2014-15 Performing Arts Season
2015-2016 Performing Arts Season coming soon.
The following is a list of our 2014-2015 slate of Performing Arts events.
The revolutionary single has allowed Mary's voice to reach millions. She has toured nationally and performed live on The MTV Video Music Awards, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, VH1, and The Colbert Report. "Same Love" has sold over two million copies in the US alone, peaking at number 11 on The Billboard Hot 100. Her recent single, "She Keeps Me Warm", from her new EP, Welcome To The Age Of My Body, received over one million views in its first week and debuted at #2 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart.
Special guest: Young Summer.
Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement -- the first winner of the Women's World Poetry Slam -- Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality.
The Touré-Raichel Collective brings together Malian guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré and Israeli superstar Idan Raichel to create masterworks of collaboration and improvisation. As About.com describes, the two "play together like ballroom dancers dance -- with a quick anticipation of the next move, an instinctive knowledge of what the other might do next." Touré and Raichel's live performances reflect the natural spontaneity and free-form creativity of their first recording session, allowing audiences to experience firsthand the invention of sublime and transcendent music that crosses boundaries of country, culture and tradition.
GLEN VELEZ AND SHIRA KAMMEN
Velez and Kammen explore their musical kinship as they enliven Old Europe masterpieces and traditional music from Bulgaria, Spain and the Arab world. Both musicians create organic groove-oriented music which proclaims its uniqueness while infused with awe at the rhythms and melodies of our planet. They will perform selections from their recent recordings, along with improvisations culled from the ancestral sound-breath memory we all share.
Since 2007, Buika has experienced a meteoric rise, earning lavish praise from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR, which included her in their "50 Great Voices" radio gallery. Rare is the artist to garner comparisons to Nina Simone, Chavela Vargas, and Cesaria Evora, but Buika has been compared to all of them. She earned two Latin Grammy nominations in 2008 and has been nominated again for the 2014 Recording of the Year.
Lila Downs has one of the world's most singular voices and innovative approaches to music, with influences that include the folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America, as well as American folk, jazz, blues and hip-hop. She has released 9 studio albums, the most recent of which earned both U.S. and Latin Grammy awards. A musical journey with Lila Downs is always a fascinating one, simultaneously edgy and powerful, yet sumptuous and graceful.
THE COMPLETE STRING QUARTETS OF JOHN ZORN ft. JACK AND TONY ARNOLD
John Zorn's compositions for string quartet are among the most important contributions to the genre since Carter and Bartok. They run the gamut from cartoon madness, hardcore intensity, hebrew spirituality, hermetic romanticism, Crowlean Magick and Alchemical Mysticism. This unprecedented concert presents all six of Zorn's quartets along with the US premiere of Pandora's Box, his striking new composition written for the Arditti Quartet. Featuring the virtuosic young quartet JACK and Tony Arnold on voice, this marathon concert of Zorn's complete quartets is not to be missed.
Kala Ramnath's genius with the violin manifested during childhood, under the tutelage of her grandfather, Vidwan A. Narayan Iyer. Grammy nominated for her album ‘Miles from India', and recognized as one of the fifty best instrumentalists of the world by ‘Songlines' Magazine, Kala is a virtuoso. She has performed at all the major music festivals in India, as well as the Sydney Opera House, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall and New York's Carnegie Hall.
Thollem has been delving into the piano, excavating depths of sound and energy for 47 years. His comprovisations unfold in the moment influenced by his experiences both with the piano and away from it, and at times, within it. The seeds of his work come from near and far: studies as a concert pianist, collaboration, political and ecological activism, teaching, perpetual travel. This adventurous music engages the imagination differently from moment to moment with a stream of unique musical worlds influenced by the individual piano itself, the concert hall, the audience, the previous two concerts of the program and the honor of participating in the celebration of Terry Riley's birth 80 years ago.
In a remarkably short period of time, Yuna has risen from regional D.I.Y. notoriety to full-on international stardom. The charismatic young singer-songwriter from Malaysia has become the first artist from her homeland to conquer the American market. The artist's personally charged songs have generated universal appeal with her organic blend of contemporary pop, acoustic folk and soulful R&B. With an engaging voice and expressive songcraft, her distinctive music is often compared to Feist, Adele, and Norah Jones.