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An Evening at Irisphere / The Ephemeral Tavern

Autumn is here! Let us celebrate the new season with musical performances and we will commune over art, music, poetry and enjoy the fall’s bounty.  Let’s gather & create joy!
Saturday 10/1/16 7pm-11pm

Garren & Cohan
Garren & Cohan is the film music composition and production duo of Ross Garren and Brady Cohan. With influences ranging from Ennio Morricone to Jack White, and utilizing everything from a Civil War bass drum to a vaudevillian chord harmonica to the latest software synthesizer, their music is painted with a broad palette.

Andre La Fosse
“Andre LaFosse calls his live performance style ‘turntablist guitar.’ Using digital looping technology, he chops up and reconfigures his live guitar playing like a DJ scratches a recording. The sound that comes out lands somewhere between funk, hip-hop, avant-garde, and glitch.”

Timothy Maloof: Reconstructed  – “I have chosen to perform these pieces first and foremost for their beautiful melodies. These pieces have come to me at different stages of my life, one of which is the earliest song I remember. I am performing them on violin in a non-traditional manner, without accompaniment and through sound processing equipment. I equate this to the traditional being filtered through the Western lens and reconstructed through myself–akin to the way in which I process the world around me being an American/Lebanese/Arab. For better or worse, these pieces are living through me, changing through me, and being paid respect through myself.”

Daniel Corral / Refractions:  “Refractions is a piece for music box and electronics. The music box is used as a semi-random generator and used to feed a sequence of ever-changing loops. Daniel Corral is a composer and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Eagle River, Alaska. Currently living in Los Angeles, his unique voice finds outlet in puppet operas, accordion orchestras, handmade music boxes, electronic collages, site-specific installations, chamber music, post-punk opera, and inter-disciplinary collaborations.

Join us for an evening with artist Howard Hallis! We will be presenting his latest work: OCTOPUS LOVE.  Also to celebrate the release of 2D Octopus Love comic book, with first print edition of 50.  For the first time on exhibit will be 3D lenticular composites of his work in a new series entitled MetaMinis.

 2014 SPRING SHOWCASE:

We are thrilled to showcase LA’s finest musicians in the genre of experimental music. Invisible Path will begin the evening with a set at 9:30PM.

Invisible Path is a musical vessel for the cosmic sound explorations of Michael Bailey. His music is an avenue to explore experimental/psychedelic/minimal/cosmic music and to work with and around sound techniques such as feedback manipulation, found sound, alternate tunings, unorthodox instrumental treatments, tape manipulation and multi-instrumental performance. The goal is to carefully apply these various sonic forms through solo and collaborative improvisations with the intent to explore ideas such as universal consciousness, deep listening, physical harmonic effects, musical conversation and unexplainable feelings/sensations. A large component of the performance aspect is meditation, in the sense of allowing oneself to play what is heard within and to project it outward. The music will inspire your imagination and take your mind off to distant places. (MB)

Ustad Morelock: Ustad is a founding member of the Los Angeles-area music agglomerate The Hop-Frog Kollectiv. Through various incarnations the group has placed emphasis on a gritty experimental style with Eastern mystical influence. After more than a decade of hosting live music gatherings around LA and most recently Dung Mummy Presents Jawbone 2014 in the canyons of the Mojave Desert, the Ustad hosts the weekly live music program Dung Mummy Radio on killradio.org. With his currently active bands Deglet Noor Fakirs and Daylight Bats the Ustad weaves droning guitar patterns and colors of fuzz and glitchy MIDI guitar tones with the intensity and spirit of Sufi chants or gamelan.

Sleepwalkers Local: “Of all the ways improv can be approached, for me it is through the guitar that the most powerful spontaneous expressions take place. Call that part of my rock bias, or warping from one too many Kaiji Haino records, but there it is. Here, a solo venue for guitarist Grant Capes, the instrument cries, drones and pokes holes in the space given to it. With good improvisation, you can feel the moments when the artist on the tightrope is about to slip, but rights himself and takes off into something unexpected even for him. There are many such successful risks taken on this record. In one fifty minute slab of fretwork, Capes covers a wide range of emotional territory, most of it delivered with passion and expressive chord progressions. He plays inside a groove as well as provides a way into the grooves.” – Mike Wood Mike Penny is the American Shamisen Player who single-handedly attempted to revive the ancient practice of kadozuke in Santa Clarita valley. He can take the shamisen on a musical journey from Tennessee Waltz to Japanese Romanian hiphop to shreddding out an incredible version of “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns-n-Roses! In a nod to The Year of the Horse, may he grace the space with Chinese composition “Horse Races” on shamisen!

Shams93 is the brainchild of composer/performer Brian Redfern. Brian graduated from CalArts in 1998, having studied composition with Nyoman Wenten, Kobla Ladzepko and Wadada Leo Smith. In 2005 Brian switched from guitar to the ancient middle eastern instrument, the oud, studying with virtuoso Yuval Ron. Brian plays both acoustic and electric oud and uses the ancient system of “Maqam music” from the middle east to compose new material based on ancient patterns.

Ustad Morelock is a founding member of the Los Angeles-area music agglomerate The Hop-Frog Kollectiv. Through various incarnations the group has placed emphasis on a gritty experimental style with Eastern mystical influence. After more than a decade of hosting live music gatherings around LA and in the Mojave Desert, the Ustad hosts the weekly live music program Dung Mummy Radio on killradio.org. With his currently active bands Deglet Noor Fakirs and Daylight Bats the Ustad weaves droning guitar patterns and colors of fuzz and glitchy MIDI guitar tones with the intensity and spirit of Sufi chants or gamelan.

Art @8pm / Howard Hallis has completed 42 pieces of lenticulars for blacklight exhibit. Howard is known for his art project, The Picture of Everything, and for his signature media format ~ lenticular art. In the 42 Series, he has fused primitive origins and elements to complex ideas: from the micro shapes to the grand principles of macro cosmos. Hand drawn shapes, objects and patterns become multi-layered three dimensional exuberant visions of color, form and light. Printed by the artist with a special fluorescent neon ink, the lenticular lenses glow brightly under black light.

Music @9pm / Invisible Path explores experimental/psychedelic/minimal/cosmic music and works with and around sound techniques such as feedback manipulation, found sound, alternate tunings, unorthodox instrumental treatments, tape manipulation and multi-instrumental performance. The goal is to carefully apply these various sonic forms through solo and collaborative improvisations with the intent to explore ideas such as universal consciousness, deep listening, physical harmonic effects, musical conversation and unexplainable feelings/sensations. A large component of the performance aspect is meditation, in the sense of allowing oneself to play what is heard within and project it outward. Each sound that comes out causes a reaction within and inspires new sound, and this carries on to create a full performance.

There is rust and rainfall in his playing. Abandoned railways and submarine graveyards. Carrion crows perched atop barbwire fences and storm clouds of Biblical black.It crackles down an ancient line that leads all the way back to some fabled deep south delta, suggesting the glowing, spitting hiss of old gold 78’s. Mark N. Miller is a throw-back to a bygone age. An age of the dust-bowl poet and Appalachian sage. A mercurial virtuoso, I have seen many jaws on floors. The occasion of our first meeting being no exception and once I had wiped the dust from my chin, I promptly asked him to join my band. Though no mere technician, he, as like all truly great bluesmen, he is capable of wringing out every last drop of soul from each beautifully tortured note. He also has the rare ability to shift from ‘take-no-prisoners’ visceral attack to delicate caress and all in the space of the same bar. Faustian deals with devils at crossroads readily come to mind! Or perhaps, Mark N. Miller was poking his finger into a bottle of the alchemist’s elixir when it’s maker caught him out. In the ensuing tussle, the bottle broke off but there the neck remained, stuck fast on the musicians digit, it’s magic forever at hand. And now when this thief of fire lets rip on slide guitar, you can bank on a white knuckle joy ride full of hairpin turns and free-falls, thrills n’ spills n’ chills, and after it is over you will surely want to take it again.

Los Angeles-based artist Howard Hallis has completed 42 pieces of blacklight lenticulars to be exhibited under ultraviolet light.  Howard is known for his ever expanding project, The Picture of Everything, and his signature lenticular art. In the 42 Series, he has hand drawn the elements of macro and micro cosmos, then fused and woven on the computer into a 3D-like multi-layered composite. Printed with a special fluorescent neon ink, the lenticular lenses glow brightly under black light and appear to be three dimensional euphoric dancing visions of color, form and light.

The Ephemeral Tavern: Summer

As a looping musician, Andre has developed an iconoclastic approach that discards the ambient, effects-heavy, progressive guitar paradigm, drawing inspiration instead from turntablism, glitchcore, hip-hop, and dance music. His self-decribed “turntablist guitar” approach has led to two separate performances at the New York Guitar Festival, a featured episode of WNYC’s New Sounds radio program, and guest appearances on the scores to several Hollywood films. His work has been covered in various print, online, and broadcast media, including Guitar Player, Electronic Musician, Guitar Muse, and Guitar Moderne.

Irisphere Visual Arts is pleased to welcome a pioneer in the field of digital art: the new media artist Brummbaer. His fractal paintings and prints are a fusion of new digital art and old master painting techniques. His video art dives into the cyber wilderness, a new frontier of technology and imagination, creating breathtaking visuals, intricate fractal sculptures and stunning electronic architectures. Irisphere invites you to explore the art of the digital age.