Events | Welcoming Reception

Los Angeles | July 21, 2016 | 7:30 PM

Meet Our Summer Fellows

Olga Rayeva


Russian composer Olga Rayeva will present "Quest" , one episode from the opera project she developed with the Russian author Wladimir Sorokin. The oeuvre consists of a prologue and eight episodes each of which function as a stand-alone as well. "Quest" is a purely instrumental episode, which will eventually be turned into a dance piece.

To hear Olga's work, check out her website.

Alexander Gumz


Alexander Gumz was born in 1974 in Berlin. He is a poet and organizer of literary events for KOOK and poesiefestival berlin.

He co-founded several festivals for literature and music: LAN. Drei Tage junge Literatur und Musik in Berlin, HAM.LIT. Lange Nacht junger Literatur und Musik in Hamburg, Teil der Bewegung in Leipzig and Frankfurt/Main and Wortgarten - Literatur und Musik in der Uckermark.

Alexander Gumz' poems were published in literary magazines and newspapers, broadcasted on German radio and TV. His first volume of poetry, »ausrücken mit modellen«, was published by kookbooks, Berlin, in 2011, followed by »45sec«, poems with photos by Michael Mieß, SuKuLTur, Berlin, 2013. A chap book with New York poems will be published in Autumn 2015 by parasitenpresse, Cologne.

At our Welcoming Reception, Alexander Gumz will read a few of his poems in German, as well as some English translations. He is also going to talk briefly about texts he is planning on developping during his residence at Villa Aurora, which will deal with both the sunnier and darker sides of Los Angeles.

To read more about Alexander (in German) go to his website.

Magda Mayas & Tony Buck


Having collaborated together for over 10 years, Magda Mayas and Tony Buck plan to continue and expand their approach and vocabulary over their period together at villa Aurora. Incorporating new instruments, recording and visual components into their current focus of prepared piano and percussion, they hope to further develop and increase in scope the framework within which they compose and improvise.
At the introductory concert on the 21st they will present explorations of various sounds sources and layered time, both prepared and spontaneous, drawing on recording, installation, video and improvised performance.

To get an impression of how Magda and Tony sound live, check out their performances on

If you want to catch Magda and Tony earlier, you have the chance to see them this Saturday at gallery Klowdenmann in Culver City from 7-9pm.

Jan Jelinek


Jan Jelinek is going to present his multi-faceted work using three short audio examples: starting with an early release called Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records (2001) and continuing with his experiment of a multimedia biography with Ursula Bogner. Jelinek will end his presentation by introducing us to his latest work - a Music Concrète Composition about the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Finally he will talk about his current project project LA Screen Memories, which he is planning to work on at Villa Aurora..

Listen to Jan Jelinek on youtube and on SOUNDCLOUD

Admission is free
RSVP mandatory via 310.454-4231 or

Location: Villa Aurora, 520 Paseo Miramar, Los Angeles, CA 90272

Street Parking is available on Los Liones Drive. Shuttle service starts at 6:30 pm from Los Liones Drive, off Sunset Boulevard two blocks North East of Pacific Coast Highway.
Please do not park on the Topanga State Park Lot!

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