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UPCOMING 2018

August 26th, 2018 by helga fassonaki
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NOVEMBER 

18 – The Sea, The Stars, A Landscape, a new segment of Alison O’Daniel’s The Tuba Thieves accompanied by Helga Fassonaki and Omar Corona, both on trumpet.  This is the final installment of LAND’s Exchange Value exhibition.  

SEPTEMBER

26 – Performance by yek kooCoaxial for the closing of Christopher Reid Martin’s installation of Mar Gauge
 

AUGUST

27 – Performances by The Renderers, Emily Lacy, Kathleen Kim, and yek koo @ Zebulon Los Angeles, CA


MAY

31 – Kathleen Kim and yek koo @ Spectrum, 70 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205, 7:30pm  

30 – Kathleen Kim and yek koo @ Root Cellar, Greenfield, MA 

29 – Kathleen Kim and yek koo @ Avenue Grocery, Brattleboro, VT 

26 – Ontopo presents: Kathleen Kim and yek koo @ Catskill ZenDo, a Korean Buddhist temple, Summitville, NY (NOTE:  this is a special 24 hours event including a talk by Kathleen Kim and Helga Fassonaki as well as performances, breakfast, and dinner.  Tickets are limited to 40, please email: info@ontopo.net

25 – Kathleen Kim and yek koo @ Vox Populi,  Philly, PA 

11 – Kathleen Kim, yek koo, and Kelly Coats @ Jenny’s4220 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90029, 8:30pm 

MARCH

22nd – The Gallery @ Michael’s, 1147 Third St, Santa Monica, CA,  7pm 

FEBRUARY 

21st – Juini Booth & Kathleen Kim aka @ Zebulon
The Booth / Kim , Eclectic Nativity*” celebrating their birthdays, Booth’s 70th!
Opening performances by Guillermo E. Brown (solo) and LA Fog, DJ’ing by Xandao
*w/ Joce Soubiran, Guillermo E. Brown, Wynne Bennett, Giles Miller, Kelly Coats, Jonathan Silberman, Mira Billotte, Helga Fassonaki, Scott Martin, Corey Fogel, Cameron Stallones, and Jon Leland PLUS Special Guest: Robert J. Carmack – Echoes of SUN RA Poetry

Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1509801642406808/

1st – present – untune field studies in Social Exchange Theory 

JANUARY 2018

1st – presentuntune field studies in Social Exchange Theory 

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Primaries

June 16th, 2018 by helga fassonaki
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primary colors on 2 x 8″ paper


they live in a hollow hut
they come out together 
they hunt together 
they cook together 
they return together
they sleep together. 

too much 
addiction
fiction 
corn fields forever 
golden 
I saw hell on my way here 
the blues frailship 
a nervous art erection 
friction 
repent and stop formalism 
human is 
is this it?  
I’m not famous yet 
Sunday morning 
feeling love, feeling freedom
feeling freedom in love 
feeling love in freedom 
love freedom 
freedom loves 
freedom 

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Pas Musique presents: yek koo live at Spectrum/Jim Tuite on Video

May 31st, 2018 by helga fassonaki
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yek koo live at Spectrum with Jim Tuite on Video, Brooklyn, New York
05-31-2018

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untune presents Social Sub-Sub-Genres – Brennan Hill, November 1 – 22, 2017

November 1st, 2017 by helga fassonaki
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Once art leaves its birth place and enters the public sphere it seeks dialogue and attention.  In opposition, Nietzsche argued for a monological conception of art – one not seeking audience.  When I visited Los Angeles artist Brennan Hill’s studio for the first time, I was struck by the language his visual work provoked, seeking both social exclusion and social inclusion.  A 30″ x 40” painting titled Evolution hung on his studio wall.    My interpretation of it was completely different than his, a difference due to my misperception of one of his three illustrated anime characters being female rather than male.  This small but significant detail affected my entire interpretation of Hill’s painting.   Its not at all unusual to have various interpretations of a work, but this exchange left me pondering another issue entirely.  Does Art even need the Artist?  Perhaps Hill left a white void around his characters in Evolution to create a separation between himself and the characters he depicts.  And it is in that empty space that translation and clarification may occur.

Social Sub-Sub-Genres Exhibition Images:

"Grass Drop" (left) and Half Angel Half Snail" (right), Brennan Hill

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Brennan Hill is a Los Angeles-based artist and musician whose videos, performances, and paintings have shown in galleries on the east and west coasts of the United States as well as in association with The Institute for New Feeling and Printed Matter’s Art Book Fairs. Hill’s work frequently takes its cues from the elegant indignation of the Dadaist movement with an interest in the formalisms and tropes of current pop culture. For the artist’s current exhibition, he begins with the premise that it is impossible to make an antisocial work of art. During the process of attempting to defy this idea, Hill arrives at the conclusion that this is, in fact, true. The failed attempts resulting from this experiment are what make up Social Sub-Sub-Genres; an exhibition comprised of three paintings, self-published books, and two single-channel videos.

In the post-mortem, one can draw comparisons between the personal vocabulary of Hill’s subject matter and the almost linguistic nuances found in the sub-genres of music and film. In the video entitled Backpeddler, appropriated footage from the documentary Chasing Ice has been married to a song recorded by the artist which falls within the boundaries of a sub-sub-genre known as ‘funeral doom metal’. As the largest glacier-separation ever filmed unfolds, colossal pieces of ice ascend, writhe, and sink to the almost comedically slow tempo of the specific doom metal strain that has been employed.

In short, Social Sub-Sub-Genres is about investigating the relationship between the social aspects of language and the seemingly anti-social isolation of a studio practice.

SOCIAL SUB-SUB-GENRES PRESS RELEASE

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untune presents Social Residencies: October 6 – 28

October 6th, 2017 by helga fassonaki
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The slow delivery of this announcement was intended to provoke physiological anticipation for this bending shape of things to come.  As we anticipate a waking from this horror that is not Halloween but rather a reflection of a reality that we find ourselves accidentally in, we are forced to take a closer look at that photo we shot on our smart phones.  How much time passes between our first gaze onto the subject and the snap shot?  How many minutes missed as we find the perfect frame and how many more lost as we fragrance the post with half-heard conversations?  (untune invite email, 10-16-17)

untune Artist-in-Residents include Marcia Bassett (social entropy), Kathleen Kim (social slur), and Alison O’Daniel (social tone);  Similar in their mesmerizing abilities to lean deeper into human sensitivities, overlapping processes and bits of ‘real life’ integrated into poetic approaches that extend the boundaries of social involvement and collaboration.

Marcia Bassett
 (10-6 to 10-9)  
so·cial en·tro·py will be presented at untune on a future date


Kathleen Kim (10-16 to 10-22) 
so·cial slur

Kathleen Kim presented two events during her residency: 
Thursday October 19th 
LA Fog performed a rehearsal of new work with undiscovered endings.  LA Fog is an experimental music group composed of woodwinds and strings. Their music is composed by members Kelly Coats, Kathleen Kim, Giles Miller and Jonathan Silberman, and their compositions include structures for improvisation along with traditional and non-traditional scores

LA Fog

LA Fog
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Saturday October 21st 
Siblings Eric Kim and Kathleen Kim invited guests to engage in conversation while enjoying the calming and healing properties of freshly brewed Wood Betony tea and hors d’eourves. The botanical term for Wood Betony, Betonica officinalis, means ‘tonic for head.’ 

Wood Betony Tea and Conversation

Wood Betony Tea and Conversation
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Alison O’ Daniel (10-23 to 10-28)
so·cial tone will be presented at untune on a future date

 

BIOGRAPHIES


Marcia Bassett is a NYC-based musician and multi-media artist. An artist whose alternately shimmeringly beatific and uncannily intense work has resonated through the underground world, Bassett is the exterminating and vivifying force defying boundaries of noise, free drone and dark psychedelia to arrive at a place of heavenly radiance and hellish intensity. Working with synthesis, processed field recordings, electric guitar, electronic experimentation and acoustic instruments, under the moniker Zaïmph, she seeks to transform, re-imagine and find new meaning within established structure. Her solo recordings appear on a number of independent USA and European record labels, as well as her own private-press label Yew Recordings. Bassett frequently collaborates and records one-to-one with musicians living in the USA and Europe; collaborators include Samara Lubelski, Bridget Hayden, Barry Weisblat, Bob Bellerue, Helga Fassonaki, Jenny Graf and Margarida Garcia. Additionally, Bassett is an active participant in ensembles that explore improvised sound and visual scores.  She has been an active member of  Andrew Lafkas’ large ensemble Alternate Models; the group presented “Two Paths with Active Shadows Under Three Moons and Surveillance,” at Experimental Intermedia and EyebeamNYC; Bassett has also contributed to “Gen Ken’s Supergroup performing at PS1 Solid Gold and Experimental Intermedia.

Recent solo and collaborative presentations of her work include “Transitory Freezing of Perpetual Motion” collaborative improvised sound performance with Jenny Graf and dancers at Here-10 Evenings Festival, Sweden;“Field Recording with Zaïmph”, BOMB magazine; “Out of Line: Narcissister” live improvised sound interaction with the performance, High Line, NYC; “Ed Atkins: Performance Capture” at the Kitchen NYC;  composition and performances of the score “One Two Sides Dirty,” part of Helga Fassonaki’s Khal project presented at galleries in the US and New Zealand; and “Ten Ways of Doing Time”, 2013, Single Channel Video, written and directed by James Fotopoulos and Laura Parnes with original soundtrack by Marcia Bassett. 
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Kathleen Kim is an experimental musician and composer who creates solo work as well as collaborative work with LA Fog and SheKhan. She has performed in joint projects in museums, galleries and venues, nationally and internationally. She co-founded Human Resources Gallery with her brother Eric Kim along with Giles Miller, Dawn Kasper and Devin McNulty. Kathleen is also a full-time professor of law at Loyola Law School and a nationally-recognized scholar of critical theory perspectives on immigration and human trafficking. She is co-author of the first casebook on human trafficking. From 2013-2016 she served as a Los Angeles Police Commissioner and was a gubernatorial appointee to the first statewide California Anti-Trafficking Task Force. In 2014, Los Angeles Magazine named her one of Los Angeles’ ten most inspiring women. In 2016, The National Jurist selected her as one of twenty law professor “Leaders in Diversity.” She was a recipient of the Judge Takasugi Public Interest Fellowship, Skadden Fellowship and Immigrants’ Rights Teaching Fellowship at Stanford Law School.
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Combining film, performance, sculpture, and installation, Alison O’Daniel structures her work as a call-and-response between mediums. Cinema, performance, sound-dampening textiles, sculptures, mobiles and large-scale installations foreground the deaf and hard of hearing experience through process, collaboration, and material. Her collaborations with composers and musicians often highlight the loss or re-creation of information as it passes through various channels, building a visual, aural, and haptic vocabulary as a means to tell stories inspired by events that are both historic and quotidian. O’Daniel’s current project, The Tuba Thieves, made in the wake of tuba robberies from Los Angeles schools, elliptically connects the story of a Deaf drummer to the students, band directors, and school communities who must reconcile with missing sound following the thefts. First-hand accounts and real life details from collaborations with students, musicians, composers, and actors are continuously altering the narrative, which is filmed in segments over time, eventually forming a feature length film. O’Daniel has presented solo exhibitions at Art In General, New York; Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles; Centre d’Art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest, France and performances at the Hammer Museum, Knockdown Center, and Art Los Angeles Contemporary.  Writing on O’Daniel’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Artforum, Los Angeles Times, and ArtReview. O’Daniel has received grants from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation; Center for Cultural Innovation; Art Matters; Franklin Furnace Fund; and California Community Foundation. She received a BFA in Fibers and Material Studies from the Cleveland Institute of Art, a Post-graduate Diploma of Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a MFA in Studio Art from UC Irvine, CA. During her residency at Untune, O’Daniel will begin a collaborative piece with a friend and her 3 year old son addressing issues of accessibility in closed captioning.

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untune presents Social Relations – September 1 – 22, 2017

August 30th, 2017 by helga fassonaki
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so·cial re·la·tions 
any relationship or interaction between two or more living organisms.
September 1 – 22, 2017
untune 
   
“…there was nothing in the moon, in its geometrical dimensions,there was nothing in its chemistry, there was nothing in its electromagnetics, that in any way said it was going to attract the earth. There was nothing in the earth that said the same. It was not until you saw the interbehavior being manifested in free space that you realized there was something going on between”
– R. Buckminster Fuller (“Everything I know”, 1975) 

How do we begin?  By just living and learning to live with each other.  Creating and interacting in the same space.  Shitting down the same hole and eating from the same plates.  Through the remains and artifacts left here and there, from the dog hair and shifting air streams, from the creaks and cracks of ignored door screeches, from the stinky compost pile, we feel the space and dial in the presence of each other, of our neighbors, of the insects, of the night passers, and of the shouting headlines cancelled out by melting guitar tones and poetic chorus lines.   Only through the overlapping space between, only by the presence of one in the presence of others we come to understand ourselves and the attraction and retraction between.   Social Relations is a living process between artist inhabiters and co-inhabiters of untune.  For now we’ll remain anonymous.  

Sun Made

Sun Made
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Begun on August 1st  
Soft opening on September 1st, 7-11pm 
Closing party on the 22nd, 7-11pm

During the three weeks following the Social Relations opening, the living process between artist inhabiters and co-inhabiters of untune has continued to further melt, shape, form, and interact with the energies of the sun and moon, within the layers of atmosphere, and between the concrete pathway and carob tree – sometimes heavy, sometimes light reflective, sometimes bent out of shape, sometimes confused, sometimes aligned with nature’s rhythms, sometimes nature needs space, sometimes floating in delirium, sometimes desiring darkness, sometimes filled with tears and laughter, sometimes only anger, and sometimes we just loose ourselves for endless hours in the hypnotizing patterns left on the ceiling by broken mirrors – this is all of us learning to live with the challenges of the planet learning to live with all of us and the raging bull.    

Please join us this Friday September 22nd, 7-10pm, for the closing event of Social Relations featuring specially crafted first-time collaborations between Hardcore Tina & Syko Friend and Shekhan & yek koo

Hardcore Tina & Syko Friend are inspired by Diane Wakoski, Calamity Jane’s diaries and day to day reflections on how to be soft in a tough world.  

Shekhan & yek koo will be combining  beat driven interlocking harmonies of flute, violin, vocals, mandocaster, and electronics of SheKhan with the vocal and tap-infused spacial modifications of yek koo  

Sun Made Moon

Sun Made Moon
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Social Relations Press Release PDF

ABOUT SOCIAL PROJECT

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UPCOMING 2017

August 3rd, 2017 by helga fassonaki
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DECEMBER 

NOVEMBER

1 to 22 – untune presents Brennan HillSocial Sub-Sub-Genres
 Artist Reception: Friday November 1st, 6-9pm
 Special event (details coming):  Friday November 17th, 7-10pm 
 Closing dinner party: Wednesday November 22nd, 7-10pm 

Social Sub-Sub-Genres Press Release PDF

OCTOBER 

6 to 9untune Artist in Resident – Marcia Bassett, Social Entropy
 Exhibition Dates: TBA

16 to 22 – untune
 Artist in Resident – Kathleen Kim, Social Slur 

Program Schedule: 
Thursday October 19th from 8-10pm
Join LA Fog for a performed rehearsal of new work with undiscovered endings.  Food  and drinks provided.  LA Fog is an experimental music group composed of woodwinds  and strings. Their music is composed by members Kelly Coats, Kathleen Kim, Giles Miller  and Jonathan Silberman, and their compositions include structures for improvisation  along with traditional and non-traditional scores. 
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Saturday October 21st from 4-7pm
Siblings Eric Kim and Kathleen Kim invite guests to engage in conversation while enjoying the calming and healing properties of freshly brewed Wood Betony tea and hors d’eourves. The botanical term for Wood Betony, Betonica officinalis, means ‘tonic for head.’ 
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23 to 28untune Artist in Resident – Alison O’Daniel, Social Tone  
 Exhibition Dates TBA

Social Residency Press Release PDF

SEPTEMBER 

22 – untune, Closing event for Social Relations featuring specially crafted first-time collaborations between Hardcore Tina & Syko Friend and Shekhan & yek koo.   

1 – untune, Grand unveiling of untune with Exhibition #1 – Social Relations.  First part of the Social series.  Opening Reception: Friday September 1st, 7pm – 11pm 

Social Relations Press Release PDF

AUGUST

17Coaxial, 1815 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90015.  The Unwrinkled Ear Concert Series presents Biliana Voutchkova (violin) / Helga Fassonaki (trumpet, electronics) DUO, Shelley Burgon (harp, electronics) / Helga Fassonaki (trumpet, electronics) DUO, Biliana Voutchkova (violin) / Shelley Burgon (harp, electronics) DUO, Helga Fassonaki (trumpet, electronics) / Biliana Voutchkova (violin) / Shelley Burgon (harp, electronics) TRIO
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JULY

27 – Zebulon Café Concert, 2478 Fletcher Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Doors 8pm, Performances 9pm. Metal Rouge, Nakata, Olga, and Race to the Bottom
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23 – Zebulon Café Concert, 2478 Fletcher Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Doors 8pm, Performances 9pm.  The Renderers (w/special guests Helga Fassonaki and Kathleen Kim) and Charalambides
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21 – Quatzen Qulture Qlub, 1717 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026
9pm. Sarin Smoke, Christina Carter, and Metal Rouge 
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APRIL 

27Panel LA, 1914 Raymond Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007 
7pm.  New feature film, Apple Pie, by Sam Hamilton followed by a performance collaboration between Brian Crook (The Renderers) and Metal Rouge. 

Apple Pie, Sam Hamilton 

 

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SOCIAL at untune

August 1st, 2017 by helga fassonaki
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relating to society or its constitution.  
synonyms:  communal, community, collective, group, general, popular, civil, public, societal 
To be anti any of the above is to be antisocial, recognized as a social problem.  Refusing to be social is refusing to relate to human society and its members.  Someone with social issues.  Sociopaths are often described as antisocial –  “dangerous, unprincipled, distasteful, disruptive, rebellious, misanthropic, reclusive, withdrawn…”  Is it an inability to relate or a refusal to relate that deems one against society?  
I relate to both.   I’m an animal.  I fight for nature and die when mother nature decides.  My security is locked inside my gut and that ain’t social.  Delete ‘social’ and you simply have security, reform, justice, media, anxiety, science, cohesion, exclusion, control, distortion.  In politics, this is often a right-wing perspective.  Our society encourages social but demonizes socialism.  Conflict of interest. Conflict of times. Conflicting times.  I’m a socialist anyhow.  

For the purpose of further breaking down these socialized normalized layers, our conditioned praising of the individualist, the artist ego, self sustainability, self identity, self righteousness drilled into our existence as western inhabiters,  untune will be curating a year of programming dedicated to “Social” as a concept used in different contexts and phrases referring to attitudes, behaviors, conditions, and cultural-political views that consider the interests, intentions, actions, and philosophies of living organisms living collectively in interacting populations.  Programming will include events, discussions, presentations, and performances that focus on a separate ‘social’ concept for three weeks at a time.      

 

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To Clarify My Intentions on Khal

December 1st, 2016 by helga fassonaki
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This was written on September 15, 2015 as an attempt and conscious effort to clarify my intentions on Khal – a project I began in September 2014 while residing in Tabriz, Iran. I wanted to make clear that as an American of Persian and Azeri decent, my experience as a woman with freedom in America versus freedom as a woman in Iran (both post 1978) may appear different on the surface but both can be used to reveal something not talked about in the realm of the other.

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To Clarify My Intentions:

Its important for me to acknowledge that the Khal project is not about saying that we as westerners have any right or responsibility to try and change the laws or culture of Iran.  I think artists in Iran have profoundly effective ways of dealing with their own government.  ‘Underground’ has a very different meaning in that country.  It means an outlet for expression that may be otherwise banned; it sprouts from necessity rather than desire.  It’s not outsider art, its insider freedom and its powerful and beautiful and does not require external interference.  It does not seek to be in the spot light, otherwise its freedom becomes threatened. 

What this project is about is presenting an action that connects one side of freedom to another.  I would not be allowed to perform the way I would like in Iran because of the existing laws and it’s not my position as a visitor to challenge those laws in a way that would risk my freedom as an artist.  So instead, I chose this gesture of sending scores out for artists outside Iran to perform publicly.  This action attempted to demonstrate a way of still creating and communicating language rather than letting the suppression of ridiculous laws stop the conversation.  Artists in Iran do not let such laws prevent them from making art; they are resourceful.  With Khal, I attempted to move beyond a direct critique of the laws that shaped its initial concept and in a way question our own supposed freedoms – the personal and political freedoms as an American. In America, we are allowed to perform publicly without asking a ‘ministry of art and culture’ for permission and without presenting our art to a censorship board for a stamp of approval, but still do we have the freedom we are made to believe we have?  Sure, we can go out and perform these scores publicly – but what are our own hang-ups?  Do we push the limits?  Do we express what’s meaningful, or do we hide behind the shadows of what we think we should believe?  We are allowed to sing solo in public, to use our voice for positive change, but do we?  We are free to create the kind of society we want to see, but is this it?  We are free to express our individualism, but doesn’t that just nurture our own ego?   We know we have the freedom to shout our opinions, but what about cultural meditation? Mind freedom. Do we have that? It’s easier to show paternal concern for the rest of the world’s freedom rather than take a harder look at our own, is it not?  

These questions led me to try and create a composition for ‘8 Pillars’, one of the 16 scores shipped abroad. I wanted to create a composition in the making (in the form of a filmed experience) because only in the creating process, can we begin to see and work through our own mental prisons. This film, 8 Pillars – A Free Score, was screened at Disjecta in Portland, Oregon for the exhibition, ‘Book of Scores,’ curated by Chiara Giovando in September 2015.

I believe in the power of voice and artistic expression to move us beyond unjust laws and paint a freedom that resonates internally, externally, and globally.  

Helga Fassonaki
2015

More Info about Khal project: 

ABOUT KHAL PROJECT

KHAL AT GLASSHOUSE, March 11, 2015

KHAL AT LACA, March 20 – April 9, 2015

KHAL AT THE AURICLE, October 8 – 30, 2015

KHAL PUBLIC PERFORMANCES AROUND THE GLOBE, 2015 

KHAL AT THE AUDIO FOUNDATION GALLERY, November 5 – 28, 2015 

KHAL AT VIEWFINDER AND NGA TAONGA SOUND AND VISION, Nov – Dec 2015

KHAL AT NGA TAONGA SOUND AND VISION, November 2015

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UPCOMING 2016

December 1st, 2016 by helga fassonaki
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DECEMBER

11 – Human Resources, 410 Cottage Home Street Los Angeles, California 90012 
Post-Election Policy Consequences on Marginalized Communities
6pm-11pm (6-8pm panel and discussion; 8:30-10:30pm performance program)

Join Human Resources for a gathering of leading social justice scholars as they discuss post-election policy consequences on marginalized communities. Law and policy experts will address immigrant and refugee rights, racial justice, criminal justice reform, reproductive rights, marriage equality, LGBTQ rights and climate change. They will suggest ways that the broader community can meaningfully assist the advancement of social justice causes.

Inspiring knowledge into action, a live music program will follow with performances by yek koo, White Magic and Pegasus Warning.

Participants include: Samantha Buckingham, Clinical Professor/Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic
Melissa Goodman, Director, LGBTQ, Gender and Reproductive Justice Project, ACLU of Southern California Carmina Ocampo, Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal Priscilla Ocen, Associate Professor of Law, Loyola Law School Emily Robinson & Marissa Montes, Co-Directors, Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic

More TBA

01 – Dynasty Center, 818 N. Spring St. Los Angeles, California 90012,  The Unwrinkled Ear Concert Series  presents Biliana Voutchkova (violin), Rob Magill (woodwinds), and Helga Fassonaki (amplified pocket trumpet ) in solos, duos, and trio @9pm, $8
https://www.facebook.com/events/1788285441409766/

NOVEMBER
21 – Metal Rouge Official Record Release Date!  Stay tuned for Metal Rouge show announcement.  

SEPTEMBER

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11 – SADE Gallery, 204 South Avenue 19, Los Angeles, CA 90031 – yek koo, Some Pepper, Syko Freak

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JULY
17 – The Box LA
, 805 Traction Ave, Los Angeles CA 90013 – BOXstock 2-day Festival – Metal Rouge @ 3pm, FREE 
3 – Non Plus Ultra
, 4310 Burns Ave, Los Angeles, California 90029, 9pm – GATE (Michael Morley will be joined by Gabie Strong and Christopher Reid Martin), Metal Rouge, Telecaves,  Peter Kolovos and DJ Prickle, $7

 MAY
19 – Non Plus Ultra
, 4310 Burns Ave, Los Angeles, California 90029, 9pm – RECIPROCAL ALTRUISM – [yek koo + Zaimph], [Gregg Kowalsky + Jean Paul Jenkins], [Joseph Hammer + Christopher Reid Martin],
and DJ unit [Kathleen Kim + Thomas Torrescordova], $7
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APRIL
3 – The Wulf,  1026 s. santa fe ave. #203, los angeles, ca 90021, 8pm – Tom Carter / Michael Hentz duo and yek koo
7Museum of Contemporary Art, Grand Ave, Los Angeles, 7pm – Metal Rouge
10 Basic Flowers, secret DTLA location, 8pm – The Renderers, Metal Rouge, and Gabie Strong
16 – Michael Todd’s studio, 2817 Clearwater Street 90039, 8:30pm – Noel Meek (NZ), and Peter Kolovos / Patrick Shiroishi Duo and Solos, and Metal Rouge
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/500987790108425/

 FEBRUARY
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2 – Queens, NY – Trans Pecos with Loren Connors & Tom Carter, JR Bohannon, 8pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/147935495582501/
5 – Chapel Hill, NC – Nightlight Bar & Club with MAKE and WXYC DJs, 9pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1528204347507730/
6 – Asheville, NC – Downtown Books & News with Shane Parish, 7:30pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1698496783764270/

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10 – Dallas, TX – Wild Detectives with Derek Rogers + 
Chris Hughes, 7:30pm
http://thewilddetectives.com/?ajde_events=yek-koo-heavy-hymns
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11 – Houston, TX – Super Happy Funland with Damon Smith, Bastard Mysticism (Andrew Durham)
http://www.superhappyfunland.com/super_happy_calendar.htm
13 – Santa Fe, NM – Zephyr, 7:30pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/460617630804881/
14 – Albuquerque, NM – Gold House with Fina Nash, Other People’s Kids, Giant Killer, The Jeebie, 7pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/505959072907400/
16 – Phoenix, AZ – The Trunk Space  with 
Dismal Light, Seth Kasselman
https://www.facebook.com/events/103187553398722/
17 – Los Angeles, CA – High Fidelity, 6:30 – 8:30pm – IMPRESSIONS with LFZ/Heavy Hymns (duo), Helga Fassonaki/Meena Makhijani (duo), JC OSMUNDSON the REALIZER of HOUSE II (solo), and Ryo Kuramoto (Tokyo, solo)
https://www.facebook.com/events/445131055683242/
18 – Valencia, CA – Langley Hall, Cal Arts, 8pm
Please RSVP to lauraperez@alum.calarts.edu if you’re not a Cal Arts student and plan to attend
https://www.facebook.com/events/1108492825829897/
26 – Los Angeles, CA – Hyperion Tavern (Zebulon Presents) with Kathleen Kim/Special Guest Thomas Torrescordova, Jordonna, Ryan Sawyer and DJ Kerry Lacy
https://www.facebook.com/events/659204830887657/

JANUARY
13 (Wednesday) @ The Stone in NYC, NY –  10 pm (The Stone Residencies – Matana Roberts)
Matana Roberts, Helga Fassonaki, Ava Mendoza and Tomas Fujiwara
Matana Roberts (alto sax) Helga Fassonaki (pocket trumpet) Ava Mendoza (guitar) Tomas Fujiwara (drums)

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One Song Two Sides Bold Breathing – MISSING

August 31st, 2016 by helga fassonaki
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a living score – a language used to tell a story, communicate a process, and provide instructions while remaining transient and undefined

One
Song
Two
Sides
Bold
Breathing

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went forever missing to an unknown admirer thief,  to a fourth interpreter, to the sea of lost mail, to the piccolo player in the clouds, to albert ayler, to its original recipient matana roberts, to the bureau of sacrificial arts,  to the ministry for desired art, or to the museum of lost art.  somewhere it is resting in peace.

August 2016

Here’s the story:
I sent 15 of the 16 scores back to the recipients I initially created them for, after their final appearance of Khal at Audio Foundation Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand, to locations around the globe.  The recipient of the above score, Matana Roberts, was in the process of shifting homes and said to keep her score.  After meeting this amazing underground dancer (literally underground) from Tehran, Iran at the opening of Khal at Nga Taonga Sound & Vision in Auckland (random and thrilling!), I knew this project wouldn’t end when I got back to the US.  I asked the dancer, Maryam Baghe Irani, if she would interpret one of the Khal scores into a solo dance piece.  She said yes.  The exchange occurred in November 2015.  The score (originally made for Matana), was finally on its way to Auckland on July 18, 2016.  My movements are slow.  She was to interpret it into a dance, send me a video recording of the performance, and I would then compose music to accompany it.   While more ideas were being exchanged, on August 10th 2016, I had the misfortune of receiving the package I had sent Maryam ripped and re-taped in a plastic bag, with a lovely note from USPS letting me know that they care and another letter stating that they found this empty parcel in the mail and believe that the contents were separated during handling.  It made it as far as LAX transit from Highland Park, Los Angeles.   This score survived Iranian customs and postal service, the Persian Gulf, the Caspian Sea, the North Atlantic Ocean, Brooklyn to Los Angeles, the Pacific Ocean, the Coral Sea, the Tasman Sea, but then lost highway from Highland Park to LAX before even leaving the city.

Despite the score’s physical disappearance, Maryam will still be interpreting the visual score (from images I sent her) into a dance sequence and I will still compose the music.
one song two sides bold breathing will forever remain a living score.

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bundled score getting ready to be shipped to New Zealand
july 2016

 

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Dear Postal Customer:

We sincerely regret the damage to your mail during handling by the Postal Service.  We hope this incident did not inconvenience you. We realize that your mail is important to you and that you have every right to expect it to be delivered in good condition.

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Monument #2 at MOCA – April 7, 2016

April 30th, 2016 by helga fassonaki
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Monument Performance
at MOCA

Metal Rouge
Palmbomen II

Inspired by the ambient glow of Dan Flavin’s “monument” for V. Tatlin (1969), Monument is a yearlong series of performances by Los Angeles–based musicians and sound artists staged within the current installation of MOCA’s permanent collection. Considering the acoustics of the Grand Avenue galleries, Monument pairs musicians with specific pieces and/or galleries to enhance the viewer’s experience of the artwork through the addition of sound. Monument is co-organized by artists Nick Malkin and Brian Allen Simon in collaboration with MOCA.

Metal Rouge play an ‘ambient’ set in front of Franz Kline’s painting ‘Buttress’ at MOCA
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Andrew Scott and Helga Fassonaki at MOCA, photos taken by Sara Gernsbacher, 2016

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Metal Rouge – recorded live at MOCA Grand, 04-07-16

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ProjectLocate – LocateIran – launched Feb 5, 2016

February 5th, 2016 by helga fassonaki
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‘Khal Excerpts,’ recently included at The Audio Foundation Gallery in Auckland, NZ is currently part of an online exhibition called LocateIran – a 2 month exhibition of artists, writers, curators and cultural producers from and related to Iran.

Check out:
http://www.projectlocate.com/

Khal Excerpts
Khal Projects 

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Khal at Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

December 31st, 2015 by helga fassonaki
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November 17 – December 11, 2015
Nga Taonga Sound and Vision 
Auckland, New Zealand 

'8 Pillars - A Free Score' performed by Julia Santoli and Helga Fassonaki at Disjecta in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Paula Booker

'8 Pillars - A Free Score' performed by Julia Santoli and Helga Fassonaki at Disjecta in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Paula Booker
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ABOUT KHAL PROJECT

KHAL AT GLASSHOUSE, March 11, 2015

KHAL AT LACA, March 20 – April 9, 2015

KHAL AT THE AURICLE, October 8 – 30, 2015

KHAL PUBLIC PERFORMANCES AROUND THE GLOBE, 2015 

KHAL AT THE AUDIO FOUNDATION GALLERY, November 5 – 28, 2015 

KHAL AT VIEWFINDER AND NGA TAONGA SOUND AND VISION, Nov – Dec 2015

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Khal at the Viewfinder

December 31st, 2015 by helga fassonaki
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November 11 – 24, 2015
Viewfinder window
Auckland Central Library, New Zealand

'8 Pillars - A Free Score' at Viewfinder

'8 Pillars - A Free Score' at Viewfinder
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ABOUT KHAL PROJECT

KHAL AT GLASSHOUSE, March 11, 2015

KHAL AT LACA, March 20 – April 9, 2015

KHAL AT THE AURICLE, October 8 – 30, 2015

KHAL PUBLIC PERFORMANCES AROUND THE GLOBE, 2015 

KHAL AT THE AUDIO FOUNDATION GALLERY, November 5 – 28, 2015 

KHAL AT VIEWFINDER AND NGA TAONGA SOUND AND VISION, Nov – Dec 2015

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KHAL AT THE AUDIO FOUNDATION GALLERY

December 25th, 2015 by helga fassonaki
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November 5 – 28, 2015
Auckland, New Zealand

Khal Scores exhibited at Audio Foundation

Khal Scores exhibited at Audio Foundation
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ABOUT KHAL PROJECT

KHAL AT GLASSHOUSE, March 11, 2015

KHAL AT LACA, March 20 – April 9, 2015

KHAL AT THE AURICLE, October 8 – 30, 2015

KHAL PUBLIC PERFORMANCES AROUND THE GLOBE, 2015 

KHAL AT THE AUDIO FOUNDATION GALLERY, November 5 – 28, 2015 

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KHAL AT THE AURICLE GALLERY OF SONIC ARTS

December 21st, 2015 by helga fassonaki
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October 8 – 30, 2015
Christchurch, New Zealand

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'Remove' score
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ABOUT KHAL PROJECT

KHAL AT GLASSHOUSE, March 11, 2015

KHAL AT LACA, March 20, 2015

KHAL AT THE AURICLE, October 8, 2015

KHAL PUBLIC PERFORMANCES AROUND THE GLOBE, 2015 

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Khal Scores performed around the globe – 2015

December 19th, 2015 by helga fassonaki
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In September 2014, Helga Fassonaki sent scores in the form of sculptures from Tabriz, Iran to sixteen female artists and musicians living abroad to perform in public in lieu of her ability to do so legally in Iran.

Artists who received Fassonaki’s scores include Rachel Shearer & Beth Ducklingmonster (Auckland, NZ), Kali Z Fasteau (NYC, NY), Kelly Jayne Jones (London, UK), Heather Leigh (Glasgow, Scotland), Jenny Graf (Copenhagen, Denmark), Zaimph (Brooklyn, NY), Chiara Giovando (Los Angeles, CA), Shana Palmer (Baltimore, MD), Purple Pilgrims (North Island, NZ), Rachael Melanson (London, UK), Christina Carter (Austin, Texas), Gabie Strong (Los Angeles, CA), Ashley Paul (London, UK), Angeline Chirnside (Auckland, NZ) , Matana Roberts (NYC, NY), and Kathleen Kim (Los Angeles, CA).

Additional participating artists include Suki Dewey (Califon, NJ), Fariba Safai (San Francisco, CA), Nazanin Daneshvar (NYC, NY), Yasi Alipour (NYC, NY), Laura Sofia (NYC, NY), Julia Santoli (NYC, NY), Stainer Black-Five (Christchurch, NZ), Mela (Christchurch, NZ), Misfit Mod (Christchurch, NZ), French Concession (Christchurch, NZ), Instant Fantasy (Christchurch, NZ), Hermione Johnson & Zahra Killeen Chance (Auckland, NZ), Liz Maw (Auckland, NZ), and Piece War (Auckland, NZ).

Upon Interpreting the scores, the participants performed them publicly in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. The following videos document their performances and actions.

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Khal at Nga Taonga Sound & Vision – November 18 – December 11, 2015

November 15th, 2015 by helga fassonaki
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‘8 Pillars’ Score for Rachel Shearer

‘8 Pillars’ Score for Rachel Shearer

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8 Pillars – A Free Score at Viewfinder window
November 11 – 24
Auckland Central Library, 46 Lorne Street, Auckland

Khal at Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

November 18 – December 11
300 Karangahape Rd Newton, Auckland NZ
Launch – November 17, 6pm
Performances
– 8pm

Nga Taonga Blog 

KHAL continues to document a living score as a language used to tell a story, communicate a process, and provide instructions while remaining transient and undefined.

Presented alongside Fassonaki’s filmed reinterpretation of her score 8 Pillars will be Khal Open Book – an archival box filled with score images, text, notes, interviews, and performance stills collected from September 2014 to current and includes conversations, exchanges, and actions that took place between Fassonaki and the sixteen plus artists involved.

Angeline Chirnside, Purple Pilgrims, and Rachel Shearer – three of the original score recipients have chosen three new Auckland-based artists to perform the scores for the opening:
Tuesday November 17, 8pm
featuring:
Hermione Johnson & Zahra Killeen Chance will perform ‘Hypocrisy’
Elizabeth Mary Maw will perform ‘Hum Hum Hum Hum Hum’
Piece War/ Live Visuals by Cutss will perform ‘8 Pillars’

8 PILLARS – A FREE SCORE
Working with the idea of a score as a living force containing the power to shape and reshape what enters our senses, Helga Fassonaki reinterpreted one of her scores ‘8 Pillars’ (originally created for New Zealand artist Rachel Shearer) into a performance composition for seven women. It was filmed on Independence Day 2015 in a forested area in Oldwick, New Jersey. The women (each representing a pillar) move in a slow and deliberate motion mirroring their meditative wordless humming of the Star Spangled Banner as they form a circular shape around the forest trees. The cameraperson is also one of the pillars whose motion and view is revealed through another camera frame that remains still, documenting the process of a composition being created but never finished. The group voices fade as one voice (the missing eighth pillar) continues chanting the anthem until the song becomes unrecognizable.

Presented as a kind of paradox, the ‘8 Pillars’ composition explores two sides of freedom – personal vs political, whilst stripping content from song until the sacredness of a singular voice is revealed. A solo voice whether banned by political law or censored by our own fears is a vessel for a powerful recalcitrant freedom, one that is always vulnerable to attack no matter how ‘free’ a country is.

Performers featured in the film include: Yasi Alipour, Julia Santoli, Gabie Strong, Nazanin Daneshvar, Laura Sofia, Suki Dewey, and Helga Fassonaki (also as cameraperson)

Solo Vocals: Julia Santoli

Watch 8 Pillars – A Free Score 

8 PILLARS LIVE PERFORMANCE (September 26, 2015)
Julia Santoli (solo vocals) alongside Helga Fassonaki performed the next sequence of the ‘8 Pillars’ filmed composition at Disjecta in Portland, Oregon. As Santoli continues to hum a deranged Star Spangled Banner anthem, the notes are elongated and blurred into solid tones of color.

KHAL OPEN BOOK
Presented as an unpublished book – an archive open to edits, renewal and dialogue. Contains notes, interviews, spoken words, score drawings, performance stills, and past exhibition iterations gathered from September 2014 to present from original score recipients:
Kali Z Fasteau (NYC, NY), Kelly Jayne Jones (London, UK), Heather Leigh (Glasgow, Scotland), Jenny Gräf (Copenhagen, Denmark), Zaïmph (Brooklyn, NY), Chiara Giovando (Los Angeles, CA), Shana Palmer (Baltimore, MD), Purple Pilgrims (North Island, NZ), Rachael Melanson (London, UK), Christina Carter (Austin, Texas), Gabie Strong (Los Angeles, CA), Ashley Paul (London, UK), Angeline Chirnside (Auckland, NZ), Matana Roberts (NYC, NY), Rachel Shearer with Beth Ducklingmonster (Auckland, NZ), and Kathleen Kim (Los Angeles, CA).
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additional participating artists:
Suki Dewey (Califon, NJ), Fariba Safai (San Francisco, CA), Nazanin Daneshvar (NYC, NY), Yasi Alipour (NYC, NY), Laura Sofia (NYC, NY), Julia Santoli (NYC, NY), Stainer Black-Five (Christchurch, NZ), Mela (Christchurch, NZ), Misfit Mod (Christchurch, NZ), French Concession (Christchurch, NZ), Instant Fantasy (Christchurch, NZ), Hermione Johnson & Zahra Killeen Chance (Auckland, NZ), Liz Maw (Auckland, NZ), and Piece War (Auckland, NZ).

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Khal at the Audio Foundation gallery – November 5 – 28, 2015

November 3rd, 2015 by helga fassonaki
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K H A L

5 November – 28 November 2015

Opening – 5 November, 5:30pm
Performances – 5 November, 7pm

The Audio Foundation Gallery
4 Poynton Terrace Auckland, NZ

An iteration of Khal, an ongoing project begun by Helga Fassonaki in Tabriz,
Iran in September 2014 will be exhibited at the Audio Foundation Gallery
from 5 November – 28. Fassonaki sent sixteen sculptural scores abroad for
sixteen female artists to interpret and perform publicly in response to a ban on
female solo performances in Iran. The original scores and recorded interpretations
by the participating artists will be exhibited.

Four of the original score recipients will be performing Fassonaki’s scores live
on 5 November:

Kathleen Kim – performing ‘Punk Standards’

Angeline Chirnside – performing ‘Hypocrisy’

Purple Pilgrims – performing ‘Hum, Hum, Hum, Hum, Hum’

Rachel Shearer with Beth Ducklingmonster – performing ‘8 Pillars’

ARTIST TALK – SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER, 2PM @ AUDIO FOUNDATION 

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CELESTIAL at the Audacious Festival of Sonic Arts, 24 – 26 October

October 21st, 2015 by helga fassonaki
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Celestial presented at the Audacious Festival stems from my project Khal, exhibited at The Auricle Gallery of Sonic Arts till October 31, 2015.

When asked to present a sound piece for the Audacious Festival, which began as a way consider the vacant lots in Christchurch’s central city as fading gaps in the collective memory of those who know the city, the idea of vacancy as something empty but open came to mind.  Thinking about a time when Iran was apparently encouraging its pop singers and female vocalists to perform in concert halls, clubs, and cabarets – all of which were forced to shut down following the 1979 revolution, I began to consider the relationship between physical and cultural vacancy.  Vacant is the culture’s soul that once occupied those spaces like a building swept away – both leaving only traces and echoes of stories remembered.  But while a space physical or cultural is still vacant, there is an open gap of imagined possibilities.  Past stories and new dreams.

I’ve reinterpreted the score ‘Celestial’ – one of the 16 Khal scores originally sent from Iran to artists (outside Iran) to perform publicly, into a sound installation which will occupy the corner of Manchester and Armagh street – a vacant lot since Christchurch’s 2011 earthquake.

The sound is comprised of twelve solo vocal recordings from female artists in Iran singing the well known Iranian song, Morq-e sahar (translated as Dawn Bird) sung by many renown singers including the iconic Qamar-al-Moluk Vaziri, who was the first Persian female vocalist to sing without the obligatory veil in 1924. Her performance of ‘Dawn Bird’ left a lasting impression on future generations of female vocalists. Most people in Iran know the song by heart. The first stanza is lyrical, and the second refers to more social and political issues.

The collected solo recordings (each recorded privately in Iran) have been layered one on top of each, forming an orchestra or group vocals (to be broadcast publicly). The physical vacancy of one city will be filled by remnants of the cultural vacancy of another.

The ‘Celestial’ score was made out of what was once a plastic table cloth found in Tabriz.  The tablecloth was cut into squares following the floral design.  The stack of squares is fluid, unbound, and unattached allowing for open interpretation.  On October 24th, starting at 10am at the vacant lot on 281 Manchester Street, the square pieces were sewn back together reforming its past sequence as the sound of ghostly non-choir, out-of-sync voices vibrated out of a single mono speaker mixing into the vast sounds of nearby construction projects.

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Khal at The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery – October 8 – 30, 2015

October 17th, 2015 by helga fassonaki
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Khal – A project by Helga Fassonaki
8 October – 31 October 2015
Opening – 8 October
Performances – 9 October

The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
35 New Regent St Christchurch New Zealand 8011

An iteration of Khal, an ongoing project begun by Helga Fassonaki in Tabriz, Iran will be exhibited at The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery from 8 October – 31. Fassonaki sent sixteen sculptural scores abroad for sixteen female artists to interpret and perform publicly in response to a ban on female solo performances in Iran. The original scores and recorded interpretations by the participating artists will be exhibited.

Five local artists will be performing Fassonaki’s scores live on 9 October:
Stainer Black-Five (Jo Burzynska) – performing ‘One Two Sides Dirty’
Mela (Helen Greenfield) – performing ‘Remove’
Misfit Mod (Sarah Kelleher) – performing ‘Hair Porn’
French Concession (Ella) – performing ‘Heavy Light’
Instant Fantasy (Gemma Syme) – performing ‘One Song Two Sides Bold Breathing’

ABOUT KHAL PROJECT

KHAL AT GLASSHOUSE, March 11, 2015

KHAL AT LACA, March 20, 2015

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Khal in Book of Scores at Disjecta

September 26th, 2015 by helga fassonaki
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September 26 – November 1, 2015
Book of Scores, curated by Chiara Giovando  
Disjecta
Portland, Oregon

8 Pillars – A Free Score (live)
composed by Helga Fassonaki
performed by Julia Santoli & Helga Fassonaki for the Book of Scores opening – September 26, 2015

8 Pillars - A Free Score (live), photo by Sam Hamilton

8 Pillars - A Free Score (live), photo by Sam Hamilton
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8 Pillars – A Free Score (film projection stills)
film features Suki Dewey, Nazanin Daneshvar, Yasi Alipour, Julia Santoli, Gabie Strong, Laura Sofia, and Helga Fassonaki


Watch video on Vimeo

Khal Open Book

ABOUT KHAL PROJECT

KHAL AT GLASSHOUSE, March 11, 2015

KHAL AT LACA, March 20 – April 9, 2015

KHAL AT THE AURICLE, October 8 – 30, 2015

KHAL PUBLIC PERFORMANCES AROUND THE GLOBE, 2015 

KHAL AT THE AUDIO FOUNDATION GALLERY, November 5 – 28, 2015 

KHAL AT VIEWFINDER, November 11 – 24, 2015 

KHAL AT NGA TAONGA SOUND AND VISION, November 17 – December 11, 2015

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UPCOMING September – December 2015

August 25th, 2015 by helga fassonaki
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NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 

5 – 28 – Khal @ The Audio Foundation Gallery  in Auckland, New Zealand
opening reception: November 5 – Angeline Chirnside, Rachel Shearer + Beth Ducklingmonster, Purple Pilgrims, and Kathleen Kim will be performing Khal scores

14Artist Talk @ The Audio Foundation Gallery, 2pm in Auckland, New Zealand

11 – 24 – 8 Pillars – A Free Score at the Viewfinder window, Auckland Central Library, 46 Lorne Street, Auckland (showing continuously 24/7).

18 – 11 December – Khal @ Nga Taonga Sound & Vision in Auckland, New Zealand
opening reception (6pm): November 17 with Khal performances (8pm) by Hermione Johnson & Zahra Killeen Chance,  Liz Maw, and Song by Piece War (Tina Pihema)/ Live Visuals by Cutss

26 – yek koo @ The Audio Foundation with Rachel Shearer and Thistle Group (Claire Mahoney)

29yek koo, Adam Willetts, and TBA @ The Auricle in Christchurch, New Zealand

OCTOBER

8 – 31 – Khal @ The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery in Christchurch, New Zealand
Opening reception: October 8
Performance evening: October 9 – Stainer Black-Five, Mela, Misfit Mod, French Concession, and Gemma Syme will be performing Khal scores

23 – 26Audacious Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand – public sound installation – an interpretation of the Khal score ‘Celestial’
23Kathleen Kim will be performing my score ‘ Punk Standards’ for the opening night of the Audacious Festival @ The Auricle, 7pm

25 – Artist talk – Celestial and the living score workshop, part of Audacious Festival symposium, 2:30pm

30Kathleen Kim, yek koo, and EYE @ Purple Rain Retro Bar & Cafe, Dunedin, NZ

SEPTEMBER

9 – Subsonic Emissions @ The Torus Porta with RawmeanOnewayness (Erie, PA),
yek kooJulia SantoliPas Musique and Live video during the performances by Jim Tuite.
9pm @ 113 Stockholm St, Storefront 1A, Brooklyn, NY 11221

20 – Poetry Festival @ Widow Jane Mine Cave – yek koo + Julia Santoli (duet performance) 
1pm – 4pm @ 668 Route 213, Rosendale, New York 12472 – $5

26 – 1 November  – “8 Pillars”, Book of Scores exhibition & event @ Disjecta
26 An iteration of  “8 Pillars – A Free Score”  will be performed by Julia Santoli + Helga Fassonaki during the opening reception. 
8371 N Interstate Avenue Portland, OR 97217

8 Pillars – A Free Score at the View Finder Window  11 – 24 November, 2015  8pillars_viewfinder

AUDACIOUS FESTIVAL OF SONIC ARTS, Christchurch, New Zealand – October 23 – 26
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The artist talk is part of a Sunday Symposium held on 25 October 2015, part of the Audacious Festival:
More details on Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/736526343120153/

 

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Five local artists will be performing my scores live at The Auricle on 9 October:
Stainer Black-Five (Jo Burzynska) – performing ‘One Two Sides Dirty’
Mela (Helen Greenfield) – performing ‘Remove’
Misfit Mod (Sarah Kelleher) – performing ‘Hair Porn’
French Concession (Ella) – performing ‘Heavy Light’
Instant Fantasy (Gemma Syme) – performing ‘One Song Two Sides Bold Breathing’

Khal at The Auricle opens October 8th. Reception: 6 – 8 pmKhal at The Auricle opens October 8th. Reception: 6 - 8 pm

The Book of Scores at Disjecta

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Unpublished Interview with Jennifer Lucy Allen of the Wire

August 25th, 2015 by helga fassonaki
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Jennifer Lucy Allen of the Wire asked me the following questions about my project Khal on March 30, 2015.  As far as I know it was never published.  I thought I would share the Q&A as my responses offer insight  into the project’s early landscape.


Jennifer Lucy Allen:  Can you tell me a bit about the residency – who runs it, and how/why you applied?

Helga Fassonaki: It was not a residency.  I resided in an artist’s studio for a month, but maybe I confused people by saying that cause many folks have asked me how I got a residency in Iran.   My uncle is an abstract expressionist painter and sculptor from Tabriz, Iran who now lives and works out of a studio in Shomal, which is along the Caspian Sea.  Because of him I was able to have access to this studio in Tabriz, a city in Northern Iran, part of the East Azerbaijan region. 

JLA: Can you describe the location? (Paint a picture, if possible?)

HF: To me the studio felt like a shrine located in an older part the city, close to an ancient mosque, bazaar, bathhouse, and the museum of Azerbaijan.  The studio is three floors – the main floor where I worked was more of a creative thinking hub – a kitchen, lounge area with couch and a single bed for guests, and a rectangle dining table where we’d gather for long lunch exchanges.  I worked in one of the side rooms on this floor.   The middle floor was covered in paints and stacks upon stacks of paintings and books.  The bottom floor was the sculpting studio that was covered in plaster, cement, pottery and had a giant firing kiln. Half the space was filled with huge sculptures and both finished and unfinished projects.    There was a tower air shaft that connected the floors and filled with plants.  One of my studio mates who I really bonded with would work downstairs and sing while working.  With the air shaft windows open, her raw uninhibited voice would resonate upstairs to where I worked.   Listening to her voice while I made the scores greatly influenced my process and brought incredible attention to the lone female voice, more so because its banned from public exposure in Iran. 


JLA: How extensive was your knowledge of the restrictions on performing before you started the residency?

HF: I was very aware of the laws before going to Iran.  The laws were created post 1978, after the revolution, making it difficult for both men and women to perform music other than classical and traditional, especially anything coined ‘western’.  And most specifically the law that bans women from singing solo for mixed men/women audiences.

 

Before I left I knew I wouldn’t be able to perform in Iran publicly, though curious about the ability to do so secretly. But still assuming I wouldn’t, I had an idea for this project to not only draw attention to the issue but also as a way to activate a global response that embraces and acknowledges the freedom of artistic expression.   I invited 16 female artists to participate before I left – all 16 accepted to receive a score in a non-standard notation that they would perform publicly in leu of my ability to do so.

 JLA: How did you present the work at the residency?

HF: I presented no work while in Iran.  I shared my process and the completion of my scores with my studio mates who were supportive and interested in the idea.

I spent my time in the studio scouting for materials (found) and creating the sculptural scores, each one was personalized for the artist I was sending it to.  My own political, emotional, and social experience while in Tabriz, seeped heavily in the making of the scores as well.  My greatest research and window into artist’s struggles came from the artists that I shared the studio with.  So I spent a lot of my time conversing with them.  One of them helped me in the process of shipping the scores from Iran to the 16 addresses outside the country.  This was a huge unexpected mission in itself.  All art must past through the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance’s council of art and possibly await months for approval or rejection before it can even reach customs.  To avoid this, my studio peer suggested I go through the normal international postal route and avoid saying I’m an artist.  I had to take the 16 objects to the post office unpackaged so they can examine before they approve packaging. I told them they were hand-crafted gifts I made for friends overseas.  They thought I was nuts and maybe took pity on me which helped a bit.  It was a crazy process nevertheless.


JLA: What have you taken away from it, as an individual and an artist?

HF: From my time in Tabriz, I learned about the significance and strength of an art community that really supports one another – its power in overcoming the pressures of society and unjust laws.  And that feminism is not about what women can’t do…its about supporting what women do and women supporting other women.   

So far I’ve had many exchanges with the participating artists and been learning a lot – this conversation is ongoing as the project moves forward.  One thing I noticed in working with these artists is that often its our own fear of public expression that inhibits us rather than backward laws.
 
I’ve been introducing new artists to reinterpret the scores.  One of the new added artists, Suki Dewey did a free-style spoken word interpretation of all the scores live at the Glasshouse show in Brooklyn, NY. Through our exchanges she spoke about the inhibition artists in the US have in performing publicly in the streets as activists, speaking out – being radical, political.  She asked, ‘Are we really free?’.
 
As I’ve been exploring this issue and the art climate in Iran, its also made me question my own strengths and abilities as an artist in a western landscape.  I’ve been developing an even deeper emotional and physical connection with voice and its channeling capabilities.


JLA: How does this project relate to your other work? 

HF: Most of my projects move through different phases – changing, evolving, and developing along the way. Nothing feels permanent or finished.  Often I bring in other artists/musicians to respond, collaborate, or interact creating another dimension or layer to the work.  This project is similar where I laid out the initial concept and then offered it outside myself to be interpreted, reflected, acted, performed, altered, expanded and exchanged, in effect creating an on going dialogue and a community outside myself. What happens in transit is what interests me most.   All my work tends to be an experiment where the outcome is unknown.  I don’t really see the point in doing something I know the outcome of.   On the other hand, its not always a clean finish.


JLA: Has anyone’s response surprised you?

HF: Artists sent me audio/video documentation of their public performances which is currently [WAS] showing at Los Angeles Contemporary Archives.  I wasn’t necessarily surprised, but very touched by the active and conceptual thought that went into each artist’s different interpretations.  Many who don’t normally sing, used their voice and I think it challenged and pushed some artists out of their comfort zones. 

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YEK KOO / GABIE STRONG / JULIA SANTOLI / BOB BELLERUE / THURSDAY JULY 2

July 2nd, 2015 by helga fassonaki
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Yek koo
Gabie Strong
Julia Santoli
Bob Bellerue

TRANS -PECOS
Doors: 8PM
ALL AGES
9-15 Wyckoff Ave (L) to Halsey (M) to Myrtle/Wyckoff

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Gabie Strong (LA) and Yek Koo (NYC) – NE Summer Shows 2015

June 26th, 2015 by helga fassonaki
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DATES

Sat June 27
yek koo + Gabie Strong + Crazed (NY)
Spotty Dog Books and Ale
Broadcast live via Wavefarm/WGXC
440 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534

Wed July 1
yek koo, Gabie Strong, + local TBD
AUX/Vox Populi
319 NORTH 11TH STREET
3RD FLOOR
PHILADELPHIA PA 19107

Thurs July 2
yek koo, Gabie Strong, Julia Santoli, Bob Bellerue
Trans Pecos
915 WYCKOFF AVE.
QUEENS NY

Mon July 6
yek koo, Gabie Strong, Todd Anderson, Pretengineer
Deep Thoughts
138 South St,
Jamaica Plain
Boston, MA 02130

Tues July 7
yek koo, Gabie Strong, Jake Meginsky, and Matt Krefting
Jon Doe Jr. Record Store
269 Main St. Greenfield, MA

Wed July 8
yek koo, Gabie Strong, + local TBD
Albany Sonic Arts Collective
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark St. Albany, NY

Links:
http://www.gabiestrong.com/performance/
https://soundcloud.com/gabiestrong
https://vimeo.com/gstrong

http://helgafassonaki.net/yek_koo/
https://soundcloud.com/yek-koo
https://yekkoo.bandcamp.com/

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KHAL AT LOS ANGELES CONTEMPORARY ARCHIVES

June 2nd, 2015 by helga fassonaki
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March 20, 2015 – April 9, 2015

'8 Pillars' score at LACA

'8 Pillars' score at LACA
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Photos taken by Jens Jonason and Helga Fassonaki, 2015

ABOUT KHAL PROJECT

KHAL AT GLASSHOUSE, March 11, 2015

KHAL AT LACA, March 20, 2015

 

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KATHLEEN KIM + KEY OF SHAME + YEK KOO + MIDDLE GREY

May 16th, 2015 by helga fassonaki
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THURSDAY MAY 21, 8:30p

Trans-Pecos
9-15 Wyckoff Ave,
Ridgewood, New York 11385
$8

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yek koo live performance at KCHUNG RADIO – April 2, 2014

April 17th, 2015 by helga fassonaki
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Crystalline Morphologies
KCHUNG RADIO AM 1630
yek koo begins at 21:00.

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