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…

5.5 Questions for Bobb Bruno

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

Just a love for synthesizers, drum machines, and non-traditional forms of electronic music.

2. What was your very first gig?

My first solo gig was at the original The Smell location in North Hollywood, late Nineties i believe. I recreated my bedroom and played in my pajamas. Instrumentation was chord organ, Yamaha SU-10 sampler, vocals.

3. What are you listening to these days?

Let’s Eat Grandma, The new Bixio/Frizzi/Tempera Magnetic Systems compilation Lp, Oiler,…

5.5 Questions for Southern California Sound Ecology

Southern California Sound Ecology

1. The members of Southern California Sound Ecology (SCSE) come from a range of different musical perspectives and backgrounds, from noise to “slow sound” (which is related to lowercase)….how did you come together to form SCSE? How do the different approaches inform the group as a whole?

Jorge Martin: It could be that each member (past, present, future) of the ensemble has their own historical perspective of how the SCSE formed, but I credit Glenn Bach for its start…

5.5 Questions for Matt Barbier

Matt Barbier / sound. at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook: Mural (photo by Don Lewis)

1. What led you to the kind of work you make now?

A lot of things. One of the big ones is my non-music job. I do a lot of woodworking and machining, because of that I’ve spent a lot of time with earplugs in. I’ve started to notice this pleasant difference in hearing between what is close to me [the sounds in my ears] and the sounds outside of my earplugs. It’s made me very interested in how a…

5.5 Questions for Sarah Petersen

1.  What led you to integrate humming into performance? Can you tell us a little about your Hums and how they evolved?

My interest in humming started with an interest in how sound acts on people subconsciously, and an interest in sympathetic vibration. I had been doing installations where I realized, in retrospect, my main interest had been in how sound acts on and pulls people through space, based on their seemingly innate curiosity about sounds whose source was…

5.5 Questions for the Southland Ensemble

This week, the founders of the Southland Ensemble – Eric KM Clark, James Klopfleisch, and Christine Tavolacci – will lead SASSAS’ Kids Play Oliveros workshops. On Sunday, September 7, they will lead students from The Harmony Project in a free concert of Oliveros’ music at 2pm at CFAER.

The Southland Ensemble will also perform works by Pauline Oliveros at Human Resources on Sept. 9, 8pm.

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

The majority of us…

5.5 Questions for Carmina Escobar

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

For a while, I’ve been really interested in the phenomenon of resonance, and most of my personal work has been oriented towards exploring this physical event both conceptually and perceptually. I think this is because of the nature of my primordial instrument, the voice, and its production through an utter bodily experience .

Who are some other musicians and/or artists you admire and why?

I tend to admire the people I…

5.5 Questions for Odeya Nini

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

My main focus in the last few years has been performing experimental vocals integrated with movement, a full bodied experience. The physical movement of the body is inseparable from the character of the voice. Integrating these two has led my vocalizing to be very dynamic and highly expressive, opening new possibilities of sound.

I arrived at this form of art over a long period of time spent singing as different personalities…

5.5 Questions for Woody Sullender

Woody Sullender

What led you to the work you’re making now?  I’m especially curious about the transition from the work you were doing with banjo to a more sculptural practice.

I came to the current performance work from a number of pathways, one being my frustrations working within the limitations of the more codified ‘improvised music’ context.  While I was primarily playing banjo, I also worked with Maryanne Amacher and Ei Arakawa, two very different artists who dealt with the performance environment…

5.5 Questions for Mark Trayle

Mark Trayle

What led you to the kind of music you play?


Who are some other musicians and/or artists you admire and why?

That’s always a difficult question to answer, because that list changes all the time as I discover or rediscover music and musicians. So, in late June of 2014: James Tenney – his piece Fabric for Ché was the inspiration for most of what you’ll hear in this concert. I’d heard this piece a few times before but it didn’t capture my…