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NWEAMO Music Festival


  • WHEN Friday, April 8, 2016 at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 6:15 p.m.
  • WHERE San Diego Central Public Library, 330 Park Blvd., San Diego
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free - $10

NWEAMO 2016 — Music & Myth

Dates and Times:

Preview art show/concert at Martin Lawrence Gallery in La Jolla on Saturday April 2, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.

Friday, April 8, 2016 8 p.m. and Saturday April 9, 2016 at 6:15 p.m. at the San Diego Central Library Auditorium in Downtown San Diego's East Village. Ticket cost: free, $10 donation suggested. Information: 619-750-7125. For more info, visit the NWEAMO website.

This year's festival promises to be the most eclectic and inclusive ever. Composers and musicians will be coming from New York City, Los Angeles and Portland, and the range of styles and approaches will arc from Africa to blues to otherworldly fantasy.


Friday’s performance will feature Comp Cord Ensemble. The ensemble is a NYC-based mixed chamber band made up of composers/performers.

Tribal Baroque is the band name of composer/performers Thoth and Lila’Angelique, who present a totally unique blend of simultaneous dancing, singing and violin playing (each does all three art forms all at once). They sing in their own language and will be presenting excerpts from their otherworldly fantasy opera "Esh and Ee-ay;"

Violinist/composer Lynn Bechtold, who has played with Donna Summers, Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Sheryl Crow as well as and dozens of other celebrities, and premiered works by electronic music pioneers Morton Subotnick and Alvin Lucier.

Multi-award winning and Aaron Copland Fellowship recipient composer Dan Cooper.

World renowned master artist/composer Mark Kostabi will be performing along with the cross genre New York-based CompCord Ensemble, and Kostabi’s iconic artworks will be projected throughout the concerts. Kostabi has designed album covers for Guns 'N' Roses (Use Your Illusion) and The Ramones (Adios Amigos), Jimmy Scott (Holding Back The Years), Seether (Holding Onto strings Better Left to Fray). Kostabi performs concerts internationally both as a soloist and with other musicians including Ornette Coleman, Jerry Marotta, Tony Levin, Tony Esposito, Greesi Desiree Langovits and Paul Kostabi. Kostabi had a meteoric rise New York City art scene in the 1980s as a daring descendent of Andy Warhol. He is represented in San Diego by the Martin Lawrence galleries, La Jolla, who will be featuring his work the week of the NWEAMO Festival.

The week before, on April 2, 2016, SWARMIUS, the host ensemble of NWEAMO, will be performing a preview concert in La Jolla at the Martin Lawrence Galleries as part of their major yearly event, which will feature works by Picasso, Dali, a $1 million Chagall and Kostabi.

Composer/guitarist/rapper/ Di.J. Gene Pritsker has written over five hundred sixty compositions. He will be performing and premiering a new work composed for SWARMIUS ensembles’ world-level virtuoso alto sax master SAXIMUS (Todd Rewoldt) as well as a new piece for Di.J. and CompCord Ensemble: ‘Sisyphus - Sinner Condemned’. Pritsker has worked closely with jazz fusion legend Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies, including 'Cloud Atlas', for which he wrote additional music and composed his ''Cloud Atlas Symphony’.

Portland-based contemporary funky blues pianist/composer/band leader Bonnie Bluestone.

Melissa Grey (composer/Merlin/live processing) & Nicole Antebi (animation) (NYC) Grey’s projects have been performed at Spectrum NYC, National Gallery of Canada, Whitney Museum of American Art (with Antenna International), Goethe-Institut Montréal, The Stone, Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio, and many others.
Antebi’s work has been shown in many unusual places including Hive House Los Angeles, High Desert Test Sites, The Manhattan Bridge Anchorage, Teeny Cine’s converted trailer, Portable Forest, a Texas Grain Silo and in the cabin of a capsized ship at Machine Project in Los Angeles.

NYC-based drummer/composer Peter Jarvis will unveil “Smoke and Mirrors”, for Violin, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Drum Set, commissioned for NWEAMO.

Lukas Ligeti is a newly southern California-based composer/percussionist whose works connect the music and musicians of the US, Europe and Africa.

American Academy of Arts & Letters fellowship winner Gregory T.S. Walker. After 2014-15 engagements with the Detroit Symphony, Wisconsin’s Strings Without Boundaries, the Colorado NeXT Music Fest, and the Brera Gallery in Beijing, Walker is slated to debut his new “video guitar” synthesizer.

Jozefius Rattus (aka Joseph Waters) will offer “Summer” - performed at Carnegie Hall last autumn, performed by virtuoso musicians SAXIMUS (Todd Rewoldt) and Toni James (piano, making her debut with SWARMIUS ensemble)

The images of Mark Kostabi will be featured throughout NWEAMO 2016.

Below are the concert programs for both evenings:

Friday, April 9, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Murmur — Lynn Bechtold
violin, electric bass, pre-recorded electronics.

TBA — Dan Cooper

Smoke and Mirrors — Peter Jarvis
Violin, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass,, Drum Set

Wings of Grace — Mark Kostabi
solo piano

Rabbit Skin Glue — Mark Kostabi
solo piano

Scarlet Street — Mark Kostabi / arr. Gene Pritsker
Piano,Violin, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Electric, Drum Set

Euphoric Day — Mark Kostabi / arr. Gene Pritsker
Piano,Violin, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Electric, Drum Set

3457 — Lukas Ligeti
for quartet

Sisyphus - Sinner Condemned — Gene Pritsker
Piano, Violin, Guitar, Bass, Drum Set, Di.J.

Procrustean Bed (2016) — Melissa Grey (composer/Merlin/live processing) & Nicole Antebi (animation)

Reproaches — Gene Pritsker
Electric Guitar and alto sax
with Guest performer Todd Rewoldt

Saturday, April 10, 2016 at 6:15 p.m.

Scenes from Esh and Ee-ay, a one-act, romantic opera about a sea dragon who falls in love with a fairy.

Tribal Baroque — The Dynamic Duo

Thoth, countertenor and violin; Lila'Angelique, soprano and violin
Using countertenor and soprano vocals, Tribal Baroque performs original fantasy operas accompanied by percussion, dance, theater and violins.

Summer — Jozefius Rattus (Joseph Martin Waters)
alto sax & piano (SAXIMUS (Todd Rewoldt) & Toni James)

Italian Summer — Mark Kostabi
vibraphone & piano (Augustus Marimbus (Andrew Kreysa) & Mark Kostabi

No Control — Bonnie Lee Bluestone
piano & vibes (Bonnie Lee Bluestone & Joel Bluestone)

Jisei — Gregory Walker
video guitar

Into The Abyss — Bob Kostlan (from “Manipulation and Accompaniment of Algorithmically Generated Source Material Volume 2”) percussion & electronics

Flame Head — SWARMIUS (Jozefius Rattus & Crotalius Redfoot)
vibraphone, Chinese opera gongs & electronics

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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