Wednesday, September 5, 2018


“BUBBLE & SQUEAK” Pasadena

Cilla Vee Life Arts – with Cilla Vee, Grayson Morris, Blair Bogin, Lukas Ligeti, Robert Jacobson, Vinny Golia

‘Bubble & Squeak” – cross-disciplinary performance collaborations

Thursday October 18th – 8pm

Battery Books & Music - 26 S Los Robos Ave. Pasadena CA 91101



Bubble & Squeak is a British dish whose recipe has morphed over time to accommodate throwing various odd bits of ingredients together. Very fitting for an eclectic mix of performing artists in a book store!
The evening will feature touring artist Cilla Vee with some of LA’s finest improvisers as they mix and match in various collaborations and in response to the environment.

Cilla Vee Life Arts

CILLA VEE LIFE ARTS is an inter-disciplinary arts organization founded in 2002 in the South Bronx by Claire Elizabeth Barratt (aka Cilla Vee) – now based in Asheville NC.
It serves as an umbrella for multiple projects that focus on collaboration and facilitation. With a mission of blurring boundaries and crossing categories, CVLA draws from a diverse pool of artists with a wide range of artistic backgrounds.
Performances can include anything from dance, movement, music, sound, text, film and video, visual and performance art to installation and beyond.

“When it's summer in the city, people do weird things. Performers especially. ....“Beguiling”
John Rockwell – New York Times

Cilla Vee Life Arts -

This Fall Cilla Vee is touring cross-country and the west coast in order to connect and collaborate with area artists in each location.


Grayson Morris -
Blair Bogin -
Lukas Ligeti -
Vinny Golia -  

Cilla Vee  (performance)

Claire Elizabeth Barratt (aka Cilla Vee) is an inter-disciplinary artist with a performing arts background. She is the director of Cilla Vee Life Arts  – an arts organization with a focus on cross-media collaboration.
Her work utilizes artistic disciplines of dance, music, text, media, visual and installation art.
Claire has presented her work in venues as diverse as Jacob’s Pillow , the New York
Botanical Gardens , Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center  and Art Basel Miami. She has performed and taught throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan and Pakistan.
Claire received her professional training in London at The Laban Centre For Movement and Dance  and at the London Studio Centre For Performing Arts . Her pre-professional training includes the Royal Academy of Dance  and the Royal Schools of Music  examinations. She also served an apprenticeship with the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation  in New York and holds an MFA in Creative Practice  from the Transart Institute  with Plymouth University, UK.
On moving to the USA in 1992, Claire held the positions of Dancer for Unto These Hills  drama on the Cherokee Indian Reservation and for Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater  in North Carolina, as well as serving as a Co-Founder and Director for Circle Modern Dance  and as Choreographer for the Knoxville Opera Company  in Tennessee.
Once based in New York in 2002, Claire founded Cilla Vee Life Arts  and, with the support of arts advocates such as Chashama , Bronx Council on the Arts  and Arts for Art , began to develop and present her signature modes of work – including Motion Sculpture Movement Installations  and The Sound Of Movement  projects.
She is the creator of the Living Art pedagogy for performance art.
Claire now uses Asheville NC as her home-base.

“My work as an artist blurs boundaries and crosses categories. Re-defining the traditional concepts of a “piece” and challenging the conventions of performance, time, space and audience relationships.”

Grayson Morris (performance)

Grayson Morris is a multi-disciplinary performer from Asheville, NC, currently based in Los Angeles . She has appeared on Gotham Comedy Live and toured nationally with her solo show Am I a Grownup Yet? She runs a biannual immersive performance art series in Asheville called emersion, which is currently in its third year. She performs regularly in LA where she moved to study theatrical clowning.

Blair Bogin (performance)

BLAIR BOGIN is an interdisciplinary artist. She earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Amidst her art practice, she is a counseling Astrologer (Sisterbride) and Kundalini Yoga Instructor.

Robert Jacobson (guitar / strings)

Jacobson explores new harmonies on stringed instruments, riding the edges between improvisation & composition, and helping make outer space more musician friendly. Jacobson's studied Classical Guitar, Jazz, Balinese Gamelan, and Balkan folk music. Jacobson completed degrees at University of Southern California and California Institute of the Arts. Select groups Jacobson played with include The Industrial Jazz Group, Arthur Jarvinen's The Invisible Guy, acoustic poly-musical ensemble Svara, Jacobson's Coldwater band, and Balkan folk dance group Veselba. 

Lukas Ligeti (drums / percussion)

Lukas Ligeti is a composer, percussionist, electronics performer, and assistant professor at UC Irvine. The recipient of the 2010 CalArts Alpert Award in Music, he has been commissioned by Bang On A Can, Kronos Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, American Composers Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, and others, and has performed with John Zorn, Gary Lucas, Marilyn Crispell, etc., as well as giving solo concerts on 4 continents. His intercultural work has led him to 15 African countries; he co-founded the groups Beta Foly and Burkina Electric and has worked with traditional musicians in Egypt, Uganda, Zimbabwe, etc. He lives in Irvine and Johannesburg.

Long Bio

Drawing upon influences including Downtown New York experimentalism, contemporary classical music, jazz, and traditional music from Africa, Lukas Ligeti has developed a unique voice as a composer and improviser.
Lukas studied composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria, his city of birth. He was a visiting scholar at Stanford University and subsequently lived in New York City from 1998 until 2015, when he became Assistant Professor in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology, an innovative PhD program at the University of California, Irvine. He has taught at the University of Ghana, lecturing in collaboration with the eminent composer/musicologist J.H. Kwabena Nketia, and is currently completing a PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was previously composer-in-residence. He lives in Irvine and Johannesburg.
Lukas received the CalArts Alpert Award in Music in 2010. He has also been
awarded two Composition Fellowships by the New York Foundation for the Arts and two yearlong Austrian State Grants in composition, among other awards. His music is featured on CDs on Tzadik, Cantaloupe, Intuition, Innova, Leo, and other record labels, and he is an endorser of Vic Firth drumsticks.
With performances at major venues and festivals worldwide, his compositions have been commissioned among others by Bang on a Can, Kronos Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, Ensemble Modern, the American Composers Orchestra, MDR Orchestra (Germany), Håkan Hardenberger and Colin Currie, New York University, Subtropics Festival/Historical Museum of South Florida, the Vienna Festwochen, Radio France, Icebreaker (UK), and a consortium featuring marimbists such as Eric Beach (So Percussion) and Ji Hye Jung. His music has also been performed by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, Tonkünstler Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Liverpool Philharmonic Ensemble 10/10, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Present Music, Ensemble mise-en, Contemporaneous, Ensemble “die reihe”, the Amadinda, Third Coast, and Kroumata Percussion Groups, etc.
Lukas has collaborated with choreographers such as Karole Armitage and Panaibra Gabriel Canda, composed music for the European ARTE TV channel, and created a sound installation for the Goethe Institute on the occasion of the 2014 Soccer World Cup in Brazil. He has participated in two projects of Lebanese sound artist Tarek Atoui, and was artist-in-residence at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, where he created a site-specific performance.
As a drummer, he has worked with John Zorn, Marilyn Crispell, Gary Lucas, John Tchicai, Henry Kaiser, Michael Manring, Wadada Leo Smith, DJ Spooky, Elliott
Sharp, Raoul Björkenheim, Thollem McDonas, Jon Rose, Benoît Delbecq, members of Sonic Youth and the Grateful Dead, etc., and leads or co-leads several bands such as Hypercolor (with Eyal Maoz and James Ilgenfritz) and Notebook. He has given solo electronic percussion concerts on four continents, performing on the Marimba Lumina, an instrument designed by seminal synthesizer engineer Don Buchla.
A pioneer in experimental intercultural collaboration in Africa for more than 20 years, he co-founded the ensemble Beta Foly in Côte d’Ivoire and today co-leads Burkina Electric, the first electronica band from Burkina Faso. He has also engaged in collaborations and/or led projects in Egypt (with Nubian musicians and musicians of the Cairo Opera Orchestra), Uganda (with that country’s premier music/dance group, the Ndere Troupe), Kenya, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, etc.

Vinny Golia

As a composer Vinny Golia fuses the rich heritage of Jazz, contemporary classical and world music into his own unique compositions. Also a bandleader, Golia has presented his music to concert audiences in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United States in ensembles varying dramatically in size and instrumentation. Mr. Golia has won numerous awards as a composer, including grants from The National Endowment of the Arts, The Lila Wallace Commissioning Program, The California Arts Council, Meet the Composer,Clausen Foundation of the Arts, Funds for U.S. Artists and the American Composers Forum. In 1982 he created the on-going 50 piece Vinny Golia Large Ensemble to perform his compositions for chamber orchestra and jazz ensembles.
A multi-woodwind performer, Vinny’s recordings have been consistently picked by critics and readers of music journals for their yearly “ten best” lists. In 1990 he was the winner of the Jazz Times TDWR award for Bass Saxophone. In 1998 he ranked 1st in the Cadence Magazine Writers & Readers Poll and has continually placed in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll for Baritone & Soprano Saxophone. In 1999 Vinny won the LA Weekly’s Award for “Best Jazz Musician”. Jazziz Magazine has also named him as one of the 100 people who have influenced the course of Jazz in our Century. In 2006 The Jazz Journalists Association honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. 2013 Vinny won the Downbeat Critic’s Poll in the “New Star” category for Baritone Saxophone.
Golia has also contributed original compositions and scores to Ballet and Modern Dance works, video, theatrical productions, and film. As an educator Vinny has lectured on music & painting composition, improvisation, Jazz History, The History of Music in Film, CD & record manufacturing and self-production throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand and Canada. He currently teaches at California Institute of the Arts. In 1998 Golia was appointed Regent’s Lecturer at the University of California at San Diego. In 2009 Vinny Golia was appointed the first holder of the Michel Colombier Performer Composer Chair at Cal Arts.
Vinny has been a featured performer with Anthony Braxton, Henry Grimes, John Carter, Bobby Bradford, Joelle Leandre, Leo Smith, Horace Tapscott, John Zorn, Tim Berne, Bertram Turetzky, George Lewis, Barre Phillips, The Rova Saxophone Quartet, Patti Smith, Harry “the Hipster” Gibson, Eugene Chadburne, Kevin Ayers, Peter Kowald, John Bergamo, George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennick, Lydia Lunch, Harry Sparrney and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra amongst many others.


“BUBBLE & SQUEAK” Pasadena WHO Cilla Vee Life Arts – with Cilla Vee, Grayson Morris, Blair Bogin, Lukas Ligeti, Rob...