Choreographer’s playlist for “Huma Rojo” … work it!

Dance · Music
Catalonian choreographer Cayetano Soto breaks from the tedium and slathers on the hot sauce. Soto’s tasty group choreography for “Huma Rojo,” his latest work for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, spools to this all-Latin-beat retro-soundtrack: Ray Barretto, El Watusi Xavier Cugat & Orchestra, Apache Perez Prado and His Orchestra, Quizas, Quizas, Quizas Abbe Lane, Whatever Lola ...

Conductor Carlo Ponti, son of Sophia, conjures “Movie Magic”

Film · Music
He’s got his father’s name and his mother’s looks. But the richly credentialed classical-music resume is all Carlo Ponti, Jr.‘s. The conductor will lead the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra in an evening of compositions drawn from the industry from whence he came. The aptly titled “Movie Magic” program slated for the charming Theatre Raymond Kabbaz ...

The new Grace Kelly

Music
Classic film fans will be jolted to learn that Grace Kelly has returned. This time ’round she’s as beguiling as ever, having taken the form of a 23-year old saxophone player. We watched the new Grace Kelly wail, pitching her horn skyward at an extreme high angle, at Saturday night’s “Give the Band a Hand” ...

Anoushka!

Music
Virtuoso sitar player/composer Anoushka Shankar brings to Los Angeles her inimitable blend of classical Indian music crossed with flamenco, jazz, electronica and Western classical music. Always surrounded by the best-in-class musicians, Shankar’s concert bodes beauty and spirituality at Royce Hall. Anoushka and her band will perform selections from Land of Gold – a deeply personal ...

The new normal: the Stones play La Habana 2

Language & ideas · Music
A super-special expression of a new reality. As native Britons, the Rolling Stones have never been particularly hamstrung by America’s culture-throttling 50-year trade embargo on Cuba. But with so many ties to the U.S. market (indeed with band members in residence here), they’ve surely been circumspect. Spreading the wild winds of Western civilization at the ...

REVIEW: ‘Remembering Water’ from String Theory

Dance · Music · Reviews
Everything about “Remembering Water,” a fully integrated dance-and-rock-music pageant presented by Los Angeles-based String Theory, and repeated next weekend at Santa Monica’s charming Miles Playhouse, is pure joy. Spooling through 13 staged songs for a nicely compact 65 minutes, the highly versatile and handsome troupe of eleven (seven musicians, four dancers) radiate a spontaneous pleasure ...

Rocking the aerial ballet: Luminario’s ‘LedZAerial’

Dance · Music
Let’s sound that out: led-zair-ee-yall. Otherwise entitled LedZAerial, Luminario Ballet‘s massively fun ballet-and-aerial dance pageant which throbs to the music of Led Zeppelin, including the ever popular Kashmir. Kind of the Ravel Bolero of our time. Luminario artistic director Judith FLEX Helle clearly takes instructions from the rock world’s seminal heavy-metal band literally. She’s created a ...

The vampire lurches to a live score: NOSFERATU @ Villa Aurora

Film · Music
Markus Horn, known for his intense symbiosis of film and music made clear in his score for Fritz Lang’s Metropolis has done it again. With Nosferatu he presents his second soundtrack to a German silent classic, which opens this year’s San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. Now the house on haunted hill gets its turn. ...

John Clayton’s jazz continuum prospers 1

Music
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Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
above: jazz musicians John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Jeff Clayton The California Jazz Foundation has been investing in the jazz community for a decade, with a generous track record of financial, counseling and material aid to 200 musicians in need. The Foundation doesn’t take its role, especially as an aid organization, lightly. “Give the Band a ...

March means chamber music

Music
Well, Jacaranda. The blossoming bushes that seduce with the color purple reinvented as a cutting-edge contemporary classical music presentation series. On monthly Saturday nights in Santa Monica, there convenes the cognoscenti, a considerable who-is-who of Los Angeles’s serious music universe. They meet, greet, and eat (cookies served during the break). The thirteen-season-running series, a labor ...