Little William Theater
The Little William Theater is located in a coat-room in the lobby under the stairs at the Hammer Museum. It is one of the world’s newest and smallest theaters, with seating for two people, and different performers every week. Come visit us at the Hammer Museum every Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Curated by Chris Kallmyer.
November 11, 2010
Corey Fogel and his drum kit inside the hammer museum coat room, bring a blanky?
See Corey Fogel, in purple, in the Little William Theater.
July 31, 2010
Using her violin and a loop pedal, Kim Free builds layers of melody to create a song to the sirens.
Tommy Santee Klaws
July 24, 2010
Tommy Santee Klaws brings his spooky, twisted folk-rock to the Little William Theater. Listen to Tommy and his family band perform in our tiny theater.
Elisabeth McMullin // Bell Santa Gamelan
July 17, 2010
Elisabeth McMullin’s Bell Santa Gamelan is a hacked Christmas decoration turned into an army of bell wielding Santas. Her electroacoustic bell compositions were in the Little William Theater from 11am to 6pm on the day of SOUNDINGS: Bells at the Hammer. See video of the Bell Santa Gamelan set inside a little-william-winter-wonder-land.
Brendan Carn, solo contrabass
July 10, 2010
Brendan Carn is a bassist, composer, and improviser living in Los Angeles. For the Little William Theater, Brendan will be creating short, improvised pieces for solo Contrabass. The music he generates will be spontaneously composed, and based on the audience, atmosphere, and physical space of the coat room. Check out video of Brendan Carn inside the Little William Theater with his gigantic bass and array of pedals here.
June 26, 2010
Yelena Zhelezov will be performing a short 1 minute and 30 second puppet show devoted to monumental sculpture, and one very short 30 second puppet show that considers unusual units of measurement.
June 12, 2010
June 5, 2010
Jessica Catron and Orin Hildestad will present microscores for violin and cello in the Little William Theater. These 30 second pieces of music have been composed specifically for Jessica and her collaborator Johnny Chang who now live in Berlin. Lucky for us, Orin is here to fill Johnny’s shoes. Since its inception in 2001, the Microscore Project has commissioned and performed over 300 miniature works from artists around the world – including Pauline Oliveros, Peter Ablinger, Philip Brownlee, Chiyoko Szlavnics, Harold Budd, Nels Cline, and James Tenney. Come check out some huge music in our tiny theater.
May 29, 2010
Emily Lacy will be bringing rich, folky sounds to the Little William Theater this Saturday. If you haven’t seen Emily perform in a coat room, now is your chance.
May 22, 2010
Andrew McIntosh will perform two complete cycles of minimalist composer Tom Johnson’s Rational Melodies, a collection of 21 pattern-oriented energetic miniatures. Written in 1982, they are scored for any instrument or group of instruments, in any octave or transposition, although this performance will be on solo violin.
May 15, 2010
DanRae Wilson and Miriam Jones create brief puppet shows exploring the ephemeral, transitory nature of a time-based event juxtaposed with the hearty tradition of vaudeville style puppetry a la Punch and Judy.
May 9, 2010
Kelly Kawar (bass), Eric Kiersnowski (baritone guitar), and Jonathan Silberman (tenor saxophone) make up the musical trio Rats. Their tour of intimate spaces brings them to the Little William Theater, where their original musical interludes will explore various moods, forms, and sounds.
See the Rats perform in the Little William Theater.
5 Meters of Poetry
May 2, 2010
Poets, Joshua Beckman and Anthony McCann read Carlos Oquendo de Amat’s seminal work of graphic poetry, Five Meters of Poems in Spanish and English to an audience of two.
See a reading by Joshua Beckman and Anthony McCann in the Little William Theater.
April 17, 2010
Derde Verde present intimate, acoustic originals for an audience of two in the Little William Theater. In the Hammer Courtyard, the duo will create improvised ambient sound pieces based on place, space, and texture.
See Derde Verde’s performance in the Little William Theater.
Also known as the LA Based jazz Indian ensemble “PremaSoul,” Sheela Bringi, Clinton Patterson and Robin Sukhadia will present short north Indian classical improvisations and compositions on bansuri (bamboo flute), trumpet and tabla (north Indian classical drums).
Walter Kitundu, Neelanjana Sukadia, and Robin Sukhadia perform on tabla, voice, and home-built-instruments.
See video of Robin Sukhadia and Walter Kitundu performing in the Little William Theater.
April 3, 2010
Chris Kallmyer presents his project FERMENT[cheese], a collaboration with cheese-maker, Sue Conley of the Cowgirl Creamery. Incorporating field recordings of John Taverna’s Dairy and the Cowgirl’s facilities, Chris examines the process of cheese-making from agriculture to affinage. Spatialized sound in the Little William Theater with samples of artisanal cheese. [Mt. Tam and St. Pat to be featured.]
Andrew Conrad and Colin Woodford
March 27, 2010
Andrew Conrad(saxophone/clarinet) and Colin Woodford(percussion) will present improvisations and compositions conceived specifically for the Little William Theater. Their nuanced, intuitive approach to spontaneous music-making offers a fresh look at their instruments as well as contemporary performance practice.
Melinda Rice and Chris Votek
March 20, 2010
Melinda Rice(violin) and Chris Votek(cello) perform a series of improvisations in the Little William Theater exploring communication and variation in music. In using a limited collection of themes and motives, they take a look at cognition, coherence, and chance play in contemporary improvisation.
March 6, 2010
Carmina Escobar performs a series of solo voice pieces in the Little William Theatre. Her works for our intimate performance space delve into the secret and subtle relationship between performer and listener.
Lute Song in our Coat Room
Brian Walsh and Alex Noice
February 20, 2010
Alex Noice and Brian Walsh perform short concerts for up to two people at a time. Brian and Alex will be bring their original compositions as a mixture of rock, folk, and improvised forms. They condense the visceral quality and intellectual intensity of an art rock band into their duo of clarinet and guitar.
Julia Holter and Casey Anderson
February, 13, 2010
Julia Holter and Casey Anderson perform their own compositions and improvisations.