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Grand Star Jazz Club + Cafemode present
MAY 22, 2014  9:30pm – midnight
THE DECISIVE INSTANT / SUN RA CENTENNIAL CONCERT
943 N. Broadway [Chinatown]  Los Angeles, CA 90012

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THE DECISIVE INSTANT


CO-DIRECTORS: David Martinelli, Jeff Schwartz, & Charles Sharp

WOODWINDS: David Adler, Steve Bowie, Ken Luey, Charles Sharp, Alexander Vogel
TRUMPET: Bruce Friedman, Chris Schell, Dawn Webster, Dave Williams
TROMBONE: Ed Weiss
TUBA: William Roper 
GUITAR: Jonathon Grasse & Angelo Metz 
BASS: Jeff Schwartz 
KEYBOARDS: Scott Dibble
PERCUSSION: Alan Cook, David Martinelli, Jonathon Saxon, Tom Steck
Special guest: Cheryl Banks-Smith (dancer/vocalist formerly with the Sun Ra Arkestra)

curated by Kio Griffith

$10 donation | first come first serve | arrive early

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

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Our book is all Sun Ra compositions in new arrangements, including rarely performed pieces from “Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy” and “Lanquidity.”

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Grand Star Jazz Club website

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Bluewhale + Cafemode present
JUNE 2, 2014  9pm – midnight
BYRNES | STEWART-ROBERTSON | WICK | PARKER
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012 | 213.620.0908

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TED BYRNES  [drums / percussion]
OWEN STEWART-ROBERTSON  [guitar]
JACOB WICK  [trumpet]
JEFF PARKER  [guitar]

curated by Kio Griffith

$10 cover for both sets  |  21+

BLUEWHALE
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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TED BYRNES

Ted Byrnes is a improvisor/drummer/percussionist living in Los Angeles. An alumnus 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, electro-acoustic music, and noise. Ted plays in a variety of circumstances, but plays occasionally with: Ulrich Krieger, John Wiese, Airway (LAFMS), Alfred Harth, Jaap Blonk, Torsten Mueller, Nicholas Deyoe and others.

www.tedbyrnesdrums.com


OWEN STEWART-ROBERTSON

Owen Stewart-Robertson is, among other things, a native of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, a guitarist, composer, educator, performer, a formerly active member of music scenes in, chronologically, the Maritimes, Montreal, Cincinnati, and New York City, a mild claustrophobic, a participant in ensembles including VaVatican, Old Salt, This Sporting Life, Evelyn, Teenage Burnout, Make A Circus, Jason Ajemian’s HighLife and Folklords, Katherine Young’s Pretty Monsters, a founder and director of experimental music label Prom Night Records, a brother of 3, a former student of a wonderful guy named Mick Goodrick, and an enthusiast of enthusiasm. Owen currently resides in Los Angeles, where he enjoys walking, long bus rides, and making music with Jacob Wick and Ted Byrnes.

owenstewartrobertson.com


JACOB WICK

Jacob Wick is an artist and improviser who lives in Los Angeles. In spring of 2014, he led a three-day workshop at Bucareli 69, an artist-run space in Mexico City, on the subject of “other options.” Instrumentalists and composers were invited to consider and imitate the expressiveness of nonhuman entities through a variety of aural and improvisational exercises. Objet a, a duo recording with guitarist Shane Perlowin of Ahleuchatistas, was released on Prom Night Records in May 2014.

www.jacobwick.info


JEFF PARKER

“I’m mainly a guitar player. I like to make music in many different ways. I think music opens doors. Some of the bands I play/have played with: Tortoise, Chicago Underground, Isotope 217º, New Horizons Ensemble, A Cushicle, SpliceCat, Moment Of Inertia, TriColor, Brian Blade Fellowship, Joey DeFrancesco Trio, Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds, Powerhouse Sound, Fred Anderson Quartet, Joshua Redman Elastic Band, a.o. I sometimes lead projects of my own: they usually are simply called “Jeff Parker” or “Jeff Parker _____ (trio, quartet, organ quartet, etc.) and may consist of myself performing alone or with small or large aggregates of various configurations…”

http://www.jeffparkersounds.com/

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