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The Los Angeles Free Music Society At The Opening of Printed Matter’s L.A. Art Book Fair

29 Jan 2014

Above: Extended Organ at Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, November 2013. L to R: Paul McCarthy, Joe Potts, Tom Recchion, Fredrik Nilsen, Alex Stevens. Photo: Danny Gromfin, courtesy of East of Borneo.

If you were looking for a reason to attend Printed Matter’s L.A. Art Book Fair (other than the thousands of amazing printed material), look no further. Presented by East of Borneo and The Box, The Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS), “the seminal West Coast experimental music collective”, will be performing at the book fair’s opening on Thursday, January 30.

The night begins at 6pm with improvised music by John Wiese and Ted Byrnes. At 7pm, Extended Organ, a band composed of long-time Ballroom photographer Fredrik Nilsen and Comic Future artist Paul McCarthy will take the stage. Extended Organ also contains sound recordings by another Comic Future artist, Mike Kelley, who was a long-time member of the band before his death in 2012.

Finally, Airway, a noise orchestra created by Joe Potts in 1977 will perform at 8. For this special event, Airway will be composed of 16 on-stage musicians (including Nilsen and friend of Ballroom and Mike-Kelley-installation-expert, Dani Tull) and will also be joined by “Team Airway Japan”,