Sounds of L.A., the free weekend concert series at the Getty Center, opens its thirteenth season on January 16 with virtuosic, passion-filled music and dance performed by emerging and master artists from around the city and globe.
In January, the 2010 season begins with LA-based vocalist Mamak Khadem’s evocative exploration of Persian melodies and poems. February features local dancer Mythili Prakash’s rhythmic-based collaborations with an impressive ensemble of musicians from the India and the U.S. The series ends in March with the Los Angeles debut of Malian ngoni superstar Bassekou Kouyate.
Over the years, Sounds of L.A. has presented artists ranging from renowned Indian classical vocalist Lakshmi Shankar and East L.A.’s alternative Chicano rockers Quetzal, to Portuguese fado singer Ana Moura and Argentinean chamamé master Chango Spasiuk.
“Sounds of L.A. is the perfect series for Los Angeles, which is home to so many talented artists from so many cultural backgrounds,” says Laurel Kishi, performing arts manager for the J. Paul Getty Museum. “We’re proud to be able to present these artists free of charge to audiences who may be discovering them for the first time, or celebrating their own cultures.”
Series curator Sabrina Lynn Motley adds “From the very beginning, Sounds of L.A. has presented some of the finest musicians on the planet to audiences in one of the most diverse cities in the world. By showcasing emerging as well as master musicians, the Getty continues to demonstrate the power of world and traditional music to surprise, captivate, and delight.”
Sounds of L.A. concerts are offered free of charge in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center, but reservations are required. For reservations call (310) 440-7300 or visit www.getty.edu.
Parking is$15 during the day, but free after 5 pm on Saturdays.
SOUNDS OF L.A.: 2010 SCHEDULE
All concerts take place in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center. The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049. Admission is free; reservations are required. For reservations call 310-440-7300 or visit www.getty.edu.
Called “one of the wonder of world trance music,” by the Los Angeles Times, vocalist Mamak Khadem draws inspiration from the ecstatic roots of Persian melodies and poems. Working across traditional and contemporary idioms found in the Middle East and beyond, Khadem’s richly atmospheric music is an unswerving testament to the power of artistic exploration. Saturday. January 16, 7:30 pm; Sunday. January 17, 3 pm
Reservations available beginning December 22, 2009
She’s been called “high voltage,” “strikingly bold,” and “electrifying.” As one of the leading young exponents of Bharata Natyam, the classical dance of South India, Mythili Prakash brings an intrepid dynamism to the form. In a special program celebrating the interconnectedness of music and dance, Prakash performs with an outstanding group of musicians from India and the United States.
Saturday, February 13, 7:30 pm; Sunday February 14, 3 pm
Reservations available beginning January 21, 2010
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Bassekou Kouyate is an incomparable master of the Malian ngoni, a lute-like instrument from West Africa, and has performed with everyone from the late Ali Farka Toure to Taj Mahal. Fatboy Slim called his music “The most delicious stew that warms the heart and shakes the hips. Trust me, it tastes good!" With a repertoire that illuminates the soul of Bambara culture, Kouyate’s stellar ensemble makes its Southern California debut at the Getty.
Saturday, March 20, 7:30 pm; Sunday, March 21, 3 pm
Reservations available beginning February 25, 2010