Spaceland Presents x Compose LA
Music x Ideas x Space
Featured musicians: Linafornia, Austronautica, George Sarah, Heather McIntosh, Arthur King, Terence Keel
Curated by Liz Garo, Talent Buyer Spaceland Presents
Location: Tangier at Hotel Figueroa in DTLA, 939 S Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015
Artists: Heather McIntosh, George Sarah, Arthur King, Linafornia, and Astronautica
Speaker: Terence Keel, Ph.D.
Program: Selected Works
Featuring a roster of LA-based musicians that are both composers and musicians who will explore what it means to be human through their touch mixed with electronics. They ask the question: Are pre-programmed sampled strings that can be manipulated to perfection the idea of being human or is it more human strumming, bowing, plucking their traditional instruments? This evening will intersect the mix of being human / machine / layered vocals / field recordings and performing.
George Sarah has made a name for himself since 1985 by successfully combining two very different genres of music; classical and electronica creating a conscious, haunting quality popular among the youth-oriented electronica crowd.
Heather McIntosh started her musical career playing with the bands of The Elephant 6 Collective, Gnarls Barkley, and Lil Wayne. Following her touring days, she has been regularly composing music for film and television since 2011.
Leimert Park native Linafornia easily has one of the best stories to come out of LA. She’s taken over the decks at Low End Theory, LA’s famed experimental club night and scored back-to-back first place finishes at the prestigious Beat Cinema Beat Battle.
Astronautica is Edrina Martinez, a singer/songwriter and electronic producer whose music captures the eclectic nature of LA’s experimental beat scene and its connections to different cultures around the globe. The LA native brings a playful sense of exploration to her sound, creating a unique style of lush electronica with elements of hip hop, indie, R&B, and EDM.
Arthur King is an experimental music and visual art collective seeking to engage the known and unknown inherent in creative expression. The group is comprised of a myriad of musicians, visual artists, and filmmakers that record albums, compose music, create installations, and more.
Terence Keel is a historian, scholar of religion, and critical race theorist who earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has written widely about the history of racism and its connections to science, religion, politics, and modern life. Keel’s first book, Divine Variations, published by Stanford University Press, documents the intellectual legacy shared between modern scientific racism and religion in Europe and America. Keel has come to UCLA as an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, and the Department of African American Studies.
This event was planned in collaboration with Spaceland Presents. Compose LA is a new city-wide new music, new ideas festival planned in conjunction with Department of Cultural Affairs – City of Los Angeles, American Composers Forum of Los Angeles, University of California Humanities Research Institute, and the Center for Music Innovation – UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
For information about the full roster of events, visit the DCA website.