Category Archives: MUSIC

BLACK FIRE SESSIONS AT THE BROAD

The Art Ensemble of Chicago co-founder Roscoe Mitchell and pianist Brett Carson will perform at the first of two Black Fire Sessions at the Broad.

The concerts celebrate the exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983, and Mitchell—who collaborates with AfriCOBRA—and Carson will be preceded by the “beat music” of Teebs in the first floor lobby.

The evening includes performances by Georgia Anne Muldrow and Busdriver in the museum’s Oculus Hall, and throughout the evening Mecca Vazie Andrews will “animate the galleries of Soul of a Nation through three distinct movement and dance pieces.”*

BLACK FIRE SESSIONS—ROSCOE MITCHELL, BRETT CARSON, GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW, BUSDRIVER, and MECCA VAZIE ANDREWS*

Wednesday, July 17, from 8pm until 11 pm.

The Broad

221 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

The second of the Black Fire Sessions will take place on August 14.

From top: Roscoe Mitchell; Brett Carson, photograph by Carly McLane; Georgia Anne Muldrow; Busdriver; Teebs; and Mecca Vazie Andrews. Images courtesy and © the artists, their management, and the photographers.

ADÈS, MCGREGOR, AND DEAN — WORLD PREMIERES

This weekend at the Music Center, choreographer Wayne McGregor, composer and conductor Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean, the Royal Ballet, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic present two world premieres, preceded by a work—OUTLIER—new to West Coast audiences.

LIVING ARCHIVE: AN AI PERFORMANCE EXPERIMENT—danced by Company Wayne McGregor—is a first look at the results of McGregor’s collaboration with Google’s Arts and Culture Lab to develop a choreographic tool that generates new outcomes for works in McGregor’s repertoire. This iteration of LIVING ARCHIVE will be danced to Adès’ In Seven Days, performed by the LA Phil.

The evening will close with the dance world premiere of Part One of McGregor’s full-evening work THE DANTE PROJECT. Set to Adès’ new eponymous composition, INFERNO will be performed by the Royal Ballet, and features a set designed by Tacita Dean—her first work for dancers and the stage—and lighting design by Lucy Carter and Simon Bennison.

ADÈS AND MCGREGOR—A DANCE COLLABORATION

OUTLIER, LIVING ARCHIVE: AN AI PERFORMANCE EXPERIMENT, and THE DANTE PROJECT PART 1 (INFERNO)

Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13, at 7:30 pm.

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

135 North Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: Wayne McGregor, The Dante Project (Inferno), featuring Royal Ballet dancers Fumi Kaneko and Edward Watson; Watson and company; Calvin Richardson; artists of the Royal Ballet. Wayne McGregor, Living Archive, featuring Company Wayne McGregor dancers Izzac Carroll, Maria Daniela Gonzalez, and Jordan James Bridge; Chien-Shun Liao; Carroll; Rebecca Bassett-Graham and Carroll. Wayne McGregor, Outlier, artists of Company Wayne McGregor; Lauren Cuthbertson, Jacob O’Connell, and Joshua Barwick; Gonzalez, O’Connell, and Bassett-Graham. Photographs by Cheryl Mann, July 12, 2019, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. Images courtesy and © Wayne McGregor, Tacita Dean, the Royal Ballet, the Music Center, the photographer, and the performers.

ANIMA

ANIMA—a short film by Paul Thomas Anderson set to three songs from Thom Yorke’s new album—features Yorke and a troupe of dancers performing an extended suite of movement work by choreographer Damien Jalet.

Yorke worked with Jalet when the musician was scoring Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 version of Suspiria.

ANIMA, now on Netflix.

Thom Yorke in Anima. Fourth from top: Yorke and Dajana Roncione, photograph by Darius Khondji. Below: Roncione and Yorke, photograph by Petr Dobias. Images courtesy and © the artists, photographers, and Netflix.

MARIANNE AND LEONARD — WORDS OF LOVE

In the 1960s, Hydra was a seemingly magical refuge from the world, a bubble that kept you safe as long as you stayed inside it. But for many who left the Grecian island and returned to what was then referred to as the “rat race,” life away from their sanctuary proved dangerous, and there were many casualties along the way.

Leonard Cohen met an early, essential inspiration for his life’s work on Hydra—Marianne Ihlen, a Norwegian woman who was visiting Greece with her husband and son. This is where MARIANNE & LEONARD—WORDS OF LOVE—the fascinating new documentary by Nick Broomfield—begins. Cohen’s obsessive self-involvement provided its own buttress against straight society:

“A large part of my life was escaping, whatever it was… It was a selfish life, but at the time it felt like survival.”

It was left to Marianne to take what Broomfield—during his Film Independent post-screening interview with artistic director Jacqueline Lyanga—called the “oddly unflattering” role of muse. MARIANNE & LEONARD brings us the lifelong entanglements, the separations and reunions, the breakdowns and break-ups, the round-the-clock use of speed, wine, LSD, and other substances (“They used to call me Captain Mandrax,” explains Cohen in the film, citing the Quaalude-like drug he used to combat paralyzing stage fright)—all told through the eyes and hindsight of a man, Broomfield, who was also on Hydra in the ’60s and also fell in love with Marianne.

The film ends with Cohen reciting the last lines of his poem “Days of Kindness”:

“… What I loved in my old life
I haven’t forgotten
It lives in my spine
Marianne and the child
The days of kindness
It rises in my spine
and it manifests as tears
I pray that loving memory
exists for them too
the precious ones I overthrew
for an education in the world.”

Ihlen and Cohen died less than four months apart. And in the end he did give her what she wanted most, sending her a last message on her death bed: “See you down the road my friend. Endless love and gratitude, your Leonard.”

MARIANNE & LEONARD—WORDS OF LOVE

Now playing:

Playhouse 7

673 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena.

Arclight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles

The Landmark

10850 West Pico Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

Black and white photographs: Marianne Ihlen and Leonard Cohen in Marianne & Leonard—Words of Love (2), courtesy and Nick Broomfield and Roadside Attractions. Color photographs: Broomfield (2) and Jacqueline Lyanga at the Film Independent Presents special screening of Marianne & Leonard at the Arclight Hollywood on July 2, 2019. Photograph by Araya Diaz/Getty Images.

ADEE ROBERSON

RIDDIMS—a new exhibition by Adee Roberson—opens this week at Human Resources.

On Sunday, Roberson will host a block party—including a performance by Thurmon Green—and join curator Essence Harden in conversation.

ADEE ROBERSON—RIDDIMS

Opening: Wednesday, July 3, 6 pm through 9 pm.

ADEE ROBERSON and ESSENCE HARDEN in conversation

Sunday, July 7, at 2 pm.

Human Resources

410 Cottage Home Street, downtown Los Angeles.

Roberson is also participating in the group exhibition Brave New Worlds—Explorations of Space at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Adee Roberson. Images courtesy and the artist. Second from top: Adee Roberson’s studio. Third from top: Cosmis Palms (3D), 2016, risograph print.