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LFZ / OFFING / Odeya Nini / r.r. barbadas
June 3, 2016 9:00 pm
Music by LFZ (Sean Smith), OFFING (Chris Duncan), Odeya Nini, r.r. barbadas (Rona Rapadas & Robbee Barber)
LFZ (Sean Smith):
Rooted firmly in solo acoustic composition, Smith has – over the past creatively fruitful decade – adopted electric instruments and devices to further his search and study. Improvisation is now an equal component to composition in his work. LFZ is Smith’s current musical endeavor. Guitar is at the heart and synthesizers come into play at times, all manipulated by a vast array of analog and digital devices. The music is emotionally driven and rides the line between composition and improvisation. There is a deep experimentalism captured in the music of LFZ – all executed by tangible means. LFZ is exploratory of sights, sounds and the phenomenological. Fripp & Eno, Terry Riley, and Michael Rother are some referential touchstones, yet, LFZ does not set out to mimic or cash in on its predecessors. Smith is also the owner and operator of the record label, Stimulus Progression.
For all tour dates throughout 2016, Smith will be performing music from the recent debut LFZ album. At select shows, he will perform the piece, “…city of god” by Science Fiction, a composition for tape loops and live guitar solo originally released in 1981 in a private press edition. Re-issues available 5/27 from Stimulus Progression.
OFFING (Chris Duncan)
Chris Duncan is an Oakland-based artist who employs repetition and accumulation as a basis for experiments in visual and sound based media. Often in flux between maximal and minimal, Duncan’s work is a constant balancing act of positive or negative, loud or quite, solitary or participatory and tends to lead towards questions regarding perception, experience and transcendence. Outside of his studio practice he organizes events and runs a small artist book press and record label called LAND AND SEA with his wife Maggie Otero. Duncan earned his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and his Masters Degree in Art Practice from Stanford University. Under the moniker OFFING, Duncan creates open ended sound paintings rooted in the accumulation of simple tones made from tuning forks and harmonicas combined with field recordings of natural phenomena.
Odeya Nini is a Los Angeles based experimental vocalist and contemporary composer. At the locus of her interests are textural harmony, gesture, tonal animation, and the illumination of minute sounds, in works spanning chamber music to vocal pieces and collages of musique concrète. Her solo vocal work extends the dimension and expression of the voice and body, creating a sonic and physical panorama of silence to noise and tenderness to grandeur. Odeya has collaborated extensively with dancers, visual artist, filmmakers and theater directors as both a composer and soloist and has worked with artists such as Meredith Monk, Butch Morris and LA’s contemporary orchestra – Wild Up.
Odeya’s work has been presented at venues and festivals across the US and internationally, such as The Hammer Museum, REDCAT, Joyce Soho, and Art Basel Miami, from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv, Canada, Mongolia, Madagascar and Vietnam. She has lectured as a guest artist on contemporary vocal techniques and composition and leads workshops on voice and movement.
Odeya holds a BFA from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where she studied with vocalist Theo Bleckmann, and an MFA in composition from California Institute of the Arts. Her debut album Vougheauxyice (Voice), for solo voice, was released in April of 2014 on pfMENTUM records.
Los Angeles duo comprised of Rona Rapadas & Robbee Barber. Working within a wide range of electronic/collage-based music & sound, the pair records via the scrapbooking of treated & prepared acoustic & electric signals* (musical & other) & field recordings*, which are heavily deconstructed, further reorganized and formed into implied rhythms, textures, spacial environs, and sometimes even a “song”.
*household & yard debris, industrial noise, treacherous footpaths, audio cassette tape, naturally occurring water, spring reverb, incidental fauna, synthesizers, public transportation, rock formations/rock slides, parametric eq, chords.