February 15, 2017 West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio

The West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio is composer/percussionist Andrea Centazzo‘s tribute to the cool jazz which inspired him as a youth. Joined by LA’s own Ellen Burr on flutes and Soundwaves co-curator Jeff Schwartz on bass, he reinterprets compositions from across his over forty year career. Their debut album LA Strictly Confidential was released in September 2016 on Ictus Records.

Showtime is 7:30pm. Admission is free.


January 18, 2017 Emily Hay & Steuart Liebig

Our second year opened with the improvising duo of Emily Hay on flute, voice, and effects, and Steuart Liebig on contrabass guitars and electronics. Their work ranges from virtuosic to noisy, silly to chilling.

December 21, 2016 Terry Riley’s “In C”

Soundwaves presented its first public participation event: a holiday performance of Terry Riley’s “In C,” a landmark work which influenced minimalist, ambient, and psychedelic music. All interested musicians were invited to download the score and arrive at 6PM to rehearse. Audience members were admitted at 7:30 as usual.

The Soundwaves Ensemble:

Oliver Marcus – violin
Jacqueline Suzuki – violin
Amy Martin – viola
Michael Intriere – cello
Caroline Coward – cello
Carolyn Park – cello
Sienna George – bass
John Graves – bass
Jeff Schwartz – bass and music director
Haskel Joseph – guitar
Jonathon Grasse – guitar
Marcos Mena – guitar
Bruce Friedman – trumpet
Danielle McCullough – recorder
Ken Luey – bass clarinet
Alexander Vogel – soprano saxophone
Charles Sharp – alto saxophone
Sean Sonderegger – tenor saxophone
Robert McCarthy – English horn
Timm Boatman – glockenspiel

November 16, 2016 Vicki Ray

In November, Soundwaves presented pianist Vicki Ray. Ray has appeared with the LA Philharmonic, on the Monday Evening Concerts and Piano Spheres series, and was part of the California EAR Unit. She performed a program of short modern and contemporary solo pieces:


October 19, 2016 Justine Aronson and Richard Valitutto

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 7:30PM, Soundwaves welcomed soprano Justine Aronson and pianist Richard Valitutto to the Santa Monica Public Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium to perform “I Will Learn to Love a Person” (2013) by Christopher Cerrone, whose “Invisible Cities” was premiered by The Industry at Union Station, and work by Daniel Rothman, William BolcomJesse Jones, and Amy Beth Kirsten.


September 21, 2016 Just Strings Play Adams and Harrison

On Wednesday, September 21, at 7:30, Soundwaves welcomed 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 performed music by Lou Harrison and Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams from their latest CD.

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

She was 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 this performance: