Produced by BEAR





Festival MARS LA 2018
to Oct 13

Festival MARS LA 2018

Festival M.A.R.S.

Music & Arts ReSound (M.A.R.S.) is a festival based on interdisciplinary cooperation between different forms of contemporary music, applied arts, philosophy, contemporary science and technology, with the target of creating platforms for internationally established musicians and artists of all kinds to promote their work and open new perspectives on seeing music through cross-artistic pairings. In its second year, Festival M.A.R.S. will be heading to three major cities around the world (Berlin, Los Angeles, and Shanghai).
As science seeks to better our understanding of the world, music and art allow us to express how our rapidly evolving reality affects us as humans. This is the mission of M.A.R.S.: To explore this new vision by combining science and technology with the expression of music and art.

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Location: The Vortex
2341 East Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90021


(Door opens at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm)

With MARS Collective and ThisPlay

Four commissioned composers: Genoel Lilienstern, Katharina Rosenberger, Ying Wang and Wen Liu.

TeleporMartian is constructing a new world through the latest techniques of 3D hologram projections, video mapping, virtual reality, and interactive projections with performers, granting spectators access to a one of a kind virtual space. And what exactly does this new world mean to us? It creates a unique program by commissioning four internationally emerged composers. This new world is the result of a pioneering collaboration between composers and technologists, expanding the possibilities of artistic expression and technical innovation.


Genoel Lilienstern : Big Picture (2018) for Soprano, Ensemble, Electronics and 3D Hologram Projections (World Premiere)
Ying Wang : Black Hole Big Bang (2018)  for Soprano, Ensemble, Electronics, 3D Hologram Projections and Video Mapping (World Premiere)
Wen Liu : The Echo of Entropy (2018) for Soprano, Ensemble, Electronics, 3D Hologram  Projections and Video Mapping (World Premiere)
Katharina Rosenberger: In the Dream that I Dreamed, You Awoke (2018) for Soprano, Ensemble, Electronics, 3D Hologram Projections (World Premiere)

(Door opens at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm)


Post-Show by DJ Jesse Blake

Atwood-Ferguson and Gilbert present an evening of music and image, featuring musical compositions and improvisations within an immersive performance environment defined by panoramic projections of audio-reactive visuals that surrounds both audience and performers.  Building upon years of ongoing creative dialogue, the duet explores works from classical repertoire as well as Atwood-Fergusons original compositions for acoustic viola and electric violin, all fed in real-time to Gilberts visual instrument, SpectralGL, which transforms sound into dynamic visual landscapes that are mapped back onto the performance space.  The resulting perceptual feedback loop is designed to bring the audience on a journey of discovery along with the artists, transforming their experience from that of passive listeners to co-creators of experience, elucidating the mystery and power of music and image to inspire and suggest new realities and possibilities.


(Door opens at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm)


Chris Woods   violin
Paul Cartwright  violin
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson   viola
Peter Jacobson  cello

Post-Show by DJ Jesse Blake

Atwood-Ferguson and Gilbert are joined by the members of Quartetto Fantastico, widening the circle of musical exploration through the power of a modern string quartet playing at the highest level of improvisation and modern composition.  The string quartet will perform inside a cube of light, with translucent projections on four sides that will explore the intuitive and emotional connections between the musicians through a mix of live camera and abstract animation composed in real-time with SpectralGL.  This immersive installation will allow audience members to explore the performance from any angle, transcending the traditional proscenium arrangement to create a completely personalized sound and visual experience.  As the inner performance space is unfolded and echoed through the overlapping media landscape, a multiverse of individual perspectives can be explored, each containing a kernel of the musical moment as it reverberates across space and time.


(Door opens at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm)

My art, my world, my life is multi-faceted. I break it down and put it back together. Color. Space. Time. Emotion. Thought. Elements are re-imagined to create a new whole.

The Biggest Band YouVe Probably Never Heard Of!
Korduroy is a progressive-soul act but refuses to fit into that simply titled box. With 15 rotating members, which includes two trumpeters, two guitarists and two percussionists, its easy to see how they defy one single genre and produce their own groove music.

Festival MARS 2018 is fiscally sponsored by Fulcrum Arts 501(c)3.

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Delight at the End of the Tunnel: A fundraiser cabaret and variety show for Dear Future
8:00 PM20:00

Delight at the End of the Tunnel: A fundraiser cabaret and variety show for Dear Future

Delight at the End of the Tunnel: A fundraiser cabaret and variety show for Dear Future

Friday, August 17th at the Young Actor's Studio

Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM

5215 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Tickets $15 at the door (cash, card, or Venmo)

Email to reserve a seat and let us know you're coming!

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Over 25 LA professional actors, singers, musicians, poets, and entertainers are coming together to share their talents in a one-night-only experience to raise funds for Dear Future, an LA-based 501(c)(3) organization working to enrich visual arts programs on LAUSD campuses, where art is limited or nonexistent. 

Dear Future is molding a curriculum that exposes students to a variety of creative occupations/skills within newly developed and expanding fields. See more info and examples of students' artwork here!

The artwork featured here is from Foshay High School's after school high school art program, made possible by Dear Future. See more on their Instagram: @dearfuture_la


The Young Actor's Studio is an acting school dedicated to developing the young actor's craft through classes, workshops, and productions. Learn more here:

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This event is in partnership with Produced by BEAR and The Young Actor's Studio. We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers' Unions:





through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.

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SF: Divesh Karamchandani + Elizabeth Hall Duo at McRoskey Mattress
7:00 PM19:00

SF: Divesh Karamchandani + Elizabeth Hall Duo at McRoskey Mattress

  • McRoskey Mattress Company 3rd Floor Loft (map)
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Divesh Karamchandani and Elizabeth Hall are a dynamic percussion duo. Their mutual passion for percussion chamber music and excitement for collaborating with composers and other musicians led them to create this duo. They enjoy fostering the creation of new works and are eager to explore the wide palettes of sounds available to percussionists. 

Featured on the program will be two new world premiere works by bay area composers, Joseph Colombo and Nicholas Pavkovic. Nicholas will be joining us onstage as a featured guest. Divesh and Elizabeth will also include some of their favorite percussion duo music, mostly written by modern living composers including Wally Gunn, Ivan Trevino, Dave Samuels, and David Friedman. They will be playing a wide array of percussion instruments ranging from mallet instruments like marimba and vibraphone to a plethora of drums, wood blocks, flowerpots, gongs, cymbals, cowbells, etc. 

Sit back or lay back on the beds (yes there are beds, it is a mattress company after all), and enjoy their inaugural show as a duo! Also, hangout after the show for a reception and meet-and-greet with the artists. 

Location: McRoskey Mattress Company 3rd Floor Loft in San Francisco

Tickets: $15 at the door

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About the Artists:
Divesh and Elizabeth met at the Zeltsman Marimba Festival in 2011 and bonded over their love of the marimba. Their friendship grew and their paths crossed again when they both moved to San Francisco and attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for their masters degrees. They performed together throughout college and professionally with diverse groups and concerts including Mercury Soul, One Found Sound, The Hot Air Music Festival, Post:Ballet, Calvary Choir, Golden Gate Symphony, and Cantare Con Vivo and are looking forward to continuing their creative collaboration with this duo.

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Old/New: Unplugged
7:30 PM19:30

Old/New: Unplugged

Produced by BEAR presents: 
Old/New: Unplugged - LIVE at Bar Lubitsch
West Hollywood, LA
July 24, 2018
Doors @ 7:30pm / Show 8-10:30pm
$10 at the door - no presale
21+ only

8-8:30pm - Breana Gilcher (oboe and music therapy)
8:30-9pm - Hila Plitmann (Grammy award-winning singer)
9-9:30pm - Adrianne Pope (of Aperture Duo, wild Up)
9:30-10pm - Jodie Landau (Bedroom Community, wild Up, solo album)
10-10:30pm - Tom Benko (Blue Man Group Chicago) + Amanda Duncan & Kristen Klehr (percussion)

Come out and experience freshly composed works, live improvisations, and old standards from the classical sphere and beyond - presented by world class artists in the uniquely intimate setting of Bar Lubitsch's backroom speakeasy. 

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About the Artists:

Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, and actress Hila Plitmann is a glittering jewel on the international music scene, known worldwide for her astonishing musicianship, light and beautiful voice, and the ability to perform challenging new work. She has accumulated an impressive catalogue of varied recordings, including Hans Zimmer’s Grammy winning soundtrack for The Da Vinci Code, Eric Whitacre’s Good Night Moon with the LSO, and Oscar winner John Corigliano’s song-cycle Mr Tambourine Man with the Buffalo Symphony (for which she won a best female vocalist Grammy). Hila has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and lives with her son and their cat in Los Angeles.

Breana Gilcher is an oboe and English horn player, teacher, and board-certified Music Therapist based in Los Angeles. She enjoys improvisation, close collaboration with composers and performers, and the music of J.S. Bach. A freelance musician in orchestral, chamber, studio, and improvisational settings, Breana continually seeks to explore new sound possibilities while also learning from and being inspired by the noise of the past.

Adrianne Pope is a violinist and sound maker based in Los Angeles. As a chamber musician and promoter of new music, she is a member of the new music collective wild Up and a founding member of Aperture Duo. She is a member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and is an active freelance musician and soloist in the Los Angeles area, as well as a Teaching Artist at The Harmony Project. Along with performing, Adrianne enjoys making new instruments, tap dancing, working with textiles, bodysurfing, and gardening.

Tom Benko is a Chicagoland percussionist, educator and composer. Tom is the Director of Percussion at Maine South High School teaching the Percussion Methods and Drumline classes as well as all private lessons. Tom also performs as one of the kit players with Blue Man Group Chicago, a muli-instrumentalist for folk singer Kevin Presbrey, performs with the Chicago Bulls Stampede, and just released a full length with his band, Minor Characters. 

Amanda is a versatile percussionist from the Los Angeles area. She performs music ranging from orchestral and jazz to pop and world genres, and has shared the stage with many world-class musicians, including Michael Giacchino, Stephen Perkins, Andy Narell, Liam Teague, Ray Holman, eighth blackbird, Billy Sheehan, Victor Provost, Martin Chalifour, Christopher Washburne and SYOTOS, New Music Chicago, and Matthew Tembo.

Los Angeles-based percussionist Kristen Klehr tours with Scrap Arts Music, is on faculty for Malletlab, and enjoys a multifaceted path within the music industry. In her spare time you can find her collaborating with singer/songwriters in the city for various marimba-voice projects. She is proudly endorsed by Dream Cymbals.

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A Night of Elliot Cole
7:00 PM19:00

A Night of Elliot Cole

Produced by BEAR is proud to feature the vibrant music of NYC composer and "charismatic contemporary bard" Elliot Cole.  His works will be performed by Salastina Music Society, the SF-LA Percussion Collective, dancer Sabina Valery, and Kristen Klehr's percussion trio.  Elliot will also be sharing his newest coding works with us in live time - this is not to be missed! The evening will be presented in the The Rembrandt Room, The York Manor's intimate underground speakeasy, complete with unique cocktails crafted by Double Strained and food trucks serving up local delights upstairs.  This night will also welcome BEAR into its third year of concert & music festival production, so please join us in celebrating after the concert!

Doors @ 7pm / Show @ 8pm

$25 General Admission in Advance / $30 Night of at the Door

$10 Student Tickets only available at the Door

VIP Passes available


Program to include:

Select Movements from "Postludes"

"Birds" String Quartet

Elliot Cole's New Coding Piece (!)

Hanuman's Leap


About the Composer

Elliot Cole (*1984) has performed his music with Grammy Winners Roomful of Teeth, Grammy Nominees A Far Cry and Metropolis Ensemble, as well as the Chicago Composers Orchestra, New Vintage Baroque, the Lucerne Festival Academy, and as a member of the book-club-band Oracle Hysterical.  His percussion music has been performed by over 250 percussion ensembles all over the world.  In 2017 he was invited by Talks at Google to share his unique approach to music through computer programming.  He is on faculty at the The New School and Juilliard Evening Division, and is Program Director of Musicambia at Sing Sing, where he runs a music school for incarcerated men.


Photo by Sara Erensoy

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BEAR + Festival M.A.R.S.
to Apr 23

BEAR + Festival M.A.R.S.

  • Angel City Brewery + Art Share LA (map)
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BEAR + Festival MARS: Inaugural 10-Day Music, Art, Technology Festival in DTLA's trendy Arts District. Hosted at Angel City Brewery and Art Share LA

Music & Arts ReSound (M.A.R.S.) is a festival based on interdisciplinary cooperation between different forms of contemporary music, applied arts and independent film, with the target of creating platforms for internationally established musicians and artists of all kinds to promote their work and open new perspectives on seeing music through cross-artistic pairings. These carefully curated and hand-picked events will expand musical imagination by blurring the borders between music and other applied arts. Artists involved will choose a concept and theme that will govern their collaborative process, and foster a wider array of interests for audiences than those of a usual contemporary music festival. Visual art, film, fashion and dance will bring an understanding and conceptualization of music to a higher level of awareness for both the performers and the audience. The festival will provide the necessary infrastructure for creating and fostering such collaborative platforms, and will do so in all major cities around the globe.

The first installation of M.A.R.S. will focus on Los Angeles, bringing together the artistic sensibility and expertise of local artists who live and work in and around the city, and attesting to the factor of migration that this SoCal capital sees every day.

The second installation will similarly take place in and focus on a specific metropolitan area, Berlin. However, as we move into the second installation a year later, its birth place and forefather M.A.R.S. LA will not cease to exist. Instead, M.A.R.S. Festival will take over Berlin and Los Angeles at the same time, connecting the musicians, artists, and audiences through the means of Virtual Reality – merging and blurring the geographical realities of the two cities.

Moving on to the future of the festival, M.A.R.S., is to create an interconnected web of places, arts, musicians, performers and audiences, all the while maintaining and honoring both its roots and newer generations of the festival that will eventually be present in the major cities of the world.


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