September 12, 2013 |
Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin has been recognized for her intriguing and thought-provoking works since the 1990s, when she spent a pivotal seven years performing and choreographing in New York City. Mikhail Baryshnikov took note of Guerin's individuality in 1999, including two of her dances in his White Oak Dance Project's repertory. Based in Melbourne since 1996, she founded her company Lucy Guerin Inc. in 2002 and has returned to New York often enough to keep its dance audiences abreast of her more recent projects.
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August 9, 2013 |
The charismatic young social activist renowned for the breakout "Kony 2012" video on enslaved African children, and for a painfully public personal meltdown, returned to a public stage this week at UCLA, urging 1,500 acolytes to make their lives "bigger than your best dream. " Jason Russell, co-founder of the nonprofit Invisible Children, went to a psychiatric hospital after he was arrested for traipsing, naked, down a San Diego street. He said Thursday he felt guilt and embarrassment for distracting attention from the video - said to be the most viral in history - after it got more than 100 million views in just six days.
May 20, 2013 |
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.
May 2, 2013 |
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 (!
May 2, 2013 |
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.
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.
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.
April 19, 2013 |
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.
April 8, 2013 |
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.
April 5, 2013 |
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.