darkness sounding

…innovation being too tame a word for this extraordinary collective. Wild Up’s message is that the shortening of days calls for special fanfares, and on Thursday night the group began by stunningly drumming down the sun and strategically bagpiping up the full moon in the Joshua Tree desert.

a series of concerts to combat holiday overload and the general malaise that comes with shorter days and longer nights.

Navel’s floor-to-ceiling windows offered a noir cityscape. The audience sat in the middle of the room. The musicians circled us. The hour was late afternoon and as darkness descended, streetlights and neon provided a cinematic backdrop of loneliness.

Mindful music during the darkest time of the year.

What is it about the end of the year? It’s dark already, our clocks have jumped. And even in LA nights seem to overtake the days. Pagan and sacred holidays abound: rituals collecting themselves around the darkness. We’re hungry for something new, for something wrapped and warm, yet we search for a newness unbounded by the trappings of the past. In December 2019 and January 2020 Wild Up embarked on a new venture, a series set against the darkest days of the year. We made mindful, joyful, and maybe melancholic music, endeavoring to drone sounds of the earth. The sounds of community being drawn together in contemplation.

In 2019-20 we presented the works of:
Odeya Nini, Archie Carey, Booker Stardum, Richard Valitutto, Sarah Hennies, Jiji, Tal Katz, Seth Olinksy, Matt Barbier, Mandy Kahn, Chris Kallmyer, Andrew Tholl, Derek Stein, Catherine Brookman, Kathryn Shuman, Marta Tiesenga, Lucky Dragons, Chris Rountree,  Annie Saunders, Brian Walsh, Emma O’Halloran, Andrew McIntosh, Lina Bahn, Adrianne Pope, Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, Cat Lamb, Cassandra Miller, Tashi Wada.


2019-20 Program


  • 12.12.2019 darkness sounding | Desert Moon
    Creosote House Joshua Tree More Info
  • 12.13.2019 darkness sounding | Valitutto plays Hennies | SOVT
    Cal Perc Los Angeles, CA More Info
  • 12.15.2019 darkness sounding | Satsang 1 – Nini | Voice Bath
    Craft In America Center Los Angeles, CA More Info
  • 12.20.2019 darkness sounding | Jiji | you (流) | flow | music for electric guitar
    Human Resources Los Angeles, CA More Info
  • 12.21.2019 - 12.22.2019 darkness sounding | solstice sounding | dusk til dawn
    Human Resources Los Angeles, CA More Info
  • 12.29.2019 darkness sounding | Satsang 2 – Rountree reads parables
    Mast on Fig Los Angeles, CA
  • 01.05.2020 darkness sounding | Satsang 3 – Nini | Circle Song
    Navel Los Angeles, CA More Info
  • 01.09.2020 darkness sounding | Saunders and Rountree | On Sensory Deprivation
    Mast on Fig Los Angeles, CA More Info
  • 01.10.2020 darkness sounding | songs for one | Valitutto
    House on Lucile Los Angeles, CA More Info
  • 01.11.2020 darkness sounding | Satsang 4 – Nini | House of the Book
    House of the Book Simi Valley, CA More Info
  • 01.19.2020 darkness sounding | McIntosh | strings, darkness, movement
    Navel Los Angeles, CA More Info

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