The 10th iteration of the Dog Star Orchestra concert series once again brings the local experimental music community to the forefront in Los Angeles, with 15 events planned from May 30 to June 14.
Created by CalArts faculty Michael Pisaro and organized by alumni Colin Wambsgans (Music MFA 11) and James Klopfleisch (Music MFA 10), the festival this year expands into more venues in the LA area.
Each concert is curated by a different artist or set of artists, and the music ranges from works with traditional instrumentation to music for toy instruments and sound makers to spoken word pieces. Programs include works by composers Tom Johnson and the late Robert Ashley, as well as new pieces from local composers.
“People came up with some really interesting programs with a ton of variety of music this year,” says Wambsgans. “In addition to concerts at CalArts, we’re so excited to have shows at Automata, Beta Level and Curve Line Space, among others.”
Some other less-traditional venues are also on the docket, including spoken text performances on Lower Grand Avenue (under Disney Hall and MOCA) created by Brendan Carn; a piece for road flares by Todd Lerew in the Pacific Palisades; and a number of concerts in private homes around the city.
Most of the concerts are free. All information and directions can be viewed on the Dog Star Orchestra site.
Dog Star Orchestra 10
May 30-June 14
Various locations and times