Creative Chair John Adams Curates the Three-Week Multi-Disciplinary Festival
Brian Wilson Just Added to Songs of the Sun Program
NOVEMBER 21 – DECEMBER 8, 2009
November 21 Media Sponsor: 89.9 KCRW
The distinctive qualities that make California a sympathetic refuge for creative renegades – from its unique landscapes that have inspired numerous masterpieces to the juxtaposed attitudes of the state’s northern and southern regions – are all explored musically in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s West Coast, Left Coast festival. Curated by the LA Phil’s new Creative Chair, John Adams, the unprecedented three-week multi-disciplinary series of events acknowledges the West Coast’s, particularly California’s, distinct musical culture and attempts to answer the questions – how did this come about and what does it all mean? In focusing on California as a land of possibility, the varied events that make up the festival provide attendees an opportunity to immerse themselves completely in music from many sources, as well as in symposia, film screenings and other events, all focusing on the West Coast philosophy.
“The West Coast, Left Coast festival is a celebration of music that is, in a sense, native born, arising from the curious and unique nature of the California sensibility,” says Adams. “When it comes to music we are still a young culture, younger than the East Coast and younger for sure than Europe or the great traditions of the Orient and the Middle East. I am not even certain that there is a single ‘West Coast sensibility.’ Part of the aim of the festival is to discover whether there is indeed such an identifying characteristic in what we do. Certainly what seems to set us apart as West Coast composers is a particular absence of orthodoxy and an openness to influences and stimuli that may come from any number of sources, whether it’s John Cage listening to ambient sounds in the environment, or Harry Partch making microtonal instruments out of recycled junk, or Brian Wilson singing his quintessential Southern California lyrics, or Lou Harrison creating an alchemy of Balinese gamelans and ancient Greek tuning modes, or Frank Zappa incorporating Varèsian sonorities and Stravinskian rhythms into his utterly individual music. As all of these pioneers and experimenters showed us, there is much to celebrate and to explore in our own backyard – both figuratively and literally! – and our festival is dedicated to that spirit.”
The festival is comprised of a wide range of musical and other events woven together to present a solid framework of the diversity of California sound. West Coast, Left Coast begins with EUREKA! Festival Opening Event, Saturday, November 21, and features four diverse and remarkable California artists – ensemble-in-residence, San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet, minimalist composer/musician Terry Riley, electronic-experimental artists Matmos and Los Angeles-born multi-instrumentalist Mike Einziger – sharing the stage for solo performances and exclusive collaborations, drawing inspiration from each other as well as their West Coast roots. The festival’s first classical subscription performance features LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel as he leads the Philharmonic in a program of former LA Phil Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen’s LA Variations, Lou Harrison’s Piano Concerto and Adams’ City Noir, November 27 – 29. The festival continues with a Green Umbrella series program presenting Harry Partch’s US Highball, and Adams conducting Ingram Marshall’s Fog Tropes (for brass ensemble) and selections from Frank Zappa’s The Yellow Shark, December 1. Adams also leads the LA Phil in his own The Dharma at Big Sur with soloist Leila Josefowicz, December 5 – 6. Guest conductor and Angeleno Leoard Slatkin leads the orchestra and the Kronos Quartet in the world premiere of a new work by Thomas Newman (of the Hollywood film-scoring Newman family dynasty), December 3 & 4. L.A.-based indie rock quintet The Airborne Toxic Event is accompanied by The Calder Quartet and other special guests for a one-of-a-kind evening, December 4; Legendary California icon Brian Wilson performs in a special stripped-down setting, joined by other artists, including “King of California” Dave Alvin, as they share their West Coast-inspired and sun-soaked sounds in Songs of the Sun, December 6. And, an LA Phil Jazz series concert, A Night of the Beats, features the Charles Lloyd New Quartet, poet performer Michael McClure as well as Kurt Elling, Joshua Redman, LA Phil Creative Chair for Jazz Christian McBride, Peter Erskine, Alan Broadbent and others, who come together to relive the hip non-conformity of the Beat Generation’s poetry and jazz, December 8.
West Coast, Left Coast offers other ancillary events including Marshall’s Alcatraz, a sound/video installation in Walt Disney Concert Hall’s BP Hall, and Deborah O’Grady’s photo installation Dreaming Coyote, Dreaming the World, in the lobby throughout the festival. Parades & Changes, Replays, offers a reinterpretation of the celebrated collaboration between Anna Halprin and Morton Subotnick, at REDCAT, November 11 – 14. The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus performs A California Christmas at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, November 14, and is preceded by a pre-concert discussion featuring Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne. Jacaranda presents a program featuring two works by Adams, also at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, November 14, Pauline Oliveros and Stuart Dempster present the transformative experience of Deep Listening® at the Getty Center, November 22, and Amy X Neuberg and the Cello ChiXtet offer The Secret Language of Subways, at Zipper Hall at the Colburn School, November 30. John Adams, Phil Lesh, Thomas Newman and Kevin Starr participate in the symposium, “The Art of the State,” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, December 5.
Saturday, November 21, at 9:30 p.m.
EUREKA! Festival Opening Event
Sunday, November 22, at 7 p.m.
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Grant Gershon, music director
Sergio "Checo" Alonso, folk harp
LAURIDSEN Mid-Winter Songs
MARSHALL Savage Altars (Los Angeles premiere)
DAVID O Map of Los Angeles
The Master Chorale spotlights music by four Left Coast composers, including the L.A. premiere of Savage Altars by Ingram Marshall, the New Yorker who “found his voice” when he came to the West Coast in the 1970s.
Tickets: call 213-972-7282 or visit LAMC.org
Friday, November 27, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 28, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 29, at 2 p.m.
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Marino Formenti, piano
SALONEN LA Variations
HARRISON Piano Concerto
ADAMS City Noir (LAPA commission)
Adams’ new work is about Los Angeles and was commissioned with this festival in mind.
Sunday, November 29, at 7:30pm
Piano Spheres: California Keyboard
Gloria Cheng, Vicki Ray, Mark Robson, Susan Svrček, pianos
CAGE Music for Amplified Toy Pianos
COWELL Anger Dance
COWELL The Harper-Minstrel Sings
COWELL The Fairy Answer
JARVINEN Queen of Spain
NAIDOO Bad Times Coming
Displaying powerhouse technique while bringing contemporary works to life, the innovative Los Angeles-based Piano Spheres explores the sounds and styles of notable California composers.
Tuesday, December 1, at 8 p.m.
Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group
John Adams, conductor
David Barron, singer
MARSHALL Fog Tropes (for brass ensemble)
PARTCH US Highball
ZAPPA Selections from The Yellow Shark
Dog Breath Variations
Girl in the Magnesium Dress
Questi Cazzi di Piccione
Ruth is Sleeping
The Yellow Shark, a collection of his avant-garde music played by Ensemble Modern, was the last recording Frank Zappa released before he died.
Thursday, December 3, at 8 p.m.
Friday, December 4, at 11 a.m.
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Kronos Quartet, guest ensemble
GOLDSMITH Music for Orchestra
BATES Liquid Interface
WAXMAN Tristan und Isolde Fantasy
NEWMAN Work for Kronos and Orchestra (LAPA commission; world premiere)
Mason Bates uses both halves of his composer/DJ brain to create music that's never heard of categories.
Friday, December 4, at 9 p.m.
The Airborne Toxic Event
featuring the Calder Quartet
Hometown heroes, the timeless and romantic rock quintet is joined by strings and special guests for a one-of-a-kind evening celebrating California’s anthemic indie-rock sound.
Saturday, December 5, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 6, at 2 p.m.
Los Angeles Philharmonic
John Adams, conductor
Paul Dresher, Quadrachord
Joel Davel, Marimba Lumina
Joseph Pereira, timpani
Leila Josefowicz, violin
DRESHER Glimpsed from Afar for Quadrachord and Marimba Lumina
KRAFT Timpani Concerto No. 1
ROSENMAN Suite from Rebel Without a Cause
ADAMS The Dharma at Big Sur
The amazing Josefowicz plays The Dharma at Big Sur’s electric violin solo, composed for the opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Sunday, December 6, at 8 p.m.
Songs of the Sun
Additional special guests to be announced
One of California’s most iconic and influential songwriters and vocalists, Brian Wilson performs a very special set for this LA PHIL festival celebrating the Left Coast. Downey’s own roots-rock hero, Dave Alvin shares his heart and soul through down-to-earth blues and modern Americana music.
Tuesday, December 8, at 8 p.m.
Jazz Concert: Beat Poets
Charles Lloyd Quartet
Michael McClure, poet performer
Kurt Elling, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, Peter Erskine and Alan Broadbent, special guests
Other readers TBD
The poetry of the Beat Generation and the bebop of jazz were indelibly linked by their hip non-conformity and spontaneous creativity. The audience will have an opportunity to relive those heady days with some seminal Beat poems and jazz with a fresh twist from some of today’s finest artists including the LA Phil’s own Christian McBride and Redman with a new take on Kerouac’s “Blues & Haikus.”
Walt Disney Concert Hall – BP Hall/Lobby (throughout the festival)
MARSHALL Alcatraz (sound/video installation)
From the team of Ingram Marshall (music) and Jim Bengston (photography), this extraordinary work – which captures the feelings and thoughts of those who inhabited the island Alcatraz – was created while Marshall lived in the San Francisco Bay area (1973-1985).
Deborah O’GRADY Dreaming Coyote, Dreaming the World (photo installation)
O’Grady’s video installation takes a look back at her photographic exploration of California using special projected text and landscape imagery selected to “loosen the grip of our ocular epistemology and allow imagination to re-enter our encounters with the land.”
631 W. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Wednesday, November 11 – 14, 8:30 p.m.
Parades & Changes, Replays (2008)
A re-interpretation of the celebrated collaboration between Anna Halprin and Morton Subotnick
Anne Collod, conception and artistic direction
Morton Subotnick, music
This pinnacle work came out of the 60s, when Morton Subotnick – one of the pioneers of electronic music and a founder of the San Francisco Tape Music Center – was teaching at Mills College and developing one of the most important technological breakthroughs in the genre.
General admission $25-30 [Students $20-25, CalArts students, faculty and staff $12-18]
Tickets: Visit redcat.org or call 213.237.2800.
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica
1220 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Saturday, November 14, at 2 p.m.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
A CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS
Highlighting various historic influences and developments in California, this program features Christmas-related music from Spain, France, China and Mexico, as well as works by contemporary California composers Conte, Holmes, Adams, La Roccha and Gibson.
PRE-CONCERT DISCUSSION – 1pm
Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic, will lead a discussion on historical influences in California as demonstrated in this program, relating it all to the festival’s theme of California as a sympathetic refuge for creative renegades.
Tickets: Call 626.793.4231, Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 14, at 8 p.m.
ADAMS Road Movies
MARSHALL Soe-Pa, for amplified guitar w/ reverb and loops
ADAMS Shaker Loops
Santa Monica-based group Jacaranda presents a concert of California composers, including two works by Festival Director John Adams.
Tickets: Call 800.595.4TIX or visit JacarandaMusic.org.
The Getty Center, Los Angeles
1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Sunday, November 22, at 3 p.m.
Pauline Oliveros and Stuart Dempster
Experimental artists Pauline Oliveros (accordion) and Stuart Dempster (trombone) present the transformative experience of Deep Listening®, a philosophy and practice developed by Oliveros in San Francisco that distinguishes between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary selective nature of listening.
Co-presented by The J. Paul Getty Museum and the LA Phil.
Tickets: Free, reservations required – visit Getty.edu or call 310.440.7300.
Zipper Hall at the Colburn School
200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Monday, November 30, 8 p.m.
Amy X Neuburg and the Cello ChiXtet
The Secret Language of Subways
San Francisco-based singer, composer and electronic instrument performer Amy X Neuburg bridges the boundaries between classical, experimental and popular music in her California take on New York City in this song cycle about the inane and perpetually unfinished businesses of love and war.
Co-presented by The Colburn School and the LA Phil
$15 tickets; Los Angeles Philharmonic Association selling tickets
Grand Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Saturday, December 5, 2 – 4 p.m.
Symposium – “The Art of the State”
John Adams, Phil Lesh, Thomas Newman and Kevin Starr
Audiences can engage more deeply with the festival’s themes and enjoy a first-hand curatorial perspective at this lively public discussion of “West Coast, Left Coast” and its implications for the future of music in California.
$10 tickets; Los Angeles Philharmonic Association selling tickets.
The LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC ASSOCIATION, under the vibrant leadership of Gustavo Dudamel, presents the finest in orchestral and chamber music, recitals, new music, jazz, world music and holiday concerts at two of the most remarkable locations anywhere to experience music – Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to a 30-week winter subscription season at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil presents a 12-week summer festival at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the Association’s involvement with Los Angeles extends to educational concerts, children's programming and community concerts, ever seeking to provide inspiration and delight to the broadest possible audience.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21 – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2009
WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
Other Venues where noted
WEST COAST, LEFT COAST
November 21 Media Sponsor: 89.9 KCRW
Tickets [LA Phil: $17 - $160; Eureka! West Coast, Left Coast Opening Event: $30 - $70; Los Angeles Master Chorale: call 213.972.7282 or visit LAMC.org; Piano Spheres: $25; Green Umbrella: $26 - $51; The Airborne Toxic Event: $28 - $42; Songs of the Sun: $28 - $42; A Night of the Beats: $38 - $106; Parades & Changes, Replays – REDCAT (call 213.237.2800, or visit redcat.org: $25 - $30, Students $25 - $25, CalArts students, faculty and staff $12 – 18); Los Angeles Children’s Chorus: call 626.793.4231; Jacaranda: call 800.595.4TIX, or visit JacarandaMusic.org; Deep Listening – The Getty Center: call 310.440.7300 or visit Getty.edu; Amy X Neuburg and the Cello ChiXtet: $15; “The Art of State”: $10] are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office (unless otherwise indicated), online at LAPhil.com, or via credit card by phone at 323.850.2000. When available, choral bench seats ($17) will be released for sale to selected Philharmonic performances beginning at noon on the Tuesday of the second week prior to the concert. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person; cash only. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For information, please call 323.850.2000.
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