Los Angeles, CA – September 2, 2021 – Angel City Arts first weekend of their 14th Annual Angel City Jazz Festival hosts the Corey Fogel Group, and Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones Saturday October 2 at Echo Park area venue, 2220 Arts + Archives, 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057 (formerly the beloved Bootleg Theater) at 8pm. Info and tickets are available at https://angelcityjazz.com/event/coreyfogelamirthakidambi.
Amirtha Kidambi is invested in the creation and performance of Creative Music, from free improvisation and avant-jazz, to experimental bands, Carnatic voice and new music. She is a composer, vocalist, scholar, educator, activist and organizer, informed by anti-racism, decolonization and anti-capitalism and is the co-organizer of Musicians Against Police Brutality and co-founder of South Asian Artists in Diaspora (SAAID). As a bandleader, she is the creative force behind the protest infused band Elder Ones and vocal group Lines of Light, receiving critical praise from such publications as The New York Times, Pitchfork, Downbeat and The Wire Magazine. Kidambi topped the categories of “Rising Star Vocalist”, “Rising Star Composer” and “Rising Star Jazz Group” in the Downbeat Critics Poll for 2019 and “Female Vocalist” in El Intruso’s International Critics Poll. Kidambi is a key collaborator in Mary Halvorson’s latest sextet Code Girl, Angels & Demons with Darius Jones, duos with Luke Stewart, Maria Grand and Matteo Liberatore, and several projects with William Parker. Kidambi had the opportunity to collaborate with and receive mentorship from Muhal Richard Abrams and Robert Ashley before their passing. She has released records as a leader and collaborator on Northern Spy and Astral Spirits. http://www.amirthakidambi.com.
Amirtha plays the harmonium, synthesizer, and sings with her group The Elder One who include Max Jaffe (Normal Love, Leverage Models, Unnatural Ways) on drums, Matt Nelson (tUnE-yArDs, Battle Trance, GRID) on soprano sax and electronics, and Eva Lawitts (Stimmerman, Sister Helen, Three Body Problem) on bass.
Corey Fogel is a percussionist, composer, and visual artist living and working in Los Angeles. He is active in many genres such as rock, jazz, noise, folk, and chamber music, and creative contexts including performance art and video. Recent collaborations include: Julia Holter, Tashi Wada, Yoshi Wada, Patty Waters, Abigail Levine, Simone Forti, Odeya Nini, Archie Carey, Raven Chacon, Michael Winter, Maya Dunietz, John Butcher, John Russell, Misha Marks, Brian Allen, Alexander Bruck, Patrick Shiroishi, Liz Glynn, Jennifer Levonian, Chris Speed, Mark Dresser, Ezra Buchla, Tony Malaby, Devin Hoff, John Dieterich, and Carlin Wing. Fogel’s works have been presented at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Human Resources LA, Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles; The Wulf, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca, REDCAT, and New Music for Strings Festival: Reykjavik. His performance work was also included in the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival. Corey was awarded The California Community Foundation 2014 Fellowship in Visual Arts, and is currently finishing his PhD in UC Irvine’s Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT) program. He was recently Time, Space, Money Artist-in-residence at Human Resources LA, where he installed a new body of graphic score murals for improvising musicians. https://www.coreyfogel.com
The balance of the Corey Fogel Group includes Beth Schenck (Eivind Opsvik + Jeff Davis, Kelly Watson, Phil Rodriguez Group (Underbelly)) on alto sax, Blue Note recording artist Judith Berkson (Kronos Quartet, Wet Ink, Yarn/Wire) on piano and vocals, and Mattie Barbier (RAGE Thormbones, gnarwhallaby, wasteLAnd music) on trombone and electronics.
For more information on the Angel City Jazz Festival and to purchase event tickets please visit http://www.angelcityjazz.com/.