"Is It Music?" Series: CTRL+ALT+REPEAT, Robin Streb, Marc Thomas, Substrate, Jeremy Drake, Steve Roden

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"Is It Music?" Series: CTRL+ALT+REPEAT, Robin Streb, Marc Thomas, Substrate, Jeremy Drake, Steve Roden

1020 East Fourth Place
Los Angeles, CA 90013
August 5th, 2007 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Wed-Sat 1-6

The afternoon of Sunday, August 5, 2007, starting at 4:00 p.m., we will have
a return of organizers CTRL+ALT+REPEAT, with Robin Streb performing James
Tenney's "Koan," Marc Thomas, Substrate (Laura
Thomas-Merino, M. Cera,
RS-232, and Jen Boyd, Jeremy
Drake, and Steve Roden

Robin Streb is a violinist who an active performer and teacher from
Vancouver, BC, Canada.  She is the assistant principal viola with the
Vancouver Island Symphony and has performed with the Victoria Symphony,
Vancouver Opera Orchestra and the Kamloops Symphony.  She is a member of
Melange Chamber Ensemble and the Vancouver Miniaturist Ensemble.  Streb has
performed in the Los Angeles area with the Okiro Series, Tonoi Ensemble,
CTRL+ALT+REPEAT,  New West Symphony, and various events at California
Institute of the Arts.  Robin earned her BMus from the University of
Victoria (1999) and her MMus from Rice University (2002).  In addition to
her performing schedule, she also teaches at the Vancouver Waldorf School
and the Vancouver Academy.

Marc Thomas is a guitarist who, after a year at
Berklee College of Music, returned to his native Southern California to
graduate from the Studio/Jazz Guitar program at USC.  He has since performed
in all the major rock and jazz venues throughout Los Angeles, most recently
at Walt Disney Hall with Burt Bacharach.  He is in the indie rock band
Madras, which just completed their second full-length album.

Substrate is an ensemble made up of Laura Thomas-Merino on cello, M. Cera on
electronics, RS-232 on electronics, and Jen Boyd with field recordings.
They created a piece for Long Beach's Soundwalk 2006 that was a 10-foot tape
loop with sounds of cello/electronics, birds, and a plucked heater.  This
will be their first live show together, with one member, Jen Boyd, playing
through a live-feed webcast.

Laura Thomas-Merino is a professional
cellist originally from Los Angeles, who currently residing in Providence,
RI.  She graduated from the School of Music at Indiana University, then
attained a cello position with the Graduate String Quartet at Wichita State
University, where she received her graduate degree in Cello Performance.
She has since performed in the US, Canada, Mexico, Peru, and Italy.  She is
an orchestral and chamber musician, cello teacher, electronic musician, and
concert presenter. Her fellowship with Community MusicWorks in Providence
resulted in a collaboration with Pamela Z in concert with the Robin Cox
Ensemble, the world premiere of Andre Cormier's "Infections" with the group
OXO at The Sonic Boom Festival in Vancouver, and a house concert of
Mendelssohn's string octet with the Providence String Quartet. She is
co-curator of the quarterly experimental music series CTRL+ALT+REPEAT, which
features performances by local a!
 nd internationally recognized performers of experimental electronics and
New Music. As a member of Mem1, an electroacoustic duo with media artist M.
Cera, she has collaborated with the Penderecki String Quartet and performed
at REDCAT (Walt Disney Hall), the Orange County Museum of Art, and at
numerous galleries and festivals throughout Southern California and the East
Coast.  Mem1 was awarded a 2007 artist residency at Harvestworks in New York
City.  Their second full-length album "Alexipharmaca" was recently released
by Interval Recordings.

M. Cera is a media artist who explores intuitive and
experimental control systems.  He creates custom applications for live
audio/visual performances. 

Jen Boyd spends her free time collecting microscopic
recordings of trees, plants, and other audible organic matter, using them to
create layered compositions in real time using a portable mixer.  Working
with contact microphones and a flash recorder, Boyd constructs stereo
soundscapes that give depth to the delicate sounds of trees and plants
alike.  Boyd has a BFA in music technology from CalArts and is currently
working on her Masters in Electronic Music at Mills College.  At Mills, she
is working on presenting natural sounds in live performance and sound
installations.  She is trying out various means of releasing recorded works
of natural sounds and continues to build an archive of phonographies and
contact recordings.

Jeremy Drake is a Los Angeles-based guitarist who
has performed in Australia, England, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Canada and
throughout the United States.  He recently performed music for "Macbeth" at
the Adelaide Festival in Australia, was the featured guitarist on the Fox
Searchlight film "The Hills Have Eyes." He has released a set of improvised
music, recorded live with guitarist Nels Cline, on EMR records. As cofounder
of the much-missed LINE SPACE LINE improvised music series, he presented
concerts featuring local and international musicians on a weekly basis from
May, 2002 through August, 2005. He now serves on the board of directors of
SASSAS (The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and

Steve Roden is a visual and sound artist from Los
Angeles who works in painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound
installation, and performance.  He uses various forms of specific notation
(words, musical scores, maps, etc.), translating them through self-invented
systems into scores.  These, in turn, influence his visual art and sound
composition.  Roden has been exhibiting his visual and sound works since the
mid-1980s, with numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums, galleries,
and arts spaces in the US, Italy, France, Japan, Bulgaria, Slovenia,
England, etc.  He has shown at such places as Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles
Projects, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery in New York, Studio La Citta Gallery in
Verona, San Francisco Art Institute's McBean Gallery, Fresno Metropolitan
Museum of Art and Science, and Gallery E/static in Torino.  He recently
appeared in group exhibitions at The Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, San
Diego Museum of Contempora!
 ry Art, The Hammer Museum, Sculpture Center in New York, The Museum of
Contemporary Art EMST in Athens, and The Drawing Room in London.  Roden has
performed his soundworks at various arts spaces and festivals worldwide,
including Serpentine Gallery in London, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,
MIT, The Walker Art Center, He has toured Brazil and Japan and released over
20 CDs of audio works on labels worldwide.  Roden received an MFA from Art
Center College of Design in 1989 and a BFA from Otis Parsons in 1986.
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