Wishing you a happy summer!

We hope you’re enjoying the longer days of summer!

As you might have seen tickets are available for our Fall/Winter season and we can’t wait to see you in person at the performance of your choice.

There is something for everyone so please dig in.

A one-of-a-kind, intimate experience by Obie Award-winning experimental theater duo 600 HighwaymenAntonio Sánchez performing songs from his new album SHIFT (Bad Hombre Vol. 2) along with Thana Alexa, BIGYUKI & Lex Sadler. Singer and composer Cécile McLorin Salvant and the revered Branford Marsalis Quartet.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s presentation of What Problem?, the US premiere of Mellizo Doble by experimental flamenco artist Israel Galván and guitarist Niño de Elche.

A multimedia concert tour de force by cellist Seth Parker Wood and sounds from around the world by MVF band and Tigran Hamasyan.

We would love to hear how you are getting your art fix this summer so please take a few moments to share what is inspiring you this summer!

The Nimoy sets new horizon for the arts community

A new era for CAP UCLA is underway as we continue to make significant strides toward the development of the UCLA Nimoy Theater and its inaugural season. Located near the UCLA campus on Westwood Boulevard, The Nimoy is a reimagining of the historic Crest Theater as a flexible, state-of-the-art performance space.

Opening in late March 2023, the intimately-scaled venue is named for artist, actor, director and philanthropist Leonard Nimoy. Shawmut Construction has been working steadily to renovate the venue, which will be equipped with new and green technologies to support the creation and presentation of innovative work. 

The Nimoy will be a home for artists representing a broad diversity of voices, viewpoints, ideas and creative expressions in music, dance, theater, literary arts, digital media arts and collaborative disciplines. The inaugural season will feature a large slate of amazing shows, including new work by the legendary Kronos Quartet, “live documentarian” filmmaker Sam Green, and a collaboration between two essential musical voices of Los Angeles, Quetzal and Perla Batalla. 

Artist-as-energy-worker Daniel Alexander Jones and spoken word poet J. Ivy will play special roles in developing Nimoy programs — both as singular, resonant performers and associate curators inviting emerging and established L.A.-based artists to join the CAP UCLA season. 

The CAP UCLA team is constantly inspired by what this intimate and approachable venue will mean for an emerging generation of artists and their community of supporters. The Nimoy represents an investment in the future of a new generation of arts practitioners and activates a new path forward. As a fully equipped and welcoming home for creative exchange between artists and audiences, The Nimoy will be a place where communities can celebrate and discover together.

We will be updating you on the progress of The Nimoy monthly and we can’t wait to welcome you to our newest home! 

Bill Frisell: a Half Century of Genius

Pictured above: Frisell and Williams at Royce in 2015

Bill Frisell. An iconic name, and even more iconic mind.

Having guest appeared alongside Lucinda Williams (2015-16 Season), with Charles Lloyd and with Lucinda again (2016-17 Season), and performing his original score for Bill Morrison’s film “The Great Flood” (2012-13 Season) it’s safe to say this Friday, December 5th will not be Frisell’s first rodeo with us.

A leading jazz guitarist since the 80’s, Frisell hasn’t limited himself to one genre or wave of music. As part of the early downtown New York music scene with Naked City bandmates John Zorn, Fred Frith,Wayne Horvitz and Joey Baron, a composer of film scores for documentarian Bill Morrison and silent films of Buster Keaton and his forays into Americana and country music, Frisell has revolutionized what it means to be interdisciplinary. 

But I pause here to bring up the concept of “collaboration.”

A seemingly common trend among those in the arts world, collaboration is important for creative growth and networking. But Frisell takes collaboration to a whole new level. Having worked with extraordinary artists in duos, trios, quartets, and quintets, Frisell opens doors into a groundbreaking concept that is not traditionally seen: diverse and cross-genre work. 

Allow me to delve deeper: the Bill Frisell Trio is renowned for their spontaneous performances of music derived from Frisell’s entire musical repertoire on the fly, while other niche collaborations push Frisell into specific, ethereal corners of music and art. Frisell’s work on The Great Flood, alongside Bill Morrison, depicts the tragedy of the 1927 Mississippi River Flood that displaced multitudes of sharecroppers to northern cities. This work was conducted in a thoughtful manner, supplemented by a completely original score created by Frisell in place of dialogue.

The two pieces described above merely scrape the top of the deep and vast world of collaboration and focus in which Frisell has led his work in the past. Driven by improvisation and a sense of play, Frisell’s 40 years of experience adds fresh new flare to all the music he creates. 

Rock or jazz, country or blues? Which will he explore next? We are thrilled to bring back Bill Frisell to play alongside Julian Lage on the Royce Stage on Friday, December 5th!

Until then, let the wise words of Frisell inspire you in your approach art and creativity:

“ I hate labels; the problem is that if you say you’re one thing, it’s hard for people to imagine you as something else. Music is way more complicated than that. In so many ways, it feels the same now when I play as the very first time I picked up the instrument.”