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Friday, October 21

Debut Orchestra

Broad Stage

1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401


Yuga Cohler conducts the Debut Orchestra in a program including Paul Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice, perhaps one of the most well-known and overtly programmatic pieces performed today. Mr. Cohler has chosen to juxtapose this work with Thomas Adès' Asyla, the Latin plural of "asylum," a work that outlines distinctly darker programmatic territory, concluding with Hector Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique, a romantic combination Dukas' occult references and Adès' modernist fever dream.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Thomas ADÈS

Symphonie Fantastique

Founded in 1955, the YMF Debut Orchestra is one of the foremost pre-professional training orchestras in the U.S. André Previn, Lawrence Foster, Glenn Dicterow and Michael Tilson Thomas are among the Orchestra's notable alumni.

Music Director and Conductor Yuga Cohler has programmed a season that reflects YMF's 62-year old tradition of encouraging adventurous programming combined with the interpretation of significant classical repertoire. "My intention for this season," explains Cohler, "is to explore the function of music in society. I believe strongly that music can serve as a platform for eliciting deeper thought and empathy from the people who listen to it. By presenting works that are seemingly disparate in terms of their origins, inspirations, and categorizations, I hope to provide a context for audiences to find the commonalties between these works."

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"Fukushima, Mon Amour" / "24 Weeks"

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028


FUKUSHIMA, MON AMOUR (GRE AUS FUKUSHIMA), 2016, 104 min. Dir. Doris Drrie. Desperate to move past the heartbreak of her broken engagement, young German Marie (Rosalie Thomass) joins the charity circus troupe Clowns4help and travels to Fukushima, Japan, hoping to bring joy to the elderly survivors of the 2011 nuclear disaster. But Marie finds herself ill-suited to the work and is about to leave until she meets Satomi (Kaori Momoi), the citys last geisha, who is determined to return to her home in the radioactive exclusion area. Infusing both characters and script with her trademark tragically comedic style, writer-director Drrie, shooting in black-and-white, brings a refreshingly off-beat perspective to an otherwise heavy subject.

24 WEEKS (24 WOCHEN), 2016, 103 min. Dir. Anne Zorah Berrached. With a 9-year-old daughter and a new baby boy on the way, popular stand-up comedian Astrid Lorenz (Julia Jentsch) and her manager/partner (Bjarne Mdel) lead a seemingly idyllic life. With Astrids career on the rise, things couldnt be any better for the young family. But a six-month check-up reveals that their unborn child has severe Down syndrome, and the news eventually gets worse, until Astrid is forced to make a difficult decision with no chance of an ideal outcome.

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Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, 90028


1923, 96 min. Dir. Lambert Hillyer. Horror legend Lon Chaney stars as Dope peddler, safe cracker, gun - man Wilse Dilling, who is sent to San Francisco to blackmail a banker but falls for his daughter instead. This fine silent melodrama features a recreation of the devastating 1906 earthquake. Plus Felix the Cat cartoon! With live musical accompaniment by Cliff Retallick.

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James Blake

Hollywood Palladium

6215 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028


British singer, songwriter, musician and producer from London. He first received recognition in 2010 for a trio of dubstep-influenced EPs, and the following year his self-titled debut album was released in the United Kingdom[2] to critical praise. His second studio album Overgrown was released in 2013 and was awarded the Mercury Prize.[3] His third studio album The Colour in Anything was released in 2016.[4] Blake has also released remix work under the moniker Harmonimix.

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Wilshire Ebell Theatre

4401 W 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90005


World Renowned Flamenco Guitarist in Concert! José Fernández Torres, better known as Tomatito, is a living legend and one of today’s most-admired flamenco guitarists. Known for his mastery of traditional rhythms, his classic work with singer Camarón del la Isla, and his pioneering efforts in establishing Nuevo flamenco by augmenting traditional flamenco with music influenced by classical, jazz, blues, rock, pop, bossa-nova, tango, and fado, makes his first City of Los Angeles appearance with his sextet on Friday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m. at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

Tomatito has presented his art the world over, from New York to Moscow, from the Middle East to Hong Kong. He has been hailed as one of the best guitarists in the world. An enormously charismatic musician, Tomatito is much loved both as an embodiment of Flamenco’s deep traditions and as a leader in contemporary developments in the art form. Tomatito has ensured the evolution of flamenco guitar, as well as securing his own place as the leading flamenco guitarist of his generation and one of the greatest flamenco guitarists of all time.

“Tomatito is the most eminent guitarist in flamenco. [He plays] with such clean intent that it was possible fo you to feel the energy and gesture and contrast in those individual notes and phrases as if you were playing them yourself.” (Ben Ratliff, New York Times)

Tomatito’s sextet includes José del Tomate, guitar; Piraña, percussion; Kiki Cortiñas and Morenito de Íllora, vocals; and José Maya, one of the most exciting flamenco dancers today. Maya is one of the most explosive dancers in Spain today, a powerful figure in flamenco's new generation. He has collaborated with many of the most well-known flamenco artists including Farruquito, El Güito, Manolete, Estrella Morente, Gerardo Núñez and Diego El Cigala, and has opened for pop stars Marc Anthony, Beyoncé and Björk.

Flamenco has a long and complex history with ancient roots. It has been traced to the 15th-century arrival in Spain of Gypsies whose musical traditions blended with those of Christians, Arabs, and Jews to create unique forms, modes, and rhythms. In the late 19th century the music became popular in cafes throughout Spain.

Tomatito was born in Almería, southern Spain, surrounded by guitars. Since childhood he listenied to his father and grandfather, Miguel Tomate. He is the nephew of legendary Flamenco guitarist Miguel Niño. At age 12 he moved to the city of Malaga, where he started his career playing flamenco clubs like La Taberna Gitana. There he met Paco de Lucía and Camarón de la Isla. Gradually, his extraordinary powers drew attention from critics and fans. He began to play with great singers like Enrique Morente or La Susi, but his greatest pride is to have played with the legendary Camarón de la Isla for the last 18 years of his life.

Alongside Camarón, Tomatito recorded discs that are now essential references in the flamenco archive, such as "La Leyenda del Tiempo" and "Como el Agua." In the latter, Tomatito accompanies with Paco de Lucía. After the death of Camarón, Tomatito began his career as a soloist, dazzling audiences with his exquisite sensitivity. His charismatic personality and a firm commitment to the development and dissemination of flamenco worldwide mean that Tomatito now enjoys the recognition he deserves, not only in the field of music but also in film, theater and art.

Tomatito has won a total of five Grammy Awards (one with Michel Camilo) and a Latin Grammy for his albums "Aguadulce" and “Soy Flamenco”. He has collaborated with many performers from around the world, such as Elton John and Frank Sinatra, and has influenced a whole generation of young guitarists. And on the occasions when he has ventured into other musical fields, such as jazz, has always remained true to his principles. His latest album, "Soy Flamenco", presents an elegant and mature musician at the height of his art.

The Los Angeles International Flamenco Festival is proud to bring unique programming and world-class flamenco artists to Los Angeles, having presented some of the worlds most acclaimed and influential flamenco artists. Past performers include Vicente Amigo, Los Farrucos, Diego El Cigala, Juana la del Pipa, La Tania, Tia Yoya, Luis Moneo, Diego del Morao, La Curra, Kina Mendez, Maria Bermudez, Teatro Flamenco, Adam del Monte, Omayra Amaya, Gema Moneo & many more.

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