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.
In August Soundwaves presented pianist Dana Reason. Her work combines improvisation and composition, drawing on experimental aspects of jazz, classical music, and other forms.
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.
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.
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.
On Wednesday May 11, at 7:30PM, Soundwaves presented composer Anne LeBaron. Her music ranges from solo harp improvisations to multimedia operas. It has been performed internationally and widely recorded. She has received Fulbright and Guggenheim grants and the Alpert Award, among other honors, and holds the Roy E. Disney Family Chair in Musical Composition at CalArts.
At the library she introduced performances of her work by some of Los Angeles’ most celebrated new music specialists: pianist Mark Robson, the Panic Duo (violinist Pasha Tseitlin and pianist Nic Gerpe), and the WasteLAnd ensemble, who The New Yorker’s Alex Ross recently called “one of the country’s most far-sighted” groups.
The concert featured “A – Zythum,” a piece commissioned by the Los Angeles Public Library Foundation in honor of the Oxford English Dictionary, which premiered in March at the Hammer Museum.
Videos of each piece and of LeBaron’s introductions are linked below:
- introduction to Four
- Four (2009) Pasha Tseitlin, violin
- introduction to A – Zythum
- A – Zythum (2016) WasteLAnd: Nicholas Deyoe, Artistic Director, Stephanie Aston, soprano, Andrew Dwan, baritone, Linnea Powell, viola, Nicholas Deyoe, banjo and guitar, Cory Hills, percussion, Mark Menzies, conductor
- introduction to Creación de las Aves
- Creación de las Aves (2012) Nic Gerpe, piano
- introduction to Los Murmullos
- Los Murmullos (2006) Mark Robson, piano
- introduction to Devil in the Belfry
- Devil in the Belfry (1993) Panic Duo: Pasha Tseitlin, violin, Nic Gerpe, piano
In March Soundwaves welcomed saxophonist/composer Ulrich Krieger to present his massive set of pieces for tenor saxophone and electronics entitled “Universe.”It has four parts, each approximately one hour long, each using a different approach to the instrument: “ReSpace” is for saxophone-controlled feedback, “RAW” for electric saxophone and pedals, “Quantum” for amplified saxophone, and “Cosmos” for saxophone alone. The first two have been recorded for a new double-CD on the XI (eXperimental Intermedia) label, whose back catalog appears on DRAM. Krieger discussed the entire series, played excerpts from the CD, demonstrated a variety of extended saxophone techniques, performed segments from the unreleased sections, and took questions from the audience.