Shuwen Zhao and Brian Griffith create musical atmospheres for moving images. Their experience with traditional musical structures informs their approach and experimentation with sounds. Zhao, a pianist, has an ear for detail creating lush soundscapes and intricate melodic lines. Griffith, a bassist, builds deep currents of sound and delicate tonal whispers. Together, they compliment each other’s styles, able to build a piece that is expertly crafted and surprising.
Vocalist Argenta Walther will perform medieval and Renaissance pieces with Stuart Wheeler and Alejandro Acosta.
Argenta Walther is a singer of music from the sacred medieval to the modern experimental. She is a founder of the contemporary vocal group Accordant Commons, and is one of the directing members of Ensemble Vocatrix, a group dedicated to the music of Hildegard von Bingen. In her free time, Argenta likes to explore somatic movement and stand-up comedy.
Stuart Wheeler is a singer, composer and poet living in Los Angeles. He was an early member of Utah’s Deseret Experimental Opera collective and a co-curator of the Avant GaRawge concert series. He is one of only a handful of singers to have completed a full solo performance of John Cage’s Empty Words. He holds an MA in experimental music composition and performance from Wesleyan University.
Alejandro Acosta is guitarist and lutenist who specializes in the performance of Renaissance and Baroque instruments of the lute family. As a lutenist Alejandro had participated with several early music ensembles in Mexico and in Germany. Nowadays Alejandro is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he is member of the Baroque Sinfonia.
Joe Cunningham, quilt artist, got his beginnings as an artist playing guitar professionally in and around his home in Flint, Michigan. In these songs he revisits Flint, as well as his new homeland, San Francisco. His songs, like his quilts, address a wide range of subjects and emotions, a whole landscape of themes.
The Craft in America House Band is a collective of musicians who have been performing at our venue for more than twelve years. Join us for a lively evening as members Terry de Castro, Melinda Rice, Chris Silagyi and Argenta Walther perform some of their favorite contemporary, traditional and original songs.
Downpilot is the project of Seattle singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and recording/mix engineer Paul Hiraga. Downpilot will perform songs from the forthcoming new album ‘The Forecast’ along with songs chosen from a body of work spanning seven albums. https://www.tapeterecords.de/artists/downpilot
Sunday, October 23 7pm
Aperture Duo returns to Craft In America for an evening of high energy chamber music for violin and viola. Featuring recent works by Pauline Kim Harris, Salvadore Sciarrino, and local composers Andrew McIntosh and Carolyn Chen. Join us for the sounds of American fiddle tunes, full moons, prepared instruments, and sparkly overtones that will make your mustaches curl.
Live concerts are returning to the Craft in America Center this summer. Solo artist and Craft in America House Band member Terry de Castro partners with bassist and vocalist Gina Segall to perform an evening of folk songs, cover versions, and indie folk rock originals. They will be joined by guitarist/music producer Chris Silagyi and new members of the Craft in America House Band.
Terry de Castro: guitar, vocals
Gina Segall: bass guitar, vocals
Chris Silagyi: guitar, vocals
Joan Mace: banjo, vocals
Emilia Shaffer-Del Valle: vocals
Craft in America is once again presenting live music at the Craft in America Center with a series of concerts starting on July 2nd.
Rumori is the cellist and producer Jason Adams’ exercise in machine-mediated musical performance. Rumori engages the expressive musicality of the cello with an electronic musician’s focus on space, timbre, and texture. In counterpoint to Adams’ sinuous cello playing is angular, frenetic electronic percussion.
Adams’ most recent release, Kii, is at rumoricello.bandcamp.com.
Using minimal and intentional affecting of violin, amp, feedback, flute, and synth; Ang & Pauline investigate modes of perception and the impact of uncertain space. Their improvisational work together often encompasses unspoken connection and cues from their shared environment.
Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 4pm PST
Craft in America is offering a pre-recorded conversation/concert with Don Pedi and Doug Naselroad, both featured in the Craft in America: HARMONY episode. Don Pedi is a virtuoso folk musician and groundbreaking dulcimer player, and Doug Naselroad is a musician, luthier and founder of the Troublesome Creek Stringed Instrument Company and Appalachian School of Luthiery. They are in conversation and performing traditional folk songs in a special edition of the Knott Downtown Radio Hour in Hindman, Kentucky.
Produced by: Current Media – https://www.currentmedia.online
Cinematography by: Curren Sheldon and Brady Holden
Edited by: Elliott Childress and Curren Sheldon
Join us for a casual afternoon of music at the Craft in America Center with the Craft in America House Band, featuring bassist and vocalist Maggie Hasspacher, bassist Noah Reitman, vocalist Argenta Walther, guitarist and vocalist Terry de Castro, and others.
Craft in America has been presenting live music for nearly ten years. The first concert was in 2012, when a group of talented musicians set up their instruments in the window of the Craft in America Center. They performed for the listeners inside and to the passersby outside the window. The Craft in America House Band was formed shortly after, and the group has performed numerous concerts both at the Center and other venues in Los Angeles, including Space 15 Twenty, Craft Contemporary, and the Bandstand at Los Angeles Plaza Park on Olvera Street.