Gregory Lenczycki Chair

Gregory Lenczycki

Described as “always poetic” and “twittering with excitable circuitry,” 
composer Gregory Lenczycki’s work explores the rhythms of space and the
architecture of sound. His music is often self-referential, drawing from an
 archive of apocryphal code, irregular sequences, and obscure melodies that
are weaved together in lyric cycles. Recent premieres include Miniature
 for String Quartet No. 6, his requiem You Are Not Alone, a setting of
 Percy Bysshe Shelley’s 1817 poem Mont Blanc for soprano, clarinet, tuba,
 and live electronics, the opera Brainchild II and the symphonic tone 
poem Things I am not fully aware of.

Lenczycki’s music is available at

Danny Gromfin Treasurer

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In addition to his work with SASSAS, Gromfin is also president of Non-Event, a long running Boston-based concert series devoted to the presentation of the finest in experimental, abstract, improvised, and new music from New England and around the world. Additionally Gromfin manages the 40-year old experimental music collective known as the Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS). His day job is helping companies both large and small better market their products and services.

Joe Potts Secretary

Joe Potts

Joe Potts is a founding member of The Los Angeles Free Music Society, a seminal experimental music collective, which is responsible for over two-dozen releases over the past 40 years. He is also the “man behind the curtain” in Airway, an Art/Sound collective that combines walls of sound with subliminal treatments, and treats live musicians as electronic signals, which are processed and manipulated. For the past 15 years he has been composing for the “Chopped Optigan” a Seventies optical sampling console organ that has been customized and rewired in order to create dense undulating chords of up to 64 notes at a time.

Cindy Bernard Founding Director

Cindy Bernard

Cindy Bernard’s career spans nearly three decades. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, California Arts Council, Creative Capital, Anonymous Was a Woman, the Harpo Foundation, California Community Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Japan, and was included in the Whitney and Lyon Biennials.

In addition to her visual practice, Bernard takes an active interest in the spaces and production of social exchange. In addition to founding SASSAS, she was a director and advisor to Foundation for Art Resources from 1985 to 1990, a founding director of the Coalition for Freedom of Expression, and co-founder of MOCA Mobilization.

Her current project is Vinland, a meditation on the complex and continually shifting relationships between spaces, social and economic structures, and personal and collective histories, centered in two small communities in Newfoundland.

Bernard is a Professor of Graduate Fine Art (Adjunct) at Art Center College of Art and Design and was appointed the inaugural Ruffin Distinguished Artist-In-Residence at the University of Virginia for the academic year 2013/2014.

Gabriel Cifarelli

Gabriel Cifarelli

Gabriel Cifarelli is a writer and curator based in Los Angeles. He has written for the LA Weekly and the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time blog, Glasstire,and East of Borneo. He is the curator of ArtUpfront at Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena. He earned a degree in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Karen Hillenburg

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Karen comes to SASSAS with a diverse and creative background. A Southern California native, Karen trained in culinary school and worked as a chef for many years before opening a cooking school in Los Angeles in 2001. Karen is dedicated to promoting the arts by supporting projects and institutions that support creative exploration, innovation, and experimentation. Karen also devotes her energies to her own work in the ceramics studio, as well as working on behalf of organizations that protect women’s rights.

Michael Ned Holte

Michael Ned Holte

Michael Ned Holte is a writer, independent curator, and educator based in Los Angeles. He has organized numerous exhibitions including “Routine Pleasures” (2016) at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, Los Angeles; “TL;DR” (2014) at Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand; and, with Connie Butler, the 2014 edition of “Made in L.A.” at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. He has written monographic essays on artists such as Kathryn Andrews, Hani Armanious, Charles Gaines, Richard Hawkins, Alice Könitz, Shio Kusaka, Roy McMakin, Ricky Swallow, and Clarissa Tossin, and has contributed to periodicals including Afterall, Artforum International, The Brooklyn Rail, East of Borneo, Pin-Up, and X-Tra. He has been a member of the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts since 2009, and has served as Co-Director of the Program in Art since 2014.

Peter Tolkin

Peter Tolkin is the founding principal of Peter Tolkin Architecture.

Nina Waisman

Nina Waisman

As a former dancer turned installation artist, Nina Waisman is fascinated by the critical role that movement-based modes of thinking play in forming thought. Scientists call such “physical thinking” the pre-conscious scaffolding for all human logic. Waisman’s interactive sound installations, videos and collaborative performances pose questions about embodied thinking, while focusing on related issues, including surveillance, invisible labor & machine-human feedback loops. After a year-plus run as an artist-in-residence at the SETI Institute, Nina is beginning a series of artworks exploring non-human intelligences, from animal on through to possible plant, microbial and ET intelligences.