Friday, October 27, 2017 at 8 PM

Christine Tavolacci Scott Worthington
Catherine Lamb's muto infinitas

Christine Tavolacci Scott Worthington perform the US premiere of a new work for bass flute and double bass by Berlin-based composer Catherine Lamb.


Catherine Lamb is a composer exploring the interaction of elemental tonal material and the variations in presence between shades and beings in a room. She has been studying and composing music since a young age. In 2003 she turned away from the conservatory in an attempt to understand the structures and intonations within Hindustani Classical Music, later finding Mani Kaul in 2006 who was directly connected to Zia Mohiuddin Dagar and whose philosophical approach to sound became important to her. She studied (experimental) composition at CalARTs under James Tenney and Michael Pisaro, who were both integral influences. It was there also that she began her work into the area of Just Intonation, which became a clear way to investigate the interaction of tones and ever-fluctuating shades, where these interactions in and of them-selves became structural elements in her work. Since then she has written various ensemble pieces (at times with liminal electronic portions) and continues to go further into elemental territories, through various kinds of research, collaboration, and practice (herself as a violist).

Christine Tavolacci is a Los Angeles based flutist, composer and educator specializing in contemporary and experimental music. Christine is active as a soloist, improviser, curator and chamber musician both in California and internationally. She is co-founder and co-director of Southland Ensemble, as well as a member of the Dog Star Orchestra and Gurrisonic. Her playing has been released on Orenda Records, Slub Music(Japan) and Tzadik.

Scott Worthington is a double bassist and composer based in Los Angeles. As a performer, he plays in chamber ensembles, orchestras, recording studios, and as a soloist. His music has been commissioned by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Loadbang, the Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, and numerous soloists. As a performer-composer, Worthington has released two albums to critical acclaim on Populist Records. The most recent, Prism, features his own music for solo bass with electronics and bass ensemble and was named one of The New Yorker’s top ten classical albums of 2015 by Alex Ross. In 2017, Worthington became the principal bass of the Redlands Symphony and the Artist Teacher of Bass at the University of Redlands.

Sunday October 29, 2017 at 8 PM


Southland Ensemble begins its fifth season with a program of music by Swiss Wandelweiser composers Manfred Werder and Jürg Frey. The program includes a selection from Werder’s stück 1998, a 4000 page score in which each page may only be performed once, and Frey’s delicately focused String Quartet No.3.

String Quartet No. 3 – Jürg Frey
stück 1998 – Manfred Werder
60 Pieces of Sound – Jürg Frey.

für sich, klar und sachlick. einfach. / to itself, clear and objective. simple.
- Manfred Werder, stück 1998

The music is silent, but not absent. It is not speechless, and it also does not move with virtuosity bordering on silence. The music gets its vitality and its radiance, not from gesture and figuration, but in quiet presence – everything is there: colours, sensations, shadows, durations.
- Jürg Frey


Southland Ensemble and Automata are delighted to partner for Southland Ensemble's 2017/18 Season, with a season of 5 programs at Automata through early June 2018. For more info: Southland Ensemble website

Southland Ensemble 2017-2018 Season Passes are now available for a 20% discount off of regular ticket prices.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 8 PM

Unnatural Selection
Contemporary Independent Animation from around the World

Curated by Alan Jennings

UNNATURAL SELECTION is a look at contemporary independent animation from around the world. These films unveil unique nebulas of strange laws and internal logic - Recent work in 2D animation, cut outs, and puppet animation from the U.S., Canada, Switzerland, Russia, Finland and more. A brand new digital transfer of Amy Lockhart's 16mm film Walk for Walk will be a highlight. Also included are films by: Rafael Sommerhalder, Julian Gallese, Anna Budanova, Elli Vuorinen, Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter.


Ongoing at Automata


Nancy Andrews, Gina Marie Napolitan

Tucked in an alley off Chung King Road, the Peephole Cinema, a 24/7 public screening site, offers hidden visual pleasures for those wandering the Chinatown arts district of Los Angeles. The current program of films is curated by Automata Co-Artistic Directors Janie Geiser and Susan Simpson and features works by NANCY ANDREWS and GINA MARIE NAPOLITAN. Both artists are known for their innovative experimental films and film-based performances..