Los Angeles, CA – September 9, 2021 – Angel City Arts ends the second weekend of their 14th Annual Angel City Jazz Festival with a highly anticipated premiere performance of Elliott Sharp & Jeff Parker as a duo, plus the Muttdoggs with Petra Haden October 10 at Highland Park venue, the Lodge Room, 104 N Ave 56 2nd floor Los Angeles, California 90042, at 8pm. Info and tickets are available at https://angelcityjazz.com/event/muttdogs/.
American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer Elliott Sharp is a central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City and globally for over 30 years, Elliott Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He leads the projects Carbon and Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics, and Terraplane, and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction. http://www.elliottsharp.com
Jeff Parker is recognized as one of contemporary music’s most versatile and innovative electric guitarists and composers. With a prolific output characterized by musical ideas of angularity and logic, he works in a wide variety of mediums – from pop, rock and jazz to new music – using ideas informed by innovations and trends in both popular and experimental forms. He creates works that explore and exploit the contrary relationships between tradition and technology, improvisation and composition, and the familiar and the abstract. His sonic palette may employ techniques from sample-based technologies, analog and digital synthesis, and conventional and extended techniques from over 40 years of playing the guitar. An integral part of what has become known as “The Modern Chicago Sound,” he is a longtime member of the influential indie band Tortoise, and is also a founding member of Isotope 217˚, and Chicago Underground. https://www.jeffparkersounds.com/
Muttdoggs are an experimental project put together by fest favorite Motoko Honda, eclectic drummer and circuit bender Joe Berardi, and legendary SoCal bass player Mike Watt. They’ll be joined on this gig by noted vocalist and violinist Petra Haden.
Mike Watt co-founded and played bass guitar for the rock bands Minutemen, Dos, and Firehose. He is also the frontman for the supergroup Big Walnuts Yonder, a member of the art rock group Banyan and is involved with many other musical projects. From 2003 until 2013, he was the bass guitarist for The Stooges. Watt has been called “one of the greatest bassists on the planet.” CMJ New Music called Watt a “seminal post-punk bass player.” Readers of NME voted Mike Watt one of the “40 Greatest Bassists of All Time” and LA Weekly awarded him the number six spot in “The 20 Best Bassists of All Time.” http://www.hootpage.com
Motoko Honda is a concert pianist, composer, and interdisciplinary artist who has created a distinctive sound through her holistic approach to music, and her exceptional sensitivity in relating to other art forms and technologies. Employing a “virtuoso technique paired with her intensely imaginative mind” (LA Splash Magazine), and with stylistic influences ranging from jazz to Indonesian music to contemporary prepared piano with electronics, Motoko’s compositions and structured improvisations are intended to affect the skin, organs and minds of the listener rather than simple recitations of rhythmic and harmonic themes. Called both a “keyboard alchemist” (LA Times), and the “embodiment of a muse” (Metaljazz), Motoko’s performances transport audiences on sonic adventures that transcend the boundaries and conventions of contemporary music. https://www.motokohonda.com
Joe Berardi has a long history in the Los Angeles experimental underground music scene, both as composer and performer. Mainly known as a drummer/percussionist, he also plays a variety of instruments, from keyboards to marimba to the occasional cello and viola, along with homemade instruments, sound objects, samplers, synths and toys. His side business, F Hole, provides an outlet for his work in electronics. He creates, builds and sells circuit bent instruments, effects pedals and other sound-making devices, and uses these instruments in his improvisations and recordings. Since first coming into prominence as a member of the groundbreaking avant-rock band The Fibonaccis, Berardi has been involved in a wide assortment of musical ventures, from rock and pop to experimental and free improvisiation. His unique style and use of percussive objects and found sounds within the traditional drum kit have made him a highly sought collaborator. http://www.noncredo.com
As a singer, instrumentalist and composer, Petra Haden has built an impressively varied and accomplished discography. She has released a number of albums which often showcase her unique talent for constructing complex, evocative A-cappella arrangements by inventively layering multiple tracks of her own voice. She is a former member of the alt-rock quartet That Dog and since has collaborated with a broad array of artists including Bill Frisell, the Foo Fighters, the Decemberists, and Susannah Hoffs. As one of the triplet daughters of the late, legendary jazz bassist and composer Charlie Haden, Petra grew up around music and learned about harmony at a very young age Her early fascination with the violin and other instruments led her to develop an uncanny ability to use her voice to recreate the sounds of the instruments she heard, and to develop elaborate pop, jazz, blues and classical arrangements based on those sounds. http://www.petrahaden.com
For more information on the Angel City Jazz Festival and to purchase event tickets please visit http://www.angelcityjazz.com/.