April 10, 2014 |
Los Angeles composers complain, often with cause, about the difficulty of getting attention on their home turf. Some hope a move to Brooklyn will help them be noticed. Anne LeBaron, who has been at California Institute of the Arts for the last 13 years, does far better than most. She is on the wavelength of most of our musical institutions. She is a favorite of Southwest Chamber Music. Her environmentally mystical opera “Wet” had its premiere at REDCAT in 2005. Two years ago, she made a real splash with her hyper-opera “Crescent City,” performed by L.A.'s vital new experimental opera company, the Industry.
April 6, 2014 |
This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. Michael Milosh and Robin Hannibal of Rhye are believers in mystery at a moment of enforced accessibility. Last year, the L.A.-based pop-soul duo worked to create an air of uncertainty around its exquisite debut album, “Woman,” on which Milosh sings in a breathy, high-pitched croon that many took to be female; Rhye's infrequent concerts and photo shoots -- and its relatively low profile on social media -- allowed that fantasy to flourish.
March 24, 2014 |
Tim Warner, chief executive of Cinemark Holdings Inc., admits he'd never heard of the popular science fiction series "Doctor Who. " So the Montana native was skeptical when executives at BBC Wordwide approached him about the idea of screening a simulcast of the 50th anniversary episode of the cult-classic British TV series in Cinemark theaters across Latin America and the U.S. In late November, hundreds of "Whovians" showed up at more than...
March 22, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Pianist Evgeny Kissin speaks many languages, but to audiences around the world he is best known - and in some circles, revered - for his ability to articulate, with precision, the greatest scores of the classical piano repertoire. Talking with the Russian-born artist on New York's Upper West Side a few days before a sold-out solo recital at Carnegie Hall (the program of Scriabin and Schubert will repeat at Disney Hall on Monday), it becomes immediately clear that Kissin's mind is hard-wired for accuracy.
March 16, 2014 |
The gig: As the head of Sterling Venue Ventures, Lance Sterling runs the recently renovated Saban Theatre concert venue in Beverly Hills and also owns and operates the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Early days: Sterling, 51, studied civil engineering at the University of Arizona. While in school, he worked in bars, nightclubs and concert venues that booked groups such as Grand Funk Railroad. "I was making more money running concerts than I would as an engineer," he said. After college, he briefly worked for a billboard company and then went into the hotel business.
March 14, 2014 |
The spring reliably brings a fresh crop of music, and a new live release from saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins (May 6) and from the ongoing "Miles Davis Bootleg Series" drawn from his epic run of Fillmore dates in 1970 (March 25) are just a few albums worth investigating. Here is a selection of concerts sure to put a spring in your step: Joshua Redman Quartet, Brad Mehldau Trio: A pair of like-minded artists who completed each other's musical sentences on Mehldau's orchestral "Highway Rider" project and Redman's like-minded "Walking Shadow," the two heavyweights of contemporary jazz come together.