Ryan Page

17349580_10155104079201665_1092508686179610993_oEver wonder what is music? That was one of the topics composer and performer, Ryan Page and Nada Miljkovic spoke about when he came onto the KZSC radio show, Artists on Art.  To inform the answer to this question, we played music by John Cage and Pauline Oliveras as well as Ctrl-Z and discussed their similarities and differences.

Ryan Page is a composer, performer, and tinkerer who focuses on human interaction with technology.  In 2015 he founded the live electronic music group Ctrl-Z with Daniel Steffey and Nicholas Wang. Ctrl-Z performs and commissions new electronic works, along with classic works of 20th-Century experimental music. Last year, he started a record label, Cutty Strange Records and is currently working towards his Ph.D. in Film and Digital Media at UCSC.

We discussed Ctrl-Z’s collaboration with Listening to Ladies and their call for composers of any age or nationality who identify as women, nonbinary, or gender fluid are invited to submit scores for live performative electronics for a series of concerts to take place in California and New York in the Fall of 2017 (venues/dates to-be-determined). The program will showcase hugely important yet often overlooked contributions to the history of electronic music by women alongside new pieces written by non-cis-male composers working on the cutting edge of experimental electronic and electroacoustic music. The resulting program will be recorded and released by Ctrl-Z in late 2017/early 2018. Applications are due June 1st, 2017.

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Greg O’Malley

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Our monthly show featuring Irena Polic, Managing Director of the Institute for Humanities Research continued in March. Irena brought onto the show UCSC Associate Professor of History, Gregory O’Malley, who is a UCSC Faculty Participants in the IHR World History Research Cluster that focuses on new research in the world and transnational history.

We talked about Greg’s book, Final Passages: The Intercolonial oMalley_final_PBSlave Trade of British America, 1619-1807, that examines the dispersal of African captives throughout the Americas after their initial arrival from Africa and redraws the map of the forced African immigration during the slave trade era. Building on the scholarship of the Atlantic slave trade and the material in Voyages: A Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, he extends the study of the Atlantic slave trade to what he terms ‘‘final passages’’: the voyages of the intercolonial and intra-American slave trade. 

Now with the help of a $220,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a project titled Final Passages: The Intra-American Slave Trade Database, O’Malley is creating an interactive, free Web-based database about the slave trade within the Americas that will be integrated into the Voyages site.

“I think what drew me to the colonial period was an interest in race relations as a core dilemma of American society,” O’Malley observed. “We are living in a country where black lives are often treated as if they didn’t matter, and it’s built on this trade of slaves,” O’Malley added. “This disregard for their welfare and well-being is really important background for modern race relations. I think it shows we have a long history of devaluing black lives in American society.”

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Will Durst

13323326_10154918935964535_3164406814251109362_oOn May 25th, San Franciscan stand-up comedian and political satirist, Will Durst came onto Artists on Art to talk about his latest one-person show, Elect to Laugh: 2016 on June 4th at the Vet’s Hall.

Elect To Laugh: 2016 with Will Durst is a brand- new, hysterical, one- man show stalking the presidential election cycle like white on rice. Ably assisted by his trusty overhead projector, this hilarious 80-minute production reflects Durst’s outraged and outrageous sensibilities, accessing the topical through the jugular, as current as Bernie Sanders’ lead staffer’s latest tweet.

12987141_984016668301850_6437878304734826097_nWill Durst will be in town for one show only, Saturday, June 4 at 7:30pmAT Santa Cruz Veterans Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA.

Tickets are $20 and on sale now www.brownpapertickets.com.

some rich asshole says he wants to run the country like a business, which is worrisome, because he looks like the kind of guy who would burn it down for the insurance.”  

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Cid Pearlman & Collette Kollewe

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Dancers & Choreographers Cid Pearlman and Collette Kollewe came into KZSC to talk about the newest CID PEARLMAN PERFORMANCE, Economies of Effort: 3 at the Felix Kulpa Gallery in Santa Cruz.

The Show dates are March 17-20 & March 24-27, 7:30 & 9:30pm.

It’s free admission and reservations suggested and entry is limited to 35 people per performance.
Go to cidpearlman.org to reserve your spot.

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Margaret Niven

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Untitled (El Salvador 5083) 2007″ archival pigment print by David Pace.

Visual Artist and Educator, Margaret Niven, came into UCSC’s KZSC to talk about curating the upcoming  Radius Gallery Exhibition, RAIN PERCUSSIONS.

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What Happens When It Doesn’t Rain (detail floor) 2015 Transformed Plastic Packaging Materials, Wire, Chalk dimensions variable by Renee Charriere

During the show, we spoke by phone on the participating artists, with Reenie Charriere.  Her piece for the show involves found plastic filled with water.

RAIN PERCUSSIONS runs March 23- May 8, 2016, at the Tannery Arts Center, 1050 River St, Unit 127, Santa Cruz, California.

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Beth Stephens Talks About EcoSex

On June 3, 2015, UCSC Art Professor Beth Stephens came onto KSCS’s Artists on Art to talk about her work and EcoSex.

Tandy Beal & Wallace Baine

Director, Tandy Beal & Writer, Wallace Baine came on to KZSC Artists on Art January 7th to talk about the play, Oscar’s Wallpaper, with Nada Miljkovic. Oscar’s Wallpaper premiers at the 20th 8 Tens @ 8 Festival beginning January 9th of 2015 and running through February 8th at the Actors Theatre.

Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 6.25.52 PMBoth Tandy and Wallace are Santa Cruz Treasures and that do much more than directing and playwriting. Wallace has been and continues to be the one of the main reporters on local Arts and Culture at the Santa Cruz Sentinel. He is a writer, essayist, blogger and author of the soon-to-be published book, The Last Temptation of Lincoln. The play, Oscar’s Wallpaper, was first a chapter in that book when Wallace was inspired to submit to the 8 Tens @ 8 play Festival.  Tandy Beal is a producer/director/writer/dancer/choreographer/educator and celebrating this year her 40 years of the Tandy Beal & Company.

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Vlada Jakubikova & Muthu of Regular Line Santa Cruz

Vlada Jakubikova & Muthu of Regular Line Santa Cruz an artists’ residency and exhibition program, , came onto KZSC’s Artists on Art, to talk about the Slovak artists that are invading Santa Cruz and the many events happening.

The Slovak Artist will be here and the residency takes place from July 3-20. Two main events are in place – an art exhibition at Apricity gallery in Tannery Arts Center and Santa Cruz Fringe Festival. We are also doing music workshops for kids at SC public library and Camp Tannery Arts.

There was a promo event at the ArtBar at the Tannery on July 5th at 4pm.

The grand Opening Reception at the Apricity Gallery is Friday July 18, 5pm – 9pp at the Tannery Arts Center, 1060 River Street, Studio #104, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Opening hours are 12-6pm during July 20, July 24-27, July 31, August 2-3 & 12-9pm on August 1st.

Two of the Artists, Zuzana Zabkova & Fero Kiraly, are also participating in the Fringe Festival. The Kick-off event is Thursday July 10 from 6:30-7pm.

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Michael Bryant and Keith Rozendal


KZSC‘s Station Advisors Michael Bryant and Keith Rozendal came onto Artists on Art June 11, 2014 to talk about the art of college radio making.

Michael Bryant has been the station advisor for 14 years and on the radio air for over forty years. He was the host of the beloved KZSC Beatles show, Here, There and Everywhere.

Michael and is handing the reigns over to Keith Rozendal on Solstice, June 21st, 2014 . Keith is scientific and medical journalist, and former new, public affairs director and program director at KCSB, UC Santa Barbara’s college station.

Irene Lusztig, UCSC film professor, filmmaker, and new media artist

PrintUCSC film professor, filmmaker, media archeologist, and new media artist, Irene Lusztig spoke about curating the latest Sesnon Gallery Exhibition, COMPLICATED LABORS feminism, maternity, and creative practicethat features many practicing feminist artists from the 1969 to today.

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Irene’s film and video work mines old images and technologies for new meanings in order to reframe, recuperate, or reanimate forgotten and neglected histories. Her work can be seen at her website, Komsomolfilm.com.

COMPLICATED LABORS GALLERY exhibition runs February 5 – March 15, 2014 at the Sesnon Gallery and features work by: Lenka Clayton, Mary Kelly, Natalie Loveless, Irene Lusztig, Jill Miller, Mother Art Collective, Alejandra Herrera Silva, Mierle Laderman Ukeles. The show also features a screening series of work by: Myrel Chernick, Beth Hall and Mark Cooley, Masha Godovannaya, Courtney Kessel, Ellina Kevorkian, Dillon Paul and Linsey Wolkowicz.

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