Drumdala is an audio-visual performance group specializing in a fusion of tribal, modern dance, and cinematic styles. It is based around a unique instrument designed by Richard Sherwood called The Drumdala – mandala of drums. This instrument is a blend of acoustic and tonal electronic drums which can loop and layer a vast array of sounds.
The design inspiration for the instrument comes from the Taiko drumming tradition, early electronic drummers, DJ culture, and visionary instrument inventor William Close. Richard has performed around the world with Mr. Close’s Earthharp Collective for the past 15 years. The drumdala is an evolution of Mr. Close’s drumcloud with the latest electronic looping technology.
Richard’s playing style comes from many places including African, Indian, Japanese, and Middle Eastern drumming traditions, modern dance music, and good old rock ‘n’ roll.
Milo Gonzalez is a guitarist born of a multi-generational family of artists and musicians native to Venice Beach. With his mother being a rock vocalist, and his step father being a founding member of the renowned hardcore punk band Black Flag, Milo grew up around heavy rock music.
Inspired to play both electric and acoustic guitar, Milo discovered a deep love for flamenco and classical guitar music, finding it’s dark, emotive, and aggressive qualities alluring and similar to that of his rock roots. Milo has developed a unique and hard to define style of music that derives as much influence from legendary guitar virtuosos such as Paco De Lucia, and Vicente Amigo, as it does from rock/metal/psychedelic legends like Black Sabbath and Radiohead.
From the dim dark shadowy recesses of your mind lurks the last sonorous remnants of a beautiful dream gone bad. Enticing electronic Mata Hari’s dance to an otherworldly tango from the future to lure unsuspecting saps, like you, into an eternal quagmire.
Sally Slade is an Engineer / Artist living in Los Angeles, CA. After eight years of writing tools for 2D and 3D artists in the Visual Effects industry, she made the leap into the AR / VR industry.
Since 2016, Sally has released four titles for HoloLens, and contributed as a Technical Designer on back-to-back projects for Magnopus in Downtown Los Angeles. Highlights include a Lead role on the Auggie Award winning Mixed Reality experience, “The Navigator” in partnership with Meow Wolf, as well as contributing her talents on a team of six engineers to build the Virtual Production system used by Disney’s The Lion King.
When not at her keyboard, Slade enjoys painting, illustrating and sketching the world around her. Catch her at Venice Open Mic night where she self-stylizes as a “Pen and Ink Paparazzi”.
SuperSonic Jalopies is the vehicle(s) for Barry Conley’s new Electronic Mind Expansion Project. Armed with a Buchla Model 200 Electronic Music Box and The OutofControl-atron, Barry will take you on a journey to invigorate old and develop new synapses.
Barry Conley’s SuperSonic Jalopies will shuttle you away on a road trip through your mind.
But first we must go into outer space to get into inner space!
Barry Conley’s SuperSonic Jalopies on Radio Venice
Rob Mastrianni is a Brooklyn-born guitarist, composer, recording artist and performer. His innovative compositions and guitar style are inspired by psychedelic rock, punk rock, Spanish classical and percussive finger-style techniques. He also utilizes a unique 19-string electric harp guitar, the Coral electric sitar, to create a range of exotic melodies and rhythms.
He is a founder of the musical duo Beatbox Guitar and collaborates and tours with dancers across Europe, North America. He performs regularly in NYC as a solo act and in collaboration with other artists such as Nepali vocalist Varsha Thapa, Kat Cunning, recording artist/vocalist Mina Caputo, Thunderbird American Indian Dancers and the Baroque Burlesque Dance Theater Troupe Company XIV. Rob can be heard on albums by Beatbox Guitar, Mina Caputo, soundtracks for network TV shows, Bellydance instructional videos and the Showtime series,” The L Word”.
When not performing Mastrianni works as a Park Ranger/Environmental Educator and specializes in rescuing birds of prey.
“I am a Micro Stage with a lot of Macro Magic. I travel far and wide, with the help of That Guy (my assistant), to bring performers of all kinds, and kind performer watchers together in whatever space we can all fit together in (just about anywhere).”
The Music Box is a truly mobile, self contained ‘micro stage’ (all battery powered), complete with lighting fx, 8 channel p.a. with on-board recording, and optional sitting (the famous Cherry Bench). Also, a mini box extension for rhythm accompaniment can be made available upon polite request.
Typically a solo, singer/songwriter venue, there’s nothing typical about the Music Box. It’s 4 foot wide/2 feet deep foot print (not counting 2 feet more of the apron), has handled duets to 4 piece bands; stringed instrumentalists to percussionists; keyboards to Autoharp; accordion to comics (even a comic playing accordion); a cappella singers to overly equipped Loopers (good thing there’s an apron). And the sound coming out of it is great. However, there is a height limit of about 6’2″, so tallers (or folks with big hats) will be on the Bench.
Whether out in the wilderness or on city sidewalks; on the beach or poolside; the B Stage at festivals and gatherings or the perfect backdrop for an on-line performance, the Music Box Micro Stage offers a Macro Show experience.
It is currently moving around in the Los Angeles and surrounding areas.
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While we take a season break we will be digging through the archives and presenting you with some of our favourites sets from over the years! Check out the Facebook event for all the details of this week’s episode of Radio Venice From the Archives. We will be back with Season 15 on September 13, 2020!
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