the wulf.

05.23.2015 8:00 p.m.

Dog Star 11: Happy Valley Band and Desert Magic

curated by David Kant and Alex Wand

The Happy Valley Band is the Great American Songbook heard through the ear of a machine. Directed by bandleader David Kant, the ensemble plays transcriptions of popular music classic, made through a process of machine listening and sound analysis. The result is a hyper-complex and microtonal setting, with the machine-mediated score accompanying the original voices of popular music icons such as Elvis, James Brown, and Patsy Cline. The Happy Valley Band is Alexander Dupuis (guitar), Beau Sievers (drums), Andrew Smith (piano), Mustafa Walker (bass), Conrad Harris (violin), Pauline Kim Harris (violin), and David Kant (saxophone), plus frequent special guests.

Desert Magic will be performing a collection of original rounds about nature and the cosmos entitled A Round The Sun. We are releasing recordings of this music piecemeal on the solstices and equinoxes of the year 2015 on Desert Magic is Alex Wand, Steven Van Betten and Logan Hone.

This performance is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.