2017/18 Season

 

August 2017

SAM ASHLEY, MYSTIC/STORYTELLER/COMPOSER/PERFORMER/TRANCE ARTIST
EACH EVENING AT DUSK, SAM SHOT VIDEO OF DESERT LANDSCAPES AS VISUAL MATERIAL FOR AN UPCOMING COMPOSITION AND HE PERFORMED HIS OWN WORK, “I’D RATHER BE LUCK THAN GOOD,” A STORY OF MANIFEST DESTINY, CANNIBALISM AND LUCK, IN EVA’S KIVA.

Authentic mysticism as a creative process is Sam Ashley’s signature statement as an artist. His pieces are mostly about luck, hallucination and coincidence. He has devoted his life to the development of an experimental, non-religious mysticism. His uninterrupted study of trance began at an early age and he has become a role model, inspiration and teacher to musicians and artists seeking to bring trance into their work.


October 2017

BIG BLACK, SINGER/SONGWRITER, DRUMMER
PERFORMED “ANOTHER KIND OF BLUES,” ORIGINAL SONGS ABOUT “LOVE AND NO LOVE,” REVEALING A MORE INTIMATE SIDE OF HIS VIRTUOSITY.

Big Black is most widely known as a master of world percussion and the first to integrate the African drum into modern calypso and jazz music. He has performed with icons, Lord Flea, Billy Cook, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Dizzy Gillespie and many others. This concert highlighted his gift as a songwriter.


December 2017

OUD, GUITAR & BASS TRIO
MUSICIANS GABRIEL LAVIN (OUD), MIGUEL CARILLO (SPANISH GUITAR) AND JANIE COWAN (UPRIGHT BASS) PERFORMED A VIRTUOSIC MELDING OF TRADITIONAL MIDDLE EASTERN AND FLAMENCO MUSIC.

Gabriel Lavin began his Middle Eastern music studies while on a Fulbright Scholarship in Oman. He has since performed and studied in Morocco, Egypt Sudan and Kuwait working with Oud masters. Miguel Carillo is a first generation Mexican-American born into a musical family. After playing drums and violin, he found his love in the Spanish guitar. Classically trained, he currently studies Flamenco with Adam Del Monte at USC. Alaska born Janie Cowan is a versatile upright bass player with a BM in performance from the Oberlin Conservatory. She performs worldwide in explorative improvisation groups, supporting artists and studying folk music of many countries.


January 2018

KETIL HAUGSAND, HARPSICHORD
RENOWNED HARPSICHORDIST KETIL HAUGSAND GAVE TWO PERFORMANCES OF J.S BACH’S, “GOLDBERG VARIATIONS.”. THIS WAS THE FIRST OCCASION A HARPSICHORD WAS HEARD WITHIN THE SUPERB ACOUSTIC ENVIRONMENT OF HARRISON HOUSE.​

Ketil Haugsand, professor emeritus of harpsichord at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, is considered one of the most important harpsichordists and Early Music interpreters of today. His highly acclaimed recordings of J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” have been singled out as outstanding, landmark performances. Haugsand has played at prestigious venues on multiple continents as a soloist and with major ensembles. Born in Norway, he studied with the renowned Gustav Leonhardt at the Amsterdam Conservatory and was awarded the Prix d’Excellence in 1975. ​


JANUARY 2018

BARRY PHILLIPS, COMPOSER/CELLIST
BARRY ComposeD WORKS FOR CLAVicord IN HONOR of LOU HARRISON and prepared for his upcoming tour with the Ravi Shankar quartet.

After receiving a Masters of Music degree in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he became the compositional assistant to Ravi Shankar, collaborating with him on compositions for Mstislav Rostropovich, Joshua Bell and Philip Glass and the “Concert for George”, at the Royal Albert Hall, where Barry also performed on cello with the Indian orchestra and the rock/pop band. In 2013 he received a Grammy as producer/engineer of Ravi Shankar’s CD “The Living Room Sessions Part 1.” As a cellist, Barry has toured worldwide with The Anoushka Shankar Project, the Coulter/Phillips Ensemble and many others. In addition, for over 30 years he has arranged and produced recordings of Northern European folk music on the Gourd Music label.


February 2018

JESSICA BEELS, SCULPTOR

A RESIDENCY THAT ALLOWED JESSICA TO EXPLORE THE DESERT LANDSCAPE, ITS LIGHT, SHAPES, SHADOWS AND PATTERNS. SHE ALSO TAUGHT A WORKSHOP IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL WIREWORKING ALONG WITH THE PROPERTIES AND USES OF KOZO PAPER. JESSICA’S ARTIST TALK REFLECTED ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HER WORK AND THE NATURAL WORLD.

Multimedia DC-based artist Jessica Beels is renowned for sculptures and installations that highlight landscape objects in abstraction. Influenced by the geometry of nature, her organic armature forms embrace the microscopic to the macroscopic. For the first time in her decades-long career, Jessica had the opportunity to explore the Mojave desert.


MARCH 2018
DAN JOSEPH, HAMMER DULCIMER
DAN PERFORMED ORIGINAL WORKS FOR THE SOLO ELECTOSTATIC HAMMER DULCIMER. CREATING A SOUNDSCAPE WITH ROOTS IN EARLY MINIMALISM, AMBIENT MUSIC AND ACOUSTIC ECOLOGY. USING A MIX OF TRADITIONAL AND EXPERIMENTAL TECHNIQUES, BOTH COMPOSED AND IMPROVISED, HE GIVES THIS ANCIENT INSTRUMENT A CONTEMPORARY IDENTITY.

Dan Joseph is a composer, performer, writer and curator based in New York City. He studied at CalArts and Mills College with Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran, Mel Powell and Terry Riley. For the past fifteen years, the hammer dulcimer has been the primary vehicle for his music. In 2017, the venerable New York based label XI Records released a 2 CD retrospective of his music.