Trees and Branches

Trees and Branches

John Cage

PIE and Beyond Music present Trees and Branches:
John Cage, Arthur Jarvinen, and TempWerks
Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 9:00pm
Beyond Baroque
681 Venice Boulevard
Venice, California 90291
(310) 822-3006
$20, Students/Seniors $10

Arthur Jarvinen

In the month of John Cage's 100th birthday, "Trees and Branches" explores the legacy of Cage through the music of Californian iconoclast composer Arthur Jarvinen and performances by TempWerks, an ensemble originally created by Jarvinen to play his latest electroacoustic works.

Consisting of four LA-based composer-performers -- Casey Anderson, Scott Cazan, Isaac Schankler, and Andrew Tholl -- TempWerks deploys lofi, homemade, obsolete, and "non-musical" electronics like Geiger counters, strobe lights, radios, and telegraph keys alongside current digital technology, as well as acoustic instruments including violin, saxophone, and accordion.

The concert also features new pieces by TempWerks members, a new arrangement of Cage's rarely performed Imaginary Landscape No. 1, and Cage's gorgeous In a Landscape performed by pianist Rafael Liebich.

Beyond Music


John Cage - In a Landscape (1948) for piano
Arthur Jarvinen - Nuclear Hoedown (2010) for Geiger counter, violin, and digital signal processing*
Jarvinen - Slide Show (2010) for four channels of audio playback*
Jarvinen - Blinded by Enlightenment (Again) (2010) for four amplified strobe lights*
Casey Anderson - three zeroes (number three) (2012)**
Scott Cazan - Learn to Play a Song (2012) for violin, saxophone, accordion, piano, and headphones**
Isaac Schankler - Song from 28 Rooms (2012) for four performers and 28 field recordings**
Andrew Tholl - Until I die there will be sounds (for John Cage) (2012)**
Cage arr. TempWerks - Imaginary Landscape No. 1 (1939) for 2 variable-speed oscillators, prepared piano, and cymbal

* LA premiere
** World premiere

Performer Biographies:

Casey AndersonScott Cazan

Casey Anderson is an artist working in a number of media, including composition, improvisation, electronic music, saxophone, text, and installations. He has performed with Jason Kahn, Ulrich Krieger, MKM, Fomoudou Don Moye, Michael Pisaro, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Mark Trayle, and the Dog Star Orchestra. Performances, exhibitions, and residencies include MOCA – Los Angeles (CA), ISSUE Project Room (NY), STEIM (NL), Atlantic Center for the Arts (FL), and Mass MOCA (MA). He currently lives in Los Angeles, California, teaches in the Grad Media Design Program at Art Center College of Design, and works with Machine Project.

Scott Cazan is a performer/composer and sound artist specializing in the performance of experimental electronic music where he explores human relations with technology, the act of listening and the physicality of sound.  Scott has performed and received numerous commissions with organizations such as REDCAT, Machine Project, the CEAIT Festival (with Better Than Future), Calarts, Feldstarke International (in association with CENTQUATRE, PACT Zollverein, and Calarts), Ausland (Berlin), Art Cologne, Ensemble Zwischentöne, the University of California, and many others. He has collaborated and performed alongside a variety of artists such as Ulrich Krieger, Mark Trayle, Michael Pisaro, Wadada Leo Smith, Carole Kim, and many others.  He currently teaches and performs regularly in the Los Angeles area and his music can be heard on Khalija Records.

Rafael Liebich is a Brazilian pianist, holding degrees from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP, 2001), the Federal University in the State of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS, 2004), and most recently, a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California, where he was a teaching assistant for the Keyboard Studies Department with full scholarship. He has received awards in national piano competitions, served as assistant faculty at the School for Music and Fine Arts in Curitiba (Brazil), and has published articles both in Brazil and abroad. Upon completing his DMA at USC, he was recognized as one of the outstanding graduates of his class and inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society. His recent endeavors in alternative keyboard literature with electroacoustic media lead to performances at MicroFest (Los Angeles' Microtonal Music Festival), and the L.A. Composers' Project (What's Next? Ensemble).

Isaac Schankler is a composer and improviser based in Los Angeles. His music has been described as “extraordinarily eclectic” and “masterfully composed” by the Boston Musical-Intelligencer, and has been recognized by awards and grants from the National Opera Association, the American Prize, Meet the Composer, the American Composers Forum, the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, and ASCAP. As an accordionist, he plays klezmer and Eastern European folk music regularly with The Shpil and AK and Her Kalashnikovs, and has performed with Nevenka, Killsonic, and wild Up.

Andrew Tholl is an L.A. based musician. As a violinist, composer, drummer and improviser, he is involved in music for concert halls, art galleries, films, puppet shows, bars, garages, and bedrooms.