Celebrate Barb's Birthday

Ivy Room Presents

Celebrate Barb's Birthday

Laetitia Sonami & James Fei, Purnamasari, DJ WOBBLY, VJ Love, Members of GSJ JEGOG, The Golden Path, Silk Mother, Tainted Pussy, Brand New Heartache

Fri · June 23, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

$5.00 - $10.00

Tickets at the Door.

This event is 21 and over

Laetitia Sonami & James Fei
Laetitia Sonami & James Fei
Laetitia Sonami (b.France) settled in the United States in 1975 to pursue her interest in live electronic music. She studied with Eliane Radigue, Joel Chadabe, Robert Ashley and David Behrman. Sonami's sound performances, live-film
collaborations and sound installations focus on issues of presence and participation. She has devised new gestural controllers for performance and applies new technologies and appropriated media to achieve an expression of immediacy
through sound, place and objects. Sonami is best known for her unique instrument, the elbow-length lady's glove, which is fitted with an array of sensors tracking the slightest motion of her hand and body. Sonami currently performs with her newest controller, the Spring Spyre made of analog springs and digital neural networks. She is collaborating with James Fei and
recently completed a piece with Eliane Radigue, OCCAM IX. Sonami performs worldwide and received numerous awards among which the Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Awards.
Sonami lives in Oakland, California and teaches at SFAI and the Bard MFA Music program, NY. www.sonami.net

James Fei (b. Taipei, Taiwan) moved to the US in 1992 to study electrical engineering. He has since been active as a composer and performer on saxophones and live electronics. Works by Fei have been performed by the Bang on a Can AllStars Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, MATA Micro Orchestra and Noord-Hollands Philharmonisch Orkest. Recordings can be found on Leo Records, Improvised Music
from Japan, CRI, Krabbesholm and Organized Sound. Compositions for Fei's own ensemble of four alto saxophones focus on physical processes of saliva, fatigue, reeds crippled by cuts and the threshold of audible sound production, while his sound installations and performance on live electronics often focus on electronic and acoustic feedback. Since 2006 Fei has taught at Mills College in Oakland, where he is Associate Professor of Electronic Arts and Head of the Art and Technology Program. www.jamesfei.com
Purnamasari performs world music that is food for the soul, with a variety of styles; from the song and dance pieces featuring traditional Gamelan music instruments and choreographed movements drawn from Balinese dance vocabulary, to the Turtle Island Funky-Folksy-Bluesy eco-conscious tunes, to the Hawaiian- and Reggae-flavored songs. Purnamasari invites the audience to express their free spirit by dancing to its guitar-driven, percussive and groovy drum and bass sounds.
It began as collaboration between Bay Area performer/songwriter Lisa Graciano and her husband Paul Miller, who spent a few years in Indonesia learning gamelan. The name Purnamasari, adopted from Lisa’s Sanskrit-derived Balinese birth name, means ‘Essence of the Full Moon.’ The band is rooted in Lisa’s Garden and Cross Cultural Music Projects, that support reconnection with nature and each other in the multi cultural world family tree. Purnamasari is currently working on recording an album. The band’s line-up includes drummer Kris Jones, guitarist Rick Auerbach, bassist Mike Toth and gamelan player Emily Rolph.
VJ Love
VJ Love
VJ Love (Bill Thibault) began his life in New Orleans, where he learned to love improvisation, skip rocks and play video games.
Years of school left him with a terminal degree; he moved to the East Bay and has been here since 1987.
VJ Love writes his own software for interactive, audio-reactive visuals and uses it to improvise with live musicians.
He has performed with a variety of local musicians including
The Golden Path, The Hub, Tender Buttons, Splendor Generator, The Freddy McGuire Show, Kenneth Atchley, Barbara Golden, and DJ Wobbly.
The Golden Path
The Golden Path
The Golden Path is a musical quartet founded in 2008 in the east bay. It began as the bedroom project of Richard H. Phillips, a lowly wage slave who maybe got a little too into the Dune novels and definitely spent too much time doing things he'd rather not be doing. With the replacement of his samples and machines with actual players (Barb Golden on keys, Carla Fabrizio on bass and Prairie Prince on drums), it evolved into something far greater. We play sweet, grungy, melodic indie rock songs with an undercurrent of pop and a punk rock penchant for meaning it when we play. Over the top, in your face emotional/experiential transmission is what we strive for. It's music best served with a drink in your hand. Come see us play live and we promise you will have fun!
Silk Mother
Silk Mother
Psychedelicious tones of Oakland, California.
Venue Information:
Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA, 94706