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Sonic Labyrinth #3: Ben Boye + Steph Richards Trio

  • MorYork 4959 York Boulevard Los Angeles, CA United States (map)
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Sonic Labyrinth is a new monthly summer music series presented by Angel City Jazz Festival at MorYork Gallery in Highland Park. To say MorYork is a unique space is a great understatement. At first it was a supermarket, then it became a roller rink, and now it is the gallery/collection of artist Clare Graham and his partner, Bob Breen. I think New York Times captured the spirit of this space well in an article called ‘Always Room for One More’ from 2013, “At first, a visitor to MorYork doesn’t know where to look. At the row of Indonesian teak display cases filled with Chinese pottery and curios? The tray of prosthetic eyeballs in another case? The collection of early-20th-century carnival knockdown dolls? The fuel tanks from a World War II-era plane that hang from the exposed-beam ceiling? The Dr Pepper vending machine the couple hauled back from the Rose Bowl, a rusted-out, bullet-holed, strangely gorgeous carcass of modern America? Mixed among these oddities and antiques are Mr. Graham’s artworks: skyscrapers made out of Scrabble tiles; screens fashioned from vintage yardsticks and crushed soda cans; a wood-frame cabinet sheathed, to stunning effect, in precisely cut squares from paint-by-number paintings.”

It’s this eclecticism, layering of old and new, and recycling and reimagining of materials and objects that makes MorYork the perfect venue for a series that falls under the umbrella of jazz, an art form that is one of the greatest musical manifestations of recycling and reimagining materials in new and amazing ways. Although some of the music one might hear at ‘Sonic Labyrinth’ might not sound like what some think of jazz, it’s the spirit of improvisation, invention, and experimentation that inspires all of the music you’ll hear on these 3 summer nights. The series will feature some of the greatest musical minds of LA and Southern California such as Jeff Parker (Tortoise), Vinny Golia,  Gregory Saunier (Deerhoof) with Rozie Jordan, Artyom Manukyan, Ben Boye (Ty Segall), and San Diego’s, Steph Richards.

Earlier Event: June 20
Samuel Blaser & Marc Ducret
Later Event: September 30
Angel City Jazz Festival