March 8, 2013 |
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Trumpeter and roving ambassador for jazz Wynton Marsalis brings his nimble big band to town with a wealth of talent and tradition in tow. Expect sharp suits and even sharper tunes delivered by a band dedicated to bridging the gap between the music's history and its present. Walt Disney Concert Hall, April 20 www.laphil.com Ambrose Akinmusire: As if the weather weren't enough for Angelenos to gloat about, jazz fans got yet another reason when this trumpeter returned to his West Coast roots as an instructor at USC's Thornton School of Music.
March 3, 2013 |
"It's very rare," alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa said while back-introducing the song "Abhogi" at Royce Hall on Saturday night, further describing the piece as a South Indian raga that was also performed in the Hindustani tradition. "And of course we played it in neither genre," he added with a smirk. It was far from the first musical restriction disregarded on the night, which was presented by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA. Over more than two hours with two different bands, Mahanthappa expanded on the Indian music explorations of Miles Davis, John McLaughlin and even the Beatles, further blurring the lines between global music traditions for an evening that often defied comparison.
February 28, 2013
A relentlessly inventive alto saxophonist, Rudresh Mahanthappa showcases two sides of his musical personality with this show. First he'll perform as part of his Indo-Pak Coalition, an exploration of his South Indian roots with the help of Pakistani-American guitarist Rez Abassi and drummer Dan Weiss, which will be followed by his latest ensemble with mind-bending guitarist David "Fuze" Fiuczynski, which picks up where John McLaughlin's meeting of...
January 31, 2013
Malian music is in the news today for the most awful reasons, as religious fundamentalist rebels have banned it in much of the country. That makes this set by Vieux Farka Touré, the scion of the great Malian music family, all the more urgent — his work pairs the soulful guitar work of his father, Ali Farka Touré, with modern production flourishes. Royce Hall, UCLA. 8 p.m. Fri. $20-$50. cap.ucla.edu.
January 11, 2013 |
At 25, the flamboyant Korean violinist Amadeus Leopold (formerly Hahn-Bin and before that, Hahnbin Yoo) already counts fans in classical music, fashion, the art world and pop culture. Last year the one-time prodigy at the Colburn School and protégé of Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School could be found within a few Manhattan blocks, performing at Carnegie Hall, the Louis Vuitton store on Fifth Avenue, the Museum of Modern Art and at the NBC television studios for a profile on the "Today" show.
January 10, 2013
With a bio that's often read like a tragic country song, the Texas singer-songwriter Steve Earle has pulled his act together in recent years and regained a lot of the footing he'd lost after starting out so promisingly a quarter-century ago as one of the most acclaimed young writers of his era. Earle is back to relying on his own pen in one of his strongest collections of songs, full of sharply etched observations on mortality, faith, the dirty side...
December 20, 2012
Join Rufus and Martha Wainwright for a holiday concert and post-show gala called "Christmas 101. " Expect festive carols, loads of food and drink and a glitzy cast of special guests, including Emmylou Harris, Van Dyke Parks and Carrie Fisher. Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, L.A. 8 p.m. Fri. Prices vary. http://www.ucla.edu.
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December 18, 2012 |
Hours before showtime at UCLA's Royce Hall, Teri Meredyth leaned into a new Steinway & Sons concert grand piano. Behind her, stagehands hammered together a stage extension. In front, workers shoved into place wooden panels for a backdrop. Stage left, an electrician shouted to a colleague aiming spotlights. Meredyth, the hall's longtime piano technician, pounded the keys of the 9-foot-long grand, listening for off-kilter harmonics. She tweaked tuning pins and pricked felt hammers with a needle to soften them and thus warm the tone that would be produced when they hit the strings.
December 7, 2012 |
Meshell Ndegeocello's place in pop culture has shrunk since her mid-'90s days on MTV . But her talent has only grown. In October the New York-based singer-bassist released the stunningly beautiful "Pour Une Âme Souveraine," a collection of songs written or popularized by Nina Simone featuring guest appearances by Sinead O'Connor, Cody Chesnutt, Lizz Wright and others. Pop & Hiss caught up with Ndegeocello ahead of her show Friday night at UCLA's Royce Hall. "Pour Une Âme Souveraine" follows recent tributes you've done to Prince and Fats Waller . What do you get out of these kinds of projects?
December 6, 2012
Iconoclastic musician Meshell Ndegeocello takes on one of her heroes on her latest album, the lush collection "Pour Une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone. " Although the record features guest turns from the likes of Cody Chesnutt and Sinéad O'Connor, there's no doubt that Ndegeocello will captivate with simmering and inspired reworkings of songs such as "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" and "Feeling Good. " Jazz guitar explorer James "Blood" Ulmer opens in an ensemble with fellow flamethrower Vernon Reid of Living Colour.