I just received an email from the fine folks over at Piano Spheres that basically said “short notice, but Mark Robson is playing today at noon as part of Play Me, I’m Yours, at the piano at One Colorado in Old Town Pasadena.”
So if you’re somewhere over there on a lunch break (or don’t have a job – and you’re luckier than you think you are), and want to catch a Mark Robson concert for free, now you know where to do it.
If you can make it out to Valencia tomorrow night by 7:30, the Cal Arts Orchestra is premiering Andrew Tholl’s violin concerto, titled Asphyxiation, at The Wild Beast on their campus. Tholl himself is the violinist. The program also has works by Devin Maxwell, Roger Reynolds, Mike Fink, Michael Pisaro, and Anastassis Philippakopoulos. Should be a good time, to say the very least.
Yesterday my mom called to ask if I’d heard of a guy named David Lang (hint: I have), because she had read in the paper that a) his dad lives in Thousand Oaks (where I grew up/she lives) and b) a bunch of ensembles at CLU are doing a bunch of his pieces today, at 2, for free.
There’s not much available about it online, but I’m getting in my car right now to go check it out.
If you’re anywhere near Echo Park/Silverlake/Downtown/Highland Park/etc. over on that side of town, I highly recommend heading over to Tribal Cafe on Temple Street at 7 pm tonight. Classical Revolution LA will be running a free show there, and Charith Premawardhana, the founder of the original Classical Revolution series up in the bay area, will be there to jam with a bunch of special guests.
Complete details are on classicalrevolutionla.org. I’ve been trying to get an interview together with the guys running it here, but it’s been an insanely hectic week. As such, a post-concert follow-up kind of thing will be posted in the very near future.
I just received an invitation on Facebook to a neat looking event that’s part of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra’s Sounds and Spaces series. As you may have guessed from the title, they play music in cool places.
For this one, musicians from the LBSO will be performing Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at Belmont Heights United Methodist Church this Sunday at 4. There will also be a presentation on the space by architectural historian Timothy Kent Parker.
It’s a free show, but you do have to RSVP on their website at http://www.lbso.org/special-events/view/id/7/-/sounds-and-spaces. If you’ve never heard Quartet for the End of time performed live, all the way through, at least once, then you’re seriously missing out.
Conveniently, somehow, my family is all meeting up for lunch that day like two blocks from there, so if you see me at the show please do come say hello.
Slightly late notice, but Nicholas Deyoe‘s record with throbbing eyes, which features Red Fish Blue Fish, The Formalist Quartet, Stephanie Aston, and Brendan Nguyen, is coming out this Tuesday, January 17th. It will be the first release from Populist Records, a new label based in Echo Park, owned and operated by Andrew McIntosh and Andrew Tholl.
The release party will be held on Monday at Machine Project from 1 to 4 pm, and Mr. Tholl mentioned to me that, in addition to performances and Eagle Rock Brewing’s Populist IPA (which is delicious), there would be cupcakes. As such, I highly recommend going, and am again saddened by the prohibitive 9 to 5 lifestyle that I’ve adopted as of late.
I’ll have a review of the record up here soon. But why wait for me to review it when you could go hear it yourself, live, with cupcakes? Complete details are on populistrecords.com.
While it’s not exactly musical (musical updates are on the way, including a massive four-in-one review of lots of local action), LA-based photographer Scott Toepfer is screening a short film he made about his project It’s Better In The Wind at The Mandrake in Culver City tonight at 9. Scott is also one of the bassists in the band Honest Iago, also based out of LA.
The soundtrack has a few new cuts by Chuck Ragan, of Hot Water Music fame, which are generally awesome. There’s no cover, and inasmuch as we’re trying to build a new music scene, getting to know the other arts around town is pretty important too.
I just discovered the Gordon Getty Concerts series, held at (you guessed it) The Getty Center. I haven’t been to one yet, but they look like really, really cool programs, all of which are designed to highlight or compliment a current exhibit at the museum. On November 12, electronic music pioneer Carl Stone will be there to play a mixed program of early works and world premieres. The shows are pretty cheap too, $15 max, or $10 for students and seniors. For details, visit the series’ page.
That second week of November is going to be huge. The very same night, Synchromy open their season over on the east side of town. The next night the LA Master Chorale performs The Little Match Girl Passion. Vicki Ray is playing an all premiere program (including one of her own) on Tuesday with Piano Spheres down at Zipper Hall, and the week closes with both wild Up and Jacaranda rocking their respective houses (both near the beach!) on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The American Youth Symphony (who sound absolutely amazing this year, and never charge admission) are performing Lutosławski’s Fourth Symphony and Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand (and Beethoven 5) on Sunday as well.
Details about all of these, as always, can be found on our concert listings page.
While it doesn’t exactly fit neatly into the realm of post-classical-neo-modern-pseudo-populist-concert music that we claim to cover on this blog, I figured some of our readers might be interested in the completely free block party in Echo Park this Sunday. Lots of bands, and apparently some food trucks and craft beer too. At least it had better be craft beer. If they’re advertising “world class” and show up with Heineken and Stella, I will stage a futile and largely ignorable personal protest.
For details (and to RSVP, which is required), go to uptheantics.com/cc2011.
You may have noticed that the concert listings page has been massively updated. If not, I recommend checking it out.