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ADC Contemporary Art + Cafemode present
AUGUST 23, 2013  8pm – 11pm
MY HAWAII magnetic tape and 7-inch record release party with special guests
2525 Michigan Ave., Unit F2 Santa Monica, CA 90404

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1st set
GARY FUKUSHIMA + TIM PHILLIPS [8:00pm]
Wurlitzer piano + modular synth

2nd set
MY HAWAII [9:00pm]

YOHEI SHIKANO organ, guitar, vocals
JUSTIN DEMING guitar
DAN SHEEFF bass
JENS KUROSS marimba, organ
GRANT LOVELACE keyboards
MILES SENZAKI percussions and drums

with DJ Trever Baade
spinning exotica and field recording etc…

curated by Kio Griffith

Free Concert
in conjunction with Seichi Kiyohara exhibition

ADC CONTEMPORARY ART + BUILDING BRIDGES
2525 Michigan Ave., Unit F2 Santa Monica, CA 90404

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What happens when you put five inventive musicians in a studio, add an eclectic mix of instruments and stir? You get My Hawaii, a refreshing fivesome who started making music together sometime around 2009. They got so lost in making music and recording their sounds, they almost didn’t get around to sharing their ingenious treats with the world. Lucky for us, they are now giving us a taste in the form of an EP set for a Spring 2013 release. “Definition of Friends” was recorded at two studios in LA—The Kitchen and Grandma’s Dojo—during 2012, and the world will be glad they didn’t keep these sounds in the oven.

How do you describe My Hawaii? You can’t pigeonhole these guys—this band takes everyday Betty Crocker ingredients to create dishes worthy of Julia Child. The band grew from Yohei Shikano’s dozens of recording projects, many for other bands and musicians. From a catalog of recording sessions, this core group—Justin Deming, Miles Senzaki, Jens Kuross and Daniel Seeff—morphed into a band of their own, soon drawing crowds to their shows in and around LA. Taking the name from a song of the same name by 60s blue-eyed soul faves The Rascals, My Hawaii also draws inspiration from the Beach Boys, Arthur Lyman, Paul McCartney and Harry Hosono. Their unique blend of mesmerizing melodies and tuneful lyrics are now set for release.

As a band and as individual personalities, My Hawaii is open and welcoming, often including guest musicians in addition to the original five. Their shows are just like their makeup: lots of different instruments to create lots of different sounds. Go to one of their shows and don’t be surprised to see a harmonium, cassette tape player and melodica as well as the expected guitars, bass and drums. These guys simply love to make music and that love comes through in their performance. You just cannot help but feel absorb their energy and let their warmth envelop you.

As if working tours for Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Yoko Ono, booking a multitude of recording sessions, performing in successful live shows and releasing a record aren’t enough, the guys in My Hawaii also score films, including live-scoring, testing their talents in other arenas. You just never know what this creatively driven band will do next!

http://myhawaii.bandcamp.com/
http://garyfukushima.net/

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ADC Contemporary Art + Building Bridges website

West Los Angeles College Art Gallery presents
THURSDAY RECEPTION SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 6-10PM
[SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 – OCTOBER 5, 2013]
NO REGION WOULD

9000 Overland Ave. Culver City, CA 90230

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featuring

Christy Roberts
Nick Brown
Dan Callis
Ryan Callis
Shigenori Ebata
Douglas Eisenstark
Chie Fujii
Yi Gao
Rema Ghuloum
Yeo Kaa
Kohl King
Leora Lutz
Kaoru Mansour
Merkin
Max Razdow
Satoshi Saegusa
Nicolas Shake
Mike the PoeT
John Wiese

curated by Kio Griffith

OPENING RECEPTION: September 5, 2013  6-10pm
LENGTH OF SHOW: September 5 to October 5, 2013

WEST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE ART GALLERY
9000 Overland Ave. Culver City, CA 90230

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West Los Angeles College Art Gallery proudly presents “No Region Would”

“No Region Would” is a mondegreen. It’s a mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase as a result of near-homophony, in a way that gives it a new meaning.

The title may trigger a reference to a popular song or a novel depending on which side of the 20/21 century fence the mind is leaning on. Experiences could ripple into catharsis as woeful foundations pull out momentarily to expose possible engagements to feast on. Artists were chosen by trusted coincidences; upon opening a car door, called by a lost connection, salvaging discarded work, random findings on a bookshelf, hesitant pause in a  conversation, drive-by sightings, ear candy, accidental phone call, chance and an echo.

As the title suggests the capacity of an idea is being played out in free association, personal referential space, challenges of hierarchy, territory, and fidelity of sound.

*flyer image by Aaron Griffith
“Alexander Graham Bell demonstrates his electronic bong, c1878”

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Grand Star Jazz Club + Cafemode present
AUGUST 28, 2013  9:30pm – midnight
DEVIN SARNO solo + HANS FJELLESTAD + G.E. STINSON
943 N. Broadway [Chinatown]  Los Angeles, CA 90012

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1st set
DEVIN SARNO solo bass [9:30pm]

2nd set
KUNKIK 
 [10:30pm]

HANS FJELLESTAD  synth
G.E. STINSON  guitar / 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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DEVIN SARNO

Devin Sarno began “CRIB” in early 1990 as a solo bass sound project focusing on improvised subsonics. Over the better part of a decade, this music has evolved from high volume feedback experimentation to a sonic examination of the meditative properties of low-end drone music. The music of Devin Sarno has been described as:

“A rich and genuinely beautiful music. If, on one hand, this sound is one of foreboding, its resonance, on the other, is deeply seductive.”
• Motion UK

While Rolling Stone.com notes:

“It’s contemporary classical music with an indie rock sensibility and will find fans in folks who grew up digging noise bands but are looking for something a bit more beautiful to trip out on in adulthood.”

Sarno has toured both coasts of the United States, sharing concert bills with artists as diverse as: Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth), Charles Gayle, Z’EV, Nels Cline, Foetus, Merzbow, Borbetomagus, Blonde Redhead, Pauline Oliveros, Masonna, Ben Harper, Gus Gus, William Hooker, Kato Hideki, Carla Bozulich, Banyan (feat. Mike Watt & Stephen Perkins) & more.

http://www.devinsarno.com
G.E. STINSON

Birthplace: Kingfisher, Oklahoma.
Early life: migratory nomadic. Chicago at 13, hears Bo Diddley on car radio, purchases guitar. Learns to play blues listening to Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, etc. Works/hangs out with Cash Mccall, Willie Dixon, etc. ’60s erupt. Flirts with success as blues rock guitarist. Experiments with other music forms. Starts learning Charlie Parker tunes. Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew” alters direction. Starts improvising.

1974: co-founds Shadowfax. Relocates to Los Angeles. Success and eventual dissatisfaction.
1989: jettisons into Los Angeles underground music community. Still refining extended technique, frequency manipulation and laptop pulse programming.

https://soundcloud.com/halfmonk
HANS FJELLESTAD

Los Angeles musician and filmmaker Hans Fjellestad tours and records extensively as a solo artist and in collaboration with numerous players on the experimental music scene in over a dozen countries. A “mad scientist improviser” (International DJ Magazine) and “master of analogue synthesis” (The WIRE), his music has been described as “unbridled sonic freedom … raw, almost shamanic energy that embodies the true essence of unrestricted music” (XLR8R). As filmmaker, Hans is best known as the director of the feature documentary, MOOG, about electronic music pioneer Robert Moog and the currrent Showtime documentary SUNSET STRIP.

http://www.hansfjellestad.com/

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Grand Star Jazz Club website