The CalArts Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology (CEAIT) two-day festival begins tonight at REDCAT with an eclectic lineup of performers and sound artists that cross and blend genres. Co-curated by Mark Trayle and Ulrich Krieger, both faculty members of The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts, the festival promises to bring music from "abstract reveries to flat-out sonic raucousness" to the listening audience.
On the bill tonight (March 4):
- John Wiese, founding member of the concrète grindcore band Sissy Spacek, opens the festival with sound compositions. (Watch the video posted above for a sample.)
- Peruvian-born, Brooklyn resident Maria Chavez. The avant-turntablist Maria Chavez creates electroacoustic sound pieces using new and broken needles on vinyl.
- Marcus Schmickler performs two newly revised works of surround-sound computer music derived from astrophysical data.
Friday's program includes:
- Better Than Future (CalArts alumni Casey Anderson, Scott Cazan and Elisabeth McMullin), an LA-based digital media ensemble that tests the conceptions of sound as art;
- Multimedia performance by visual and sound artist Steve Roden that's based on time spent in Marfa, Texas; and
- Bloody Claws, sound artist Carla Bozulich, formerly with the Geraldine Fibbers, Scarnella and Evangelista closes the festival. She'll appear alongside a very special guest.
Listen to "Blue Eyes Cryin in the Rain" from The Red-Headed Stranger, the Willie Nelson concept album reimagined in its entirety by Bozulich in 2003:
CEAIT Festival at REDCAT
John Wiese | Maria Chavez | Marcus Schmickler
Tonight (March 4) at 8:30 pm
Better Than Future | Steve Roden | Bloody Claws (Carla Bozulich)
Friday March 5 at 8:30 pm
Tickets: $20, $16 students and $10 CalArts students, faculty and staff