PROFESSIONAL ARTS ON THE CAMPUS OF
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES

 

 

Saturday
May202017

Chucho Valdés

photo credit: Francis Vernhet

Winner of six Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader Chucho Valdés has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for the past 50 years. The son of celebrated Havana musician Bebo Valdés, Chucho was already recognized as a formidable pianist when he launched his celebrated group Irakare in 1973 with a phenomenal cast that included Paquito D'Rivera and Arturo Sandoval.

The New York Times proclaims Chucho Valdés "the dean of Latin jazz" and "one of the world's great virtuosic pianists." He has recorded over 80 albums during his illustrius career and has become a true legend in his realm.

Chucho Valdés makes his highly anticipated return to the Luckman Theatre.

General: $30, $40, $50
Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office

Cal State L.A. students: $20
Other students: $25
(in-person only at the Luckman Box Office)

Friday
May192017

Rodriguez & Arum Rae

 

Rodriguez began his career in the 60s, but without any enthusiastic response, he was ultimately let go by his label and forced to work outside the music industry. Unbeknownst to him, and to the rest of the world, his songs became the inspiration for millions struggling against apartheid in South Africa, where he was regarded as a superstar.

Rodriguez became the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man, which depicts the story of the hunt to learn the truth behind his rumored death and disappearance in the late 1970’s. With his new-found celebrity status, Rodriguez has been a headliner at every major festival in the world and has finally found commercial success forthe album he produced nearly four decades ago.

Rodriguez returns to the Luckman with his classic hits and the songs that helped shape his fascinating life.

-Special Guest-

Bouncing between states, “indie soul” singer and songwriter Arum Rae went from performing on any stage possible—including dive bars, mental hospitals, and organic produce markets—to landing a high-profile placement on ABC’s Nashville, touring with the likes of "Sugarman" Rodriguez, Gary Clark, Jr. and B.B. King, and independently releasing her 2014 Warranted Queen EP acclaimed by Noisey, Spin, Paste, and more. On that road, she came face-to-face with addiction, loss, heartbreak, and everything in between. Her inspiration derives from a diverse musical palette including Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Outkast and Bill Withers, ultimately creating a multi-faceted musical experience for the listener.

On the heels of her recent Loners EP and forthcoming unplugged & b-sides collection Past Present Future, Arum's story comes into focus on her debut full-length album, slated for release in 2017.

General: $60, $70, $80
Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office

Saturday
May062017

Idan Raichel: Piano Songs

Photo Credit: Benjo Arwas

After 15 years as leader of The Idan Raichel Project, international music icon Idan Raichel is focusing on the basic essence of his songs with the solo piano concert entitled Idan Raichel – Piano – Songs. Raichel will be presenting his melodies, lyrics and the stories behind them in their pure, stripped down form, as they were originally written at home or in the studio. This intimate and inspiring show allows Raichel to demonstrate his gifts as a singer-songwriter and endearing solo stage presence. Discover anew the songs that have earned him fans such as American pop stars India.Arie and Alicia Keys, Portugal's Ana Moura, France's Patrick Bruel, Italy's Ornella Vanoni, Germany's Andreas Scholl, and Mali's Vieux Farka Touré to name but a few.

Returning to the Luckman after more than five years, Idan will perform new and classic hits in a solo format.

General: $30, $40, $50
Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office

Cal State L.A. students: $20
Other students: $25
(in-person only at the Luckman Box Office)

Saturday
Apr292017

Northwest Dance Project

Photo Credit: Christopher Peddecord Dancers / Andrea Parson (Princess Grace Award 2010) + Viktor Usov (Princess Grace Award 2014)

NW Dance Project is dedicated to the creation and performance of innovative, new contemporary dance works from established and emerging dance works from established and emerging dance makers created in an open and artistically stimulating environment.

Their dedication to providing dancers and dance makers the resources and creative room needed to realize new, inspired dance works led Dance International Magazine to proclaim that they are “changing the way dance is created” and that NW Dance Project has become “a laboratory, factory and repository for risk-taking new works from the next generation of choreographers from Europe and North America.”

NW Dance Project proudly returns with “some of the best dancers you will ever see” (Calgary Herald) to the Luckman Theatre for their second thrilling performance. An all original dance program, this mixed repertoire performance will featuring work from award-winning choreographers including NW Dance Project’s gifted Artistic Director, Sarah Slipper and Resident Choreographer, Ihsan Rustem and the rising star, Jirí Pokorný, formerly of Nederlands Dans Theater and Kidd Pivot.

General: $30, $40, $50
Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office

Cal State L.A. students: $20
Other students: $25
(in-person only at the Luckman Box Office)

 

Saturday
Apr082017

Joe Lovano classic quartet

From his Grammy-nominated symphonic work to his role as Gary Burton Chair of Jazz Performance at Berklee College of Music, Joe Lovano fearlessly challenges and pushes his conceptual and thematic ventures in a quest for new modes of artistic expression and new ways to define the jazz idiom.

In 2014, he won Multi-reeds Player and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year awards from the Jazz Journalists Association and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year from Down Beat Magazine.

Joe Lovano has released 23 celebrated albums on the Blue Note label; with the last three focusing on his quintet, Us Five. The New York Times says, "Lovano is one of the greatest musicians in jazz history."

General: $30, $40, $50
Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office

Cal State L.A. students: $20
Other students: $25
(in-person only at the Luckman Box Office)

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