Coming Soon

Opening July 26th, 2014

Susan Simpson performs:

Augustine September: Artist in Residence

At Kiosk #7 at the Far East Plaza

Augustine September will be Automata's micro-resident artist throughout the remainder of the summer. Because she is small in stature we are able to offer her a complete live/work space in Kiosk #7. September will be sharing her unique work process with the community during public hours soon to be announced. Augustine September is a painter, writer and multimedia performer. Her practice encompasses costume creation, dance and small-scale paintings done as a medium for personal communication with individual audience members. During her residency, Augustine September will be developing an epic narrative around an embattled menagerie of animal, human and supernatural beings that she will both embody and depict through drawing and painting.

Performances Dates
Saturday July 26th, 2014 at 7-10PM
and all upcoming Saturday evenings

Augustine is accepting objects and materials to re-purpose for the costumes and props for her performances. Consider bringing her an offering.

The Far East Plaza (727 N. Broadway) runs in between Hill and Broadway on the South end of Chinatown. Kiosk #7 lies right outside Chego and Scoops!


Saturday, July 26, 2014


A unique evening of adventurous music by five master improvisers-Anna Homler, Jeff Kaiser, Scott Walton, Rich West, and Michael Vlatkovich.

“HOMLER is....making words musical and music like words.”
—New York Times

“…a singer who can take the audience by the hand and lead them along the weird path between atmospherics and surreal humor… A witch with a few home-brewed spells and a ray gun.”
— Resonance

Anna Homler - Voice, toys, and objects
Jeff Kaiser - Trumpet
Scott Walton - Acoustic Bass
Rich West- Percussion
Michael Vlatkovich - Trombone

Saturday, July 26, TWO SHOWS!
8 PM and 10 PM

$12 General
$10 for Automata members, students, and seniors

Seating is Limited; Advance Reservations Suggested.


ANNA HOMLER, is a vocal, visual and performance artist based in Los Angeles. She has performed and exhibited her work in venues around the world. With a sensibility that is both ancient and post-modern, Homler sings in an improvised melodic language. Her work explores alternative means of communication and the poetics of ordinary things. She creates ”perceptual interventions” by using language as music and objects as instruments.

Performance Magazine says, “The work is transportive, mesmerizing, witty, sexy and intelligent. It has the power to transform the kitsch artifacts and consumer culture into something ethereal, surreal and beautiful.”

Since 1982 she has collaborated in America with composer/musicians Steve Moshier, Steuart Liebig, Jorge Martin, David Moss, Ethan James, Steve Roden, and Steve Peters; and in Europe, with the Voices of Kwahn, Steve Beresford, Peter Kowald, Frank Schulte, Richard Sanderson, Geert Waegeman, and Sylvia Hallett, among others. For more information about Anna Homler:

JEFF KAISER is a trumpet player, composer, conductor, music technologist and scholar currently living in San Diego. A Classically trained trumpet player, he now views his instrument as hybrid with new technology that he creates for his dynamic and adventurous performances and recordings. He gains inspiration and ideas from the intersections of experimental composition and improvisation and the timbral and formal affordances provided by combining traditional instruments with emerging technologies. The roots of his music are in the experimental traditions, jazz, improvised and Western art music practices. Kaiser's critically acclaimed pfMENTUM record label releases avant-blues, free-jazz/rock, experimental vocal music and Kaiser’s own projects. His second label, Angry Vegan Records, focuses on experimental popular music. Jeff is founder and director of Ventura New Music Concert series and other festivals, concerts and events around the world.

MICHAEL VLATKOVICH, trombonist, composer, and arranger, born in St. Louis, Missouri and located on the West Coast since 1973, is an emotionally charged performer, comfortable in a variety of jazz and world music styles. “JAZZIZ” magazine called Vlatkovich, “…one of the most extraordinary improvising trombonists in this country as well as overseas." Vlatkovich performs and tours extensively in the United States, Canada, and Europe. His music expresses raw power and beauty in a minimally structured format.In addition to leading his own diverse ensembles Vlatkovich has performed with Peggy Lee, Brian Setzer, Bryan Adams, Bobby Bradford, Gerry Hemingway, Rich Halley, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Vinny Golia Large Ensemble, Rob Blakeslee Quartet, Transvalue with poet Charles Britt and with late poet Dorothea Grossman among many others.

Bassist and pianist SCOTT WALTON’s interests cut across musical genres. He collaborates with poets, dancers, performance artists, filmmakers and multimedia artists. He has performed with Wadada Leo Smith, John Carter, J.D. Parran, Gerry Hemingway, Quincy Troupe, Ray Anderson, John Abercrombie, Phillip Gelb, Davey Williams, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Clifford Jordan, Al Cohn, Buddy Tate, Frank Wess, Vinny Golia, Michael Vlatkovich, Nels Cline, Alex Cline, Jason Robinson, Michael Dessen, Nathan Hubbard, Eric Barber, Pat O'Keefe, Jason Stanyek, Glen Whitehead and others. As a bassist he has recorded with George Lewis; Bobby Bradford; Anthony Davis; Carmell Jones; the Vinny Golia Quintet; Cosmologic; O'Keefe, Stanyek, Walton, Whitehead and Jeff Kaiser. As a pianist Walton has commissioned and premiered works by numerous composers, has toured the U.S. with the Octagon Ensemble for New Music, and collaborated in interactive computer and multimedia performances with Vibeke Sorenson.

RICH WEST is a drummer, composer, french hornist, bookseller, and writer living in the L.A. area. "His vocabulary derives from traditional jazz drumming, but he has so re-ordered the syntax, that one may get the impression that he is not from this planet at all.”—Dan Plonsey > His musical inspiration comes from the L.A. punk scene of the late 70s, British new wave, Zubin Mehta, Mahler and Marxism. West has played in Wrestling Worms, Graham Connah, Oliver Lake, Jimmy Carl Black, Dottie Grossman, Michael Vlatkovich, Steuart Liebig, Jeff Kaiser, Bonnie Barnett, Greg Ginn, Eric Curkendall, the Richie West Quartet, Brad Dutz, and Scott Ray. West dabbles in soundtracks and music for dance. He has produced CD's for Eugene Chadbourne and Dan Clucas. Two recorded releases of his own music are on the pfMENTUM label: Heavenly Breakfast, a mixture of compositions and improvisations based on graphic notation; and Bedouin Hornbook, grooves, pieces, and improvisation.

Special thanks to the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Durfee Foundation,The Center for Cultural Innovation, The Metabolic Studio, and The MAP fund