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February 6, 2014 | By Chris Barton
A selection of upcoming jazz and jazz-adjacent shows heading into this weekend. Dawn of Midi with Oneohtrix Point Never at Echoplex How, exactly, does one define Dawn of Midi? Composed of bassist Aakaash Israni, drummer Qasim Naqvi and pianist Amino Belyamani with roots in the fertile music program at CalArts, the telepathic piano trio's ever-evolving, 47-minute song on its brilliant 2013 album "Dysnomia" splits the difference between jazz, electronic music and minimalist composition.
February 10, 2013 | By Chris Barton
With Los Angeles steadily filling with music royalty for this weekend's Grammy Awards and the many parties and performances in its orbit, Wayne Shorter led a show that served as a celebration of its own at Disney Hall on Saturday night. Featuring the same quartet behind Shorter's justly lauded new live album "Without a Net" (his first recording for Blue Note Records in 43 years), the show partly felt like a curtain call for a man who's become the biggest story in jazz this year.
September 4, 2013 | Mark Swed
This post has been corrected. See note below. Already a Los Angeles landmark, Walt Disney Concert Hall turns 10 this fall. Celebrations on Grand Avenue will be populist and bold, including a Los Angeles Philharmonic gala on Sept. 30 with video projections inside Frank Gehry's curvaceous structure and a free concert on Sept. 29 that will be simulcast on a giant video screen in Grand Park. We can expect that singing a concert hall's praises will provide a voluble component to the L.A. soundtrack for the next couple of months.
October 19, 2013 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
At Wednesday's 10th birthday party for Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform the world premiere of Frank Zappa's "200 Motels. " It's made up of 13 orchestral suites by the late L.A. rock star and composer, only parts of which surfaced in his 1971 "200 Motels" feature film and double-LP soundtrack album. Zappa, who died 20 years ago of cancer just short of 53, devoted much of his creative energy to humorous scoffing at most aspects of the human condition.
October 18, 2009 | Jon Burlingame
Disney music at Disney Hall? Some might say: What took so long? On Tuesday night, Walt Disney Concert Hall will host "The Disney Symphonic Legacy," the first time a program of all-Disney music has been offered since the venue opened in 2003. And it will mark the Disney Hall debut of longtime Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conductor John Mauceri. The concert will draw from more than 70 years of orchestral music written for Disney-produced movies, from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937)
October 30, 2003
For weeks, Gehry, Salonen, Broad, Borda, Molina, et al., have been touting the Disney Hall as a gift for all the people -- an egalitarian, non-elitist venue for the use and enjoyment of everyone in L.A. The insincerity and hollowness of those statements was brought to the fore by the reporting in the cover story for Calendar (Oct. 23) that, except for a brief one-month grace period, anyone wishing to tour the complex would have to pay. I recognize that having people traipse in and out may cause some wear and tear, but that hasn't stopped the Symphonians from offering free tours of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for years.
March 8, 2012
Performing in a trio that includes violist Eyvind Kang and drummer Rudy Royston, Bill Frisell opens a night of eclectic modern jazz with his signature guitar sound, which can alternately sting or soothe in a gorgeous and unique mix of rustic Americana and slow-boiling jazz. He joins the chamber-informed explorations of the Billy Childs Quartet and the Kronos Quartet, who will perform separately before combining on one of Childs' pieces for what should be a captivating blur between whatever lines separate jazz and classical music.
August 16, 2000
Cranes began installing the structural steel framework last week marking the first major signs of progress on the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Performing Arts Center's new home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Designed by architect Frank O. Gehry, the sculptural building appears destined to become a downtown cultural landmark and an international symbol of the city. Disney Hall almost didn't happen. The journey began 13 years ago with a $50-million donation by Disney's widow, Lillian.
November 22, 2013 | By Richard S. Ginell
Austrian-born conductor Manfred Honeck took over the Pittsburgh Symphony in 2008 following a short-lived experiment with a troika of conductors -- and evidently they like him there, extending his contract through 2020. He has led the Los Angeles Philharmonic before, but not since 2000, so his appearance Thursday night was his debut in Walt Disney Concert Hall.  And it was a memorable debut, even an electric one -- in a general-issue all-Dvorák program, of all things. But first, fate dictated a last-minute prologue as Philharmonic President Deborah Borda and a surprise guest, Esa-Pekka Salonen, came onstage to eulogize Diane Disney Miller, who passed away on Tuesday.
March 28, 2004 | Chris Pasles
Nine hundred students will have a chance to sing in Walt Disney Concert Hall on April 23 when, for the first time, the Los Angeles Master Chorale hosts its annual high school festival there. The students will represent 23 Southland schools from Fullerton to Thousand Oaks. Plans call for the festival, in its 15th year, to start at 9 a.m. with Master Chorale Music Director Grant Gershon leading a general rehearsal. The event is to culminate in a 1 p.m.
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