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This year, a choice of SASSAS Records Volume I-III is available as a membership premium at the $250 level or higher!  Learn more about these albums here.


2017 SASSAS YEAR IN REVIEW

Looking back at 2017, SASSAS is proud to have offered several exciting premieres as well as encouraged musicians young and old to explore new sounds through our free monthly series, soundShoppe and soundSpark. Scroll down to have a look at the programs that your valuable membership supports: 


 

sound. at The Box: James Tenney’s Changes: Sixty-Four Studies for Six Harps
November 10-11, 2017SASSAS proudly presented the world premiere of James Tenney’s Changes: Sixty-Four Studies for Six Harps over two sold out evenings at The Box. To make Changes accessible to a broad public, the Saturday concert was FREE.Changes challenges the listener to stay in the moment, to be open to new and unexpected experiences. Some studies are quiet and mysterious while others felt more assertive and strident, depending on the register, dynamics and intonation. Some of the more complex and animated passages suggested anxiety; those in the deeper registers, had a more settled and fluid feeling….Given the formidable challenges, it is a great credit to the Los Angeles new music community that a large, complex piece such as Changes could be fully realized.” –Sequenza 21/
 

sound. at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook: Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda
October 22, 2017

SASSAS presented the premiere Los Angeles appearance of Japanese sound pioneer Akio Suzuki, joined by New York-based interdisciplinary artist Aki Onda. The performance wound its way from the park overlook to the pavilion and featured sound and movement incorporating instruments designed by Suzuki, objects found at the park, and selections from Aki Onda’s extensive collection of field recordings on cassette tape. 

FREE

 

soundShoppe

Joe Potts led 10 unstructured sound workshops / noise jams for experimental musicians and sound artists, presented by SASSAS in collaboration with the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock.

In January, the soundShoppe Orchestra, comprised of several soundShoppe regulars, jammed from 10am to 10pm at the FAR Bazaar celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Foundation of Art Resources. In November, they “made an ungodly racket” at Noon to Midnight: A Day of New Music curated by the LA Phil at Disney Hall.

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soundSpark

This ongoing concert series for young children presents emerging experimental musicians at the West Hollywood Library Children’s Theatre. The 10 concerts in 2017 included performances by: Linnea Sablosky, Abacus, Joanna Wallfisch, Deena Odelle Hyatt, Geneva Skeen, Emily Lacy and Gina Treasure, Kozue Matsumoto, Brian Walsh, Kirsten Carey, Electric Sound Bath

In September, SASSAS expanded soundSpark to an Extravaganza that featured 10 artists in a day long festival of music at King’s Road Park. 

FREE and presented in partnership with the City of West Hollywood.


SASSAS ArchivesSASSAS continues to add to its robust online audio, image, and video archives. Watch our Facebook and Instagram feeds for announcements of documentation from Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda and James Tenney’s Changes online soon!

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