Liquid Land

The Los Angeles premiere of Swiss filmmaker Michelle Ettlin’s chronicle of improvisational music and building instruments from found objects in post-Katrina New Orleans. Liquid Land musicians Helen Gillet (New Orleans), Simon Berz (Switzerland) and Klaas Hübner (Germany) join Los Angeles area players Joseph Mitchell, Ted Byrnes, Sandy Yang, and Kira Vollman for a post screening performance. Director Michelle Ettlin discusses the film as a part of this special DVD and record release tour.

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Simon Berz is a drummer and sound artist, and the initiator of the artist platform BADABUM. As a drummer and electronic musician, he has toured solo and in different formations through Europe, USA, Japan and China.

Ted Byrnes is a drummer/percussionist working primarily in free improvisation, new music, electro-acoustic music, and noise. He has played in duos with Han-Earl Park and Anna Homler, among others and in duo/trio/or ensemble settings with: David Watson, Charlemagne Palestine, Jaap Blonk, the LAFMS.

Michelle Ettlin is a filmmaker who works on experimental, animation and documentary films as well as live projections for concerts and dance plays. Liquid Land is her first feature film.

Helen Gillet is a New Orleans based cellist, singer, composer and improviser. She has performed extensively across the United States and Western Europe including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival and and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Klaas Hübner is an artist, performer, and improviser focused on exploring sounds, and is also known for his experimental music project HiľBot Lilanth. Hübner currently resides in Berlin and is active in the experimental music and art community. He has improvised with musicians as Simon Berz, Toktek, Lu Krautman, and Kaspar König, among others.

Joseph Mitchell has performed with many orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Long Beach Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, Pasadena Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, and the Glendale Symphony. He has also worked with Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Lou Rawls, Marilyn McCoo, Richard Smallwood, and blues man Mighty Mo’ Rodgers.

Kira Vollman has been on the local experimental / avant-guard / improv music scene for many years, as a multi-instrumentalist and composer. Using her multi-octave voice as an instrument, she creates striking cinematic atmospheres and moods. Vollman s main creative musical outlet has been her collaboration with fellow multi-instrumentalist Joseph Berardi, called Non Credo. In addition to Vollman s wide range of vocal sounds, she also plays bass guitar, clarinets, keyboards and other assorted devices, and supplies the lyrics for Non Credo.

Sandy Yang is a musician and artist who lives in Los Angeles. Her discography includes three albums with The Red Krayola released on Drag City Records, a Jeff Moris Tepper (Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band) album for which she provides vocals, and her own instrumental 5 song EP released in 2010 by CD-rt imprint.