new music in los angeles

new music in Los Angeles

wasteLAnd is run by a team of artists that you will also find performing and composing the music we present.

Nicholas Deyoe  artistic director


Nicholas Deyoe is a composer, conductor, and guitarist born in Colorado and currently living and working in Southern California. Drawn to sounds that are inherently physical, Nicholas strives to create music that engages listeners intellectually and emotionally by appealing to their inner physicality. His compositions make use of noise, delicacy, drama, fantasy, brutality, and lyricism to create a diverse sonic expe- rience. As a guitarist, Nicholas strives to further the already vast sound world of the electric guitar by experimenting with microtonal tunings, preparation, bows, and beer cans. He has received commissions from Carnegie Hall, USINESONORE Festival, The La Jolla Symphony, Palimpsest, and several soloists. His music has been performed in Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, The Netherlands, Iceland, Japan, and throughout North America. As a conductor, Nicholas has performed with The La Jolla Symphony Orchestra, Red Fish Blue Fish, Ensemble Ascolta, The Darmstadt Preisträgerensemble, Noise, The University of Northern Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and many ad-hoc ensembles in the United States and Germany. He holds a Ph.D. in composition from UC San Diego where he studied with Roger Reynolds. Deyoe’s compositions and improvisations can be heard on Populist, Spektral, khalija and Eh? Records.

Rachel Beetz  executive director


Rachel Beetz is a Los Angeles based flutist whose playing has been described as both “soulfully elegant” (Washington Post) and evoking the “roar of prehistoric animals” (San Diego Union Tribune). She is passionate about contemporary music and collaboration in making new work and has been invited to play with ensembles who share this mission such as the Callithumpian Consort, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Noise, Palimpsest, red fish blue fish, Southland Ensemble, Third Coast Percussion, and has been featured in festivals across the globe. She is half of both Plus/Minus with percussionist Dustin Donahue and Autoduplicity, a project with cellist Jennifer Bewerse. Rachel also frequently works with composers in the creation of new solo and chamber pieces; she has given premieres by Nicholas Deyoe, Edward Hamel, Kurt Isaacson, Brian Griffeath-Loeb, Celeste Oram, Michael Pisaro, Roger Reynolds, Scott Worthington, and Yiheng Yvonne Wu, to name a few. You can hear her performances on Blue Griffin, IIKKI, Neuma, and Populist record labels. As a composer, she makes sound pieces involving acute realizations of graphic materials. Her sound work has been exhibited in the US, Iceland, Australia, and India. Rachel is adjunct instructor at Moorpark College and also at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) at New England Conservatory. She holds performance degrees from University of California, San Diego (DMA and MA) and Indiana University (BM).

Brian Griffeath-Loeb  director of development


As a composer, Brian Griffeath-Loeb is primarily engaged with aesthetics of the avant-garde, stemming from a background in European Modernism and American Experimentalism. His work is uncompromising. Constant reevaluation of habit is central to keeping the music alive, to seeing—as painter Jack Tworkov put it—“beyond what others have decided should be the limits of art.” Areas of inquiry include chaotic behavior, microtonality, extended instrumental soundworlds, and collaborative experimentation. He maintains an active presence in the field, working with performers and ensembles of international reputation (e.g., Talea, soundSCAPE, the JACK Quartet), attending residencies and festivals (e.g., Darmstadt, Banff Centre, June in Buffalo, Harvard Summer Composition Institute), and presenting talks on his music (e.g., at Dartmouth, Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley). Future projects and performances extend to Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, England, Iceland, as well as various locations within the U.S.

Matt Barbier  associate director


Matt Barbier (CIM-BM/CalArts- MFA) is an LA based trombonist and composer focused primarily in the fields of experimental intonation, noise, and the physical processes of his instrument. Working collaboratively with composers such as Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Ulrich Krieger and Marc Sabat, he eagerly engages with the emerging field of just intonation for brass instruments. His work with Wolfgang von Schweinitz has been highlighted by widely performing JUZ, Wolfgang’s expansive work for solo trombone and playback. A work that had previously been abandoned due to the extreme multiphonic demands, but revived in a collaborative effort between Matt and Wolfgang. Matt is a founding member of gnarwhallaby, a Los Angeles based mixed quartet formed to revive the repertoire of Poland’s Warsztat Muzyczny, and Trio Kobayashi, an ensemble founded formed to perform the music of Wolfgang von Schweinitz. He also performs as a member of wildUp! and the Industry LA. Matt has rec- orded works for release of Populist, Mode and Innova Records. His trombone teachers in- clude Rick Stout, Jim Miller, Alex Iles and Dick Erb. He studied composition with Ulrich Krieger and Wolfgang von Schweinitz.

Dustin Donahue  associate director


Dustin Donahue is a percussionist based in Los Angeles. As an advocate for contemporary music, Dustin has commissioned and premiered a large body of solo and chamber music by living composers while continuing to perform music of the twentieth-century avant-garde. He frequently performs with the International Contemporary Ensemble and collaborates with many of southern California’s presenters of contemporary music, such as WasteLAnd, the Ojai Music Festival, Monday Evening Concerts, Jacaranda Music, and San Diego New Music. He appears on releases for Mode Records and Populist Records. As a soloist, Dustin has been featured at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Carlsbad Music Festival, the John Cage Centennial Festival in Washington, D.C., and Mengi in Reykjavik, Iceland. He holds a DMA from the University of California – San Diego where he studied with Steven Schick, and a BM from the University of Wisconsin where he studied with Anthony Di Sanza.