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Stay Strange, San Diego - Damballa's Toybox and Glen N. Bekc

Promoter and noise musician Sam Lopez (aka Zsa Zsa Gabor) recently curated the third annual San Diego Experimental Guitar Show at Soda Bar and went on to inaugurate the monthly Stay Strange series at the Kava Lounge to cultivate San Diego’s odd underbelly.

“I've been curating shows at the Kava Gallery ever since my previous music collective, Trummerflora, went on hiatus,” Lopez told the Reader in January.

“The Kava Gallery and Trummerflora had a great working relationship and I didn't want the shows to stop, so I basically have been booking shows there ever since. Stay Strange will reside at the Kava Gallery for the remainder of the year.”

Lopez bills Stay Strange as "A Night of Outsider Art & Music", but says that the name really applies to the audience.

“I'm suggesting that the audience stay strange, or keep their minds open."

Lopez says that 80% of Stay Strange performers are local, but he plans on bringing in artists from Los Angeles in the future.

"It's a great scene as the shows are all ages at that means my two-and-a-half year old son can attend. Also, there is tons of parking and the Kava Gallery is right on the trolley line. I hope to have an arts booth at each show with crafts from local artists.”

This month’s installation features Damballa's Toybox and Glen N. Bekc, who Lopez describes thusly:

Damballa's Toybox is the damaged synth project of Thomas Meyer! Way intense square waves of angular good-trips! Meyer got run over by a car and came back an assassin.

Thomas meyer began his music career as a drummer in N.Y.playing in jazz and rock bands before getting involved with late 70's punk rock scene playing with"Lorry Doll", "The Erotics" and then being denied playing with"The Heartbreakers"because i wasn't a heroin addict.after tiring of the drums,I formed and played bass in "The Negatives"A punk band that played various shows in long island and N>Y>C>after our 4 song e.p."Mind Scan"was released in 1977 along with a performance on new jersey cable t.v.channel j.Tiring of the punk scene,I stumble onto the first Roland drum machine and immediatly trade in my drum set for"the black box"and began experimenting analogue synths,drum machines,and effects boxes.

I collaborated with guitarist Ken Brown and performed under the name "Small Electric Piece"at C.B.G.Bs,The peppermint lounge,art galleries,and small bars in N.Y.and long island before moving to san Francisco to work with trina james manually manipulating tape decks performing under the name "red Asphalt"I returned to the east coast and started my first solo project"Vivante Tableau"performing in west palm beach and Miami clubs before being picked up by Dossier Records of West Berlin and 2 compilations were released".Ready for action"and"the funnel zone"the reviews read"Vivante Tableau chases the sound of tangerine dream into an apocalyptic world"I headed back to the west coast in 2001,and after being run over by a car at 53 miles per hour,i found myself living in the basement of a victorian house where i found the writings of voodoo gods and goddesses and Damballa's Toybox was born,here in San Diego...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akM0_51Ng2E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0RSjIm9PYs


The mysteriously named Glen N. Bekc is the alter demon of meister-composer Nicholas Deyoe. Glen N. Bekc do it LOUD! Leah Bowden will be the official pounder at this Stay Strange. Menacing stuff!

Nicholas Deyoe is a composer, conductor, and guitarist born in Colorado and currently living in Southern California. He is a Ph.D. candidate in composition at UC San Diego, where he studies with Roger Reynolds. Compositionally, Nicholas strives to bring together noise, delicacy, drama, fantasy, brutality, and flexibility of intonation. Some of his pieces focus on all of these aspects, and others on only a few. He is inspired by his friends and by the personal relationships that are made possible through music. As a guitarist, Nicholas likes to improvise with unconventional stringing, bows, and beer cans. His side-project, Glen N. Bekc, focuses on the intersections of noise music, metal, politics, and religious confusion. His compositions have been performed in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, Iceland, and Japan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_hauDeuOEw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWbB0p9VoCI&feature=related


Stay Strange

Sunday, March 11 - 7 PM - $5.00

The Kava Gallery - 2804 Kettner Blvd - ALL AGES

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Promoter and noise musician Sam Lopez (aka Zsa Zsa Gabor) recently curated the third annual San Diego Experimental Guitar Show at Soda Bar and went on to inaugurate the monthly Stay Strange series at the Kava Lounge to cultivate San Diego’s odd underbelly.

“I've been curating shows at the Kava Gallery ever since my previous music collective, Trummerflora, went on hiatus,” Lopez told the Reader in January.

“The Kava Gallery and Trummerflora had a great working relationship and I didn't want the shows to stop, so I basically have been booking shows there ever since. Stay Strange will reside at the Kava Gallery for the remainder of the year.”

Lopez bills Stay Strange as "A Night of Outsider Art & Music", but says that the name really applies to the audience.

“I'm suggesting that the audience stay strange, or keep their minds open."

Lopez says that 80% of Stay Strange performers are local, but he plans on bringing in artists from Los Angeles in the future.

"It's a great scene as the shows are all ages at that means my two-and-a-half year old son can attend. Also, there is tons of parking and the Kava Gallery is right on the trolley line. I hope to have an arts booth at each show with crafts from local artists.”

This month’s installation features Damballa's Toybox and Glen N. Bekc, who Lopez describes thusly:

Damballa's Toybox is the damaged synth project of Thomas Meyer! Way intense square waves of angular good-trips! Meyer got run over by a car and came back an assassin.

Thomas meyer began his music career as a drummer in N.Y.playing in jazz and rock bands before getting involved with late 70's punk rock scene playing with"Lorry Doll", "The Erotics" and then being denied playing with"The Heartbreakers"because i wasn't a heroin addict.after tiring of the drums,I formed and played bass in "The Negatives"A punk band that played various shows in long island and N>Y>C>after our 4 song e.p."Mind Scan"was released in 1977 along with a performance on new jersey cable t.v.channel j.Tiring of the punk scene,I stumble onto the first Roland drum machine and immediatly trade in my drum set for"the black box"and began experimenting analogue synths,drum machines,and effects boxes.

I collaborated with guitarist Ken Brown and performed under the name "Small Electric Piece"at C.B.G.Bs,The peppermint lounge,art galleries,and small bars in N.Y.and long island before moving to san Francisco to work with trina james manually manipulating tape decks performing under the name "red Asphalt"I returned to the east coast and started my first solo project"Vivante Tableau"performing in west palm beach and Miami clubs before being picked up by Dossier Records of West Berlin and 2 compilations were released".Ready for action"and"the funnel zone"the reviews read"Vivante Tableau chases the sound of tangerine dream into an apocalyptic world"I headed back to the west coast in 2001,and after being run over by a car at 53 miles per hour,i found myself living in the basement of a victorian house where i found the writings of voodoo gods and goddesses and Damballa's Toybox was born,here in San Diego...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akM0_51Ng2E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0RSjIm9PYs


The mysteriously named Glen N. Bekc is the alter demon of meister-composer Nicholas Deyoe. Glen N. Bekc do it LOUD! Leah Bowden will be the official pounder at this Stay Strange. Menacing stuff!

Nicholas Deyoe is a composer, conductor, and guitarist born in Colorado and currently living in Southern California. He is a Ph.D. candidate in composition at UC San Diego, where he studies with Roger Reynolds. Compositionally, Nicholas strives to bring together noise, delicacy, drama, fantasy, brutality, and flexibility of intonation. Some of his pieces focus on all of these aspects, and others on only a few. He is inspired by his friends and by the personal relationships that are made possible through music. As a guitarist, Nicholas likes to improvise with unconventional stringing, bows, and beer cans. His side-project, Glen N. Bekc, focuses on the intersections of noise music, metal, politics, and religious confusion. His compositions have been performed in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, Iceland, and Japan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_hauDeuOEw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWbB0p9VoCI&feature=related


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The Kava Gallery - 2804 Kettner Blvd - ALL AGES

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