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August 26th, 2018


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.  


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


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


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:

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 


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


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

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


1st – presentuntune field studies in Social Exchange Theory 


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

November 1st, 2017

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.


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untune presents Social Residencies: October 6 – 28

October 6th, 2017

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



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. 

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.

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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August 3rd, 2017



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


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


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


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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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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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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December 1st, 2016


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

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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

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



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


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

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

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
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2 – Queens, NY – Trans Pecos with Loren Connors & Tom Carter, JR Bohannon, 8pm
5 – Chapel Hill, NC – Nightlight Bar & Club with MAKE and WXYC DJs, 9pm
6 – Asheville, NC – Downtown Books & News with Shane Parish, 7:30pm
10 – Dallas, TX – Wild Detectives with Derek Rogers + 
Chris Hughes, 7:30pm
11 – Houston, TX – Super Happy Funland with Damon Smith, Bastard Mysticism (Andrew Durham)
13 – Santa Fe, NM – Zephyr, 7:30pm
14 – Albuquerque, NM – Gold House with Fina Nash, Other People’s Kids, Giant Killer, The Jeebie, 7pm
16 – Phoenix, AZ – The Trunk Space  with 
Dismal Light, Seth Kasselman
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)
18 – Valencia, CA – Langley Hall, Cal Arts, 8pm
Please RSVP to if you’re not a Cal Arts student and plan to attend
26 – Los Angeles, CA – Hyperion Tavern (Zebulon Presents) with Kathleen Kim/Special Guest Thomas Torrescordova, Jordonna, Ryan Sawyer and DJ Kerry Lacy

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)


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

November 3rd, 2015


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’



UPCOMING September – December 2015

August 25th, 2015


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


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


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



The artist talk is part of a Sunday Symposium held on 25 October 2015, part of the Audacious Festival:
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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



July 2nd, 2015


Yek koo
Gabie Strong
Julia Santoli
Bob Bellerue

Doors: 8PM
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



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

Thurs July 2
yek koo, Gabie Strong, Julia Santoli, Bob Bellerue
Trans Pecos

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




May 16th, 2015

THURSDAY MAY 21, 8:30p

9-15 Wyckoff Ave,
Ridgewood, New York 11385

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Walk Through of Khal at LACA – Monday April 6

April 3rd, 2015


Photos taken by Jens Jonason, 2015


Khal At LACA – March 20 – April 9, 2015

March 29th, 2015

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Friday, March 20, 2015 – April 9, 2015

March 20, 2015
7:30 – 10pm – opening reception

Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA)
2245 E Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90021

An iteration of Fassonaki’s project Khal will be exhibited at Los Angeles Contemporary Archives (LACA) from March 20 to April 9th where the original 16 scores and recorded interpretations by the participating artists will be exhibited.

Special guest artist Fariba Safai will open the event on March 20th with a vocal interpretation of one of the scores entitled ‘Celestial’

Three artists will be performing Fassonaki’s scores live:
Kathleen Kim – performing ‘Punk Standards’
Gabie Strong – performing ‘Armour’
Shana Palmer – performing ‘Reveal Closed’.

Description of Khal project 


Khal at Glasshouse on March 11, 2015

February 23rd, 2015

Khal – A project by Helga Fassonaki
Wednesday March 11, 2015 – 8pm

246 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Glasshouse will be presenting the first iteration of Fassonaki’s project Khal on March 11th at 8pm. Sketched animation of visual scores will be accompanied by performing artist and environmental activist Suki Dewey’s spoken word interpretations.

Three artists will be performing Fassonaki’s scores live:
Zaïmph – performing ‘One Two Sides Dirty’
Kathleen Kim – performing ‘Punk Standards’
Kali Z. Fasteau – performing ‘5 Pillars’

Description of Khal project 



October 28th, 2014


In September 2014 Helga Fassonaki resided in an artist studio in Tabriz, Iran for a month. As a visual and performing artist, what she was able to share in public was restricted. Furthermore, as a female performing artist, the use of her voice in public performance was restricted.

Due to the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini ‘condemned all forms of music, other than classical and traditional Persian music’ as influenced by western culture, and therefore corruptive and forbidden. Khomeini also forbade women from singing solo in public because of ‘the seductive quality of the female voice’.

Since performing as she chose was illegal in Iran, Fassonaki sent compositions in the form of sculptural scores created during her residency in Tabriz to sixteen female artists and musicians living in the US, the United Kingdom, Denmark and New Zealand. The concept being that the scores be interpreted and performed publicly by these artists in lieu of Fassonaki’s ability to do so.

Different iterations of Khal will be presented at galleries in the US and New Zealand as a traveling exhibition in 2015/2016 where the scores and their interpretations by the participating artists will be displayed, heard, and reinterpreted – pushing the idea of a ‘living score’ as an archive open to edits, renewal and dialogue. As the series unfolds from one event to another, Fassonaki seeks to create a composition of voices and actions. Like the idea of Khal, (a derogatory term in Farsi for Iranian Pop music that was sent to Iran by Iranian US immigrants in the form of homemade mixed tapes so that Iranian residents could listen to their country’s own pop stars).  Through these simple actions, the hope is that the reverberation of freedom of expression can echo back across the globe and via the clandestine channels of the world wide web find it’s way back to the country in which the scores had their origin.

The original recipients of Fassonaki’s scores include 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).

Additional participating artists thus far 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).


March 11, 2015Glasshouse in Brooklyn, New York, 8PM
live performances by Kali Z. Fastaeu (NYC), Kathleen Kim (LA), and Marcia Bassett (NYC)

March 20 – April 9, 2015LACA (Los Angeles Contemporary Archives)
live performances by Gabie Strong (LA), Kathleen Kim (LA), and Shana Palmer (MD)

September 26, 2015 (opening) – Disjecta (Book of Scores curated by Chiara Giovando) in Portland, Oregon

October 8 – 30, 2015  – The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery in Christchurch, New Zealand
live performances by local artists on October 9:  Stainer Black-Five (Jo Burzynska), Mela (Helen Greenfield), Misfit Mod (Sarah Kelleher), French Concession (Ella), and Instant Fantasy (Gemma Syme) – 7pm.

October 23 – 27, 2015 – Audacious Festival, Christchurch, NZ – A public installation of the Score ‘Celestial’

October 25, 2015 – Artist Talk, Audacious Festival

November 5 –  28, 2015Audio Foundation Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand

November 14, 2015 – Artist Talk at Audio Foundation Gallery

November 18 – December 31, 2015 – Nga Taonga Sound & Vision in Auckland, New Zealand 



August 13th, 2014

developed for radio only – explores the relationship between body, microphone and air movement.  investigates a sound concept without exposure to the ‘missing element’ – the physical contact between audience and performer.


Thursday April 2 – KCHUNG (Los Angeles, CA) – Crystalline Morphologies w/ DJ Gabie Strong, 7 – 9pm PST

Sunday October 26 – WSPN (Saratoga Springs, NY) – The King Loser’s Cut Out Bin w/ DJ Phil Donnelly – 10 – 12am
Saturday October 25 – WAVE FARM WGXC  (Acra, NY) – Saturday Night Special – 8pm
Monday October 13 – KDVS  (Davis, CA) – Live in Studio A with DJ Christine Richers (will air Oct 18 @ 10pm)
Sunday October 12 – KALX  (Berkeley, CA) – The Berkestir – 12 – 3pm
Saturday October 11 – KCHUNG (Los Angeles, CA) – Crystalline Morphologies w/ DJ Gabie Strong, 1 – 3pm
September 1 – WXYC (Chapel Hill, NC) – 4pm


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Crystalline Morphologies sound+vision on KCHUNG TV

July 23rd, 2014

“This is an experiment in sonic feedback set against visual dissonance. Features videos and camera work by John Pearson, with sounds by Ted Byrnes, Aisling Cormack, Helga Fassonaki, Matthew Hebert, Greg Lenczycki, Jorge Martin, RJ Russell, Andrew Scott, Jared Stanley, Gabie Strong. Live video production by Jens Jonason, Luke Fischbeck and Margie Schnibbe”
Saturday July 26 2-14
12:30 – 1:30 pm PDT
UCLA Hammer MuseumAdmission to the Made in L.A. exhibition is free. Parking is $3.Live sound and video performance for KCHUNG TV
2014 Made in L.A. exhibition @ UCLA Hammer Museum
Broadcast live on 

KCHUNG TV – Episode 8 – July 26, 2014 from KCHUNG TV on Vimeo.

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Flower-Corsano Duo, Ashley Paul, yek koo – Tue 15 April, 2014

April 1st, 2014


Tuesday 15 April
@ The Grosvenor

17 Sidney Road, Stockwell, SW9 0TP | Map
London, UK
8:00 | £5 | Buy tickets



January 10th @ Human Resources

January 3rd, 2014


Gabie Strong
Ted Byrnes / Jacob Wick
yek koo

9pm / $5
Human Resources – 410 Cottage Home Street Chinatown Los Angeles


Metal Rouge – TOUR DATES October 2013

September 14th, 2013

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DUETS / 6 – 22 – 13

June 7th, 2013


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Bullets through Space

April 12th, 2013

An installation by helga fassonaki
April 9 – May 31, 2013
Window Box Gallery


Window Box Gallery

436 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(map / directions)


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Yek koo / John Krausbauer Tour – August 2012

July 17th, 2012


Yek koo / LA Lakers – Tour 2012

April 26th, 2012

May 2 – Brooklyn, NY with Zaïmph and Aster @ Zebulon Cafe
May 3 – Portland, Maine with Mystic Out-Bop Review @ Strange Maine
May 5 – Boston, MA with Preggy Peggy and the Lazy Babymakers, Howard Stelzer, and Arkm Foam @ Whitehaus
May 6 – Northampton, MA with Bill Nace/Chris Cooper and Horsebladder @ Media Mansion
May 7 – Albany, NY with Burnt Hills @ Helderberg House
May 8 – Buffalo, NY with Totem Pole and VWLS @ The Vault
May 9 – Toronto, Canada with Man Made Hill and HVYWTR @ TRANZAC
May 10 – Pittsburgh, PA with TBA @ The Shop
May 11 – Baltimore, Maryland with Jenny Graf and 8th Frequency @ Current Gallery
May 12 – Philadelphia, PA with Wall Wymyn @ Highwire Gallery
May 13 – Brooklyn, NY with TBA @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge


Trapdoor Fucking Exit – April 20 – 22, 2012

April 7th, 2012

Emerald Cocoon presents Trapdoor Fucking Exit, a series of performances taking place inside Helga Fassonaki’s
Installation, Touching Them Touching Me – A Love Song for the Dead C, at Human Resources gallery April 20 – 22, 2012.
$10 each night or $20 for all three nights!
Human Resources: 410 Cottage Home St in Chinatown, 90012

Friday April 20th, 7PM

TOM CARTER – Pete Swanson once described him to me as a ‘wizard’ and I think he might be right. His last solo set in LA was one of the most life-affirming demonstrations of the term ‘slow-burn’ that I have ever seen. And you weren’t there. Please use this opportunity to correct yourself.

BRIAN CROOK (NZ) – guitarist/vocalist from The Renderers/The Terminals/Flies Inside The Sun/The Max Block/Scorched Earth Policy etc etc etc. If these names mean nothing to you then you may as well stay at home. Hand down New Zealands best guitarist. Ask anyone.

GLANDS OF EXTERNAL SECRETION – reclusive legends Barbara Manning and Seymour Glass in their first LA performance (3rd performance in 18 years!). In 2003 they released a ‘no instruments’ cover of ‘Tubular Bells’. We have no idea what is going to happen.

QUEEN VICTORIA – “I’m basically only interested in acoustic noise now” – Nick Malkin aka Queen Victoria

YEK KOO – Helga will perform the whole of her new ‘Love Song for the Dead C’ LP in it’s entirety for the first time.

* plus a performance in absentia by ADAM WILLETTS (NZ) – Adam delivers a mailed-in dose of his non-denominational acid electronics from Christchurch.

Saturday April 21st, 7PM

CHARALAMBIDES – Forget obscure psych-folk reissue ‘gems’ hitting the shelves daily, you don’t have to look back to the pre-corporate takeover era to find modern psychedelic music of rare beauty. Tom and Christina Carter are perhaps the greatest living practitioners of the form in America. Having been through various configurations and conceptual approaches from avant-folk, through minimalist improvisation right out the other side into folk-form again over a period of 21 years they have consistently chosen the path less trodden, leaving behind them a body of work as monumental as that of Keiji Haino or The Dead C. Don’t get left behind in the wake of cheap party music and illusionary careerist cash dreams: there are visionaries in our midst.

500 MG – Michael Gibbons of psych warriors Bardo Pond performs in his 500mg guise for the first time in LA. Twisting/burning psilocybe mantras.

PURPLE PILGRIMS (NZ) – Sister duo from Christchurch, fog shrouded choral vox coated with distant reverb guitar. Immersive.

PETER KOLOVOS – Thin Wrist Recordings proprietor plays electric guitar like fireworks built out of stained glass.

GABIE STRONG – Local artist and bassist of Lady Noise.  No-one knows what to expect – bass?

UN CIEGO – Plans to one day release something that isn’t a lathe-cut. Perhaps a one sided c20 in an edition of 5?

Sunday April 22nd, 6PM

MARYROSE CROOK (NZ) – Of The Renderers/The Max Block/Above Ground (whose sole cassette was recently reissued by Siltbreeze). Aching loose country psych ballads from one of the godmothers of the NZ underground.

LA LAKERS (NZ) – New Zealand facsimile of LA basketball team slam dunks improvised tape compositions.

METAL ROUGE – First LA show in a few months and probably the last for a few more. New material. Less interested than ever in ‘entertaining’ you.

DEREK ROGERS – Recent Texas transplant with a million tapes on a million labels everywhere. Laminal.

BAILOUTS – First performance from new duo unit made up of members of The Faraday Trippers and Shelter Death. Something’s brewing in the OC and it’s not just kopi luwak.

*plus a non-appearance performance by BILL ORCUTT – Bill unfortunately couldn’t be with us in person because he’s on tour, BUT he did give us an exclusive new work to premiere. New cubist blues, with no interest in your opinion.


March 10 – Pacific Non-Standard Time: FAR 1977-Present

March 9th, 2012

Pacific Non-Standard Time: Foundation for Art Resources 1977-Present
Saturday March 10, 7-10PM

333 South Spring Street Unit #E4
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Featuring works by:
Aaron Drake
The Friendly Falcons

Helga Fassonaki
Maya Gurantz
Fatima Hoang & Janice Gomez
Anna Oxygen

The Foundation for Art Resources presents a variation on the ongoing PST events in Los Angeles with a PNST (Pacific Non-Standard Time) contribution. This exhibition aims to celebrate the history of art production supported by FAR from 1977 to the present. FAR’s functions include supporting non-institutional venues, public education and artist-based projects. To this point, we may consider the critical interventions developed by FAR to be a genealogy that is woven within and around the more established trajectories of the Los Angeles fine art world, always injecting a heavy dose of doubt, humor, and/or innovation into artistic practice. With an emphasis on the growth of new art and ideas, as well as the development of an increasingly more diverse community of producers, FAR has been a crucial supplement to much of Los Angeles’s more established canon. As FAR has been a non-white cube, genre-bending/inventing organization since its inception, this Pacific Non-Standard Time event is a welcome response to PST’s sanitized survey format.While this exhibition presents a thematic highlighting of some of FAR’s key moments, the majority of the selections complement FAR’s extensive involvement with music by creating a backdrop focused around sound and/or musically-driven performance, including, but not limited to, documented events of Glen Branca, Mike Kelley, Jim Shaw, Sonic Youth, and the Swans. With the above in mind, FAR’s PNST event seeks to extend and support the trajectory of these historical instances through an evening of performances that could easily be described as de-standardized art practices.Morgan Thomas, a founding member of FAR, described the early activities of the organization and its rampant experimentation as being in search of “an appropriate production model.” While FAR has been through a myriad of configurations since the 70s, the artists included in this exhibition exemplify this drive through a consistent re-tooling of standard practices that is anything but. This evening of performances brings together a dynamic group of artists with a similar interest in expanding the role(s) and/or perceived function of the artist as well as the exhibition space. Such a model of production poses questions about how we think about the concept of performativity in the early twenty-first century. Performance and/or theatricality have become increasingly porous as the “artist” becomes a nexus point defined by the roles of musician, composer, videographer and performer. Be it the transformation of the artist into larger than life “rock stars,” or the mutation of the traditional gallery into a makeshift club, it seems as if all of the issues surrounding performance have taken on the trappings of hyper self-reflexivity. We might even read this drive towards heightened (self-)awareness as a necessary model of production in our contemporary spectacle-driven culture because it challenges of what the condition of performance can be.


Upcoming yek koo LP

February 12th, 2012

You can listen to a track from Yek Koo’s forthcoming LP ‘Love Song For The Dead C’ on Soundcloud.


UPCOMING – Yek koo Tour 2012

February 1st, 2012

yek koo tour 2012

For show dates, cities, and venues that yek koo will be playing, visit the Emerald Cocoon Blog


Lady Noise at the 2012 Whitney Biennial

January 31st, 2012

I will be playing as part of Lady Noise whose performing with Dawn Kasper on the opening nights of the 2012 Whitney Biennial:
February 28 and 29th.  For more information visit the Lady Noise Website:


Upcoming – Touching Them, Touching Me – A Love Song for the Dead C

January 18th, 2012

is the first in a series of multimedia installation and performance works in which I situate myself in the position of a Hagiographer, visually depicting the lives of my musical saints. The first hagiography is on the Dead C (an experimental rock band formed in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1987/88).

Exhibition: March 24th – April 22, 2012
Opening Reception: March 24th, 8pm
Performance Series: April 20 – 22

410 Cottage Home St
Chinatown, Los Angeles CA 90012

I’m using kickstarter to help raise money to cover building and production costs.  For more info, description, and some personal insights on the project, visit: I appreciate your support and welcome any donations you can offer….there’s also special gifts for those who contribute including the upcoming yek koo LP, limited edition CDrs, artwork, and performance series passes!

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UPCOMING – Touching Them, Touching Me

June 16th, 2011

Touching Them, Touching Me – a new series consisting of visual hagiographies exploring my musical idols.
The first hagiography in the series will be on the Dead C (an experimental rock band formed in New Zealand in 1987/88). More on this soon.