Sarah Davachi, Gregg Kowalsky, and Odeya Nini

Human Resources
410 Cottage Home St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

12 SYMBOLS, composed by Chris Duncan, is an immersive sound performance and exhibition that metaphorically implicates the energy and patterns of the sun, moon, and the phenomenon of the eclipse to ponder our relationship to the passing of time.

Cymbals become symbols as 12 percussionists engage light, movement, and sound. The physical stage set by the initial performance of 12 SYMBOLS moves through phases throughout the course of the exhibition, welcoming a host of artists from Northern and Southern California alike in a series of performances.

The exhibition and performances are dedicated to the loving memory of Paul Clipson, a light and love gone too soon.

About the Artists

As a composer and performer of electroacoustic music, Sarah Davachi’s projects are primarily concerned with disclosing the delicate psychoacoustics of intimate aural spaces, utilizing extended durations and simple harmonic structures that emphasize subtle variations in overtone complexity and natural resonances. The instrumentation she employs is varied, including analog synthesizers, piano, electric organ, pipe and reed organ, voice, analog samplers, orchestral strings, and woodwinds, with mutual idioms often layered in textural and timbral counterpoint. Similarly informed by minimalist tenets and baroque leanings toward slow-moving chordal suspensions, in her sound is manifest an experience that lessens apprehension of consonance and dissonance in likeness of the familiar and the distant. In addition to her recorded output, including 2017’s All My Circles Run on Students of Decay and 2016’s Vergers on Important Records, Davachi has toured extensively across the globe, including recent appearances at Issue Project Room (Brooklyn, NY), Le Guess Who? (Utrecht, NL), Lampo (Chicago, IL), Carriageworks (Sydney, AU), Café OTO (London, UK), The Museum of Jurassic Technology (Los Angeles, CA), and Jardins Efémeros (Viseu, PT), and has completed artist residencies at The Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff, CA), STEIM (Amsterdam, NL), and MESS (Melbourne, AU). She holds a master’s degree in electronic music and recording media from Mills College and is currently a doctoral student in musicology and the University of California, Los Angeles. For this performance, Davachi will be joined by local musicians Laura Steenberge (viola da gamba) and Eric Kenneth Malcolm Clark (violin).

Odeya Nini is a Los Angeles based experimental vocalist and contemporary composer. At the locus of her interests are performance practices, textural harmony, gesture, tonal animation, and the illumination of minute sounds, in works spanning chamber music to vocal pieces and collages of musique concrète. Her solo vocal work extends the dimension and expression of the voice and body, creating a sonic and physical panorama of silence to noise and tenderness to grandeur. Odeya has collaborated extensively with dancers, visual artist, filmmakers and theater directors as both a composer and soloist and has worked with artists such as Meredith Monk, Butch Morris, Lucy & Jorge Orta, The Industry & Wild Up.
Odeya’s work has been presented at venues and festivals across the US and internationally, such as Resonant Bodies Festival, The Hammer Museum, REDCAT, The Kitchen, MONA and Art Basel Miami, from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv, Australia, Mongolia, Madagascar and Vietnam. She has lectured on contemporary vocal techniques and composition at the university level and leads workshops exploring the creative and healing qualities of voice and movement.

Odeya holds a BFA from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and an MFA in composition from California Institute of the Arts. Her debut album Vougheauxyice (Voice), for solo voice, was released in April of 2014 on pfMENTUM records.

Gregg Kowalsky released the ambient album “L’Orange, L’Orange” on Mexican Summer in 2017. He has performed throughout Europe and the United States; participating in festivals such as WDR’s SoundArt-Köln Festival, Mexico City’s Aural Festival, and the Substrata Festival in Seattle, where he performed a commissioned six-channel piece for grand piano and electronics. His recordings have released on Mexican Summer, Kranky, Rootstrata and Important Records. Gregg’s other project Date Palms released their third LP The Dusted Sessions on Thrill Jockey in 2013. He has composed for sound installations, film and acoustic ensembles. 

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