From Bach to Krautrock: A Weekend of CalArtian Music Around Los Angeles

From Mark Trayle’s sound and video installation, ‘Tough Sky’ | Photo: Mark Trayle


’21st Century Bach’ | Image courtesy wild Up

The LA-based experimental classical/ contemporary group wild Up recently began a residency at Hammer Museum, with its members occasionally hosting smaller-scale concerts. Tonight (Oct. 19), the group presents a free concert of Bach Cello Suites, performed by CalArts alumnus and electric bassoonist Archie Carey (Music MFA 11).

In 21st Century Bach, Carey updates Bach’s 18th century works with distortion pedals, delay effects and a “Radio Shack’s worth of other electronics.”

There’s also a full-ensemble wild Up concert on Oct. 27 at the Hammer, titled wild Up Does Classical Music.

21st Century Bach
Tonight (Oct. 19), 6 pm
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles


In addition to two performances at REDCAT on Friday night, the iconic krautrock pioneers Faust, the Los Angeles indie trio Derde Verde and the CalArts Orchestra perform an evening of orchestral rock outside under the stars at the Wild Beast Pavilion at CalArts. Various configurations of rock band and orchestra and rock orchestra will be presented on a program that includes original compositions by faculty member Ulrich Krieger, Red Robot, Brendan Byrnes (Music MFA 12) and Blake Baldwin (Music BFA 11), including transcriptions of Richard Wagner and SunnO))).

The concert concludes the second annual CalArts Weekend. Several Los Angeles food trucks—including Hang 10 Tacos and George’s Greek Cafe—will be onsite starting at 5:30 pm with food and beverages available for purchase. Read more

Wild Beast Concert Series, CalArts
Saturday (Oct. 20), 7 pm


On Sunday night, composer and CalArts faculty member Mark Trayle presents the U.S. premiere of his work Phantom Rooms at the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City. With the help of Casey Thomas Anderson (Music MFA 09) on laptop/saxophone, Matt Barbier (Music MFA 10) on trombone, Stephanie Cheng Smith (Music MFA 11) on laptop/violin, Ashley Walters (Music MFA 07) on cello and Trayle on laptop, the piece maps acoustics of rooms at the museum.

More from Trayle:

Phantom Rooms is a composition that maps room acoustics with a network of laptops and other instruments. The musicians exchange these maps over the network, so that rooms appear in other rooms as acoustic phantoms, their resonant frequencies disturbing the acoustics of the rooms they haunt.

Members of the audience mix the composition as they wander from room to room. Expect long tones, gently bubbling feedback, and improvisational flux in this almost-hour-long performance.

There are two performances, 8 pm and 9:30 pm.

Mark Trayle’s ‘Phantom Rooms’
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
9341 Venice Blvd, Culver City
Sunday (Oct. 21), 8 pm and 9:30 pm
Tickets: $15 regular, $10 students, free for museum members.

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