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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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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.

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Bluewhale + Cafemode present
JULY 27, 2014  9pm – midnight
HAMMOND | TRIBLE | MITCHELL | WARE | SMITH
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012 | 213.620.0908

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ROSS HAMMOND [guitar]
DWIGHT TRIBLE [vocal]
NICOLE MITCHELL [flute]
TREVOR WARE [bass]
BREEZE SMITH [drums / percussion / electronics]

9pm + 10:30pm

curated by Kio Griffith

$10 general admission | 21+

BLUEWHALE
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street #301 Los Angeles, CA 90012
Weller Court Plaza 3rd Floor

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ROSS HAMMOND

With Humanity Suite, guitarist Ross Hammond has created an extended piece that’s certainly free and aggressive but exudes a sense of serenity. It’s a free-jazz statement based on rhythms that become the foundations for individual solos — an uncluttered, free sound with lots of chances for soloists to soar. -Craig Matsumoto

http://www.rosshammond.com/

DWIGHT TRIBLE

Dwight Trible is a singer who combines the best of vocal virtuosity with musicianship and improvisational skills to the delight of audiences and musicians alike. In addition to performing with his own group, The Dwight Trible Ensemble, Dwight is the Vocalist with Pharoah Sanders Quartet; he is also the vocal director for the Horace Tapscott Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra.

Not a newcomer to the music scene, Dwight has worked with such notables as Oscar Brown Jr., Bobby Hutcherson, Charles Lloyd, Billy Childs, Kenny Burrell, Kenny Garrett, Steve Turre, Harold Land, Harry Belafonte, Della Reese, Norman Conners, as well as contemporary soul artists like LA Reid and DJ Rogers. Dwight’s collaborations with Horace Tapscott, Billy Higgins, Kamau Daaood and others have produced some of the finest musical moments in Los Angeles in recent years – and his best is yet to come!

http://dwighttrible.com/

NICOLE MITCHELL

Nicole Mitchell is a creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. As the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Ice Crystal and Sonic Projections, Mitchell has been repeatedly awarded by DownBeat Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association as “Top Flutist of the Year” for the last four years (2010-2013). Mitchell’s music celebrates African American culture while reaching across genres and integrating new ideas with moments in the legacy of jazz, gospel, experimentalism, pop and African percussion through albums such as Black Unstoppable (Delmark, 2007), Awakening (Delmark, 2011), and Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler (Firehouse 12, 2008), which received commissioning support from Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works.

Mitchell formerly served as the first woman president of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and has been a member since 1995. In recognition of her impact within the Chicago music and arts education communities, she was named “Chicagoan of the Year” in 2006 by the Chicago Tribune. With her ensembles, as a featured flutist and composer, Mitchell has been a highlight at festivals and art venues throughout Europe, the U.S. and Canada.

http://nicolemitchell.com/

TREVOR WARE

One of the most in-demand bassists in Los Angeles, Ware is regularly featured with a number of bands, but most often forms strong bonds with drummers. Developing his craft at The World Stage Performance Gallery, Ware had the opportunity to hone the craft of swing under the tutelage of master drummer Billy Higgins (still the most recorded jazz drummer in history). After being offered his first professional gig by legendary pianist and composer Horace Tapscott & New York saxophonist Sonny Fortune, Ware developed as sense of musical adventure playing in Tapscott’s quartet and Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra.

Mr. Ware’s internationally performances include the North Sea, Monaco, Jazzaldia, Monterey, & Montreux Jazz Festivals. His film credits include the Dreamworks film release Collateral starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Fox and the CBS series Smith starring Ray Liotta.

http://www.trevorware.com/

BREEZE SMITH

………breeze vision in music
music is the strength of the wind which has no barrier,
music impacts politics & human rights – and impassions emotions between lovers,
music is an integral part of our lives – melodies of birds – the rhythmic whir of an airplane – 3 dancing pitches of a sacred singing bowl in the masterful hands of a tibetan monk.

influences………..
short wave radio [finding space sounds between stations & unknown languages], late night freight trains, wind howling against my bedroom window through the 4 distinct seasons of central ohio, dad playing the saw with violin bow, tv cartoon & sci-fi movie sound tracks…these from early days & even now keep my sound imagination searching, ever in the state of experi-mental.

what do i do?!~
design and build musical instruments from influences like dreams [smith-curse-delight], design drum set-ups & percussion set-ups for more of a sculptural/musical/textural approach, experiment in ancient marbling-book liner painting technique for revolving/viewing capability, design/build sound scuptures of various sizes & incorporating metals, woods & stones, hand carving objects for casting in bronze, write ‘open’ style of free poetry & try my very best to listen to & learn from what nature & the cosmos are desperately attempting to communicate.

http://www.breezemuse.com/

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BlueWhale 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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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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