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CAFEMODE + BALCONI COFFEE COMPANY present
ARTIST RECEPTION AUGUST 31, 2014 7-10PM
[AUGUST 31 – OCTOBER 5, 2014]
NO ROOM FOR SQUARES
11301 Olympic Blvd. #124, Los Angeles, CA, 90064

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Cafemode proudly presents “No Room For Squares” group show of Jazz inspired art.
Douglas Alvarez
Michael Arata
Nadege Monchera Baer
Terri Berman
Heyward Bracey
Anita Bunn
Stella Chong
Helen Chung
Doug Eisenstark
James Faulkner
Simone Gad
Tomoyuki Iwanami
Michelle Lai
Christine Lee
Misato Nagare
Le Poel
Norton Wisdom

and more… (if you know what i mean 🙂

with a live set by the amazing
Goh Nakamura!

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Balconi Coffee Company website

Grand Star Jazz Club + Cafemode present
AUGUST 27, 2014  9:30pm – midnight
the velvet frequencies + .5mnk
943 N. Broadway [Chinatown]  Los Angeles, CA 90012

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the velvet frequencies


karrie benoit – vocals
g.e. stinson – beats, electronics, guitar

.5mnk
g.e. stinson – beats, electronics and guitar
steuart liebig – bass, electronics

special guests may appear…

[9:30pm] will start promptly

curated by Kio Griffith

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

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

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https://soundcloud.com/the-velvet-frequencies

https://soundcloud.com/5mnk-1

http://halfmonk.bandcamp.com/

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Grand Star Jazz Club website

Bluewhale + Cafemode present
AUGUST 17, 2014  9pm – midnight
HONDA | SCHENCK | TINER + WALSH SET 5
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012 | 213.620.0908

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HONDA / SCHENCK / TINER:
MOTOKO HONDA 
 [piano]
BETH SCHENCK  [saxophone]
KRIS TINER  [trumpet]

WALSH SET 5:
BRIAN WALSH  [clarinet and bass clarinet]
COLIN BURGESS  [bass]
ALEX NOICE 
 [guitar]
ERIC KM CLARK  [violin]
ANDREW MCINTOSH  [viola]

set times: 9pm + 10:30pm

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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The trio of pianist Motoko Honda, saxophonist Beth Schenck, and trumpeter Kris Tiner performs original compositions and improvisations that explore subtle sonic textures, deeply nuanced lyricism, and a unique take on the idea of “chamber jazz.” Frequent collaborators over the past decade, these three musicians have established wide ranging associations in the jazz and improvised music communities of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.

MOTOKO HONDA

Motoko Honda is a concert pianist, composer, and sound artist who has created a distinctive sound through her holistic approach to music, and her exceptional sensitivity in relating to other art forms and technologies. Employing a “virtuoso technique paired with her intensely imaginative mind” (Susan Dirende, L.A. Splash Magazine), and with stylistic influences ranging from jazz to Indonesian music to contemporary prepared piano with electronics, Motoko’s compositions and structured improvisations are intended to affect the skin, organs and minds of the listener rather than simple recitations of rhythmic and harmonic themes. Called both a “keyboard alchemist” (Chris Barton, L.A. Times), and the “embodiment of a muse” (Greg Burk, Metaljazz), Motoko’s performances transport audiences on sonic adventures that transcend the boundaries and conventions of contemporary music.

www.motokohonda.com

BETH SCHENCK

Beth Schenck is a SF based saxophonist, composer and educator who has worked throughout the United States and abroad. A recent NYC transplant, Beth has performed frequently in the New York downtown scene as a leader and a sidewoman. She has been featured in Andrew D’Angelo’s Big Band and Saxophone Quartet, Vinny Golia’s Large Ensemble, and Andrew Durkin’s “Industrial Jazz Group.” She has also had the opportunity to perform with Greg Osby, Henry Threadgill, Ben Street, Jim Black, Larry Koonse, Gerald Cleaver, Becca Stevens, Trevor Dunn, Cory Smythe and many others. As a composer, Beth has been commissioned to write for Saint Ignatius Loyola School in New York City, Oakwood High School in Los Angeles, the Sunset Jazz Festival in Nagasaki, Japan, and the Women’s Work Festival in New York City. In 2010, Beth released her debut record, “What Shock Heard,” which has been described by critics as “frank and beautiful”, with “solos full of artful logic”. It features Bill McHenry, Matt Wrobel, Eivind Opsivk and Jeff Davis.

www.bethschenck.com

KRIS TINER

Kris Tiner is a California-based trumpet player, composer, and improviser. His playing has been described as “extraordinarily inventive” in Signal to Noise Magazine, and the LA Weekly claims “Trumpeter Kris Tiner can turn barbed wire to beauty.” His music has been performed on five continents, his 50+ recordings have been enthusiastically reviewed in the international jazz press, and he has been recognized with awards from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, Chamber Music America, the International Association for Jazz Education, Montalvo Arts Center, and the Kennedy Center. He is a member of the acclaimed Empty Cage Quartet, and he collaborates with New York guitarist Mike Baggetta in the duo Tin/Bag. Tiner performs with the Industrial Jazz Group, Chris Schlarb’s Psychic Temple, the Los Angeles Trumpet Quartet and the Jeff Kaiser Ockodektet, and has collaborated with Wadada Leo Smith, Vinny Golia, Kraig Grady, Tatsuya Nakatani, Donald Robinson, Nels Cline, Lukas Ligeti, Phillip Greenlief, and Cathlene Pineda. He directs the Jazz Program at Bakersfield College, and is the Trumpet Studio Instructor at CSU, Bakersfield. He is the founder of Epigraph Records, an independent label dedicated to the documentation of new creative music recorded live in Bakersfield.

www.kristiner.com

WALSH SET 5

Walsh Set 5 explores compositions by Brian Walsh that tie melody, improvisation and microtonality together. Sometimes they sing, talk and hiss.

BlueWhale website