“In jazz, there are so many moving parts, and within a composition, there are obstacles in the form. Street skaters navigate a landscape finding ways to approach a rail in the same way a drummer approaches the beginning of a song. The mode of improvisation is paramount to how both skaters and jazz musicians approach life.” —Jason Moran
Since his formidable emergence on the music scene in the 1990s, renowned pianist and composer Jason Moran has challenged the status quo, which has earned him a reputation as “the future of jazz.”
The Ford Theatres and CAP UCLA present Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music and Media, one of Moran’s newest and most ambitious works to date –– an unprecedented collaboration exploring the intersection of skateboarding and jazz. Improvisation abounds as local skaters shred a ramp on stage with tricks, flips and riffs to a musical response performed live by Moran and his group The Bandwagon. Don’t miss this unforgettable night under the stars at L.A.'s Ford Theatres.
Finding a Line is the culmination of a week of programs at Ford Theatres, part of an ongoing, nationwide community-sourced public art project. The full schedule of activities at the Ford includes:
The Nation Skate X CSEF Exhibition (September 21-29), an exhibit of photos and artwork from The Nation Skate and College Skateboarding Educational Foundation’s array of artists documenting the diverse global skateboarding community
Panel Discussion: Exploring Issues of Race & Diversity in Skateboarding Culture, moderated by USC lecturer Neftalie Williams with pro skaters Kenny Anderson, Jaime Reyes, Vanessa Torres and Stevie Williams (September 25, 6:30-7:30pm)
Trick Flicks: A Night of Shorts, curated by music video director/former pro skateboarder Laban and Diana Wyenn (September 25, 7:45-9:30pm) and featuring short films by James Craven, Fullon Compadres and Kingswell, among others.
Funds provided by The Andrew Mellon Foundation, multi-year grant for Collaborative Intersections in the Visual and Performing Arts.