Friday, November 13, 2009

Midtones in Chinatown

Midtones is an open event hosted by the great guitarist Shin Kawasaki on the 1st and 3rd wednesdays of the month and is, well...eclectic to say the least. Revolving musicians sit in, as well as rappers, DJ's, poets, dancers, and whatever walks through the door that night. Shin has been hosting this event at the Grand Star in Chinatown for well over a year now and you really never know what is going to happen. I have seen them actually pull the party from the upstairs room because it was way more happening in the Midtones domain.

Also be sure to check out the blue haired funkiness of the alluring and equally creepy, Madeleines

From Midtones site:

"MidTones is an eclectic/experimental open jam that takes place @ Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month. if you play any musical instrument, use devices and machines that make noise, sing, rap, beatbox, write poems, dance, do stand-up, or like to hang out and meet people, have conversation with people, AND you're looking for something that is different, experimental, in the moment, no expectation, no categorization, no limitation (except for the midnight cut-out time) - this is the venue for you.

Shin Kawasaki website

1st and 3rd Wednesdays

Grand Star Jazz Club
943 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA

Sarah Ann, Emily Hay, Kat Knockels @ Cafe Muse

Fantastic LA musicians: Sarah Phillips - piano, Emily Hay - flute, & Kat Knockels - bassoon will be performing at Cafe Muse in Hollywood tonight in a improvised set. These three women play at the top of their game and are not to be missed!

Friday, November 13, 2009
10:30pm - 11:45pm
Cafe Muse
6547 Santa Monica Blvd
Hollywood, CA

Thursday, November 12, 2009

OC Creative Music Collective Concert Series: Steuart Liebig/Seconda Parttica Quintet

Seconda Prattica

This exciting, but rarely seen quintet, features bassist Steuart Liebig’s wonderful compositions and is formed by some of the Los Angeles areas greatest players. Seconda Prattica is comprised of LA’s Michael Vlatkovich (trombone), Bill Plake (Tenor Sax), Dan Clucas (Trumpet) and Alex Cline (drums)

and, the crazy part. . . it's FREE!!!

OC Creative Music Collective

Episcopal Church of the Messiah:
614 N. Bush St.
Santa Ana, California 92701


Misuzu Kitazumi @ Max & Co. Nov. 20th

Los Angeles kotoist/pianist, Misuzu Kitazumi will be playing traditional and popular koto music along with improvisation at Max & Co. on Melrose.

Misuzu mixes some traditional koto with contemporary electronica beats and rhythms as well as free improvisation and more. Misuzu has performed with the Improvising Composers United, Motoko Honda, Daren Burns, Famoudou Don Moye, Susie Allen, and many more.

Friday, November 20th

Max & Co.
8422 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 297-0165

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Monte Carlo 76 playing the new Gold line opening

Los Angeles based guitarist/composer/improviser, Jeremy Keller is a member of the fantastic band Monte Carlo 76 and they will be playing a free show on Sunday 11/15 for the opening of the brand new Gold Line in East LA.

BIO: Monte Carlo 76 was born in 2003 from the remains of keyboardist Gomez Comes Alive and guitarist Jeremy Keller’s former group Slowrider. Rooted in Chicano soul but inspired by the mellow electronica of Air and Stereolab, their debut album, The Monte Carlo Fantasy (TMCF), was critically acclaimed and garnered them an L.A. Weekly Music Awards nomination as Best Latin Alternative Band.

Much of the material for TMCF came from stories of people and experiences in Gardena, CA. Likewise, Marisela was influenced in part by the time the band spent rehearsing in an East L.A. neighborhood called City Terrace – a barrio so full of characters that stories just wafted in through the alleyway beyond the open doors of their studio. With the combined talents of co-producer Martha Gonzalez and luminous vocalist Marisa Ronstadt (second cousin of Linda), Marisela has a definitive feminine perspective, providing a subtle yet distinct departure from the previous album.

Marisa is a South Phoenix native trained as a mariachi singer with a love for R&B, while Martha is a veteran of the East Los scene as a founding member of seminal band Quetzal. The addition of seasoned producer Quetzal Flores, also of Quetzal, lends the new album a fresh sound. Harmonica player Tex Nakamura (formerly of funk band, WAR) further solidifies the slow and low sound of Monte Carlo 76 without typecasting the band into the oldie but goodie set.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Resbox 2009 Season Finale

ResBox season finale is happening this month on Thurs Nov 19 at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood featuring solo sets by sound artists Steve Roden and Yann Novak, plus synth & blues harp duo Ice Cream debuts with live visuals by Vj Fader... Hope you can join us!



ICE CREAM (Hans Fjellestad + Amit Itelman) w/ VJ FADER

Thursday, November 19, 8PM
ResBox @ Steve Allen Theater
The Center for Inquiry
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90027

$10 at the door or reservations at: (800) 595-4849
more info: (323) 666-4268

all ages + free parking in lot

ResBox presents an eclectic roster of experimental music luminaries and emerging artists on stage every third Thursday of the month at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood.

Nearing its second year mark, series alumni include Lukas Ligeti, Carl Stone, Z'EV, Soriah, Laetitia Sonami, Tatsuya Nakatani, Vinny Golia, Motoko Honda, Ezra Buchla, Lisle Ellis, Steamboat Switzerland, Leticia Castaneda, David Scott Stone, G.E. Stinson, Jim McAuley, Daedeuls, Baseck, Urban Electronic Music, Kadet Kuhne, Becca Mhalek, among many others.

"The only place in town to tap the really freaky brew." -

Video Archive Playlist:


Guitarist, Scott Heustis' trio will bring their exciting sounds to Cycleway Coffee every third Monday night of the month
  • Scott Heustis -guitar
  • Breeze Smith -drums
  • Paul Spence -bass

Next Show is November 16th. Be sure to catch it!

Cycleway Coffee
6:30pm - 9:00pm
(right off the 110 near Highland park/South pasadena/Montecito Heights)

Pasadena Creative Music Series Dance Event

A night of dance and music including fantastic LA artists: Sarah Philips, Rory Cowal, Vinny Golia, Kathy Carbone, Maya Dalinsky, Carmina Escobar, and David Tranchina put on by the Pasadena Creative Music group.

Wednesday November 18th at 7pm
Donald R. Wright Auditorium, Pasadena Central Library
285 E. Walnut St. Pasadena, CA 91101

Improvisers explore different intersections of movement and sound. In duos and as a full ensemble, dancers Kathy Carbone and Maya Dalinsky will collaborate with Vinny Golia (winds), Rory Cowal (piano), and David Tranchina (bass).

Next, Sarah Phillips and Carmina Escobar will present "Yambalaya", a new piece featuring movement, voice, electronics, piano, and sound objects.

For more information visit:

This performance is free.