November 16, 2015

AFTER: 6 months of planning, designing and creating,  6 more months of being in the limelight, and then in just under an hour, neatly packed back in a box and stored next to the suitcases in the garage. Ah the cycle of an artist's life and making objects.

BEFORE: "Invisible Kitchen" installed at the "To Live and Dine in L.A." exhibition at the LA Public Library

November 3, 2015

On the Readers Chorus boards last night.
Members rehearsing "Readers Rajio Taiso/Readers Radio Calisthenics"
From left to right: Samantha Hopkins, Luke Martin, Davy Sumner, Kate Brown, Lyman Chaffee, Tim Tsang, Christine Tavalocci, Jen Hutton, and Laura Steeneberge. Not pictured, Susan Simpson supervising movement, and yours truly in the conductor's chair.
Apartment 9...?
I guess that's another way to do it....

November 2, 2015

Cat and panda bags sewn for German nose whistles, known as "Bocarinas" (ha!) used in Sara Roberts' Readers Chorus piece "Amergin"

October 27, 2015

Readers Chorus Readers: (L to R) Heather Lockie, Tuni Chatterji, Eric Heep and Luke Martin

Toyotas, Hondas, weddings, funerals, and German nose whistles....Readers Chorus Monday rehearsal for our 11/13 and 11/14 shows at AutomataSusan Simpson drops in with Readers Chorus wardrobe ideas. We're working on 12 new pieces for the show. Readers Chorus is reaching critical mass in people and in scores!

October 24, 2015

Día de los Muertos

José Esteban Muñoz 1967-2013 

October 20, 2015

Rehearsals have begun in earnest for the Readers Chorus performances at Automata on November 13-14. Opera singer, vocal researcher, artist, general awesomeness, Miss. Juliana Snapper stopped by and took the chorus through some warm ups. "It sounds awful, but it's going to be ok." Words of encouragement. Indeed, we shall be ok!

October 15, 2015

Ian Byers-Gamber / Machine Project
After a whirlwind two week residency at Skidmore College and the Tang Museum, the 23 members of Liz Macy's Gamelan class joined forces with the 5 members of the readers chorus workshop sessions to form TANG READERS CHORUS!!! We performed a program of 6 pieces, 4 of them brand new pieces written by students and 2 from Readers Chorus LA. 

Fall had arrived, and on this chilly night, we began the program outside with a brand new piece called "Politeness Counts," which was performed right next to its namesake- a shopping bag sculpture by Jonathan Seliger.

Ian Byers-Gamber / Machine Project
THANK YOU so much to everyone who participated in Tang Readers Chorus and to everyone who came out to watch us perform. It was a whole lot of fun and I hope that a Readers Chorus might continue at Skidmore!!!

October 11, 2015

Silver City, NM. Home of og Mexican silver coins and to one of the longest running copper mines in the world.

As triple digit temps continue in Socal, thinking back on the crisp cool days of just a week ago in Saratoga Springs, NY....

September 20, 2015

Machine Project restrospective installation at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College

First "Tang Readers Chorus" workshop tomorrow. Gulp. Looking forward to it!!

September 15, 2015

On Armstrong Road in Hamilton, NY

Big skies, green for as far as the eye can see and tampon shaped silos...oh and fresh, fresh air.

September 13, 2015

Fallen fruit (East Coast style?)

This is probably by no means an East Coast phenomenon, but while walking down Armstrong Road in Hamilton, (Upstate) New York, I came upon this vision of fallen fruit in water, a first for me. Apple trees lined a small river  (creek? canal?) that ran alongside the road, and as the crispy wind (the summer "weather has broken" - also a first in hearing this expression) rustled the branches, small apples dropped into the river with small "bloop bloop" sounds.

September 3, 2015

As part of Machine Project's collaboration with the Tang Museum at Skidmore College and the Saratoga Springs community (NY), I'll be a Reader's Chorus ambassador at the Tang for 2 weeks in September where we'll be practicing a few LA Reader's Chorus scores and creating new pieces, all to be performed at the Tang Museum on Thursday, October 1 at 8pm. Above is a screenshot of the blogspot that has been created for the project.

Krystal Krunch (the artist intuitive duo of Asher Hartman + Haruko Tanaka) will also be in residence, leading intuitive workshops and intuitively reading exhibitions!

September 1, 2015

Readers Chorus 08/31

August 25, 2015

Readers Chorus Development Team for Monday, August 24, 2015: Jordan Biren, Tuni Chatterji, Heather Lockie and Sara Roberts

August 24, 2015

9024 Lindblade St, Culver City, CA 90232
Getting ready to shoot title credits, on film (16mm), for The Soroban and the Present. Black exeter paper, field guide, peg bar, were all purchased at Cartoon Colour Company in Culver City. Thank you for still being around!!

A "how to" tutorial video will be posted here soon. #shootfilmdontkillit #16mmfilmtitles

August 6, 2015

A recording of Readers Chorus (just like it sounds: a group of people, reading out loud together in an organized performance) test driving "Readers Rajio Taiso." Thanks to Tuni Chatterji for recording on her phone, and for Tunes, Jordan Biren and Kate Brown for helping with really on point arrangement revisions. "Readers Rajio Taiso" is ready to go!!!

August 4, 2015

My favorite part about heading to Readers Chorus practice on Monday nights...

July 30, 2015

On a 16mm roll since last Saturday's Bolex/Pinhole workshop so it's a good day to try and finish a film. Reshooting titles for "The Soroban and The Present." If anyone (is reading this...and) would like to watch a work print telecine edit version of the film, please get in touch, I can email you a vimeo link + password : D  I would LOVE for you to see it! #shootfilmdontkillit #bolex #16mm #experimentalfilm #echoparkfilmcenter baybee!

July 28, 2015

Pinholed Bolex. 

This past Saturday at the Echo Park Film Center, with the Iris Film Collective from Vancouver, Canada. We pinholed the bolexes, shot in Echo Park, hand processes the film, and had a screening, all in one afternoon. That's the Echo Park Film Center for you! Getting right to it! See all the photos here.

July 21, 2015

Cork warm up

Another Monday night at Readers Chorus. Corks, balloons, and a hamburger shaped score by Jordan Biren (see below : ) ) We also test drove a new piece I wrote "Readers Rajio Taiso or Readers Radio Calisthenics." It is the prequel to "Japanese George Clooney takes American Ken Watanabe to get sushi."


July 20, 2015

The walking trio of Kate Brown (capt.), Sara Roberts, and yours truly hit the road again. BEL AIR TO (ALMOST) DEL AIRE (right behind LAX) in thunder and pouring rain. Despite having to throw in the towel two thirds of the way (Jefferson Blvd does not let pedestrians cross over from Culver City towards LAX) my dogs are still barkin'...

July 14, 2015

New terms developed at our Monday evening Readers Chorus meeting. "Allegro Chillaxo" and "Allegro Relaxo" - read super fast but with zero urgency. Awesome combo.

July 7, 2015

1st Street Viaduct

July 3, 2015

#furryfriendfriday #sigh

June 18, 2015

(Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP) Library Foundation Prez Ken Brecher (left) and author/curator Josh Kun (right) sitting at "Invisible Kitchen."
"To Live and Dine in L.A." is open now through November 13, 2015.

The exhibition is located in the Getty Gallery on the 2nd floor of the Central L.A. Public Library in Downtown Los Angeles.

Address: 630 W. 5th St, Downtown L.A. 90012
Parking: Enter on Flower at 524 S. Flower. $ w/ validation $1/up to 1hr, $5/up to 2hrs, $9/up to 3hrs
Public transportation: Metro Red/Purple/Blue/Expo @ 7th St/Metro Ctr.
Hours: Mon-Thurs 10-8; Fri/Sat 9:30-5:30; Sun 1-5

June 17, 2015

Tee swatch
Somewhere out there is an itsy bitsy baby tee shirt die cut machine....

I have a feeling some part of this will make its way into a work one of these days...

June 11, 2015

"Invisible Kitchen" installed at the exhibition To Live And Dine in L.A. curated by Josh Kun

June 9, 2015

Score for Monday night lights.

Monday night lights after our Readers Chorus rehearsal/workshop at the Public School. 

June 7, 2015

"Triangle fold for plastic grocery bags..." on the corner of Sushi Gen & Aloha Cafe in Little Tokyo.

June 6, 2015

Found lost friend. Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

June 3, 2015

Studio wall slash bathroom door.

In the home stretch of prepping for the exhibition To Live and Dine L.A. at the L.A. Public Library that opens June 13. The prints on the door are mockups of "menus" that will be displayed, alongside fake food samples that have been fabricated in Japan.

And speaking of dreams coming true, it would be amazing to one day afford a studio that is not my apartment! But then again, it's worked so far...(15 years)

June 2, 2015

Gettin' the band back together. Readers Chorus begins again.

Test driving new scores. Re-imagining familiar ones. More performances in the fall.

May 31, 2015

Sunday, last day of May.

May 27, 2015

Yoko O "NO"

Work in progress.

May 18, 2015

Last night a dj saved many lives. #feministdj

May 16, 2015

Lower East Side, NYC

April 16, 2015

Dailies from the next installment of Kate Brown's film series "Vilas Kortas." We shot and recorded sound in Long Beach by the ports. The strike ended a week earlier but container ships were still waiting to come into port. #shootfilmdontkillit

April 14, 2015

March 28, 2015

Worlds collided spectacularly yesterday at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo where my friend Gary Miyatake's portrait of the late great Cesar Chavez was gifted to the Smithsonian. Gary is the grandson of Toyo Miyatake, the seminal Japanese American photographer who documented Japanese American internment at Manzanar. In 1993 during a 30th year anniversary celebration of the United Farm Workers, Gary took what turned out to be the last official portrait of Cesar Chavez (he passed just a month later). Paul F. Chavez, Cesar Chavez' son (top left), shared with everyone in a heartfelt speech that Gary's portrait was the only photograph taken by a non-family member that hangs in the Chavez family home.

Gary is also a fellow student of the Venerable Wangchen Rinpoche. Rinpoche gave a beautiful blessing at the beginning of the ceremony that set a spiritual tone ("May you all be blessed by the enlightened ones.."), echoed later by a speech by actor and activist, and longtime Chavez family friend, Edward James Olmos ("I owe everything to Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.") Needless to say my heart and mind exploded when Admiral Adama and my teacher hugged in mutual respect. Worlds colliding spectacularly indeed...

March 17, 2015

Krystal Krunch meeting today at Machine Project. Meeting notes by Mark Allen who says, "I actually know exactly what I mean by that."  : D

March 11, 2015

The Delta Airlines Terminal carpet at the Seattle Airport. Giving casino carpets a run for their money...

March 1, 2015

February 25, 2015

Thank you Reader's Chorus for indulging me and making "Japanese George Clooney takes American Ken Watanabe to Get Sushi" a hallucinogenic reality! The short piece was written for our March 1 performance at the Velasvelasay Panorama at 7pm which also includes pieces by Todd Lerew, Jordan Biren, Heather Lockie, and Robert Lax's Black/White Oratorio.

February 16, 2015

Paris 2012. Layers.