Eskmo - Transforming Spaces

  AFTER -   Warehouse space behind MAMA Gallery

AFTER - Warehouse space behind MAMA Gallery

We're excited to share some insights into the thought processes of our composers and visual artists with our new blog. We'll be sharing ideas, sounds, and images as we lead up to our show on August 31st at the Theatre at The Ace Hotel. Next up, we have Eskmo.  

 Photo by Spencer Hansen

Photo by Spencer Hansen

One of our goals since the beginning of starting The Echo Society was to host these events in locations that were unexpected, distinct in their own right, and flexible enough to allow us to make new creative choices at each step along the way. 

Our process of transforming each location has multiple stages, and way too many contributions from a large team, to describe in full detail, but I'd love to give a birds eye view the motivations for us as a collective. 

We set out to find locations in LA that inspire us from the moment we see them, and these spaces have so far included a sound stage built in 1916, a downtown church, and an unused warehouse in the Arts District. For our fifth show, "V," we are thrilled to have it take place in a beautiful space built in the 1920s, The Theatre at Ace Hotel. 

 BEFORE - The Theater at The Ace Hotel

BEFORE - The Theater at The Ace Hotel

For every show, each composer is required to compose a brand new piece of music written specifically for the orchestration put together for that particular night. And for each show, the ensemble changes. This in itself is a huge undertaking but also a super rewarding process. The same goes for working with the spaces.

Changing venues each time, which is in itself is a large undertaking, also influences the theme for the night, the lighting design, the type of orchestra we put together and drastically effects the pieces written for the particular ensemble for that particular show. This pushes the whole team, whether composers, lighting and design, sound or production, to reach further, potentially improving and trying something new and a bit risky and vulnerable. 

Just as a Springtime show in a church calls for pastel rooftops and floral sonic patterns, or as a winter performance in an abandoned warehouse calls for stark dynamic ice, for this next show we plan on telling a story of Spirit being injected into Matter. For this next show, just like previous ones, we are going to do some things we have never done before. 

We hope to continue to engage the LA community in new and creative ways step by step. With big hearts, thank you for joining us. 

- Brendan

BEFORE & AFTER, previous shows

VEILS
Warehouse space behind MAMA Galler, Arts District LA

 VEILS - BEFORE - Warehouse space behind MAMA Gallery

VEILS - BEFORE - Warehouse space behind MAMA Gallery

  VEILS - AFTER -   Warehouse space behind MAMA Gallery

VEILS - AFTER - Warehouse space behind MAMA Gallery

  VEILS - AFTER -   Warehouse space behind MAMA Gallery

VEILS - AFTER - Warehouse space behind MAMA Gallery


BLOOM
The Vibiana Church, Downtown LA

  BLOOM - BEFORE-   Vibiana Church

BLOOM - BEFORE- Vibiana Church

  BLOOM - AFTER -   Vibiana Church

BLOOM - AFTER - Vibiana Church

  BLOOM - Projection Mapping   Vibiana Church

BLOOM - Projection Mapping Vibiana Church


WINTER / Solstice
MACK SENNETT, SIlverlake LA

  Winter and Solstice - BEFORE - Mack Sennett Studios

Winter and Solstice - BEFORE - Mack Sennett Studios

  Winter and Solstice -  AFTER - Mack Sennett Studios

Winter and Solstice - AFTER - Mack Sennett Studios

  Winter and Solstice - AFTER - Mack Sennett Studios

Winter and Solstice - AFTER - Mack Sennett Studios