ARK is an Alternative Art Space, Gallery, Stage and Studios that Robert Deblasis and Kira Vollman have built in a 1928 building on Fair Oaks Ave., in Altadena. We took a “down to the studs”, gutted shell, and turned it into a really lovely, small gallery, and artists day/work studios. The layout of the building is such that we are able to have a small stage and have a small audience seated in the gallery.
ARK has had the honor of hosting some of the most inventive and creative musicians to come out of the Los Angeles ‘New Music’ scene as well as new music visionaries from outside of Los Angeles. We continue to do so:
Garretson & Gorodetsky – 8:30
Weba Garretson and Ralph Gorodetsky will be joined by special guest Vince Meghrouni, renowned local bandleader and sideman. G2+VM is a sparse, dynamic trio that performs songs from the latest recording “My Skin Craves Soil” as well as new songs with vocals and keys by Weba Garretson, guitar and voice by Ralph Gorodetsky and Vince Meghrouni on harmonica, flute, saxophone and percussion.
Non Credo – 9:30
Non Credo is Kira Vollman on voice, bass clarinet, and sounds. Joe Berardi on keyboards, sounds, and percussion. They will be joined by Michael Alvidrez on acoustic bass and Carlos Alvidrez on trombone. Non Credo bring their unique song sensibilites and eccentric improvisations to ARK’s stage.
What an exciting evening we have in store for you! Getting the night started, you will experience the glistening glossolalia from the glorious, Anna Homler. Anna will be accompanied by the mysterious, mister modular himself, Jorge Martin.
To finish your evening, we have Andrea Calderón and Patrick Shiroishi of the ‘magma•nificent’…Corima! They will be joined by the precocious poundings of Dylan Fujioka and Paco Casanova. This is going to be good!
ARK continues with the 3rd offering in its New Music Concert Series. We are pleased to be presenting: duo B. – Jason Levis, percussion and Lisa Mezzacappa, acoustic bass. This year, duo B. has embarked on a new journey in long-form improvisation with its latest project, an exploration of the musical vision of pianist Cecil Taylor, re-imagined for bass and drums. “…mysterious, complexly textured improvisations that sometimes take shape as the aural equivalent of abstract expressionist paintings, whether the ethereal, mystical canvasses of Mark Rothko or the jittery, splatter techniques of Jackson Pollock.”
— Derk Richardson, KPFA
We will end our evening concert with Schwartz/Sharp/Valsamis. The trio of Jeff Schwartz – double bass, Charles Sharp – woodwinds, and Peter Valsamis – percussion, performs improvised music drawing on the traditions of free jazz, new music and diverse world music’s.
Friday, August 5, 2016
8:30 duo B.
ARK continues with the 2nd offering in its New Music Concert Series. We are honored to present the duo of Dan Clucas on Cornet and Steuart Liebig on Bass Guitar. Who knows what musical mischief these two will get into? Joe Berardi will electrify with Electrophonics! Jie Ma with fingers dancing on the Pipa! What a night we have in store for you…
Saturday, May 28, 2016
7:30 Doors Open
BYOB! (There is a liquor store next door)
Suggested Donation: $10 – $15 (Unless you are flat broke. We will not turn you away!)
ARK Gallery & Studios premier music concert!
ARK is excited to present its first concert featuring some of the most inventive and creative musicians to come out of the Los Angeles ‘New Music’ scene.
ARK is presenting the works of Kaoru Mansour and Kira Vollman in conjunction with the premier concert performance at ARK.
Mansour and Vollman are each visual artists and musicians/composers. Their respective projects, Acre Foot and Non Credo will be performing.
ACRE FOOT at 7:30 PM:
Kaoru – Vocals, Toys, and Effects
Brad Dutz – Drums and Percussion
Carey Fosse – Guitar
Darryl Tewes – Bass Guitar
Non Credo at 8:45 PM:
Kira Vollman – Vocals, Bass Clarinet, and more
Joe Berardi – Keyboards and Drums
Michael Alvidrez – Contra Bass
Carlos Alvidrez – Trombone