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Help us pay artist fees and production costs to create 3 new sound works in a free concert at a breathtaking panorama.
Help us pay artist fees and production costs to create 3 new sound works in a free concert at a breathtaking panorama.
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SASSAS is seeking your support for sound. at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, an exciting aural re­imagining of one of the most iconic Los Angeles region locations in SASSAS's sound. concert series, taking place on October 5, 2014.

A historically complex site, the Overlook resides at the juncture of industry and parkland / preserve while offering views of the entire Los Angeles Basin. Since 2011, SASSAS has been commissioning composers to address this unique location for concerts that are presented to the public free of charge. This year’s concert features new works by Los Angeles area artists and musicians Matt Barbier, Sarah Petersen and Southern California Sound Ecology.

Although the concert is free, the cost of producing it is $10,000 which pays commissioning fees for the artists, covers the on-site technical crew and gear, and includes promotion, insurance and other producing costs. SASSAS has already received $5000 from a Culver City Performing Arts Grant so we’ve raised half the funding! Help us continue producing concerts at the Overlook by matching Culver City’s contribution and backing this unique event. And we're a 501(c)(3) non profit so your contribution is tax deductible!

sound. at BHSO: MURAL, 2013 concert (image Wild Don Lewis)
sound. at BHSO: MURAL, 2013 concert (image Wild Don Lewis)


About SASSAS:

SASSAS’s programming is unique in considering the relationship between artist and site as pivotal to new music. Throughout its 15 years, the sound. concert series has activated an array of locations as diverse as the performances themselves–from landmark modernist architectural sites to a historic carousel, from a budget motel to the wilds of an urban park. SASSAS's radical recontextualizing of sound and place creates a space for the listener to open to the experience of new sounds.


About the Artists:

Matt Barbier performs as a part of sound. at the BHSO: MURAL, 2013 (image Wild Don Lewis)
Matt Barbier performs as a part of sound. at the BHSO: MURAL, 2013 (image Wild Don Lewis)

Trombonist and composer Matt Barbier explores experimental intonation, noise and the physical processes of the trombone. He is actively engaged in the emerging field of just intonation for brass instruments. Past works have imagined the sound of light paths, creating formal equivalents between the sonic and visual, a process he will use in creating a new work for the Overlook.

Sarah Petersen leads "Hum" with the Women's Center for Creative Work (WCCW) (image Sarah Williams)
Sarah Petersen leads "Hum" with the Women's Center for Creative Work (WCCW) (image Sarah Williams)

Artist Sarah Petersen’s Hums explore the production of sympathetic vibrations in groups. She has led Hums at the Shangrila performance festival in Joshua Tree, with the Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW) and at Concord, an artist space located on a school bus in Glassell Park, California. This interactive project engages the audience in personal and communal participation. Guests are invited to join in experiencing the shared resonance of humming—navigating the interactive hum of voice, body and surrounding environment. Sarah will design a new communal hum for the environment of the Overlook.

Southern California Sonic Ecology (image courtesy the artists)
Southern California Sonic Ecology (image courtesy the artists)

Southern California Sound Ecology is an artist collaborative that creates soundscapes using unprocessed field recordings. Their work explores the external environment as constructed through sound and location. Using a combination of natural and ambient sounds both pre-recorded and sampled on site, their sonic collages are played like instruments.

Video credits:
Produced by Cindy Bernard with assistance from
Stephen Kugelberg, Daniel Corral and Christina Ondrus
MURAL concert footage shot by Andy Featherston (2013)
William Roper concert footage shot by Alex Pelly (2011)
Photographs: Wild Don Lewis and Timothy Norris

This performance is made possible in part by a Culver City Performing Arts Grant with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Pledge $10 and receive our "I support sound." sticker + a personal thank you + acknowledgement on our website's project page

Pledge $25 and receive our sound.Cd no. 2 + our "I support sound." stickera personal thank you + acknowledgement on our website's project page

CD Includes: John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes and 4'33" played by James Tenney; John Coltrane's Venus from Interstellar Space played by Nels Cline/Gregg Bendian; Kraig Grady's Gending Aptos; Polar Goldie Cats' Cat Nest; Carl Stone's Guelaguetz; James Tenney's Ergodos II played by William Winant

 

Pledge $50 and receive a high quality digital download of an unreleased concert by Southern California Sonic Ecology + sound.Cd no. 2 + our "I support sound." sticker + a personal thank you + acknowledgement on our website's project page


 

Pledge $100 and receive an "I support sound." tote bag + a high quality digital download of an unreleased concert by Southern California Sonic Ecology + sound.Cd no. 2 + our "I support sound." sticker a personal thank you + acknowledgement on our website's project page


 

Pledge $250 and receive a signed limited edition artwork by Christina Ondrus
Silver on black screen print reads, "the underlying harmonic pattern of creation"
Approx. 20" x 16"
+ a personal thank you + acknowledgement on our website's project page

 
 


Pledge $500
and receive a signed limited edition artwork by Cindy Bernard 
Starlite Gardens Dance Pavilion Toquerville, Utah
2013/2014
Pigment print, Image: 6.75" x 10" / Sheet: 11" x 14" approx., Ed: 15
+ a personal thank you + acknowledgement on our website's project page


 

Pledge $500 and receive a signed limited edition artwork by Renée Petropoulos
Bouquet: NATO Flowers (Yellow)  28.5" x 19.75", Ed. of 5
+ a personal thank you + acknowledgement on our website's project page


 

Pledge $1000 and choose an original collaborative drawing (from left)
(1.) Mario Ybarra Jr, Raymie Iadevaia and Jim Shaw or
(2.) Alexandra Grant, Gala Porras-Kim and Elana Mann or
(3.) Mark Dean Veca, Thaddeus Strode and Mark Steven Greenfield or
(4.) Steven Bankhead, Jessie Benson and Meg Cranston
each on 30" x 22" paper + a personal thank you + acknowledgement on our website's project page

 

Pledge $1000 and choose either a private concert by Matt Barbier or a private Hum led by Sarah Petersen (Los Angeles only) + a personal thank you + acknowledgement on our website's project page 


 

Pledge $2500 and receive a private concert with Joe Potts of LAFMS,
composer Greg Lenczycki and musician/composer Daniel Corral (Los Angeles only) + a personal thank you + acknowledgement on our website's project page

Risks and challenges

SASSAS has 15 years of experience in producing concerts at locations similar to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, as well as two prior concerts at this site. We've developed a great working relationship with the California State Park rangers who support the work we've done to date.

One of the obvious challenges of the Overlook is weather, and we've been lucky so far! But even if sprinkles occur, we can move the concert to the BHSO pavilion which is open to the park on 3 sides.

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