Date(s) - 06/26/2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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For our first show in over a year we are presenting Los Angeles-based sound artist Erin Demastes on her mechanical sound inventions; S. Glass of BLE and GoES on objects, loops, and voice; and Pay Dirt, the duo of Victoria Shen and Bryan Day on homemade noisemakers.
Erin Demastes is a Los Angeles-based multimedia artist, composer, and performer whose research combines sound and technology with humor, drama, and absurdity. Her work emphasizes the arbitrariness of product design by subverting the use and perception of materials with play and experimentation. By placing items in theatrical settings, Erin brings out the character of things we normally may not think twice about. She uses everyday, household objects for both her fixed media work and performances and creates hacked and intentionally non-user-friendly electronics, as well.
Erin received an M.F.A. in Experimental Sound Practices and Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts and a B.M. in jazz studies and piano performance from Loyola University New Orleans. She currently works as a freelance artist, educator, and instrument maker, and before coming to Los Angeles, Erin worked as a jazz and classical pianist, composer, and arranger for ten years in the New Orleans area.
Victoria Shen is an experimental music performer and sound artist from San Francisco. Shen’s work features analog modular synthesizers, amplified objects, and invented instruments, the resulting music eschews conventions in harmony and rhythm in favor of extreme textures and gestural tones.
S. Glass is a long-time member of Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble and Glands of External Secretion, two groups where a prowess-averse anti-sophisto can flourish in any number of roles: abuser of instruments, ignorer of proper technique, found sound gourmand.
Bryan Day is a sonic adventurer, painter and inventor of curious things based in the East Bay. Using scavenged electronics, repurposed mechanical components and amplified materials that you might find in your garage or your great uncle’s office, he re-imagines them into constructivist sound sculptures. Day has performed, taught workshops, and built sound installations across Europe, Asia and the Americas.