Los Angeles Scene

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From MetalJazz.com

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 5pm, workshop/masterclass with Steve Coleman and Five Elements
Wednesday, Sept 21, 9pm, performance by Steve Coleman and Five Elements
Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka #301, LA

From Camerata Pacifica

Tuesday, Sept 20, 8pm, Huntington Library, San Marino
Thursday, Sept. 22, 8pm, Zipper Hall, Colburn School, LA
Camerata Pacifica performs: Crumb’s Vox Balaenae for 3 masked Players: Electric Flute, Electric Cello, and Amplified Piano; DeMey’s Musique de Table for Percussion; Reich’s Sextet for Percussion and Keyboards.

From MetalJazz.com

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 8pm
Atwater Crossing ATX, 3245 Casitas Ave., Atwater
Drones and strange noises by electro-mechanical artists Jason Kahn (based in Switzerland), Devin Sarno, and Damien Romero

From Angel City Jazz Festival 2011

Thursday, Sept. 22, 8:30pm set, 10pm set > The Necks
at Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka #301, LA
Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms.

Friday, Sept. 23, 7pm at LACMA
Larry Karush Quintet

Saturday, Sept. 24, 9pm
Echoplex, 1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park
Burkina Electric with Lukas Ligeti and special guest D.J. Spooky

Sunday, Sept. 25, 8:30pm
REDCAT, downtown LA
Theo Bleckmann shares the bill with Todd Sickafoose and Tiny Resistors


Thursday Sept. 22, Friday Sept. 23, Saturday Sept. 24 at 8:30pm
REDCAT, downtown LA
New Original Works Festival, Week Three:
Tandem & Timur and the Dime Museum: Zoophilic Follies
Michel Kouakou/Daara Dance: Sack
Victoria Marks: Medium Big Inefficient Considerably Imbalanced Dance

From Carlsbad Music Festival 2011

Friday, Sept. 23, 5:30-9:30pm
red fish blue fish, Calder Quartet, Build, Vicky Chow, and Mandobasso perform at various venues during the Village Music Walk, Carlsbad Village.

Saturday, Sept. 24
12noon – Musicians from red fish blue fish, Build, the Calder Quartet and more perform Terry Riley’s minimalist classic In C in a site-specific interpretation spread across the Village Faire courtyard.
1:30pm – Carlsbad Village Theatre concert with Vicky Chow, piano
5:30pm – Carlsbad Village Theatre concert with Penelope
9pm – Carlsbad Village Theatre concert with My Brightest Diamond

Sunday, September 25
12noon – Burkina Electric with Lukas Ligeti in concert, Village Faire
1:30pm – Carlsbad Village Theatre concert with Build and Florent Ghys
5:30pm – Carlsbad Village Theatre concert with Calder Quartet


Saturday, Sept. 24, 5pm
Kings Road Park Pavilion, 1000 North Kings Road, West Hollywood
SASSAS presents sound. at the Kings Road Park Pavilion: John Schneider’s Just Guitars. Just Guitars is a program designed for adapted guitars and voice by internationally recognized guitarist and composer John Schneider. Consisting of works by renowned composers Lou Harrison, Terry Riley and Ben Johnston as well as two works composed by Schneider, this program unites several works composed specifically for Scheinder’s re-fretted National Steel Guitar tuned using just intonation.

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From FaceBook events:

Thursday, Sept 15, 7pm
The Battery Books & Music, 1005b Mission St., So. Pasadena
Free improv incorporating musical elements of the past, present, and future (or vice versa), featuring: Haskel Joseph, guitar; Daryl Tewes, electric bass; Bruce Friedman, trumpet/mutes.

Saturday, Sept 17, 6pm
Royal T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City presents:
Support: Artists Unite for Japan – Opening Reception
Musical performance by Motoko Honda & Jesse Gilbert featuring ‘Spectral GL’
DeaTS: funky beats by JDILLA and live trumpet by Spencer Ludwig
… DJ Snorlax
Proceeds will benefit the Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund.

From People Inside Electronics:

Saturday, Sept. 17, 8pm
MiMoDa Dance Studio, 5772 W Pico Blvd.(enter thru Paper or Plastik Cafe), LA
New Music for String Quartet and Electronics featuring the Eclipse Quartet, with new works by Jason Heath, Panayiotis Kokoras, Zeena Parkins, Kotoka Suzuki, and Dan Visconti.

From FaceBook Events:

Saturday, Sept. 17, 8:30pm
the Handbag Factory, 1336 So. Grand Ave., LA, presents:
Noise Show, presented by love earth music, featuring:
+DOG+, AMK, Phog Masheeen, Conscious Summary, Black Artiodactyla, Pretty Agony, Modern Concert, Motordrone.

From SASSAS.org

Sunday, Sept. 18, 1pm (load-in at 12:30pm)
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock
SASSAS and the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, presents soundShoppe
Join us for a special presentation by John Schneider on Just Intonation for guitars. He’ll also play a little Patch, and talk about the Lou Harrison, Terry Riley and Ben Johnston works he’ll be performing on September 24 as well as lead a few “just” exercises.
soundShoppe @ Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock is a monthly unstructured sound workshop/noise jam for experimental musicians and sound artists presented by SASSAS and Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock.

From FaceBook Events:

Sunday, Sept. 18, 11am-7pm
Road Concert on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles Road Concerts
At 2pm, Rebeca Hernandez (choreographer) will lead three other dancers in an experimental site-specific performance, with music accompaniment by the experimental duo, Comfort Zone (Breeze Smith, percussion; Oz, Chapman Stick) at the Sunset/Vermont Metro Station in Hollywood.
Los Angeles Road Concerts presents a showing of site-specific projects from over 100 LA artists in unused public outdoor spaces along the entire length of Sunset Boulevard’s 24 miles, from Downtown to the Pacific Ocean. For one day, artists will perform works, display installations, facilitate car pool happenings and make music… in public spaces such as sidewalks, traffic islands, parking lots, as well as inside the audience’s cars as they traverse one of LA’s most iconic boulevards. The audience self-curates, deciding how long they want to spend at each participating artist’s spot, or to skip spots or drive at different speeds between destinations as they journey from one end of Sunset to the other, arriving eventually to a beach reception at the ocean just before sunset. The road concert can easily be experienced by bus, bicycle and walking, and artist-driven carpools are available.

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Events in Los Angeles

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From Los Angeles New Music:

SCREAM Festival

January 27, 2010 from 6pm to 7pm – REDCAT $20/$16 Student with ID From the REDCAT website: Co-presented with the Southern California Resource for Electro-Acoustic Music Global music forms meet the digital surge of the 21st century as the Ka… Organized by REDCAT | Type: performance

Rats, Missincinatti, and Just-Intoned Voices

January 27, 2010 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm – Donald R. Wright Auditorium Pasadena Central Library From the Pasadena Creative Music website: Tonight’s concert opens with the world premiere of composer Cat Lamb’s Branches for just-intoned singers performed by a female choir assembled especially for… Organized by Pasadena Creative Music | Type: performance

KaiBorg CD Release Concerts!

January 28, 2010 from 8pm to 10pm – Metro Galleries From the Facebook event page: KaiBorg CD Release Concerts! Celebrating the release of their CD, “Harvesting Metadata.” San Diego, Bakersfield, Ventura KaiBorg is: David Borgo: soprano and sopranino… Organized by Jeff Kaiser | Type: performance

Steve Horowitz and the Code Ensemble

January 29, 2010 from 8:30pm to 10:30pm – REDCAT From the REDCAT Website: “If I were hired to score the picture today, I would hope that my score would come out sounding the way that Steve’s does.” David Shire “Invasion is an amazing journey throu… Organized by REDCAT | Type: performance

KaiBorg CD Release Concerts!

January 30, 2010 from 8pm to 10pm – San Buenaventura Artists Union From the Facebook Event Page: KaiBorg CD Release Concerts! Celebrating the release of their CD, “Harvesting Metadata.” San Diego, Bakersfield, Ventura KaiBorg is: David Borgo: soprano and sopranino… Organized by Jeff Kaiser | Type: performance

Steve Horowitz and the Code Ensemble

January 30, 2010 from 8:30pm to 10:30pm – REDCAT From the REDCAT Website: “If I were hired to score the picture today, I would hope that my score would come out sounding the way that Steve’s does.” David Shire “Invasion is an amazing journey throug… Organized by REDCAT | Type: performance

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Megasound Releases and Tours

Megasound is a new Italian label soon to launch. They have two recent releases, both highly recommend. A USA tour may follow this summer.

Neo is an italian Jazz-punk-blues trio and have released Water Resistance.

Tribraco is a jazz-rock quartet, with a first album “Cracking the Whip.” In August 2009 they had a tour in Sardinia, were they played with Roscoe Mitchell (The Trio) from Art Ensemble of Chicago, at the Sant’Anna Arresi Jazz Festival “Ai confini tra Sardegna e Jazz 009”.

With both of the bands we are organizing a tour all over the USA on summer 2010, 7.500 mi, more than 20 cities, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., New Orleans.

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9th Annual New Music Festival at Cal State Fullerton

From Los Angeles New Music:

The 9th Annual New Music Festival at Cal State Fullerton March 7th-13th, 2010 features works by composer/pianist in residence Frederic Rzewski and American Classics: Cage, Feldman, Carter plus works from American Women Composers: Augusta Read Thomas, Amy Williams, Pamela Madsen and Carolyn Yarnell performed by world renowned pianists specializing in contemporary music: Frederic Rzewski, Ursula Oppens, Gloria Cheng, Kathleen Supove and the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo.

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Expo 70 at Metropolis Underground October 20

From Syracuse’s Metropolis Underground:

Expo ‘70 is the main driving improvisational essence of Justin Wright. Having started the project in Los Angeles in 2003, Wright has pushed his project to new levels, releasing a number of albums as cdr’s and 2 full-length albums. Expo ’70’s first album “Animism”, which debuted in 2007 on Kill Shaman, is an eclectic mix of krautrock, ambient drone, space exploration and minimal compositions. Comparisons range from Brian Eno, Ash Ra Tempel, A.R. & Machines, SunnO))) and Earth, but not directly sounding like any of those artists in their entirety.

Wright’s recent release “Black Ohms” on Beta-lactam Ring Records brings new life to the term drone. A world of sounds that catches the listeners subconscious and drifts them to alien lands and foreign terrain while maintaining a dreamlike quality with shifting melodies and moods. Mostly comprised of single guitar improvisations, Wright manifests rich textures and brooding low end passages full of energy that tend to sound like long synth compositions akin to early Tangerine Dream and early minimalist composers like Terry Riley.

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October Point of Departure

Bill Shoemaker’s Point of Departure has a new issue out.

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker
What’s New?: The PoD Roundtable
A Fickle Sonance: a column by Art Lange
The Book Cooks: The Philosophy of Improvisation by Gary Peters (The University of Chicago Press; Chicago, London)
Digging: The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music, by Amiri Baraka (University of California Press)
Far Cry: a column by Brian Morton
Moment’s Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings
Ezz-thetics: a column by Stuart Broomer
Travellin’ Light: Jamie Saft
Future Shock: a column by Kevin Patton

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SFEMF 2009: 10th Anniversary Show Begins

The tenth annual San Francisco Electronic Music Festival will take place Wednesday, September 16th through Saturday, September 19, 2009 at Brava Theater.

This year, SFEMF consists of four evenings of stimulating performances by internationally recognized artists and musicians in the electronic music field. In celebration of it’s 10th Anniversary, the festival will feature four of the original SFEMF organizers (Miya Masaoka, Pamela Z, Ed Osborn, and Donald Swearingen) – one on each of its four evenings.

2009 SFEMF artists are:

Mason Bates
Frank Bretschneider (Berlin)
Preshish Moments
Maria Chavez (New York)
Joan La Barbara (New York)
Lukas Ligeti (New York)
Miya Masaoka (New York)
Amy X Neuburg
Ed Osborn (Providence, RI)
Gino Robair
Donald Swearingen
Mark Trayle (Los Angeles)
Pamela Z

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Upsilon Acrux’s European Tour

Tour dates are available (via the link) from Upsilon Acrux:

Upsilon Acrux (Los Angeles, CA, USA), an instrumental quintet (dual guitars, keyboards, bass and drums), is one of the most creative, original and sonically spellbinding bands on the U.S.A.’s thriving post-punk, avant-garde rock scene. Cuneiform Records has just released Radian Futura, the band’s sixth album of explosive, intense and surprisingly beautiful intricate, instrumental rock, which is generating praise and attention for the band in the music press. But in addition to such acclaimed recordings, Upsilon Acrux is reknown for presenting brutally intense live shows. Based on the West Coast, the band is a regular on the circuit of L.A.’s legendary venue, the Smell, where it continues to develop its uncompromising sound. Upsilon Acrux has shared the stage with such acts as The Boredoms, The Ruins, Mission of Burma, the Locust, Don Caballero, Bad Dudes, the Fucking Champs, Dillinger Escape Plan, Cattle Decapitation, Black Heart Procession, Hella, Lightning Bolt, Marnie Stern, Flying Luttenbachers, Orthrelm, Time of Orchids, Experimental Dental School, Truman’s Water and Mick Barr. Never seen on stage before outside the USA, the band will tour Europe for the first time ever in September and October 2009. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of Upsilon Acrux’s legendary live performances in Continental Europe and the UK!!

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