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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

SPARC Presents LUN*NA MENOH with Les Sewing Sisters & DJ Black Rabbit



LUN*NA MENOH PERFORMS MAURICE RAVEL'S BOLERO


An evening of experimental and classical music.
Tickets: $55 online 
An extremely limited number of tickets may be available at the door. $65 at door
Advanced Reservations: Strongly Recommended
Doors Open at 6:30pm, hors d'oeuvres and drinks, music by DJ Black Rabbit.
SPARC Raffle Tickets 6:30 - 8:30 Drawing 9:00 pm. Must be present to win!
Performances begin at 8:00 pm. Dessert following performances.
SPARC welcomes back experimental artist, designer and musician Lun*na Menoh for her new performance of Maurice Ravel's Bolero, re-imagined using sampled sewing machine noise and found sound.


Opening Act: Les Sewing Sisters
Lun*na Menoh and Saori Mitome are Les Sewing Sisters. They create the combination of sewing machine music (noise), dress-making and women working together, using twisted language and action. Vocals, Spoken words and music made by sewing machines.
Short video “Making Bolero” by Jeff Mizushima
MAURICE RAVEL'S BOLERO conducted by Lun*na Menoh

DATE AND TIME


Sat, April 15, 2017
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM PDT
LOCATION
BurkeTriolo Studio LLC
538 Mission Street 
South Pasadena, CA 91030 


ABOUT LUN*NA MENOH
Lun*na Menoh is a Japanese-born singer, designer, sewing artist who lives in Los Angeles. Her work deals with fashion, clothing and exposing the invisible thread between performance and fabric by making sculpturesque dresses, paintings, and a series of fashion shows with her conceptual but wearable outfits.
Starting in 1999, she made a number of paintings of men's white dress shirts that are given a dirty stained ring around the collar. An exhibition of her paintings, “Dirty Laundry” was the inaugural exhibition in the SPARC Gallery in 2015. 
In early 2000, she started making music with the bands Seksu Roba and her own group Jean Paul Yamamoto. Currently her band Les Sewing Sisters creates pop songs about dresses & dress making, approached with experimental touches, such as using the sewing machine as a musical instrument.
DJ Black Rabbit has been DJing professionally for 10 years. Originally hailing from Philadelphia Pa and now residing in Los Angeles, he brings a unique style of blends and mixes that has been shaped by providing music for clubs, lounges, and private events all over the east coast. 
Starting from a purely Hip-Hop background, DJ Black Rabbit has evolved into a well rounded DJ that can rock an all funk lounge set, to a soulful House party, and end the night rocking the largest radio hits at the club.
Saori Mitome
Saori Mitome, Fashion/Costume Designer/ On Set Costumer/Wardrobe Stylist/Artist, born in Japan moved to Los Angeles in 2005 where she started studying English and living outside of Japan for her own personal enrichment. 
Graduated from Los Angeles Trade Technical College (Fashion Design Program) in 2012 where she studied fashion technical skills, such as flat pattern making, draping, and clothing construction. 
Mitome has working experiences at The Fashion Company, Costume Company, in their production department, and also as Fabricator in the Special Effects Costume Studio. 
Recently, she has been working on costume designing for upcoming feature film that will be shooting this summer. 
Hors d’oeuvres generously provided by ARO and Radhika Restaurants. Desserts provided by Fantasy Frostings

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lun*na Menoh with ADULT. on "Detroit House Guests" (Mute Records)


LUN*NA MENOH has collaborated with Adult. on their new album "Detroit House Guests" Down below is information about ADULT. as well as the new album. k

ADULT. (Detroit’s Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller) have announced details of a new collaborative album, Detroit House Guests – their first for Mute – out on double vinyl and CD on 17 March 2017.
Listen to They’re Just Words, the first track to be taken from the album, featuring Nitzer Ebb’s Douglas J McCarthy here: https://youtu.be/p5HLW4TepBI
And watch the album trailer here: https://youtu.be/uVzL0LJWTN8
Detroit House Guests is a collaborative project, conceived by ADULT. in the early 2000s. The concept became a reality in 2014 after receiving a John S. and James L.Knight Foundation grant.
Based on the visual artist residency model, each musician came to ADULT.’s studio for a three week period with the parameter that they all live, work and collaborate together. The result – a total anthropological sound experiment and a full length album.
The album features collaborations with a whole host of musicians and artists – Douglas J McCarthy from Nitzer Ebb, Michael Gira from Swans, Shannon Funchess from Light Asylum, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe aka Lichens, Austrian thereminist Dorit Chrysler and multidisciplinary artist LUN*NA MENOH.
ADULT. are the Detroit duo Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller. They played their first live show together in Germany in 1997 under the name Artificial Material. In early ’98 they released their first 12″ under the moniker Plasma Co. Later that year, they released their first 12″ under the name ADULT. Currently, they have released six albums and 19 EPs or singles on Ghostly International, Thrill Jockey and Clone Records, as well as on their own label Ersatz Audio, (which currently has over 40 releases since it was founded in ’95). They have remixed over 20 acts as well, including Tuxedomoon, John Foxx, Death in Vegas and Pet Shop Boys (for Moog Music).
Kuperus and Miller also make sculpture, paintings, films, photographs, performances, videos and installations. They strive to intersect the lines between art and audio and have exhibited their work at institutions such as the Austrian Cultural Forum (NY), Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh), Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit), MOMAS (Saitama, Japan), and Centre d’art contemporain de Meymac (FR). They have shown their film The Three Grace(s) triptych at spaces such as Anthology Film Archives (NY), Distrital Film Festival (Mexico City), and Grey Area for Art and Technology (SF).

Monday, August 1, 2016

Lun*na Menoh Conducting Her version of Maurice Ravel's BOLERO






Lun*na Menoh conducting her own version of Maurice Ravel's BOLERO. All sounds from the sewing machine. What she has done is take Ravel's masterpiece back to the Industrial Age, when the sewing machine first started to appear in people's homes. Probably the first mechanic machine that appeared in the everyday home. Ravel's dad worked in a factory, so he was aware of the rhythms of the factory, and then therefore "Bolero." 
Lun*na worked from the original score by Ravel, so it is probably one of the most accurate versions of the orchestrated piece in existence. It's 18 minutes long, which was the original length that Ravel wanted for Bolero. Some orchestrations speed up the piece, but Ravel consistently asked for it to last 18 minutes. Lun*na honored the composer, by following his suggestion. As well, as bringing it all back to the factory 

Pretty much a masterpiece by both Ravel and Lun*na.

- Tosh Berman