Bootleg Theater & KXLU Present
Flying Hair, Ted Byrnes, Electric Sound Bath
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
Multi-instrumentalists, Monika Khot and Wolcott Smith, formed Zen Mother after trading musical secrets in a windowless warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. They quickly decided to weave their furtive styles together, creating new heavy, electronic-rock based landscapes, while simultaneously uprooting themselves and relocating to Seattle, WA.
The music is dynamic in nature, lending itself to sonic focus and harnessing control of the mind. On their upcoming LP, I Was Made To Be Like Her, Industrial harshness is flawlessly paired with ambient beauty all alongside the ever-pervasive feeling of torment.
Already garnering high acclaim in Seattle by KEXP and The Stranger, with the latter’s Dave Segal writing, “[I Was Made To Be Like Her] stands as one of the most distinctively tenebrous and beautiful rock records likely to come out of Seattle in 2017”, Zen Mother is entering a rarified territory within the Pacific Northwest that can only continue to expand.
Flying Hair began as core members Bobby Martin, Matthew Clark, and Kurt Mangum. Bobby was a founding member of Zig Zags where he both sang and played drums. Switching to bass/vocals in Flying Hair he is joined by Matthew, a previous collaborator with doom legend Wino Weinrich, on drums, and Kurt blasting effects laden guitar. Flying Hair creates heavily riffed demented jams with creepy vibes, with a catchy pop sensibility emerging from that wave of weirdness and groove. Their debut Haunted Hangout II was reissued on vinyl via cult label Casual Acid Tea based in Los Angeles after selling out several runs of DIY cassettes. This album could aptly soundtrack a horror flick set in a smoke filled funhouse. Haunted Hangout II was mixed/produced by guitarist/tech mastermind Brian McKinley of Black Bananas/RTX/Royal Trux. With added member Brian Fox on synthesizers, the band has completed their second full length album to be released later this year.
Ted Byrnes is a drummer/percussionist living in Los Angeles. An alumnus of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, he comes from a jazz background and has since made his home in the worlds of free improvisation, new music, electro-acoustic music, and noise.
Ted primarily works in ad hoc improvisational settings, but has standing improvisational groups including: a group with Ulrich Krieger, a duo with Jeff Parker, a duo with Chris Cooper (AQH), a duo with Nicholas Deyoe, a duo with John Wiese, a duo with Scott Cazan, a trio with Jacob Wick and Owen Stewart-Robertson, among others. Additionally, Ted has played in duo/trio/or ensemble settings with: Mazen Kerbaj, David Watson, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Charlemagne Palestine, Alfred 23 Harth, Tim Perkis, Jaap Blonk, Torsten Muller, Kim Myhr, Jim Denley, Lloyd Honeybrook, Chris Schlarb, Mike Watt, Paul Masvidal, the LAFMS (including Smegma, Airway, Ace Farren Ford’s Artificial Art Ensemble, Rick and Joe Potts, Fredrik Nilsen, Tom Recchion, Vetza, etc), Sissy Spacek (the band), Maher Shalal Hash Baz, and more.
Ted has also collaborated with / worked for a variety of visual artists: he has accompanied a Doug Aitken “happening”, scored and performed percussion for an Emily Mast performance, collaborated with Olivia Booth to play her glass artworks, collaborated with Dani Tull on a sound performance, performed with John Knuth and Bret Nicely at an installation in an empty pool, and has performed for FLUXUS artist Jeff Perkins on multiple occasions for his projector/light installations.
Currently, Ted is delving further into the possibilities and realities of solo drumset performance in addition to continuing to work with his existing projects.
Electric Sound Bath
Electric Sound Bath is a Los Angeles-based duo comprised of Ang Wilson (modular synth and singing bowls) and Brian Griffith (bass guitar and electronics). Inspired by the sound baths made famous by the Integratron, ESB uses singing bowls, as well as electric instrumentation to create similarly dense wombs of sound that envelop the listener. Taking cues from nature, esoteric philosophy and decades of likeminded musicians, Electric Sound Bath creates accessible music that is equally at home in a remote ashram, as well as an urban performance space.