A Paradise Choir

Now / NY





image from New Weather Station // Ian Byers-Gamber

July 31 – August 15
CURRENT LA // Art Biennial

New Weather Station
Working with sound, site, and communities, Chris Kallmyer examines the complex history of weather modification in Southern California in terms of weather, water infrastructure, and the changing arid city. For CURRENT, the artist has created New Weather Station, a 20-foot open-air geodesic dome to host a series of concerts and events featuring LA-based artists, designers, historians, urbanists, chefs, and thinkers and explore the intersection of water and weather modification.

Rain Ragas // Sunday 7/31 at 7pm
In North India, music regularly ushers in the monsoon season. Come to the New Weather Station for a concert of traditional and experimental ragas on sitar and tabla. Sitar player Rajib Karmakar and tabla player Robin Sukhadia encourage precipitation with rain-inspiring ragas.

New Weather // Thursday 8/11 at 8pm
Chris Kallmyer presents a new short film, produced in collaboration with LA-based videographer and artist Ian Byers-Gamber, that explores the relationship between weather modification and water in LA, and features interviews with weather-modification experts and ambient documentation of clouds.

Fog Meditations // Saturday 8/13 at 7pm
Join a 45-minute group meditation and live concert of fog-inspired music by LA-based experimental vocalist and contemporary composer Odeya Nini and CURRENT artist Chris Kallmyer. Bring a blanket, but fog is provided.

American Rainmaker: Weather Opera // Sunday 8/14 at 7pm
Kallmyer examines the human dimension to weather modification through an experimental opera for chamber ensemble, weather reports, and autotuned renditions of Motown hits. Preceded and interrupted by the artist’s casual discussions on weather modification, the opera features performances by modern-music collective wild Up in collaboration with the Oracle of Water. Starting at 5:00 p.m., enjoy sun tea from Solarc Brewing and a weekly publication by LA-based artist Gray Wielebinski.

New Fake Choirs // SFMOMA

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A Paradise Choir at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

July 2 – 24 // Saturdays and Sundays
a set of 200 robes, workshops, concerts, sonic scenarios, and group experiences for robe-clad museum goers. Architectural tours given by amateur choirs, workshops that bridge primal scream therapy with spatial acoustics, and works that help us to better understand the aural architecture of SFMOMA’s new building designed by Snohetta. Paradise is architectural and Choirs are super rad. Details forthcoming on the SFMOMA site. To prepare for the project up north, I’m giving a couple casual, blissed, messy workshops at Machine Project in Los Angeles.

How to be a Choir
June 14 at 8pm

Do you ever dream of giving up your hard-won-individuality for becoming an anonymous member of a communal together group? Do you look for chances to make beautiful mouth-noises in perfect synchronization with lovely people? Do you hope to extend your meditation practice into the sonic? Join Chris Kallmyer Tuesday, June 14th at 8pm, for a 50-minute workshop on group singing for voices of all skill levels. There will be matching outfits, beer, and singing – no prior experience necessary!

Shallow Listening
June 21 at 8pm

Inspired by Pauline Oliveros’ consciousness-raising Deep Listening Practice, Shallow Listening Practice is specifically designed for those interested in doing less work, quickly. In this 50 minute immersive sound experience, participants will experiment with sound making and sound receiving with household objects, and ascend to a shallow level of consciousness. There will be robes.

Getty + crickets


Getty Center
June 10 6-9pm

I’m performing improvisations with amplified crickets, and Robert Irwin’s amplified garden. Come check out the show at 6pm and stick around to hear Michael Parker’s juicerinas and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s beautiful buchla music at 8pm.

Chris, Julia Holter & Lucky Dragons

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Thursday, May 5 from 8pm – 10pm
Los Angeles Contemporary Archive
2245 E Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90021

A pre-release listening party for new desert music by Chris Kallmyer, Julia Holter, and Lucky Dragons on Populist Records. Come buy an advance copy, have a beer, and check out a performance by Kallmyer featuring images of his time living in the ghost town, Rhyolite.

“Fence, Amargosa Desert” is a wind-activated sound installation made from 200 glass bottles found in Rhyolite, Nevada. The clear and green bottles, known to have been left there by gold miners, are hung on an old wire fence to catch the wind. The fence was created by Chris Kallmyer in summer 2010 and recorded by Chris and Andrew McIntosh on May 24, 2013.

Music by Julia Holter and Lucky Dragons was written and recorded in response to “Fence, Amargosa Desert.” The recordings are accompanied by an insert (LP) or pdf (digital) of photos and interviews from the artists about their creative process and their relationship to the desert regions surrounding Los Angeles. You can preorder the record or a digital download at the Populist bandcamp page.

Music for Mineral Springs *bathtub interview*

Perfect Strangers: Machine Project Collaboration

For more info about Machine Project and the Archive of Regional Raking, check out this great write up by Colgate University. Thanks so much to DeWitt Godfrey and Lynn Schwartzer for their help and hospitality in creating the projects in Hamilton, NY.

Documentation from the Pulitzer Arts Foundation Fellowship

Kallmyer participated in a two-week residency at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in the fall of 2015, where he collected and refined clay from the banks of the Mississippi River to make earthenware musical instruments in collaboration with ceramicist Dan Barnett. Derived from the common brick architecture in St. Louis, Chris attempted to create a kind of ‘future folk music’ through hyper-regional materials and communally authored music. The ceramic chimes were used in a workshop and performance for 250 local people who came to listen, reflect, watch the moving light within Tadao Ando’s building in central St. Louis.
More info about the project including interviews and photos can be found here.

Archive of Regional Raking

Archive of Regional Raking
Experimental music meets puritanical tidiness in the aerial documentation of regional raking practices endemic to Hamilton, NY. In Fall 2015, Chris created a series of silent films and sonic performances with the Building and Grounds Department and a collection of students at Colgate University. The films explore the musicality of movement and the seasonal practice of leaf collection endemic to the east coast and upstate NY. The project culminated in a 30-minute musical work on October 29 for amplified rakes, construction lights, next-level-synchornized-raking, and sonic lawn care.

Earthenware Chimes

Andrew Tholl, Alexander Calder at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Commonfield Clay // regional ceramic chimes from St Louis Clay

5/15 LADWM, Northern Bureau Planned Operations

video documentation by Minoosh Zomorodinia and Matt Shapiro
edited by Chris Kallmyer

4/15 A very long guitar cable. . .

IMA_distanceSundown-Suppertime-Let-Go-Piece at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

A new work for guitar, amp, and 250 foot cable using a museum as an echo-chamber.

1/15 Weather Modification and YOU!

LA Dept of Weather Modification
A Nation of Joiners, Weather Modification and YOU!

The Los Angeles Department of Weather Modification, Northern Bureau
at Southern Exposure in San Francisco

January 29 – February 14, 2015
Sound artist Chris Kallmyer and the Los Angeles Department of Weather Modification establish an office space and Northern Bureau headquarters at Southern Exposure. With five live programs and a gallery installation, the LADWM continue their sonic explorations into our experience of weather and cultural history of weather modification practices. Kallmyer and other musicians from the LADWM use immersive sound, ritual and radical environmental experiments to end the California drought and create weather.

Thursday, January 28, 2014, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

The drought comes to an end as we dance it out and perform long-trusted drought-ending rituals, such as an ancient Roman stone dragging ceremony, the tossing of water from a high place by a village elder, and a gathering of twins.

Saturday, January 31, 2014, 2:00—4:00 pm

Join Kallmyer and his guests for an afternoon performance of fog-inspired music, with distant horns, slow moving sounds, and white-out-conditions taking us back to a pre-global warming San Francisco summer.

Thursday, February 5, 2014, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

In North India, music regularly ushers in the monsoon season. Join the LADWM for a concert of traditional and experimental ragas on sarode and tabla. Sarode player and son of Ali Akbar Khan, encourages precipitation with these rain-inspiring ragas.

Thursday, February 12, 2014, 7:30—9:00 pm

A weather expert visits to talk about weather modification in the west, and the LADWM weather consultants tell the tale of Charles Hatfield, an early experimental rainmaker.

Saturday, February 14, 2014, 2:00-4:00 pm

The LADWM’s annual Valentines Day celebration articulates a love letter from precipitation to the people of San Francisco. Thunder needs you, and is wants you back. Bring an umbrella and a friend.

12/14 Oysters + Happy New Year

In western Ireland, where my family is originally from, oysters are a treat in the winter season. When poor dairy farmers had little money they could still cook a Christmas dinner of Ling (a dried fish) or oysters, which could be gathered from the shoreline. Aside from affordable seafood, they also had plenty of milk from their cows fed on their fields – and thus we have traditional oyster stew: milk, oysters, potatoes, herbs. Simple and made from necessity + a strong sense of place. Good Oystering, Merry Christmas, and Happy Solstice!
– Chris

on the piece:
Consider the Oyster is a document of place, culture, and a window into oyster farming in West Marin. It is based off of three basic facts:
1. Oysters reflect the place in which they are made. This recording documents the process of farming oysters with field recordings and two channel video.
2. Oysters are equally, a grounded and celestial food: flavored by the tides, created by the rotation of the sun and moon. They put us in touch with our own position in relation to movement of our planet. Two drones are sounded to represent the sun and the moon, proportional to their gravitational pull on the tidal waters.
3. Oysters are bivalves, and so is a pump organ. I performed on pump organ throughout the piece as a musical analogue for our beloved oyster.

The Event:
In May of 2014, participants arrived to Headlands Center for the Arts for a circuit of edible experiences including a sonic investigation into the process of oyster cultivation, synchronized group shucking, and considered consumption of our favored bivalve. Culminating with a meal of oyster stew in the Mess Hall, participants should come with hungry minds and bellies and can expect to be wholly satiated.

9/14 Walker Art Center + Weather Mod

This piece was performed at Walker Art Center’s Open Field on July 17, 2014 by Chris Kallmyer, Sue Nelson, and the public.

Participants were invited to oil their gloves, do some light stretching, and throw around a lemon as warm-up as an homage to Fluxus artist Ken Friedman. This score was performed, featuring the sound of catch and longtime Twins organist Sue Nelson. Afterwards, we had freshly-squeezed lemonade, hung out with Sue, and folks went home with a copy of the score.

The Los Angeles Department of Weather Modification provides Fog at their Downtown LA Field Office, nestled between City Hall and the Department of Water and Power. June 2014

7/14 Baseball Day to Day


Baseball Day to Day
Walker Art Center // July 10 – 17
I’ve always loved baseball. And I’ve always loved experimental music. So, now they are together during my residency at the Walker. Other musicians have loved baseball before – like Charles Ives, Milton Babbitt, and John Luther Adams – but only I have the profound lack of foresight to slam the two together in such reckless and inelegant ways. So, be prepared for incidental organ works in and around the museum, meditative whittling of an amplified baseball bat, the building of a baseline in honor of LaMonte Young, and a public game of backyard catch.

July 17 at 7pm // Walker Open Field
Play Catch, All Together

Grab your glove and join artist Chris Kallmyer and Twins organist Sue Nelson for a work focused on the sound of people playing catch alongside a baseball stadium organ. Participants are invited to oil their gloves, do some light stretching, and throw around a lemon as warm-up—an homage to Fluxus artist Ken Friedman. Afterwards, have freshly-squeezed lemonade, meet Sue, and take home a well-oiled glove and a copy of Chris’ score for Play Catch, All Together.

*BYO Glove, Balls Provided

6/14 Sound+WeatherTogether4ever.

3/14 Immersive Mountaintop Music

The year is getting off to a good start, and I’ve just shared the documentation from This Distance Makes Us Feel Closer, an installation created around the Magdalena Ridge Observatory in central New Mexico.

Also in the news, “West Coast Soundings” a record featuring collection of West Coast experimental composers will be released on April 12th at 18:00 by Edition Wandelweiser at the Kolumba Museum in Köln. A concert of works will be presented in conjunction with a special exhibition of the works of Bruno Jakob. (Man, this is so germanic.) I’m privileged to be a part of a project with so many fantastic composers from Los Angeles. Information about the project can be found here.

1/14 Old Year + New Year

A Concert with Music and Animals, hosted by the The Biennial of the Americas was highlighted by the Denver Post as the top cultural event of 2013 in Denver. Also, from Westword Blog…

“All on its own, Denver Night might have single-handedly rescued the Biennial of the Americas on a grand scale: Masterminded by MCA’s Adam Lerner and sound artist Chris Kallmyer in the spirit of blurring the edges between art and fun, the climactic gathering, which qualified as a “happening” of major dimensions, included an opera for dogs, an interactive light installation by Boulder artist Jen Lewin, Viviane Le Courtois’s welcoming Human Grazing Experiment and most notably, a fine finale to Nick Cave’s stay in Denver — HEARD•DAM, which let loose an army of Cave’s flowing horse Soundsuits into the park, to the delight of all. It was a world-class evening for a world-class town.”

Additionally, the Two Barns created by Indie Architects and Paul Priessner for the event were chosen to be included in the Phaedon Atlas this year.

Upcoming will be a series of projects researching weather in downtown Los Angles, an optimal oyster eating environment, and a project in the midwest soon to be announced about Fluxus and experiential learning.