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Thursday, May 26

MOZART & PART: The Angels

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Gustavo Dudamel shares his love of Wolfgang Mozart and Arvo Prt in a festival that places their miraculous music side by side. Both masters have a reputation for sonic purity and transparency, music that unfolds naturally and effortlessly. Both created works of sublime spirituality that can transcend our daily lives, giving us a glimpse of the infinite. Come for: Inspired by the City of Angels, Arvo Prt composed his latest symphony in 2008 for the LA Phil, which premiered and recorded the work with Esa-Pekka Salonen. And more: A recent video/sound installation by Bill Viola is presented for the first time in Los Angeles.

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The Echo

1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026


Braids are a three-piece experimental pop band from Montreal. In the spring of 2015 they released Deep In The Iris, their standout third record. Companion is the band’s latest 19 minute EP, written during the Deep In The Iris sessions, and completed during a burst of creative energy in August 2015.

Here Braids use the Deep In The Iris palette to paint decidedly different vistas – joy, disaffection, thunderous explosion to delicate introspection, the minimalistic power of “Companion” to the patient blossoming of “Sweet World”. The EP offers a brief snapshot of a constantly-evolving group, perpetually exploring the edges of their unique voice.

Distinct in their own right, these four tracks are not to be dismissed as b-sides, outtakes, or the lesser of a group of songs. Though it uses Deep In The Iris as a compositional guidepost, Companion is a breathtaking journey all of its own.

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Friday, May 27

John Knight


631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012


REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater) was carved out of the parking structure of the Walt Disney Concert Hall (home of LA Philharmonic) as CalArts' downtown venue for contemporary arts and opened its doors in 2003, shortly after the freshly inaugurated music venue. The Gallery at REDCAT was itself an addition to the original plan, which initially only included a multi-purpose performing art center. For his project at REDCAT, John Knight revisits this relationship between the two cohabiting institutions in today’s highly developed “cultural corridor” of downtown Los Angeles, considering the relationship between space, architecture, contemporary arts and real estate.

Since the late 1960s, Los Angeles-based artist John Knight has pioneered the practices of site-specificity and institutional critique, always interested in interrogating the underlying geopolitical and economic systems implicit in everyday convention. Eschewing a signature style, Knight prefers to work in situ, engaging with and responding to the context of each unique site. Often utilizing the visual strategies of architecture, advertising, and corporate design, Knight’s multilayered projects challenge the art establishment and its relationship to a larger global context.


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CAP Plaza de la Raza: Y.E.L.L.


631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012


Co-presented by CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and Plaza de la Raza

In the not so distant future, close enough to touch; like love, salvation and the idea of happiness, our once tumultuous world has finally found a semblance of peace, but that peace has come at a great price. People are regulated, fed ideas of the past and their duty for a continuing future that stifles their individuality, creativity and freedom of thought. One young person doesn't take to this new way of life and sets out to find the truth, even if it means finding out that the truth is scarier than the lie.

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Saturday, May 28