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Music in Culver City
Date(s): 01/08/2022 to 01/09/2022
Day(s): Saturday Sunday
Time(s): January 8th - begins at 7:30PM | January 9th - begins at 2:00PM
Address: 9070 Venice Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232
Cost: General admission: $25.00, Senior citizens, students, and artists financially impacted by covid-19: $15.00

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Performance Schedule
Saturday, January 8th, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 9th, 2022 at 2:00 PM

Ivy Substation Theater
9070 Venice Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

Presented by: Synchromy
Musicians: The Brightwork Ensemble, Spacepants

A musical preamble by Spacepants
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Tierkreis, Arr. Jason V. Barabba

Sean Heim: there is no such thing as time
Derek Tywoniuk: water’s edge
Dante De Silva: Nameless
Ethan Braun: Read Me
Vicki Ray: Perpendicular Twins
Gabrielle Rosse: Signs
Jason V. Barabba: Let Your Road Be Heard or Do Aliens Have Astrology?
Molly Pease: Lost-Searching
David Garcia Saldana: Libra by Section
Adam Borecki :Sπ
Vera Ivanova: Sagittarius
Carolyn Chen: Birria*

This performance is made possible in part by the City of Culver City and its Cultural Affairs Commission, with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment and the Culver City Arts Foundation.
* This commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W Mellon Foundation.

Ticket Information
$25 General Admission
$15 Seniors/Students/Artists financially impacted by COVID-19

Tierkreis LA at the Ivy Substation Theater
An evening of the Zodiac, new music, and shadow puppetry

While COVID has taught us many things, one lesson that learned is that you can’t predict the future. Or can you? For centuries, humanity has looked to the stars in an attempt to do just that. The Zodiac has inspired humanity to take precautions, look for signs, and create art. In the early 1970s, German composer Stockhausen created tunes for twelve music boxes, each representing a sign of the Zodiac (or Tierkreis in his native tongue). These became so popular that, even now, each day at noon the current sign’s melody is performed on the carillon of Cologne’s Town Hall tower. Tierkreis LA is Synchromy’s re-imagining of Stockhausen’s Zodiac compositions for The Brightwork Ensemble. This performance also features twelve new Zodiac-inspired works by local composers. These composers include: Jason Barabba, Adam Borecki, Ethan Braun, Carolyn Chen, Dante De Silva, Sean Heim, Vera Ivanova, Molly Pease, Vicki Ray, Gabrielle Rosse, David Garcia Saldana, and Derek Tywoniuk.

This tapestry of musical invention will be accompanied by artist Erik Ruin’s cut paper projections. His work oscillates between apocalyptic anxieties and utopian yearnings. Erik’s visions will meld with the music, creating a live performance embracing the mortal and ethereal.

From Erik Ruin: “The challenge I’ve set for myself in creating this project is to craft ambitious projections that are complex, challenging and immersive while remaining meaningful, accessible, and socially engaged. When approached for this project, I began thinking about the persistent yet resurgent attraction of the zodiac. I feel that contemporary popular opinion is that astrology offers certainty in uncertain times; its mysticism is resistant to deep scrutiny. Its longevity - ‘ancient wisdom’ - is a nice counter-current to the ‘new newer newest’ mentality we're all carried along by. I think a big part of the attraction is the somewhat-universally-understood and remarkably durable set of archetypes by which to reckon ourselves with. In attempting to bring these archetypes into the modern day, it's important to not lose sight of their nature as cyphers, symbols by which we reckon - and thus I hit upon the idea of returning to the mythological sources of the zodiac imagery, approaching them in a newly modernized way. Aquarius, "the water bearer," is often linked to the myth of Deucalion, Pyrrha, and the great flood. The idea of rebirth after transformation is appealing, while simultaneously parallel to survival/rebuilding after climactic catastrophe. Gemini parallels the duality of humanity; polarized political, fiscal, gendered, and industrial/natural worlds. The Aries of “The Golden Fleece” has deep connections to our global power structures and how people obtain and hold power. All Zodiac mythology acknowledges the potential of the human attributes they encapsulate for either creation or destruction, and I will use this to hold a mirror to human nature. I will create shadow-sequences that reflect this without losing the thing-ness of the mythic archetype.”

Prior to the concert, Spacepants, an ensemble so tongue-in-cheek that they reach truths that can otherwise be inaccessible, will perform parodies on 1970s Zodiac poetry as the audience is seated. We will also have tarot readings available before, during intermission, and after the performance.

This performance is made possible in part by the City of Culver City and its Cultural Affairs Commission, with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment and the Culver City Arts Foundation.

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