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October 15, 2012 | By Chris Barton
After a weekend that featured guitarist Bill Frisell performing a soundtrack to a film by Bill Morrison and pianist Myra Melford performing with a Butoh dancer, the Angel City Jazz Festival closed on what initially appeared to be a more conventional musical collaboration. Celebrated pianist Vijay Iyer joined his mentor, saxophonist Steve Coleman at Royce Hall in a set co-sponsored by Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA Sunday night. A forward-looking improviser and thinker who has influenced a generation of jazz artists, including fellow Angel City performer Ambrose Akinmusire, Coleman was the driving force behind M-Base, a loose musical collective during the '90s and an evolving school of creative thought whose effect continues to be heard in contemporary jazz.
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September 24, 2013 | By David Ng
The 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, who were announced Tuesday evening, feature a distinguished honor roll of 24 recipients in various fields of study. Among the recipients this year are several artists, including pianist Jeremy Denk , playwright  Tarell Alvin McCraney and ballet choreographer Alexei Ratmansky . Recipients of the award -- known informally as the MacArthur "genius" grant -- each will receive a stipend of $625,000, paid in quarterly installments over five years.
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October 2, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Heading into its fifth year this week, the Angel City Jazz Festival has become appointment viewing for jazz fans in Los Angeles and beyond. This year operating under the heading “Artists & Legends,” the collaborative effort of Angel City Arts, the UCLA Center for the Art of Performance and the still-itinerant Jazz Bakery spreads across four venues and six adventurous evenings.  It may not offer a complete portrait of modern jazz in 2012, but...
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October 19, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Fans of jazz and improvised music are mourning with the unexpected loss of saxophonist David S. Ware, who died Thursday night as a result of complications from a 2009 kidney transplant. He was 62 years old. A free-blowing, modern-day titan of the saxophone, Ware was not the kind of player who could've been heard at a mainstream event like the Playboy Jazz Festival. In fact it's difficult to find just about any record of the New York-based artist playing L.A. apart from a couple of '70s dates as part of Cecil Taylor's band -- and perhaps Ware's health contributed to Taylor's recent decision to cancel an upcoming L.A. performance . But Ware was a favorite among music fans of all kinds looking for an heir to the explorations of late-period John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders and Albert Ayler.
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October 11, 2012
What happens when a jazz piano trio releases a dance record in 2012? Before any seizure-inducing thoughts of a Swizz Beatz-produced take on "Body and Soul" come to life, listen to pianist Vijay Iyer's modern vision of jazz's body-moving roots. A head-bobbing step forward for a trio that topped year-end lists with 2009's "Historicity," "Accelerando" is a rambunctious yet nimble celebration of the groove that turns as much on the fulcrum of drummer Marcus Gilmore and bassist Stephan Crump as it does on Iyer's restlessly inventive piano.
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August 13, 2010 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
Critical acclaim can be a tricky thing. While no musician would reject it, when an album becomes an 800-pound gorilla on year-end best-of lists like Vijay Iyer's knotty yet inviting 2009 album, "Historicity," it's tempting to wonder if there's any downside. Does that kind of reaction go to a guy's head? Does it inspire a musician to venture further out and defy expectations? Or does it prompt a temptation to stick with what's worked in the past? Speaking by phone from his New York City home, a thoughtful and unaffected Iyer shrugs off such ideas.
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October 18, 2012 | By Chris Barton
One of the most anticipated jazz shows of the fall, next week's solo performances by 83-year-old jazz pianist Cecil Taylor at REDCAT, have been postponed.  No new dates have been announced. The news comes just days removed from Monday's news that a second date had been added for Taylor's performance after the first show, scheduled for Oct. 24, had sold out. In a statement released by REDCAT, organizers indicated that they hoped to reschedule another date soon. The concerts were scheduled in conjunction with the Geffen Contemporary's exhibition "Blues for Smoke," a show exploring the intersection between blues music and contemporary art that opens Sunday.
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September 24, 2013 | By David Ng
The 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, who were announced Tuesday evening, feature a distinguished honor roll of 24 recipients in various fields of study. Among the recipients this year are several artists, including pianist Jeremy Denk , playwright  Tarell Alvin McCraney and ballet choreographer Alexei Ratmansky . Recipients of the award -- known informally as the MacArthur "genius" grant -- each will receive a stipend of $625,000, paid in quarterly installments over five years.
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October 4, 2012 | By David C. Nichols
“The Red Room” finds veteran writer Christopher Knopf elegizing golden age Hollywood via a once-prominent producer and his privileged brood. Although beautifully appointed, resolutely performed and not without promise, this locally topical family drama warrants reconsideration. Our protagonist: disillusioned, one-handed Edwin (a determined Brad Blaisdell), his mogul-hood ending at the same time as the fading studio system. Rose (the heroic Janet Fontaine), Edwin's long-suffering wife, strives to broach her epically demanding husband's armor while defending him and their sons -- ne'er-do-well David (Chad Coe)
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October 3, 2012 | By Margaret Gray
After centuries of repression by the phallocentric hegemony, the vagina has become very chatty. Now an acclaimed monologist, with a biography by Naomi Wolf out in hardback, it takes the eponymous role in "Potential Space," a new play by Kirsten Vangsness premiering at Theatre of NOTE. Vangsness, best known as Garcia on "Criminal Minds," stars in her own play as Dulcie, a young woman with a psyche so fractured that its parts are embodied by a Greek chorus. There's her sex, named Jenny (Jennifer Flack)
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October 18, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
When groundbreaking art-rock group Faust arrives at REDCAT on Friday night for two performances, it'll be armed with a fascinating arsenal of "instruments," according to an email REDCAT published Wednesday night.  The group rose up in Germany in the early 1970s among other so-called krautrock bands that helped set the path for avant-garde rock and electronic dance music, including Kraftwerk, Can, Neu!, Amon Duul and Tangerine Dream. In the decades since, Faust has continued to explore, as evidenced by the items its members have requested from REDCAT.
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October 18, 2012 | By Chris Barton
One of the most anticipated jazz shows of the fall, next week's solo performances by 83-year-old jazz pianist Cecil Taylor at REDCAT, have been postponed.  No new dates have been announced. The news comes just days removed from Monday's news that a second date had been added for Taylor's performance after the first show, scheduled for Oct. 24, had sold out. In a statement released by REDCAT, organizers indicated that they hoped to reschedule another date soon. The concerts were scheduled in conjunction with the Geffen Contemporary's exhibition "Blues for Smoke," a show exploring the intersection between blues music and contemporary art that opens Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2012 | By Chris Barton
After a weekend that featured guitarist Bill Frisell performing a soundtrack to a film by Bill Morrison and pianist Myra Melford performing with a Butoh dancer, the Angel City Jazz Festival closed on what initially appeared to be a more conventional musical collaboration. Celebrated pianist Vijay Iyer joined his mentor, saxophonist Steve Coleman at Royce Hall in a set co-sponsored by Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA Sunday night. A forward-looking improviser and thinker who has influenced a generation of jazz artists, including fellow Angel City performer Ambrose Akinmusire, Coleman was the driving force behind M-Base, a loose musical collective during the '90s and an evolving school of creative thought whose effect continues to be heard in contemporary jazz.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2012
What happens when a jazz piano trio releases a dance record in 2012? Before any seizure-inducing thoughts of a Swizz Beatz-produced take on "Body and Soul" come to life, listen to pianist Vijay Iyer's modern vision of jazz's body-moving roots. A head-bobbing step forward for a trio that topped year-end lists with 2009's "Historicity," "Accelerando" is a rambunctious yet nimble celebration of the groove that turns as much on the fulcrum of drummer Marcus Gilmore and bassist Stephan Crump as it does on Iyer's restlessly inventive piano.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2012 | By David C. Nichols
“The Red Room” finds veteran writer Christopher Knopf elegizing golden age Hollywood via a once-prominent producer and his privileged brood. Although beautifully appointed, resolutely performed and not without promise, this locally topical family drama warrants reconsideration. Our protagonist: disillusioned, one-handed Edwin (a determined Brad Blaisdell), his mogul-hood ending at the same time as the fading studio system. Rose (the heroic Janet Fontaine), Edwin's long-suffering wife, strives to broach her epically demanding husband's armor while defending him and their sons -- ne'er-do-well David (Chad Coe)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2012 | By Margaret Gray
After centuries of repression by the phallocentric hegemony, the vagina has become very chatty. Now an acclaimed monologist, with a biography by Naomi Wolf out in hardback, it takes the eponymous role in "Potential Space," a new play by Kirsten Vangsness premiering at Theatre of NOTE. Vangsness, best known as Garcia on "Criminal Minds," stars in her own play as Dulcie, a young woman with a psyche so fractured that its parts are embodied by a Greek chorus. There's her sex, named Jenny (Jennifer Flack)
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April 17, 2012 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
Wedged in between appearances at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival backing Odd Future's Frank Ocean, the Canadian piano trio BadBadNotGood comes to the Mint on Tuesday with a small storm of controversy in its wake after a rather mouthy turn in a Toronto magazine recently . Scoffing at, among other things, jazz education, tradition and Robert Glasper (who in the group's view doesn't go far enough in mixing hip-hop and...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
When groundbreaking art-rock group Faust arrives at REDCAT on Friday night for two performances, it'll be armed with a fascinating arsenal of "instruments," according to an email REDCAT published Wednesday night.  The group rose up in Germany in the early 1970s among other so-called krautrock bands that helped set the path for avant-garde rock and electronic dance music, including Kraftwerk, Can, Neu!, Amon Duul and Tangerine Dream. In the decades since, Faust has continued to explore, as evidenced by the items its members have requested from REDCAT.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Heading into its fifth year this week, the Angel City Jazz Festival has become appointment viewing for jazz fans in Los Angeles and beyond. This year operating under the heading “Artists & Legends,” the collaborative effort of Angel City Arts, the UCLA Center for the Art of Performance and the still-itinerant Jazz Bakery spreads across four venues and six adventurous evenings.  It may not offer a complete portrait of modern jazz in 2012, but...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2012 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
Wedged in between appearances at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival backing Odd Future's Frank Ocean, the Canadian piano trio BadBadNotGood comes to the Mint on Tuesday with a small storm of controversy in its wake after a rather mouthy turn in a Toronto magazine recently . Scoffing at, among other things, jazz education, tradition and Robert Glasper (who in the group's view doesn't go far enough in mixing hip-hop and...
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