CalArts Soundstream 2017

CalArts Soundstream 2017

Ackland

Battery

Grace Fellows

NEWMAN

Primero Sueño

Shirasawa-22

Cilience

Mon, April 17, 2017

7:30 pm

Free

Free

This event is all ages

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CalArts Soundstream 2017
CalArts Soundstream 2017
CalArts Soundstream 2017 is a one-night showcase of forward-thinking, genre-defying music—all original work by artists graduating from The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts. From CalArts’ graduating class of 2017 comes an eclectic selection of bands; delving into the diverse worlds of jazz, folk, rock, R&B, soul, and pop. This lineup represents what’s next for LA’s music scene, as these creative performers blend detailed composition with improvisation and modern electronics with acoustic instruments. Featuring (not in performance order):
Ackland, Battery, Grace Fellows, Newman, Primero Sueno, Shirasawa-22 and Cilience.

LA Weekly on Soundstream 2015: One of the most anticipated events of the year for current students at talent-factory CalArts, the annual Soundstream showcase gives the college’s musicians a chance to play on one of the most famous stages in music at the Troubadour. Taking things outside the metaphorical music box, performers bring the kind of outlandish originality that's synonymous with “art school,” introducing the audience to “future R&B” and other equally innovative genres. Whether you’re looking for some new fresh faces in the live music scene, or you just want to know what the heck “psychedelic children's rock” sounds like, Soundstream is the place to be.
For more information about The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts, please visit: http://music.calarts.edu/
Ackland
Experimental art rock
With an ethereal, dark and dreamy sound, ACKLAND tells human stories, giving audience members the opportunity to experience personal catharsis. The band blends acoustic instruments, haunting vocals and live electronic effects. ACKLAND has played shows at The Hotel Cafe, California Institute of the Arts and The Battery Books & Music. Led by vocalist and songwriter Molly Pease, the ensemble includes Nigel Deane on violin, Caleb Veazey on guitar, Ben Levinson on bass and Nick Hon on drums.
Battery
Solo drumset and synth magic
Jacob Richards' BATTERY is a solo drum set and electronics project at the intersection of jazz, electronic music, and West African percussion. The music elaborates on simple song forms, including jazz standards and video game music, to create complex rhythms that recontextualize each song. BATTERY explores the boundaries between human and machine through improvisation and the organic qualities of the drum.
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Grace Fellows
Soft, wholesome pop with uplifting messages and a grounded approach
A group of like-minded friends comes together to realize the music of songwriter Grace Fellows, including many friends from the CalArts community, as well as family members and those met through past musical excursions. The educational and musical background of each member is rich and diverse, encompassing folk, classical, pop, and jazz training in many combinations. We work together to synthesize our strengths to support the music humbly. We continually strive to take a creative approach to pop music while still valuing subtlety and traditional musics. Each member has their own highly developed art practice, from songwriting to performance art. We have found that drawing from such a wide range of study and practice creates a dynamic of constant growth. In this way, the band is less a band in the traditional sense and more a pop music collective. Grace Fellows, guitar/voice; Annais Linares, voice; Jack Klingbeil, voice; Molly Pease, voice; Lacy Shifflette, violin/mandolin; Christopher Hall, banjo; James Vitz-Wong, upright bass; Sam Friedland, drumset.
NEWMAN
Dark pop: winding harmonies and strikingly simple melodies
NEWMAN is a collaborative LA-based music project founded by 23-year-old Julia Newman in the summer of 2015. As the head arranger, songwriter and vocalist, the graduating member of the class of 2017 at California Institute of the Arts; Julia Newman explores the realm of dark pop with winding harmonies contrasting with strikingly simple melodies. Julia Newman, vocals and piano; Maddy Boyd, vocals; Thomas Berg, electric bass; Cooper Babbes, piano; Gina Kodel, cello.
Primero Sueño
Songs of musical empowerment fusing diverse folk grooves with lush vocal harmonies and strings
Primero Sueño is named after the famous poem, “I dream first”, by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a celebrated intellectual, poet, and musician of colonial Mexico. Primero Sueño fuses diverse folk grooves with lush harmonies and strings. Songwriters Elsa Lund and Sabina Estrella are inspired by their respective upbringings in Norwegian and Mexican folk music styles, and all members of the group are inspired by our exposure to other styles of world music, jazz, and experimental pop. Our music is inspired by resilience, dreams, and nature, with an underlying belief of music’s ability to empower us as musicians and listeners. Elsa Lund, guitar/voice/percussion; Rachel Iba, violin/voice; Sabina Estrella, bass guitars/voice; Gina Kodel, cello/voice; Vera Weber, mandolin/voice; Jacob Richards, percussion.
Shirasawa-22
Visionary house music group: turntables, live processed strings, and spoken word
Shirasawa-22 is a house music project begun by vocalist, MC, and composer Keane Nwede and violist and composer Patrick Behnke. Shirasawa-22 brings many of the spare and experimental sounds of contemporary music into the club dance music realm; the group also occasionally performs with choreographed dance. The ensemble also explores the creative possibilities that arise when live string instruments are used in a house music setting. With bassist and composer Ben Finley.
Cilience
Driving rhythms and intricate melodies support poetic lyrics, fusing rock, jazz, and West African music
A contemporary, progressive rock band influenced by jazz and world music. The band’s compelling rhythms create a solid foundation for their intricate melodies and poetic lyrics. At CalArts, the band members exposed themselves to a wide variety of genres, ranging from jazz over Latin and African to Indian influences. Their band leader, guitarist, and vocalist, Ian Stahl, is backed up by powerful lead guitarist Brandon McGregor. They can always rely on their grooving and locked-in rhythm section consisting of bassist Eric DeLuca and drummer Michael Anetsberger. It is this combination that invites people to sing along and dance at Cilience’s performances. This past November they got together to record their upcoming album “Fetters and Feathers”, which is currently being edited and mixed and will be released this June
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change