Improvisation Workshop and Performance: Arrington de Dionyso and Ben Bennett

Event Date: 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Event Location: 

  • Storke Plaza & The Hard-to-Find Show Space

Event Price: 

Tickets will be available at the door for $5

January 22 5 PM
Storke Plaza

The Hard-to-Find Show Space
January 22 8 PM

On January 22nd, KCSB-FM, the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM), and The Hard to Find Showspace present a night of independent music with Arrington de Dionyso & Ben Bennett, along with Espresso, The Crudes, Easter Teeth, and Pookie.

Before the show, the public is invited to participate in a free, on-campus improvisational-music workshop with Arrington de Dionyso and tour-mate Ben Bennett in Storke Plaza (near KCSB) on the UCSB campus.

The workshop will focus on improvising with extended techniques, sharing skills and strategies for creating "new" instruments from more familiar elements. Their areas of focus are wood winds and percussion, respectively, but all instruments are welcome and there will also be some demonstrations of extended techniques for voice that can be used by all. (Note: In case of inclement weather, the workshop will move to the Media Center in the Associated Students Annex, immediately across the bike path north of Storke Tower.)


Arrington de Dionyso is an artist, musician, linguist, and instrument inventor based in Olympia, Washington. From 1995 until 2008 he was the leader of Old Time Relijun, a beloved art-punk combo that released eight albums with K Records. In 2009 he founded Malaikat Dan Singa, melding free associative Indonesian translations of William Blake with dancehall rhythms and postpunk angularity. This project led to numerous collaborations with musicians in Indonesia such as Senyawa, Karinding Attack, and HMM. Now in 2018, THIS SAXOPHONE KILLS FASCISTS would not exist were there not a need for it.

Benjamin Bennett has worked as an improvising percussionist for 10 years, touring North America and Europe as a soloist, in various ensembles and ad-hoc collaborations. He developed a unique approach to percussion which took the lineage of free-jazz, free-improvisation, Berlin reductionism, and extended technique playing as its foundation. In searching for an expanded sonic palette, and more fluid movement between various techniques, he distilled the drumset into a small collection of drumheads, stretched membranes, and other objects which offered a wide variety of unconventional sounds from very few materials, which could be rearranged into different combinations during a performance. This aesthetic development also translated to a practical advantage, in that this setup was small enough to fit into a backpack, freeing him from using a car to transport heavy percussion gear. He began touring by bus and bicycle, even completing a 7-day, 7-show bicycle tour through New England.

Showtime for this eclectic Hard to Find show is 8pm, and tickets will be available at the door for $5.
A drug-and-alcohol-free, all-ages venue, The Hard to Find is at 7190 Hollister Avenue in Goleta.