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May 19, 2014

Discover Circuit Bending secrets at LAVA’s free Electronic-Music themed Sunday Salon

WHO: Presented by LAVA – The Los Angeles Visionaries Association.
WHAT: This month, the LAVA Sunday Salon cultural speaker’s series dedicates the entire two-hour program to Circuit Bending, a subset of Electronic Music that uses repurposed children’s toys to create bold new instruments. Presenters: Andy Ben, Jeff Boynton, Mona Jean Cedar and Fanny Daubigny.
WHEN: Sunday, May 25, 12pm-2pm followed a free Broadway On My Mind architectural walking tour of Robert B. Young’s downtown landmarks at 2:30pm hosted by Richard Schave of Esotouric. LAVA Salons fall on the last Sunday of the month.
WHERE: Mezzanine level, Les Noces du Figaro restaurant, 618 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90014.
COST: Free, no reservations required for Salon attendance. Walking tour is also free, with reservations required.
GENERAL LAVA SUNDAY SALON INFO: http://lavatransforms.org/lavasalonsfigaro
MAY 25 SALON INFO: http://lavatransforms.org/salon514
WALKING TOUR INFO: http://lavatransforms.org/flaneur-broadway-on-my-mind-9
CONTACT: Kim at amscrayATgmailDOTcom, 213-373-1947

LOS ANGELES- Launched in 2010 by Richard Schave and Kim Cooper, the proprietors of Esotouric bus adventures, the creative consortium LAVA (The Los Angeles Visionaries Association) has established itself as one of the city’s most intriguing arts collectives, with a calendar packed with compelling, offbeat urban events and an ever-growing list of notable Visionary contributors.

Once a month, on the last Sunday, LAVA hosts a free curated series of cultural presentations, the LAVA Sunday Salon. The popular program feature talks and performances from a remarkable collection of writers, musicians, visual artists, historians, clowns, archivists, collectors, fashion designers, curators, theater companies, fortune tellers, film directors, educators, preservationists and scientists. Formerly held at Clifton’s Cafeteria, , the LAVA Sunday Salon remains on Broadway in the mezzanine of the restaurant Les Noces du Figaro, the former site of Schaber’s Cafeteria.

LAVA’s Sunday Salon is one of the hottest (free) tickets for urban explorers seeking intelligent conversation, connection and inspiration—it is an incubator for the most exciting ideas and research celebrating Los Angeles history and culture.

The LAVA Sunday Salon returns on Sunday, May 25 from noon-2pm, and all are welcome to dine together and socialize, or attend compelling presentations by LAVA Visionaries, followed by a free Broadway architecture tour highlighting Robert B. Young’s work, hosted by LAVA co-founder Richard Schave.

ABOUT THE MAY 25, 2014 LAVA SUNDAY SALON

Because of the scope and scale of the program, this month’s Sunday Salon will not follow our usual varied two-act structure, but will focus almost entirely on Electronic Music. The program will include the history of the genre, some theoretical discussion, a performance and a hands-on demonstration. We will break for about ten minutes about an hour into the presentation.

Our focus is on Electronic Music, and the sub-genre known as Circuit Bending. Circuit Bending is the creative rewiring of pre-existing circuits to make new media. Often these circuits are found in inexpensive children’s toys and “obsolete” devices. Important aspects of Circuit Bending are the D.I.Y (Do It Yourself) autodidactic nature of immediate exploration into new electronic sounds and the ability to engage in instrument building without the need for an electrical engineering degree. The artists presenting today, Andy Ben, Jeff Boynton and Mona Jean Cedar, explore the implications of Circuit Bending through a variety of contexts, including performance, documentary video and education.

For Mona Jean Cedar (poet, dancer and sign language interpreter) and Jeff Boynton (electronic musician), “Circuitry and Poetry” arose out of a desire to create collaborative artwork. Jeff’s initial impulse was to create interactive electronic instruments that would respond to Mona’s hand and body movements. This did not happen immediately due to the steep learning curve of electronics, but it led to the discovery of the “black art” of Circuit Bending. This was the jumping off point, and eventually Jeff was able to develop interfaces that would allow Circuit Bent instruments to respond to light, sound and movement. Mona had already been creating work in which poetry and movement was composed specifically for how well they will work with sign language. Presenter Andy Ben is a musician and technologist and film maker who is interested in the digital convergence and post consumer culture.

The LAVA Sunday Salon will also feature a short presentation by the scholar and writer Fanny Daubigny about the American translator Louise Varèse and her work with 19th century French poetry. (Louise Varèse was the wife of Edgar Varèse, whose compositions are considered a cornerstone of electronic music.)

AFTER THE SALONBROADWAY ON MY MIND WALKING TOUR
Free, reservations required from
http://lavatransforms.org/flaneur-broadway-on-my-mind-9

The latest in Richard Schave’s series of monthly Broadway walking tours departs from Les Noces du Figaro bound for several local landmarks designed by architect Robert Brown Young, whose career spans the 19th and 20th century, residential and commercial. His work on Broadway is the perfect setting to begin to understand Young and his iconic structures.

The goal of these tours is to explore the history of the built environment on Broadway, while seeking to understand the scope of the work of Strategy One, Phase One of the Broadway Streetscape Master Plan and the “Road Diet,” which has recently begun.

Photos and video from some past LAVA Sunday Salons are here:

LISTING OF PAST SUNDAY SALONS AT FIGARO:
http://lavatransforms.org/lavasalonsfigaro

LISTING OF PAST SUNDAY SALONS AT CLIFTON’S CAFETERIA:
http://lavatransforms.org/cliftonsalons

SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS ON VIDEO AND IN PHOTOS:

“Old Bunker Hill: One Family’s Perspective” (video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EloQciq6SbI

IAN WHITCOMB (video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94lPdqRcXVs

RAYMOND CHANDLER AND THE KEPT GIRL (video)
http://lavatransforms.org/salon-cooper-rogers-march2014

CACOPHONY SOCIETY / GENE SCULATTI / IAN WHITCOMB (video): http://lavatransforms.org/salonvideo311

MESMERELDA, THE SKID ROW MISFORTUNE TELLER (video): http://lavatransforms.org/hauntsandhorrors

GENE SCULATTI’S FOLK ART SCROLL (photos):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardschave/sets/72157623729484726/

JOAN RENNER’S COSMETIC EPHEMERA COLLECTION (photos):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardschave/sets/72157624174080520/

ABOUT LAVA: Through participation in LAVA, a select group of creative professionals come together to promote cultural programming that speaks to the urban experience while promoting positive public space. LAVA’s creative partners share a love for L.A. and unique ideas for exploring it in their work. Formed by social historians RICHARD SCHAVE and KIM COOPER—proprietors of Esotouric bus adventures and the 1947project time travel blog series (including On Bunker Hill and In SRO Land)—LAVA brings together L.A.‘s most visionary promoters, artists, writers and thinkers. The first crop of Visionaries in the growing curated community includes cultural chronicler ADRIENNE CREW, artist and Eastside historian AL GUERRERO, Cacophony Society co-founder AL RIDENOUR, avant garde fashion maven A. LAURA BRODY, poet/publisher ALEIDA RODRIGUEZ, back-to-nature pioneer ALICIA BAY LAUREL, filmmaker ALLISON ANDERS, writer/curator ALLON SCHOENER, designer/mom of Chicken Boy AMY INOUYE, actor/musician ANDY BEN, custom tours maven ANNE BLOCK, documentarian/radio producer ANTHEA RAYMOND, author/gallerist APRIL DAMMANN, memoirist BARBARA KRAFT, pop culture historian BECKY EBENKAMP, ethnomusicologist BETO GONZALEZ, puppeteer BOB BAKER, tile historian BRIAN KAISER, producer/promoter CHRISTIAN VOLTAIRE MEOLI, cultural events programmer CHRISTINA GALANTE, musician COUNT SMOKULA, performance artist CRIMEBO THE CLOWN, writer/Libros Schmibros proprietor DAVID KIPEN, Novelist DAVID ROCKLIN, forensic educator DEREK PACIFICO, literary curator D.M. COLLINS, sculptor DONALD GIALANELLA, forensic scientist/educator DONALD JOHNSON, author/educator DOROTHY RANDALL GRAY, educator and historic cemetery board member DWAIN CARLO CRUM, artist ELENA MARY SIFF, documentarian ELIJAH DRENNER, conversation curator ERIC VOLLMER, social connector EVONNE HEYNING, musician/performance artist FEATHERBEARD, photographer GARY LEONARD, pop critic/outsider artist GENE SCULATTI, musician/artist GEORGE EARTH, songsmith HARVEY SID FISHER, theater director HOLLY WITHAM, musician/writer IAN WHITCOMB, artist JASON HADLEY, food blogger JAVIER CABRAL, musician JEFF BOYNTON, filmmaker JEREMY KASTEN, musician JIMI CABEZA DE VACA, social historian JOAN RENNER, writer/artist JOE OESTERLE, writer JOHN BUNTIN, filmmaker JON ALLOWAY, documentarian JOHN DULLAGHAN, Musso & Frank co-owner JORDAN JONES, performance artist JULES ROCHIELLE, cemetery historian KARIE BIBLE. curator JULIE RICO, cultural curator and writer KIM OHANNESON, “Kristin’s List” cultural chronicler KRISTIN BEDFORD, songstress/prognosticator MADAME PAMITA, esoteric scholar MAJA D’AOUST, author/broadcaster MANNY PACHECO, writer MARGUERITE DARLINGTON, performer McCRISTOL HARRIS, visual artist MELVIN HALE, journalist MICHAEL LINDER, photographic archivist MICHAEL RISNER, poet/dancer MONA JEAN CEDAR, architectural historian NATHAN MARSAK, writer NEAL POLLOCK, theater director NICHOLAS HOSKING, L.A. Historic Theater Foundation rep NICK MATONAK, music producer NO’A WINTER LAZERUS, musician OCTAVIUS, writer /photographer /musician PAUL KOUDOUNARIS, peace activist PAUL NUGENT of the Aetherius Society, 3-D photography expert RAY 3D ZONE, activist and performer RD PLASSCHAERT, historic ghost seeker RICHARD CARRADINE, artist/musician RICH POLYSORBATE 60, filmmaker/preservationist ROSS LIPMAN, singer-songwriter RUTHANN FRIEDMAN, poet S.A. GRIFFIN, ghost hunter SARAH TROOP, social networking mistress SHAWNA DAWSON, painter/gallerist SUSAN DOBAY, artist/writer/activist SUSANNA DAKIN, Warhol star and writer TERE TEREBA, sculptor TOM WALKER, musical entertainer THE UKULADY, and hat designer YASMIN DIXON.

Applications from prospective LAVA members are being taken at http://lavatransforms.org/apply

To learn more about LAVA, please visit http://www.lavatransforms.org

LAVA founders Kim Cooper and Richard Schave and most of LAVA’s Visionary members are available for interviews. Contact Kim at amscrayATgmailDOTcom, 213-373-1947.