Live Music: The Ghazal Ensemble at the Skirball Cultural Center

By Bonnie Perkinson March is a festive month. In India there is Holi, a festival of color and love, good over evil. It is mentioned in the Vedas, the most sacred books of India and the earliest record of Indo-Aryan civilization. Persia gives us Nowruz, celebrating rebirth and a joyous sense of belonging, going back… Read More Live Music: The Ghazal Ensemble at the Skirball Cultural Center

Picks of the Week: March 30 – April 5

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – March 30 (Mon.) The Frank Capp Juggernaut Big Band. It’s a juggernaut, all right – a hard driving, deeply swinging collection of L.A.’s finest players, working through the scintillating repertoire of the Great American Big Band Book. Charlie O’s. (818) 994-3058. http://www.charlieos.com – April 1. (Wed.) The Alan Broadbent… Read More Picks of the Week: March 30 – April 5

Live: A Celebration of Rumi — The Sights and Sounds of Mystic Persia

By Don Heckman Poetry has been an essential element in Persian/Iranian culture for eons, a refuge in times of stress, a joy in periods of plenty.  In turn, the music of that rich society has been almost inseparably linked to the poetry, producing stunning combinations of lyrical imagery and emotionally dense melody. Surveying the creative… Read More Live: A Celebration of Rumi — The Sights and Sounds of Mystic Persia