Fusion of Jazz and World Music from Jon Hassell at Royce Hall
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Gipsy Kings, featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo, return to the Greek Theatre to celebrate their 25th anniversary under the stars in L.A. Already an international hit, the Gipsy Kings burst onto the American music scene with their 1989 self-titled album release. The Gipsy Kings introduced millions of U.S. listeners to the band's unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms. Since then, the band has toured virtually non-stop, to the farthest-flung corners of the planet, and sold almost twenty million albums, all the while retaining the same line-up of virtuoso musicians. Their music has been featured on television in such diverse projects as Dancing With the Stars, Entourage and movies such as Toy Story 3, Fearless and The Big Lebowski. The Gipsy Kings' most recent album Savor Flamenco won a 2014 Grammy for Best World Music Album. Expect to hear songs from Savor Flamenco as well as old favorites in this exciting outdoor show. The opening act is Ole' Noys, the sons of the Gipsy Kings' Tonino Baliardo and Nicolas Reyes. Learn More
Captive parking. $12.00. Considering most L.A. parking fees are pretty reasonable, even the Chandler Pavilion UCLA has a lot of nerve charging for that charge for parking off-hours in what is largely an empty lot.Tune-In Festival L.A.: eighth blackbird travel • Mar 31 2014 star this tip starred
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Jon Hassell is highly progressive and modern. His music is NOT for the causal Jazz listener. If you can sit through a whole hour of music that the average listener would characterize as mellow background music you'd hear in a movie or elevator but the Jazz connoisseur would characterize as genius, then you will love his concert. By the time his concert was finished, half the audience had left. Those are the casual listeners who found his music very boring. However, the ones who stayed till the end and were able to appreciate his progressive style gave him a rousing ovation and even stayed for a 15 minute encore.
Described by many as the most innovative and important composer alive, Memphis-born jazz trumpeter Jon Hassell has transcended the inherent limitations of his instrument to use it “as flexibly, as expressively and as intimately as a great singer uses his voice … (creating) vivid landscapes that seem to palpitate with a life of their own” The New York Times.
The visionary creator of a style dubbed “Fourth World” — an ethereal, magical realistic fusion of ancient and digital, composed and improvised, and Eastern and Western — Hassell has had a profound impact on contemporary music, inspiring a generation of collaborators and admirers from Brain Eno and the Kronos Quartet to Ry Cooder and Björk. This enigmatic artist will be joined by his band Maarifa Street in an otherwordly alchemy of global fusions stretched across time and space.
The evening features Tunisian vocalist and oud player Dhafer Youssef, whose soaring voice and jazzy sound—rooted in Sufi laments, world traditions, and Arabic lyricism—envision a bewitching musical future.
Following the show will be DJ sets by the dublab sound system.