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at the Kings Road Park Pavilion
A 3-month series of commissions celebrating West Hollywood's 25th Anniversary

TED BYRNES and ARI DESANO
SCOTT BENZEL
WADADA LEO SMITH


A series of commissions celebrating West Hollywood's 25th Anniversary including work by Ted Byrnes and Ari Desano, Scott Benzel, and Wadada Leo Smith. Performances happen the last Saturday in June, July, and August.


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TED BYRNES and ARI DESANO

Saturday, June 26


SCOTT BENZEL

Saturday, July 24


WADADA LEO SMITH

Saturday, August 28



Join SASSAS for the premiere of Ten Thousand Cereus Peruvianus': A Memorial for Dorothy Stone by Los Angeles based musician, composer, and instructor Wadada Leo Smith, the third and final of three compositions commissioned by SASSAS to celebrate the long and fruitful relationship between SASSAS's sound. concert series and the City of West Hollywood on the occasion of the City's 25th Anniversary. Stone was the virtuoso flutist and co-founder of the California EAR Unit who passed away in 2008 at the age of 49. The twelve minute work for guitar -- performed by Stuart Fox -- is a solo work built around complex sounds and structural improvisation.

The evening is complemented by two other Smith compositions both from 1998. The M'ad-Din, To the memory of Cerno Bokar Saalif Taa, a work for saxophone quartet will be performed by Vinny Golia (sopranino and alto saxophones), Matt Harris (soprano and tenor saxophones), Casey Anderson (alto and baritone saxophones), and Casey Butler (soprano and tenor saxophones). The final piece, Bardsdale for solo guitar, is "an evocation of the tranquil California landscape around the groves of Fillmore" in three movements: Early Morning: A Deep Rain; Mid-day and Evening: Dusk, Luminous Streaks Of.

Wadada Leo Smith is a trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, and educator, active in creative contemporary music for over forty years. His systemic music language Ankhrasmation is significant in his development as an artist and educator. Cover star of the February 2010 issue of The Wire, Smith is said to have "helped shift the locus of American free playing from the spiritually overpowering blare of Albert Ayler, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, et al, towards something that focused overtly on intellectual explorations of music as language and system."

Smith is Director of the African-American Improvisational Music program at CalArts and has received numerous awards, commissions and fellowships. His recordings have appeared on dozens of labels and some of the artists Smith has performed with include Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, George Lewis, Cecil Taylor, Anthony Davis, Carla Bley, David Murray, Don Cherry, Han Bennink, Charlie Haden and Malachi Favors among many others. Currently Smith has three ensembles-Golden Quartet, Silver Orchestra, and Organic.

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Performance begins at 5:00 p.m.

Location:
Kings Road Park Pavilion
1000 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069


sound. 2010 is produced by SASSAS.

The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS) is supported in part through grants from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the West Hollywood Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, a special donation from Amoeba Music and the generous contributions of our members. For further information on SASSAS: www.sassas.org or contact us at 323.960.5723.

Contribute to SASSAS at the $50 level and receive discounts for sound.

Designers from left to right: Djego Padilla (2008); Hedi El Kholti / Channa Horwitz (2007); Wendy Furman (2006); Linda Nishio (2005, 2004); Tom Recchion (2003,2002, 2001); Cindy Bernard (2000; 1999). 2009 anniversary logo by Cindy Bernard.

 
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