Los Angeles, CA – August 1, 2011 – Angel City Arts, presenters of the Angel City Jazz Festival, recently received major grants from the Herb Alpert Foundation, mediaThe Foundation, and the Copland Fund for Music. The Herb Alpert Foundation grant is awarded for audience development, the grant from mediaThe foundation is for general operating support, and the Copland Fund for Music grant is for new music recording. Angel City Arts is a 501c(3) non-profit organization in the state of California.
Additionally, Angel City Arts is extending the application deadline for its first annual Angel City Jazz Young Artist Competition. The deadline for receiving applications is now August 15, 2011, extended from July 31st. Competition applications, rules and guidelines can be found at www.angelcityarts.org. Interested ensembles must be composed of musicians between the ages of 15 and 24 years old, have at least one member currently enrolled in a high school, college, music academy or university in the greater Los Angeles area, consist of between 3 and 10 members, and must compose, arrange and perform original music which features improvisation. Selected finalists will perform before a panel of judges September 15 at Blue Whale jazz club in Little Tokyo. The judges for the competition will be festival artists Dwight Trible & Larry Karush, festival producer and Cryptogramophone Label owner Jeff Gauthier, and club owner Joon Lee. This performance is open to the public and will start at 9pm. The winning ensemble will receive a $1000 prize, and perform at LACMA’s Friday evening jazz series on September 23rd, 2011 as part of the Angel City Jazz Festival.
Angel City Arts recently announced the lineup for the 2011 Angel City Jazz Festival taking place from September 22 – October 2, details are available at www.angelcityjazz.com. The theme for the fourth annual festival is Global Jam, with artists representing eight countries at seven events in six venues throughout Los Angeles.
The festival venues include LACMA, REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater), The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Zipper Hall, The Echoplex, and The Blue Whale. Some of the artists performing at the festival include Armenian pianist and Thelonius Monk competition winner Tigran Hamasyan, Indian saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, the African ensemble Burkina Electric with percussionist Lukas Ligeti and special guest D.J. Spooky, Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda, German vocalist Theo Bleckmann, French artists The Kandinsky Effect, the Australian trio The Necks, and a tribute to Art Ensemble of Chicago legend Roscoe Mitchell and a performance by his trio in celebration of his 70th birthday. The schedule of events is listed below.
Angel City Jazz Festival Schedule of Events:
Thursday September 22 – The Necks – 8:30 and 10:00 PM – (213) 620-0908 The Blue Whale – 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3833
Friday, September 23 – Larry Karush Quintet, Competition Winner LACMA – 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036 – Free
Saturday, September 24 – Lucas Ligeti’s Burkina Electric with D.J. Spooky The Echoplex – 1154 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026 (213) 413-8200
Sunday, September 25 – Theo Bleckmann, Todd Sickafoose and Tiny Resistors REDCAT – 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2599 (213) 237-2800
Friday, September 30 – Edmar Castaneda Quartet, Nick Mancini Quartet with Otmaro Ruiz Zipper Hall, – The Colburn School – 200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles California 90012
Saturday, October 1 – Tigran Hamasayan, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Kandinsky Effect, Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre 2580 Cahuenga Boulevard East, Los Angeles, CA 90068-2752 (323) 461-3673
Sunday, October 2 – Roscoe Mitchell Trio, Alex Cline’s People in Sorrow REDCAT – 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2599 (213) 237-2800
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