Monthly Archives: June 2011

Angel City Arts presents
8910 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA, 90232  |  310.559.6300

Cold Blue Music presents composer/performer Christopher Roberts’s Trios for Deep Voices-a powerful, virtuosic, yet extremely beautiful and compelling set of pieces for three double basses. From its rapid passages of devilishly difficult harmonics and unique bowing techniques to its pensive stretches of lyric, vocal-like melody, Trios is a stunning work inspired by the Star Mountains region of Papua, New Guinea, where Roberts lived in the1980s. Performing with Roberts in it’s Los Angeles premiere will be bassists David Young (principal bass of the L.A. Opera Orchestra) and Jim Bergman (also of the L.A. Opera Orch.). Cold Blue Music recently released Trios on CD, garnering the following critical reactions:

“A magnificent piece! There’s nothing like it. Roberts’ voice is truly original.” -Bertram Turetzky, new-music bassist extraordinaire

“An elegantly reverberant, harmonically rich and gracefully delineated composition for resonant strings.” -The Wire

“Quite unusual and quite remarkable.” -Richard Friedman, Producer/Host, KALW’s Music from Other Minds

“Thoughtful music, beautifully worked out … Clear some space in your life, both literally and figuratively, and give it a listen.” -Greg Sandow

“Roberts has arrived at a new American music by traversing the heart of Papua New Guinea.” -Michael J. Schumacher

“This is a visceral work … a unique, original, refreshing, and pertinent set of truly global double bass trio music.” -Bass World magazine

“Remarkable … Recommended.” -Christopher DeLaurenti, The Stranger (Seattle)

For more info about Roberts and the Trios, go to

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Angel City Arts presents
TUESDAY JUNE 28, 2011 8:30PM
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012  |  213.620.0908

by Kazuko Koreyasu


“For a small group, ma-do sounds utterly huge, and that’s a testament not only to Fujii’s writing and technical skill, but also to her cohorts – swirling and unruly at one moment, deft and wiry the next, punchy and rollicking another, their empathy is astounding.” ⎯ Clifford Allen, Bagatellen

This band’s name, like it’s music, has many layers. Ma-do means “window” in Japanese. But “ma” also means “the silence between notes.” Fujii chose the name to show how the music opens to the outside (just like window) and that silence can have more meaning than notes. In an acoustic setting, the group’s absorbing improvisations explore subtle textures and tone colors, using silence and group interaction to build brilliant collages of sound, melody, and rhythm.

Critics and fans alike hail pianist and composer Satoko Fujii as one of the most original voices in jazz today. She is a “virtuoso piano improviser, an original composer and a band-leader who gets the best collaborators to deliver,” says John Fordham in The Guardian. In concert and on over thirty-five albums as a leader or co-leader, the Tokyo resident synthesizes jazz, contemporary classical, avant-rock and Japanese folk music into an innovative music, instantly recognizable as hers alone. Since she burst onto the scene after graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music, Fujii has led some of the most consistently creative ensembles in modern improvised music.

Satoko Fujii website

BlueWhale website

JUNE 25 »JULY 23, 2011
7908 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90404  |  310.586.6488 

New Image Art is pleased to announce “It’s Still Life” opening June 25th, 2011 featuring new paintings by New York based artist, Suzannah Sinclair, and San Francisco artist Augustus Thompson. Both artists work with new creative means of figuration.

Suzannah Sinclair  pulls her inspirations from vintage nudes, Playboy magazines from the 1960s to 70s, her friends, and occasionally even herself. Her ability to render the female subject with softness and light is matched in impact by her insistence on throwing the viewer into the interiors she reproduces.

Suzannah’s intricate play off the patterns and fabric backgrounds to captivate the viewer is beautifully seductive. Post-feminist voyeurism is combined with suggestive poses and an untouchable mystique that glosses over their alienation.

Augustus Thompson’s work is a cinematic rush through the back alley of a young man’s life. Thompson writes, “Whatever happens gets packed into my painting and sculpture. Black culture and rhythm. Love. Being tired and poor while being privileged and white. Interiors by Vuillard. I paint what I can’t articulate.” Although known for portraits that bleed with mortality, Thompson also experiments with abstraction when the need arises.

In the project room: “Instant Messaging” a solo project by Oakland artist Annie Vought. Vought will be showing intricately cutout paper pieces based on text messaging.  A shadow is formed by the letters being set off from the wall thus giving the cutouts a sculptural and spacial  quality.

Annie Vought:
“In this new work I am exploring the way we communicate through text message. Hand written letters can be a very deliberate form of communication. Texting is an instant form of communication, we can respond in realtime to what ever the moment requires. But it is not often a deliberately communicated thought.   We text while we are driving and talking.  Texting has made it possible for us to have constant running narratives with other people about anything and nothing at all. Texting has become a way of filling space. Of being in constant contact with another person while we are alone or board.  I am using real texts of my own and others and meticulously turning these communications into a hand made slow deliberate process. My recreating the texts is an extended investigation on peoples  inner lives and the ways they express their thoughts through writing”.

New Image Art website

MAY 21 »AUGUST 20, 2011
BERGAMOT STATION G1  2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404  |  310.586.6488

The Dark Lining, Marco Brambilla’s first solo museum exhibition, features seven major time-based works from 1999 to the present. Brambilla’s oeuvre consists of complex video installations. Much of his work comprises found film footage edited, layered, and spliced to create compelling new narratives and stunning visual mosaics. With exquisite technical production and seamless editing, Brambilla’s multi-layered tableaux of interconnecting images and looped video blend into an expansive landscape that forms his hallmark style.

The exhibition at SMMoA will feature the premier of Evolution (Megaplex), 2010, a new large-scale 3D video collage, which displays the history of humankind through the lens of cinema. In this never before seen work, Brambilla combines hundreds of clips from genre films that re-enact historical moments as grand spectacle. This cacophony of images is looped and mapped into an infinite three-dimensional environment that scrolls horizontally across time. Evolution emphasizes conflicts through the ages, in a remix that seamlessly moves through past, present, and future, providing a satirical take on the bombast of the big-budget “epic.”

In a poignant work from 2002 titled HalfLife, Brambilla juxtaposes surveillance footage of gamers playing the then-popular video game Counter-Strike with live-feed footage of the game they are playing. By placing the young men in the “cross-hairs” point-of-view while simultaneously capturing their virtual actions inside the game-world, Brambilla highlights the physical displacement and the psychological dislocation inherent in entering the digital world.

Cathedral, 2008, in which Brambilla filmed Christmas shoppers in a Canadian mall, exposes raw footage in a long and slow sequence of kaleidoscopic patterning. The superimposed and multi-layered images transform the mall into a hallucinatory space. Though it resembles an animated stained glass window, the work depicts commerce and conspicuous consumption, and the conflation of a “shoppers’ paradise” with a literal place of worship.

Brambilla’s Civilization (Megaplex), 2008, is dense with imagery and depicts heaven, hell, and in-between, in an epic, almost Dante-esque style, set to an excerpt from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.  His first ‘video mural’ integrates clips into an expansive landscape that continuously scrolls downward, starting with the fires of hell, progressing through to celestial reward. Other works in the exhibition include Wall of Death, 2001; Sync, 2005; and Sea of Tranquility, 2006.

The ambitious installation design of The Dark Lining will mirror Brambilla’s complex visual arrangements where the viewer is led, almost transported, from singular, theater-like stations to open spaces where multiple works present themselves in layered concert with one another. The exhibition at SMMoA is unique from previous installations as this will present multiple significant works from the last decade and illustrate Brambilla’s artistic range and evolution. The exhibition itself, therefore, will function as an artwork—one that is revealed with the audience’s choreographed movement through a well-orchestrated and articulated space.

Marco Brambilla studied film at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, and then worked in commercials and feature films, directing the successful 1993 science fiction film Demolition Man. In 1998, he shifted his focus to video and photography projects as an artist and filmmaker. His work has been exhibited internationally at such institutions as the Kunsthalle Bern, screened at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals, and can be found in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the ARCO Foundation in Madrid, amongst others. Brambilla has been awarded both the Tiffany Comfort Foundation and Colbert Foundation awards for his video installations. He was born in Milan, Italy, and currently lives and works in New York and Los Angeles.

Santa Monica Museum Of Art website

Angel City Arts presents
8910 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA, 90232  |  310.559.6300

Solo trombone piece by Daniel Corral
Matt Barbier

Sequenza XIV for cello by Luciano Berio
Ashley Walters; cello

Duet for violin and alto trombone by Andrew McIntosh
Andrew McIntosh; violin
Matt Barbier; alto trombone


Duet for retuned viola d’amore and retuned bass viola da gamba by Andrew McIntosh
Andrew McIntosh and Roger Lebow

Choral Variations by Edison Denisov
Matt Barbier; trombone
Richard Valitutto; piano

Dark Wing by David Johnson
David Johnson; marimba
Roger Lebow; cello

Charity & donation item: Harmony Project

“The Harmony Project is an award-winning research-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that targets at-risk youth in underserved areas of Los Angeles. We promote positive youth development through on-going year-round music lessons and ensemble participation.

Our mission is:

• To promote the healthy growth and development of children through the study, practice and performance of music.

• To build healthier communities by investing in the positive development of children through music.

• To develop children as musical ambassadors of peace, hope and understanding amongst people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and beliefs.

We accomplish this by: Bringing quality music instruction and ensemble playing to children who otherwise would not have access to it; complementing music education with supporting resources and opportunities; and, fostering a community of families that actively support their children’s growth and development.”

Donation Items: Harmony Project has asked that people donate new/used CDs (especially classical, jazz, Latin) – as long as lyrics are kid-friendly, new/used sheet music, new music supplies*: clarinet and saxophone reeds, rosin, strings.

*Idea of partnering with Stein on Vine and Old Town Music in Pasadena. We list them as a location to buy the above items in publicity materials, and see if they will give a percentage of the sales back to $2 Shows/Harmony Project if more than one item is purchased. (not confirmed)

Description of the vibe and feel of this show: an array of contemporary classical music, solos and duets composed by some of the performers and 20th century composers. Acoustic.


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JUNE 18 – JULY 10, 2011

602 Moulton Ave. Los Angeles, CA, 90031

CALIFORNIA : Adulterated Landscapes and Deflated Icons

Raid Projects is pleased to present CALIFORNIA: Adulterated Landscapes and Deflated Icons, featuring the work of Anthony Ausgang, Brian Borlaug, William Emmert, Aaron Giesel, Susan Logoreci, Jason Manley, Travis Millard, Roland Reiss, Mark Ruwedel, Andrew Sexton, Devon Tsuno.

Curated by David De Boer and Kio Griffith

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 18, 7pm-10pm
Show runs: June 18, 2011 – July 10, 2011

CALIFORNIA: Adulterated Landscapes and Deflated Icons aims to create a dialogue between artworks that represent a disintegrating California landscape and artworks that portray hollywood-bred iconic figures who have often failed to transcend their aging careers. Within this dialogue are questions of which of these has had the greater influence on the culture itself. Inspired by artists who use their local culture as source material for producing bodies of work, this exhibition is responding to the Getty Research Institutes Pacific Standard Time initiative; a multi-venue exhibition that focuses on postwar art in Los Angeles.

For more information about this exhibition please email

Angel City Arts presents
THURSDAY JUNE 16, 2011 8:30PM
8910 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA, 90232  |  310.559.6300

Perpetually inventive quartet of adventurous musicians.  The band’s unique voice is shaped by unbridled imagination and diverse influences that include jazz, free improvisation, world music, and modern classical music.  They collaborate with a facility and playfulness that is rare for an ensemble, giving their musical curiosity room to explode and yielding daring results.  All of these qualities find a home in the band’s innovative and colorful compositions.  Performing live, Slumgum delivers their original music with spontaneity and a blend of grit and finesse.  For the audience, Slumgum’s exhilarating music projects their sheer joy in playing together.



Slumgum website


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