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Lucky Dragons, performing on June 26, 2015

Friday Flights is a series of interdisciplinary happenings that brings together a range of Los Angeles-based artists to transform the Getty experience.

Held monthly each June, July, and August, Friday Flights invites artists to respond to the Getty's unique architecture and gardens and forge new connections to the collections and exhibitions through music, performance, film, and other creative interventions.

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Date: Friday, June 29, 2018
Time: 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Entrance Hall
Admission: Free; no reservations required.


Devon Welsh is a Montreal-based singer, songwriter, and artist. He released two critically acclaimed albums as the frontman of Majical Cloudz, an electronic duo whose intense and innovative music combined aspects of poetry, hardcore, minimalism, and folk. After a period away from the music industry, Welsh returns with his debut solo album, Dream Songs, set to be released this year.

Appearing as part of a limited set of four performances this summer, Welsh debuts his new solo project—one that steps out of the strict aesthetic established in Majical Cloudz while continuing and expanding on some of the core ideas which that project explored. His new songs are a series of reflections on themes: time, separation, the complexities of love, will, eternal life, and the seasons.


Sarah Davachi is the latest in a string of experimental electronic musicians invited to create experiential soundtracks to Robert Irwin's Central Garden as part of the Friday Flights series, following previous iterations by M. Geddes Gengras, Sam Rowell, Madalyn Merkey, and John Wiese. Davachi is among the preeminent emerging composers and performers of electroacoustic music.

Her site-specific—and site-transformational—compositions explore intimate aural spaces, utilizing extended durations and simple harmonic structures that emphasize subtle variations in overtone complexity, temperament and intonation, and natural resonances. A graduate of the renowned program for experimental and electronic music at Mills College in Oakland, California, Davachi is informed by minimalist tenets of the 1960s and 1970s, baroque leanings toward slow-moving chordal suspensions, and experimental production practices within the studio environment. In addition to her recorded output, including Let Night Come on Bells End the Day released this March by Recital Records, Davachi has toured extensively across the globe and has shared the stage with artists such as Donald Buchla, Morton Subotnick, Grouper, Alessandro Cortini, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, and filmmaker Paul Clipson.


No)one. Art House premieres a new site-specific piece for the Getty's fountains choreographed by Samantha Blake Goodman. Moving within the water and across travertine surfaces, dancers will react to the elements and the geometric architectural forms while soundtracked by ambient sounds generated by soulful vocalist and electronic musician Akua accompanied by trumpeter Anthony Calonico. This performance is the latest in a series of commissions No)one. Art House has premiered at Los Angeles arts institutions including the California African American Museum, Hauser & Wirth, and the Skirball Cultural Center, in addition to a set of unique collaborations with Solange's Saint Heron collective.

Founder and curator of No)one. Art House, Christopher Bordenave, was born and raised in Los Angeles, Bordenave studied at the Ailey School at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the LINES Ballet School. Bordenave has performed the works of Nacho Duato, Stijn Celis, Alonzo King, Idan Sharabi, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano with numerous companies throughout the U.S. and abroad. In 2014, Bordenave founded No)one. Art House, an organization that promotes and produces quality interdisciplinary art such as dance, film, and photography throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

To complement the Getty Research Institute's exhibition Artists and their Books/Books and their Artists, selected Los Angeles-based artists who make books and independent small-print presses will set up shop during each Friday Flights event this summer. This pop-up marketplace is a celebration of the city's thriving community of alternative book-makers, who challenge the conventions of creating, reading, and distributing publications. Participating artists and imprints to be announced.

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Previously in the series

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle:
Exploring the Nowannago
with Tyler Matthew Oyer & the Kevin Robinson Ensemble (KREation)
Scott Benzel
Psychic Ills

August 25, 2017

Artist Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle presents Exploring the Nowannago: Kentifrican Modes of Resistance, a provocative performance that abstractly explores the effect of the past on contemporary identities. The performance includes her collaborator Tyler Matthew Oyer and a live score by The Kevin Robinson Ensemble (KREation). Los Angeles-based visual artist Scott Benzel, known for his analytical and presents a new site-specific piece, and New York-based psych-rock band Psychic Ills performs.

Molly Surno presents We of Me with Brian Chase
Sun Araw
Institute for New Feeling

July 14, 2017

Visual artist Molly Surno and musician Brian Chase (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) present We of Me, a choreographed soundscape involving 20 men and hand-crafted hair brushes; a live set by L.A.-based psychedelic experimentalist Sun Araw; and a site-specific project by artist collective the Institute for New Feeling.

Brendan Fernandes presents Free Fall 49 with How To Dress Well
William Tyler + Noveller
Sam Rowell

June 16, 2017

Friday Flights is a series of interdisciplinary happenings that brings together a range of artists to transform the Getty experience. Visual artist Brendan Fernandes and musician How To Dress Well present Free Fall 49, a tribute to the victims of the 2016 mass shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub, instrumental guitarists William Tyler and Noveller collaborate on a special performance, and musician Sam Rowell creates a light and sound installation in the Central Garden.

David Horvitz & Xiu Xiu, Martine Syms, Laurel Jenkins (choreographer) presents B A S E (a durational rule game), wild Up presents Odeya Nini, and Archie Carey
August 26, 2016

Friday Flights brings together a wide range of Los Angeles-based artists for an interdisciplinary series of happenings across the Getty Center from galleries to gardens. This program includes a project by artist David Horvitz and musician Xiu Xiu, a performative lecture by Martine Syms, a bassoon and vocal collaboration between Archie Carey and Odeya Nini presented by wild Up, and B A S E (a durational rule game) by choreographer Laurel Jenkins.

David Horvitz & Xiu Xiu, sound installation in the Central Garden

M. Geddes Gengras, Jim Drain, Jennifer Juniper Stratford, The Bushes (Ry Rocklen & Nick Lowe), wild Up presents Lewis Pesacov, Veggie Cloud Film Series: Collections
July 29, 2016

Friday Flights brings together a wide range of Los Angeles-based artists for an interdisciplinary series of happenings across the Getty Center from galleries to gardens. This program includes music by M. Geddes Gengras and wild Up's Lewis Pesacov, installations by Jim Drain and Jennifer Juniper Stratford, a performance by Ry Rocklen and Nick Lowe's The Bushes, and a film program presented by Veggie Cloud.

Chris Cohen, Song of Eurydice by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs & mecca vazie andrews, wild Up presents Andrew Tholl, Keith J. Varadi, Veggie Cloud Film Series: Quarry
July 15, 2016

Friday Flights brings together a wide range of Los Angeles-based artists for an interdisciplinary series of happenings across the Getty Center from galleries to gardens. This program includes music by Chris Cohen on the Main Stage, a multi-site music performance by wild Up's Andrew Tholl, Song of Eurydice, a choral and dance performance by mecca vazie andrews and Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs with costumes by 69, a poetry reading organized by artist Keith J. Varadi, and a film program presented by Veggie Cloud.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Michael Parker & Wesley Hicks present Juicerina, wild Up presents Chris Kallmyer, Kianí del Valle, Poster by David Horvitz, Veggie Cloud Film Series: Tram
June 10, 2016

Friday Flights brings together a wide range of Los Angeles-based artists for an interdisciplinary series of happenings across the Getty Center from galleries to gardens. This program includes music by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith on the Main Stage, a site-wide performance by Michael Parker and Wesley Hicks on handmade ceramic instruments called "juicerinas," a solo performance by dancer and choreographer Kianí del Valle, wild Up's Chris Kallmyer performing with 1,000 live crickets in the Central Garden, a film program presented by Veggie Cloud, and a limited edition poster by artist David Horvitz.

Hosted by 5 Every Day
August 28, 2015

Claire L. Evans and Jona Bechtolt make up the band YACHT and, in addition to releasing five studio albums largely with legendary dance label DFA Records, they perform, make objects, events, texts, video, products, websites, and other miscellaneous things. Recently, they launched an app called 5 Every Day, a daily list of five interesting things to do in Los Angeles culled from their own favorite places and happenings in the city, often digging into lesser-known histories and unearthing obscure "only-in-LA" events. But the app isn't just a simple calendar—through its unique voice it reveals the expansive knowledge and infectious open-hearted curiosity these musicians embody. Given their penchant for covering a mix of visual art, film, music, sci-fi, comedy, and even some oddball Californalia, 5 Every Day will undoubtedly bring a shrewd and surprising program to the Getty.

Installation by YACHT

Hosted by Ducktails
July 24, 2015

Ducktails is a solo music project by Matt Mondanile, guitarist for indie-rock headliners Real Estate, that consists of breezy pop gems that evoke languid suburban summer afternoons with tinges of an unplaceable nostalgia. Ducktails is a testament to Mondanile's dexterity and energy for not only creating, but also for his ability to draw together a dynamic network of artists. Through his boutique label New Images, Mondanile supports a wide range of experimental, ambient, and folk musicians, in addition to visual artists, whose releases expand the scope of a record label to that of a publisher's imprint, blurring the lines between records and that of multiples and artist's books as vehicles for circulating ideas.

Hosted by Lucky Dragons
June 2015

An ongoing collaboration between L.A.-based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck, Lucky Dragons is known for an open and participatory approach to making music, radically inclusive live shows, and playful use of digital tools. Their thoughtful and collaborative approach pushes music into an art context effortlessly, and their performances have been welcomed in leading institutions and experimental art spaces alike.

Performance by Rafa Esparza

Hosted by Total Freedom
May 29, 2015

Ashland Mines—aka Total Freedom—is a DJ, producer, and infamous party-maker at the center of the recent revitalization of Los Angeles's club music scene. A founding member of record label/movement Fade to Mind, his DJ sets build a hyperactive sonic collage sourced from online found sound and violent noise effects as well as dance beats and pop hits.

Hosted by Mikael Jorgensen & Cassandra C. Jones
August 8, 2014

Ojai, California residents Mikael Jorgensen and Cassandra C. Jones host the fourth and final Friday Flight of the summer. Jorgensen is the keyboardist in the alternative rock band Wilco and releases electronic music under his own name. Jones is a new-media artist with a focus in digital photomontage who is represented by Eli Ridgway Contemporary and Judith Charles Gallery in New York City. As husband and wife they share a mutual interest in the role technology plays in human expression and the many ways in which digital media and traditional forms of art making intermix.

Hosted by No Age
July 18, 2014

No Age emerged from L.A.'s underground music scene of the early and mid-2000's. In recent years, they have transitioned from a noisy band at the center of L.A. youth culture to collaborations with established contemporary artists, producing high-quality limited editions and seeking out alternative performance situations. Their latest release, titled An Object, asks questions that are at the heart of art criticism, with an impact that resonates more in the art gallery than the music venue.

Hosted by Ooga Booga
June 27, 2014

Ooga Booga is an innovative storefront shop that features alternative objects, design, fashion, artist books and editions, as well as records and visual projects by musicians. Under the direction of owner Wendy Yao, the store presents objects with a disregard for conventional boundaries, with a punk-inspired irreverence, showing that artists and ideas in any discipline can be engaged in the same aesthetic discussion. For Friday Flights, Yao has invited a group of artists and musicians who, each in their own way, deals with performance—one of the deepest connections between music and the visual arts.

Hosted by Liars
May 30, 2014

Liars is an electronic band from Los Angeles whose sound is defined by a commitment to experimentation and continual reinvention over a decade of innovative releases. Bouncing from calculated and almost brutalist impulses to exuberant, chance-based processes, Liars thoughtfully translates art concepts into their sonic creations, citing visual artists John Baldessari, Martin Creed, and Lawrence Weiner as central figures of inspiration.

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