Friday, August 22, 2014

sound. at the Schindler House: space as raw material

On Saturday, 8/23, come see this SASSAS event at the Schindler House that I partially curated. It will be a really fascinating investigation of a unique historical architectural space, and a chance to see the Tony Greene exhibit if you haven't yet. The whole event is 4-8pm, so you'll still be able to experience it and still have time to go see I Was Looking at the Cieling...!

  • 4-5pm Woody
  • 5-5:30 Carmina
  • 5:30-6:45 Woody
  • 6:15-7 Odeya
  • 7-7:30 Carmina
  • 7:30-8 Carmina and Woody

SASSAS, in conjunction with the MAK Center, presents sound. at the Schindler House: Space as Raw Material with Woody Sullender, Odeya Nini and Carmina Escobar on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Space as Raw Material embraces the intersections of divergent creative practices, including architecture and sound, performance and installation. The durational performances include "Furniture Music", a new site-specific installation by Brooklyn-based artist Woody Sullender, making his Los Angeles premiere, and vocal performance of "A Solo Voice" by Odeya Nini and "Source" by Carmina Escobar. Over the course of the four hour event, the artists will highlight the subliminal acoustics of the Schindler House, creating multiple listening spaces in the interior and exterior spaces of the historic structure.

Produced by SASSAS, the sound. concert series pushes new music boundaries by creating unique listening experiences for audiences that combine experimental music and unconventional settings. The August 23rd sound. event starts at 4:00pm and runs until 8:00pm. Advance tickets are $15; SASSAS members, Friends of the MAK Center and students/seniors are $10; and can be purchased at are $20 at the door. The Schindler House is located at 835 North Kings Road, West Hollywood, CA 90069. For more information on this concert, as well as other upcoming SASSAS events, please call 323-960-5723 or visit

For this concertSASSAS transforms the four studios and outdoor courtyards of the Schindler House into listening spaces resounding with temporal sonic investigations of architecture, voice and interactions with one another. Woody Sullender's performance, "Furniture Music" utilizes modular cardboard forms outfitted with audio transducers resulting in resonating ‘speaker’ objects that will be used to divide and shape the space into a reverberating ‘living room’ on the Schindler patio. Vocalist Odeya Nini's "A Solo Voice" explores extended bodily resonances, communicating textural harmony, gesture and tonal animation. Carmina Escobar's vocal performance "Source" reflects upon the body as a space that reveals, measures and recognizes itself through vibration.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Three Thirds' Buffalo Skinner

In February, Three Thirds released Buffalo Skinner, a tribute to Woody Guthrie. The album consists of arrangements of four songs that Woody Guthrie wrote, and a traditional song he also recorded.

Like jazz standards, an album of folk songs is all about the arrangement and ensemble. Luckily, those are the places that Three Thirds stands out. Heather Lockie and Jake Rosenzweig's strings move freely and organically between traditionalist and experimental, Claire Chenette's double reeds conjure up a sort of folksy Andy Mackay, while Alex Wand's vocals reminded me of The Microphones. The details of the close vocal harmonies add a nice Carter Family-like quality as well.

Shortly after getting Buffalo Skinner, I heard the title track on KPFK, and I would agree that it's my favorite. The ominous bowed bass and spacious, microtonal dobro give it a Morricone-like quality, revealing harmonic inflections that you may not have noticed were implicit in the melody.

Three Thirds also just started an Indie-gogo campaign to fund a new album of original songs. Check out the promo video: