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Joe Potts & Tom Recchion Boston Debut - May 24 & 26, 2017

on Sun, 05/14/2017 - 15:40

Two central figures in the LAFMS, Tom Recchion and Joe Potts, are coming to Boston to play their first ever Boston shows, and their first East Coast appearance in many years. Tom will perform his drone piano piece, Dristi Point, at the Goethe Institut Boston on Wednesday, May 24 with support from electronic musician Brendan Murray. Joe will fill the Great Engine Hall of the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum with his massive drones, supported by Kate Village performing a piece for guitar and vocals. Both musicians have never played Boston and this is a rare treat for anyone within striking distance to see two seminal figures in modern experimental music. Presented by Non-Event.

Tom Recchion event page
Joe Potts event page



Rick Potts painting show at Greenspon in NYC through 4/15/17

on Sun, 03/12/2017 - 19:48

Rick Potts' first solo show outside of LA is happening now at Greenspon Gallery in Manhattan. There are 10 paintings on display along with some of Rick's altered TV Guide covers and other artifacts. A must see for anyone intested in art that pushes the boundaries of reality....



Le Forte Four "Bikini Tennis Shoes" (LAFMS 001) official reissue available now!

on Sat, 01/28/2017 - 19:00

Anouncing the reissue of the seminal first release on LAFMS from 1975: "Bikini Tennis Shoes" by Le Fore Four.  Pre-order now via Superior Viaduct. Available in stores March 24.

500 numbered copies on clear vinyl with a reproduction of the original insert and painstaking recreation of the original cover art. A true piece of art!


"The Rest Was Noise - Forty years of the Los Angeles Free Music Society"

on Sat, 01/21/2017 - 19:13

New LAFMS feature in Frieze magazine.

Free launch event for the LAFMS BOX BOX, Sunday Dec 18 2-5 PM

on Mon, 12/12/2016 - 19:46

Free launch event for the LAFMS BOX BOX. Plus panel discussion with Dennis Duck, Ace Farren Ford, Paul McCarthy, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Tom Recchion, Vetza. Moderated by Oliver Hall of Dangerous Minds. Sunday, Dec 18, 2016 2-5. Panel at 3 PM. 365 S. Mission, DTLA. Co-presented by The Box LA, 365 Mission, Ooga Booga, and LAFMS.

LA Times says “Box Box” is quite the stunner"

on Mon, 12/12/2016 - 13:59

The LA Times edition for Monday, December 12, 2016  in their year-end Box Set picks...

Los Angeles Free Music Society, “LAFMS Box Box” (Box Editions)

Founded in Pasadena in the early 1970s, the Los Angeles Free Music Society has served as the region’s hub for free improvisation across nearly 50 years. This dense, imposing set of music features seven hours of recordings made at the Box gallery in Los Angeles during the 2012 exhibition “Beneath the Valley of the Lowest Form of Music: The Los Angeles Free Music Society 1972-2012.” It features contributions by notables including visual and audio artists such as Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Jim Shaw, Rick Potts, Dennis Duck, Dani Tull and a dozen-plus others.

Who needs 13 albums worth of improvised music? With so many brilliant visual minds involved, you’d be surprised. As keepsake, “Box Box” is quite the stunner; it features a few posters, a download code and a wondrous 52-page book that documents the various sonic contraptions, Dr. Seuss-ian horns and amplified circuitry that propelled the mesmerizing – and occasionally dissonant – sounds within. The set is dedicated to Kelley, who died while the 2012 exhibition was happening, and the performances recorded in the wake of his passing are particularly resonant. $355 at Forced Exposure. 

The full article can be accessed here:


on Fri, 12/09/2016 - 21:58

Check out these newly released unboxing videos made by THE BOX LA for the LAFMS BOX BOX. Fun to make and fun to watch.






Thomas Bayrle/Bernhard Schreiner Record Launch Featuring Dennis Duck & Ted Byrnes Thurs. Oct. 20

on Mon, 10/17/2016 - 19:06

On Thursday October 20, 2016 at 356 Mission/Ooga Booga, join the Small World record label in launching their latest LP releases by Thomas Bayrle and Bernhard Schreiner. This free event will feature a performance of WARP WEFT with live drum accompaniment by LAFMS co-founder Dennis Duck and Ted Byrnes. The event begins at 7 PM. For more info visit

BENEATH UNDERGROUND: LAFMS in Old Town Pasadena 10/21/16

on Sat, 10/15/2016 - 13:35, October 21, 2016 / 6-10pm

dublab proudly presents an ArtNight Pasadena 2016 happening…


The Los Angeles Free Music Society in Old Town Pasadena

6PM: Walking tour of Old Town Pasadena featuring 70s era LAFMS music sites. *Departs from Armory

8PM: Live performance by LAFMS

6:30 / 7:30 / 9:30PM: Film screening – LAFMS: how low can you go?


• Light Bulb inspired hands-on ‘zine making station

• Indoor and outdoor projections of LAFMS archival photos, flyers, albums and more.

Free / All Ages


Armory Center for the Arts

145 North Raymond Avenue

Pasadena, California 91103

Facebook event page

Produced by Maryam Hosseinzadeh in collaboration with dublab and Armory Center for the Arts.

This is part of Pasadena ArtNight 2016 ( and made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.

Jackie Stewart, Ju Suk Reet Meate, Marta Zapparoli (Berlin) & others in Portland, Sept. 24, 2016

on Sat, 09/10/2016 - 14:47

Saturday, September 24, 2016

8317 N. Interstate
Portland OR 97217

doors 8:30 PM

$5.00 - $15.00

Marta Zapparoli/Jackie Stewart duo
Hisham Mayet/Ju Suk Reet Meate
Chiara Giovando
Madelyn Villano
Super 8 film visuals by Mia Ferm

Marta Zapparoli/Jackie Stewart duo

Premiere of new compositions by Marta Zapparoli and Jackie Stewart.

Marta Zapparoli is an Italian experimental sound artist, improviser, performer, and musician. She has worked and lived in Berlin since 2007. Her music mainly consists in strongly narrative sonic pieces that she builds using a wide variety of recording techniques. Although it could be qualified as abstract, Zapparoli’s music reveals an accurate sense of nativity, her soundscapes—built using real-time tape manipulation and mixing, creating sounds that are considered non-musical or overheard—are usually qualified as dense, tense & strongly emotional.

Jackie “Oblivia” Stewart started performing sound in 1979 in Portland, Oregon. Mostly performing within groups until 2001, when she performed a DJ “throw down” of sorts (both DJ’s performed at the same time) and it ended up as a collaboration. Groups Jackie has performed in include the improvs (1979), Spy vs. Spy (1980), Babylon 2000 (1981-83), and Smegma (1982-present). Though Stewart experimented on guitar and very much enjoys vocals, she has found her focus with turntables. Her visual art medium is assemblage or collage, so it comes naturally to Jackie to assemble sounds. She enjoys hearing how beautiful or humorous “mixing” can be, in the same way things come together visually when assembling her cut-up art pieces.

With Smegma she says “I can enjoy a freedom of expression, totally unrestricted and of my own: as in I choose to interpret what my part will sound like. It has enabled me to learn much about recording and live performance.”

Jackie’s sounds have appeared on dozens of releases, both solo and in group formats, in addition to her work with video.

Hisham Mayet/Ju Suk Reet Meate

Hisham Mayet is not a musician. He is also not an artist. He lives on the "other side" of 82nd Ave. It is all these things that he will bring to an event that should inspire to free the shackles of the mental prison that seems to perpetuate the ironic cages of Portland, Oregon.

Ju Suk Reet Meate was born in 1952, to a non-musical family in Covina CA and began playing trumpet (not very well) in public school marching bands from 4th Grade through high school. Shortly after moving to Pasadena in 1972, and with no further musical training "the artist" Ju Suk Reet Meate was born, and with lots of help from friends started the band Smegma (the band without musicians) in 1973 which continues to this day. 

Moving to Portland, in 1975 he started Pigface Records putting out tiny editions of 45s, EPs, LPs and cassettes—some with hand drawn covers that are now very collectible. Since 1975 he has been playing live gigs (mostly in Portland) a few times a year as one-half of The Tenses with Rock and Roll Jackie (also of Smegma). In the last few years, Smegma has had successful shows in Vasteras, Sweden, London, Paris, and at The Getty Center in Los Angeles.

Chiara Giovando

Chiara Giovando plays violin, guitar, voice and electronics.

Madelyn Villano

Madelyn Villano is a Portland based musician, member of Smegma and solo project GUZO, She plays violin, voice and electronics and enjoys the rich DIY community of Portland through performance and event planning. She has performed in Paris, London, Brussels, Newcastle, Lausanne and Vasteras.

Photo by Fredrik Nilsen