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May 20, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Appearing with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra eight years ago, 23-year-old Alisa Weilerstein was a playfully kittenish cello soloist in Tchaikovsky's "Rococo" Variations. I wrote then that when she matures, look out. I can take no credit for divination. The crowd at UCLA's Royce Hall was clearly captivated. Weilerstein had been on LACO music director Jeffrey Kahane's radar three years before she made her debut with the orchestra. She was already being followed with intense interest by the music business.
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May 2, 2013
For fans of the piano trio, this bill could be considered something of a meeting of two heavyweights. An ambitious, expressive artist, Brad Mehldau's threesome was in typically remarkable form on two 2012 albums, and the Bad Plus has been pushing boundaries for years with an irreverent mix of head-turning covers and originals. A wild card will most likely be introduced in saxophonist Joshua Redman, who has collaborated with both ensembles in the past. Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles.
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May 2, 2013 | By Chris Barton
So who's your pick going into Saturday night? This could be a reference to this weekend's welterweight bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Robert Guerrero, but the prime-time matchup L.A. jazz fans are talking about is the pairing of two of the most inventive piano trios working today in the Brad Mehldau Trio and the ever-adventurous Bad Plus . In one corner? The cagey veteran in Brad Mehldau, who has shown no sign of slowing his relentlessly creative pace. He first reached wider notice with a series of "Art of the Trio" albums in the late '90s, which in addition to original compositions introduced covers of Radiohead, Nick Drake and Rammstein (!
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May 2, 2013 | By David Ng
When she took over the role of executive director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 2010, Rachel Fine had to learn the ropes of an established organization while also dealing with the recession that put a crimp in fundraising. In those difficult months, the orchestra had to make a number of hard decisions, including suspending its family series and reducing the number of musicians at certain performances. Now approaching her third year with the company, Fine appears to have fully settled into her job. She said that the orchestra's outlook appears stronger after months of turbulence thanks to a rise in individual giving and an adventurous artistic slate under conductor Jeffrey Kahane.
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April 26, 2013
Now in its second decade, the trio Medeski Martin and Wood is often lumped into a "jam band" ghetto, but within the organ group's thick bond to the almighty groove there are nods toward the interstellar explorations of Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor and other wonders of intense, genre-blind improvisation. John Medeski's lush, contemplative solo piano album, "A Different Time," only underscores the group's ability to surprise. Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, Royce Hall. 340 Royce Drive, L.A. Fri., 8 p.m. $15-$50 cap.ucla.edu.
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April 19, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Allen Ginsberg's "Kaddish: For Naomi Ginsberg (1894 - 1956)" is not a great poet's loudest howl. Ginsberg howled for joy throughout his life and work, the cry of bliss. He howled out of physical pleasure and spiritual pain. He howled to tune into the core sound of the universe, to become one with its core chord. "Kaddish," which was given an unusual theatrical performance at UCLA's Royce Hall on Wednesday night in a project put together by the wonderfully eclectic music producer Hal Willner, does end loud.
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April 8, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
For the brief moment that she stood atop the eight-story building at UCLA on Friday evening in the soft light of the setting sun, she looked as though she belonged there. This was, after all, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Center, and the woman might have been, say, an Antony Gormley artwork. She surely seemed a sculpture as she began to tip over. But once at a 90-degree angle to the ground, she walked, casually and with slow ease, down the side of the building as if this were a perfectly normal thing to do. For spectators watching from below, things became confused.
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April 5, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Sunset Canyon Amphitheatre, at the northwest corner of the UCLA campus, is not exactly the wilds. The bleachers overlook a recreation center's grassy knoll and a swimming pool in the distance. Still, the amphitheater is hidden away and, thanks to UCLA's parking militia, mildly inaccessible to the public. If that touch of trouble and remove helped make Sunset Canyon an enchanted, although challenging, venue Thursday night for Trisha Brown's "Astral Converted," it also helped remind us just how radically times have changed over the last two decades.
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March 8, 2013 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
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.
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March 3, 2013 | By Chris Barton
"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.
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