Burnt dot

Experimental Sound & Visual Art

Burnt Dot is an LA-based noise, improvisation and experimental jazz ensemble founded by Sarah Belle Reid (trumpet + electronics) and Ryan Gaston (modular synthesizer).

Reid and Gaston started Burnt Dot to explore open forms of spontaneous creation. The group is a fluid ensemble of sound and visual artists who are committed to creating work that is as quirky, fiery, and thought-provoking as the world that inspires it. 

Burnt Dot's performances range in scope from art museums and concert halls to intermedia installations and site-specific improvisations. Equally committed to outreach and education, Burnt Dot frequently presents workshops and lectures to students in music, improvisation, and creative technology at universities such as Stanford University (CCRMA), California Institute of the Arts, University of Oregon, Hendrix College, and UC Irvine, among others.

Sarah Belle Reid is a performer-composer, active in the fields of electroacoustic trumpet performance, intermedia arts, music technology, and improvisation. Her current work focuses on liminality and memory imprints both in sound and physical performance—a fascination inspired by Duchamp's writings on infrathin. She is also actively working on the design and development of new interfaces for musical expression, as a means of augmenting the trumpet.


Ryan Gaston is a composer
synthesist, and sound artist. Ryan's work centers around modular synthesizer performance, sound
spatialization, and notation and analysis of electronic and timbre-based music. Fascinated by developing new modes of listening and performing, Gaston makes work that exploits the unique possibilities of its venue of realization—be it a concert hall, dingy dive bar, art gallery, or a pair of headphones.


Sahir Khan is a CraftyCalifornian™ who studied at CalArts. He is a graphic designer, illustrator, motion designer, and digital artist currently based in L.A. His interests lie with exploring creation in the fields of motion and print design and has had the pleasure of creating a wide variety of work ranging from audiovisual art, to instructional design. When he's not on the grind, he enjoys eating a chili or two with his food.



Recent Collaborators

Kris Tiner is a California-based trumpet player, composer, and improviser. Featured on NPR Music as one of a handful of new trumpet voices impacting modern music, his playing has been described as 'extraordinarily inventive' in Signal to Noise Magazine, and the LA Weekly claims 'Trumpeter Kris Tiner can turn barbed wire to beauty.'


Todd Barton is a composer, sound designer, multimedia performer, analog synthesist specializing in Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments. Todd is a praised improvisor, composer, and consulting artist for Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments.


Andrea Yasko is a graphic designer pursuing her BFA at CalArts. Her interests range from combining digital and traditional media to eating amazing indian food. Outside of design, she enjoys binge watching netflix and hulu.


© Burnt Dot 2016