erika bell

Erika Bell is a Los Angeles–based composer drawn to intuition, preference and the personal. The combination of these things filtered through their compositional process often results in works that are spacious, textural, and melancholy. Their work is lightly focused on textural construction, irregular ensemble groupings, and a structure-based approach. Bell has had work performed in Sweden, U.K, New York and—in Los Angeles—the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Zebulon, The Dog Star Festival, the wulf., Human Resources, and more. Bell performs on guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, objects, and sundries in: Erika Bell (experimental singer-songwriter project), Picky Bunches, Cali Bellow, The Dog Star Orchestra (experimental music ensemble/festival in L.A.) and other occasional projects. Erika holds a BFA in music composition from California Institute of the Arts where they studied with Michael Pisaro and Laura Steenberge.

My work comes from a place of intuition, preference, and the personal, with an emphasis on exploring the timbre of sonic realms. I often derive from found text, objects, and sounds, and juxtapose strict notation with elements of openness in the use of time and material. My work slowly and methodically unravels. By placing an importance on pacing I allow full immersion in the audible phenomenon of beating, cyclical melodic/harmonic loops, and washes of texture. In my work I explore how to accentuate what is naturally inherent to the sonic world of a material or space, experimenting with different ways to access what it may have to offer.

Lines Transpire and Blur Excerpt (live)

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Moving Like Icebergs Against Each Other Excerpt

Sucking Stones Excerpt

upcoming

September 26, 2020
Lil' Jurg Frey // presented by the wulf. via twitch

past

May 15, 2020
Lil' Jurg Frey // presented by Lumpen Radio, Quarentined Concert Series

May 2, 2020
Lil' Jürg Frey // presented by Lumpen Radio, Quarentined Concert Series

December 5, 2019
Erika Bell // presented by Steady Hand Records @ Moryork Gallery, Los Angeles

November 30, 2019
Premiere: Gyrations: cool // presented by The Unwrinkled Ear @ Edgar Gallery, Los Angeles

November 24, 2019
Premiere: Interruptions in Landscape // fellow composer as part of Cisum Percussion, Brooklyn, New York

November 20, 2019
Saint-Girons // presented by A M O K @ Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, York, England

October 29, 2019
Picky Bunches // @ Little Joy, Los Angeles

October 7, 2019
Erika Bell // @ Love Song Bar, Los Angeles

October 1, 2019
Picky Bunches // @ Zebulon, Los Angeles

September 18, 2019
1– // presented by A M O K @ St Martin-cum-Gregory’s Church, Micklegate, York, England

Picky Bunches Tour with Media Jeweler, 2019:
August 25 // @ Outer Spaces, Omaha, NE
August 26 // @ The Shrub, St. Louis, MO
August 27 // @ The Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
August 28 // @ Bobo, Columbus, OH
August 29 // @ Collision, Pittsburgh, PA
August 30 // @ True Vine Records, Baltimore, MD

July 17, 2019
Picky Bunches // @ Ham & Eggs, Los Angeles

July 10, 2019
Picky Bunches // @ Hyperion Tavern, Los Angeles

July 6, 2019
Booming Yawns // @ Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles

June 28, 2019
Hypnagogia // @ Yale’s New Music Festival, New Haven, Connecticut

June 21, 2019
. . . . . // performed and presented as part of Dog Star Orchestra 15

June 11, 2019
Picky Bunches // @ Zebulon, Los Angeles

June 5, 2019
Picky Bunches // @ The Smell, Los Angeles

June 3, 2019
Picky Bunches // @ House Show, Los Angeles

May 11, 2019
Picky Bunches // @ Gal Palace, Los Angeles

May 2, 2019
Picky Bunches // @ The Echo, Los Angeles

April 27, 2019
Erika Bell // @ House Show, Los Angeles — email for address

March 24, 2019
Erika Bell // @ House Show, Los Angeles — email for address

March 21, 2019
Picky Bunches // @ Non Plus Ultra, Los Angeles

February 27, 2019
Lines Transpire and Blur // presented by A Wave Press @ Coaxial, Los Angeles

February 17, 2019
Picky Bunches // @ Battery Books, Pasadena

February 9, 2019
Saint-Girons // performed by Southland Ensemble @ Automata Arts, Los Angeles

February 5, 2019
Solo Study // @ La Cita, Los Angeles

February 1, 2019
Picky Bunches // @ Art Share, Los Angeles

December 15, 2018
Lines Transpire and Blur // commission for Yunhee Min and Peter Tolkin’s Red Carpet in C @ Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts — https://ucrarts.ucr.edu/Performance/sound-performance-red-carpet

December 12, 2018
Erika Bell // @ The Love Song Bar, Los Angeles

November 8, 2018
Erika Bell // @ Coaxial, Los Angeles

October 23, 2018
Saint-Girons // presented by VOLUME and Last Visible Dog records @ Human Resources, Los Angeles

October 21, 2018
Erika Bell // @ Vast Lab, Los Angeles

September 28, 2018
1– // performed by Dog Star Orchestra @ Göteborg Art Sounds, Gothenburg, Sweden

September 23, 2018
at[de]tached // Sound Installation @ CAMP, Aulus-les-Bains, France

September 16, 2018
Kitchen Chatter // Sound Installation @ CAMP, Aulus-les-Bains, France

August 16, 2018
Piano Chorus // presented by VOLUME and Last Visible Dog records @ Zebulon, Los Angeles

July 6, 2018
Erika Bell // @ Battery Books, Pasadena CA

June 25, 2018
Solo Study // presented by the wulf. @ Coaxial, Los Angeles

June 15, 2018
< | > // The Dog Star Orchestra Festival, season 14 @ BETALEVEL, Los Angeles

May 24, 2018
Erika Bell + Andy Young // @ Coaxial, Los Angeles

April 6, 2018
Moving Like Icebergs Against Each Other // @ Wild Beast, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia CA

March 3, 2018
1– // presented by the wulf. @ Coaxial, Los Angeles

November 18, 2017
Sucking Stones // presented by L.A. Phil, noon–midnight concert @ Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles

September 9, 2017
Sideline // @ Woca gallery, Anaheim CA

September 8, 2017
Erika Bell // @ Bridgetown DIY, La Puente CA

West Coast Tour: July 28th – August 8th, 2017
Erika Bell
August 9th // @ ABC House Concert, Pasadena CA
August 7th // @ Studio Grand, Oakland CA
August 5th // @ Projection Museum, Portland CA
July 30th // @ The Red Museum, Sacramento CA
July 28th // @ Beatnik Bandito Music Emporium, Santa Ana CA
July 27th // @ Nail Salon, San Diego CA


July 2017
Erika Bell // @ Emerald House, Los Angeles

April 14, 2017
2+ // presented by the wulf. @ Coaxial, Los Angeles

March 21, 2017
Sucking Stones // @ Wild Beast, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia CA

March 21, 2017
It Drips // @ Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Long Beach CA

March 2017
Fish Out Of Water // @ R.O.D, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia CA

January 29, 2017
It Drips // @ Local Music Evolution (monthly house concert series), Sherman Oaks CA To Realize // @ Local Music Evolution (monthly house concert series), Sherman Oaks CA

November 4, 2016
IDIOMATIC // @ Washington St. Gallery, Somerville MA

October 23, 2016
IDIOMATIC // @ R.O.D, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia CA

September 28, 2016
Eggs & Things // @ ABC House Concert, Pasadena CA

September 2016
Erika Bell // @ Music With Friends #5, Val Verde CA

September 10, 2016
Performance Art // @ Union, Chinatown, Los Angeles

August 2016
Erika Bell // @ Werk, Los Angeles

August 18, 2016
It Drips // @ 1604 Concert Series, Los Angeles CA
His Body Does Exist // @1604 Concert Series, Los Angeles CA

August 7, 2016
It Drips // @ LA Artcore, Los Angeles CA
His Body Does Exist // @ LA Artcore, Los Angeles CA

April 4, 2016
It Drips // @ Wild Beast, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia CA