Dance: Deborah Hay’s “Figure a Sea” at Freud Playhouse, UCLA

By Jane Rosenberg   Meditative, spare, hypnotic, fascinating, and tender – words that aptly express the experience of seeing Deborah Hay’s Figure a Sea. Her minimalist aesthetic combined with her insistence on the poetry of everyday movements forge a quiet yet compelling inner dialogue for each dancer and in turn offers the audience a window… Read More Dance: Deborah Hay’s “Figure a Sea” at Freud Playhouse, UCLA

Q&A: Wayne Shorter and Daniel Rotem At The Playboy Jazz Festival

By Devon Wendell On Saturday, June 13th; Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and young players from The Monk Institute Of Jazz Performance Ensemble will be performing at the 37th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival taking place Saturday and Sunday at The Hollywood Bowl. I recently had the amazing opportunity to interview Wayne Shorter on his upcoming performance… Read More Q&A: Wayne Shorter and Daniel Rotem At The Playboy Jazz Festival

Here, There & Everywhere: The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts

By Don Heckman Describing Herb Alpert as a philanthropist doesn’t accurately identify the full generosity of his activities over recent decades. Many of his awards have been institutional, to UCLA, USC, CalArts and beyond. And in each of those cases, his generosity has had a significant impact upon the effectiveness of their music education programs.… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts

Here, There & Everywhere: The 2012 Alpert Award in the Arts

By Don Heckman Herb Alpert has had more successes – creative and financial – than most artists can dream of experiencing.  And to his credit he’s handled them with remarkable finesse and generosity.  Music programs at UCLA and CalArts have benefited from his multi-million dollar grants to each institution. Today, another impressive display of the… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: The 2012 Alpert Award in the Arts

Live Music: Bryan Adams Bare Bones Tour at UCLA’s Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein There is an undeniably universal appeal in a guy singing love songs with a guitar.  Ladies love the high level of simple romantic communication in it, and upon seeing this, most men certainly recognize the power of the medium to grab a woman’s attention by the heartstrings.  Over the past 30 or… Read More Live Music: Bryan Adams Bare Bones Tour at UCLA’s Royce Hall

Live Jazz: Chick Corea and Gary Burton at Royce Hall

By Michael Katz Chick Corea and Gary Burton are two exquisite musicians, who in their duets have found a way to channel their talents into a performance both unified by their sensibilities and singular in their contributions. Saturday night, in a UCLA Live presentation before an appreciative audience at Royce Hall, they brought out some… Read More Live Jazz: Chick Corea and Gary Burton at Royce Hall