I’m collaborating with Alexander Gedeon and the Now Hear Ensemble on a piece I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time, titled Concerto for Having Fun with Elvis on Stage.
We will premiere CHFES on October 18 at Automata!
CHFES combines live music and theatrical performance to reframe the cultural significance of the “worst album in rock and roll history.”
“Having Fun with Elvis on Stage” is a 1973 album collaged entirely from Elvis speaking on stage between songs at live concerts – no music. AllMusic’s Mark Deming declared “hearing it is like witnessing a car wreck, leaving onlookers too horrified and too baffled to turn away.” Concerto for Having Fun with Elvis on Stage reimagines this vilified recording as the libretto for a sort of ghost opera, combining pop art nostalgia with new technology and classical instruments to create a memetic hologram of the endless purgatory of celebrity afterlife.
Members of the Now Hear Ensemble (Federico Llach, Brian Walsh, and Daniel Corral) will perform my original live musical score along with the original LP as if they were the pit orchestra for opera or musical theater – sometimes harmonizing with the words, painting emotions in the spaces between, or reacting theatrically. Meanwhile, Gedeon’s “Elvis” persona becomes a vehicle to explore all things banal and absurd in pop idolatry, as well as the performative aspects of ‘stage presence.’
The performance of CHFES will be preceded by a screening of Count In, a video piece by Daniel Corral that combines the voice of Poly Styrene (from 70s British punk band X-Ray Spex) with musical minimalism and colorful video. The result is a mix of Steve Reich, James Turrell, X-Ray Spex, LaMonte Young, and Sesame Street Pinball Number Counts.
October 18, 8:30pm
504 Chung King Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90012
$15 students/seniors/Automata members
I have some cool shows this fall that I am excited to share info about soon!
In the meantime, I just recently installed a set of microtonal chimes at Djerassi in Woodside, CA, USA. Stellate Hexany Earth Chimes are 14 microtonal steel chimes, tuned in a 1-3-5-7 Stellate Hexany. They are hung in a straight line for visitors to play with a stick.
The fundamental frequency is an upper 2/1 (octave) partial of the Schumann resonance 7.83 Hz. This Schumann resonance is basically the resonant frequency of the Earth’s electromagnetic field, and this resonant frequency is activated (or at least implied) when its upper partials are played on these chimes.
I’ve been making musical holograms inside of cigar boxes, and 2 of them will be on display at Automata on June 6, 2019 from 8 to 10pm.
Here is a quick video demo of one of the boxes:
If you missed the live performances of Summits thus far, you can see the premiere on the Santa Monica Public Library’s YouTube channel 🙂
This video playlist is from March 20 at the Sound Waves concert series at the Santa Monica Public Library.
|I hope you can join me for the world premiere of Summits on March 20!|
Summits is a new song cycle using texts I have collected over the last decade while hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains. Each song is based on entries I have documented in various summit registers (notebooks often found at the top of mountain trails). These personal chronicles from regional pinnacles portray the wisdom, humility, and humor that can only be found on a mountain peak.
Summits is written for voice, string quartet, and guitar/accordion, and I am happy to be joined by singer Joanna Wallfisch and the Koan Quartet in bringing it to life.
We will premiere Summits at the Soundwaves Concert Series on March 20 in celebration of their 50th event!
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Martin Luther King Auditorium
Santa Monica Public Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Very soon, I’ll share information about some upcoming shows this winter/spring 🙂
Ring in the beginning of the end of 2018 with Spinal Frog on December 1 at MorYork.
I’ve been trying out new songs with Jo Wallfisch, Trevor Anderies, and Federico Llach, and we’re excited to share some of them! We’ll be joined by A Horse A Spoon A Bucket and a duo by Logan Hone and John Kirby.
MorYork, 4959 York Blvd, LA, CA 90042
7pm, December 1, 2018,
$5 suggested donation, music @ 7:30
Treat your senses to the sonic/visual mandala of Polytope, performed live at the Think Tank Gallery on October 17 and 19 as part of the LAX Festival!
Musicians Erin Barnes, Cory Beers, and Andrew Lessman will join me in performing this work of JI electronic minimalism and live feed video shadow play.
You can get tickets from the LAX Festival website. I hope to see you there!
Think Tank Gallery
939 Maple Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 9001