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In a week, I will be performing a fifteen minute performance work entitled “Chair Piece” as part of Studio: Spring 2014 at REDCAT on Saturday, May 31st and Sunday, June 1st. There are also five other artists on the program, with performances including experimental dance, improvisational guitar playing, and piñata smashing.

In anticipation and celebration, I’ve posted the Song of Yourselves album for free streaming and download. This album has all the spoken word and musical elements from Song of Yourselves, including Clint Eastwood’s address to the 2012 RNC, which “Chair Piece” is based on.

 

P1120256I will be performing a work entitled “Imperialistic Picnic” at Cerritos College on Monday, Nov. 18th between 11am and 12:30 pm.

“As part of the second Los Angeles SUR:biennial at Cerritos College, John P. Hogan will perform a number of songs from the vantage point of his band Ponce de Leon’s titular conquistador, a utopian society of dolphins, prisoners at Guantanomo Bay, and Ann Romney. In the spirit of the approaching Thanksgiving holiday, snacks will be provided to passersby.”

“You Celebrate Yourselves” serves as the introductory poem in “Song of Yourselves”, a longer performance involving poetry, musical performance, and contextually appropriate audience karaoke. In the live performance, this section ends with an appeal for an audience member to sing karaoke.

From the program for “Song of Yourselves” when it was performed at Automata in Los Angeles, May of 2013: “Welcome to Song of Yourselves, a celebration and laying to rest of the Cultural Supremacy of The American White Male. Tonight, we celebrate his heights, we look at some of his least odious recent low points with affection and humor, and we sing the songs that he wrote and/or adopted during the late twentieth century, when both his power and international influence peaked. We hope you enjoy your evening and are able to laugh, cry, and revel in the twilight of a truly spectacular era in our shared history.”

Romney/O’Connor, 2012

Recitation of opening section of Ann Romney’s address to the 2012 Republican National Convention, followed by a performance of “You Cause As Much Sorrow” by Sinead O’Connor.  Part of The Space Between You And Me, a collaborative project of Chi-Wang Yang and Mira Kingsley, Little High, Los Angeles.