Category: Music

You’re Invited…

Hello everyone! 
We’d like to take this opportunity to formally invite you to the opening event of our latest Chimes for Change project in collaboration with Tortoise Industries and the students of Larchment High Charter School! 

Join us for this very special evening of audio-visual artwork, student presentations, and ARTivism hosted by our friends at ArtShareL.A! 

  • Explore the large, metal tree sculpture displaying wind chimes made from found and recycled objects!
  • Participate in a “silent listening party” of student-made electronic music!
  • Discover sustainability facts and figures collected by student-assembled sensors!
  • Mingle with artist mentors and meet the students behind the chimes!
  • Gather with us as we “chime in” about how art can transform our community!

We’d like to extend a thank you to Larchmont Charter School for hosting our program and Tortoise Industries for donating fabricaiton of our interactive tree sculpture, designed by James Peterson! A special thanks to LUSH Charity Pot for making the iPads used in this program possible. And thank you to all our wonderful art mentors, volunteers and students who worked so hard to make this project come to life. 

P.S Make sure to bring headphones and a smart phone so you can participate in the silent listening party – each chime is accompanied by a QR code that will lead you to a song and statement by each student artist!

RSVP soon to reserve your tickets! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chimes-for-change-opening-reception-tickets-33795666749 

VisionLA Fest: Where Climate Change & Art Collide

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock in Los Angeles (somewhere in Griffith Park or the LA River, I assume), you’ve probably stumbled across one of of the great art events taking place as part of VisionLA Fest over the last few weeks. Scheduled to coincide with the Conference on Climate Change in Paris (Nov. 30 – Dec. 11th, 2015), VisionLA Fest brings over 80 art, music, performance, literature and activism events to Los Angeles, most of which are free! The goal of the festival is to “engage communities county-wide, calling for a swift response to the climate crisis and creatively envisioning LA’s sustainable future.” Personally, I love this mission, as it is very similar to that of RuckusRoots. Blending the arts and sustainability to create ARTivism is what we’re all about!

You can be sure we’re going to attend as many of the remaining events as we can. (Until now, I had been one of those unlucky rock-dwellers.) There are several exciting events left, the schedule for which you can find here.

But if you want to know where we’ll be, here are the three events we plan on attending over the next three days.

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Concert for the Climate

December 9 @ 7:30 pm

First Congregational Church,

540 S Commonwealth Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020 United States

“The concert will feature Vicki Ray (California E.A.R. unit, L.A. Phil.) premiering Disappearing Waters, a piano piece with video projection by Lori Pond; the Street Symphony featuring members of the L.A. Philharmonic; and Don Preston (of the Mothers of Invention) performing on organ. The evening will be framed by a panel discussion about the role of music and art in general in the climate movement and broad social change.” Sign me up!

William Close and the Earth Harp Collective Holiday Spectacular

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December 10 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

City National Plaza,

515 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071 United States

 

“William delights audiences around the world with his unique large-scale instruments and kinetic visual, musical performances.” Umm…yes please! We’ll be there!

Arts Earth Partnership Presents ENVISION: Closing Celebration of VisionLA ‘15 Fest

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FRI. 12/11 • 7:00pm-11:00pm

Plaza de Culturas Y Artes • 501 N Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 [$25-$100]

A convergence of artists, environmentalists, and concerned citizens who believe the creativity and ingenuity of the Arts & Cultural sector can help manifest a truly sustainable future. The event will feature poetry by LA Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez, music by DJ Jedi, an installation dance/concert by String Theory Productions, and awards to local environmental stewards.

Admission includes tamales by Mama’s Hot Tamales Cafe and an open bar with beer and wine.

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Thanks to VisionLA Fest for putting on such an important, city-wide event. The crucial conversations that happen at convergences like this one are what get us closer to a brighter future for all.

All images from VisionLA Fest.

Gratitude Workshop: Thanksgiving Weekend

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We are so excited about this upcoming event. In our effort to hold several mini-fundraisers this holiday season, we have joined forces with an amazing artist of movement and healing, Kristen Huffman. One of our interactive art pieces will be present, and will allow for participants to share a moment of gratitude at the end of the experience. There will also be live ambient jazz music, performed by another local artist. Come bask in healing frequencies and prepare for your best holiday season ever!

RuckusRoots goes to Coachella with CryoChrome!

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If you were wondering what RuckusRoots was up to this April, look no further than CryoChrome, one of the must sought after art installations on display during this years Coachella Valley Music Festival in Indio, CA.

We spent 18 days in the desert to help make CryoChrome come to life. The piece was the brain child of LA artist and RuckusRoots collaborator James Peterson. This was Peterson’s first commissioned art piece for Coachella, and we are proud to say it was a success!

The interactive sculpture was roughly 40 feet long and 20 feet tall, and was based on Russian ice caves. Affectionately dubbed ‘the rainbow tunnel,’ the outside of the piece was covered in a skin of over 20,000 recycled CD’s (yay for recycled materials!) while the inside of the tunnel was vaccu-formed plastic walls covered in color-changing LED lighting. As you walked through the piece, the walls rotated around you, creating an optical illusion that left festival goers dizzy and exhilarated. Lines remained long throughout both weekends of the festival; we estimated at least 70,000 viewers experienced the sculpture each weekend.

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Photo courtesy of Koury Angelo via Rolling Stone

We were honored to be a part of such an amazing art project! The piece was featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone, LA Weekly, The Hollywood ReporterHuffington Post and many more. It was an exciting month and now we’re on to more ruckus-raising at home!

Coachella 2014: Cryochrome from James Mills on Vimeo.

Chimes for Change: A Success at Soundwalk 2013

RuckusRoots premieres ‘Chimes for Change’ at Soundwalk 

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Last Saturday, Loyola High School students from our pilot ‘Chimes for Change‘ program displayed over 30 wind chime sound installations at Soundwalk, one of the country’s biggest sound art exhibits, in Long Beach. The program was a collaboration with music and sound art teacher Steven Speciale and visual artist James Peterson. Students worked with RuckusRoots over 6 weeks to fabricate wind chimes out of recycled materials, each one expressing a sustainability issue through their piece.

Soundwalk attendees not only got to view the collection chimes, but also scan QR codes affixed to each piece using their smart phones. The code allowed them access each artist’s electronic song as well as  read his artist statement, which described the sustainability issue inspired by the chime.

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After working with Peterson to conceptualize and build their chimes, Speciale taught students how to create electronic music using Yellofier, a digital song making application. The students recorded their chimes and then composed songs using those sounds in Yellofier.

The students’ songs and statements will be available on our Chimes for Change page in the next week. We are excited to continue Chimes for Change with several community organizations across Los Angeles, and can’t wait to share the results with you!

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Thanks to Monching Flores for the images

First Listen: Songs by Chimes for Change Participants

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A student made his chime out of recycled bottles, picture by Monching Flores

The pilot of our Chimes for Change program is humming along nicely, and we’re excited to give you a sneak peek of student songs!

This weekend, we’re revealing our students’ hard work at Soundwalk 2013, a premier sound art exhibition in Long Beach, CA. Over the last couple months, students from Loyola High School worked with RuckusRoots to make wind chimes out of recycled materials, each one representing a sustainability issue important to the artist. Along with making the chimes, students learned how to use a mobile application called Yellofier to record sounds from their chimes and turn them into electronic music compositions.

Steven Speciale, a music composer and sound art teacher at Loyola High School, collaborated with us on this aspect of the program. Some of the students’ songs are already posted on his blog. Below are two of them for your listening enjoyment, along with accompanying artist statements.

To see and hear more like this, please join us at Soundwalk this Saturday! At our installation, you’ll find a QR code next to each chime. Scanning it with your smartphone will yield access to the artist’s song and statement. If you’re wondering which sustainability and community issues matter to the youth of this community, here’s your chance to find out. The conversation has begun, thanks to these creative young people!

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Sustainability is the capacity to endure, so my mom, who has cancer, would be great inspiration for my project. My mom has to constantly endure and keep herself healthy everyday without any breaks. The chime’s frame is a heart, and various things that represent moms in general. Also, the CD’s that are hanging down say “Love” in 6 different languages. The nails represent my mom holding me together, even when the times are rough. Also, the forks and spoons represent the nourishment that my mom provides for me. In all, the chime is a representation of my mom and all the things that she provides for me.

Wind Chime Song by Gilmore Agustus

Everyday, nearly forty percent of the 4.4 billion tons of food produced in the United States is wasted each year. Shelved food within an average supermarket or restaurant is thrown away at an alarming rate, showing the inefficiency of the food distribution industry. My wind chime addresses this issue, using various pieces of silverware and small trinkets suspended by a hanger. The various silverware are representations of this issue.

Announcing a New Program: Chimes for Change

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We’re very excited to announce a new program here at RuckusRoots: Chimes for Change. An offshoot of TRASHformation, Chimes for Change involves making wind chimes out of found and recycled materials. There are several elements of this program that we can’t quite discuss yet, but here are some hints.

–Anyone can make a chime: student, teacher, artist, you!

–We’ll be holding workshops, teaching participants not only how to build their own chime (with whatever materials they choose), but also sustainable building skills and experimental music recording tecniques.

–We’re working with a groundbreaking Los Angeles music teacher to record our chimes and create something beautiful with the results.

–You can expect an exciting online component to this project, and potentially some guerilla art initiatives as well.

It’s our first music-based program and we’re very excited to finally be incorporating the sound-based side of art into our work. We look forward to chiming in more about this program in the near future. If you’re interested in making a chime with us, or know of a group of youngsters that might like to be involved, please let us know!

RuckusRoots Interns to Show TRASHformed Art at Taste of Highland Art

A Taste of What to Expect at Highland Park’s ‘Taste of Highland Art’

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The senior class at Academia Avance in Highland Park have taken it upon themselves to produce a festival, appropriately called ‘Taste of Highland Art,’ where art, music and food come together in the hopes of giving folks a “taste” of what the Highland Park community is all about.

The festival is set to include local artists, businesses, food trucks and even local bands, along with some of the students’ own artwork and creations. Five teens who have been participating in our Strong Roots internship program guided by Robin Banks spent the last semester learning essential art and building skills, including welding and CNC machine operation. Recently, the interns assisted Robin in creating an art fabrication commissioned by Twitter to be used at this year’s Grammy’s!

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After completing several projects, these creative teens looked around and realized that many of the leftover scraps could be turned into beautiful art work. Attendees of “Taste of Highland Park” will be able to view and purchase these mini “TRASHformations” made by our Strong Roots interns. Above and below are samples of what the students are showing.

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The festival will take place on March 5th and March 12th, from 3 to 9 pm in the heart of Highland Park at Ave. 57 and Marmion Way, near The Gold Line station. For more information about the festival, visit The Taste of Highland Art Facebook page. Come out and support your local community and the young artists that call it home. We’ll see you there!

At RuckusRoots, Spring has Sprung!

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Spring is upon us in Los Angeles. And therefore, so is festival season. Lightning in a Bottle, Coachella, Maker Faire, Joshua Tree Music Festival and Earth Week at the University of Wisconsin, oh my! Spring has sprung…and we’ll be at most, if not all, of these events…stay tuned for details!

Coachella                                                                             April 13-15, April 20-22

Earth Week at the University of Wisconsin           April 16-22

Joshua Tree Music Festival                                           May 18-20

Maker Faire                                                                        May 19-20

Lightning in a Bottle                                                        May 24-28