Live performance with installation* 
May 6, 630-9pm @ MacArthur park (SW corner of park – Park View between Wilshire and 7th)
May 9, 630-9pm @ Tongva park (Main and Olympic – on Gathering Hill – Santa Monica)

Jae Kim on keys | Douglas Wieselman on clarinet(s) and electric guitar/bass | Leah Bowden on percussion & marimba | Kozue Matsumoto on koto

Installation only:
May 13, 14, 15 6-930 pm @ MacArthur Park
May 16, 17, 18 6-9 pm @ Tongva Park

*This is a wellness project expressly for people who are taking refuge in these public parks due to housing insecurity or lack of shelter. If you perceive yourself as securely housed, please plan to attend the installation dates with sound responsive experience. If you can only attend on a performance evening, it is requested that you create ample physical space for the intended audience so that they can freely experience the benefits of the evening’s program.

Concerted/ Rest, merges Angel City Arts’ ambition of making multi-disciplinary works with outreach to an often overlooked and under-served Los Angeles audience. The idea is to ‘take the beautiful music and interaction that happens inside rooms at the festival each year and bring it to people seeking refuge in public spaces. ‘, says lead artist/ composer, Jacqueline (Jae) Kim.

As of the 2023 homeless count, the amount of people living on the streets of Los Angeles has increased an alarming 10% from the previous year. While the ‘housing first’ model prevails as the most effective strategy, tens of thousands of people are living in public, waiting for this reality to take place; it is the predominant choice over residing in a shelter for many. Kim continues, ‘Musical offerings are made outdoors regularly throughout the city, but rarely for this specific population. We use the term ‘sanctuary city’; this model proposes upholding sanctuary space.’

Kim and multi-reedist Douglas Wieselman composed a series of pieces based on time spent at a given site. Like great jazz, they plan to take the edges of noise and sound (natural and industrial), and experiment with the age-old effects of frequency to create healing containers within these public settings.

After each Concerted performance, sculptures lit from within will remain at the site for the project’s second part, Rest, a responsive installation. Recordings of the live performances will have been edited into sequences and when a visitor approaches the sculptures, a sensor will re-activate the music, creating a temporary oasis. Music, documentation, and stories will also be shared with the Angel City Jazz festival’s audience in the fall season

I look forward to collaborating with Jae, the other artists and the urban environment.’

-Douglas Wieselman, composer