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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

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

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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

MATA
3709 W. Pico Bl. Los Angeles, CA 90019

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CARL STONE

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.

http://www.sukothai.com/

JOSEPH HAMMER

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.

http://www.josephhammer.com/

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MATA Noise website

Grand Star Jazz Club + Cafemode present
APRIL 23, 2014  8pm – midnight
LAK//PENSADO//GELINEAU
943 N. Broadway [Chinatown]  Los Angeles, CA 90012

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STEPHANIE LAK voice/electronics/tape/video
ANDREA PENSADO voice/programming/electronics
JENIFER GELINEAU violin

curated by Kio Griffith

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

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

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STEPHANIE LAK

Stephanie Lak resides in San Francisco, Ca. and is originally from Massachusetts. Her current performances are centered around sound collage, field recordings, restless electronics, tapes, objects, voice and video. She is a repeat collaborator, improvisational performer and multi-instramentalist who is an active multidisciplinary visual artist. As an artist, Stephanie is influenced by the natural world, a digital one and through video, paintings, sketchings and photos she captures, creates and designs interactions between the two.

http://stephanielak.bandcamp.com/ http://stephanielak.wordpress.com/

ANDREA PENSADO

Andrea Pensado works with sound as a performer, programer and teacher.She has been using digital media and live interactive musical systems since 1995. She studied in Argentina and Poland. At first, she composed mainly for acoustic instruments. However, she felt gradually more attracted by different sound realms. Today, the abrasive digital noise of her improvisations is far away from her earlier pieces. Harsh dense layers of sounds, often interwoven with her voice, combine hybrid synthesis techniques to create a highly personal sound language, which reflects an intuitive, emotional and paradoxically also logical approach to music making. She currently lives in the US.

http://www.andreapensado.com/Andrea_Pensado/Sound_Gallery.html

JENIFER GELINEAU

Jenifer Gelineau is a Western Massachusetts arts advocate, teacher, violinist and performer.

http://jenifergelineau.wordpress.com/about/

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Grand Star Jazz Club website

FILM MOIRE
an improvideologue

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木村由/KIMURA YU dance
小林豊美/KOBAYASHI TOYOMI flute
MARCOS FERNANDES percussion, phonography
KIO GRIFFITH visuals

Sakura WORKSさくらWORKS<関内>
Taisei Bldg. 2F, 3-61 Aioi-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama
横浜市中区相生町3-61 泰生ビル2階 • 045-664-9009
http://sakuraworks.org/
18:30 open / 19:00 start • ¥2000 (w/drink)
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Sakura Works website

Bluewhale + Cafemode present
MARCH 31, 2014  9pm – midnight
NAKATANI : STINSON : OGURI : CAZAN
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012 | 213.620.0908

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TATSUYA NAKATANI  [drums / percussion]
GE STINSON  [guitar  / electronics]
OGURI  [dance]
SCOTT CAZAN  [electronics]

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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TATSUYA NAKATANI

Nakatani’s approach to music is visceral, non-linear and intuitively primitive, expressing an unusually strong spirit while avoiding any categorization. He creates sound via both traditional and extended percussion techniques, utilizing drums, bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects and bells, as well as various sticks, kitchen tools and homemade bows, all of which manifest in anintense and organic music that represents a very personal sonic world. His approach is steeped in the sensibilities of free improvisation, experimental music, jazz, rock, and noise, and yet retains the sense of space and quiet beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music. His percussion instruments can imitate the sounds of a trumpet, a stringed instrumentor an electronic device to the extent that it becomes difficult to recognize the source of the sound. He has devoted himself to a musical aesthetic where rhythm gives way to pulse, often in a way that is not always audible or visible, in currents that incorporate silence and texture.Nakatani’s primary music activities include
solo percussion performance, N.G.O. (Nakatani Gong Orchestra) and collaborations with musicians and dancers both in live performance and recordings.

http://www.hhproduction.org/TATSUYA_NAKATANI_WORKS.html

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

OGURI

A native of Japan, Oguri is an internationally acclaimed dancer who has been described as a master at redirecting the way one sees and encounters the physical environment, his choreography emphasizing the unpredictable. A resident of Southern California since 1990, Oguriteaches and performs worldwide, including site-specific work in nature and urban landscapes – plazas, architectures, and streets – as an improviser and with musicians. He develops multi-media productions using literature, daily life imagery and simple materials to transform space and time with dance.

An artist-in-residence at the Electric Lodge in Venice CA, he conducts Body Weather Laboratory in Los Angeles, a forum for investigating the body and dance (founded by Min Tanaka in Japan, 1978), along with Roxanne Steinberg. Oguri has received support from the California Arts Council, The Annenberg Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project, the Rockefeller Foundation, The Center for Cultural Innovation, The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Arts Partners Program, The Getty Center, and the Irvine Fellowship which supported his 5-year project, Height of Sky, a dance exploration of the California deserts that inspired the documentary, Height of Sky, by director Morleigh Steinberg.
The production of his evening length work “Caddy! Caddy! Caddy!, William Faulkner Dance Project” was made possible by the Irvine ‘Dance: Creation to Performance’ grant and later toured with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

http://arcanecollective.com/artists/oguri/

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.As an active educator he has taught at institutions such as the University of California, Santa Barbara and the California Institute of the Arts and frequently gives lectures and workshops on the intersections between art and electronics.
His music is can be heard on Khalija Records and CareOf Editions.

http://www.scottcazan.com/

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BlueWhale website

Building Bridges Art Foundation + Cafemode present
MARCH 19, 2014  8pm – 11pm
SHARP STONE
2525 Michigan Ave., Unit F2 Santa Monica, CA 90404

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solo sets by
ELLIOTT SHARP [guitar / electronics]
CARL STONE [computer / electronics]

followed by an extended duo set 

curated by Kio Griffith

$10
for presale tickets (recommended)
please contact: info@cafemode.com

BUILDING BRIDGES ART FOUNDATION
2525 Michigan Ave., Unit F2 Santa Monica, CA 90404

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CARL STONE

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.

http://www.sukothai.com/

ELLIOTT SHARP

Sharp is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer.

A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years, Elliott Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He leads the projects Carbon and Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics, and Terraplane and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction.

His collaborators have included Radio-Sinfonie Frankfurt; pop singer Debbie Harry; Ensemble Modern; Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Kronos String Quartet; Ensemble Resonanz; cello innovator Frances Marie Uitti; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; pipa virtuoso Min-Xiao Feng; jazz greats Jack deJohnette, Oliver Lake, and Sonny Sharrock; multimedia artists Christian Marclay and Pierre Huyghe; and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians Of Jajouka.

Sharp has composed scores for feature films and documentaries; created sound-design for interstitials on The Sundance Channel, MTV and Bravo networks; and has presented numerous sound installations in art galleries and museums. He is the subject of a new documentary “Doing The Don’t” by filmmaker Bert Shapiro.

Listen to a recent interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered”.
http://www.npr.org/2012/09/22/161539917/elliott-sharp-blues-is-a-feeling

http://www.elliottsharp.com/

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Building Bridges Art Foundation website

Torrance Art Museum presents
SATURDAY RECEPTION JANUARY 18, 2014 6-9PM
[JANUARY 18, 2014 – MARCH 8, 2014]
REVERB
Torrance Art Museum  3320 Civic Center Dr  Torrance, CA 90503

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REVERB! – music as both inspiration and content in contemporary art

curated by Max Presneill and Daniel Rothman

Artists:

Tyler Adams, Steven Bankhead, Tim Bavington, Juan Capistran, Graham Dolphin, Sean Duffy, Martin Durazo, Deanna Erdmann, Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, Kio Griffith, Mineko Grimmer, Martin Kippenberger, Gil Kuno, William Leavitt, Adam D. Miller, Dave Muller, Andy Ralph, Steve Roden, Marina Rosenfeld, Ed Ruscha, Andrew Sexton and Matt Stokes

Read Peter Frank’s Essay written for REVERB *Here*

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