T@MS is a monthly concert series featuring cutting-edge new music and adventurous interdisciplinary arts programming in an interactive and inspiring environment at Monk Space, Los Angeles. We are presented in part by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Composers Forum (ACFLA).
Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door. Cash/Check/Credit OK.
$5 off for students and ACFLA members.
Composer-performer Nicholas Chase’s boundary-stretching music has been described as “brawling yet taut” (Los Angeles Times); “crackling, witty” (Albuquerque Journal); “quietly provocative...compelling” (Textura); “brilliant” (The Strad); “powerful...spectacular” (Whittier Press); and “the human brain at its most imaginative” (LA Weekly).
For his Tuesdays @ Monk Space evening he will be joined by renowned violinist Robin Lorentz for the world premiere performance of his electro-acoustic piece Bhajan, a free-wheeling yet somewhat meditative four-movement work for electric violin and live electronics, which has been described “a pas de deux between violin and electronics.” Both Chase and Lorentz have deep roots in Los Angeles, and this performance—celebrating the release of Bhajan as a new Cold Blue Music CD—will mark a rare return visit for both musicians.
ROBIN LORENTZ has performed around the globe, from Queen Elizabeth Hall (London) to Carnegie Hall to the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) to the Grammy Awards (Hollywood). A champion for contemporary music, she spent over 20 years with the noted new music group California E.A.R. Unit. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has premiered many works, including John Adams’s Road Movies for violin and piano at the Kennedy Center and Yusef Lateef's String Quartet Number 1: Bismilah at REDCAT, and she has been featured on tours by composers Terry Riley and John Luther Adams. Lorentz has recorded for New Albion, Cold Blue Music (appearing on five Cold Blue CDs), New World, O.O. Discs, Sony, MCA, Columbia, and Echograph and performed as soloist and small ensemble member on recordings by Bob Dylan, Scott Weiland, and T-Bone Burnett. She has performed solos for the films Other People's Money and Back To The Future III and TV's Northern Exposure, Gilmore Girls, and Animaniacs to name a few. Lorentz has served as concertmaster with the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella series, the Ojai Festival, the Santa Fe Pro Musica, and numerous other festivals and ensembles. She has also appeared with Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Barbara Streisand, John Cale, Dusty Springfield, and Michael Jackson. She has been on the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts and in residence at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and Columbia Universities, Oberlin and Eastman Schools of Music, and at the Aspen and Tanglewood Festivals.
Nicholas Chase’s music has been commissioned and performed by the Long Beach Opera, the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, the California E.A.R Unit, New Zealand’s 175 East, and numerous soloists, including violinist Mark Menzies and flutist Dorothy Stone. Chase has headlined festivals in Europe and the US as a composer, performer, and improviser, integrating kinetic visuals with strong musical statements. His interactive, site-specific composition NOVA: Transmission for FM radio and closed-circuit TV was exhibited as part of the Whitney Biennial in New York and his electronic light ballet Ngoma Lungundu opened the New Music+ Festival at the Janaĉek Academy in the Czech Republic. Chase was inaugural Composer Fellow at the 2011 international Other Minds Festival in San Francisco and in 2015 received a Certificate of Honor from the International Center for Japanese Culture in Tokyo, Japan, for his koto and cello duo Gayate.
Chase earned an MFA in Composition/New Media and Integrated Media from CalArts, studying with Morton Subotnick, Bunita Marcus, Stephen L. Mosko, and Mary Jane Leach. Chase pursued additional study with Ziad Bunni of the Aleppo Conservatory of Arabic Classical Music, and later compositional study with James Tenney. In 2011 he earned PhD candidacy in Integrated Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute under the advisement of Pauline Oliveros. Since 2011 Chase has worked in seclusion and spiritual retreat to develop his ideas on integrating Hindu mind/body practices, Hindustani Classical Music forms, and traditional Western Conservatory music and musicianship.
Artist Interviews: Nicholas Chase
Artist Interviews: Robin Lorentz
Tuesdays@Monk Space kicks off the Fall with a double bill of two Los Angeles mainstays! The Apeture duo (Adrianne Pope and Linnea Powell) and the Walsh Set Trio (Brian Walsh, Trevor Anderies, Colin Burgess) combine forces for a mind bending show of free improvisation and polished small chamber performances. Included are two world premieres by Kurt Isaacson and Noah Meites.
The Lyris Quartet returns to T@MS to celebrate the release of their first CD, Intimate Letters. The concert will feature new works from the CD composed in response to Janacek’s dynamic and emotionally charged Second String Quartet. Featuring the music of Billy Childs, Peter Knell, Bruce Broughton, and Kurt Rohde.
CSULB's Laptop Ensemble, under the direction of Martin Herman, reimagines German lied in a re-staging of Voyage, a theatre work created and performed while a featured ensemble at the 2013 “Spoleto Open” Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. This performance at Monk Space is the culmination of an international tour.
Composer Nicholas Chase is joined by renowned violinist Robin Lorentz for the world premiere performance of his electro-acoustic piece Bhajan, a free-wheeling yet somewhat meditative four-movement work for electric violin and live electronics, which has been described “a pas de deux between violin and electronics.”
The NorCal composer/performer duo recap their recent critically acclaimed performance at Other Minds (S.F.), and bring a few new treats. Music for two (mostly) electric guitars in a variety of tunings by American Mavericks Larry Polansky, Lou Harrison, Ruth Crawford Seeger, James Tenney, & Christian Wolff.