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CAFEMODE + BALCONI COFFEE COMPANY present
ARTIST RECEPTION NOVEMBER 17, 2013 7-10PM
[NOVEMBER 17 – DECEMBER 17, 2013]
AARON BROWN “Kingdom Plantae”
11301 Olympic Blvd. #124, Los Angeles, CA, 90064

Cafemode proudly presents “Kingdom Plantae” solo show by AARON BROWN

“Kingdom Plantae” is a collection of hortisculptures and other-worldlyscape paintings by Los Angeles artist Aaron Brown who is also known as the giddy country-blues lovin’ general manager at Giant Robot. These leafy trolls set their feet on a path of uncanny eco-sci-fi explorations.

Balconi Coffee Company website

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Grand Star Jazz Club + Cafemode present
NOVEMBER 14, 2013  8pm – midnight
ELOINE + FEEDBACK WAVE RIDERS + BYRNES / CAZAN DUO
943 N. Broadway [Chinatown]  Los Angeles, CA 90012

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SET 1
BYRNES / CAZAN DUO  [8:30pm]

TED BYRNES drums / percussion
SCOTT CAZAN  electronics

SET 2
FEEDBACK WAVE RIDERS 
 [9:30pm]

MICHAEL JON FINK guitar / electronics
ULRICH KRIEGER  saxophones / electronics
ANTONY DIGENNARO guitar / electronics
CHAS SMITH  custom instrumentation

SET 3
ELOINE 
 [10:30pm]

BRYAN DAY  custom instrumentation / electronics

 

curated by Kio Griffith

$10 general cover | first come first serve | arrive early
***$5 (half-price for people who have played the series)

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

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TED BYRNES

Ted Byrnes is a drummer/percussionist living in Los Angeles. An alumna 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 trio with Ulrich Krieger and Wyatt Penn Keusch, a duo with Nicholas Deyoe, a duo with Michael Foster, a duo with Casey Anderson, 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, Alfred 23 Harth, John Wiese, Tim Perkis, Jaap Blonk, Torsten Muller, Kim Myhr, Jim Denley, Lloyd Honeybrook, Chris Schlarb, Mike Watt, Paul Masvidal, the LAFMS (including Smegma, 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.

http://www.tedbyrnesdrums.com/

SCOTT CAZAN

Scott Cazan is a Los Angeles based composer, performer, creative coder, and sound artist working in fields such as experimental electronic music, sound installation, chamber music, and software art where he explores cybernetics, aesthetic computing, and emergent forms resulting from human interactions with technology. His work often involves the use of feedback networks where misunderstanding and chaotic elements act as a catalyst for emergent forms in art and music.

Scott has performed and received numerous commissions with international organizations such as The LA County Museum of Art, MOCA (Los Angeles), Issue Project Room (NY), Feldstarke International (with CENTQUATRE, PACT Zollverein, and Calarts), Ausland (Berlin), Art Cologne, Ensemble Zwischentöne, The University of Art in Berlin, Toomai String Quintet, Southern Exposure (San Francisco), Guapamacátaro (MX), the BEAM Festival (UK), REDCAT (Los Angeles), Machine Project and many others. He has collaborated and performed alongside a variety of artists such as Jason Kahn, Ulrich Krieger, Mark Trayle, Michael Pisaro, Carmina Escobar, Carole Kim, Jana Papenbroock, and many others.

http://www.scottcazan.com/

CHAS SMITH

Chas Smith is a Los Angeles-based composer, performer, and instrument designer and builder who, in the spirit of Harry Partch, creates much of his music for his own exotic instruments. His compositions, which always display his dualistic fascination with the scientific and the sensual, might owe their split personalities to the diverse collection of composers he studied with in the 1970s: Morton Subotnick, Mel Powell, James Tenney, and Harold Budd.

As a performer, Smith regularly appears on feature film scores, playing both pedal steel guitar and his personally designed instruments. (He may be heard on such popular film scores as The Shawshank Redemption, The Horse Whisperer, and American Beauty.) Smith has also been featured on recordings by composer Harold Budd and with Rick Cox and film composer Thomas Newman in the experimental music ensemble Tokyo 77. Smith has performed his own works at various new music festivals and art galleries. His music has been recorded on the Arc Light, Cold Blue, Cantil, MCA, and Straw Dog labels.

BRYAN DAY 

Bryan Day is an improviser, composer, instrument builder, and conceptual artist based in Richmond, CA. Day focuses on intuitive sound performance using unconventional techniques in prepared environments. His instruments are constructed using practical composite designs, combining everyday objects with finished wood and metal forms.

Day has toured throughout the US, Europe, Japan, Korea, Argentina and Mexico, performing both solo as Sistrum and Eloine and in the Shelf Life and Seeded Plain ensembles. He has collaborated with many artists including Takashi Aso, Jim Baker, Federico Barabino, Tore Honore Boe, Dirk Bruinsma, Bunnybrains, Jorge Castro, Maria Chavez, R.P. Collier, Alan Courtis, George Cremaschi, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, John Dikeman, Dino Felipe, Jonathan Fretheim, Nancy Garcia, Carol Genetti, Philip Gayle, Eckhard Gerdes, Greg Goodman, Dereck Higgins, Kommisar Hjuler, Zan Hoffman, Mike Honeycutt, ID-M ‘Theft’ Able, Jun Hyoung San, Darren Keen, Yoshiaki Kinno, Jay Kreimer, Jin Sangtae, Cheryl Leonard, Eric Leonardson, Evan Lipson, Unconditional Loathing, Bob Marsh, Hal McGee, Patrick McGinley, Tatsuya Nakatani, Keith Nicolay, Teaadora Nikolova, Brian Noring, Tom Nunn, Tim Olive, Terje Paulsen, Dennis Palmer, Hal Rammel, Justin Clifford Rhody, Josh Ronsen, Gary Rouzer, Sabrina Siegel, Nicolas Slaton, Matthew St. Germain, Jack Wright, Tsukasa Yagihashi and Toru Yoneyama.

http://www.bryanday.net/bio.php

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Grand Star Jazz Club website

Grand Star Jazz Club + Cafemode present
NOVEMBER 6, 2013  9pm – midnight
TERRENCE MCMANUS + CONCRETE BEDLAM
943 N. Broadway [Chinatown]  Los Angeles, CA 90012

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SET 1
CONCRETE BEDLAM  [9:30pm]

MATT PIPER guitar
ANDREW CAMPBELL bass guitar
FABIO POIAN drums

SET 2
TERRENCE MCMANUS 
 [10:30pm]

solo guitar

 

curated by Kio Griffith

$10 general cover | first come first serve | arrive early
***$5 (half-price for people who have played the series)

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

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TERRENCE MCMANUS

“McManus is one of New York’s latest guitar heroes” -All About Jazz

“I am convinced he represents a new voice on the instrument.” -Gerry Hemingway

“…rich, unconscious empathy……language that takes in everything from free and Noise to the cheery alt rock” -The Wire (UK)

“…subtle, highly textural…” -Time Out New York

“…an improvisational guitarist who’s constantly looking for new, unexpected ways to
make music…He comes off like a 21st century extension of Brian Eno…” -The Trenton Times

“exploring a sonic vocabulary that amalgamates the cool minimalism of a sonic cloud chamber with bursts of the impassioned poetry of a seasoned flamenco or blues practitioner and raw, fascinating sounds drawn from light industry and scientific inquiry or inspired by deep nature. “ -The New York City Jazz Record

“…this performance was hot with its own life force.” -The New York Times

“…really in a great direction! Great to hear.” -John Abercrombie

“McManus is a product of the free-formish improvisational jazz scene and he is able to run with the best of that pack…this kind of freewheeling, minimalist improvisational style is a potent mix of jazz, classical and rock. Drawing equally from Jimi Hendrix, Steve Reich and Derek Bailey, McManus and company seem hell-bent on not only creating a unique group sound, but also redefining the role and accepted notions of their respective instruments.” -All About Jazz New York

http://terrence-mcmanus.com/

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CONCRETE BEDLAM 
is a post-rock texture and groove exploration by three guys listening to each other while you listen to them.

Andrew Campbell – bass guitar
Andrew Campbell is a study in contrasts. While currently a professional musician and composer in the Los Angeles area, he has also worked “in a previous life” at a couple of the world’s top marketing agencies in New York City. In addition to vibrating the low frequencies, Andrew has studied guitar with jazz great Steve Khan and has produced and played on numerous recordings in film and television in the US and around the world.
http://www.beyondorangemusic.com/

Fabio Poian – drums
A native of Trieste, Italy, drummer Fabio Poian has toured across the US, Mexico, Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, and the Czech Republic. In 2007 Fabio won the Under-18 final in the “Drummer of Tomorrow” competition in Bologna, Italy, organized by Mapex Drums. In 2009, he moved to the United States to study at the Los Angeles Music Academy, where he currently works as an ensemble workshop player, in addition to his nearly constant gigging all around Los Angeles.
http://www.reverbnation.com/fabiopoian

Matt Piper – guitar
Multi-instrumentalist Matt Piper became known to many musicians in Los Angeles while presenting music with Rocco Somazzi at Rocco’s first self-named club. As a member of the band World Ambient Symphony, Matt appeared with percussionist Koorosh Daryaie and bassist Daren Burns on their album Random Walk Out of the Sun, playing laptop-computer-mangled guitar and keyboards. This summer he completed his first solo album, a continuous set of original psychedelic electronic dance music called Calibration Tones.

http://www.mattpipermusic.com/
http://mattpiper.bandcamp.com/album/calibration-tones

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Grand Star Jazz Club website