5.5 Questions for Dan Clucas

1. What led you to the work you’re making now?

Most of my work is still rooted in improvisation from a group perspective using conventional group settings (i.e. “jazz” instrumentation) but I have always been interested in spatial performance, ever since attending the Los Angeles premiere of Boulez’ Répons in 1985. So this is a great opportunity for me to investigate that part of my musical psyche, and hopefully it will lead to more.

2. What…

  • July 30
    Saturday, July 30

    Charles Curtis


    MAK Center for Art and Architecture Schindler House

    SASSAS and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture are proud to once again present sound. at the Schindler House: Charles Curtis, featuring the internationally renowned cellist. Hailed by ArtForum as “one of the great cellists … spellbinding and minimal,” Curtis will perform the Los Angeles premiere of a new work by Tashi Wada, plus music by J.S. Bach and more.

  • August 06
    Dave Cipriani With Indian Guitar
    Saturday, August 6

    Dave Cipriani


    Children's Theatre West Hollywood Library

    soundSpark is a free, monthly new music series for young children featuring solo and duo performances by emerging artists. soundSpark takes place at 12pm on the first Saturday of every month. The August 2016 featured artist is Dave Cipriani.

  • August 28
    soundShoppe, August 10, 2014 (photo by Cindy Bernard)
    Sunday, August 28

    soundShoppe 8.28.16


    Center for the Arts Eagle Rock

    soundShoppe is a FREE, monthly, unstructured sound workshop/noise jam for experimental musicians and sound artists presented by SASSAS and Center for the Arts Eagle Rock. All are welcome to join–from experienced musicians to novices. The ongoing sessions are led by Joe Potts, founding member of LAFMS (Los Angeles Free Music Society).

    Registration is optional, but we appreciate knowing how many people to expect.  Please select the “Get Tickets” button below to register.

  • September 01
    Destroy All Pianos
    Thursday, September 1

    Destroy All Pianos

    Destroy All Pianos

    356 S. Mission Rd.

    Destroy All Pianos is a series of experimental performances that create new music through subverting the piano. SASSAS is commissioning eight artists/musicians/composers to create works which demolish the piano historically, metaphorically or physically. The event draws upon a legacy of artistic expression centered on altered and destroyed instruments and the title is a nod to “Destroy All Monsters,” both the 1968 Japanese film, and the band co-founded by Mike Kelley (former SASSAS Advisory Board Member) in Detroit in the mid-70s. The project was initiated by SASSAS Board Member Joe Potts who was Kelley’s bandmate in Extended Organ. Many of the commissioned artists coming from Canada, Europe and New Zealand will be performing in Los Angeles for the first time. And all of this takes place at 356 Mission, which is housed in a former piano storage facility.

    Pending funding, this event is slated for September 2016; final dates and artists to be announced.

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