The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS), in conjunction with the MAK Center for Art and Architecture (R.M. Schindler House), presents sound. at the Schindler House: Space as Raw Material with Woody Sullender, Odeya Nini and Carmina Escobar on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Space as Raw Material embraces the intersections of divergent creative practices, including architecture and sound, performance and installation. The durational performances include Furniture Music, a new site-specific installation by Brooklyn-based artist Woody Sullender, making his Los Angeles premiere, and vocal performance of A Solo Voice by Odeya Nini and Source by Carmina Escobar. Over the course of the four hour event, the artists will highlight the subliminal acoustics of the Schindler House, creating multiple listening spaces in the interior and exterior spaces of the historic structure.
Produced by SASSAS, the sound.concert series pushes new music boundaries by creating unique listening experiences for audiences that combine experimental music and unconventional settings. The August 23rd sound. event starts at 4:00pm and runs until 8:00pm. Advance tickets are $15; SASSAS members, Friends of the MAK Center and students/seniors are $10; and can be purchased at www.sassas.org. Tickets are $20 at the door. The Schindler House is located at 835 North Kings Road, West Hollywood, CA 90069. For more information on this concert, as well as other upcoming SASSAS events, please call 323-960-5723 or visit www.sassas.org.
For this concert, SASSAS transforms the four studios and outdoor courtyards of the Schindler House into listening spaces resounding with temporal sonic investigations of architecture, voice and interactions with one another. Woody Sullender’s performance, Furniture Music utilizes modular cardboard forms outfitted with audio transducers resulting in resonating ‘speaker’ objects that will be used to divide and shape the space into a reverberating ‘living room’ on the Schindler patio. Vocalist Odeya Nini’s A Solo Voice explores extended bodily resonances, communicating textural harmony, gesture and tonal animation. Carmina Escobar’s vocal performance Source reflects upon the body as a space that reveals, measures and recognizes itself through vibration.
Woody Sullender is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. His work primarily deals with the socio-political aspects of sound in various arenas such as public space, music, radio, and other media. Recent performances and installations involve constructing physical spaces which intend to disrupt normative modes of music reception. Cutting his teeth in the Chicago free improvisation community, Sullender was recognized as a pre-eminent experimental banjo improvisor, exploring a range of identity politics while playing with and against the cultural baggage of the instrument. With technical advising from STEIM and Harvestworks, he developed an “electro-acoustic banjo”, rupturing its rustic identity. Sullender has worked with pioneering electronic composers such as Pauline Oliveros and Maryanne Amacher (incorporating his banjo recordings into Amacher’s TEO! A sonic sculpture which won the Golden Nica prize at the 2005 Ars Electronica festival). He has performed at venues such as the Kitchen, Issue Project Room, the River to River Festival, SculptureCenter (NYC), Abrons Art Center, GartenKultur Musikfestival, Chicago Cultural Center, DNK-Amsterdam, and many others. He teaches new media at various New York institutions and occasionally can be heard on the airwaves at WFMU. This is his Los Angeles premiere performance. woodysullender.com
Odeya Nini is a vocalist and composer of contemporary experimental music. Her
solo vocal work extends the dimension and expression of the voice and body,
allowing a sonic and physical spectrum of silence to noise and tenderness
to grandeur. Odeya has collaborated extensively as both a performer and composer, and
has been a part of works by artists such as Meredith Monk, Butch Morris,
Maureen Selwood, and the Yelleb Dance Ensemble. Her work has been presented
at numerous venues including REDCAT, the Hammer Museum, Joyce Soho, Art
Basel Miami, and from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv to Odessa and Mongolia. Odeya
holds a BFA from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and an MFA
in composition from CalArts. Her debut album for solo voice, Vougheauxyice, was released in April 2014 on pfMENTUM records. odeyanini.com
Carmina Escobaris a vocalist and intermedia artist from Mexico City whose work focuses primarily on sound, the voice,the body and their interrelations to physical, social and memory spaces. She has developed and collaborated in many different projects that explore a diversity of sonorous languages such as electronic music, experimental music, contemporary, improvisation, folk, opera, and new works involving interdisciplinary collaborations, and technology. She has been an artist in residence at Music Omi (NY), Steim (NL), Krakow Academy of Music (PL), Binaural (PT), Guapamacátaro (MX), University of Albuquerque, I Park (CT) and Montalvo (SF). She is co-director and vocalist of the renowned experimental and contemporary music ensemble from Mexico [liminar] and is currently a grant holder of the Creadores Escénicos 2013 program by the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (National Fund for the Arts) of Mexico. She performs and presents her work frequently both in Mexico and internationally. carminaescobar.com