In conjunction with American Composers Forum’s largest board meeting of the year, the concert features wild Up performing pieces written for them by the winners of the 2015 American Composers Forum's National Composition Contest.
Artist and director Philippe Quesne uses brilliant stagecraft and deeply penetrating humor to create theatrical experiences that are both hyper-naturalistic and bizarrely absurd. In La Melancholie des Dragons, a band of longhaired metal heads decide the clearing where they are stranded might be the perfect location for a new amusement park with a heavy metal theme.
Master double bassist and composer Mark Dresser and his quintet draw on a collaborative power; Lisa Mezzacappa’s Glorious Ravage isa panoramic free jazz cycle for a large ensemble of all-star improvisers.
The founder and first violinist of the internationally revered Arditti Quartet is also one of the most prodigious soloists of his generation—a supreme virtuoso conveying the full spectrum of contemporary musical expression.
A discussion on the cultural ramifications of accelerating demographic change accompanies the launch of two L.A.-based initiatives of national scope: “Arts in a Changing America,” or “ArtChangeUS,” housed at CalArts, and “#EmergingUS."
The work of Portuguese artists João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, who have worked collaboratively since 2001, is characterized by the use of silent films and other analog forms of expression to portray poetic-philosophical narratives suspended in an indeterminate zone between reality and artifice.
The gallery becomes a platform for performances, screenings, concerts, philosophical meditations, conversations and other events throughout the three-month exhibition Hotel Theory, which explores the possibilities of theory as an art form.