Monthly Archives: March 2012

Blue Whale presents
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012  |  213.620.0908


Mark  DeClive Lowe  piano
Miguel Atwood Ferguson  viola
Trevor Ware  bass
Dexter Story  drums
Dwight Trible

Many jazz musicians will tell you that they prefer not to work with singers, because most jazz singers lack the ability to improvise, have no understanding of musicianship, nor any of the other traits usually associated with making jazz music – one of the more interesting and exciting musical genres today.

Dwight Trible is a singer who combines the best of vocal virtuosity with musicianship and improvisational skills to the delight of audiences and musicians alike. In addition to performing with his own group, The Dwight Trible Ensemble, Dwight is the Vocalist with Pharoah Sanders Quartet; he is also the vocal director for the Horace Tapscott Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra.

Not a newcomer to the music scene, Dwight has worked with such notables as Oscar Brown Jr., Bobby Hutcherson, Charles Lloyd, Billy Childs, Kenny Burrell, Kenny Garrett, Steve Turre, Harold Land, Harry Belafonte, Della Reese, Norman Conners, as well as contemporary soul artists like LA Reid and DJ Rogers. Dwight’s collaborations with Horace Tapscott, Billy Higgins, Kamau Daaood and others have produced some of the finest musical moments in Los Angeles in recent years – and his best is yet to come!

Like his mentors, Dwight is not content to use his music to just entertain people, although he is quite a dynamic performer. He uses his music to bring people together, to bridge the gap between the races, and to heal the human heart. He has received numerous awards for his humanitarian efforts.

Dwight Trible website

BlueWhale website


Blue Whale presents
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012  |  213.620.0908 

The all acoustic Gonzalo Bergara Quartet plays a modern variant of 1930’s Django Reinhardt-inspired Gypsy Jazz. Composer and lead guitarist Bergara mixes cascades of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina and is supported by an ace clarinetist and a honed rhythm section. Bergara is fiery and focused, while the hard-swinging band takes the audience for a ride.

-Best Jazz Band in Los Angeles – Los Angeles Magazine 2007

-Editor’s Pick 2008 – Guitar PLayer Magazine

-2 Time Finalists in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition 2010 Latin and World categories

-Djangofest Artist of the year 2009

Gonzalo Bergara website

BlueWhale website

Body Weather Laboratory presents
MARCH 16/17/18 2012
1416 Electric Ave, Venice, CA, 90291

Flower of the Season 2012 Dance Performances

duo dance

Friday, March 16 & Saturday, March 17 @ 8:00PM

OGURI [Venice] 


CHISEL cross genre gig

Sunday, March 18 @ 4:30PM and 5:30PM (two sets)

OGURI dance


Admission: $15 (free parking)
Sunday’s performance is a “sliding-scale” admission. Pay what you can.


Body Weather Laboratory presents Flower of the Season 2012. Now in its 8th year, Flower of the Season produces outstanding dance within a deeply considered, minimal yet encompassing approach to space and theatricality and well known artists.

Andres Corchero studied theater, miming and circus, trained with Odin Teatret, Shushaku and Dormu Dance and performed in Barcelona before travelling to Japan in 1986. He joined Mai-Juku, the dance company directed by Min Tanaka, and toured internationally. He returned to Spain in 1990 and received the National Dance Award in 2003 from the Culture Department of Catalonia, in recognition of his professional career. He currently combines his work as artistic director and performer of Raravis dance company with teaching in the Barcelona Theater Institute.

Oguri, based in Los Angeles since 1991, is an internationally recognized dancer and choreographer, whose site-specific and theater pieces have received numerous awards. Oguri and Corchero began their professional careers together in the same dance troupe in Japan and have inspired and assisted each other’s work.

Mark Dresser is a central figure in avant-garde jazz for more than three decades. A Los Angeles-native, he emerged out of the vital but often overlooked Southern California free jazz scene in the early 1970s through his work in drummer Stanley Crouch’s Black Music Infinity.

Body Weather Laboratory website

Electric Lodge website

Upstairs At The Market Gallery presents

[MARCH 15, 2012 – APRIL 4, 2012]

1057 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015


UPstairs At The Market Gallery

Curated by Veronica Duarte

April Banks
Xavier Cázares Cortéz
Karla Díaz
David Eng
Carmina Escobar
Kio Griffith
Los Cybrids: John Jota Leaños, Rene García, Praba Pilar
Jim Ovelmen
Joaquín Segura
Gabie Strong
Matt Wardell

March 15 – April 3, 2012

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, March 15, 6:30 – 9:30 PM

“Lookout” by Carmina Escobar + Kio Griffith @ 7:30 PM
“The California Nebula” by David Eng | Sound Artist @ 8:30 PM

West is More explores a series of instances of surpluses and deficits reflected within [American] culture in relation to the world. It is also a glance at present dichotomies and parallels of “East” and “West,” and a contemplation of spatial relations. Playing with the perception of the West as having an advantage over other zones, West is More asks: Is West a concept or a geographic location? Could the West be ‘more’ of a good thing or its opposite? This exhibition allows individuals to decide where the West lies on a value scale. Participating artists in the exhibition, are emerging and established artists from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, and Mexico City whose work portrays where the West stands historically, politically, culturally, or geographically. The West is explored as place: physical, psychological, and political. To the artists of West is More, West might stand for a continent, a country, a city, or simply a state of mind. From their own space in time, they are able to reflect upon this concept, mediating ideas which fall anywhere between a splendorous utopia and an iniquitous hell.

About the curator:

Veronica Duarte is a Mexican-born interdisciplinary visual artist. She holds an MFA from the University of California at Berkeley, and has exhibited her work in the United States and Mexico. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.

In Loving Memory
Ronald Rafael Lopez


Google Maps

UPstairs At The Market Gallery
1057 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Directions: I-10 east to downtown, exit San Pedro; @corner of 11th & San Pedro St. Enter gated parking lot on 11th St.

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 5PM
Saturday – Tba
Tel: 213 746-0646

For more information contact:
Veronica Duarte | Curator:

Joaquín Segura artworks courtesy of Arena Mexico Arte Contemporaneo, Guadalajara, and Yautepec Gallery, Mexico City.

Image: Jim Ovelmen, (detail) “Queens of Sorrow”, animation, 2008.

Upstairs At The Market Gallery website

Gallery Lara presents

[MARCH 14, 2012 – MARCH 24, 2012]

1-3-21-1F Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
東京都港区西麻布1-3-21-1F  |  03.3403.8690  

Kio Griffith
Ichiro Irie
Nobuki Mizumoto
Shinnosuke Murakami
Satoshi Saegusa
Kota Sasaki
Akira Shikiya
Kenichi Yokono

gallery hours : Wednesday to Saturday (水〜土)
12:00〜19:00 or by appointment.
tel 03-3403-8690 fax 03-3403-8670

Gallery Lara website

The Project Salvage Memory presents
[MARCH 8, 2012 – MARCH 25, 2012]

8810 Melrose Ave. 2F. West Hollywood, CA 90069

about the project

Until the day of March 11th 2011, all the photos we have here today were in people’s homes.

After the earthquake hit, a massive tsunami swept away houses, and everything that was inside them. Coastal towns were buried in rubble. Cars, clothes, refrigerators, photo albums: everything was swallowed up and turned to waste as people stood speechless.

As the search for survivors ended and attention turned to the clean up mission, Self-Defense forces, firemen, and policemen who were in Tohoku to help survivors began to pick up photos they found in the mud, and to store them in an elementary school gymnasium. They were not asked to do it, nor did they have a clear sense of their objective. Perhaps they were just desperate to find something in of the rubble that could be saved. Over time, the gymnasium began to fill up with salvaged photographs.

Two months after the earthquake hit, a group called the “Memory Salvage Project” began to sort out the photos and prepare them for return to their owners.
The images were cleaned and digitized by volunteers who came from Tokyo and other parts of Japan.

The images varied in condition, from relatively clean to damaged beyond recognition. Some of the photographs you see here were so badly eroded by bacteria that they could not be cleaned, and therefore could not be returned. But each of these images, kept in a drawers or cabinet, was someone’s treasured memory until that fateful day.

We all take photographs. A few special ones are cherished, and the rest forgotten. We take pictures when we are having fun, when we want immortalize a moment shared with another person. The photographs you see here were also taken under those circumstances. The depth of emotion might vary from snap to snap, but each one captures a point in time that somebody wanted to keep.

What are we supposed to feel and think when we look at these pictures?
Should we be happy that they were found at all, or sad that they will never be returned to their owners? Or should we simply mourn for the dead? The more I struggle to find answers, the more missing pieces I seem to find.

But without looking at the pictures, I don’t think we’ll see anything at all.


Lost & Found Project website

[MARCH 4 -APRIL 18, 2012] show extended to April 18, 2012
11301 Olympic Blvd. #124, Los Angeles, CA, 90064

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.

Featuring: Douglas Alvarez, Michael Arata, Heather Arndt, Terri Berman, Kevin Chan, Jana Cooksey, Shigenori Ebata, Douglas Eisenstark, William Emmert, Rebecca Green, Scott Griffin, Michelle Hall, Walt Hall, Phil Hayes, Poel Hikaru, Jun Hiraoka, Aska Irie, Ichiro Irie, Tomoyuki Iwanami, Keith Knight, Michelle Lai, Kaoru Mansour, Jon Measures, Yuki Miyazaki, Misato Nagare, Eric Nakamura, Aya Niibo, Didi Ol, Daisuke Okamoto, Akeno Omokoto, Kosta Potamianos, Ernie Ramirez, Kazu Tabu, Mayumi Tanaka, Greg Yermakov and more…

Opening reception features a special performance by Shin Kawasaki who will attempt
to sing and play the tune choices!

Balconi Coffee Company website