Dates & times:

  • Saturday April 2, 6:00-8:00 PM preview art show/concert


venue: Martin Lawrence Gallery, La Jolla

  • Friday, April 8, 8:00 PM

  • Saturday April 9, 6:15 PM

venue: San Diego Central Library Auditorium
330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Located in Downtown San Diego’s East Village
(Park Blvd. at 11th Ave., near Petco Park)


ticket cost: $10 donation suggested
Information: 619-750-7125
info: nweamo.org

This year’s festival promises to be the most eclectic and inclusive ever. Composers and musicians will be coming from New York City, Los Angeles and Portland, and the range of styles and approaches will arc from Africa to blues to otherworldly fantasy:

  • Friday’s performance will feature  Comp Cord Ensemble, the resident ensemble of Composers Concordance. The ensemble is a mixed chamber band made up of composers/performers. Composers Concordance is a presenting organization for contemporary music with a 30-year-history of producing concerts in New York City. It strives to present music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. The Comp Cord Ensemble expands on this objective by focusing on the composer-as-performer within an ensemble setting.

  • Violinist/composer Lynn Bechtold, who has played with Donna Summers, Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Sheryl Crow as well as and dozens of other celebrities, and premiered works by electronic music pioneers Morton Subotnick and Alvin Lucier.

  • Multi-award winning and Aaron Copland Fellowship recipient composer Dan Cooper.

  • World renowned master artist/composer Mark Kostabi will be performing along with the cross genre New York-based CompCord Ensemble, and Kostabi’s iconic artworks will be projected throughout the concerts.   Kostabi has designed album covers for Guns ‘N’ Roses (Use Your Illusion) and The Ramones (Adios Amigos), Jimmy Scott (Holding Back The Years), Seether (Holding Onto strings Better Left to Fray). Kostabi performs concerts internationally both as a soloist and with other musicians including Ornette Coleman, Jerry Marotta, Tony Levin, Tony Esposito, Greesi Desiree Langovits and Paul Kostabi.

Kostabi had a meteoric rise New York City art scene in the 1980s as a daring descendent of Andy Warhol.  He is represented in San Diego by the Martin Lawrence galleries, La Jolla, who will be featuring his work the week of the NWEAMO Festival. http://martinlawrence.com/

The week before, on April 2, SWARMIUS, the host ensemble of NWEAMO,  will be performing a preview concert in La Jolla at the Martin Lawrence Galleries as part of their major yearly event, which will feature works by Picasso, Dali, a $1 million Chagall, and Kostabi.


  • Composer/guitarist/rapper/Di.J. Gene Pritsker has written over five hundred sixty compositions. He will be performing and premiering a new work composed for SWARMIUS ensembles’ world-level virtuoso alto sax master SAXIMUS (Todd Rewoldt) as well as a new piece for Di.J. and CompCord Ensemble: ‘Sisyphus – Sinner Condemned’. Pritsker has worked closely with jazz fusion legend Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies, including ‘Cloud Atlas’, for which he wrote additional music and composed his ”Cloud Atlas Symphony’.

  • Portland-based contemporary funky blues pianist/composer/band leader Bonnie Bluestone

  • Melissa Grey (composer/Merlin/live processing) & Nicole Antebi (animation) (NYC)

Grey’s projects have been performed at Spectrum NYC, National Gallery of Canada, Whitney Museum of American Art (with Antenna International), Goethe-Institut Montréal, The Stone, Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio, and many others.

Antebi’s work has been shown in many unusual places including Hive House Los Angeles, High Desert Test Sites, The Manhattan Bridge Anchorage, Teeny Cine’s converted trailer, Portable Forest, a Texas Grain Silo and in the cabin of a capsized ship at Machine Project in Los Angeles.

  • NYC-based drummer/composer Peter Jarvis will unveil “Smoke and Mirrors”, for Violin, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Drum Set, commissioned for NWEAMO.

  • Lukas Ligeti: newly southern california-based composer/percussionist whose works connect the music and musicians of the us, europe, and africa.

  • American Academy of Arts & Letters fellowship winner Gregory T.S. Walker. After 2014-15 engagements with the Detroit Symphony, Wisconsin’s Strings Without Boundaries, the Colorado NeXT Music Fest, and the Brera Gallery in Beijing, Walker is slated to debut his new “video guitar” synthesizer.

  • Jozefius Rattus (aka Joseph Waters) will offer “Summer” – performed at Carnegie Hall last autumn, performed by virtuoso musicians  SAXIMUS (Todd Rewoldt) and Toni James (piano, making her debut with SWARMIUS ensemble)

  • The images of Mark Kostabi will be featured throughout NWEAMO 2016.