Lee Queza approached me for unique live music for his Los Angeles debut art show, Noir, held July 9, 2014 at Porta Via in Beverly Hills. I’ve known Lee for several years now and it has been thrilling to watch his artistic growth as he has developed his unique style and continues to experiment with different techniques. I studied his latest series of fluid watercolors and carefully crafted a 3-hour set of music to compliment his artwork and to help define the mood and tone of the evening. The set included several custom compositions that I performed live as well as some moody tracks from some of my favorite artists. The art show was a big success with Lee selling over half of the pieces he had on display. Follow Lee on Instagram @leequezaart for more previews of his current work and upcoming shows.
I’m playing a live electronic audiovisual set at the RAW Ensemble show on Thursday, September 27 at Beso Club in downtown San Jose. It’s going to be a jam-packed night of some of the best new local art, music, film and fashion in the South Bay. In addition to live music by Boyfriend Academy, Margaret The King and Heroes At Gunpoint, there will also be live body painting, performance art and exhibitions by more than a dozen local artists, short film screenings by local filmmakers and a fashion show featuring local designers and stylists. Check out the promo video below for the full rundown and this preview article from Metro. Advance tickets are highly recommended for this one-night-only special event.
Brent Adams, Jerome Tobias and Andria Lo wanted unique live music for their San Francisco debut art show, Filtered, an exhibition of paintings, mixed-media assemblage and photography examining the everyday as filtered through their vision. I’ve been a big fan of their work and was excited to provide the soundtrack for the opening night. From the show’s literature: “All three artists work in the design field during the day, and weave these design experiences seamlessly into their artwork. Jerome Tobias and Brent Adams are both architects in the Bay Area, incorporating fundamentals of texture and space into their artwork. Tobias paints the intangibles of motion to form the space of his subjects, while Adams plans spaces through the assembled composition of found objects. Andria Lo is a professional photographer whose personal work presents a curious look at the everyday/night by often capturing scenes that cannot actually be perceived by looking.”
The show was also a benefit for Bay Positives, a non-profit organization that helps young people with HIV/AIDS to live longer, happier, healthier and more productive lives. Artwork from their Healing Arts Program was exhibited and offered for sale.
I performed a live background score on the opening night of the exhibition. To give myself a few breaks to grab some drinks, I also composed a few instrumental tracks beforehand that I could playback during the event.
Here’s one of the tracks I composed for Filtered.
Jerome Tobias, Brent Adams and Tony Smith at the Filtered Art Show