800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015
Ennio Morricone, conducting an ensemble of 200 musicians and singers, will have a single performance at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 8 pm. This concert marks the legendary Morricone's first Los Angeles performance. Morricone has composed the scores for more than 450 films including five of Sergio Leone's westerns -- A Fistful of Dollars; For a Few Dollars More; The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly; Once Upon a Time in the West and A Fistful of Dynamite – and The Battle of Algiers; Sacco and Vanzetti; Cinema Paradiso; 1900, Malena; The Untouchables; Once Upon A Time in America; The Mission; U-Turn; The Unknown Woman; and The Best Offer, among hundreds of others.
Morricone is the recipient of the honorary award from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for his "magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music" (2007), nominated for five Academy Awards, induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame for the soundtrack album of The Good The Bad and the Ugly, two Grammy Awards for Once Upon a Time in the West and The Untouchables, two Golden Globe awards for his scores for The Mission and 1900; the ASCAP lifetime achievement award, the career achievement award by the Film Music Society, and 27 Gold and 6 Platinum records.
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Stephen Prina is a multidisciplinary artist as well as a composer and musician who has interpreted works by Beethoven, Schoenberg, Sonic Youth, Steely Dan, and many others. A screening of Prina’s Vinyl II (2000) is followed by a live solo concert by Prina. Vinyl II is a music film scored for string quartet, horn, and voice with interlaced visual arts references, from 17th-century devotional painting to Andy Warhol’s 1965 film Vinyl.
In conjunction with Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology.
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Director Jason Reitman returns to Film Independent at LACMA with the March installment of the series he created: Live Read. Reitman will once again select a classic film script and a cast of his choosing to do a cold, unrehearsed reading of the material. More details to be announced.
Northridge, CA 91330
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world and renowned for its polished and refined sound, rooted in outstanding musicianship. Originally directed by Sir Neville Marriner from the leader’s chair, the spirit and flexibility of the conductorless ensemble remains an Academy tradition with the newest appointment of virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell as its new Music Director. Esteemed for its superlative balance as one of the finest and most recorded chamber orchestras of all times, the ensemble continues to transfix audiences with regal musical magnificence.
For more than two decades, Joshua Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking virtuosity and tone of rare beauty. He came to national attention at the age of 14 in a highly acclaimed orchestral debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. A Carnegie Hall debut, the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a recording contract further confirmed his presence in the music world. Today he is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra leader. His restless curiosity and multifaceted musical interests have taken him in exciting new directions that have earned him the rare title of "classical music superstar." "Bell," Gramophone stated simply, "is dazzling."
West Hollywood, CA 90069
INVSN (pronounced "invasion") was birthed from the subcultural landscape, imbued with the passionate spirit of hardcore-punk and emboldened by the rich history of rock n' roll. The Swedish band released a couple of records in their native tongue, under the name Invasionen, before deciding to "invade" the rest of the world with their English language debut. This embryonic period allowed them to steadily develop a sound that delivers subversively deliberate pop through a post-punk lens.
INVSN's Invsn embodies elements of Joy Division, Echo & The Bunnymen, lesser known seminal UK band The Sound, early outings from The Cure and modern acts like The XX and Soft Moon, all through the prism of people who loved Black Flag growing up. It's no wonder the band have managed to create something refreshingly new from classic elements of the past: members of INVSN spent time in the tirelessly revered Refused, garage revivalists The (International) Noise Conspiracy and thrashers D.S.-13.
The record was created at Stockholm's Studio Ingrid (formerly Polar Studios), with mixing duties handled by English album producer Nick Launay, whose distinguished credits include INVSN reference points like Public Image Ltd., Nick Cave, Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Church. Launay shares mixing credit with Danish producer Jacob Hansen, who has worked with Volbeat since their early demo days.
The transcendent, atmospheric and consistently engaging songs on INVSN's self-titled debut recall the strongest elements of '70's psych and '80s New Wave, with hints of each decade that followed and a forward-thinking vision of the future. The end result is a sound that is at once both timeless and nostalgic. The world doesn't even realize how ready it is for this album. And that's OK. This group of musicians is used to being ahead of their time; they don't plan it that way, they just can't help it...