Drive-In Concert

2020, 1:15:39 min.
Celia Hollander, with Ben Babbitt, Jeremiah Chiu, Booker Stardrum, and Marta Sofia Honer

In March of 2020, Los Angeles was experiencing its first major surge of the COVID-19 pandemic. In place of a planned residency together that had to be cancelled due to the virus, a group of local electronic musicians devised the Drive-In Concert as a way they could perform together for a safely isolated audience. Their approach entailed setting up their gear in a van in an after-hours supermarket parking lot, arranging to transmit the sound from the van over a hyper-local FM signal, and inviting attendees to park in the lot and tune in from their cars. The performers included Celia Hollander, Jeremiah Chiu, Ben Babbitt, Booker Stardrum, and Marta Sofia Honer. Los Angeles station Dublab helped with the radio transmission, and around 100 cars attended. The recording is a reminder of the intense feelings of disruption and anxiety that attended the early stages of the pandemic and the unique ways that radio provided creative continuity when other modes for sharing sonic space had to pause. - Described by Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellow 2021/2022, Andy Stuhl.

Celia Hollander is a Los Angeles based artist and composer working with audio, scores, performance, installation and text. Her work critically engages ways that audio and the act of listening can shape temporal perception, generate narratives, question cultural infrastructures and cultivate social connection.

Jeremiah Chiu is a musician, graphic designer, and artist who operates the hybrid-creative studio, Some All None. Jeremiah has played in Icy Demons, Chandeliers, Axis:Sova, Nedelle Torrisi, (SAME), and currently plays in LA Takedown as well has his own musical projects Cosmic Son, Pair, and under his own name. Jeremiah's work has been presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Getty Center, Human Resources LA, Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, CalArts, and High Desert Test Sites.

Ben Babbitt is a composer and producer based in Los Angeles. Since 2013, he has provided the music and sound design for the episodic videogame “Kentucky Route Zero”, and recently completed the score to Amanda Kramer’s debut feature film “Paris Window”. In addition to scoring, he has performed and toured internationally as a collaborator with projects including Weyes Blood and How to Dress Well.

Booker Stardrum is a composer, percussionist, producer, and educator. His compositions are sculptural, carved from the dense layering of instruments and manipulated samples, a pantonal harmonic sense, and an intuitive approach to rhythm. Stardrum has released three solo records ('Crater in 2021,''Temporary etc.' in 2018 and 'Dance And' in 2015). Throughout the last decade, Stardrum has performed, toured, and recorded with Lee Ranaldo, Weyes Blood, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Landlady, and the Young Jean Lee Theater Company, in addition to countless experimental and improvisational collaborations.

Marta Honer is an active musician that has performed across the United States, Canada, Spain, Portugal and Finland. Working in both classical and contemporary fields, Marta has performed and recorded with a wide variety of groups including Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Chloe x Halle, Kamasi Washington, BTS, Mariah Carey, and more.

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