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Partipatory Music at Machine Project

from Machine Project, my favorite art gallery for geeks here in Los Angeles.

Hands On’Semble
Episode Four of Everybody Loves Difficult Music, a music and discussion series
Thursday March 23rd 8:00pm

Please join virtuoso hand percussion group Hands On’Semble as they play original compositions that blend the rhythmic concepts and playing techniques of North and South India, the Middle East, West Africa, Indonesia, South America, and western chamber music. After each piece, the group will deconstruct and explain the concepts, forms, devices, and techniques used as means for both composition and improvisation.

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Stina Hanson, Douglas Wadle, Vitamin Wig C [Robert Hansen + Aaron Spafford]
Episode Four of You Too Can Play Difficult Music, a series of audience participation performances
Saturday March 25th 8:00pm

Stina Hanson presents the Super Fantastic Difficult Music Marching Band, with the goal of getting as many people playing, marching and clapping together as possible. Kazoos of multiple hues will be provided, as well as a selection of sheet music to the songs everyone seems to know but has no idea where they learned. What kind of marching band would you like to be in? What does it wear? How does it move? How will it interpret “You too can play difficult music”?

Douglas Wadle will be presenting an audience participation version of Logos prior Logos. The piece is a rules-based improvisation based upon the formal logic statements contained within the score/painting. He will, time permitting, also blather on about the work and its significance or lack thereof in relation to the notion of difficult music.

Vitamin Wig C and friends will be engaging in a sloppy improvisation incorporating mouth sounds and vocalizations, simple percussion instruments, pre-recorded media, and a host of familiar musical instruments. Audience members will be asked to please turn UP their cell phones!

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