April Art

April 3, 2014

Frist Friday April

Photographs by Melanya Hamasyan
Available to view for the month of April anytime the studio is open.

Transitory Frames – Dehistoricized Spaces 

These set of captured video frames are taken from a discourse among people of the Armenian descent, whose ancestors have immigrated to the United States as a direct result of the Armenian Genocide.  They speak of the forgotten cities, villages, and churches of their ancestors.  They speak of fear and loss of identity along with the  loss  of  ancient  cultural  and  historical  spaces.  Although  the  tragedy  of  the physical genocide has ceased, cultural genocide is still being carried out.  In current eastern Turkey (historic Armenia), places are recontextualized to exclude Armenian historical  presence.  Ancient  Armenian  monuments  and  churches  are  being destroyed or appropriated  as  barns and geographical spaces are renamed.  As a result, ancestral spaces are dehistoricized and people uprooted.

Artist Summary

My work often involves cultural and social issues which I explore in photography, video, performance, and multi­media sculpture. These often take the form of installation or socially engaging art. Whether social, historical or literary, research is an integral part of my process as it provides a framework for the final product.  In the past I’ve studied Armenian folklore in photography. I’ve created dialogue in visual poetry using voice, movement, and space within the medium of digital video. Recently I’ve begun to explore dehistoricized spaces and cultural genocide in multimedia. In all my projects, the chosen theme is one that I am personally attached
to but also one that is often a question due for research. Hence, my work isn’t purely documental, as it also enters a very personal realm. Within this realm, there is a strong presence of an intimate act of the hand, whether in the form of calligraphy on bread, puppetry or photographic composition. This in turn creates an intimation of my presence, suggesting a very personal relationship to the question at hand.

 

Lending Library Now Open

March 2, 2014

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I love books and have a bunch related to the music industry (booking, touring, etc.), the entrepreneur spirit and marketing. The following awesome books have been literally collection dust in my house, so I’ve decided to start a little SCRS lending library. Here is how it will work. The books will be at SCRS, if you’d like one, just drop in and give whoever is working your name/number/email and a sincere promise to return the book within 6 months. Then go read.

Books Available so Far:

  • The Indie Bible (11th Edition) – 4200 publications to submit your CD to for review, 3500 radio stations.
  • Tour Smart – first real book about the business of touring
  • The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing – What you need to know about protecting, and profiting from, music copyrights
  • Crush It! – Cash In on Your Passion
  • Anything You Want - 40 Lessons for a new kind of entrepreneur
  • Do the Work! - A Child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.

If you also have books collecting dust that you think other musicians could benefit from. Feel free to bring them by and I’ll add them into the lending mix.

First Friday March

February 13, 2014

First Friday, March 7
Dream Scapes:Fleeting Lines From the Human Consciousness Paintings by Whitney Romberg
Available to view for the month of March anytime the studio is open.

Artist Statement: From a young age, I have always been fascinated by the concept of dreams within the human brain. Within these paintings, I strive to explore the tangibility of dream scapes using color, texture, and symbolism to illustrate the vagueness that our conscience is capable of making, expressing our deepest thoughts that our rational mind isolates during waking.

A Very Vinyl Christmas

December 1, 2013

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Second Annual
A Very Vinyl Christmas:  A Collection of the Finest Holiday Vinyl
First Friday, December 6
Hot Chocolate and Gingerbread Cookie Reception: 6-9 p.m.
Dedicated to Streetlight Music who provided the bulk of our temporary collection.

The LP cover has always been considered a form of art and the “holiday” LP cover is a special gem to be uncovered and admired during the holiday season.

The show will be available for the entire month of December and can be viewed any time the studio is open.

The Rock Series

October 14, 2013

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First Friday, Nov. 1
The Rock Series by June

The series will be up for the entire month of November and can be viewed any time the studio is open.

“I was watching a documentary about Janis Joplin late one night.  More than half way into the film I was in a trance watching her ethereally heaving herself across the stage deeply immersed in the blues.  Her hair was flying fiercely about and quite suddenly, like a light wave, my mind saw everything with brilliant clarity…I must put all this energy on canvas….Not just paint her, but somehow convey the emotion and the visceral effect of that music…of that time.  I envisioned her hair whipping thru tie dye color….and thus became the birth of the Rock Series..”

The Rock Series by June are large scale, original, acrylic on 2″ gallery wrap canvas…some with a little extra like silver leaf and wax, or paper. June is also available to do commissioned pieces of your favorite Rock Icons. Contact.

The Cruz

September 28, 2013

 

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Check out Kirby Scudder’s new book The Cruz—an exploration of art and artists in Santa Cruz. Our very own SCRS is honored to be included. A great article on the current arts culture of Santa Cruz can be read here.

Santa Cruz Public Library SoundSwell Project

June 5, 2013

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Attention all Santa Cruz musicians. Our library system is amazing and is ready to pay you to make your music available via download with an Santa Cruz Public Library card. Read all the details below.

Get your paperwork and CD in ASAP in order to be included!

DETAILS:

The SoundSwell team is looking forward to working with you on our local music database project. The library has always been a place where people can find music, movies and other materials for entertainment and enrichment. Other libraries across the country are starting to incorporate local music into their systems and with our thriving music scene, we thought it would be a great fit in Santa Cruz as well. Our hope is that it will be win/win for you and our library patrons. Ideally in addition to monetary compensation, we would like to help expose more people to your music and convert more fans, while helping our patrons diversify their local music collections.

The SoundSwell project is supported by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Eureka! Grant. The grant funding period covers most of the cost for licensing for the initial test database, which should be completed in August 2013. Under the licensing agreement, the library will pay you for a 2 year license as follows: $100 for a full length LP consisting of 9 or more songs, $75 for an EP consisting of 6-8 songs, and $50 for an EP consisting of 4-5 songs. During the term of the license, only those users with a valid library card will be able to download licensed songs. To raise this much revenue from iTunes, you would typically need 100 people to download one of your songs. If 100 people download your song from SoundSwell, you could gain 100 new local fans. That’s 100 people living in Santa Cruz who might tell a friend about your music or attend a show!

Another goal of the SoundSwell project is to establish a historical archive of the local music of Santa Cruz County. Although this aspect of the project will not be implemented until the database has been well established for at least a year, we believe that preserving this aspect of local community identity is important. That is why we ask in the license agreement for your permission to use your album in perpetuity in the archive. This archive will be streaming, but the music will not be available for download. Both the downloadable database and streaming archive will display live links to your band’s website or Facebook Page, making it easy for new fans to connect with your band, your projects, and your performances.

To receive a licensing agreement to review, sign and return email Jennifer at jenn@santacruzrehearsalstudios.com or Diane at cowend@santacruzpl.org . Please let either of us know if you have any questions or concerns or would like to meet in person to go over any aspect of the agreement prior to signing. Once fully executed, we would need you to deliver your CD to the library office downtown no later than one week, at which point the library will mail you your agreement fee.

To return signed license agreement:

Make an appointment with Diane Cowen to deliver the agreement in person or send the agreement with your original signature and W-9 form via US mail. Once the agreement has been received and signed by the library Director, the document will be scanned and emailed back to you with both signatures for your records.

First Friday, June 7 – Sara True

May 29, 2013

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Don’t bleed so loud, I can’t hear the TV

Artist Reception: 6-9 PM

artist statement:

Shadows are revealed in my paintings through humorous abstract narratives, featuring pop culture symbolisms of femininity. In “Dear Jimmy America”, a darkly intimate poem is paired with a comically painterly bra, while “The Great Mother Tit of America” depicts a red-and-white-striped breast lactating ice cream.

In “fun fair i-iii” I explore subtle emotive energies through gestural expressions of vibrant color. Triangular and pentagonal pieces of wood are painted with quick, intuitive movements of wrist and finger. Impressions of vegetal and organic forms emerge, but, like clouds, patterns continue to shift, leaving definition open to viewers’ imaginations.

New Summer Hours

May 18, 2013

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June 16 – September 1. Mon-Fri – open at 2 pm.

Still close at Midnight daily. Weekends remain the same.

We can make exceptions for full day lock-outs or other large scale bookings on a case by case basis.

From Paul’s standing desk May 10, 2013

May 10, 2013

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New piano in Room 1 gettin tuned by Fenton Murray next month. Thanks to master picker and slider Charlie Wallace for those keys and Wooster’s own Brian Gallagher for helping us move them. It’s gotta acclimate in there for a month. Fenton’s got some sick B-3 Hammond type stuff for sale on the bulletin board. You’d be hard pressed to find better old school Hammond know-how than Fenton. New drums in there too on perm loan from Jeff Fabb while he’s on the road w/ the Durbinator and Filter. Thank you Jeff you fuckin Long Island guy…

Mountain Tamer is going into the studio to capture some of that psychadelic freakout they do so well. East Palo Alto  for those sessions…Dead Remote went to that place too…

Marc from the Humboldt Squid’s putting together the Planetarium band. Got Long John on the skins for that project. Looking forward to that collab w/ members of the Black Pajamas. Farmer Gabe’ll be using his Laney there…

Word is that Jesse’s back from Vampirates U.S tour. A Thousand Shall Fall’s been writing away in his absense. Get some o that scream on those new numbers…

It takes a hundred times to get thru my thick skull…finally got some bottled water for sale here. Some folks just don’t like that  chloronated stuff we give away…..nuthin’s free, right?

Fruit Stripe band! Roy G Biv’s making posters for them…that guy is good…

Who dropped off fliers here let’s see…

-Inciters with the Boars this Friday (tonite!) at the Bocci’s cellar right around the damn corner. Gettin some blue-eyed soul on there…they don’t fuck around!

-Sambada at Moe’s May 11. Some new members on bass and percussion in the mix there. Always some interesting grooves comin from that outfit.

-Sharon Allen and friends got their cowboy boots on down in Corralitos Cultural Center tomorrow night May 11. She was workin on some cool Little Walter tune the other night.

-Requiem for the Dead May 31 at Slim’s. Branchin out to the City that’s good. Thanks to bassman Finn for the 6×10 SWR Goliath on perm loan..

Santa Cruz Music Fest still have any slots open?

If I left you out I’ll get ya next time…Thanks for checkin in…


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