Live Music: Keith Jarrett performs solo at Walt Disney Concert Hall

By Michael Katz Keith Jarrett and Disney Hall were a perfect match Tuesday night. It wasn’t just the pristine acoustics of the hall, its warm interiors surrounding Jarrett’s solo piano. An adoring capacity house brought him back for three encores, even coaxing Jarrett to converse gently with them on several occasions. The performance itself was… Read More Live Music: Keith Jarrett performs solo at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Live Music: Noa (Achinoam Nini) in a UCLA Live Concert at Royce Hall

By Don Heckman Israeli singer Noa breezed into town for a too-brief, ninety minute set at U.C.L.A.’s Royce Hall last night.  It should’ve been, could’ve been longer.  Noa, whose full name is Achinoam Nini, is a singer-songwriter with extraordinary skills.  Well-known on the international, world music circuit, she still hasn’t received the recognition in this… Read More Live Music: Noa (Achinoam Nini) in a UCLA Live Concert at Royce Hall

Live Music: Zakir Hussain’s Masters of Percussion at Walt Disney Concert Hall

By Don Heckman Despite the title of his performance at Disney Hall Wednesday night – “Masters of Percussion” – Zakir Hussain did a lot more than fill the stage with a company of drummers.  And that’s not to say there wasn’t a lot of propulsive rhythm taking place. Son of the legendary tabla player, Ustad… Read More Live Music: Zakir Hussain’s Masters of Percussion at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Q & A: Israeli Singer Noa (Achinoam Nini)

By Don Heckman Israeli singer/songwriter Noa, whose given name is Achinoam Nini, makes one of her rare Los Angeles appearances on Saturday night in a UCLA Live concert at Royce Hall.  Her remarkable resume encompasses performances and/or collaborations with artists reaching from Pat Metheny, Sting, Stevie Wonder and Andrea Bocelli to Lokua Kanza, Khaled and… Read More Q & A: Israeli Singer Noa (Achinoam Nini)