Monthly Archives: February 2013

Body Weather Laboratory presents
MARCH 1/2/3 2013
1416 Electric Ave, Venice, CA, 90291



OGURI – dance


WADADA LEO SMITH – trumpet / composition

FRIDAY March 1 » 8:00pm
SATURDAY March 2 » 5:00pm + 8:00pm
SUNDAY March 3 » 3:00pm

Purchase Tickets:

General Admission: $22 [presale] $25 [day of show]
Students & Seniors: $20 Children (under18yrs): $17 [no presale, ID required]

Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Ave.
Venice CA 90291

Free parking at Electric Lodge
Flower Of The Season 2013 is
produced by Body Weather Laboratory and Arcane Collective

supported by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles County Arts Commission,Metabolic Studio, CalArts and the Electric Lodge


Body Weather Laboratory and Arcane Collective present Flower of the Season 2013. Now in its 9th year, Flower of the Season produces outstanding dance within a deeply considered, minimal yet encompassing approach to space and theatricality. This year, the series introduces the exquisite work of Yasunari Tamai and Oguri. Music composed by Wadada Leo Smith. Live music performed byWadada Leo Smith‘s Golden Quartet.

OGURI-Artistic Director/Choreographer

A native of Japan, He joined famed dancer Min Tanaka’s company, Mai-Juku, in 1985. Oguri was a founding member of Body Weather Farm where for five years, he lived, worked, and hosted annual international art festivals. A resident of California since 1990, 1998 Oguri produces full-evening solo and ensemble work in the theater, improvises with musicians, works site-specifically in nature and urban landscapes, develops multi-media works, and collaborates with sculptors, painters, poets, literature, daily life imagery and simple materials to transform space and time with dance. Oguri teaches and performs worldwide. Oguri has received numerous grants and awards. 2005 Irvine ‘Dance: Creation to Performance’ grant for his evening length work “Caddy! Caddy! Caddy!, William Faulkner Dance Project” which toured in November 2009 with a NEA grant.

YASUNARI TAMAI-Choreographer

Born in Tokyo, joined Min Tanaka’s Mai-Juku dance group in 1983. From 1986 to the present he has been a resident of the Body Weather Farm in Hakushu, practicing organic farming and dance. He performs nationally and internationally as a member of Min Tanaka’s Tokason dance troupe and presenting solo work. He received a grant from Japan Arts Fund for his solo dance work, Don Quixote on the Mountaintop at Sogetsu Hall, Tokyo.


Trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser have been active in creative contemporary music for over forty years. His systemic music language Ankhrasmation is significant in his development as an artist and educator.

Born in Leland, Mississippi, Smith’s early musical life began in the high school concert and marching bands. At the age of thirteen, he became involved with the Delta Blues and Improvisation music traditions. He received his formal musical education with his stepfather Alex Wallace, the U.S. Military band program Sherwood School of Music and Wesleyan University. Mr. Smith has studied a variety of music cultures: African, Japanese, Indonesian, European and American.

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Grand Star Jazz Club + Cafemode presents
FEBRUARY  19, 2013  8pm – midnight
943 N. Broadway [Chinatown]  Los Angeles, CA 90012



VINNY GOLIA woodwinds
ALEX CLINE drums / percussion

curated by Kio Griffith

$10 cover | 21+ | first come first serve |  arrive early

943 N. Broadway [Chinatown] Los Angeles, CA 90012



Thollem is a perpetually traveling musician, sharing his time between North America and Europe, performing/recording as a soloist, in collaboration with many other individuals and groups, as well as leading large ensemble improvisation/collaboration workshops. His music is diverse, approaching each concert and project uniquely, resulting in dramatically new and different outcomes. Not long after birth, Thollem began studying the keyboard repertoire from the medieval to the 20th century. With degrees in both piano performance and composition, he quit school to dedicate his time to grassroots political movements and ecological restoration projects. In 2005, he returned to music as his full focus, incorporating his experiences into his compositions, improvisations and teaching.  Thollem has performed piano concertos with symphonies, played in West African drumming troupes, Javanese gamelan ensembles, punk bands, with many free improvisation groups, and as a “comproviser” for modern dance and film. He is the founding director of Estamos Ensemble, a Mexican-American cross border ensemble for musical exchange.  He is also the lead singer of the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti, as well as The Hand To Man Band with John Dieterich and Mike Watt.  Last year he released 6 albums including a trio album with Nels Cline and William Parker.

Thollem observes, “I make music that I hope stimulates the mind and the body, that’s sexy and athletic and revolutionary and spiritual and loving and that will shake people awake, starting with me first.”


Haleh Abghari is a native of Iran and has performed internationally as a singer and actor.  The NY Times hailed her work in Georges Aperghis’ Recitations for Solo Voice as “a virtuoso and winning performance,” and the Washington Post described her voice as “. . . high, dry, sweet and piercingly pure soprano.”  She has performed at the Monadnock Music Festival, the IFCP Festival, and the CrossSound Festival, EtnaFest, Teatro Manzoni, and SoundRes in Italy.  She has appeared and/or recorded with ensembles including the NY New Music Ensemble, Cygnus Ensemble, Sequitur, Bent Frequency, and Fred Ho’s Afro Asian Music Ensemble.
Abghari has created original music and performance pieces and received a Fulbright Grant to work on the music of Kurtág in Budapest.  She worked as a music programmer and host for WNYC and WQXR.

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.


Alex Cline began playing the drums at age eleven, first in rock bands with his twin brother, guitarist Nels Cline. Alex’s interest in a larger sonic vocabulary caused him to gather a large family of percussion instruments that he has been heard playing mainly in the “jazz” and “new music” genres. After beginning a musical association with woodwind artist Jamil Shabaka in 1976 as Duo Infinity, Alex Cline’s musical activities began to flourish. In 1977 Cline became a member of Vinny Golia’s group as well as the Julius Hemphill Trio (along with Baikida Carroll, a unit which toured Europe and recorded that year), formed the electric improvisational trio Spiral (with Nels Cline and synthesizer player-multi-instrumentalist Brian Horner), and began performing solo percussion concerts.


Grand Star Jazz Club website