Arrington de Dionyso • Ben Bennett •
Leah Bowden / Corey Fogel • Jerome Salazar
January 27th, 2018, at Helmuth Projects
1827 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Doors: 8 pm
$7 Admission / $5 Members / $5 Beers / Cash Only
SPACE TIME is pleased to host multi-instrumentalist Arrington de Dionyso (Old Time Relijun, WA) and percussionist/ performance artist Ben Bennett (OH). The night will include a duo performance by percussionists Leah Bowden (SD) and Corey Fogel (LA), a solo set from Jerome Salazar (SD), and collaborations among all of the performers.
Arrington de Dionyso is an Olympia, Washington-based artist and experimental musician. He was a member of Old Time Relijun since the 1990s. After Old Time Relijiun dissolved, he formed a new band based on Indonesian music called Malaikat dan Singa.Dionyso directed Reak: Trance Music and Possession in West Java, a documentary film about the music of an Indonesian trance ceremony; the film was shown by the Olympia Film Society in May, 2016. He is also a co-founder of the Olympia Experimental Music Festival.
Benjamin Bennett has worked as an improvising percussionist for 10 years, touring North America and Europe as a soloist, in various ensembles, and ad-hoc collaborations. He developed a unique approach to percussion which took the lineage of free-jazz, free-improvisation, Berlin reductionism, and extended technique playing as its foundation. In searching for an expanded sonic palette, and more fluid movement between various techniques, he distilled the drumset into a small collection of drumheads, stretched membranes, and other objects which offered a wide variety of unconventional sounds from very few materials, which could be rearranged into different combinations during a performance. This aesthetic development also translated to a practical advantage, in that this setup was small enough to fit into a backpack, freeing him from using a car to transport heavy percussion gear. He began touring by bus and bicycle, even completing a 7-day, 7-show bicycle tour through New England.
Continuing on this path of aesthetic and practical dematerialization, or doing more with less, he has found ways to extend his performance practice into movement, voice, and video. While these newer outgrowths are a result of a radical and perhaps esoteric interpretation of the history of music, they have proven to be readable and accessible outside of the sphere of music.
In 2014, Bennett began a YouTube series entitled "Sitting and Smiling", in which he sits cross-legged on the floor, smiling directly at the camera without moving, for four hours at a time. It can be viewed live, and is recorded for playback. His channel went viral in January of 2015, creating an internet/media buzz and getting coverage from The Atlantic, VICE, Gawker, TechTimes, and other outlets. It was live-streamed at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and has received more than 11 million views worldwide.
Benjamin tours actively from his home base in Philadelphia, where he also continues his internet-based performances.
Leah Bowden is a drummer and percussionist from the Bay Area who has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Mexico. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate at UC San Diego. A member of the ensemble red fish blue fish since 2010, she has shared the stage with Eighth Blackbird, Bang on a Can All Stars, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and the Dalai Lama. Ms. Bowden has performed in a wide range of settings, from popular styles to improvised music and interdisciplinary projects. She is currently the drummer for Voices of Our City Choir (a collaboration between professional musicians and people experiencing homelessness in San Diego), and The Red Notes (resident piano trio at Kafe Sobaka). Before moving to San Diego, she performed regularly with the William Winant Percussion Group, Karlton Hester (of Hesterian Musicism), and in the series Santa Cruz New Music Works.
Corey Fogel (b. 1977) is a drummer and performance artist currently living in Los Angeles, CA. Corey performs and composes in many rock, jazz, noise, folk, and chamber music capacities. His solo work as a composer and performance artist is based around spontaneous encounters with sounds, objects, personalities, textiles, foods, spanning video, dance, and installation. In addition to touring and recording nationally and abroad, Corey has been a member of groups: Julia Holter, Missincinatti, The Mae Shi, Gowns, Cryptacize, Barbez, Monstro, The Curtains, Learning Music, Nowcloud, Dominique Leone, 18 Squared. Corey has presented his own work with Machine Project, LACMA, Human Resources, Redling Fine Art,The Wulf, The Hammer Museum, and REDCAT. Corey was recently awarded The California Community Foundation 2014 Fellowship in Visual Arts.