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LAFMS at The Box LA - concert line up for 2/11 announced

on Mon, 02/06/2012 - 20:49
The Box, located at 805 Traction, LA 90013, is host yet again to another ful day of LAFMS and related musical performances in support of the exhibition "Beneath The Valley Of the Lowest Form Of Music: The Los Angeles Free Music Society (1972-2012)" running until February 25, 2012
 
This Saturday, Feb. 11th - from NOON - 7PM. Donations appreciated:
  • Extended Organ (Tom Recchion, Paul McCarthy, Joe Potts and Fredrik Nilsen)
  • Jim Shaw (with Dani Tull & Eddie Rusha)
  • Marnie Weber's F for Ache/Dolphin Explosion (Marnie Weber, Dani Tull, Doug Harvey...with Colette Weber Shaw and Ariel West)
  • Feedback Waveriders (Antony DiGennaro, Michael Fink, Paul McCarthy, Chas Smith, Brian Walsh)
  • Vetza & Joe Potts
  • Ace and Duce
  • Dinosaurs With Horns

Posters by Rick Potts

 

Mike Kelley

on Wed, 02/01/2012 - 21:45

The LAFMS mourns the loss of Extended Organ member Mike Kelley.  A true talent and force in contemporary art and music.  He will be missed.

LAFMS on the cover of the LA Times!

on Wed, 02/01/2012 - 14:56

The Tuesday, January 31 edition of the LA Times Calendar section featured a photo of the Pyramid Headphones installation at the Welcome Inn Time Machine produced by SASSAS for the closing of the Performance and Public Art Festival of Pacific Standard Time.

Here is a scan of the newspaper (provided by Dennis Duck).  You can see Joe Potts on the right speaking with a visitor.

According to Potts, the twelve extant headphones have not been used in the public since their original use in 1976 as part of the Brand Library performance.  Prerecorded sounds supplied by Le Forte Four were piped into the homemade cardboard headphones.

LAFMS weekend 1/28 and 1/29 in LA and Eagle Rock

on Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:20

On Saturday, Jan. 28, from 12pm-7pm at The Box in the arts district of downtown LA, a day of performances will take place in support of "Beneath The Valley of The Lowest Form of Music: The Los Angeles Free Music Society '1972-2012'".  Scheduled to perform: Airway, Artificial Art Ensemble, Doo-Dooettes, Le Forte Four, The Tenses (actual order not yet determined).

Then on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 4pm-10pm there will be a recreation of the infamous Pyramid Headphone concert of 1976 as part of Welcome Inn Time Machine:

"The Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS), the banner heading of a loose collective of experimental musicians founded in the early 1970s, have had immeasurable influence on the spread and evolution of noise and avant-garde music and DIY culture over the past almost 40 years. In July of 1976, Le Forte Four, one of the earliest groups in the collective, created an installation at the Brand Library Art Center in Glendale, California, which consisted of forty-four black, pyramid-shaped, stereo headphones, with lights on the top, through which were played an audio collage entitled Box Your Ears (which was released in 1976 as part of the double LP LAFMS: Live at the Brand). This installation recreates the original utilizing the twelve extant original pyramid headphones.

The LAFMS Shoe... Fri., Jan. 20 at the Getty - tickets available again!

on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 03:25

Though the event is official "sold out", a limited amount of free tickets may again be reserved beginning Tuesday, January 17 to see The LAFMS Shoe perform at the Getty Center as part of the kick off of its performance festival on Friday, January 20, 2012.

Kalpa, by Hirokazu Kosaka: This major new site-specific commission by Hirokazu Kosaka will transform the Getty Center’s Arrival Plaza into a sculptural and performative installation. In Sanskrit, kalpa means eon—a long period of time. Once every hundred years, an angel comes down from heaven and swipes the surface of a stone with her silk sleeves until the rock disappears. Kosaka builds a symbolic parallel between kalpa and the inevitable passage of time that slowly transforms our lives, our histories, and our memories.

Following the performance, the Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS) will present the LAFMS Shoe, a series of duets that seamlessly morph from musician to musician exposing a constantly evolving palette of musical voices.  The LAFMS Shoe is comprised of many of the core members of LAFMS including Ace Farren Ford, Dennis Duck, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Joseph Hammer, Rick Potts, Tom Recchion, and Vetza.

Visit http://www.getty.edu/museum/programs/performances/kalpa.html for more information and to make reservations beginning Tuesday, January 17, 2012.

Poster for LAFMS Exhibition at The Box LA

on Tue, 01/03/2012 - 21:13

Designed by Tom Recchion for The Box exhibition entitled “Beneath the Valley of the Lowest Form of Music: The Los Angeles Free Music Society (1972-2012)” opening January 14, 2011.

 

Schedule of LAFMS events Jan-Feb 2012

on Mon, 12/19/2011 - 16:27

Line up of LAFMS-related events between now and February 2012:

  • Through January 15, 2011 – “The Experimental Impulse” exhibition explores the pivotal role of experimentation in Los Angeles art by examining networks of exchange and support structures that underlie Los Angeles art at REDCAT Gallery.  Featuring historical documentation by the LAFMS including photos and audio. (Part of Pacific Standard Time) (http://www.redcat.org/exhibition/experimental-impulse)
  • January 20, 2012 – Free outdoor concert at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, featuring the LAFMS Shoe, comprised of many of the core members of the LAFMS, who play a series of duets that seamlessly morph from musician to musician exposing a constantly evolving palette of musical voices. Reservations required. (Part of Pacific Standard Time) (http://www.getty.edu/museum/programs/performances/kalpa.html)
  • January 14, 2012 – February 25, 2012 – “Beneath the Valley of the Lowest Form of Music, 1972-2012” exhibition at The Box LA, downtown Los Angeles.  Exhibition features original artwork, home made instruments, ephemera, installations, films, videos, panels, and performances during the six week run celebrating the 40 years of The Los Angeles Free Music Society. (Part of Pacific Standard Time) (http://theboxla.com)
  • January 28, 2012 – free performances with line up TBD at The Box LA.
  • February 11, 2012 – free performances with line up TBD at The Box LA.
  • February 16, 2012 – panel discussion at The Box LA.
  • January 29, 2012 – “Welcome Inn Time Machine” free event produced by The Society for the Activation of Social Space Through Art and Sound (SASSAS) will transform a motel—the Welcome Inn—into a six-hour tour through key moments in LA’s experimental music history. “Pyramid Headphones”, originally produced by the LAFMS in 1976, will be staged as one of over a dozen concurrent micro concerts held in individual motel rooms. (http://www.sassas.com)

Reminder: LAFMS featured in The Experimental Impulse exhibit at REDCAT Gallery

on Thu, 12/15/2011 - 16:02

The Experimental Impulse, part of Pacific Standard Time, looks at explores the pivotal role of experimentation in Los Angeles in the years immediately following the city’s emergence as a vital artistic center. The exhibition offers new insights into the understanding of developments in critical art practice after 1965 and bridges the gap between these histories and more recent approaches to artmaking.

Consisting exclusively of reproductions and facsimiles of materials culled from publications, institutions, and personal collections, as well as a series of recent video and audio interviews conducted for the exhibition, The Experimental Impulse reflects on the networks of exchange and support structures that underlie the history of art in Los Angeles.  The LAFMS contributions include rare photos from the archives of Fredrik Nilsen and various recordings from members of the LAFMS. The exhibition run until January 15, 2012.

This Saturday, December 17 at 3pm at REDCAT, join Thomas Lawson, Aram Moshayedi, Fiona Connor, and Benjamin Tong as they discuss the research process behind The Experimental Impulse.

For more information check out the exhibition webpage.

 

FREE Getty Center concert ticket reservations open in 2 days

on Sun, 11/20/2011 - 14:26

TWO DAYS until reservations open for the FREE LAFMS concert at the Getty on 12/3.11. On 11/22 go to http://www.getty.edu/museum/programs/performances/saturday_nights.html to reserve tickets!!!  The concert features in rare appearances:

Extended Organ (Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Tom Recchion)

Tom Recchion solo

Smegma (Ace Farren Ford, Dennis Duck, Oblivia, Ju Suk Reet Meate, Donkey Flybye, Rogue Iniki, Vetza)

Le Forte Four (Chip Chapman, Susan Farthing-Chapman, Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Tom Potts) - First apperance of all original members in 30+ years

LAFMS Exhibition opens Jan. 14 at The Box in Los Angeles

on Sun, 11/13/2011 - 15:17

BENEATH THE VALLEY OF THE LOWEST FORM OF MUSIC: THE LOS ANGELES FREE MUSIC SOCIETY (1972 - 2012) AT THE BOX

January 14 - February 25, 2012
Opening Reception: January 14, 6-9 PM

Exhibition, panel discussion, installations, film/video,  and performances throughout the run of the show featuring Chip Chapman, Susan Farthing Chapman, Dennis Duck, John Duncan, Ace Farren Ford, Joseph Hammer, Doug Henry, Michael Intriere, Paul McCarthy, Ju Suk Reet Meate, Fredrik Nilsen, Oblivia, Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Tom Recchion, Takuya Sakaguchi, Vetza, Ace & Duce, Airway, Artificial Art Ensemble, Doo-Dooettes, Extended Organ, Smegma, The Tenses, and much more TBA.

The Box (new location)
805 Traction Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90013
213-625-1747
www.theboxla.com
www.lafms.com

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