May 27, 1985 |
On a program shared with Ballet Espanol de Los Angeles, the pre-professional Westside Ballet danced "Carmina Burana" Saturday in Wadsworth Theatre. This wasn't the 1959 John Butler "Carmina Burana" that held so much sexual heat and muscle when performed locally by both Ballet West and the Alvin Ailey company. No, this was a new, cutesie, lightweight "Carmina Burana" choreographed by Rosemary Valaire--the G-rated, Cabbage Patch "Carmina Burana," softened, sweetened and sterilized for the kiddies.
April 29, 2002 |
It's not quite appropriate to describe the appearance by the Razbar Ensemble at the Wadsworth Theatre on Saturday night as a "performance." Despite its entertaining aspects, the event is more correctly identified as a devotional experience. The Razbar Ensemble, based in Germany since it was organized in 1997, consists of Kurdish members of the Ahl-e Haqq sect, a mystical Sufi order founded in the 15th century.
November 3, 1987 |
Is it really possible to blend "classical traditions with a language whose roots are jazz"? Jack Elliott and the New American Orchestra seem to think so, but the evidence produced at the ensemble's Sunday night concert at the Wadsworth Theatre suggested that the quest may have quixotic, rather than harmonic, overtones. The works included in the program (which was fairly typical of the orchestra's repertoire) defined part of the problem.
August 20, 1998 |
Weekend? What's That?: From the beginning of summer through November, I'll be playing in about 60 shows between the States, Japan and Europe. With a schedule like that, my favorite weekend is doing nothing. My favorite weekend, in fact, is to have one. When I Do Have One . . .: There's nothing I like better than going bike riding with my son, Wes, who is 5. Sometimes we'll ride around the Wadsworth Theatre in Westwood, because it's a bit safer there, without so much traffic.
January 17, 1994 |
The Neville Brothers, who performed at the sold-out Wadsworth Theatre in Westwood on Friday night, have gotten awfully lazy. Not that their show didn't rouse the audience, because it did, judging from the way most of the fans were dancing and obviously having a grand time grooving to the grab-bag of R&B, rock, jazz and pop. But the Nevilles--Aaron, Art, Charles and Cyril--seemed to be on cruise control most of the time.
October 4, 1988 |
Andre Previn once wrote that "Bill Holman most assuredly is a first-rate saxophonist, but his true instrument is the orchestra, and he plays it with musicianship, honesty and brilliance." Holman has almost given up playing his tenor sax (he used it only on the closing number Saturday night at the Wadsworth Theatre), but his artistry as a composer and arranger is simply nonpareil.
July 25, 1989 |
Presumably to capture an audience that is aging along with him, I.R.S. Records Svengali Miles Copeland has spent the last couple of years signing up seemingly every out-of-work demigod in the late-'60s/early-'70s guitar-hero pantheon. The package tour of his recruits Steve Hunter, Robbie Krieger and Wishbone Ash played Bogart's on Sunday and proved to be all tuned up with nowhere to go.
November 6, 1989 |
In their usual, sophisticatedly packaged fashion, the Kronos Quartet demonstrated their ability to successfully take several different kinds of music and put them together into a consistent, avant-garde program Saturday night at Wadsworth Theatre. Included in their performance were examples of ethno-pop, minimalism, Renaissance, rock, blues and at least one established 20th-Century masterpiece.
October 13, 1987 |
How can you help but like a group that calls itself the Bobs, and whose material bears titles like "My I'm Large," "My Husband Was a Weatherman," "Let Me Be Your Third World Country" and "Cowboy Lips"? You might even learn to love them a little when you hear them sing Smokey Robinson's "You Really Got a Hold on Me" and Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," and create an outrageously funny sendup of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love."