Performance on 9/11
This Saturday, November 23, Members of PRESENT, BOW+ARROW & PARALLAX BEACH’s combined efforts will yet again crash their own party, and take others’ lives into their own hands. Improvisational video/puppetz/noise/synths/movement/blast beats/saxophones will scratch their own disc into bludgeoning skips while surrounding the crowd. Warehouse party.
Excited to invite you to PARALAX BEACH's debut of "Parallax Scroll".
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Severed moments of macrocosmic balance routinely underline human evolution. These moments intrigue, as modernity has alienated us from the immediacy of life. Perceptions of time become mercurial and subjective depending on perspective. Parallax Scroll will take the audience on a revisit through the emergence of life. A trip that re-exams light, language, and the development of society, ending in a space unresolved and recycled. All points can viewed when wading on a Parallax Beach.
PARALLAX BEACH's "Parallax Scroll" is a multi-media performance piece that bridges the abstract landscapes of sound, light, time, and movement. A collective of artists, each utilizing different mediums, come together to make this unique work. Wes Johansen creates a visual representation of abstract thought through digital video projection, edited live and synchronized to synthesizers. Mike Meanstreetz uses avant-garde percussion and composition techniques tangling the participants of this ritualistic performance in a web of synesthesia . These elements are accentuated as josie j conveys transformation to witnesses through ritualism/ meditative movement, influenced partly by Butoh training and a background in performance art. Also performing in this piece are Zachary Vidal (saxophone/sampled noise) providing textured mood, and Brennan Lowe (movement) setting the wheel of this cycle into motion.
Invoking the zeitgeist of the night's multi-disciplinary performance,
elle mehrmand opens with a solo piece
divined of haunting sing-song and movement, foreshadowing what is to come.
Passing through the theater's entry way, the night's performances will be initiated both spatial and temporally by a traversable light and sound installation by the artist Lazer Blade.
On November 2 I realize Halloween at this point in my life has no meaning just like Christmas it has the stench of a sales man with nothing to sell, but an all consuming idea. But I do feel I need a time to explicitly remember the dead and face death as a mortal that I am.
On this day I was lucky to be part of Highways Performance Space Dia de los Muertos Celebration. It was a performance that stemmed from a workshop conducted by La Pocha Noestra at Highways.
The Performance itself was a variety of talented performers showcasing a variety of styles. Ranging from dance, singing, to performance, some including all three. Sneak peek pictures coming soon.
After the show I was honored enough to be invited by Mike Meanstreetz to be part of a jam performance at a house in Echo Park. It was a Zombie Day of the Dead Party. I was happy enough to freak out some more and channel some ancestral wisdom to freak out the locals. Didn't quite get enough at Highways I guess. In the end it was a wonderful piece. Lazer Blade on keys/ sound/ mythical puppet performance, Mike Meanstreetz on drums and triggers, Zac Vidal on sax, and a new one I just met (groove guy) ARCHITECT on sax...SAX, duo it was monstrous.
Here are some lovely pics via Amy Darling.
Don't forget to water your Roots.
Much too Weird for your scene.
<a href="http://mikemeanstreetz.bandcamp.com/album/dia-de-los-muertos-performance-d3cod3d">Dia de Los Muertos performance @ D3COD3D by Lazer Blade + Zachary Vidal + Architect + Josie Jay + Mike Meanstreetz</a>