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

 

 

Saturday
Nov112017

eddie palmieri latin jazz orchestra: eddie at the 80

Celebrating his 80th year, 10-time Grammy Award-winner and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, Eddie Palmieri hosts a party for the ages featuring some of the finest musicians around. With an exceptionally accomplished and prolific body of work, Palmieri remains an engaging innovator and a joyful unifier whose ideas explode from the stage with kinetic energy.

Regarded as one of the top pianists of the past 60 years, Palmieri is a celebrated bandleader, arranger, and titan of salsa and Latin jazz. By skillfully fusing the rhythms of Puerto Rico with the melodic and harmonic complexity of his jazz influences (Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, and McCoy Tyner, to name a few) Palmieri has established himself as a musical innovator whose work is both bold and downright danceable.

Palmieri has received numerous honors: Eubie Blake Award (1991); Most Exciting Latin Performance, presented by the BBC in London (2002); Yale University’s Chubb Fellowship, usually reserved for international heads of state, but given to Palmieri in recognition of his work building communities through music (2002); Harlem Renaissance Award (2005); Jay McShann Lifetime Achievement Award (2008), and an induction into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame (2008).

 

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
Oct142017

jad abumrad

Jad Abumrad, the host and creator of Radiolab, which reaches roughly two million people per month, makes his debut at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA with his new program, Gut Churn. The evening begins with two simple questions: What does it mean to “innovate?” How does it feel to make something new in the world? On one level, it’s the personal story of how Abumrad invented a new aesthetic. On another, it is a clinic in the art of storytelling. And on a more profound level, the journey is the result of a three-year investigation into the science, philosophy, and art of uncertainty, which all began with the two words that are the title of this presentation: gut churn. What use do negative feelings have during the creative process?  Do those feelings get in the way, or do they propel us forward? 

Abumrad has been called a “master of the radio craft” for his unique ability to combine cutting edge sound-design, cinematic storytelling, and a personal approach to explaining complex topics, from the stochasticity of tumor cells to the mathematics of morality.  

Jad Abumrad studied creative writing and music composition at Oberlin College in Ohio. He composes much of the music for Radiolab, and in the past has composed music for film, theater, and dance. In 2011, Radiolab received a Peabody Award, the highest honor in broadcasting, and Jad received the prestigious MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.

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
Oct072017

BODYTRAFFIC

 

Experience one the world’s most cutting-edge contemporary dance groups, with their warm energy, athleticism, and eye toward aesthetic innovation as they showcase works that uniquely reflect the diverse landscape of Los Angeles, where they are based.

This exciting ensemble comes to the Luckman with their celebrated works The Green Bride Floated Through The Village Square by Barak Marshall, Once Again, Before You Go by Victor Quijada, and o2Joy by Richard Siegal.  

BODYTRAFFIC is helping establish Los Angeles as a major center for contemporary dance. Founded in 2007 by Juilliard alums Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, the company has surged to the forefront of the dance world. Named “the company of the future” by the Joyce Theater Foundation, Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” and Best of Culture by the Los Angeles Times, BODYTRAFFIC is already internationally recognized for their high quality of work and their dancers’ abilities to fulfill the distinct tenor of each movement language they employ. BODYTRAFFIC’s ever-growing repertory represents many distinctive choreographic voices that are accessible, challenging, versatile, and inspiring. 

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
Aug122017

Raiford Rogers modern ballet

The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA will present the Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet and the Jacaranda Chamber Orchestra in the world premiere ballet Joshua Tree Symphony by Czech composer Zbynek Mateju. Igor Stravinsky’s Concerto in D for Strings and Zbynek Mateju’s Still Life will complete the program.

Joshua Tree Symphony is the second ballet from Mateju and Rogers. A tour to the Czech Republic is planned for 2018 including a performance at the prestigious international festival Forum: Hradec Kralove with full orchestra, and at the National Theatre in Prague. Jacaranda will give the first U.S. performance of Still Life for strings and percussion that opened the Prague Festival at the National Theatre in 2015.

Zbynek Mateju is one of the most prolific Czech composers of his generation, known mainly for his collaborative works in ballet, opera and film. His extensive repertoire includes major works for orchestra and chamber music. Mateju is the recipient of numerous international honors for composition including the UNESCO Prize, the Donauballet International Composers’ Competition, and the Prix Radio Bohemia. He is celebrated for his wide-ranging musical oeuvre.

General: $40, $50, $60
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
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)

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