Live Music: “ModRock” at the El Portal Theater

By Mike Finkelstein ModRock had its official opening Sunday evening at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.   It’s an entertaining, feel good, romp through some very important times in popular culture. In the mid ‘60s London was ground zero for popular culture.   Long lasting fashion trends like the miniskirt came out of the London… Read More Live Music: “ModRock” at the El Portal Theater

Live Music at the Hollywood Bowl: The Los Angeles Philharmonic and an all-Haydn program conducted by Nicholas McGegan with trumpet soloist Alison Balsom

By Don Heckman It wasn’t an especially high visibility event at the Hollywood Bowl Tuesday night.  The Los Angeles Philharmonic was conducted in the first of two appearances this week by the amiable Nicholas McGegan.  The soloist of the night was English trumpeter Alison Balsom.  And the music was Haydn — not Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner… Read More Live Music at the Hollywood Bowl: The Los Angeles Philharmonic and an all-Haydn program conducted by Nicholas McGegan with trumpet soloist Alison Balsom

Here, There & Everywhere: Micah Altshuler Sings About A La La Dream…

By Don Heckman When iRoM’s London-based, European correspondent Ella Leya told me she’d written a song for her ambitious teen-age son, Micah, I was intrigued.  I knew Ella was a gifted singer/songwriter – her songs have been featured on such films and TV shows as Ocean’s Twelve, PU-239, My Sassy Girl, Dirty Sexy Money, and… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: Micah Altshuler Sings About A La La Dream…

A Russian/Californian in London: “Madame Butterfly” by the English National Opera

With this post, writer/composer/singer Ella Leya begins her International Review of Music reports on the cultural view from London and beyond. By Ella Leya London.  It’s been a few months since I left the gold-and-sapphire paradise of the Southern California Rivera and arrived at the rainy, smoky, dressed-in-tarnished-iron and moldy stone banks of river Thames.… Read More A Russian/Californian in London: “Madame Butterfly” by the English National Opera