L.A. / LOCAL features L.A. luminaries of electronic music, Gregory Lenczycki and Jorge Martin performing alongside local counterparts, John Bischoff and Antimatter, plus the glittering indie of Barb Golden’s The Golden Path, accompanied by projections by Bill Thibault.
Gregory Lenczycki’s music explores the poetics and space and the architecture of sound. His recent releases incorporate ambient slow-building electronic sounds as well as a lovely melodicism.
Lenczycki performs a duo with Jorge Martin, a veteran player of the modular synthesizer.
Barbara Golden escaped the dull life of a housewife and moved to the Bay to study at Mills College with Terry Riley, Bob Ashley, Lou Harrison and Maggi Payne. Since 1985 she’s done politically incorrect performance raunch: WIGband, Balinese music: Gamelan Sekar Jaya, and radio: producer, host, board operator of Crack o’ Dawn for Pacifica KPFA Berkeley. Her vids including the prizewinning Take Me Out to the Ballgame have been shown in festivals worldwide. Barbara Golden’s Greatest Hits, her cookbook/cd, beloved for its tasty recipes and tasteless songs, sold out its second edition. Barb has performed with many indie groups: Matmos, The Residents, The Hub, Blectum from Blechdom etc. She plays keyboards & backup vocals for The Golden Path.
Lydia Martin – Drummer for the Golden Path, Lydia is a member of several local ensembles such as Silk Mother, Rabbit Hole Ensemble, Gamelan X, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, and has performed with such notable musicians as Pauline Oliveros, William Winant, Vinny Golia, and Joe La Barbera. Lydia also has 10 years of teaching experience and has taught Elementary music and private instruction piano/drums
Gregory Lenczycki – Most recently Lenczycki has presented at Show+Tell Los Angeles, The Box Los Angeles, Long Beach City College, and the Fort Mason Center San Francisco. Recent premieres include The Listening Garden – a five week sound installation and culminating concert for winds, brass, percussion and electronics, the requiem You Are Not Alone with support from Newtown Arts Pasadena in the Lower Arroyo Park to mark the 100th anniversary of the Colorado Street bridge, works for string and percussion quartet, his setting of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s 1817 poem Mont Blanc for soprano, clarinet, tuba, and live electronics and the score for second iteration of Kathleen Johnson’s nine-year science fiction opera Brainchild. Lenczycki frequently collaborates with filmmakers, sculptors, photographers, choreographers and writers.
Jorge Martin – Over the last three decades, Martin has been known for his involvement in the Southern California experimental music scene. Classically trained on piano and clarinet, he constructs intricate and evocative music, from power noise to sparse minimalism, on his modular analog synthesizer panels. Until a few years ago, he was one half of the acclaimed duo Spastic Colon. He frequently collaborates with Anna Homler, among many others.
John Bischoff – has been active in the experimental music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 40 years as a composer, performer, and teacher. He is known for his solo constructions in real-time synthesis and the pioneering development of computer network music. He has performed across the US, and in Europe including such venues as the Festival d’Automne in Paris, Akademie der Künst in Berlin, and Fylkingen in Stockholm. He was a founding member of The League of Automatic Music Composers (1978), considered to be the world’s first computer network band. He is also a founding member of The Hub (1987), a network band that continues to expand on the network music form in new ways. Recordings of Bischoff’s work are available on Artifact, 23Five, Tzadik, Lovely, and New World Records. A solo CD on New World titled “Audio Combine” was named one of the BEST OF 2012 by WIRE magazine. He is a Professor of Music at Mills.
Bill Thibault is a computer scientist and artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. During college he took to computers, wound up with a doctorate from Georgia Tech, and took a teaching job at CSUEB in Hayward. There he had a chance to meet and work with various people, including many from the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music. He’s created tools for a variety of media including 3D multichannel audio, multichannel video, and multi-projector display calibration. He is now Computer Scientist at Obscura Digital, Inc. in San Francisco. Lately, he performs with various live musicians using his software for improvised graphics.
ANTIMATTER is the work of Xopher Davidson who began his experiments in electronic sound from a basis in painting, film, and installation art, mixed with a long-time interest in electronics. In 1992, Davidson rode the train to Oakland, California, where he founded the seminal Exhibit < > space. In this storefront location (situated adjacent to a freeway on-ramp), he presented an ongoing installation of signs and diagrams which his paintings had evolved into. Listening here to the rumblings of the overhead freeway, it became obvious that the issue of sound needed to be (re)addressed. A year later, Davidson began work at the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College. As a member of the live electronic groups Citizen Band and Circular Firing Squad, he performed extensively in and around the San Francisco Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest. Davidson continues to collaborate with David Kwan performing their audio visual presentations, a mixture of order and decay, and are currently working on a series of DVD translations.
As an audio engineer, Davidson has worked on projects by/ for: The-Allies, John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, Diamanda Galas, Jhno, Zbigniew Karkowski, Lloop, Once 11, Hannah Marcus, Paul D. Miller, Mix Master Mike, Pepito, Phoenecia, The Soft Pink Truth, Jonah Sharp, Otto Von Schirach, Subtropic, Themselves, Tipsy, We, and Iannis Xenakis, to name a few.