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Smog Check Thursdays: Andrew McIntosh + M.A. Tiesenga

Thursday, Apr 04, 2024
7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tickets free with reservations

Overview

Cut through the haze with Smog Check Thursdays at The Broad and enjoy a fresh breath of air with literary readings as well as spoken word and acoustic performances—all against the backdrop of John Baldessari’s large-scale artwork that inspired the title of our collection exhibition, Desire, Knowledge, and Hope (with Smog)Smog Check Thursdays will feature short sets, so you’ll be in and out in 30 minutes, guaranteed!Do your part to conserve the literary environment and reserve your free spot online, hassle-free. To conserve the ozone, consider taking Metro to these events—the new Regional Connector Transit Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill Station takes you directly to the East West Bank Plaza at The Broad.

The final installment of Smog Check Thursdays reflects over a half century of artistic and educational excellence associated with California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and the impact the school has had on the creative communities of Los Angeles. Situated among the artworks of Broad collection artists John Baldessari and Mike Kelley, we are pleased to present short solo performances by CalArts School of Music Faculty member Andrew McIntosh and CalArts MFA holder M.A. Tiesenga. Baldessari studied at Chouinard Art Institute (which would become CalArts) and would go on to be an influential faculty member at CalArts and highly revered conceptual artist. Kelley was both a CalArts alumnus, having studied under Baldessari, and later a faculty member who taught while maintaining his iconoclastic creative practice. Come experience Desire, Knowledge, and Hope (with Smog) before it closes on Sunday, April 7–or revisit the exhibition for this very special performance.

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Tickets to this event do not include access to Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away (2013), and must be booked separately.

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Andrew McIntosh

Andrew McIntosh

Andrew McIntosh is a violinist, violist, composer, and baroque violinist who teaches at the California Institute of the Arts, with a wide swath of musical interests ranging from historical performance practice of the Baroque era to improvisation, microtonal tuning systems, and the 20th-century avant-garde. As a solo artist he has performed at Miller Theatre in New York, REDCAT, and festivals and concert series across Europe and the US. As a chamber musician he is a member of the Formalist Quartet, Wild Up, and Wadada Leo Smith’s Red Koral Quartet, and has worked personally with a wide range of composers including Christian Wolff, Sofia Gubaidulina, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Helmut Lachenmann, Tom Johnson, and Jürg Frey. As a composer he often works with forms and ideas found in nature or in other artistic disciplines, and was described by Alex Ross in the New Yorker as “a composer preternaturally attuned to the landscapes and soundscapes of the West". His compositions have been featured at venues including Walt Disney Concert Hall, Ojai Festival, Big Ears Festival, the Gaudeamus Festival, Time:Spans Festival, Hamburger Klangwerktage, Moments Musicaux Aarau, Bludenzer Tage Zeitgemasse Muzik, Miller Theatre, National Sawdust, Issue Project Room, Monday Evening Concerts, and Tectonics Festival Glasgow. As a baroque performer McIntosh is a member of Tesserae, Bach Collegium San Diego, and Musica Angelica, has served as guest concertmaster for baroque operas with LA Opera and Opera UCLA, and was recently both music director and concertmaster of Long Beach Opera's all-Handel pastiche production "The Feast". He is also a frequent recitalist, performing with historical keyboardist Ian Pritchard and fortepianist Steven Vanhauwaert, and appeared at the San Francisco Symphony's SoundBox series in 2016 performing solo Bach on baroque violin.

Originally from rural Northern Nevada, McIntosh is currently based in Los Angeles.

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M.A. Tiesenga

M.A. Tiesenga

M.A. Tiesenga is a Los Angeles-based interdisciplinary artist, improvisor, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. Drawing from a love of the outdoors, Tiesenga is inspired by the ways improvisation is analogous to cartography, how a map is analogous to a musical scoreand how these theoretical terrains might be musically navigated / inhabited / manipulated. Tiesenga’s interdisciplinary practice explores means of creating environments and communication. Tiesenga earned a dual MFA in Experimental Sound Practices and Experimental Animation with a Concentration in Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts, where they studied with Michael Pisaro and Sara Roberts. As a saxophonist, Tiesenga earned their Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music where they studied with Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin. Tiesenga’s creative collaborations include work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, California Festival, Ojai Festival, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Wild Up, Zelter Quartet, WasteLAnd Ensemble, Théâtre Musical Tokyo, Kunsthalle for Music, SPEAK Percussion, Dog Star Orchestra, Brightwork Ensemble, Eugene Difficult Music Ensemble, Ensemble Supermusique, Euler Quartet, the New Century Players, and ensembles at the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, California Institute for the Arts, and Yale University.

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About Smog Check Thursdays Literary and Performing Arts Series

Cut through the haze with Smog Check Thursdays at The Broad and enjoy a fresh breath of air with literary readings as well as spoken word and acoustic performances—all against the backdrop of John Baldessari’s large-scale artwork that inspired the title of our collection exhibition, Desire, Knowledge, and Hope (with Smog). Smog Check Thursdays will feature short sets, so you’ll be in and out in 30 minutes, guaranteed! Do your part to conserve the literary environment and reserve your free spot online, hassle-free. To conserve the ozone, consider taking Metro to these events – the new Regional Connector Transit Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill Station takes you directly to the East West Bank Plaza at The Broad.

 

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April 4: Andrew McIntosh + M.A. Tiesenga

The final installment of Smog Check Thursdays reflects over a half century of artistic and educational excellence associated with California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and the impact the school has had on the creative communities of Los Angeles. Situated among the artworks of Broad collection artists John Baldessari and Mike Kelley, we are pleased to present short solo performances by CalArts School of Music Faculty member Andrew McIntosh and CalArts MFA holder M.A. Tiesenga. Baldessari studied at Chouinard Art Institute (which would become CalArts) and would go on to be an influential faculty member at CalArts and highly revered conceptual artist. Kelley was both a CalArts alumnus, having studied under Baldessari, and later a faculty member who taught while maintaining his iconoclastic creative practice. Come experience Desire, Knowledge, and Hope (with Smog) before it closes on Sunday, April 7 – or revisit the exhibition for this very special performance.

 

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