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Angel City Arts presents
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2011 8:30PM
THE ECHOPLEX
1822 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026  |  213.413.8200

LUKAS LIGETI  electronics and drums
MAÏ LINGANI   vocals, dance
WENDE K. BLASS  guitar
ZOKO ZOKO  dance
VICKY  dance
DJ SPOOKY  That Subliminal Kid

Doors open at 8:30PM

BURKINA ELECTRIC is the first electronic music group from Burkina Faso, in the deep interior of West Africa. Based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital, it is also an international band, with members living in New York, U.S.A. and Düsseldorf, Germany, as well as in Ouaga. Burkina Electric’s music combines the traditions and rhythms of Burkina Faso with contemporary electronic dance culture, making it a trailblazer in electronic world music. A diverse and talented group consisting of four musicians and two dancers, they collectively participate in the creative process and represent disparate musical genres and sounds from across the globe.

Burkina Electric seeks to enrich the fabric of electronic dance music by using unusual rhythms that are rarely heard and little-known even in much of Africa. This includes ancient rhythms of the Sahel, such as the Mossi peoples’ Ouaraba and Ouenega, but also new grooves of their own creation. The group creates a unique and refreshing musical world that is all their own by incorporating sounds of traditional instruments and found sounds recorded in Burkina Faso. It is truly African electronica, an exploration and fusion of musical styles both experimental and entertaining.

Award-winning singer Maï Lingani, a star in Burkina Faso because of her unique voice and charismatic stage presence, sings in Moré, Dioula, Bissa, and French. Wende K. Blass, one of Burkina’s premier guitarists, contributes soulful guitar melodies. New York-based drummer/electronicist Lukas Ligeti is one of the most up-and-coming concert music composers internationally. Known for his nonconformity, diverse interests, and imagination, he has received commissions from prominent groups such as the Kronos Quartet, the Bang on a Can All Stars, and the American Composers Orchestra. Vicky and Zoko Zoko are skilled dancers/choreographers who bring high energy and sharp moves, and also contribute powerful vocals.

Burkina Electric has performed across the U.S. and beyond at venues such as the Festival Jazz à Ouaga in Burkina Faso, Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, the Newman Center in Denver, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Luminato Festival in Toronto, and the Montreal Jazz Festival, among many others. With choreographer Karole Armitage and her company, Armitage Gone! Dance, Burkina Electric created the work “Summer of Love,” which was performed at Lincoln Center in NYC and at the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Italy. The work was then developed into “Itutu” and was performed in NYC at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival and at Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park; in Monaco at the Opéra de Monte Carlo; and at festivals in Belgium and Germany.

Tonight’s performance features special guest Paul D. Miller aka DJ SPOOKY. Miller is a composer, multimedia artist and writer. His written work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Source, Artforum and The Wire amongst other publications. Miller’s work as a media artist has appeared in a wide variety of contexts such as the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture (2000); the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and many other museums and galleries. His work New York Is Now has been exhibited in the Africa Pavilion of the 52 Venice Biennial 2007, and the Miami/Art Basel fair of 2007. Miller’s first collection of essays, entitled Rhythm Science came out on MIT Press 2004. His book Sound Unbound, an anthology of writings on electronic music and digital media was recently released by MIT Press. Miller’s deep interest in reggae and dub has resulted in a series of compilations, remixes and collections of material from the vaults of the legendary Jamaican label, Trojan Records. Other releases include Optometry (2002), a jazz project featuring some of the best players in the downtown NYC jazz scene, and Dubtometry (2003) featuring Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Mad Professor. Miller’s latest collaborative release, Drums of Death, features Dave Lombardo of Slayer and Chuck D of Public Enemy among others. He also produced material on Yoko Ono’s recent album Yes, I’m a Witch.

This show is 18 and over.

CAFEMODE + BALCONI COFFEE COMPANY present
OPENING RECEPTION: SEPTEMBER 11, 2011  5-10PM
SEPTEMBER 11 – OCTOBER 30, 2011
BALCONI COFFEE COMPANY

11301 Olympic Blvd. #124, Los Angeles, CA, 90064

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORTUNE 100: art inspired from fortune cookie messages  group art show
curated by Kio Griffith

SEPTEMBER 11 to OCTOBER 30, 2011
OPENING RECEPTION: SEPTEMBER 11, 2011 from 5 to 10pm

FREE ADMISSION

BALCONI COFFEE COMPANY
11301 Olympic Blvd, #124 Los Angeles, CA 90064
hand crafted syphon coffee brewing everyday from 10am to 10pm

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FORTUNE 100 is a group show of art inspired by the random message drawn from fortune cookies. All artwork is sized at 8 x 8 inches and priced at $100 each.

Featuring: Douglas Alvarez, Juna Amano, Michael Arata, Daniel Arbizzi, Michelle Borok, Neysa Bove, Peter Brooker, Peter Carvalho, Agnes Chu, Luke Chueh, Shigenori Ebata, Doug Eisenstark, Charles Ellinwood, Bill Farroux, Eddie Garcia, Walt Hall, Clement Hanami, Denise Hung, Aska Irie, Ichiro Irie, Ina Jungmann, Ayumi Kim, Jiwon Kim, Keith Knight, Michelle Lai, Kaoru Mansour, Yuki Miyazaki, Douglas McNamee, Jon Measures, Misato Nagare, Eric Nakamura, Aya Niibo, Didi Oi, Mia Paul, Carol Powell, Hitoshi Saito, J Salvador, Marcee Sanchez, Ray Sato, Angela Song, Ken Tanaka, Mayumi Tanaka, Andrew Taylor, Kelly Thompson, Fred Zolan and more…

Balconi Coffee Company website

Angel City Arts presents
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 8:30 + 10PM
BLUEWHALE
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012  |  213.620.0908    

The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia.

Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms.

Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most mesmerising fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, the fifteen albums by The Necks stand up to re-listening time and time again.

The deceptive simplicity of their music throws forth new charms on each hearing. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks is possibly unique in the world today.

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CHRIS ABRAHAMS

Chris was born in Oamaru, New Zealand but grew up in Sydney, Australia.

He became very active in the Sydney jazz scene in the early eighties playing with modern jazz groups including Mark Simmonds’ Freeboppers and The Keys Music Orchestra. With Lloyd Swanton he formed the 60’s modern jazz-influenced The Benders in 1982. The band broke up in 1985 after having released three albums – E, False Laughter and Distance.

In 1984 Chris recorded and released his first solo piano album – Piano, followed in 1986 by Walk.

In 1985 Chris became a founding member of the Sydney indie rock band The Sparklers. As a result of this, Chris began working regularly with the singer and songwriter Melanie Oxley. Chris collaborated with Melanie, writing songs and producing albums, throughout the nineties. There are five releases with her: Resisting Calm (1990), Welcome to Violet(1992), Coal (1994), Jerusalem Bay (1998) and Blood Oranges (2003).

Chris released a third solo piano album Glow in 2001. This was followed in 2003 by Streaming, and Thrown in 2004.

Chris has collaborated, in both recording and performance, with many contemporary improvising musicians including Burkhard Beins, Mike Cooper and Anthony Pateras. He performs regularly in the improvising music scenes both in Australia and Europe.

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TONY BUCKS

Born in Sydney in 1962, Tony is regarded as one of Australia’s most creative and adventurous exports, with vast experience across the globe. He has been involved in a highly diverse array of projects. Apart from The Necks, he is probably best known as leader of hardcore/impro band PERIL.

Early in his musical life, after having graduated from the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, he became very involved in the jazz scene in Australia, often touring with visiting international artists such as Vincent Herring, Clifford Jordan, Mickey Tucker, Branford Marsalis and Ernie Watts, as well as Australians Mark Simmonds, Paul Grabowsky, The catholics, Sandy Evans and Dale Barlow.

Following time spent in Japan, where he formed PERIL with Otomo Yoshihide and Kato Hideki, Tony moved to Europe, and has involved himself in many projects there, including the development of new “virtual” MIDI controllers at STEIM in Amsterdam.

Tony has played, toured or recorded with, among others, Jon Rose, Nicolas Collins, Tenko, John Zorn, Tom Cora, Phil Minton, Haino, Switchbox, The Machine for Making Sense, Ne Zhdall, The EX, Peter Brotzmann, Hans Reichel, The Little Red Spiders, Subrito Roy Chowdury, Clifford Jordan, Kletka Red, Han Bennink, Shelley Hirsch, Wayne Horvitz, Palinckx, and Ground Zero.

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LLOYD SWANTON

Described by Billboard Magazine as “an outstanding and imaginative Australian bassist and composer”, Lloyd Swanton was born into a large and musical family in Sydney in 1960.

His long-running group, The catholics, has released seven albums, all produced and predominantly composed by him, with three receiving ARIA Award nominations. Their album Simple was nominated for the German Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Award.

Overseas exposure in nearly 40 countries with numerous groups includes countless performances throughout Europe, Canada, the USA, Mexico, India, Cuba, New Zealand, Taiwan, South Korea, Russia, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan.

Swanton is a three-time winner of Best Bassist in the Australian Jazz and Blues Awards.

International artists with whom he has performed throughout Australia include Dewey Redman, Nat Adderly, Clifford Jordan, Vincent Herring, Sting, Jimmy Witherspoon, Margie Evans, Sheila Jordan, Billy Harper, Barney Kessel, Andrew Hill, George Coleman Jr., John Hicks & Carlos Ward, Darrell Grant, Gary Bartz, Phillip Johnston, Jim Black, Tobias Delius and Marilyn Crispell.

Lloyd appears on over ninety albums, including several ARIA Award winners, and has produced four ARIA Award winners by Bernie McGann. Over eighty of his compositions or co-compositions appear on record.

He has composed film and TV scores, including The Beat Manifesto, winner of an Australian Guild of Screen Composers Award for Best Short Film Soundtrack.

For the past twelve years, Lloyd Swanton has hosted Mixed Marriage, a very popular radio program which examines crossings of jazz with other musical styles, on Eastside Radio in Sydney. Listen here.

In his spare time, Lloyd is an avid follower of Australian Football, and a keen collector of Australian Aboriginal art, ice crushers, modernist ceramics, and books on Fellini. He is also gathering historical information on the WWII Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Ambon, where his uncle Stuart died, and on his distant ancestor Theodore Deck, a leading name in 19th Century French ceramics.

The Necks website

 Angel City Jazz Festival website

BlueWhale website