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February 13, 2009 | John Payne
Trumpet player-composer Jon Hassell is an artist with endless enthusiasm for the ways music and art can connect -- he's best known for drifting ambient jazz that marries rhythmic and tonal sources from the ancient world with space-age digital technology. But Hassell's relentless pursuit of a new kind of music means he's had to deal with quizzical looks when it comes to that old bugaboo of how to categorize his sound.
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April 6, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
Late last year, Joachim Cooder began feeling that life as a sideman wasn't enough. Cooder is the son of one of the most lauded names in L.A. rock - singer-guitarist Ry Cooder. For years he played drums for his father, Mavis Staples,Dr. John and the Cuban collective Buena Vista Social Club while composing for indie films like "Lars and the Real Girl. " His life was the archetype of a successful behind-the-scenes musical mercenary . But late last year during a hobbyist's stint as an apprentice chef at the downtown L.A. pop-up restaurant Le Comptoir, he began to suspect that new challenges might be good for him musically as well.
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April 6, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
Late last year, Joachim Cooder began feeling that life as a sideman wasn't enough. Cooder is the son of one of the most lauded names in L.A. rock - singer-guitarist Ry Cooder. For years he played drums for his father, Mavis Staples,Dr. John and the Cuban collective Buena Vista Social Club while composing for indie films like "Lars and the Real Girl. " His life was the archetype of a successful behind-the-scenes musical mercenary . But late last year during a hobbyist's stint as an apprentice chef at the downtown L.A. pop-up restaurant Le Comptoir, he began to suspect that new challenges might be good for him musically as well.
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February 13, 2009 | John Payne
Trumpet player-composer Jon Hassell is an artist with endless enthusiasm for the ways music and art can connect -- he's best known for drifting ambient jazz that marries rhythmic and tonal sources from the ancient world with space-age digital technology. But Hassell's relentless pursuit of a new kind of music means he's had to deal with quizzical looks when it comes to that old bugaboo of how to categorize his sound.
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January 14, 2001
Ani DiFranco's next album, due in the spring, will be a two-CD effort titled "Reveling/Reckoning." She's finished 28 tracks, including several instrumentals. Guest musicians include jazz-funk saxophonist Maceo Parker, avant-garde jazz trumpeter Jon Hassell and pedal steel player Lloyd Maines, father of Dixie Chick Natalie Maines. . . . "De Sade--the Musical," a rock theater presentation written by actor-singer Michael Des Barres, will debut May 4 at Hollywood's West Coast Ensemble Theatre.
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May 26, 2008 | Casey Dolan
On Friday night, Royce Hall will resonate with the quivering sound of the duduk, an Armenian oboe, as played by its reigning master, 79-year-old Djivan Gasparyan. He will be accompanied by Michael Brook, inventor and performer of the "Infinite Guitar" and a composer and producer who has worked with such musicians as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Brian Eno, U2's Edge and Jon Hassell.
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July 14, 1989 | CATHY CURTIS, Times Staff Writer
Dee McCandless and Lynn Raridon call their kind of dancing "ethna-robics." It's a sly, cross-cultural subversion of concert modern dance that borrows styles and steps from the Third World and tackles them with a bouncy, athletic insouciance. For the second installment of the Laguna Beach Invitational on Wednesday night, the two Texans offered "Dinner Dancing," a light meal in five courses. The appetizer, "Tamboo Bamboo Sticks," had a Caribbean flavor.
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September 23, 1985 | DANIEL CARIAGA, Times Music Writer
Opening its latest Southern California season, titled "Sudden Exposure," as well as the 1985-86 concert year at the UCLA Center for the Arts, the Kronos Quartet brought another intriguing new program to Schoenberg Hall Auditorium on the Westwood campus Friday night.
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February 2, 2001 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1914 brothers Dwight and George Hart built the 264-room Rosslyn Hotel at the southwest corner of 5th and Main streets in downtown L.A., and it proved so successful that in 1923 they built a 422-room annex at the northwest corner in an identical Beaux Arts style and connected the two structures with a tunnel under 5th Street.
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January 17, 1989 | JOHN HENKEN
Trust the Kronos Quartet for the unusual. The veteran ensemble, which has been reordering the way we think about string quartet performance for the better part of two decades, has been moving in ever more theatrical directions. Sunday the latest Kronos adventure into media mixing received its local premiere at the Wadsworth Theater, courtesy of the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts, one member of a commissioning sextet.
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