Byron Westbrook & Alex Pelly // Leila Bordreuil

Date(s) - 12/11

The Lab

2948 16th St
San Francisco, CA

Saturday, December 11, 2021
7:30pm doors / 8:00pm show
Tickets $15 (discounted or free for members)
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LA-based artists Byron Westbrook and Alex Pelly present a live audio/visual collaboration using electronics and modular video synth. The project expands from their online performance created earlier this year for the cathartic and damaged compositions on Distortion Hue, Westbrook’s recent LP with Hands in the Dark. This live iteration features Pelly’s colorful and dynamic audio-reactive images activated by Westbrook’s sonics made with analog and digital synthesizer, computer, and processed cassette tape.

Byron Westbrook is an artist and composer based in Los Angeles, CA. He works with both music performance and installation formats, with a focus on architectural qualities of sound and the potential for audio to generate visual and social spaces. Westbrook’s work has been shown internationally at institutions such as the Walker Art Center, ICA London, MoMA PS1, Rewire Festival, MaerzMusik Festival, Akousma Festival among others. He has recorded for labels including Root Strata, Hands in the Dark, Ash International, Important Records and Umor Rex. Westbrook holds an MFA from Bard College where he studied with Marina Rosenfeld, Marcus Schmickler and David Behrman. He has been in residence at Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Banff Centre for the Arts, ISSUE Project Room, Clocktower Gallery, Diapason Gallery, Wassaic Project and EMS Stockholm and has recently been visiting faculty with Pratt Institute’s Graduate Fine Arts Dept, Columbia University Sound Arts MFA, and International Center of Photography’s New Media Narratives program.

Alex Pelly is a Canadian filmmaker and video artist based in Los Angeles. Her work incorporates multiple generations of video technology, both analog and digital. Frequently collaborative with musical accompaniment, her work serves as a reflection of and muse to the music simultaneously. In recent years she has focused primarily on modular video synthesis. Pelly found her beginnings within broadcast collective Dublab circa 2008 and continues to provide live visuals for their events as well as host a monthly live-streamed audiovisual show called PELLYVISION. She is deeply rooted in Los Angeles’ underground electronic music scene and is resident visualist for music series Perpetual Dawn. She has performed or shown work at LACMA, MoMA PS1, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Hauser and Wirth Los Angeles, Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills, Coaxial Arts, Los Angeles Central Library, Digital Debris Gallery and LA Weekly’s Artopia. Among countless other artists, Pelly has performed with Terry Riley, Suzanne Ciani, Kid606, Telecaves, Dntel, and ESP.

Leila Bordreuil is a Brooklyn-based cellist, composer, improviser and sound-artist. Her music was described by the New York Times as “steadily scathing music, favoring long and corrosive atonalities.” Driven by a fierce interest in pure sound and inherent texture, Leila challenges conventional cello practice through highly original extended techniques and extreme amplification methods without effects pedals, to the extent she sometimes seems to be playing the P.A system rather than the cello. Bordreuil’s recent collaborators include Bill Nace (Body/Head), Tamio Shiraishi (Fushitutsa), Zach Rowden, Susan Alcorn, Ingrid Laubrock, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Kali Malone, Luke Stewart, Joanna Mattrey, Sean Ali and Julia Santoli and her work has been showcased at The Whitney Museum, MoMA PS1, Lincoln Center, The Kitchen, The Stone, Café Oto (London), Le Guess Who (Utrecht), All Ears Festival (Oslo), Ausland (Berlin), Edition Festival (Stockholm), Control Club (Bucharest), KRAAK Festival (Belgium), Ftarri (Tokyo) and countless basements across the USA, Europe and Asia.

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