Jaap Blonk, Ted Byrnes, William Hutson, Micaela Tobin, Lucky Dragons

Jaap Blonk

Ted Byrnes

William Hutson

Micaela Tobin

Lucky Dragons

Sun · March 25, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Jaap Blonk
Jaap Blonk
Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, voice performer and sound poet. His unfinished studies in physics, mathematics and musicology mainly created a penchant for activities in a Dada vein, as did several unsuccessful jobs in offices and other well-organized systems.

In the late 1970s he took up saxophone and started to compose music, and a few years later a real breakthrough occurred: he discovered the power and flexibility of his voice. At present, he has developed into a prolific writer/composer and a specialist in the performance of sound poetry, supported by a powerful stage presence and an almost childlike freedom in improvisation. He performed in many European countries, as well as in the U.S., Canada, Indonesia, South Africa and Latin America.

Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Paul Lytton, Mats Gustafsson, Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Melvyn Poore, Paul Dutton, Nicolas Collins, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He performed in several compositions by the German composer Carola Bauckholt, including a piece for voice and orchestra. A solo voice piece was commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2002.

Blonk is the founder and leader of Splinks, a 15-piece orchestra playing his compositions, and Braaxtaal, an avant-rock trio with synthesizer and drums. He also has his own record label, Kontrans.

His work for radio and television includes several commissioned radio plays.
He also makes larger-scale drawings of his scores, which have been exhibited.
Blonk is an energetic workshop leader too, who taught in many different countries, including a lot of work with children.
A recent development is his involvement with electronics, in the form of work created by sampling and processing the sounds of his voice.
Jaap Blonk keeps on searching the rich common ground between poetry and music. He is always after new sounds and combinations of sounds, without abandoning completely the semantics of language. His live performances are music, poetry and performance art all at the same time.
Lucky Dragons
Lucky Dragons
Additional members: Sara Diaz, Jasmine Albuquerque

"Lucky Dragons" means any recorded or performed or installed or packaged or shared or suggested or imagined pieces made by Luke Fischbeck, Sarah Rara, and/or any sometimes collaborators who claim the name.

Fischbeck and Rara have presented interactive performances and installations at MOCA Los Angeles, The Smell, Smithsonian's Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Whitney Museum of American Art (as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial), The Kitchen and PS1 in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, REDCAT and LACMA in Los Angeles, Frankfurt's Schirn Kunsthalle, ICA London, ICA Philadelphia, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

The name "Lucky Dragons" is borrowed from a Japanese fishing boat caught in the fallout of hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll in the 1950s. The crew stricken ill, and the boat itself contaminated, the "Lucky Dragon" became a crystalizing symbol for the previously diffuse worldwide anti-nuclear sentiment. Eventually the boat was painted black, renamed the "Dark Falcon", and put into reuse as a fishing vessel, until it was retired and disposed of on the man-made trash island "Dream Island", where it remains today.

Lucky Dragons are about the birthing of new and temporary creatures--equal-power situations in which audience members cooperate amongst themselves, building up fragile networks held together by such light things as skin contact, unfamiliar language, temporary logic, the spirit of celebration, and things that work but you don't know why. There have been hundreds of these simple yet shifting and unpredictable instances--with audiences ranging from the intense intimacy of one person to the public spectacle of thousands of people. At the heart of it all is playing together--building up social collectivities, re-engaging the wonder and impossibility of technological presence. It sounds--and looks--like simple and ancient patterns coming together and falling apart in a sincere attempt to let wires and screens and words become clear and crystal.

Lucky Dragons' sister projects include Sumi Ink Club--a weekly collaborative drawing society, and Glaciers Of Nice--a small press and internet community.
Venue Information:
2478 N Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA, 90039