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Format: 10/31/2014

October 2014

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'Zephyrs,' An Installation By Mark Trayle

September 29, 2014 - October 12, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 8:00am - Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 11:45pm

CalArts, WaveCave

MUSIC: A material and acoustic installation involving physics and glitter, by Mark Trayle.

Last edited by rsdavid on Sep 19, 2014

The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts Visiting Artist: Christopher Dawson

October 1, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

CalArts, B318

MUSIC: The Herb Alpert School of Music presents visiting artist Christopher Dawson, as part of Jazz History.

Chris Dawson began playing piano by ear at age seven. Within a few years, Dawson landed his first steady gig playing ragtime and swing at a restaurant in Hollywood and made his decision to become a professional musician after being a featured act, along with the Nicholas Brothers, Harry Belafonte, Sammy Davis Jr. and Lena Horne at the twenty-fifth annual Thalians Ball in Beverly Hills. He won a national music competition, the "Arts Recognition and Talent Search," which resulted in a scholarship to the University of Southern California during the fall of 1987. He has played at venues such as the Jazz Bakery, Birdland, Jazz Alley, Jazz at the Crowne, Smalls, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Vibrato Jazz Grill, Spazios and Steamers Cafe. In addition to Jazz venues, he has also appeared at the Comedy Store and the Improv, accompanying notable improvisational groups such as, "Funny You Should Ask," and "Off The Wall". Chris is also the Music Minister for Mount Olive Lutheran Church, in Santa Monica.

Last edited by rsdavid on Sep 29, 2014

Anabel Romero's BFA Mid-Residency Voice Recital

October 1, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall

MUSIC: Featuring music by Honneger, Milhaus and a performance by She, the Night.

Last edited by rsdavid on Sep 22, 2014

Quiet Night

October 2, 2014 - October 3, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 10:00pm - Friday, October 3, 2014 - 12:00am

CalArts, Main Gallery

MUSIC: Evening of quiet music in the main gallery.

Last edited by rsdavid on Sep 26, 2014

ESP Reunion Concert/WaveCave Opening

October 3, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 7:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall

MUSIC: Seven Experimental Sound Practices alumni will gather in the Roy O. Disney Concert Hall on Friday, October 3, 2014, to celebrate the opening of CalArts' newest gallery space, the WaveCave. Performances will begin at 8pm and will include both acoustic and electronic sets performed by graduates of CalArts ESP program.

  • Cooper Baker will deliver a live performance of Noctiluca Scintillans, a piece that was previously installed in the WaveCave this year. In this piece, hanging acrylic tubes containing bead chains generate acoustic impulses, which trigger and control the sounds. Several types of sound-generating algorithms are employed, including granulation, wavelet synthesis, rotating variable delay, formant synthesis, spectral reverb, and additive synthesis.
  • Todd Lerew will showcase his work Performed in Accordance with the California Balloon Law, SB 1990, in which a contact microphone is rendered omnidirectional by its contact with a balloon. Lerew explores how the balloon's natural frequency of feedback become unstable given it's distance from a speaker.
  • Stephanie Smith will perform a structured improvisation with voice, violin, laptop and synthesizer.
  • Ezra Buchla will perform a solo work entitled COMPRESSIONOFTHECHESTCAVITYMIRACLE, utilizing his viola and laptop. Inspired by the writings of Daniel Paul Schreber, this work creates a spectrum of shifting tensions between intimate somatic texture, crystalline tonality, abrasion and emptiness. Slices, performed by
  • Casey Anderson, is an in-progress live electronics piece based on slicing field recordings into small pieces and pummeling them with various noise sounds.
  • Daniel Eaton brings his work Body Wave to the ROD. Inspired by James Tenney's Spectral Cannon, Body Wave
    utilizes a room's resonating characteristics, physical attributes, sine tones, and amplified trombones to create a variable dance of pulsing frequencies and sonic gesticulation.
  • Scott Cazan will close out the night with his work 2, a 4-channel piece utilizing otoacoustic emissions and binary calculations.
  • Mark Trayle will present Zephyrs in the WaveCave. In Zephyrs, gold glitter is periodically deposited on a small piezoelectric disc. Ultrasonic square waves play through the disc causing the glitter to form patterns that emerge, change, and disappear. Sometimes the glitter flies off the disc. The ultrasound waves (and their lower frequency auxiliary tones) also create patterns of varying amplitudes and frequencies in the acoustic space.
Last edited by pfraser on Oct 01, 2014

The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts Visiting Artist: Bobby Bradford

October 6, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall

MUSIC: Bobby Lee Bradford is an American jazz trumpeter, cornetist, bandleader, and composer. He is noted for his work with Ornette Coleman. In October 2009 Bradford became the second recipient of the Festival of New Trumpet Music's Award of Recognition. He holds a B.M. degree from Huston-Tillotson College (now Huston-Tillotson University) in Austin, Texas. He is an instructor at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California, and Pomona College in Claremont, California where he teaches The History of Jazz, known to be one of the most popular classes available.

Last edited by rsdavid on Oct 06, 2014

Slower Sound

October 6, 2014 - October 7, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014 - 10:00pm - Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 12:00am

CalArts, Main Gallery

MUSIC: The sequel to last year's Slow Sound, but slower than you think.

Last edited by rsdavid on Sep 22, 2014

LA India Ensemble

October 8, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall

MUSIC: A stunning evening of Indian classical music with Rajib Karmakar on sitar, Raginder Monii on violin, Vineet Vyas and Neelamjit Dhillon on tabla.

Last edited by rsdavid on Oct 02, 2014

The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts Visiting Artist: Perry Cook

October 9, 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

CalArts, Machine Lab

MUSIC: From Interactive Foley to Laptop Orchestras: Real-Time Physics Based Parametric Sound Synthesis for Art, Profit and Fun!

Last edited by rsdavid on Oct 06, 2014

Sunday Chamber Concerts

October 12, 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 12:15pm - 3:00pm
Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm

CalArts, The Wild Beast

MUSIC: Chamber music written by greats such as Bach, Rice, Macintosh and many more composers from all around the world.

Opening a series of concerts called Sunday Chamber Music @ CalArts, this concert event travel over Many Lands is in two parts, with the first part at 12:15 pm running about an hour, and the second from 3-4 pm. There's a coffee reception between the two, where a kind of aural program note will be presented. There is no admission charge.

Presented by CalArts faculty, Julie Feves and Mark Menzies, and joined by CalArts alumni, Andrew McIntosh and Melinda Rice, the first part (at 12:15 pm) is titled Many Lands—it celebrates the work of the late Betty Feves, a prominent Oregonian sculptor and visual artist; the program features compositions by Rice, McIntosh and Menzies, including a radical (re)construction of Bach’s 3rd solo violin sonata for 3 violins/viola and bassoon.

The second program (at 3 pm) is called travel—a solo violin lecture-(recital): it is a completely unique assembling of solo violin repertoire, old and new, performed by Mark Menzies, and includes compositions by Biber, Deyoe, Carter, Bowater, Body, Holloway, Hirs.

Last edited by cziemba on Oct 10, 2014

Undergraduate Composers' Concert

October 14, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall

MUSIC: Performances of student works by undergraduate composers.

Last edited by rsdavid on Oct 01, 2014

DMA Showcase

October 15, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall

MUSIC: Performances by current DMA students. Reception to follow.

Last edited by rsdavid on Oct 02, 2014

Wild Beast Concert Series: John Bergamo Tribute Concert

October 18, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 6:00pm

CalArts, The Wild Beast and Mark Taper Courtyard

MUSIC: All-star musicmakers gather to celebrate the legacy of the great John Bergamo (1940–2013)—the peerless hand-drummer, composer, global music explorer and educator who was one of the most influential creative figures in CalArts history. Performing a selection of Bergamo’s most important works are members of the late maestro’s original Repercussion Unit; the Hands On’Semble with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri and Houman Pourmehdi; and the latest iteration of the CalArts Percussion Ensemble.

Free, RSVP Requested

Last edited by rsdavid on Sep 05, 2014

Sunday Chamber Concerts

October 19, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 3:30pm - 7:00pm

CalArts, The Wild Beast

MUSIC: Chamber music written by greats such as Schubert, Beethoven, Webern and many more.

Last edited by rsdavid on Oct 06, 2014

The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts Visiting Artist: Neil Rolnick

October 20, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

CalArts, B318

MUSIC: The Herb Alpert School of Music presents visiting artist Neil Rolnick, as part of the Composers' Forum.

Rolnick was born in Dallas, Texas, and studied English literature at Harvard University where he received a BA in 1969. He then turned to music, studying composition first at the San Francisco Conservatory in 1973–74, then with Richard Felciano, and finally with Andrew Imbrie and Olly Wilson at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received an MA in 1976 and a PhD in 1980. Concurrently he also studied computer music with John Chowning at Stanford University and was a visiting researcher at IRCAM in Paris from 1977 to 1979. Rolnick also studied composition with Darius Milhaud and John Coolidge Adams, and computer music with James A. Moorer.

Since 1981, Rolnick has taught at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he founded the iEAR Studios. In 1991, as head of Rensselaer's Arts Department he led the establishment of the nation's first MFA program in Integrated Electronic Arts. As of 2007, he was still a professor at the RPI arts department, commuting weekly from NYC to teach.

Rolnick's compositions have appeared on 16 records and CDs, and he was a pioneer in the use of computers in performance.

Last edited by rsdavid on Oct 20, 2014

The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts Visiting Artist: Willie Jones

October 20, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall

MUSIC: The Herb Alpert School of Music presents visiting artist Willie Jones, as part of the Jazz Forum.

Willie Jones III (born 1968) is a jazz drummer. He has played, toured, and/or recorded with Horace Silver, Roy Hargrove, Arturo Sandoval, on the Grammy-winning album Hot House (1998). His group Black Note released several albums in the 1990s. He is appreciated by jazz musicians for his exceptional speed and control, together with his use of a wide range of textures which characterize most of his playing. He is a master of many styles and moves quickly and easily between be-bop, big band, avante guard, and Latin jazz grooves. He has regularly played with pianist Eric Reed, as the drummer for Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center, and has several CDs released as a leader on his own label, playing hard bop and swing. In 2000, Jones founded an independent jazz label, WJ3 Records.

Last edited by rsdavid on Oct 20, 2014

Satoko Inoue: 'From Tokyo'

October 20, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

CalArts, The Wild Beast

MUSIC: Pianist Satoko Inoue is renowned throughout Japan, Europe and the US as a leading interpreter of contemporary solo piano music. She has premiered works by some of Japan's foremost composers including Jo Kondo, Yoritsune Matsudaira, Satoshi Tanaka and Yuji Itoh. She is known for performing works by composers including Toru Takemitsu, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Henry Cowell, Giancito Sclesi, Luciano Berio and others.

Satoko Inoue has appeared at major European festivals including Darmstadt, the International Experimental Music Festival in Bourges and at Japan Year (Germany).

This performance includes Melatan by Yuji Itoh, Sight Rhythmics by Joy Jondo, Expressions No. 3 by Keiichi Morigaki, Kicking Shadows by David Rosenboom, Rain Tree Sketch 1 by Toru Takemitsu and The Waves by Toshiya Watanabe.

Last edited by rsdavid on Oct 09, 2014

The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts Visiting Artist: Kaoru Kakizakai

October 21, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

CalArts, The Wild Beast

MUSIC: The Herb Alpert School of Music presents visiting artist Kaoru Kakizakai.

Shakuhachi master, teacher and performer Kaoru Kakizakai is the winner of the prestigious Kumamoto All-Japan Hogaku competition and has performed extensively in America, Europe, Asia and Australia. He is research fellow at the Tokyo College of Music.

Last edited by rsdavid on Oct 20, 2014

Guitars@Noon - CANCELED

October 23, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CalArts, Main Gallery

MUSIC: Acoustic and electric guitars playing traditional and original pieces and improvisations from classical to blues to jazz to rock and beyond.

Last edited by rsdavid on Oct 22, 2014

Cool Show Don't Go To 2

October 23, 2014 - October 24, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:00pm - Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:00am

CalArts, B320

MUSIC: My band is an art project. My No-Wave band is better than your No-Wave band. How many saxes do you have? Live electronics? Cool bands. Cool show.

Last edited by rsdavid on Oct 09, 2014

Chamber Music by Faculty

October 26, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 12:15pm

CalArts, The Wild Beast

MUSIC: Chamber music master works performed by CalArts faculty, students and special guests. Program includes:

  • 12:15 pm Eight Pieces & Octet 
  • 5:00 pm Many Soloists and Orchestra
Last edited by rsdavid on Oct 24, 2014

'Strings and Serpents' (piano/koto/animation) featuring: Andy Milne, Benoît Delbecq, Tsugumi Yamamoto & Ai Kajigano at REDCAT

October 26, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 7:00pm


Strings and Serpents. | Photo courtesy the artist.

REDCAT: “...quixotic interrogations of harmony and timbre.” – The New York Times

Plying rhythmic forms and sonic colors in a shared language of improvisation, jazz pianists Andy Milne and Benoît Delbecq partner with the Japanese koto duo TsuguKaji-KOTO, amid the swirling washes of Saki Murotani’s projected animation. Conceived and composed by Milne—founder of Dapp Theory and noted veteran of New York’s downtown jazz scene—the 75-minute epic draws on the myth of the Rainbow Serpent as it opens new multilayered dialogues between East and West, sight and sound. As the piano duo Crystal Magnets, Milne and Delbecq are known for fluid melodies and percussive prepared-piano textures, while the twosome of Ai Kajigano and Tsugumi Yamamoto explore the vivid tones of the koto in original repertoire that connects the traditional with the contemporary.

Purchase Tickets

Last edited by rsdavid on Oct 20, 2014

Graduate Composers' Series: New Century Players

October 27, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall

MUSIC: Performances of student works by graduate composers, performed by the New Century Players and conducted by Chris Rountree.

Last edited by rsdavid on Oct 01, 2014

O.K. Composer

October 29, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

CalArts, The Wild Beast

MUSIC: We're back! New music by CalArts music makers. Loose Halloween theme. BOO!

Last edited by rsdavid on Oct 10, 2014
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