Monthly Archives: April 2012

Blue Whale presents
FRIDAY  MAY 4, 2011 9PM
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012  |  213.620.0908 


Come celebrate my 32nd Bday with me as I premiere my new 11 piece ensemble + Special Guests at my favorite LA Venue!

$20 cover for both sets, 21+

Coco O Malaika (Quadron) (Vocals)
Mia Doi Todd (Vocals)
Jimetta Rose Smith (Vocals)
Jessica Jeza Vautor (Vocals)

Myself (Violin/Viola)
Katisse Buckingham (Flute)
Brian Walsh (Clarinet)
Daniel Rosenboom (Trumpet)
Randal Fisher (Tenor Sax)
Garrett Smith (Trombone)
Charles Altura (Guitar)
Vardan Ovsepian (Piano)
Gabe Noel (Bass)
Zach Harmon (Drums)
Jose ‘Gurri’ Cardenas (Percussion)

We will be playing originals by myself and by artists such as Lauryn Hill, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Flying Lotus, Joe Henderson, unreleased J Dilla, Jaco Pastorius, Robert Glasper, Hermeto Pascoal, Rachmaninov, and many others…


Miguel Atwood-Ferguson is a highly-creative multi-instrumentalist/dj/arranger/composer/music director/producer/educator residing in Los Angeles, California. He has recorded on close to 200 commercially available recordings. As a violist he has appeared with Outkast at the Kid’s Choice Awards on the Nickolodean Channel, Rihanna on the Jay Leno Show and at the 2007 American Music Awards, Christina Aguilera on her 2006 MTV special ‘Back to Basics’ and with John Legend and Kirk Franklin at the 2008 B.E.T. Gospel Celebration. He has also appeared with Shakira, Wyclef Jean, and Gnarls Barkley at the 2007 Grammy Awards, and with Hall and Oates on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Extra, and The Megan Mullally Show and with Pink at the 2008 American Music Awards. In 2009, Miguel was on the season finale of ‘America’s Got Talent’ backing up Susan Boyle. Miguel has also had his own segments devoted to him on the Disney Channel and KCET. Miguel graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in viola performance and has performed in orchestral settings with Wayne Shorter, Stevie Wonder, John Williams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Roy Hargrove, Francisco Aguabella, Chuchito Valdes, Ray Brown, Brad Mehldau, Quincy Jones, James Galway, Vince Mendoza and Henry Mancini among many others. As a studio musician he has recorded for, Erykah Badu, Dr. Dre, John Cale, Barry Manilow, Joss Stone, Bilal, Michael Buble, Rene Olmstead, Common, Randy Jackson, Travis Tritt, Flying Lotus, Raphael Saadiq, and on Ray Charles’ grammy winning album ‘Genius Loves Company’. As a jazz soloist, Miguel has played/recorded alongside Hubert Laws, Billy Higgins, Brian Blade, Alphonse Mouzon, Airto Moreira, Buster Williams, Saul Williams, Dwight Trible, Patrice Rushen, Ndugu Chancler, Mulatu Astatke, Bennie Maupin, Azar Lawrence and Ravi Coltrane. He has performed at top venues around the world and tours Europe regularly. Miguel has very diverse interests and performs/tours and records with ensembles ranging from tango, electronica, avante-garde jazz, classical, hip-hop, to pop music. He has performed on the world famous radio show ‘Worldwide’ hosted by Gilles Peterson on th BBC in London and on local Los Angeles stations KUSC 91.5, KCRW 89.9 and KPFK 90.7. Miguel is building towards having his own orchestra playing music from across the globe with international musicians of peace and love. Miguel also supports his community by doing outreach concerts for kids and volunteering in hospitals and resting homes.

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson website

BlueWhale website


[MAY 6 – JUNE 12, 2012]
WALT HALL “The Forest’s Edge”
11301 Olympic Blvd. #124, Los Angeles, CA, 90064

Cafemode proudly presents “The Forest’s Edge” solo show by WALT HALL.

Within Walt Hall’s introspective landscape is a dense forest inhabited by languorous yet enigmatic folk wakening with the earnestness of life’s dealing with evolving emotions about life, death, art, freedom and responsibility. In some ways, the landscape of ”The Forest’s Edge” is a disconcerting one with no real dwellings in nature, only more or less a vignette that shrouds the creatures in frozen moments. Safe havens don’t exist, and love is never truly unconditional. Happiness, it seems, is the ability to ignore hidden danger. The forest’s edge is the entrance of the unknown without a precise location.

WALT HALL was born and raised in North East Los Angeles. Although an active artist from a very young age, he cut his creative teeth in the world of commercial art restoration rather than the traditional art school. Until 2000 his main focus was music and a series of local punk bands that he formed with friends. Since that time he has returned his creative focus to the visual arts. Although painting is his first and foremost creative method he also employs a wide variety of surfaces, forms, objects, mixed media, and enjoys collecting discarded materials for assemblage work. He paints in oil as well as acrylics and produces work that ranges in size from several square inches to mural sized works on unstretched canvas.

Walt Hall currently lives and works in the San Fernando valley.

Balconi Coffee Company website

The Avant / Garde Diaries  presents
[APRIL 20, 2012 – MAY 6, 2012]
152 North Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Avant/Garde Diaries presentsTransmission LA: AV CLUB, curated by Mike D, an interdisciplinary festival featuring the work of 16 contemporary artists, musicians, designers, filmmakers, and chefs, including Peter Coffin, Jim Drain, Will Fowler, Benjamin Jones, Mike Mills, Takeshi Murata, and Tom Sachs. The presentation will include the international debut of the Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupé and an evening concert and DJ series featuring performances by many special guests, including Santigold.

The 17-day festival will illustrate how audio and visual art forms complement and influence each other, through various exhibitions, concerts, DJ nights, performances, and installations,. The event’s logo embodies Mike D’s artistic concept, depicting the letters A (for audio) and V (for visual) as inextricably fused.

Participating artists: Cory Arcangel; Sanford Biggers; Roy Choi; Peter Coffin; Jim Drain; Jim Drain/Ara Peterson; Family Books, David Jacob Kramer; Will Fowler, Jonah Freeman/Justin Lowe; Ben Jones; Robert McKinley; Mike Mills; Takeshi Murata; Ara Peterson, Public Fiction; Tom Sachs; Sage Vaughn.
For more information

MOCA website

APRIL 25, 2012 6-10PM

Osmosis en Tres Movimiento
[part of “Espuma Cuántica” 4to. Festival Internacional De Danza Contemporánea]

Blvd. Lázaro Cárdenas y Av. Club Rotario, ZONA CENTRO ENSENADA, B.C. MEXICO

“Osmosis en Tres Movimientos” is an experimental dance / live orchestra / video installation co-directed and produced by contemporary artist / ADC Contemporary Art president Marisa Caichiolo and Kio Griffith with dancers and orchestra from the CEARTE [CENTRO ESTATAL DE LAS ARTES ENSENADA]


LACMA with support from Ralph M Parsons Foundation presents
[APRIL 7, 2012 – JULY 31, 2012]

5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036

Photographer Daido Moriyama (Japan, b. 1938) first came to prominence in the mid-1960s with his gritty depictions of Japanese urban life.  His highly innovative and intensely personal photographic approach often incorporates high contrast, graininess, and tilted vantages to convey the fragmentary nature of modern realities. Fracture: Daido Moriyama presents a range of the artist’s renowned black-and-white photographs, exemplifying the radical aesthetic ofarebureboke (grainy, blurry, out-of-focus), as well as the debut of recent color work taken in Tokyo. A selection of his photo books—Moriyama has published more than forty to date—highlights the artist’s highly influential experimentation with reproduction media and the transformative possibilities of the printed page.  In total, Moriyama’s achievements convey the artist’s boldly intuitive exploration of urban mystery, memory, and photographic invention.

Born in Ikeda, Osaka, Daido Moriyama first trained in graphic design before taking up photography with Takeji Iwaniya, a professional photographer of architecture and crafts. Moving to Tokyo in 1961, he assisted photographer Eikoh Hosoe for three years and became familiar with the trenchant social critiques produced by photographer Shomei Tomatsu. He also drew inspiration from William Klein’s confrontational photographs of New York, Andy Warhol’s silkscreened multiples of newspaper images, and the writings of Jack Kerouac and Yukio Mishima.

This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with support from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation.

Organized by Edward Robinson, Associate Curator of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, this is Daido Moriyama’s first solo museum exhibition to be shown in Los Angeles.

Image: Daido Moriyama, Shinjuku #11, 2000, gelatin silver print, 13 1/4 x 9 in., courtesy of Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck. © Daido Moriyama

LACMA website

GIANT ROBOT presents
[APRIL 7 – MAY2, 2012]
Ako Castuera “They Are Us”
2062 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90025

Solo exhibition by Ako Castuera

Ako Castuera often shows at Giant Robot in group exhibitions. This will be her first solo effort at Giant Robot. Castuera’s work involves a look into the past which has brought us into the present. Along with her sweeping watercolor hills and valleys are dinosaurs and prehistoric animals. Castuera relays their significance as a dreaming point as well as their contribution in our ecosystem. Also in this exhibition will be sculptural work also depicting prehistoric animals captured in a modernistic style. Castuera’s work is colorful, dreamy and captures a concept that explains who we are and where we came from.

Giant Robot website

323 Projects presents

[APRIL 6, 2012 – MAY 27, 2012]

(323) 843-4652 or (323) TIE-IN-LA
[The show is open all day and all night, every day of the week]

• 323 Projects is an exhibition venue that exists as a phone number: (323) 843-4652 visitors call to experience contemporary art 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

323 Projects is pleased to present The Patter of Tiny Brains, an exhibition curated by Doug Harvey. For this group show sourced from dozens of contributors, Harvey presents a rotating selection of audio generated by children, up to and including adolescents.

Visitors who call into 323 Projects’ phone number will hear audio ranging from baby noises to musical performances, and a variety of surprising sound recordings performed by kids. In presenting the work of children, Harvey encourages listeners to bring serious, respectful aesthetic attention to works of performance otherwise disregarded as immature and amateur. This exhibition challenges value systems that deem children’s creative output trivial or inconsequential, and instead critically and enthusiastically seeks to reframe the discourse surrounding notions of youth, professionalism, and creative expression.

323 Projects invites you to hear The Patter of Tiny Brains by calling
(323) 843-4652 or (323) TIE-IN-LA

The show is open all day and all night, every day of the week. Visitors are encouraged to call back often to hear audio tracks, as works will rotate throughout the course of the exhibition.

The Patter of Tiny Brains – Contributing Artists 

Alejandro Cohen’s HeArt Project class
Lone Ranger (Andy Sykora & Blake Baxter)
Marlo Irani
Anonymous vocalist from Edendale Post Office
Mannlicher Carcano
Susan Chafe & Luke Chafe
Dolphin Explosion
Amy Drezner
Naomi Dunker & Zac Dunker (recorded and edited by Julie Dunker)
David Fenster & Friend
Goodness Nhlengethwa
Haron Abbas Mansour, Shiran Davidi, & Lee Korenfeld, coordinated by Maria Ana Sampaio Nunes
Kevin Braddock, John Knight, Eric Konst (recorded by David Greenberger)
Lauren Michele Kasmer
Billy and Mia Kheel
Kio Griffith
Lili Bernard and Family
James Livingston
L. Souris Hong-Porretta
Emily Mast
Dave Muller
Nic Waterman
Norabelle Greenberger (courtesy David Greenberger)
Pitywood Trio
Sim Sadler with the voice of Lexi Renée Sadler
Zoe Scott (submitted by Dustin Scott)
Jason Strickler
Stephanie Taylor, with vocals by Milena Muzquiz, Jose Luis Blondet, Charles White Elementary Chorus
The Fitzbergs (original, recorded 1996, courtesy David Greenberger)
Luca Veca (courtesy Mark Dean Veca)
Lucas & Friends

323 Projects website