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From Katya Shaposhnik, the Gallery Director at SPACE:

Currently on view at the SPACE gallery: “Alchemy” – assemablage art by local artist Annie Helm. The show closes next week.

Opening 2/28/09: “Arroyo Seco” – series of photographs by William Kelly. Artist reception 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Please stop by!

1506 Mission Street
South Pasadena, CA 91030


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It’s nice to see South Pas inheriting some bohemian flavor from a concert series whose home once was Santa Monica:

When: Monday, January 26, 8:00pm
Where: South Pasadena Music Center and Conservatory,1509 Mission Street, 91030
Who: Non Credo, Motoko Honda, Cat Hair Enesmble
Cost: $5.00
More Information: Walter Zooi, 626-403-2300

The innovative and unconventional New Music Monday concert series has found a new home after 13 years. South Pasadena Music Center and Conservatory (SPMCC) will host the New Music Monday series on the last Monday of each month beginning this January 26th.

Organized by Walter Zooi, SPMC’s founder and director, the New Music Monday series will be anchored by a featured artist, who in turn will “curate” and evening of music and additional performers according their individual vision. The first featured artists will be the duo Non Credo with solo pianist Motoko Honda and the Cat Hair Ensemble.

Throughout most of the 1990’s the New Music Monday concert series drew a large and diverse audience of adventurous music fans to its home at the Alligator Lounge in Santa Monica. Primarily the brainchild of Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, the series presented artists as diverse as Mike Watt, Vinny Golia, Wadada Leo Smith, Alex Cline, Jeff Gauthier and Greg Bendian. Most evenings were concluded by the Nels Cline Trio. When the Alligator closed in the late 1990’s, the series was unable to find a new home.

“Most of the artists who performed in the original New Music Monday series are still very active, and there are a lot of new artists are emerging as well” explained Walter Zooi, “we have a wonderful performance space in our new facility and I’m glad that we able to resurrect the New Monday Series and provide a home for this vital and important music.” The line for February’s New Music Monday on the 23rd includes percussionist Brad Dutz and multi-instrumentalist and composer Vinny Golia.

Performer’s biographic information follows:

Headlining performers Non Credo is the duo of Kira Vman and Joseph Berardi. She sings, he drums, but their musical palette extends well beyond the scope of their primary instruments. Clarinets, marimbas, accordions, cellos, broken down keyboards, cheap electronics, altered childrens toys and anything else that falls into their path are utilized. Their sound, with its quick-witted arrangements and Teutonic expressionism balanced by a whimsical attitude, falls solidly into the RIO (Rock In Opposition) camp. Non Credo has had a long history in the new music scene. Their debut LP, Reluctant Hosts, was released in 1988 by No Mans Land, the German affiliate of Recommended Records, and re-released on CD in 2000. In 1995 they released Happy Wretched Family on the noted Canadian label, Les Disques Victo. They have also appeared on several CD compilations in Europe and the USA, and have composed music for film, radio, dance and performance pieces. Their powerful live performances, which mix song with improvisation, have been presented in galleries, theatres, museums and rock dives, as well as New Music festivals in USA, Canada (Musique Actuelle) and Europe. Kira Vollman has been involved in several musical projects and bands in her hometown of Los Angeles. She was a member of the improvising chamber ensemble Fat And F***ed Up, and toured and recorded with Kid Congo Powers band Congo Norvell, performed frequently with musical scavengers Stay Home, recorded with slop-rockers Thelonious Monster and sang with micro-tonalist Kraig Grady. She is active in the LA improv scene, having worked with violinist Jeff Gauthier and her vocal duet with Kaoru, Punishment Cookies.

Joe Berardi first came to prominence as a member of the ground-breaking avant-pop band The Fibonaccis. Since then, he has been involved in a wide assortment of projects and bands. As a drummer, his unique style and use of miscellaneous percussive objects and found sounds within the traditional drum kit have made him a fixture on the Los Angeles music scene. He is a member of surf-spy experimentalists Double Naught Spy Car, the metal/found objects percussion group The Obliteration Quartet, the bent blues band The Mentones, Megan Mullally’s Supreme Music Program and plays keyboards with Weill/Eisler worshipers the Eastside Sinfonietta. Berardi has been the drummer/percussionist of choice for a diverse group of performers, including recordings, tours and collaborations with such notables as: Stan Ridgway, Rufus Wainwright, Ann Magnuson, Lydia Lunch, James White and the Blacks, Congo Norvell, Donovan, Pixies Frank Black & Joey Santiago, Algerian vocalist Rimitti (with Robert Fripp & Flea), Kristian Hoffman, Stew, The Velvet Hammer Burlesque, Motor Totemist Guild, Nels Cline and microtonalist Kraig Grady.

Pianist Motoko Honda is a native of Japan, where she received numerous awards and won numerous competitions including the prestigious JPTA national competition. She moved to Kansas in 1995 to study psychology and percussion/drums with Dean Kranzler. During this time she worked as college accompanist and was active as a soloist and as a chamber musician, traveling to Europe to perform in the Cattedorale di Pienza,Montecatini Terme, Duomo and the Academia Dei Rozzi/Sala Degli Specchi in Siena, Italy.

In 1999 Motoko received graduate teaching assistantship in California Institute of the Arts. She studied in multi-piano performance program with Dr.Vicki Ray, Bryan Pezzone, and Dr. Peter Miyamoto. Accepted into Composer/Performer program with mentor Wadada Leo Smith in 2001, she expanded her horizons as a performer composer utilizing electronic devices, world music, and extended piano techniques. Motoko now performs as a multi-media artist, composer, performer, classical and contemporary pianist at Festivals and venues throughout the United States and Europe.

The Cat Hair Ensemble features Roderick Cumming – accordion, guitar, tenor banjo; Andrew Duncan – trumpet, percussion; Clint Heidorn – guitar, tenor banjo; Michael Ibarra – bass; Grant Lovelace – pedal steel guitar; Spencer Savage – drums, percussion; Joseph Tepperman – bass trombone. Their musical influences include Tom Waits, Tetes Raides, Kurt Weill, Django Reinhardt, Georges Brassens, Scott Walker, Tin Hat Trio. Their music is difficult to categorize and has been variously described as “Melodies that cough and choke as much as they croon,” “dance tunes for three-legged dancers” and “nervous tangos, club-footed waltzes, gallow’s swing.”

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If you play classical guitar or want to start playing, here’s an opportunity to attend a free clinic at South Pasadena Music on Saturday, December 8. If you haven’t checked out their beautiful new space at 1509 Mission Street, this would be a great time to do it.

Classical Guitar Workshop and Expo

Featuring Almer Imamovic Demonstrating A Wide Selection of Guitars
Sponsored by Tornavoz Guitars
Free of charge
Saturday, December 8, 12:00 – 2:00pm

Acclaimed guitarist Almer Imamovic will demonstrate a wide selection of guitars distributed by Tornanvoz. Almer will answer any questions and also discuss what to look for when selecting a nylon string guitar, including:

  • Qualities of tone woods
  • Bracing and fan systems
  • Sound characteristics
  • Scale and size of the guitar and fretboard
  • More than 6 strings and why
  • Tunings recent innovations
  • Much more

South Pasadena Music Center and Conservatory
1509 Mission Street, South Pasadena 91030


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Joe Henry Hearts South Pas

Here’s an interview with Joe Henry, a resident of South Pasadena.

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Misuse of Power?

Was anyone at the at the Fremont Theatre on October 20, 2007, the night that the showing of Dandelion Wine was kept from going on? What a bizarre story.

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Pasadena ArtWalk

From the Pasadena Playhouse District:

All artists are welcome to apply to exhibit in the second annual ArtWalk. Artists submitting work must fall in one of the following categories:

drawing/prints/digital, mixed media, new media, painting, photography, and sculpture. Artists must also meet the following criteria to participate:

  • Current resident of Pasadena
  • Current/active member of at least one Pasadena based organization
  • Exhibited in Pasadena
  • Current affiliation with Pasadena

The deadline for submission is July 31, 2007. An independent panel of screeners will determine eligibility based upon quality, originality, and presentation of artwork. Chosen artist will be notified by August 20, 2007.

ArtWalk is a free multi-faceted celebration of the arts in the Playhouse District. The festival offers an eclectic selection of art ranging from visual, written and spoken word, to performance, and culinary art. View hundreds of innovative and acclaimed artist’s work as you stroll along El Molino between Colorado and Green St. in the heart of the Playhouse District. Enjoy some great food at one of 42 cafes and restaurants, visit District art galleries, participate in hands on activities, and more.

ArtWalk is being presented in conjunction with Pasadena ’s Art Weekend. Art Weekend is a three-day event that includes ArtNight, ArtWalk, and ArtWeekend. ArtWalk is joint venture with the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs , Pasadena Convention Center & Visitors Bureau, One Colorado, Pasadena Playhouse District, and Cultural Pasadena.

To find out more information on how you can participate in this years ArtWalk or questions visit www.playhousedistrict.org or call 626.744.0430

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