LOS SOLOS SERIES: Final Show of the Season Friday, March 5

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Featuring THREE amazing solo artists:

Samita Sinha (NYC)
Ayako Kataoka (Baltimore) (rescheduled from Feb)
Jenny Gräf (Baltimore)

WHEN: Friday, March 5th. 2010. All shows are open to the public. All shows start promptly at 8:30 pm. $6 admission.

WHERE: VENUE CHANGE! The final installment of the Los Series has been moved from the Load of Fun to the Hexagon Space, 1825 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD.

WHAT: The Los Solos Series is an innovative monthly series of solo performances by groundbreaking female artists including dancers, musicians, writers, filmmakers, conceptual artists, theatrical performers, performance artists, and curators. The series is curated by visual artist Jackie Milad and musician/writer Bonnie Jones.

WHO: The series features nationally and internationally acclaimed artists from Baltimore and throughout the US who are highly innovative within their disciplines. The next show on March 5th features:

Trained in classical Hindustani vocal music, composer/ performer Samita Sinha uses the range of her voice together with electronics and multilingual text in solo performance and multichannel vocal pieces. Besides her solo work, Sinha has a duo project with Marc Cary called ANATOMY (electronic/ Hindustani/ jazz), uses her voice as an improvising instrument in jazz ensembles (in Marc Cary’s FOCUS Trio, Sunny Jain Collective, and Eternal Now), and has toured internationally as a vocalist with the late performance poet Sekou Sundiata’s the 51st (dream) state. In addition to her international performance career, Sinha has been awarded grants from the Urban Artist Initiative and Queens Council on the Arts, a Fulbright Scholarship to study music in India, and has been a composer-in-residence and two-time juror at Millay Colony on the Arts. She has created music for film (Prashant Bhargava’s “Backwaters”) and video installation (Jaishri Abichandani’s “3 Muses”). Her debut CD with her group Kaash (Sunny Jain, Jesse Neuman, Dan Fabricatore), entitled Seep, was named a Top Pick of 2006 in All About Jazz and appeared in Billboard’s “Top 5 Hear and Now.”

Ayako Kataoka is a multidisciplinary artist originally from Tokyo. Born into a family of Buddhist priests and artists, she grew up immersed in an atmosphere of shaka drawings, chant depicted in japanese calligraphy, and the milieu of traditional Japanese temples. Realized in sound, video, installation, and dance performances, her works are often embodied with her heritage dealing with the concept of bringing invisible to visible. Her selected works have been performed and exhibited at spaces including; Tokyo Dance Video Festival, San Francsico International Arts Festival, and High Zero Festival.Kataoka holds MFA from Mills College, Oakland, CA, where she also worked as a technical assistant at the Center for Contemporary Music Center (former San Francisco Tape Music Center). She is a resident of Baltimore, MD

J. Gräf, a dynamic improvisor and stalwart of the Baltimore freek music scene, creates vivid, compelling soundworlds using intuitive/primitive homebrewed electronics, guitar and voice. J. Gräf is one-half of the noise duos Harrius (with Chiara Giovando, two LP’s on Ehse Records) and Metalux (with MV Carbon, recordings on Hanson, Load and 5RC/Kill Rock Stars, etc). She is also known for her interactive social interventions such as The Guitars Project, in which she worked with a group older women with Alzheimer’s to produce music using electric guitars, Threshold, a piece performed at last year’s High Zero event in which the audience triggered sounds by ordering food, and her Rock Carving Oraclestra, which uses psychic channeling through stone to generate readings for selected audience members. Her recent releases include Proud Flesh, a movie soundtrack to her Western film collaboration with Chiara Giovando (, a split 7? with Zaimph as well as a split Metalux/K.K. Rampage.

WEBSITE: For more info:

WHY: In the city known for its collaborative zeitgeist, the LOS SOLOS Series hopes to also recognize the strength of its solo performers. This is the third collaborative project for curator/organizers Bonnie Jones & Jackie Milad. Previous projects include CHELA art space and Transmodern Festival.

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