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Sonic Postcard – Holy Conch – Airing February 14 on AFM

January 29th, 2015 by helga fassonaki

Rachael Melanson, producer of Sonic Postcards  presents sounds from my Holy Conch on AFM, the radio station at Audio Foundation (Auckland, New Zealand).  Also included is an interview where I chat about my project Khal.
Airing on 1-14-15, 4pm NZST


More on Holy Conch


Matana Roberts performs One Song Two Sides Bold Breathing –

January 17th, 2015 by helga fassonaki

A score created by Helga Fassonaki part of Khal project

sketch of ‘One Song Two Sides Bold Breathing’
Original Score made with felt and wire

Performed on January 14, 2015 by Matana Roberts:

KHAL Project



October 28th, 2014 by helga fassonaki


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 


on missing a beat

September 7th, 2014 by helga fassonaki






August 13th, 2014 by helga fassonaki

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 by helga fassonaki

“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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Holy Conch

July 14th, 2014 by helga fassonaki

Helga Fassonaki, Oaxaca 2014

‘…one does not speak in a shell, one listens’ – (Patti Smith from poem ‘Conch’)

This project was inspired by Akio Suzuki’s ‘Listening Point’ project, Oto-Date, which I had the opportunity to experience under Suzuki and Aki Onda’s instruction during Field Studies 2014 in London.   A group of us were given maps and told to find one or more ‘listening spots’ that we later shared with the group.   No recorders, no instruments – our tools were our eyes and ears.  Our ears like shells brought us closer to an audible landscape. Holy Conch was realized with a similar intention – through the minimal act of listening allow the senses and mind to peel wide open.   Holy Conch was specifically realized while doing a residency in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Upon arrival to Mexico, I was quickly roused by the many different sights and sounds coming from every direction – It was sensory overload times 100.  I couldn’t focus on my intended project. Instead I wanted to be out of my studio and fully immersed in the cityscape.

After giving into the vibrant distractions, I decided to use churches as my listening spaces to somewhat escape the loudness – from bands to rockets to dance classes to kids shouting to drum circles to the iconic gas truck that drives with a jingle much like an ice cream truck to a man yelling ‘aqua’ every hour everyday, etc.  In contrast, I thought churches could act as spaces for inner-reflection – a solo dwelling place ideal for listening.  I located 18 churches in the Central Oaxaca area and for the remaining duration of my residency I visited a few a day.  Using each of these resonating chambers in essence as my work studio, I sat or stood underneath the dome ceilings or walked around the canals for as long as I felt like being there.  I often returned to the same church but never quite had the same experience twice.  These churches were never actually without sound.  With their doors open and much noise bleeding through, the churches were like the holy filters of society.  Sounds reflected, echoed, resonated, and transformed – yet there was silence in the form of stillness as separation from the outside world itself acted like a filter.  But with the sound of church bells came a subtle reminder of the hierarchical shape present within – a cone shaped golden spiral one can both listen through and hide within.

With a map and my notes, I invite visitors to have their own listening experience of Holy Conch, Oaxaca.

Please download PDFs and experience:


Holy Conch post live performance &  listening environment
June 30th, 2014

I created a listening environment in which I improvised live with segments of recordings I made in the different Churches – a byproduct to share with an intimate audience.  What fascinated me with the churches in Oaxaca was the underlying Pagan beliefs that were practiced before the Spanish arrived bringing over the Catholic religion (around 1521).  Many Catholic churches were built right over Pagan shrines or sacred places. The chosen spots revealed the Pagans’ close relationship with nature and land.

In my alter creation I included raw materials symbolic of a kind of Pagan ritual integrated with a Baroque gold backdrop, an essence of my sensory experiences during holy conch.  The creation of this new listening environment appeared to have meditative effects on the audience.


Obracadobra – Artist in Resident

June 7th, 2014 by helga fassonaki

JUNE 2014
reporting from studio in

slow_movement   3_pieces


Studio sketches –

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June 7th, 2014 by helga fassonaki

Cours de Poetique 



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

April 1st, 2014 by helga fassonaki


Tuesday 15 April
@ The Grosvenor

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



Metal Rouge – Three for Malachi Ritscher CD exhibited at Whitney Biennial 2014

March 24th, 2014 by helga fassonaki

Whitney Biennial 2014 – March 7 – May 25, 2014
Metal Rouge’s ‘Three For Malachi Ritscher’ album appears at the Whitney Biennial as part of Public Collectors’ show about Ritscher’s life, work and death.  We also contributed some words to Marc Fisher’s essay that accompanies the exhibition.

Public Collectors @ 2014 Whitney Biennial

Whitney Biennial 2014

Booklet published for the Exhibit can be read online:

Selected Press Links:

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January 10th @ Human Resources

January 3rd, 2014 by helga fassonaki


Gabie Strong
Ted Byrnes / Jacob Wick
yek koo

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


Metal Rouge UK/Euro Tour Targets – Oct 5 – Oct 25

December 6th, 2013 by helga fassonaki

Volcanic Tongue 10/5/13
1 Target

Cafe Oto - 10/6/13
2 Targets

Kraak - 10/7/13
3 Targets

Ecuyes - 10/10/13
5 targets

Odyssée - 10/11/13
6 Targets

La Cantine de Belleville - 10/12/13
7 Targets

Velvet Club - 10/13/13
8 Targets

Spazio Targa - 10/15/13
9 Targets

Hybrida - 10/16/13
10 Targets

mo.e Thelemanngasse 4/1 - 10/18/13
12 Targets

Walpodenakademie - 10/20/13
13 Targets

The Student - 10/22/13
15 Targets

Roodkapje - 10/23/13
16 Targets

Servants Jazz Quarters - 10/24/13
17 Targets

The New Bradford Playhouse - 10/25/13
18 Targets


How gun control is losing, badly (in charts) by Niraj Chokshi in The Washington Post

Inside the Power of the NRA by Robert Draper

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November 21st, 2013 by helga fassonaki

12 Jacket (3mm Spine) [GDOB-30H3-007}



Metal Rouge – TOUR DATES October 2013

September 14th, 2013 by helga fassonaki

metal_rouge1 metal_rouge2

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DUETS – Performance Excerpts, 6-22-13

September 4th, 2013 by helga fassonaki

DUETS took play on June 22, 2013 at The Fields in Bedminster, New Jersey.
The duos included:
yek koo + Zaimph
Tom Carter + Tom Surgal
Ashley Paul + Greg Kelley
and DJ/video unit: tren::azul

Hosted by EMM
Curated by Helga Fassonaki

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DUETS / 6 – 22 – 13

June 7th, 2013 by helga fassonaki


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Decayke 2: Guts and Stuff, or Contents

May 12th, 2013 by helga fassonaki

The second official issue of DECAYKE features an interview with Helga Fassonaki – ‘The Night We Talked for Hours’ and a group of reviews on Emerald Cocoon’s Alone / Together Series – Together In The Darkness
Check out the whole Issue here: DECAYKE



Bullets through Space

April 12th, 2013 by helga fassonaki

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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J. Collin / Chalaque / yek koo

March 6th, 2013 by helga fassonaki

Fri 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn w/ Non Horse
Sat 16 – Boston, MA @ Smokey Bear Cave w/ Witch Wolf and Double Awake
Sun 17 – Hadley, MA @ Flying Object w/ Bill Nace Chris Cooper duo
Mon 18 – Albany, NY @ Helderberg  House W/ Zaimph and Burnt Hills
Tue 19 – Hudson, NY @ The Spotty Dog w/ Zaimph
Wed 20 – Ithaca, NY @ Angry Mom Records
Thur 21 – Columbus, OH @ TBA
Fri 22 – Detroit, MI @ M.U.G w/ Moon (YPSI) and M.U.G. House band
Sat 23 – Chicago, IL @ The Dustbowl w/ Circuit Des Yeux
Sun 24 – Bloomington, IN @ Sound Workshop
Mon 25 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Comet w/ Pete Fosco
Tue 26 – Lexington, Kentucky @ Sidecar
Wed 27 – Baltimore, Maryland @ 5th Dimension w/ Metalux


Letter from Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse

January 4th, 2013 by helga fassonaki

Letter from Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse

Learn to say “Fuck You” to the world once in a while. You have every right to. Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping, confusing, itchin, scratching, mumbling, bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, numbling, rumbling, gambling, tumbling, scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning, horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball-poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eyeing, back-scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding, grinding, grinding away at yourself. Stop it and just DO!

From your description, and from what I know of your previous work and you [sic] ability; the work you are doing sounds very good “Drawing-clean-clear but crazy like machines, larger and bolder… real nonsense.” That sounds fine, wonderful – real nonsense. Do more. More nonsensical, more crazy, more machines, more breasts, penises, cunts, whatever – make them abound with nonsense. Try and tickle something inside you, your “weird humor.” You belong in the most secret part of you. Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world. If you fear, make it work for you – draw & paint your fear and anxiety. And stop worrying about big, deep things such as “to decide on a purpose and way of life, a consistant [sic] approach to even some impossible end or even an imagined end” You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to DO!

I have much confidence in you and even though you are tormenting yourself, the work you do is very good. Try to do some BAD work – the worst you can think of and see what happens but mainly relax and let everything go to hell – you are not responsible for the world – you are only responsible for your work – so DO IT. And don’t think that your work has to conform to any preconceived form, idea or flavor. It can be anything you want it to be. But if life would be easier for you if you stopped working – then stop. Don’t punish yourself. However, I think that it is so deeply engrained in you that it would be easier to DO!

It seems I do understand your attitude somewhat, anyway, because I go through a similar process every so often. I have an “Agonizing Reappraisal” of my work and change everything as much as possible = and hate everything I’ve done, and try to do something entirely different and better. Maybe that kind of process is necessary to me, pushing me on and on. The feeling that I can do better than that shit I just did. Maybe you need your agony to accomplish what you do. And maybe it goads you on to do better. But it is very painful I know. It would be better if you had the confidence just to do the stuff and not even think about it. Can’t you leave the “world” and “ART” alone and also quit fondling your ego. I know that you (or anyone) can only work so much and the rest of the time you are left with your thoughts. But when you work or before your work you have to empty you [sic] mind and concentrate on what you are doing. After you do something it is done and that’s that. After a while you can see some are better than others but also you can see what direction you are going. I’m sure you know all that. You also must know that you don’t have to justify your work – not even to yourself. Well, you know I admire your work greatly and can’t understand why you are so bothered by it. But you can see the next ones and I can’t. You also must believe in your ability. I think you do. So try the most outrageous things you can – shock yourself. You have at your power the ability to do anything.


yek koo + Caitlin Mitchell – live @ Human Resources gallery 9-21-12

September 25th, 2012 by helga fassonaki

Documentation (excerpt) of live performance collaboration between yek koo and Caitlin Mitchell. The actual performance was 15 minutes long and featured a radical symbiotic relationship between drum and guitar sounds as the drumming vibrations were picked up by the guitar and further layered and distorted, building up till the projected video showing white noise/light for 12 minutes suddenly became a fire with a burning photo of Mitt Romney.

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Yek koo / John Krausbauer Tour – August 2012

July 17th, 2012 by helga fassonaki


Trapdoor Fucking Exit – Day 3: April 22, 2012

June 19th, 2012 by helga fassonaki

Day 3 of Trapdoor Fucking Exit
Human Resources Gallery, Los Angeles CA
Performances by Maryrose Crook (of The Renderers), LA Lakers, Metal Rouge, Derek Rogers, Bailouts, and Bill Orcutt (non-appearance performance)

Photos taken by Lemuel Barbour, 2012

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Trapdoor Fucking Exit – Day 2: April 21, 2012

June 18th, 2012 by helga fassonaki

Day 2 of Trapdoor Fucking Exit
Human Resources Gallery, Los Angeles CA
Performances by Un Ciego, Gabie Strong, Peter Kolovos, Purple Pilgrims, 500 Mg, and Charalambides

Photos taken by Lemuel Barbour, 2012

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Trapdoor Fucking Exit – Day 1: April 20, 2012

June 18th, 2012 by helga fassonaki

Curated by Helga Fassonaki as part of her exhibition of ‘Touching Them, Touching Me – A Love Song for the Dead C’
Human Resources Gallery, Los Angeles CA
Performances by Adam Willetts (non-appearance) , yek koo, Queen Victoria, Glands of External Secretion, Brian Crook, and Tom Carter

Photos taken by Lemuel Barbour, 2012

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A Love Song for the Dead C – Exhibition Photos

June 4th, 2012 by helga fassonaki

Touching Them, Touching Me – A Love Song for the Dead C
Helga Fassonaki – Solo Exhibition
March 24 to April 22, 2012 @ Human Resources Gallery, Los Angeles CA

Most photos taken by Lemuel Barbour, April 2012

To read the press release click HERE

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Dawn Kasper w/ Lady Noise @ Whitney Biennial 2012

June 3rd, 2012 by helga fassonaki

Lady Noise performing w/ Dawn Kasper, Whitney Biennial ’12

Dawn Kasper Performance at Whitney Biennial 2012

More photos of this performance found HERE
Dawn’s installation and the Lady Noise collaboration is discussed in ARTFORUM

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Helga Fassonaki @ Autonomie for Pacific Non-Standard Time: FAR 1977-Present (3-10-12)

June 3rd, 2012 by helga fassonaki

Helga Fassonaki at Autonomie from Foundation for Art Resources on Vimeo.

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

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Yek koo / LA Lakers – Tour 2012

April 26th, 2012 by helga fassonaki

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