October 19 2012, 06:00pm
Public Engagement
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Wild up: Chamber Music


Wild up: Chamber Music

Throughout the residency, wild Up musicians will have the opportunity to explore their individual interests through a chamber music series. This week we host wild Up member Archie Carey. Bassoonist/Sound Artist Archie Carey has time traveled to the year 1720 to meet the baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach. Over a cup of tea, Archie revealed the secrets of the world’s technology in the year 2012 (including the invention of the electric bassoon) to the composer, at the time he was in the middle of writing his famous Six Cello Suites. Archie has returned safely in the 21st century but it seems a few things have changed in the world since his conversation with Johann. Join Archie and his electric bassoon to hear the Bach Cello Suites strangely arranged with delay, phaser, distortion, and other various electronics.

Archie Carey is a bassoonist, a composer, and a sound artist living in Los Angeles. He has had the great opportunity to travel the world playing everything from Mozart to a metal plate with a contact microphone through distortion pedals. As a bassoonist Archie finds great enjoyment in mastering the music of the past, as well as creating the music of the future.



wild Up is a 24-member experimental classical/contemporary ensemble comprised of Los Angeles musicians committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings. By mixing traditional classical works, challenging new compositions and indie music, their insightful programming looks to change the experience of the classical concert and reconceptualize the role of an orchestra in its community. Throughout a performance wild Up creates an active experience for the audience by sharing the contextual and inspirational impetus for their program. The ensemble practices a philosophy of radical-inclusionism: audience members are invited to experience concerts the way that they see fit, and absolutely no music is off limits.

When visiting the museum from July through December visitors will encounter vibrant performances, projects, and interactive installations. Stop by to find out what’s possible when an orchestra takes on a museum.



Part of the curatorial department, the Public Engagement program collaborates with artists to develop and present works that create an exchange with the institution and with visitors. Enacted both inside and outside the galleries, Public Engagement projects range from re-envisioned security guard uniforms to library and orchestra residencies.

wild Up at the Hammer received generous support from Karen Kohl. The Hammer Museum's Public Engagement Program is supported through a major grant from The James Irvine Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Shifting Foundation.

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