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+ Three Glass Bottles, Prince Tape by John Wiese

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Vancouver, BC

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Wednesday July 25th at 9pm

John Wiese (OH)
Jake Meginsky (MA)
Ellen Phan

Zebulon Café Concert
2478 Fletcher Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90039


(Gilgongo, Helicopter)

John Wiese’s digital incisions and perpetual bricolage have laid a path from the extremities of the American underground, around the earth, and to the studios of Ina-GRM at Radio France – the birthplace of musique concrète. Via a long running practice of recycling sounds from the room recordings of previous performances, he drags the acoustic trace of one space into the next, layering up a dense palimpsest of sound. Or – just as easily – Wiese can diffuse new manipulations and inventions, pulling apart and reconfiguring the core characteristics of traditional instruments such as horns and drums. After nearly two decades of touring and recording as a solo artist, as a serial collaborator, and at the core of the noise-grind-concept act Sissy Spacek, Wiese has been a perennial figure of experimental music activity in Los Angeles, but early last year found a new headquarters in Ohio. This is his first local solo headline performance since.

(Open Mouth, NNA Tapes – Northampton, MA)

Jake Meginsky is a rarefied percussionist who can embrace, eschew, or simply chew on rhythm. Jake’s tour rig may now be a shuffle of bits and bytes, but his instincts as a hitter-of-things are intact. His digital concrète has opened the possibility of a spectralized batterie: recombining elements into a new flow, or – just as easily – reducing them to crackle. Jake has rattled, pulsed, and swung with a set of collaborators wild and diverse including Bill Nace, Alvin Lucier, Joan La Barbara, Greg Kelley, Joe McPhee, Paul Flaherty, and John Truscinski. He is also a filmmaker, having just completed a new feature documentary about a key collaborator and mentor: Milford Graves Full Mantis.

JH1 . FS3
(iDEAL Recordings)

JH1.FS3 is the duo of Frederikke Hoffmeier and Jesse Sanes. Though each figures heavily in the now-generation of power electronics – as Puce Mary and Leibestod respectively – JH1.FS3 delineates a more subtle “cinema of the ear.” Here, their words are spoken amidst a savvy re-assembly of 20th century avant-sonics: music concrète, technique extension, and pure electronic sound. Indeed, their live sets – and their Visions of a Scene LP on Sweden’s iDEAL Recordings – utilize hypnotic material they synthesized while in residence at Stockholm’s Elektronmusikstudion EMS and hi-res field recordings that they somehow managed to smuggle out of REM sleep.

Ellen Phan
(Bánh Mì Verlag)

Dithered out over the country are those that know what flows when Ellen Phan’s face is lit by her laptop screen: cascades of concrète and jagged valleys of squelch, with an intention set to nothing less than brainwave state change. This will be her first L.A. performance since the release of her debut Ideomotor Response on the Queens, NY based label Bánh Mì Verlag.

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Live At MOCA
Helicopter, CD/Digital
HEL 98071
Release Date: August 8, 2018

Airway began as a solo project of Los Angeles Free Music Society member Joe Potts. The first release was the Airway 7-inch, which featured subliminal messages to coincide with an art exhibition in Tokyo. Since their August 1978 live debut at the LACE Gallery, the group has performed many concerts with different large lineups, always with Joe Potts’ subliminal message experiments as a central feature. Airway’s “Live At LACE” LP, first released in 1978, and introduced to Japan by Takuya Sakaguchi, was a direct influence on the projects Hijokaidan and Merzbow. In their 42-year history Airway’s discography to date includes the albums “Live At LACE”, “Beyond The Pink Live”, a split LP with Hijokaidan, “Live At Mark Moore Gallery”, and now “Live At MOCA”.

“Live At MOCA” was recorded January 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The line-up includes: Ama, Ted Byrnes, Chip Chapman, Dennis Duck, Ace Farren Ford, Juan Gomez, Joseph Hammer, Kevin Laffey, Maya, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Tom Recchion, Dani Tull, Vetza, John Wiese, with additional sounds contributed by Team Airway Japan: Takayuki Hashimoto, Jojo Hiroshige, Kazuya Ishigami, Katsuyoshi Kou, Toshiji Mikawa, Masahiko Ohno, Atsushi Reizen, Takuya Sakaguchi, Shizuo Uchida. The recording was made by Tamaki Ueda, and was mixed by John Wiese. The cover was designed by Tinytown.

Joe & Joe
Helicopter, CD/Digital
HEL 98072
Release Date: August 8, 2018

Joe & Joe is the duo of Los Angeles Free Music Society staples Joe Potts and Joseph Hammer. Utilizing the Chopped Optigan and phonomontage techniques respectively, they create an immersive environment of great detail and gravity. Their performance at this year’s No Response Festival in Cincinnati marked the project’s first excursion outside LA. Their subsequent midwest tour is documented by this release.

Joe Potts has composed electro-acoustic music exclusively since 1973, creating art/sound installations and performances internationally. A founding member of the LAFMS, he is also the man behind the curtain in Airway, combining walls of sound with subliminal treatments, utilizing both live musicians and the audience itself as electronic signals which are processed and manipulated. For the past 20 years he has been composing for an instrument known as the Chopped Optigan, a seventies optical sampling console organ that he has customized and rewired in order to create dense undulating chords of up to 64 notes at a time.

Joseph Hammer has focused on tape loops since the early 80s, using phonomontage as a live process to assemble source material by hand with vintage magnetic audio gear. As part of the LAFMS, his groups Solid Eye, Points of Friction, Dimmer, and Dinosaurs with Horns have had an active presence alongside his constant solo practice.


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Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit + LAFFS & DANGER Presents

Joe & Joe
John Wiese
Monday, June 25, 7pm
Admission: 10 ($8 for MOCAD Members)

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit – MOCAD
4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48201



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