Monthly Archives: June 2014

Grand Star Jazz Club + Cafemode present
JUNE 11, 2014  9:30pm – midnight
943 N. Broadway [Chinatown]  Los Angeles, CA 90012




















Alex Jenkins – drums / percussion
Ross Hammond – guitar
Vinny Golia – saxophone

[9:30pm] will start promptly

curated by Kio Griffith

$5-10 sliding donation | first come first serve | arrive early

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



Due to his in-depth study of the music of different cultures, Alex’s playing transcends musical traditions and boundaries. His expression of rhythm is heavily influenced by his study of Tabla. As a result, Alex has become known for his creative approach to music and his unique ability to fuse rhythmic ideas from various disciplines, into one cohesive performance.


…Free-jazz improvisation with something that’s thematic, a larger thematic idea that’s the undercurrent of the piece. If I’m improvising, I try to play melodies against what’s happening.”

Hammond’s own listening tastes suggest the eclecticism of his compositions. On any given day his house will be filled with the sounds of Joni Mitchell or Iron & Wine or Tarbaby or Iron Maiden. He also stays current with the jazz scene. “I’m constantly hearing music that’s flooring me and I’m trying to stay up on it. I feel like if you don’t stay up on the new music you’re living in a bubble and I don’t want to do that. “


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.


Grand Star Jazz Club website


MATA + Cafemode present
JUNE 18, 2014  10:30pm – 1am
3709 W. Pico Bl. Los Angeles, CA 90019


solo sets by 
JOSEPH HAMMER [tape / electronics]
CARL STONE [computer / electronics]
followed by an extended duo set

performance begins promptly at 10:30pm

curated by Kio Griffith

$5 Donation

3709 W. Pico Bl. Los Angeles, CA 90019



Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has been hailed by the Village Voice as “the king of sampling.” and “one of the best composers living in (the USA) today.” He has used computers in live performance since 1986. Stone was born in Los Angeles and now divides his time between California and Japan. He studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts with Morton Subotnick and James Tenney and has composed electro-acoustic music almost exclusively since 1972. His works have been performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and the Near East. In addition to his schedule of performance, composition and touring, he is on the faculty of the Information Media Technology Department, School of Information Science and Technology at Chukyo University in Japan.


Since 1980 Hammer has operated in a plethora of under-the-radar units such as Dinosaurs With Horns, Joe & Joe, and Points of Friction, but ‘I Love You, Please Love Me Too’ is about the best entry portal to his multi-dimensional world. With a plunderphonic, Cagean appreciation for the infinite textures of AM radio and “mid century sci fi” Joseph weaves arrestingly hypnotic and experimental 3D collages which have utterly commanded our attention. The systolic stream of looped samples bends time and space with a vividly visual and enveloping intimacy, wrapping listeners in an improvised vortex of acousmatic teases and reference points which seem to fold into an inert aural blind spot point just out of view behind the ears.


MATA Noise website

in collaboration with SIDE SHOW BOOKS

[JUNE 8 – JULY 27, 2014]
11301 Olympic Blvd. #124, Los Angeles, CA, 90064


Cafemode proudly presents “Band Of Outsider” group show of art inspired by the French New Wave

The community curating project continues with Side Show Books (Sawtelle North ),a hidden gemshed of rarieties and curiosities with popular fetishes of cherry pickings from the classic film eras, in particular, owner Tony Jacobs has a leaning interest towards the French New Wave. Alongside the posters, photos and books selected by Tony the following artists’s work will be featured:

Nadege Monchera Baer
Helen Chung
David De Boer
Shigenori Ebata
Doug Eisenstark
James Faulkner
Aaron Giesel
Kraig Grady
Rocco Harris
Doug Harvey
Tomoyuki Iwanami
George Joaquim
Le Poel
Josh Madson
Lara Meintjes
John Mills
Yuki Miyazaki
Esmeralda Montes
Misato Nagare
Eric Nakamura
Shinichi Ono
Mike Ott
Mika Soma
Kenneth Wong
Jeni Yang
and more…


Balconi Coffee Company website