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CFAER and SASSAS present

at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock

Friday, February 22, 2013


Rangda_w_BC_CC Clockwise from the top: Rangda, Blues Control, Crooked Cowboy

The Los Angeles premiere performance of Rangda featuring Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls), Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) and Chris Corsano (Bjork and many others) with Blues Control (NYC) and Crooked Cowboy and the Freshwater Indians (Los Angeles).


Rangda_indiv_composite Sir Richard Bishop, Ben Chasny, Chris Corsano

Randga is the epically shreddy trio comprised of equal parts Sir Richard Bishop, Ben Chasny, and Chris Corsano. "Together they specialize in the communion between ecstatic free improvisation and psychedelic groove." (Nate Chinen, New York Times). Newfangled and shrouded by ancestral awakenings, Rangda's lean n' child-eating-machine approach to songs bore deep into the layers of consciousness to divine meeting. Their 2012 sophomore record, Formerly Extinct (Drag City), is described by Consequence of Sound's Steven Arroyo, as working "the polar ends of tone and tempo throughout. [...It's] finest moments come when they flex their math rock muscle and spin themselves into controlled chaos."

Sir Richard Bishop is a founding member (along with brother Alan Bishop) of experimental ethnic-improv pioneers and underground tricksters Sun City Girls. Bishop's first solo record, Salvador Kali, was released by John Fahey's Revenant label in 1998 under the moniker Sir Richard Bishop (the name stuck). Bishop is also a co-founder of the Sublime Frequencies label (with Alan Bishop and Hisham Mayet). The label, whose mission is dedicated to acquiring and releasing obscure sights and sounds from Africa, India, S.E. Asia and beyond, began in 2003 and currently has over 65 releases to its credit.

Ben Chasny formed Six Organs of Admittance in 1998 in Northern California. Chasny and friends provided a vinyl-only soundtrack for Joseph Mattson's novel Empty the Sun, from Barnacle in a limited edition that also included the book. Chasny's (primarily acoustic) SOOA album, Asleep on the Floodplain, was issued in 2011 on Drag City. The band returned in the summer of 2012 with the decidedly more rocking Ascent.

Chris Corsano has been called "...seriously one of the most exciting drummers on the planet." (Adam Richards, Corsano has developed an expanded solo music all his own, incorporating sax reeds, violin strings and bows, pot lids, and other everyday household items into his drum kit. He spent 2007 and '08 as the drummer on Bjork's Volta world tour. In addition to the those mentioned above, he's also worked with, among others: Jim O'Rourke & Akira Sakata (Drag City/Family Vineyard), Nels Cline (Strange Attractors), and Jandek (Corwood). In 2012, he released the solo album Cut (Hot Cars Warp Records).

Blues Control

Blues Control is Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse, a piano/guitar/tapes new age duo from the East Coast. An enthralling live band with an extensive catalog, Blues Control have been called "one of the most intriguingly unclassifiable outfits in contemporary music, putting forth music that is clear and refined while also being absolutely incomparable."(Tiny Mix Tape) The band's Drag City debut album, Valley Tangents, was released last June to a huge amount of buzz, garnering praise from Pitchfork, SPIN and others; and appearing on Billboard's New Age charts. Since then, the duo has toured steadily--performing in all corners of the world, before coming to perform live for you.

crooked cowboy

LA-based songwriter Crooked Cowboy specializes in "an experimental aesthetic straight out of a Western flick gone wrong, from post-punk-infused cavalcades of frantic country music to psychedelic orchestral alt-folk filled with droning vocals and eerie noises fuzzing through wide open sonic spaces. Delectably bizarre." (Deli Magazine). An LA fixture since the mid- 90's, his influences can be traced back to unsavory L.A. nights befitting his noir-ish tone. Once united in 2006, Crooked Cowboy and the Freshwater Indians became a live orchestral tour-de-force. The ensemble ranges from 6-12 while playing live, showcasing a psychedelic whirlwind tinged with an unattainable nostalgia for a western era we can only long to re-experience.

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
2225 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90041


Advance tickets $14; CFAER / SASSAS members / Students / Seniors $12; tickets at the door $18.

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sound. 2013 is produced by Cindy Bernard in collaboration with the SASSAS Board of Directors and the SASSAS Progamming Committee (Gregory Lenczycki, Joe Potts, Haruko Tanaka, Dawson Weber, and Kassandra Kocoshia)

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 Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, and the support of our members. For further information on SASSAS: or contact us at 323.960.5723.

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock is a nonprofit 501 (c)3 arts organization whose mission is to be innovative in providing multidisciplinary, arts-inclusive programming to the diverse communities of northeast Los AngelesÉ and beyond.

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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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