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Lisa Simone Headlines at the Olympia in Paris This Thursday, April 14

Posted April 11, 2016 by | 3 Comments
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It’s been said that the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree. Lisa Simone (b. 1962) is now following her mom’s footsteps by playing in the famous Olympia Hall in Paris this Thursday. It is kind of France’s Carnegie Hall for popular music. All the greats have performed there, including Umm Kulthum, Yves Montand, Dalida, Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles…and …

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The Rolling Stones in Cuba: Better for the Oldies than the Youth?

Posted March 28, 2016 by | 13 Comments
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The thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations is finally happening, and I am glad and grateful for it.
On the musical front, I heard NPR’s recent story on the Stones’ free concert in Havana before hundreds of thousands. Apparently only the older people will know the band; many of the younger folk interviewed had never heard of them. It isn’t surprising, given the embargo as well as limited …

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Peter Erskine’s Dr. Um Record Release Concert: Total Fun

Posted March 23, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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Last Sunday afternoon, I had the most fun I’ve had at a concert in some time: Peter Erskine’s Dr.Um record release party at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at the New Roads School in Santa Monica. I ran into old friends like pianist Mike Lang, Robert Kraft, composer Vince Mendoza, and Julio Ledesma, who performed so brilliantly Ariel Ramirez’ moving Misa Criolla at …

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Rhythm Planet Recommends: More Upcoming World Music Events

Posted March 21, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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There is a wealth of world music coming to Los Angeles soon. Let’s look at these terrific events — three of which are happening this Saturday, March 26!
1. Sounds of LA: Riyaaz Qawwali: Saturday, April 9, 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, 4 p.m. at Harold M. Williams Auditorium, The Getty Center.
From deep in the heart of Texas, this Austin-based sufi devotional music group features musicians …

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Rhythm Planet Recommends

Posted March 14, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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I’d like to recommend some upcoming shows you might enjoy if you’re not heading to SXSW. Good reasons to stay here in LA!
1. I’ve mentioned this concert in a previous post, but it is worth repeating: Vicente Amigo at the Wilshire Ebell Theater this Friday, March 18, 8 p.m. Paco de Lucia is no longer with us, but if you are a …

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Tijuana’s Youth Orchestra: Bach, Not Banda, Mahler, Not Mariachi

Posted March 9, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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I know about El Sistema and the Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra, where Gustavo Dudamel got his training. I also know about his work with YOLA, the Youth Orchestra of LA, something Dudamel was behind creating. Both El Sistema and YOLA give inner city kids a way off the streets into the world of classical music.
With Venezuela in turmoil,  the future of El Sistema, funded …

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KoBaGi Kecak from Bali: Move Over, McFerrin, Step Aside Steve Reich

Posted March 2, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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Here is a “body band” if there ever was one. Nominally lead by a French gamelan fan named Grégoire Gensse and 1 Wayan Sutapa, KoBaGi — which means Crazy Body Community — was formed in 2010, and features body music and bamboo instruments. It’s about as organic as a band can get.
It uses elements from the traditional spiritual kecak dance, but expands upon them …

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Brazilian & Flamenco Superstars Tour the U.S.

Posted February 29, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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Two Brazilian superstars and two Flamenco giants will tour the U.S. soon. Here is the scoop:
1.  Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil: Sunday, April 10, 2016, Microsoft Theater, LA Live,  777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles, CA 90018
Two of Brazil’s biggest stars are performing in this large (7,000 seats) venue. Both started in the late 1960′s, were part of the Tropicalia Movement in …

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3 Upcoming World Music and Dance Events You Might Enjoy

Posted February 24, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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Los Angeles is made of many cultures and communities that regularly celebrate their arts, and I want to tell you about three upcoming world music and dance shows that you might like.
1. The first takes place this Saturday, February 27th at 6 p.m. at the Chinmaya Mission Rameshwaram, 14451 Franklin Ave, Tustin CA 92867. The Kalanjali Organization presents an evening of meditative Indian music …

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Phenomenal Desert Blues Comes to UCLA Royce Hall Saturday, March 5th

Posted February 18, 2016 by | 3 Comments
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A great double-header of desert blues comes to Los Angeles on Saturday, March 5th. I’m worried it may have flown under the radar of many fans here and elsewhere as I’m sure this must be a U.S. tour.
Noura Mint Seymali is from Mauretania, which, along with Mali and Niger, is the birthplace of the blues. I first saw her at the Skirball Cultural Center …

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