March 5, 1998
Between 1958, when Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama arrived in New York, and the late 1960s, when performance began to dominate her art, she created a body of work that made a significant contribution to the contemporary scene. A comprehensive exhibition of works from this period, "Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama, 1958-1968," opens Sunday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with paintings, collages, sculptures and reconstructions of three of the artist's environmental installations.
March 10, 1998 |
The Global Divas concert at the Veterans Wadsworth Theater on Sunday brought together three gifted artists from distant parts of the world--Peruvian singer Susana Baca, Mexican American singer Tish Hinojosa and African mbira (or thumb piano) player and singer Stella Chiweshe. Representative of different cultures and musical styles, they nonetheless share several qualities.
November 18, 2002 |
Think of the voluptuous Eva Ayllon as an uncontrollable force of nature, wondrous and potentially devastating. A human tornado. A woman whose hip movements can make any man blush like a little boy and whose throaty, potent, chocolaty voice recalls the passion and intensity of Celia Cruz and Cesaria Evora. Yes, Ayllon is a world music diva in the making.
July 13, 1999 |
Tango master Juan Jose Mosalini's determined crusade to maintain the relevance of the large tango orchestra made its way to the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday in the second of the summer's new world music series. The ensemble was essentially the same as the unit Mosalini has brought to Royce Hall in the past, aided by the valuable presence of dancers Gisela Graef-Marino and Segio Molini, and singer Andres Ramos.
September 29, 1999 |
Conceived and hosted by Edward James Olmos at the Kennedy Center in Washington in July, the Americanos Concert was meant to be a global celebration of Latin music, encompassing a wide variety of styles and countries. But the TV show that's been culled from the concert, airing tonight on PBS, is as much about the cliches associated with Latin music as it is about Latin music itself.
September 19, 2002
General Categories Record of the year: "Y Solo Se Me Ocurre Amarte," Alejandro Sanz (Humberto Gatica & Kenny O'Brien, producers; Chris Brooke, Humberto Gatica & Eric Shilling, engineers-mixers). Album of the year: "MTV Unplugged," Alejandro Sanz (Humberto Gatica & Kenny O'Brien, producers; Humberto Gatica, Eric Schilling & Chris Brooke, engineers-mixers). Song of the year: "Y Solo Se Me Ocurre Amarte," Alejandro Sanz, songwriter and artist. Best new artist: Jorge Moreno.
July 6, 2000
all day Movies Bruce Willis, who proved adept at working with a child co-star in last year's "The Sixth Sense," tries it again in "Disney's The Kid." This time, Willis plays a 40-year-old image consultant named Russ Duritz, who literally comes face to face with himself as an 8-year-old called Rusty (newcomer Spencer Breslin).
March 6, 1998 |
Zimbabwe musician Stella Chiweshe is one of the few women in the world to master the mbira, or, as it is sometimes described, the thumb piano. And she has done so despite a traditional refusal to allow women to play the instrument, which performs a vital role in spiritual ceremonies of the Shona people.
March 14, 2008 |
Peru's Roman Catholic Church once frowned on the zamacueca, a seductive courtship dance performed by African slaves, but today it lives on in the whirling sensuality of the celebrated national dance of Peru, the marinera. When Peruvian authorities outlawed African drums, fearing they could be used to organize slave uprisings, slaves turned to the heavy wooden boxes of cargo they carried, and in 2001 the cajon, or "big box" drum, was declared a Cultural Heritage of the Nation.