Bootleg Theater, Black Editions and VDSQ Present
Bill Orcutt, Itasca
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
Kazuki Tomokawa, the iconoclastic Japanese outsider folk legend performs in Los Angeles for the very first time. An emotionally intense and raw artist by any measure, Tomokawa is a “Poet, singer, artist, bicycle racer commentator, essayist, actor, drinker. An artist who miraculously embodies the romance of the vagabond poet, a rarity in an age where our very freedom means we have forgotten how to live.” Tomokawa first established himself as one of Japan's great idiosyncratic singers in the 1970's. He became more widely known for his haunting performance as the mysterious singer that mirrored the killers' conscience in in Takashi Miike’s cult classic film Izo. This reach was only furthered by his powerful soundtrack to Cycling Chronicles: Landscapes the Boy Saw by the late, pioneering and controversial director Koji Wakamatsu. Tomokawa's performances are known for their unmatched intensity and intimacy- this will perhaps be the only opportunity to ever see him in person on the West Coast. Not to be missed.
Bill Orcutt returns to Los Angeles for an acoustic set of his iconic, one of a kind take on deconstructed blues and experimental guitar. From the ashes of the legendary Harry Pussy, Orcutt returns as a solo guitarist unlike any other. His recordings for VDSQ, Editions Mego and his own Palilalia Records are essential entries to any 21stCentury music library. We are beyond excited to host his next Los Angeles visit.
"Itasca is a band based in Los Angeles, CA, originally created as an alias for folk guitarist and songwriter Kayla Cohen, and now touring and recording as a full band, with various Los Angeles-based players, currently pedal steel player Dave McPeters, drummer Coleman Guyon, and bassist and vocalist Julia Nowak. Cohen was raised in New York State; and has released several cassettes, CDs, and one LP over the past half-decade following a relocation west to LA in 2011. In this same time period, Cohen has toured the country as Itasca several times in various guises, alternately as a solo guitar player, and continuing the folk tradition by traveling as a singer and songwriter. She follows in the footsteps of iconoclasts such as Michael Chapman and Bridget St. John, while simultaneously carrying the mythology of the modern American desert West in her musical style and iconography. A new LP featuring Cohen and her collaborators is due in the fall of 2016. Over the past few years Itasca has shared bills with many acts including Spires that in the Sunset Rise, Bitchin' Bajas, Daniel Bachman, Circuit des Yeux, and Valet."