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

 

 

Saturday
Jan202018

yemen blues

Ravid Kahalani leads this roaring group of improvising brass, string, and percussion players. Yemen Blues’ intoxicating music merges West African rhythms and ancient Jewish Yemeni melodies with mambo and funk to help you feel a connection to places you may have never visited. The group paints a musical canvas printed with deep laments and jubilations. From rasping vocals that tear open the heavens to instrumentations that interweave in a harmonious dance that is complex and resolutely modern, their music is evocative and poignant. 

From the start, Yemen Blues created an original sound that became a new language in contemporary music. In addition to Kahalani, the group includes core members Rony Iwryn, Itamar Doari, and Shanir Blumenkranz. Each member comes from a different background and brings their own unique sounds and arrangements to the compositions. The result of this amazing group is a powerful energy they like to call “New Age Culture Music.”

The group has been making huge waves as of late, appearing in Paste Magazine’s list of “10 International Acts to Watch” and performing a captivating, star-making set at globalFEST, the most prestigious world music festival in the United States. 

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
Feb032018

peking acrobats

Coming to the Luckman stage for the first time are the Peking Acrobats. The talented ensemble is world-renowned for their daring maneuvers, trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of flexibility, contortion, and control. They push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity and incredible balancing feats. 

Records of these acrobatic acts can be found as early as the Ch’in Dynasty (221 B.C. - 207 B.C.) and Chinese acrobats through the ages have continued to perfect what has become an evolving folk art form.

The Peking Acrobats set the Guinness World Record for the human chair stack when they astounded audiences with their bravery and dexterity as they balanced six people precariously atop six chairs 21 feet up in the air without safety lines.

A performance by the Peking Acrobats brings with it the opportunity to view the epitome of a rich and ancient folk art tradition, highlighted by today’s technology melding the ancient and traditional with the modern wonders of the 21st Century.

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)

Sunday
Feb182018

noa

Achinoam Nini, known internationally as Noa, makes a rare concert appearance on the Luckman stage showcasing her most popular songs from her 26-year recording career, spanning 15 international albums, and several domestic Israeli releases, including her latest recording, Love Medicine. The selections will be sung in English, Hebrew, and Arabic.

Noa is one of Israel’s leading singer-songwriters, having shared the stage with superstars such as Sting, Pat Metheny, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli, and many more. Noa wrote lyrics to and recorded the hugely successful theme song for the 1998 Academy Award-winning film “Life Is Beautiful” starring Roberto Benigni. She sings in six languages and has collaborated with symphony orchestras around the world. 

Along with her musical accolades, Noa is active on the public board of the Um El Fahem Museum of Art, the Arava Desert Institute, the Polyphony Music project of Nazareth, and the New Israel Fund. She is also involved in the Israel Peace Initiative, Yalla Young Leaders, and IsraAid. Noa has also been given the honorary title of Cavalleria de la República Italiana by Italy’s former President Napolitano, and among her many accolades is the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum, where she was also chosen a Global Leader of Tomorrow.

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
Apr212018

los lonely boys

Los Lonely Boys come to the Luckman with their signature mix of high-octane, high-quality rock and blues combined with conjunto tejano sounds that span the band’s career. In addition to their instrumental talents, they all provide vocals with engaging hooks, expressive lyrics, and melodic sumptuousness. 

Their music is drawn from diverse sources, blending their influences into a seamless style. Weaned on Tex-Mex, country, blues, and rock pioneers like Ritchie Valens, Chuck Berry, and Fats Domino, and such pop music giants as The Beatles, Los Lonely Boys augment those solid basics with red-hot guitar playing, percolating rock and Latin rhythms, dynamic interplay, and luscious vocal harmonies. 

Los Lonely Boys is comprised of the three Garza brothers: Henry on guitar, Jojo on bass, and Ringo on drums. This remarkable trio has been making music together since they were small children. The group has garnered five Grammy nominations, and won one for Best Performance by a Duo or Band. They have also had multiple Billboard charting songs, and multiple albums that have gone platinum or gold. 

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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