June 29, 2013 |
Saturday night at the Hollywood Bowl, the female ensemble Trio Ellas will be among the top-billed acts at Mariachi USA Festival, a glittering annual showcase of charro-suited talent. It'll make a nice change of pace for the three young Mexican American women: guitarist Stephanie Amaro, violinist Suemy Gonzalez and Nelly Cortez, who plays the formidable, wide-bodied guitarrón. Although last year Trio Ellas earned a Latin Grammy nomination for ranchera album for its debut release, "Con Ustedes" (With You)
June 7, 2013 |
OJAI - It can't, of course, be helped, but after a hundred years, "The Rite of Spring" has inevitably lost its sting. "Le Sacre du Printemps" supposedly caused a riot at its Paris premiere May 22, 1913, although the police files are lost and musicologists now question whether a noisy incident was as fraught as history would have us think. Today, Stravinsky's ballet is big box office for orchestras and dance companies everywhere. The "Sacre" centenary is also being celebrated with festivals, symposia, radio station marathons, new recordings and reissues of dozens of historic ones.
May 27, 2013 |
Among the exceptional accomplishments of Mieczyslaw Horszowski, the Polish pianist who died in Philadelphia in 1993 one month before his 101st birthday, was marrying at 89, performing into his late 90s and teaching until the last week of his life. His students include such probing pianists as Murray Perahia, Richard Goode and Peter Serkin. In those final recitals, a revelatory Horszowski summoned, with fingers that preserved an incomparable historical memory, long-dead voices from another era. The Horszowski Trio, which made its Los Angeles debut Friday night at the gilded Doheny Mansion at Mount St. Mary's College to close the Da Camera Society season, has thus chosen surprising footsteps to follow.
May 16, 2013 |
In "Black Rock," a female-fueled thriller, Sarah (Kate Bosworth) wants to make amends with two childhood friends by pitching a tent with them on a small Maine island where the three women once camped as kids. "We are all dying," Sarah tells Lou (Lake Bell) and Abby (Katie Aselton), and she's right: Life is short, and it's about to get shorter. After a trio of dishonorably discharged vets crashes the women's campfire and a drunken hookup goes deathly awry, it's girls-versus-boys to see which gender will survive.
May 16, 2013 |
Was there just a momentary reality check for English guitar hero, singer and songwriter Richard Thompson when he learned this week that he's in the running for two major awards from the Americana Music Assn.? Is that tantamount to Jimi Hendrix being saluted at the Brit Awards? “I'm very honored to be considered for an Americana award, even if I demonstrably don't play an American style of music,” Thompson tells Pop & Hiss by e-mail while he's on tour with his electric trio, which plays the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood on Friday night . He's nominated as artist of the year, in a category with Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris and Buddy Miller, and song of the year for “Good Things Happen to Bad People.” “I think Americana really just means roots music, and perhaps by including people like me they are trying to widen the boundaries of the genre,” said Thompson, who as a founding member of '60s folk-rock group Fairport Convention helped revive interest in traditional British folk music the waythe Weavers, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul & Mary and others did for American folk music in the 1950s and '60s . “In another era, perhaps they would have honored Bob Marley or Fela Kuti.” PHOTOS: Iconic rock guitars and their owners In fact, the borders for the AMA's nominations have never been strictly bound by geography.
May 14, 2013 |
Los Angeles can be tough on newcomers, particularly among musicians. A key figure in the fertile Chicago jazz scene and member of the groundbreaking indie band Tortoise, guitarist Jeff Parker is midway through a relocation to L.A. that has found him straddling two cities during the last few months. Though Parker never wanted for gigs in a city that found him collaborating with musicians who included the late saxophonist Fred Anderson, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz and flutist Nicole Mitchell, Los Angeles has proved to be a bit of a challenge so far. "There's so many great musicians out here, man....
May 7, 2013 |
The edgeless pop-country trio Lady Antebellum is responsible for some of the smoothest, most elegantly rendered singles of the last five years: "I Run to You," "Just a Kiss" and especially "Need You Now," the 2010 smash that reached No. 2 on the Hot 100 and won Grammy Awards for record and song of the year. So it was surprising - and perhaps a little troubling - to hear Charles Kelley, one of Lady Antebellum's two lead singers along with Hillary Scott, use the word "raw" recently to describe the group's new album, "Golden.
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 25, 2013 |
A girl with a guitar, a roommate without a job and a drummer with a crush make up the boho trio at the center of "The Crumbles," writer-director Akira Boch's low-key multiethnic rock 'n' roll doodle about the ups and downs of Echo Park artistic strivers. Darla (Katie Hipol) works at a bookstore and dreams of rock glory, so when flighty keyboardist friend Elisa (Teresa Michelle Lee) crashes on her couch after a bad breakup, the pair start the titular band. That's about it, really, save for Elisa's party-hearty flakiness irritating Darla, flirtations between the gals and Jeff Torres' lanky, sad-eyed drummer, and occasional visits with the neighbors making a microbudget sci-fi movie.
April 19, 2013 |
In a week when newsmen were making news, how appropriate that three Los Angeles newsmen are making real estate news. Remember when anchor Kent Shocknek got under his desk during a live report as aftershocks from the 1987 Whittier Narrows quake rocked his newsroom? Although not as earthshaking, a sale is pending on the longtime anchor's Pasadena house. The single-level courtyard-style house, built in 1952, is listed at $2.375 million. Set on three-quarters of an acre, the home features floor-to-ceiling windows, three bedrooms, four bathrooms and 3,375 square feet of living space.