Callings Out of Context: Tyondai Braxton + Daniel Wohl

Saturday, February 27, 2016 | 8:30 p.m.


Co-presented by REDCAT

631 W 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

“The authentic pop artist offers a coincidence of style and subject, that is, he represents mass-produced images and objects by using a style which is also based upon the visual vocabulary of mass production.”

Robert Rosenblum, from Pop Art and Non-Pop Art, 1964

Tyondai Braxton and Daniel Wohl, composers, performers, and experimental electronic musicians, create immersive works that draw from a variety of sound sources. Both artists explore the purposes and possibilities of pop production by subjecting those sounds and practices to the unique rigor demanded from classical composition.

Formerly the front man of experimental-rock favorite Battles, Braxton creates works of mind-blowing scope, ranging from intimate solo pieces to large-scale symphonic works, incorporating electronic and modern orchestral elements. His critically acclaimed album Central Market has been performed by orchestras around the world including the London Sinfonietta and the LA Phil, and his new multimedia installation HIVE recently premiered at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and was released on Nonesuch Records. Fresh from a duo collaboration with Philip Glass, Braxton brings this ecstatic solo show to Callings Out of Context, exploiting the edges of our ability to perceive the nuances of pop music production and pushing through the chasm of digital music to rediscover the human.

Wohl thrives on the forefront of the electro-acoustic, conjuring “boldly surreal aural experiences” (The New York Times), that ask the most of our timbral memory. Intensely rhythmic and elegiac in bursts, Wohl's latest album Holographic (New Amsterdam Records) ambitiously strives to close the gap between his classical background and the ever-evolving electronic music scene. In a premiere performance, the entirety of Holographic will be played live by a band of eight musicians.

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Watch the official album trailer for Daniel Wohl's new album Holographic

Watch Tyondai Braxton's live performance of HIVE in New York




About Callings Out of Context

Featuring some of today’s most exciting and transgressive musicians, Callings Out of Context is an aural complement to the Pop art of the Broad collection. The series features hybrid-minded contemporary musical artists that engage, point to and tell stories about the modern market they are a part of, while opening our ears to new perspectives on genre, repetition and mass production. Each program pairs artists from divergent corners of musical categorization, from the heart of indie rock to the fringes of hip-hop and electronic music to the experimentalism of the avant-garde. The series title was inspired by the Arthur Russell song “Calling Out of Context.” 

Guest Co-Curators

Ted Hearne is a composer and performer whose recent commissions include works for the LA Phil, San Francisco Symphony, Roomful of Teeth and BAM. He is a professor of composition at USC and his opera, The Source, had its Los Angeles premiere in October 2016 with the LA Opera.

Brandon Stosuy is the editor in chief of The Creative Independent at Kickstarter. He previously worked as Director of Editorial Operations at Pitchfork. Stosuy is a Music Curator at MoMA PS1 and The Broad museum in L.A, and co-curates the Tinnitus music series with Adam Shore. For the past several years he and the artist Matthew Barney have collaborated on an ongoing series of live events and publications. ADAC, their most recent book-length project, was published in 2013 by Dashwood. He curated the multi-media art/music exhibition, Rural Violence, which opened in August 2015 in Troy, New York (with book to follow). It has since been expanded and re-staged at Barney's studio, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. His anthology, Up Is Up, But So Is Down: New York's Downtown Literary Scene, 1974–1992, was published by NYU Press in 2006, and he has a children's book, Music Is..., was published by Simon & Schuster in October 2016. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.