Los Angeles-based Fol Chen have released three studio albums, performed on four continents, and have presented projects at LACMA, the Walker Art Center, Machine Project, and the Annenberg Space for Photography. Fol Chen's explorations of the limits and uses of popular music have drawn praise from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Wired, and Pitchfork, as well as from the godfather of experimental pop music, David Byrne. They have remixed David Bowie, Sufjan Stevens (who owns their label, Asthmatic Kitty Records), and legendary club producer Junior Vasquez. The group also covered Prince for SPIN Magazine’s “Purplish Rain” compilation, and teamed with electronic interface designers Monome on a limited edition gestural sound toy.
2015 "I'd Rather Listen to a Bad Song," Clifford Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY (upcoming)
2015 Urban Fruit Trails, with Fallen Fruit and HOLA, Los Angeles, CA (upcoming)
2015 Untited Theater Project, with Janet Sarbanes & Jen Backhaus, Los Angeles, CA (upcoming)
2015 TBD: A Musical Play, with Austin Young, Los Angeles, CA (upcoming)
2014 Composer-Free Song Generator, Indianapolis Museum of Art / Big Car / AiOP Indy, Indianapolis, IN
2014 The National Anthem, Grand Park / Los Angeles Music Center, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Composer-Free Song Generator, Fallen Fruit / HOLA, Los Angeles, CA
2014 You Will Be My Music, Fallen Fruit / HOLA, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Band Performance, Hammer Museum / KCRW, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Tetrafol Performance, The Chalet / LACE, Los Angeles, CA
2013 You Will Be My Music, Diverseworks, Houston, TX
2013 You Will Be My Music, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA
2012 Tetrafol, with Monome and Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Beauty Culture film score and installation, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Composer-Free Song Generator, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
2010 Rendered in Metal, The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Untitled (Craigslist Auditions), The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Untitled (Weiner Werkstatte, Textile Length), LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
2013 The False Alarms (Asthmatic Kitty Records)
2010 Part II: The New December (Asthmatic Kitty Records)
2009 Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made Asthmatic Kitty Records
2011 “Golden Years” by David Bowie, remix, KCRW/EMI Records LTD.
2011 “I Walked” by Sufjan Stevens, remix, Asthmatic Kitty Records
2009 "The Beautiful Ones" by Prince, cover, SPIN Magazine
Visiting Artist Engagements
2014 Cal State Sacramento / Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, CA
2014 Alliance Francaise, Arusha, Tanzania
2013 Pomona College, Claremont, CA
2013 Band Width Project, Taipei, Taiwan via Burlington, VT
2010 CEC Artslink, St Petersburg, Russia
2012 BOMBsite, "Samuel Bing Interviewed by Ben Ehrenreich"
2013 KCET Artbound, “Breaking Sound Barriers with Fol Chen”
2013 The Wall Street Journal, “Fol Chen Reveal Its Faces”
2013 The Line of Best Fit, "Album Review: The False Alarms"
2011 WIRED Magazine, "The Tetrafol is a Crazy, Motion-Sensitive Musical Pyramid from Fol Chen"
2010 LA Weekly, "Live Review: Fol Chen at the Echo"
“A delightful mix of electronic pop and experimental music” -The Wall Street Journal
“Viscerally catchy songs... addictively slinky” -Pitchfork
“Loa’s layered vocals have this way of conjuring the otherworldly” -SPIN
“Odd and lovely as ever” -Stereogum
"Fol Chen are equally fond of modern chamber music and poppy funk, of pretty tones and deliberately blemished ones" - New York Times