The Unwrinkled Ear

The Unwrinkled Ear Concert Series is dedicated to showcasing
the international world of improvised music in Los Angeles.
It is possible because of support from Black Editions.

(Most Recent) Event (#58):
Wendy Eisenberg & Eugene Chadbourne
Solos and a Duo
March 9, 2020 @The Bootleg Theatre

{All concerts are on hold until the pandemic subsides}

April 2, 2020
Thomas Lehn (analog synthesizer) & Tiziana Bertoncini (violin)
Dominique Matelson (voice) & Bonnie Barnett (voice)
Tom Djill (analog synthesizer) & Steuart Liebig (bass)
@Avenue 50 Studio, 131 North Avenue 50, LA, CA 90042

 May 3, 2020
Ab Baars (clarinet/ shakuhachi/ tenor sax) – SOLO
Kanoko Nishi-Smith (bass koto) & Corey Fogel (drums) – DUO
Baars/ Nishi-Smith/ Fogel – TRIO
@Avenue 50 Studio, 131 North Avenue 50, LA, CA 90042


Jones Jones: Vladimir Tarasov/ Mark Dresser/ Larry Ochs – TRIO
+ Thomas Ankersmit
January 14, 2020 @ Zebulon

Éliane Radigue: Occam Ocean
Performed by Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, Charles Curtis, 
Rhodri Davies, and Robin Hayward.
December 06, 2019 @ First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
review by Tamzin Elliott

Radu Malfatti – Solo
Patrick Shiroishi  – Solo
November 29, 2019 @ Edgar Gallery

Radu Malfatti with Ang Wilson + Laura Steenberge  – World Premiere
Erika Bell  – gyrations: cool (movement 1) – World Premiere
Ang Wilson / Laura Steenberge  – Short Solos to start the night
November 30, 2019 @ Edgar Gallery

Hanno Leichtmann
Sarah Belle Reid
Bernd Buerklin/ Liam Mooney 

October 25, 2019 @ Coaxial

Michael Morley
Nick Malkin and Jeremy Kennedy (premiere)
July 13, 2019 @ Zebulon

Shelley Hirsch  – Solo
Thea Fahradian  – Solo
Shelley Hirsch + Thea Farhadian + William Roper + Andrea Centazzo – Quartet (World Premiere)
June 27, 2019 @Coaxial

Judith Hamann – Solo (Australia)
Joe Moffett –  Solo (New York)
Receptacles (Joe Williamson/ Dennis Egberth/ Anton Toorell) –
June 9, 2019 @Coaxial

Urs Leimgruber  Solo
Tatsuya Nakatani  Solo
Leimgruber/Nakatani Duo (World Premiere)

May 15, 2019 @Automata

Jean-Luc Guionnet – Pipe Organ Solo
April 22, 2019 @ Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church

Jean-Luc Guionnet & Lotus Edde Khouri: saxophone and dance
Afternburner (Audrey Chen + Doron Sadja)
Jean-Luc Guionnet/ William Hutson/ Jeremy Kennedy: Trio (World Premiere)
April 20, 2019 @ Human Resources

Gerry Hemingway / Samuel Blaser 
Jeff Schwartz / Anne LeBaron / Charles Sharp 
Sunday April 14, 2019 @Coaxial

Peter Evans & Sam Pluta
Liam Mooney
David Watson & John Krausbauer
Eyvind Kang & Jessika Kenney
January 27, 2019 @ Coaxial 

Pauline Lay/ Garrett Wingfield (World Premiere)
Eugene Chadbourne
Gordon Grdina Quartet w/ Oscar Noriega/ Satoshi Takeishi/ Russ Lossing
December 5, 2018 @ Coaxial

Sontag Shogun
Suzie Kozawa/ Ang Wilson (World Premiere)
Booker Stardrum/ Andrew Bernstein (World Premiere)
November 17, 2018 @ Coaxial

Tetuzi Akiyama
Tetuzi Akiyama & John Krausbauer
Tetuzi Akiyama/ Micaela Tobin/ Chris Martin (World Premiere)
October 12th, 2018 @Zebulon

Gordon Grdina/ Eyvind Kang/ Chris Speed/ Shahzad Ismaily/ John Herndon/ Patrick Shiroishi Sextet (World Premiere)
Konk Pack (Roger Turner, Tim Hogkinson, Thomas Lehn)
September 17, 2018 @ Zebulon

Hanno Leichtmann
Audrey Chen
September 24, 2018 @ Coaxial

Sult (Guro Moe, Jacob Felix-Heule, Håvard Skaset)
Anna Homler/ Micheal Intriere/ William Roper
Daniel Meyer/ Adam Zuckerman
August 29, 2018 @ Coaxial

Paul Giallorenzo Solo
Lori Goldston Solo
Jacob Wick/ Dane Rousay Duo
Paul Giallorenzo/ Lori Goldston/ Jacob Wick/ Dane Rousay Quartet
(World Premiere)

June 21, 2018 @ Avenue 50 Studio

Joe Williamson / Tomo Jacobson / Wilson Shook (World Premiere)
Eggwa (Josh Haden/ Mike Watt/ Danny Frankel)
May 4, 2018 @ PS Kaufman

The Unwrinkled Ear Festival of Improvised Music
Evan Parker Solo
Kjell Nordeson & Sten Sandell Duo
Roscoe Mitchell Solo
Roscoe Mitchell/ Evan Parker / Bobby Bradford Trio (World Premiere)
Sten Sandell Solo
Bobby Bradford/ Evan Parker/ Kjell Nordeson/ Roscoe Mitchell/ Sten Sandell Quartet (World Premiere)
April 7 and 8, 2018 @First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica

[[[personablack]]]  –  Solo
Useless Wing (Victoria Darlington) –  Solo
Arrington de Dionyso / Ben Bennett – Duo
Carro/ Darlington/ Dionyso/ Miller + Patrick Shiroishi,  Martín Escalante, China Lake Sunflower, Nathan Gibson Octet (World Premiere)
January 25, 2018 @Coaxial Arts

Bernd Buerklin – Solo
Frantz Loriot/ Theresa Wong/ Christian Kobi  – Trio KOLOWO
Bernd Buerklin/ Frantz Loriot/ Theresa Wong/ Christian Kobi– Quartet
(World Premiere)

October 7, 2017 @Coaxial Arts

Noel Meek (electronics) & Elaine Carey (electronics) – Duo (World Premiere)
Elaine Carey & Christian Asplund (viola) – Duo (World Premiere)
Christian Asplund and Noel Meek – Duo (World Premiere)
September 29, 2017 @Coaxial Arts

Bernadette Zeilinger (recorder)/ Diego Muné (guitar)/ T.J. Borden (cello) – La Musa Trio
Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello)  – Solo

Fred Lonberg-Holm / William Roper (tuba) – Duo (World Premiere)
Ulrich Krieger (amplified saxophones) / Joshua Carro (amplified drums) – Blood Oath
September 7, 2017 @Collective Arts Incubator

Biliana Voutchkova (violin) & Helga Fassonaki (pocket trumpet/ electronics) – Duo
Biliana Voutchkova (violin) & Shelley Burgon (harp/ electronics) – Duo
(World Premiere)

Helga Fassonaki (pocket trumpet/ electronics) & Shelley Burgon (harp/ electronics) – Duo (World Premiere)
August 17, 2017 @Coaxial Arts

Eugene Chadbourne with Corey Fogel
Three Thirds (Claire Chenette/Heather Lockie/ Jake Rosenzweig/ Alex Wand)
Elana Mann – New Works for Voices and Sculptures (World Premieres)
Performed and composed by Micaela Tobin, Chelsea Rector, Conrad Freiburg & Elana Mann
July 3, 2017 @Zebulon

Dave Rempis/ Jeff Parker/ Ted Byrnes/ SK Kakraba
Rempis Solo
Rempis/ Parker/ Byrnes Trio (World Premiere)
Rempis/ Parker/ Byrnes/ Kakraba Quartet (World Premiere)
May 26, 2017 @Collective Arts Incubator

Borbetomagus live
“Borbetomagus – A Pollock of Sound” West Coast Film Premiere
DJ set by Geneva Skeen
May 13, 2017 @ The Downtown Independent

Jean-Luc Guionnet (alto saxophone) – Solo
Kyle Motl & Øyvind Brandtsegg (doublebass & live processing) – Duo
Jean-Luc Guionnet (alto saxophone) & James Rushford (virginal piano) & William Hutson (tape & electronics) – Trio (World Premiere)
April 21, 2017 @ Coaxial Arts Foundation

Street Terms Vol. 2 Book Release Party
Jay Erker
Brian Griffith & Elaina Morgan
Corey Fogel + Andrew Choate + Laura Steenberge
Country Animal
April 8, 2017 @ Collective Arts Incubator

Tony Buck – new methods for solo percussion and mechanical drumming machines
Tony Buck (drums) / Yosuke Kitazawa (guitar) / Roksana Zeinapur (voice) (World Premiere)
Country Animal: Chelsea Rector (autoharp and voice), Conrad Freiburg (guitar) & Frank Van Duerm (bass)
March 6, 2017 @ Summer Home

Dror Feiler – Agitatorium
February 20th, 2017 @ Betalevel

Dror Feiler (reeds) & Lasse Marhaug (electronics)
February 15, 2017 @ Collective Arts Incubator

Jacob Wick (trumpet)/ Kathleen Kim (violin – Duo (World Premiere)
Jacob Wick (trumpet)/ Marc Riordan (keys) – Duo
Mankinda (Steve Flato on voice & electronics; A. F. Jones on synth & guitars; Nick Lesley on drums & electronics)
@ Collective Arts Incubator – February 9, 2017

Martín Escalante Record Release Party
Lukas Ligeti Welcome to Los Angeles Party
Matt Mottel Is on Tour Party
Andrew Choate Theoral No. 11 Book Release Party
Martín Escalante (alto saxophone) Solo
Lukas Ligeti (percussion)/ Matt Mottel (keys) Duo
Company style mixed groupings, all premieres, with Escalante/ Mottel/ Ligeti
+ Elaine Carey (electronics)/ Corey Fogel (drums)/ Oliver Steinberg (bass)
@ Dynasty Center – Friday January 13, 2017

Nocturnal Effects
Biliana Voutchkova

Rob Magill  / Helga Fassonaki duo (World Premiere)
Biliana Voutchkova / Rob Magill / Helga Fassonaki  trio (World Premiere)
@Dynasty Center – Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Opened Rinse
Sun Araw/ Kathleen Kim/ Brian James Griffith trio (World Premiere)

@Outside Gallery – Friday, October 21st, 2016

Interpreting BarDem Interpreting: For 6 Voices: Jacques Demierre and Vincent Barras +
Anna Homler/ Will Alexander/ Chelsea Rector/ Mathew Timmons
(United States Premiere)

Three Duo Improvisations
Anna Homler/ Jacques Demierre (World Premiere)
Will Alexander/ Vincent Barras (World Premiere)
Chelsea Rector/ Mathew Timmons (World Premiere)
Two Trio Improvisations
Jacques Demierre/ Will Alexander/ Chelsea Rector (World Premiere)
Anna Homler/ Vincent Barras/ Mathew Timmons (World Premiere)
@Dynasty Center – Friday, October 14th, 2016

Welcome Here
Jacques Demierre – solo piano
Jacques Demierre (piano)/ Vincent Barras (voice)/ Thierry Simonot (electronics) – trio
@MiMoDa – Saturday, October 15, 2016

Gabie Strong

Burning Star Core
The Dead C
@ The Echo – Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Reheat & Shiver
C. Spencer Yeh solo
C. Spencer Yeh/ Magda Mayas duo (World Premiere)
SK Kakraba solo
SK Kakraba/ Tony Buck duo (World Premiere)
@ Villa AuroraSaturday September 24, 2016

Red on Red
Magda Mayas solo
Maja S. K. Ratkje solo
Magda Mayas and Maja S. K. Ratkje duo (World Premiere)
@ Montserrat DTLA – September 8, 2016

2 x 4 = 88 : Four Piano/ Drum Duets in One Night
Areni Agbabian/ Corey Fogel duo (World Premiere)
Areni Agbabian/ Tony Buck duo (World Premiere)
Magda Mayas/ Corey Fogel duo (World Premiere)
Magda Mayas/ Tony Buck duo (Spill)
@ Montserrat DTLA – August 29, 2016

Exegesis Eisegesis Encaustic Exhibition Celebration
Magda Mayas solo
Tony Buck solo
Magda Mayas/ Tony Buck duo
@ Klowden Mann – July 16, 2016

Local Luck Summer Grab
Chelsea Rector/ Geneva Skeen duo (World Premiere)
Jeremy Kennedy/ Corey Fogel duo (World Premiere)
Sam Rowell/ Teasips duo (World Premiere)
@ The Hopper – June 25, 2016

Welcome Back Mr. B
Peter Brötzmann Quartet with Jason Adasiewicz/ John Edwards/ Steve Noble
@ The Echoplex – May 16, 2016

Within the Trio
Larry Ochs/ Dave Rempis/ Darren Johnston
@ Michael Todd’s Studio – April 9, 2016

Calling All Angles
Martin Küchen solo
Angles 3 (Martin Küchen/ Ingebrigt Håker Flaten/ Kjell Nordeson)
@ Michael Todd’s Studio – March 31, 2016

Hand Me Orange
Tania Chen solo
Jon Leidecker (Wobbly) solo
Clay Chaplin solo
Tania Chen/ Jon Leidecker duo
@ the wulf – February 6, 2016

Students of Vulnerability
Jacob Wick/ Teasips duo (World Premiere)
Christian Weber/ Ulrich Krieger duo (World Premiere)
Jacob Wick/ Christian Weber/ Teasips/ Ulrich Krieger Quartet (World Premiere)
@ Betalevel – January 29, 2016

One One One One To Love
Jacob Wick solo
Christian Weber solo
Jacob Wick/ Christian Weber duo (World Premiere, performance released on cassette by Marginal Frequency)
@ the wulf – January 28, 2016

Thick Boat
Tomo Jacobson/ Sun Araw/ Jeremy Kennedy trio (World Premiere)
Tomo Jacobson/ Sun Araw duo (World Premiere)
Tomo Jacobson solo
@ Betalevel –December 19, 2016

Playing Here With You
Shelley Burgon/ Neil Harrison duo
Jacques Demierre/ Urs Leimgruber duo
Screenings of “Temporaneous” & “Barre Phillips: Live in Vienna” (Los Angeles Premieres)
@ ArtShare – October 21, 2015

Want Some
Mazen Kerbaj solo
Ted Byrnes solo
Mazen Kerbaj/ Ted Byrnes duo (World Premiere)
@ The Pop-Hop – February 15, 2015

Ring Ring Ringing
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten solo
Kjell Nordeson solo
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten/ Kjell Nordeson duo
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten/ Kjell Nordeson/ Bobby Bradford trio surprise
@ The Pop-Hop – January 11, 2015

Cosmic Brujo Shuffle
Conrad Freiburg solo
Jacob Wick solo
Marco Eneidi/ Gabriel Lauber duo
@ The Hopper – May 17, 2014

Reasoning to Listen
Screening of “Misha Enzovoort” (U.S. Premier)
Han Bennink/ Mary Oliver duo
Han Bennink/ Mary Oliver/ Peter Kolovos mixed groupings
@ The Downtown Independent – February 6, 2014


The Unwrinkled Ear is also the moniker Andrew Choate uses for his radio show on KCHUNG. He has interviewed several performers from the concert series in-studio, often with live performances, including
Urs LeimgruberFred Lonberg-Holm, Biliana Voutchkova,
Conrad FreiburgJean-Luc Guionnet, Lasse Marhaug,
Ang Frances WilsonJacob Wick, Martín Escalante, Anna Homler,
Jeremy Kennedy, Dave Rempis, Will Alexander, Bernd Buerklin,
Magda Mayas & Tony Buck, Shelley Hirsch & Thea Farhadian, William Roper, etc.