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CAFEMODE + BLUEWHALE present
WEDNESDAY RECEPTION APRIL 17, 2013 7PM-MIDNIGHT
[MARCH 11 – MAY 31, 2013]
BRYAN IDA “LACA”
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012  |  213.620.0908

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curated by Kio Griffith

FREE ADMISSION BEFORE 9PM

$10 AFTER 9PM for Music
Prometheus:
ADAM RATNER guitar
LARRY GOLDINGS keys
LOUIS COLE drums

BLUEWHALE
123 Astronaut E S  Onizuka Street #301 Los Angeles, CA 90012
Weller Court Plaza 3rd Floor
live cutting-edge jazz + artist installations
from 8pm to 2am [Mon-Sat] closed Sundays

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BlueWhale + Cafemode proudly present “LACA” by BRYAN IDA

Bryan Ida’s “LACA” is the second artists’ installation series at BlueWhale.

Artist Statement

In my latest series I wanted to capture the feelings of location and identity with an emphasis on the unique architectural history of Southern California. I reflect the relationships formed within the region between all its divergent cities and communities. I wanted to somehow express the complexity, diversity, and beauty of the region we live in as well as the sense of time that is felt as the city experiences its decay.

This new series of paintings uses round and rectangular shaped panels to explore, interpret and express the energy and flow of this thought process. The round panels are mandalas. These come from the perspective of looking straight up from a city street and seeing the tall buildings converge on a central point. The focal point is the center of the mandala. This viewpoint leads into abstraction as one loses their point of reference, everything turns on itself and the beginning becomes the end

The rectangles are more traditional landscapes with a view from the horizontal perspective where one can see a horizon line and the outlines and forms of buildings that identify a city. The foreground composition consists of colors and forms inspired by short glances, impressions, and photographs of architecture in the Southern California area. I try to contrast the idea of a fleeting unbalanced glance with the balance achieved in stasis.

I use negative space behind the forms to tell as much of the story as possible. The use of negative space for me is about finding a place to fit in; the relationship between what is there and what is not. It speaks of location. The composition is a balance between the negative space in the back and the forms and outlines in the foreground.

To complement these compositions, I’ve developed a technique that layers paint inside thick layers of epoxy, essentially isolating each layer from one another. This physical separation gives a sense of depth, volume and detachment again echoing the city theme.

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Bryan Ida website

BlueWhale website

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Grand Star Jazz Club + Cafemode presents
APRIL 10, 2013  9pm – midnight
RENT ROMUS’ LORDS OF OUTLAND
943 N. Broadway [Chinatown]  Los Angeles, CA 90012

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1st set
Stupid Man Suit [9pm]

RYAN PARRISH baritone sax
MATTY HARRIS baritone sax
MAXWELL GUALTIERI guitar
JAKE ROSENZWEIG bass
MICHAEL LOCKWOOD drums

2nd set
Lords Of Outland [10:30pm]

RENT ROMUS alto / soprano / C-melody saxophones
CJ BOROSQUE trumpet / analog electronics
RAY SCHAEFFER 6-string electric bass
PHILIP EVERETT drums / autoharp / electronics

curated by Kio Griffith

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

GRAND STAR JAZZ CLUB
943 N. Broadway [Chinatown] Los Angeles, CA 90012

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LORDS OF OUTLAND

“Purposeful stuff all the way, played with large doses of powerfully throbbing heart; evident fearlessness in attempting a collective appreciation of the thousands of unexplored facets through which Lady Melody seduces receptive musicians.” 
– Massimo Ricci Touching Extremes

“Safely, if not sanely put, Lords of Outland imagines Jaco Pastorius playing armor outfitted basketball with a band of crazed bassists and saxophonists. The rhythms run amok, the melodies are anything but friendly, and nausea and sickness is sure to follow.”
– Ken Micallef

Saxophonist, composer Rent Romus created the Lords of Outland in 1994 a collective of like-minded musicians focusing on exploring improvisation, melody, noise, and sound art while acknowledging their jazz, rock, and blues roots. The group has developed original music ranging in a series of recordings inspired by abstract socio-political themes as well as authors Frank Herbert, H.P. Lovecraft, Phil K. Dick.

RENT ROMUS
Rent Romus is an American saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, music and performing arts producer, and community leader living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is heavily involved in exploring outside the confines of standard music forms of composition and improvisations in a wide variety of musical settings. He is also focused in presenting and supporting the local experimental and avant-garde community.

From his very beginnings as a student of Jazz while being exposed to the twilight tutelage of Stan Getz he found himself drawn to the outer realms of music. As a producer and artist business activist he runs Edgetone Records a label for all forms of improvisation and experimentation. He is the founder and Executive Director of Outsound Presents under which curates The SIMM Music Series at the Musicians Union Hall on alternate Sundays as well as the long standing Luggage Store Gallery New Music Series every Thursday both in San Francisco, and The Outsound New Music Summit, a national experimental music festival held in the greater San Francisco Bay Area every summer in July.

CJ BOROSQUE

CJ Borosque is a well known bay area based improviser and noise and modern (and video) artist. Her art is a blending of genres pulling from abstract and avant-garde traditions. She is considered locally and internationally as a noiscian, and a visual artist whose home is in the underground music of San Francisco.

CJ Borosque plays tumpet and analog FX boxes configured in a “no-input” design which allows for the creation of sonic feedback and feedback sounds without the use of a typical sound source… her noise projects are currently created using the electrical signal that is within her gear.


RAY SHAEFFER

Ray Schaeffer currently performs on fretless 6 string , fretted 4 and 8 string basses using a host of electronic effects that are incorporated to be part of the instrument. After studying music theory and upright bass in high school and junior college, Ray has performed in a diverse array of ensembles from full orchestra to folk rock bands, and experimental improv groups going back to the 70s.

PHILIP EVERETT

Armed with an array of teachings, Phillip became the leader of various groups over the years. In 1967 he began his first group Ice, a psychedelic R & B group performing music in the style of Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix & Obscure Soul & Blues & funk jazz. The band toured the Midwest in an old black city bus, opened for bands like Canned Heat, and Sweetwater utill the group members went their separate ways in 1972. Many of the members went on to play w/Peter Frampton, Tommy Bolin, Cannonball Adderly, Luther Tucker, Members of the Eagles and other lesser known artists in the one minute of fame category.
Undaunted by the end of his first group Phillip pushed ahead and created Arrival in 1974. This group was significantly different then his early psychedelic R & B days. This progressive rock band featured the electronics of David Toby & bassist Ray Schaeffer.

In 1985 he formed Sound Oasis, a six piece jazz group theat performed at the Vintage Inn in West Oakland for a number of years. His current projects include Tri-Cornered Tent Show, an improvisation group that explores music inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, various group concepts with saxophonist Rent Romus including the Abstractions, and writing experimental country music for his project “White Buffalo, Midwestern Gothic”.

http://lordsofoutland.wordpress.com/

STUPID MAN SUIT

stupid men cheat AZ email jazz man scene. Los Angeles California Street Mountain State play jazz music in case I pump quit. Bungie ban quintet.

http://stupidmansuit.bandcamp.com/

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Grand Star Jazz Club website

CAFEMODE + BALCONI COFFEE COMPANY present
SUNDAY RECEPTION APRIL 7, 2013 6-10PM
[APRIL 7 – MAY 12, 2013]
HOMING PIGEON 「伝書鳩」
11301 Olympic Blvd. #124, Los Angeles, CA, 90064

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Cafemode proudly present “Homing Pigeon 「伝書鳩」” group photo exhibit
by local and international artists

Before Internet and email there were homing pigeons. These pigeons carried messages only one way, to their home. By placing their food at one location and their home at another location, pigeons learned to fly back and forth up to twice a day reliably becoming an important means of communication.

The importance of homing pigeons in the centuries before electronic communications, such as the telegraph and telephone, is seldom recognized. Pigeons carried photographic negatives, documents of breaking news and even medication between hospitals countries apart.
As our means of communication developed into the present hyper-network, today’s homing pigeons have retired from messengers and now trained as racing pigeons. It is thought that racing pigeons rely on the Earth’s magnetic field to find their way home. Some evidence has surfaced indicating that mobile phone towers may be interrupting the birds navigation although no published research has investigated this theory.

The theme of this photography exhibit is an observation of the value of messaging; the sending, the expectations and the challenge of not expecting any return.

いまのようにインターネットや emailが発達する前、伝書鳩(ハト)は重要な通信手段だった。小さく巻いた写真や書類を足に付けた伝書鳩は世界のニュースを伝えていた。現代ではレー ス鳩としての役割だけが残った。レースに参加した鳩の鳩舎に帰ってくる羽数を帰還率という。その帰還率が全体的に年々悪くなっており、レースによっては全 滅するレースも発生しているという。その原因は近年の通信・放送網の拡大で、基地局や携帯の電磁波が多くなり、鳩の方向感覚を狂わせているからだという説 もある。いまは、連絡手段が豊富なだけに返信をもらうのが当たり前だと考えたりしますが、この充実してる通信手段が狂ったらどうなるのだろう。
今回の写真展のテーマは「返事を求めないメッセージ」です。

Balconi Coffee Company website

photo by Michiko Yao

Grand Star Jazz Club + Cafemode presents
MARCH 13, 2013  9pm – midnight
ONIBABA CD RELEASE SHOW
943 N. Broadway [Chinatown]  Los Angeles, CA 90012

ONIBABA  [9PM + 10:30PM]

DAREN BURNS – fretless bass / compositions
VINNY GOLIA – woodwinds
GEORGE MCMULLEN – trombone
WOODY APLANALP – guitar
YASHA PHILIPS – drums
KIO GRIFFITH – live visuals

“And then there’s the stuff that doesn’t quite fit the mold.” – Brick Wahl @ LA Weekly

curated by Kio Griffith

$5 cover (includes free CD)  |  21+  |  first come first serve |  arrive early

GRAND STAR JAZZ CLUB
943 N. Broadway [Chinatown] Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Daren Burns and Onibaba will be performing a show at Grand Star Jazz in Chinatown, coinciding with the release the bands debut CD entitled, “Disintegration of Secrets, Apparitions of Kings”. Giving away CD copies to attendees!

Created by Daren Burns in 2006, Onibaba synthesizes its sound by using elements of the Chicago avant-garde, jazz, rock, world, techno, noise, and classical, to create a new type of fusion that is definitely not the smooth, funky jazz of the 80’s and 90’s, but a new living music. In live performance, the band is also committed to the use of live video images to expand the ensemble from sound to sight. The video doesn’t act as a narrative or as a background, but as a sixth element and contributor to the performance. Onibaba has been selected as one of Brick’s Picks in the LA Weekly multiple times and received the LA County Arts Commission for 2011-2014.

www.darenburns,com

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Grand Star Jazz Club website

Grand Star Jazz Club + Cafemode presents
MARCH 12, 2013  9pm – midnight
THE INDUSTRIAL JAZZ GROUP & QUARTETO NUEVO
943 N. Broadway [Chinatown]  Los Angeles, CA 90012

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THE INDUSTRIAL JAZZ GROUP [9PM]

CORY WRIGHT reeds
DAMON ZICK reeds
BRIAN WALSH reeds
GAVIN TEMPLETON reeds
DANIEL ROSENBOOM trumpet
JOSH AGUIAR trumpet
MIKE RICHARDSON trombone
SAM BEVAN bass
DAN SCHNELLE drums
ANDREW DURKIN compositions

QUARTETO NUEVO  [10:30PM]

CHRISTOPHER GARCIA  percussions of India, Mexico and the Middle East
JACOB SZEKELY  4 & 5 string cellos
KENTON YOUNGSTROM  acoustic guitar
DAMON ZICK  soprano sax / alto flute

curated by Kio Griffith

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

GRAND STAR JAZZ CLUB
943 N. Broadway [Chinatown] Los Angeles, CA 90012

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THE INDUSTRIAL JAZZ GROUP

The Industrial Jazz Group (IJG) is a novel, adventurous big band (currently 17 pieces) showcasing the music of composer Andrew Durkin and the talents of some of the jazz world’s pluckiest, most charismatic players. Frustrated by the limitations of “Jazz, the Institution,” and bored by the mediocrity of much modern pop, the IJG has slowly pioneered the concept of “avant-garde party music”: an idiosyncratic, charming / disarming blend of jazz, rock, cartoon soundtracks, humor, blues, funk, costumes, doo wop, dada, and a lot of other stuff. It’s not really “industrial,” and it’s not really “jazz”: the IJG attempts to demonstrate that music can indeed be complex, sophisticated, sexy, fun, funny, critical, smart, and groovy all at once.

ANDREW DURKIN

Andrew Durkin is a (self-described) hack composer and pseudo-intellectual living in Portland, OR. His main project is the Industrial Jazz Group. He has scored several films and videos, including the award winning shorts “Fish” and “Lunch” by Sarah Jane Shute. He was once a member of the NJ vocal ensemble, The Evelyn Situation, and the experimental pop studio project, Jay’s Booming Hat. Some folks claim that he has written a rock opera, a screenplay, and an innovative arrangement of Stephen Sondheim’s score for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He studied composition with his CD Player, and before that, with his turntable. Durkin’s doctoral dissertation, Decomposition: a Critique of Musical Authorship and Authenticity, may be published someday. In any case, he likes to paint with words as well as sounds, and writes a regular blog (Jazz: The Music of Unemployment) while occasionally poking at a collection of essays entitled The Revolution Will Not Be Linear.

http://www.industrialjazzgroup.com

QUARTETO NUEVO

Quarteto Nuevo was founded in 2001 by master percussionist Christopher Garcia*. This world/jazz/chamber ensembles unique style is the product of the musical diversity of its members who are deeply rooted in the worlds of North and South Indian, Classical, Mexican Indigenous, Folkloric and Jazz music.

The groups live performances and two studio recordings have received critical acclaim and rave reviews from print and internet media:All About Jazz, Downbeat, LA Jazz times, The LA Times, and The San Jose Mercury News to name a few.

Melding the sound of ancient worlds and faraway places with a contemporary groove, Quarteto Nuevo’s music is complex in its structure and sophisticated time signatures but always melodic, accessible, and deeply communicative.

http://www.quartetonuevo.com

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Grand Star Jazz Club website