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Bluewhale + Cafemode present
OCTOBER 13, 2014  9pm – midnight
EMPTY CAGE QUARTET + VLATKO
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012 | 213.620.0908

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EMPTY CAGE QUARTET:

JASON MEARS  saxophone
KRIS TINER  trumpet
IVAN JOHNSON  bass
PAUL KIKUCHI  drums

VLATKO:
MICHAEL VLATKOVICH trombone / compositions
TOM MCNALLEY electric guitar
DOMENIC GENOVA  electric bass
JOHN “VATOS” HERNANDEZ  drums

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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MICHAEL VLATKOVICH

Michael Vlatkovich, trombonist, composer, and arranger, is one of the leading talents among Los Angeles improvisational players. Located on the West Coast since 1973, he is an emotionally charged performer, comfortable in a variety of jazz and world music styles. Vlatkovich has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, and Europe. His improvisionally free music expresses raw power and beauty in a minimally structured format. Michael tours extensively in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

In addition to leading his own diverse imaginative ensembles, Vlatkovich has performed with a wide array of singers and instrumentalists including Peggy Lee, Brian Setzer, Ricky Lee Jones, Solomon Burke, Medesky, Martin, and Wood, Boingo, Don Preston, Bobby Bradford, Gerry Hemingway, Vinny Golia, Andrew Cryrlle, Rob Blakeslee, Rich Halley, among many others. The trombonist has also performed on sound tracks for a variety of television and film projects including The Mask, Jingle All The Way, and the critically acclaimed John Cassavette’s film the Tempest.

Most recently the trombonist has been performing with his own ensembles, and co-leading Transvalue with poet Charles Britt. Vlatkovich is also a regular member of the Rich Halley 4 and the Bobby Bradford Motet.

http://www.vlatkovich.com/
TOM MCNALLEY

“With his guitar ablaze, McNalley turns fighter. He scores a knockout punch several times as he rips the air with ferocious streams of descant. Clear and crisp, the technique with which he excites the music carries a powerful message. With emotions bared and fingers flying, he sets fire to each extended piece and doesn’t let up…”
– Jim Santella, All About Jazz.
JOHN “VATOS” HERNANDEZ

Johnny “Vatos” Hernandez’s played in a variety of pit orchestras and backing acts, like Bob Hope, Billy Daniels and Gordon McCray. In the 1970s, he played with The Helen Reddy Band and served as the house drummer of “The Midnight Special” television show. There, he played with acts, such as Frankie Avalon, Petula Clark, Keith Carradine and Martin Mull. When Helen Reddy hosted “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson,” Hernandez had the honor of sitting in with The Doc Severinsen Band. Playing the famous opening theme song was a lifelong thrill.

After having been heard, drumming with Toni Basil’s band by composer, Danny Elfman and his longtime orchestrator, Steve Bartek, Hernandez was hired as a session drummer on Elfman’s first film score, “The Forbidden Zone” (which continues to have a worldwide cult following). Hernandez joined the original lineup of the famous band, Oingo Boingo, a position he held for seventeen years, until their breakup in 1995. During that time, the band released eight albums, toured the world and played thousands of concerts.

After the breakup of Oingo Boingo, Hernandez joined the band, Tito and Tarantula and was featured in the Robert Rodriguez film, “From Dusk Till Dawn.” He had a rewarding time, touring Europe with Tito until 911, but at that point, he decided to return to Los Angeles to play jazz again.

http://www.johnnyvatos.com/

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EMPTY CAGE QUARTET

The Empty Cage Quartet has been consistently praised as one of the most powerful and original new jazz groups to emerge from the American West Coast. For nearly a decade they have explored new ways to integrate a diverse mix of musical influences, from traditional forms to contemporary experimental practices. The result is a continually evolving, multidimensional approach to jazz and new music performance, improvisational acuity, and compositional craft that Amazing Sounds Magazine has described as an “urban folk music of the future.”

http://emptycagequartet.com/

BlueWhale website

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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
JUNE 11, 2014  9:30pm – midnight
JENKINS / HAMMOND / GOLIA
943 N. Broadway [Chinatown]  Los Angeles, CA 90012

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JENKINS / HAMMOND / GOLIA

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

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

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ALEX JENKINS

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.

http://www.alexdrums.net/

ROSS HAMMOND

…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. “

http://www.rosshammond.com/

VINNY GOLIA

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.

http://vinnygolia.com/

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Grand Star Jazz Club website

BOLIVAR CAFE /GALLERY + CAFEMODE present
SATURDAY RECEPTION MAY 3, 2014 » 8-10PM
[MAY 3 – JUNE 14, 2014]
YI GAO “Utopia”
1741 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, 90405

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Bolivar Cafe / Gallery + Cafemode proudly present

“Utopia” solo show by YI GAO

Born in 1987 in the city of Nanjing, China, Yi moved to the U.S.A. in 2007. She received her BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2012. 

With a background in oriental painting, Yi has developed a love for traditional materials, handmade paper and raw pigments as media, exploring possibilities of combining new synthetics.

Her narrative playgrounds incorporate curious characters and landscapes transcending time and space. In this recent work, she portrays the sense of immediacy through poetic means within the subconscious mind. Yi’s paintings veil an impression of serenity enveloping a facade of unbridled emotional absurdity.

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Bolivar Cafe + Gallery website

Grand Star Jazz Club + Cafemode present
DECEMBER 18, 2013  8pm – midnight
GREX + SHEKHAN
943 N. Broadway [Chinatown]  Los Angeles, CA 90012

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SET 1
SHEKHAN  [9:00pm]

KATHLEEN KIM violin, mandocaster, microkorg, kaoss pad
KELLY COATS  flute, vocals, kaoss pad

SET 2
GREX 
 [10:00pm]

KARL EVANGELISTA guitar, vocals
REI SCAMPAVIA keys, vocals
ROBERT LOPEZ drums

 

curated by Kio Griffith

$10 general cover | first come first serve | arrive early
***$5 (half-price for people who have played the series)

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

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SHEKHAN

SheKhan is the musical duo of Kelly Coats and Kathleen Kim, which draws upon their years of collaborative experimental composition and improvisation to create beat driven interlocking harmonies of flute, violin, vocals, mandocaster, synth, effects and more.

http://shekhan.bandcamp.com/

GREX

Grex (Karl Evangelista-guitar/vocals, Rei Scampavia-keys, vocals, Robert Lopez-drums) has been called “completely original” (Eugene Weekly), a “near-seamless blend of modern jazz, indie rock, and blues rock.” (Tiny Mix Tapes) Grex is not just “eclectic”–it synthesizes all of its influences into a brand of song based experimental rock that is unique, fun, and endlessly surprising. The band’s mighty, twisted music has drawn comparisons to English Prog Rock (Henry Cow, The Cardiacs), creative jazz (Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane), and noise rock (Sonic Youth, The Velvet Underground).

http://grex.bandcamp.com/

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Grand Star Jazz Club website

Grand Star Jazz Club + Cafemode present
NOVEMBER 6, 2013  9pm – midnight
TERRENCE MCMANUS + CONCRETE BEDLAM
943 N. Broadway [Chinatown]  Los Angeles, CA 90012

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SET 1
CONCRETE BEDLAM  [9:30pm]

MATT PIPER guitar
ANDREW CAMPBELL bass guitar
FABIO POIAN drums

SET 2
TERRENCE MCMANUS 
 [10:30pm]

solo guitar

 

curated by Kio Griffith

$10 general cover | first come first serve | arrive early
***$5 (half-price for people who have played the series)

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

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TERRENCE MCMANUS

“McManus is one of New York’s latest guitar heroes” -All About Jazz

“I am convinced he represents a new voice on the instrument.” -Gerry Hemingway

“…rich, unconscious empathy……language that takes in everything from free and Noise to the cheery alt rock” -The Wire (UK)

“…subtle, highly textural…” -Time Out New York

“…an improvisational guitarist who’s constantly looking for new, unexpected ways to
make music…He comes off like a 21st century extension of Brian Eno…” -The Trenton Times

“exploring a sonic vocabulary that amalgamates the cool minimalism of a sonic cloud chamber with bursts of the impassioned poetry of a seasoned flamenco or blues practitioner and raw, fascinating sounds drawn from light industry and scientific inquiry or inspired by deep nature. “ -The New York City Jazz Record

“…this performance was hot with its own life force.” -The New York Times

“…really in a great direction! Great to hear.” -John Abercrombie

“McManus is a product of the free-formish improvisational jazz scene and he is able to run with the best of that pack…this kind of freewheeling, minimalist improvisational style is a potent mix of jazz, classical and rock. Drawing equally from Jimi Hendrix, Steve Reich and Derek Bailey, McManus and company seem hell-bent on not only creating a unique group sound, but also redefining the role and accepted notions of their respective instruments.” -All About Jazz New York

http://terrence-mcmanus.com/

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CONCRETE BEDLAM 
is a post-rock texture and groove exploration by three guys listening to each other while you listen to them.

Andrew Campbell – bass guitar
Andrew Campbell is a study in contrasts. While currently a professional musician and composer in the Los Angeles area, he has also worked “in a previous life” at a couple of the world’s top marketing agencies in New York City. In addition to vibrating the low frequencies, Andrew has studied guitar with jazz great Steve Khan and has produced and played on numerous recordings in film and television in the US and around the world.
http://www.beyondorangemusic.com/

Fabio Poian – drums
A native of Trieste, Italy, drummer Fabio Poian has toured across the US, Mexico, Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, and the Czech Republic. In 2007 Fabio won the Under-18 final in the “Drummer of Tomorrow” competition in Bologna, Italy, organized by Mapex Drums. In 2009, he moved to the United States to study at the Los Angeles Music Academy, where he currently works as an ensemble workshop player, in addition to his nearly constant gigging all around Los Angeles.
http://www.reverbnation.com/fabiopoian

Matt Piper – guitar
Multi-instrumentalist Matt Piper became known to many musicians in Los Angeles while presenting music with Rocco Somazzi at Rocco’s first self-named club. As a member of the band World Ambient Symphony, Matt appeared with percussionist Koorosh Daryaie and bassist Daren Burns on their album Random Walk Out of the Sun, playing laptop-computer-mangled guitar and keyboards. This summer he completed his first solo album, a continuous set of original psychedelic electronic dance music called Calibration Tones.

http://www.mattpipermusic.com/
http://mattpiper.bandcamp.com/album/calibration-tones

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Grand Star Jazz Club website

Gallery Lara Tokyo + Cafemode present
ARTISTS RECEPTION OCTOBER 19, 2013 6-9PM

[OCTOBER 9 – OCTOBER 19, 2013]

HOMING PIGEON 「伝書鳩」Edition 2 : Tokyo
7-5-11-#605 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
東京都港区六本木7-5-11,カサグランデミワ605  |  03-3403-8670

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Gallery Lara Tokyo + Cafemode present

HOMING PIGEON「伝書鳩」
Edition 2 : Tokyo 

group photo exhibit

curated by Kio Griffith

ARTISTS RECEPTION:
OCTOBER 19, 2013 from 6 to 9pm

EXHIBIT RUNS: OCTOBER 9 – OCTOBER 19, 2013

FREE ADMISSION

ROPPONGI 605
7-5-11Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 106-0032. Casa Grande Miwa 6th Floor
Wednesday through Saturday noon to 7pm
and by appointment

〒106-0032
東京都港区六本木 7-5-11
カサグランデ・ミワ6階 605
水曜日から土曜日、12:00-19:00

http://gallerylara.com/
cafeartmusic.com

featuring:
Naoko Akiyama | Douglas Alvarez | Michael Arata | Yajuro Bando | Terri Berman | Sean Chao | Sijia Chen | Sally Coates | Ludmil Dimitrov | Veronica Duarte | Mark Dutcher | Shigenori Ebata | Aya Niibo Edamoto | Doug Eisenstark | Gabriel Escalante | Roni Feldman | Jon Flack | Shingo Francis | David French | Rema Ghuloum | Allen D Glass II | Dean Gojobori | Kio Griffith | Doug Harvey | Shisei Hashimura | Jun Hiraoka | Lusine Hovsepian | Bryan Ida | Mari Inukai | Aska Irie | Ichiro Irie | Yoko Irino | Tomoyuki Iwanami | William Kaminski | Virginia Katz | Kohl King | Celia Ko | Minako Kumagai | Gil Kuno | Michelle Lai | Jeremiah La Torre | Leora Lutz | Yumiko Matsui | Douglas McNamee | Jon Measures | Adam D Miller | Shinnosuke Murakami | Masami Murao | Misato Nagare | Eric Nakamura | Clary Newell | Tony Ng | Emily Noguchi | Devon Oder | Shinichi Ono | Kazuyuki Ozonoe | Kosta Potamianos | Max Presneill | Max Razdow | Christy Roberts | Satoshi Saegusa | Chigusa Saga | Samvel Saghatelian | Chiaki Saito | Ray Sato | Rob Sato | Tomoaki Sato | Nicolas Shake | Mika Soma | RIccardo Spinotti | Kenji Tajiri | Mayumi Tanaka | Ken Tatewaki | Ilan Terrell | Devon Tsuno | Mike Vegas | Fujio Yamazaki | Will T. Yang | Michiko Yao | Akihiro Yasugi | Kouichiro Yoshio and more…

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Gallery Lara + Cafemode proudly present “Homing Pigeon – Edition 2 「伝書鳩」Tokyo ” group photo exhibit by local and international artists

Before Internet and email there were homing pigeons. These pigeons carried messages only one way, to their home. By placing their food at one location and their home at another location, pigeons learned to fly back and forth up to twice a day reliably becoming an important means of communication.

The importance of homing pigeons in the centuries before electronic communications, such as the telegraph and telephone, is seldom recognized. Pigeons carried photographic negatives, documents of breaking news and even medication between hospitals countries apart.
As our means of communication developed into the present hyper-network, today’s homing pigeons have retired from messengers and now trained as racing pigeons. It is thought that racing pigeons rely on the Earth’s magnetic field to find their way home. Some evidence has surfaced indicating that mobile phone towers may be interrupting the birds navigation although no published research has investigated this theory.

The theme of this photography exhibit is an observation of the value of messaging; the sending, the expectations and the challenge of not expecting any return.

いまのようにインターネットやemailが発達する以前、伝書鳩(ハト)は重要な通信手段だった。小さく巻いた写真や書類を足に付けた伝書鳩は世界のニュースを伝えていたが、現代ではレース鳩としての役割だけが残った。

レースに参加した鳩の、鳩舎に帰ってくる羽数を帰還率という。その帰還率が全体的に年々悪くなっており、レースによっては全滅するレースも発生しているという。その原因は近年の通信・放送網の拡大で、基地局や携帯の電磁波が多くなり、鳩の方向感覚を狂わせているからだという説もある。

いまは、連絡の手段が豊富で容易なだけに、返信をもらうことが当たり前のような風潮だが、この充実した通信手段が狂ったらどうなるのだろう。
もう少しだけ、送る相手への気持ちを意識する。それだけで、何かが確実に変わる予感がする。
今回の写真展のテーマは「返事が要らないメッセージ」です。

– Kio Griffith

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gallery hours : Monday to Saturday (月〜土)
12:00〜19:00 or by appointment.
tel 03-3403-8670

Gallery Lara Tokyo website

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CAFEMODE creates art and music exhibitions in alternative spaces. If you’re interested in finding more about CAFEMODE, please visitwww.cafemode.com/balconi.html or write to info@cafemode.com.