saxist Frank Catalano. the Baked Potato, 3787 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Studio City | $20

From MetalJazz

Thursday, January 26, 10:30pm
Lap-steel guitarist Paul Lacques and Double Naught Spy Car are taking the checkered flag on their Thursday surf & crank instrumental residency, not just a pit stop — draining the oil, canceling the insurance, and that’s more than enough automotive metaphors. Taix Restaurant, 1911 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake | Free

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From FaceBook:

Saturday, January 7, 8:30pm
Fab’s Corner Cucina proudly presents the Joe Bartone Ambient Quartet, featuring Joe Bartone (guitar), Trevor Steer (Moog, keys), Mike Lockwood (drums), and Kyle O’Donnel (tenor sax). Fab’s Corner Cucina, 4336 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks | more info here

Sunday, January 8, 7pm
Open Gate Theatre Sunday Series and the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock present the Vinny Golia Sextet and The Curiosities. Vinny’s sextet features Vinny Golia (woodwinds), Daniel Rosenboom (trumpet), Gavin Templeton (alto sax), Alex Noice (electric guitar), Jon Armstrong (bass guitar), and Andrew Lessman (drums). The Curiosities is comprised of Seattle-based Amy Denio (multi-instrumentals, vocals, performance art), Emily Hay (flute, vocals), NYC-based Lucio Menegnon (guitar), Brad Dutz (drums), and Kio Griffith (video art). Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, Los Angeles | $10/students, seniors, and series performers half price.

From Monday Evening Concerts

Monday, January 9, 8pm
Monday Evening Concerts presents one of the most extraordinary works to come out of Vienna in recent years, Klaus Lang’s einfalt. stille. (“simplicity. quiet.”), offering a mesmerizing hour-long venture through cloudscapes of sound created by flute, female voice, viola, and percussion. The performance features a rare appearance by the astonishing Russian singer Natalia Pschenitschnikova, as well as Andrew McIntosh (viola), Jonathan Hepfer (percussion), and Alice Teyssier (flute). Colburn School, Zipper Concert Hall, 200 South Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles | $27, $12 students, tickets available here

From Santa Barbara New Music Series

Thursday, January 12, 8pm
The Santa Barbara New Music Series presents “Call and Response” and the C#4. “Call and Response” is a program that features Dottie Grossman (poems), Michael Vlatkovich (trombone), and Rich West (drums, percussion). The C#4 ensemble brings together Charles Sharp (reeds), Anthony Shadduck (bass), Jeff Schwartz (bass), and Trevor Andries (drums), along with a guest appearance by Rich West (percussion). Muddy Waters Cafe, 508 East Haley St., Santa Barbara | $8

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    From the wulf:

    Friday, December 16, 8pm
    the wulf, a space dedicated to experimental arts, presents Burdocks, Stones, Sticks: a concert of three works of Christian Wolff for a large ensemble, curated by Christine Tavolacci. The performers include Ezra Buchla, Archie Carey, Carolyn Chen, Eric km Clark, Daniel Corral, Corey Fogel, April Guthrie, Orin Hildestad, Anna Inuzuka, Mari, Adam Overton, and Laura Steenberge. the wulf, 1026 South Santa Fe Ave. #203, downtown Los Angeles | Free, donations accepted.

    From OCCCA.org:

    Saturday, December 17, 3pm
    The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art and URCK Records present the Santa Ana Noise Festival III, featuring music by Phog Masheen, Cold Grey Eye, AstroNovazz, Jesus is Dead, +DOG+, D!&P¡ , SISSISTERS, Concrete Shiva, Ain Soph Aur, Sloppy Cock, Endometrium Cuntplow, Yuko Imada, Six Mystic Points, XSXCXEXBX, The Black Scorpio Underground. There will be a Pot Luck so bring some grub, a Noise Swap meet so bring music and gear to trade/sell, and Noise artists bring your art for display. DJ and visual projections will be had, as well. OCCCA (located in the Santa Ana Artist Village), 117 North Sycamore, Santa Ana | Free, bring food for Pot Luck.

    From FaceBook:

    Saturday, December 17, 7pm
    (the) Handbag Factory presents An Evening of Sound Servitude, featuring Bastard Noise (Artz and Wood), Winters In Osaka (from Chicago), Actuary, Bacteria Cult, GX Jupitter-Larsen, Amps For Christ. (the) Handbag Factory, 1336 S. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles | $5

    From Beyond Baroque:

    Monday, December 19, 8pm
    Beyond Baroque hosts Festival Eternal Tour and Ensemble Vide in their production, Deserting Las Vegas, an experimental performance with music, text and dance, in one prologue and four acts, for six performers. Deserting Las Vegas is a project bringing together musicians, dancers, singers, artists and intellectuals. The booklet and the music have been written for this occasion. The performance presents itself as a work in progress, involving the interpreters in the process of creation. Freely inspired by Bertold Brecht’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, this piece stages characters in search of meaning, torn between their contradictory desires to think, entertain themselves and make money. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, Los Angeles | $7

    From Molly Malones:

    Monday, December 19, 9pm
    Molly Malones presents an evening of unique and original music by Drawing Caves, AK and her Kalashnikovs, and PLOTZ!. AK and her Kalashnikovs features Alissa Kueker (vocals, violin), Sebastian Steinberg (upright bass), princessFrank (percussion), Jake Bluenote (guitar, mando, banjo), Isaac Shankler (accordion), Danny Graziani (violin). PLOTZ! features Daniel Rosenboom (trumpets), Gavin Templeton (saxophones), Brian Walsh (clarinets, saxophones), Jake Vossler (guitar), Orest Balaban (bass), Austin Wrinkle (drums). Molly Malones, 575 South Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles | $8

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