Friday, July 20

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American Youth Symphony fine-tunes new pieces for season opening

An eerie, spectral sound drifts from the recesses of Schoenberg Hall, where an orchestra rehearsal for a Royce Hall performance takes place. At first, the dissonant melody makes little sense as the string instruments climb higher and higher on steps of parallel fifths, the woodwinds and brass attempting to follow. Read more...

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The Aditya Prakash Ensemble blends an unconventional pair of genres, jazz and classical Indian music.

Aditya Prakash Ensemble blends jazz, classical Indian music

Over the last three years, the Aditya Prakash Ensemble has played host to a family reunion of musical genres. In its compositions, the ensemble’s unconventional comtemporary style – an ascending scale voiced by an Indian classical singer, a dissonant riff played by a Brazilian guitarist – unites the Indian classical music style with its much younger American sibling: jazz. Read more...

Photo: The Aditya Prakash Ensemble blends an unconventional pair of genres, jazz and classical Indian music.

The Aditya Prakash Ensemble blends an unconventional pair of genres, jazz and classical Indian music.

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Album Review: ‘Doris’ by Earl Sweatshirt

After braving the storm of misguided “Free Earl” campaigns and absentee fathers, 19-year-old Earl Sweatshirt is back with his debut album “Doris.” A member of the Los Angeles-based hip-hop collective Odd Future, Earl Sweatshirt was first introduced to the hip-hop scene as a 16-year-old featured on the 2010 mixtape “Earl,” which casually throws around images of murder, rape and drugs in vivid and sickening detail. Read more...

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Amielynn Abellera and Brian Slaten play Lady Windermere and Lord Darlington respectively in UCLA's William Andrews Clark Memorial Library's modern retelling of Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windermere's Fan," as part of the new outdoor theater series.

Clark memorial sets stage for outdoor theater

As the day wears on, the gardens and lawns of UCLA's William Andrews Clark Memorial Library transform into an unorthodox yet intimate theater stage, where audiences picnic through a scandalous 19th-century birthday party set on the library's spacious grounds. Read more...

Photo: Amielynn Abellera and Brian Slaten play Lady Windermere and Lord Darlington respectively in UCLA's William Andrews Clark Memorial Library's modern retelling of Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windermere's Fan," as part of the new outdoor theater series.

Amielynn Abellera and Brian Slaten play Lady Windermere and Lord Darlington respectively in UCLA's William Andrews Clark Memorial Library's modern retelling of Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windermere's Fan," as part of the new outdoor theater series.

Jessie Vallejo, a Ph.D. student who did fieldwork in Ecuador for her dissertation, found inspiration in the flute traditions of the people of Kotoma, a small village in Otavalo, Ecuador. The rich culture behind the music inspired her to produce a CD with the indigenous people, “¡Así Kotama! The Flutes of Otavalo, Ecuador.”

Graduate student strives to save Kichwa flute tradition

In some ways, the whistling, chanting and atonal flute melodies that pervade the Ecuadorian village of Kotama sound like tangled webs of rhythm that are difficult to understand. Read more...

Photo: Jessie Vallejo, a Ph.D. student who did fieldwork in Ecuador for her dissertation, found inspiration in the flute traditions of the people of Kotoma, a small village in Otavalo, Ecuador. The rich culture behind the music inspired her to produce a CD with the indigenous people, “¡Así Kotama! The Flutes of Otavalo, Ecuador.”

Jessie Vallejo, a Ph.D. student who did fieldwork in Ecuador for her dissertation, found inspiration in the flute traditions of the people of Kotoma, a small village in Otavalo, Ecuador. The rich culture behind the music inspired her to produce a CD with the indigenous people, “¡Así Kotama! The Flutes of Otavalo, Ecuador.”


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