January 29, 2013 |
For many native Angelenos like Gail Samuel, summertime concerts at the Hollywood Bowl are a Southern California ritual as eagerly anticipated as the opening-day bite of a Dodger Dog. This year Samuel will be taking her lifelong Bowl-going habit to a new level in her recently appointed role as chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which spends its summers at the Bowl. Her programming prescription for the venue, Samuel said, will hew closely to the Bowl's decades-old philosophy.
January 15, 2013 |
New music in Manila is a too-little-looked-at phenomenon. We've been missing something. For a Monday Evening Concerts program, built around the U.S. premieres of works by two Philippine composers, Zipper Concert Hall became, in Jonas Baes' "Patangis-Buwaya," a rain forest. The sounds made by a quartet of low winds and whistles and stones handed out to the audience were so uncannily authentic that all that was said to be missing were the mosquitoes. But the big piece of the night, José Maceda's "Strata," proved an even more peculiar sonic and spiritual wonder.
September 20, 2012
MUSIC. Lila Downs is an artist who always seems to have her act together. The Mexican American singer has a stunning voice, a confident multicultural vision grounded in her Mixtec Indian roots and a successful career in world music circles, finding a natural fusion of disparate strains of music and different sides of herself. Luckman Fine Arts Complex, 5151 State University Drive, L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $25-$55.luckmanarts.org.
September 12, 2012 |
David Byrne is, to use one of his favorite words, a context unto himself. Founding member of Talking Heads, he blew up the concept of that band at least three times before disbanding it in 1988 for good. By then, he was already a film director, artist and composer, working on projects such as Robert Wilson's 1985 "The Knee Plays" and Twyla Tharp's 1981 ballet "The Catherine Wheel. " In the years since, he has created his own world music record label, written movie soundtracks and published half a dozen books.
August 13, 2012 |
Artists often want their audiences to see the world the way they do. Malian musicians Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia, professionally known as Amadou & Mariam, have taken that to literal extremes on a few occasions in the last year. They're blind. The married couple has realized a long-held dream with a handful of "Eclipse" concerts in England and Europe, performing in complete darkness. "The intention is really to plunge people into the world of the blind in a way, and also give a very strong message of our evolution and demonstrate the hope we feel," says Bagayoko, the husband and electrifying guitar player, speaking in French via translator Joe Gunton.
August 4, 2012 |
Bluegrass legend Del McCoury has been touring for more than 40 years, but the 73-year-old still likes to shake it up when he performs. "I do an all-request show where the audience shouts out what they want to hear. The band doesn't know what we are going to do, I don't know what we are going to do. That's what keeps it exciting," he said, speaking from his home in Nashville. With his distinctive high-ranged vocals, some nimble guitar picking and sons Ronnie and Rob on mandolin and banjo, the Del McCoury Band are returning favorites at this year's Flights and Sounds Summer Festival, a world music feast that spans five themed weekends during the month of August at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine.