March 16, 2019
2806 Clearwater St
Los Angeles, CA
Doors & bar 6pm
Musical performers will include Chris Ryan Williams (trumpet/compositions), Kozue Matsumoto (koto), and Davy Sumner (synthesizer). Laura Sofía Pérez will provide the video projections. The performance will explore themes of the Black experience in 1970’s Los Angeles and the ephemerality of Black agency.
Chris Ryan Williams is a performer, composer, improviser, trumpeter, and educator quickly finding himself in circles alongside LA’s finest contemporary improvisers and experimentalists. Concerned with building community across disciplines his live performances involve immersive music and multimedia aesthetics. Performing and recording with a wide array musical luminaries from Bennie Maupin to Eyvind Kang to Solange, Williams has proven a strong communicator in various settings. His most recent work Mehahn, a performative installation created in collaboration with director Natalia Lassalle-Morillo; is exploring the effects of hereditary dissension and draws upon works from playwright Gertrude Stein and improviser Bill Dixon. In the past year, Williams has had premieres of compositions at the Blue Whale, Zebulon, and Art-Share LA with various high caliber ensembles. Williams was invited to participate in the 2018 summer residency in Jazz and Creative Music at BANFF Centre for the Arts where he mentored, performed, and recorded with Vijay Iyer, Imani Uzuri, Graham Haynes and Tyshawn Sorey, among others.
Laura Sofía Pérez is a Los Angeles based multidisciplinary artist who works in the realms of video, installation, and sound. She received her MFA in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts and her BFA in Fine Arts from Parsons: The New School for Design. Her work has been screened and exhibited in San Juan, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Buenos Aires. She has worked on video projections for theatrical and musical productions by director Natalia Lassalle-Morillo and composers Chris Ryan Williams and Samora Pinderhughes. She has worked on music videos for Los Angeles band Prettiest Eyes, rapper Ill Camille, and jazz vocalist Susana Pineda, and has designed sound for various award winning animation shorts by her CalArts colleagues. Her installations often speak on ideas of deterritorialization and the air of melancholy that arises from displacement.