October 19, 2016 Justine Aronson and Richard Valitutto

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 7:30PM, Soundwaves welcomes soprano Justine Aronson and pianist Richard Valitutto to the Santa Monica Public Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium to perform song cycles by two Los Angeles composers, “I Will Learn to Love a Person” (2013) by Christopher Cerrone, whose “Invisible Cities” was premiered by The Industry at Union Station, and the world premiere of “Cleared for Approach, Cleared for Landing” by Soundwaves co-curator Daniel Rothman, based on poems by Ann Darr.

Admission is free. A preview of Rothman’s piece is below.

September 21, 2016 Just Strings Play Adams and Harrison

On Wednesday, September 21, at 7:30, Soundwaves welcomes three members of the Grammy-winning Partch Ensemble: guitarist John Schneider, harpist Alison Bjorkedal, and percussionist T. J. Troy. As the group Just Strings, they will perform music by Lou Harrison and Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams from their latest CD. Admission is free.

Schneider and Troy can be heard playing Lou Harrison on DRAM, and many other recordings of Harrison and Adams’ music can also be streamed there.

August 17, 2016 Dana Reason Trio

In August Soundwaves presents pianist Dana Reason. Her work combines improvisation and composition, drawing on experimental aspects of jazz, classical music, and other forms.

She will be joined by Soundwaves curator Jeff Schwartz on bass and drummer Peter Valsamis.

Reason’s duo album with shakuhachi player and vegan chef Philip Gelb can be heard on DRAM; Valsamis appears on DRAM with the free jazz trio Sound on Survival, with Lisle Ellis and Marco Eneidi.

An audio excerpt from the show can be streamed here.


July 20, 2016 Alex Cline & Areni Agbabian

Percussionist Alex Cline debuted his duo with vocalist/pianist Areni Agbabian at July’s Soundwaves show.

Cline has collaborated with artists from Julius Hemphill to Harold Budd to his guitarist twin brother Nels and appears on numerous albums on DRAM. His Flower Garland Orchestra, featuring Agbabian, was a highlight of last year’s Angel City Jazz Festival.

Cline and Agbabian played a continuous set incorporating various compositions and improvisational areas. The video is in two parts, which are here and here.

June 15, 2016 Vinny Golia

In 1977, Vinny Golia released his debut album Spirits in Fellowship on his own Nine Winds label. Since then, Golia and Nine Winds have been essential elements of L.A’s musical underground, fostering and documenting the work of generations of artists. The Nine Winds catalog is now available to SMPL cardholders through DRAM.

Wednesday June 15 at 7:30 Golia brought his ensemble to SMPL for a Soundwaves performance.

Molly Pease – Vocals
Ethan Marks – Trumpets
Corey Hoeben – Trombone
Bobby Grigas – Vibraphone
Miller Wren – Bass
Nick Hon – Drums

Vinny Golia – Woodwinds, Composition

Photos from this show were featured on the front page of the Santa Monica Daily Press:


May 18, 2016 Nicole Mitchell

Wednesday May 18, at 7:30PM, Soundwaves welcomed flautist Nicole Mitchell. The recipient of awards ranging from Downbeat magazine’s “Best Jazz Flute” to the Chicago Tribune’s Chicagoan of the Year,” as well as numerous grants and commissions, she now is a professor in the Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology program at UC Irvine.

Mitchell performed solo and with percussionist Randy Gloss.

This show was been recommended by Surf Santa Monica and MetalJazz ( the blog of ex-LA Weekly music critic Greg Burk).