7.11.12 » 2 x 4 : :: duos + quartets @ BlueWhale

Blue Whale + Cafemode present
WEDNESDAY  JULY 11, 2012
2 x 4 : :: duos + quartets
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012  |  213.620.0908 

$10 cover for both sets, 21+

set one [9pm]
DAN CLUCAS  trumpet
TED BYRNES  drums, percussion

set two [10:30pm]
BETH SCHENCK  saxophone
DEVIN HOFF  bass
COREY FOGEL  drums, percussion
VINNY GOLIA  woodwinds

art of improvisational music in the configurations of duos and quartets.
non-structured series : volume 1

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set one

Dan Clucas is a trumpet player and composer living and working in Los Angeles. Born in Anaheim, California in 1966, he began playing trumpet at age ten, soon thereafter discovering the music of Dizzy Gillespie, which in turn led to a lifelong study of and respect for the African American music known as jazz. While he strives for individual statement in his music, Clucas also strives to acknowledge the imprint of past masters, from Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington to Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra. He has studied with Bobby Bradford and Wadada Leo Smith, and has performed and recorded over the last two decades with such L.A. luminaries as Nels Cline, Alex Cline, Steuart Liebig, Vinny Golia, Joe Baiza, Rich West, and Michael Vlatkovich, to name a few.

Dan Clucas website

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Ted Byrnes is a drummer/percussionist living in Los Angeles. An alumni of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, he comes from a jazz background and has since made his home in the worlds of free improvisation, new music, electro-acoustic music, and noise.

Ted primarily works in ad hoc improvisational settings, but has standing improvisational groups including: a duo with Han-Earl Park, trio with Jeff Kaiser and Tom McNalley (External Logic Machine), a duo with Gregory Lenczycki, a duo with Jorge Martin, a duo/trio with Paul Stapleton and Caroline Pugh, a trio with Jorge Martin and Anna Homler, among others. Additionally, Ted has played in duo/trio/or ensemble settings with: David Watson, Charlemagne Palestine, Jaap Blonk, the LAFMS (including Airway, Ace Farren Ford’s Artificial Art Ensemble, Rick and Joe Potts, Fredrik Nilsen, Tom Recchion, Vetza, etc), and accompanied FLUXUS artist Jeff Perkins on multiple occasions for his projector/light installations.

Select performances include: granted performance / composition of ‘5×5’, piece commissioned by the City of West Hollywood (6/26/10), and granted by SASSAS and Meet the Composer; ensemble percussion performance at the SASSAS 10th Anniversary concert (9/12/09); Pilgrimage from Scattered Points / Cornelius Cardew Scratch Orchestra (with Steve Roden, Rick Potts, Greg Lenczycki, Dave Muller, Joseph Hammer, Glenn Bach, etc – 3/20/10); in trio with Jaap Blonk and Brian Walsh (3/1/12); large ensemble with David Watson presenting a piece composed for Beacon Arts (2/26/11).

Ted Byrnes website

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set two

Beth Schenck was born in Manhattan, Kansas (aka: The Little Apple). She now resides in New York City (aka: The Big Apple) where she is active as a musician and composer. She is lucky to have traveled all over the world playing music, and even more lucky to have been able to perform and work with great musicians like Jim Black, Andrew D’Angelo, Henry Threadgill, Bill McHenry and many others. Her recent debut recording, “What Shock Heard,” has been described by critics as “frank, beautiful, and, in the end, strangely peaceful.” One might argue that the result is the sound of a soul in crisis and, ultimately, redemption.

Beth Schenck website

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Devin Hoff works the double bass, the bass guitar, and writes songs. He grew up in Colorado, where he did not learn to fish, hunt, ski, or camp, and he did not go to college. 

He is a member of The Nels Cline Singers, Good For Cows, Plays Monk, and the Devin Hoff Platform. In addition, he regularly works with other great musicians, such as Carla Bozulich, Ben Goldberg, Odessa Chen, John Dieterich, Jewlia Eisenberg, Howard Wiley, Steven Bernstein, Carla Kihlstedt, Tony Malaby, Julian Lage, Ron Miles, Mary Halvorson, Jessica Pavone, and many others.

Devin has played on hundreds of recordings and thousands of shows throughout the world. In his spare time he collects (and reads) anarchist books, threatens to become a writer, and volunteers with worthy independent organizations such as the Prisoners Literature Project, the Kate Sharpley Library, and AK Press. He is not now, nor has he ever been, a retired hockey player.

Devin Hoff website

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Corey Marc Fogel (b. 1977) is a drummer and performance artist currently living in Los Angeles, CA. Corey performs and composes in many rock, jazz, noise, folk, and chamber music capacities. His solo work is based around spontaneous encounters with sounds, objects, personalities, textiles, foods, spanning the disciplines of video, dance, and installation.

Corey has been a member of groups like: Missincinatti, The Mae Shi, Gowns, Cryptacize, Barbez, Monstro, The Curtains, Learning Music, Nowcloud, Dominique Leone, 18 Squared. In addition to touring and recording nationally and abroad, Corey has presented his own work with Machine Project, LACMA, Human Resources, The Wulf, The Hammer Museum, and REDCAT.

Corey Fogel website

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As a composer  Vinny Golia fuses the rich heritage of Jazz, contemporary classical and world music into his own unique compositions. Also a bandleader, Golia has presented his music to concert audiences in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United States in ensembles varying dramatically in size and instrumentation. Mr. Golia has won numerous awards as a composer, including grants from The National Endowment of the Arts, The Lila Wallace Commissioning Program, The California Arts Council, Meet the Composer,Clausen Foundation of the Arts, Funds for U.S. Artists and the American Composers Forum. In 1982 he created the on-going 50 piece Vinny Golia Large Ensemble to perform his compositions for chamber orchestra and jazz ensembles.

A multi-woodwind performer, Vinny’s recordings have been consistently picked by critics and readers of music journals for their yearly “ten best” lists. In 1990 he was the winner of the Jazz Times TDWR award for Bass Saxophone. In 1998 he ranked 1st in the Cadence Magazine Writers & Readers Poll and has continually placed in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll for Baritone  & Soprano Saxophone. In 1999 Vinny won the LA Weekly’s Award for “Best Jazz Musician”. Jazziz Magazine has also named him as one of the 100 people who have influenced the course of Jazz in our Century. In 2006 The Jazz Journalists Association honored him with a Lifetime Achievement  Award.

Golia has also contributed original compositions and scores to Ballet and Modern Dance works, video, theatrical productions, and film. As an educator Vinny has lectured on music & painting composition, improvisation, Jazz History, The History of Music in Film, CD & record manufacturing and self-production throughout the  United States, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand and Canada. He currently teaches at California Institute of the Arts. In 1998 Golia was appointed Regent’s Lecturer  at the University of California at San Diego. In 2009 Vinny Golia was appointed the first holder of the Michel Colombier Performer Composer Chair at Cal Arts.

Vinny has been a featured performer with Anthony Braxton, Henry Grimes, John Carter, Bobby Bradford, Joelle Leandre, Leo Smith, Horace Tapscott, John Zorn, Tim Berne, Bertram Turetzky, George Lewis, Barre Phillips, The Rova Saxophone Quartet, Patti Smith, Harry “the Hipster”  Gibson, Eugene Chadburne, Kevin Ayers, Peter Kowald, John Bergamo, George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennick, Lydia Lunch, Harry Sparrney and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra amongst many others.

Vinny Golia website

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