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While they adjust to a new name for the long-running performance series anchored at UCLA’s Royce Hall, audiences may be reassured by the selection of major names that Kristy Edmunds, the new director who tweaked the title, has included in her first season of picks.
The 2012-13 season announced Tuesday for the re-branded Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (formerly UCLA Live) has some top stars of avant-garde or genre-blending performance in Laurie Anderson, Hal Willner, Meredith Monk, guitarist Bill Frisell and the Trisha BrownDance Company.
5/22/2012 - Mike Boehm
If names predict destinies, the venerable UCLA performing arts series anchored at Royce Hall is on the cusp of much bigger things.
A new moniker will be unveiled Thursday, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA. It's a mouthful intended to reflect the broader scope the university plans for the showcase formerly known as UCLA Live.
The center (CAP-UCLA for short) aspires to be not just a performance series, but a creative habitat in which new work is developed, ideas are sparked and techniques are taught to the next generation of performers -- with the mission of presenting visiting talent to paying customers still at its core.
4/26/2012 - Mike Boehm
The Pacifica Quartet likes to think big -- and in the chamber music field, that often means doing cycles.
Some adventurous listeners remember the evening at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall in 2003 when the Pacifica served up all five of Elliott Carter’s notoriously knotty string quartets in one mighty scoop; after that, you figured that from then on, everything else would be a piece of cake for them. There were more cycles to come -- most recently, two volumes of an emerging CD project on the Cedille label, “The Soviet Experience,” that will link all 15 Shostakovich quartets with four by his Soviet colleagues.
However, the Pacifica did not have omnivorous feats in mind when it visited UCLA’s Royce Hall on Wednesday night -- just Beethoven’s Quartets Nos. 4 and 8, and Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 9, plus the spiky, humorous, Allegretto pizzicato movement from Bartók’s Quartet No. 4 as an encore.
4/12/2012 - Richard Ginell
About halfway through the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ gig at Royce Hall on Friday night, singer, stringed-instrument player, dancer and all-around show-stopper Rhiannon Giddens picked up a big, old banjo with a body the size of a hubcap and covered in goatskin. Called a minstrel-style banjo, it’s a replica of an instrument from the mid-1800s, and when played reproduced the same deep, echoed plonk that traveled over from Africa with the slave trade.
4/9/2012 - Randall Roberts
UCLA’s Royce Hall had a nightclub-like feel to it Friday night, as a modest but enthusiastic crowd gathered on a rainy night to hear the Mingus Dynasty, a septet of New York based players exploring the oeuvre of the late bassist and composer Charles Mingus. Most of the group are veterans of the 16 piece Mingus Big Band, which is widely recorded and a more familiar brand. But the Dynasty, with the young Israeli trumpeter Avishai Cohen joining the fray, provided a spirited voice to tunes that were originally presented by Mingus’s smaller groups.
3/20/2012 - By Michael Katz
Since the late '80s Philly-bred bassist Christian McBride has been a low end powerhouse for artists including Milt Jackson, Diana Krall and Questlove. He spent the most time in our fair city between 2006 and 2010 when he was the "Creative Chair for Jazz" with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and this Saturday he'll bring his straight ahead trio -- including pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens -- to share a bill with Ravi Coltrane's quartet at UCLA's Royce Hall.
2/10/2012 - By Sean J. O'Connell
Royce Hall isn't the sort of venue where you dance and stand on your toes to see during a concert. Your ticket comes with an assigned seat and, typically, you stay there for the duration of the show, offering polite applause throughout the performance. Things are different, though, when They Might Be Giants play. For Saturday night's 30th anniversary show, the Johns (Flansburgh and Linnell, respectively) weren't going to let us stay in our seats.
1/29/2012 - By Liz Ohanesian
The songs coursed from expressions of human desperation early on to spiritual realization (“Over My Head”), transcendence (“Ride Up in the Chariot”) and, ultimately, joy (“Let Us Break Bread Together”).
It’s a journey that Battle made relevant to anyone who walks the earth.
1/22/2012 - By Randy Lewis
Longtime Angeleno Kenny Burrell, who turned 80 this summer, has been recording as a jazz guitarist for six decades; he’s long been one of the masters of the instrument and is now one of the last links to jazz’s heroic age.
He speaks in an Arts & Books profile about his roots in Detroit, the meaning of the blues, his birthday concert at UCLA’s Royce Hall, his years at the university and his hopes for the future.
11/5/2011 - By Scott Timberg
Cellist and classical music innovator Maya Beiser talks to Huffington Post arts critic Daniel Kushner about her work and her performance with Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie at UCLA Live.
11/1/2011 - Daniel J. Kushner
Jewish Journal interview with choreographer-composer Hofesh Shechter prior to the U.S. premiere of his powerful first full-length work Political Mother>/i> at UCLA Live.
10/12/2011 - Jewis Journal
Although Rollins' 90-minute set may not have been marked by the same sort of improvisational swinging-for-the-fences that can characterize many players who came up since the avant-garde era, what it delivered was a showcase for one of the titans of the music to flex his ongoing dedication to an unfettered exploration of melody, invention and time.
9/23/2011 - By Chris Barton
The 2010-2011 UCLA Live season came to a rollicking end Thursday night, with a tandem performance by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Del McCoury Band.
5/13/2011 - Michael Katz The International Review of Music
The coming UCLA Live season at Royce Hall will feature an array of instrumentalists, singers and speakers whose lifetime honors are unquestioned –- among them Itzhak Perlman, Sonny Rollins, Earl Scruggs, Joan Didion and Kenny Burrell.
5/12/2011 - Mike BoehmCulture Monster
Lucinda Childs brings back to the stage Dance. The intense reconstruction of the original work is presented live with the accompaniment of film brilliantly conceptualized by Sol LeWitt. The piece stimulates audiences with repetition of complex but limited phrasing perfectly in tune with the score composed by Philip Glass.
5/7/2011 - The Collective Magazine
Three different instruments blurring genres and relaying different emotions and thoughts in a unified sound, a musical conversation combining Indian and Persian strings with a hint of South Asian percussion, captivated a diverse audience of classical music lovers on the UCLA campus here as members of the Ghazal Ensemble performed April 21.
5/6/2011 - Parimal M. Rohit,India West
This weekend, UCLA Live is presenting one of the classic postmodern dances choreographed by Judson Church movement pioneer Lucinda Childs at Royce Hall.The reconstructed Dance has been making its way across the globe, reminding audiences of the power and intelligence existing in its articulate dancing and thoughtful composition.
5/5/2011 - Benn Widdey Arts & Events at LAist
In celebration of National Poetry Month, two former U.S. Poets Laureate took the stage at Royce Hall on April 23.
4/26/2011 - Julie Riggott, Culture Spot LA
In "Monger," the piece danced by Marshall's Israeli troupe at UCLA's Royce Hall, we find them both - societal vagaries and his own cultural heritage - framed in the dark downstairs quarters of humbled, obedient servants answering their mistress's bell.
4/24/2011 - Donna Perlmutter, LA Observed
UCLA Live! will bring together to great American improvisatory traditions when it welcomes the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band on Thursday, May 12th at 8 pm at Royce Hall.
4/24/2011 - LAjazz.com
Organist Christoph Bull, celebrated for his rock- and jazz-infused improvisational style, will perform songs by Pink Floyd and other artists on Royce Hall’s Skinner pipe organ at 2 p.m. Saturday for UCLA Live’s annual Organ Recital.
4/22/2011 - Dan Peel, Arts & Entertainment and Music at the Daily Bruin
The distinct poetry and easy rapport of Ryan, the recently announced Pulitzer Prize winner, and former U.S. laureate Collins will be on display at Royce Hall on Saturday.
4/21/2011 - By Oliver Gettell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Patch catches up with Kristy Edmunds, incoming executive and artistic director of UCLA Live.
4/21/2011 - Richard Carradine, Westwood-Century City Patch
On Saturday, April 23 at 2 pm UCLA Live presents a delightful afternoon of classical music on Royce Hall’s glorious Skinner organ from acclaimed organist Christoph Bull, known for his energizing and often eclectic musical interpretation of organ repertoire.
4/20/2011 - German World Editorial Staff
Earlier this month, UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture announced that Kristy Edmunds was ‘packing for LA’ in a move that has got a lot of people talking. She takes up the position of executive and artistic director of UCLA Live from 1 May 2011, will ‘transition’ through the summer, and moves in August.
4/14/2011 - Fiona Mackrell, ArtsHub