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Gabie Strong/ Ted Byrnes/ Kozue Matsumoto/ Caspar Sonnet

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Gabie Strong / Ted Bynes

Gabie Strong / Kozue Matsumoto / Caspar Sonnet

Kozue Matsumoto / Caspar Sonnet

Gabie Strong is a California artist and musician exploring spatial constructions of degeneration, drone and decay as a means to improvise new arrangements of self-reflexive meaning. Strong uses sound performance, radio broadcasting, environmental installation, photography and video as a mediums for experimentation. Current themes in her work address the use of ritual acts and fetish collecting to expose constructions of feminine being. Her work has been presented at The Broad, UCLA Hammer Museum, MOCA, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, Knowledges at Mount Wilson Observatory, LAXArt, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Human Resources, SASSAS, LACE, High Desert Test Sites, LACMA, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, and Jabberjaw

Ted Byrnes is a drummer/percussionist living in Los Angeles.

Kozue Matsumoto Born and raised in Tohoku area in Japan and having lived in Tokyo and Vancouver, Canada as well, Kozue now lives in the Los Angeles, California. She has played koto since she was three years old under Ikuta-ryu Miyagi-kai and holds a semi-master title. She also plays shamisen and shinobue. Kozue has performed in both in Japan and North America. Other than performances and inter-disciplinary collaborations with various artists, she has a strong interests in exploring the potential of employing both Japanese traditional music with the performing arts beyond their conventional contexts.

Caspar Sonnet is a composer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently residing in Portland, Oregon. Primarily self taught, Sonnet has been composing and performing music since 1996. Sonnet’s multi-instrumentalist abilities include: lap steel dobro, mouth organ & percussion. Native American mythology, pre-war blues, world music and minimalist composition are a few of his sources of inspiration. He has collaborated with numerous talented musicians such as Jean-Paul Jenkins, Jordan Dykstra & Jonathan Sielaff (Golden Retrievers) in recording, performing and improvising of music. He has also held residencies with MOCA & Redcat.