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Thursday, August 25

Road to Kumano

East West Players

120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, 90012

1:00pm

Choreographed by Chieko Kojima Music performed by TAIKOPROJECT Road to Kumano is a first-time collaboration between East West Players and internationally-acclaimed Japanese drumming group TAIKOPROJECT. Chieko Kojima, the lead female performer for the world-renowned taiko group Kodo, joins the TAIKOPROJECT ensemble in a dance theatre piece based on the classic Buddhist tale of Dojoji. Presented in association with Kodo Arts Sphere America. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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The Album Leaf

Amoeba Hollywood

6400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 90028

6:00pm

The Album Leaf celebrates the new album, Between Waves (Relapse Records) with a live show and album signing at Amoeba Hollywood!
And see them live The Teragram Ballroom on Tuesday, September 27th.

The Album Leaf has been making its mark as a soft-spoken innovator steadily and surely since 1999. One year after forming the influential San Diego instrumental group Tristeza, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Jimmy LaValle founded The Album Leaf , a solo studio project turned full-fledged live band. The diversity of the music is second only to the diversity of the music that has inspired LaValle through the years – the artist has named everything from German Ambient/Pysch bands like Can, Cluster and Harmonia to traditional mariachi music, electronic music and Brian Eno as some of his primary influences – and it’s clear that The Album Leaf is unafraid of thinking outside the box, both as an individual artist & within the larger scope of modern music.

Over time, The Album Leaf (now based in Los Angeles) has grown from a side endeavor to LaValle's main focus. The project’s first releases, An Orchestrated Rise To Fall (1999) and One Day I’ll Be On Time (2001), intertwined field recordings, Rhodes piano, and a nuanced treatment of texture with mature songwriting and dense, evocative atmospheres. Following these records, which put The Album Leaf on the map for critics and fans worldwide, Icelandic band Sigur Rós discovered LaValle and took The Album Leaf on tour with them in the US, garnering the band wide exposure and recognition.

Following a European and a second US tour with Sigur Rós, LaValle left Tristeza to devote his full attention to The Album Leaf, and soon produced the highly acclaimed releases Seal Beach (2003, Acuarela discos) and In A Safe Place (2004, Sub Pop / City Slang). Since then, The Album Leaf's influence has continued to grow. LaValle has released two more well-received full-lengths as well as tens of other releases ranging from soundtracks to collaborations with artists such as Bright Eyes & Mark Kozelek, further establishing The Album Leaf as a household name in the world of modern rock music and beyond. They have toured extensively across the globe, and many of the band's songs have appeared on TV shows including Scandal, Sons of Anarchy, Suits, and more. In 2016, the band partnered with renowned label Relapse Records for the release of the group’s sixth studio album and first since 2010’s A Chorus Of Storytellers (Sub Pop).

Now, nearly twenty years into a career that has seen LaValle exercising his creativity across the realms of film scoring, sound collage, and rock music, via instrumental and vocal-driven compositions alike, LaValle & The Album Leaf’s newly solidified lineup are poised to deliver yet another sonic triumph with 2016’s Between Waves. The album was born out of a thorough reinvention of LaValle's creative process and approach: Between Waves is The Album Leaf's first full-length record to be recorded with the band's current lineup, and was written with greater emphasis on the group dynamic (the album was also entirely recorded and produced by LaValle and the band). The album's eight tracks were winnowed down from thirty, and it shows: each song is memorable and unique, all speaking in The Album Leaf 's singular voice while expressing themselves through a wide variety of different sounds and emotions. The band's thorough, unified approach is evident on nearly every aspect of Between Waves: the album displays multifaceted, meticulous sound design, a keen ear for balancing disparate influences, and the strongest senses of dynamics, rhythm, and composition displayed to date. From the moody evolution of "Glimmering Lights" to the wistful hip-hop stylings of "A New Soul" and beyond, Between Waves is The Album Leaf at its most inventive, most confident, and most impressive.

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Wine & Song

ICE HOUSE COMEDY CLUB

24 N Mentor Avenue, PASADENA, 91106

8:00pm

Every Wednesday evening at the Arroyo Seco Golf Course, talented singer-songwriters, musicians, and music enthusiasts gather for what has become one of the hottest acoustic music shows this side of Austin. Longtime Americana music show Wine & Song will hit the road beginning with a stop at The Ice House!

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Brad Colerick will take the show on the road with a stop at the Ice House Comedy Club where he will be joined by Wine & Song regulars Chauncey Bowers, Cynthia Carle, and Bill Berry.

Colerick has been hosting what he calls “the mid-week, spirit-lifting hootenanny” in South Pasadena for nearly seven years.

Every Wednesday evening at the Arroyo Seco Golf Course, talented singer-songwriters, musicians, and music enthusiasts gather for what has become one of the hottest acoustic music shows this side of Austin.

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