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The City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission proudly presents the 2014 Winter Sounds, a concert performance series taking place in indoor locations in West Hollywood between January 11 and March 8 of 2014. The year’s line-up of performances is an eclectic mix of jazz, bluegrass and classical music.
All concerts are free to attend. Free parking will be provided, for directions please scroll to the bottom of the page.
Josh Nelson, Jazz Standards and Originals
Saturday, January 11, 2014, 4pm, City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
Josh Nelson, born and raised in Southern California, maintains an active and creative schedule as a jazz pianist, composer, teacher, and recording artist. At 35 years old, he has already performed with some of the most respected names in jazz, including Natalie Cole, Anthony Wilson, and Ernie Watts, to name a few. Josh has recorded for many albums, films, and TV shows, but also makes time for his own projects: First Stories (1998), Anticipation (2004) and Let it Go (2007, Native Language Music) all garnered international critical claim. Josh’s 4th album, I Hear a Rhapsody (2009), featured Josh’s musings on new original music, standard interpretations, and reinventions of pop tunes. His most recent record, Discoveries (2011), pairs classic sci-fi movies with new compositions for a brass and wind ensemble. For more information and to hear music samples by Josh Nelson, click here.
Southwest Chamber Music, Music for Two Harps
Saturday, January 25, 2014, 4pm, City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
Join Grammy Award-winning Southwest Chamber Music for an afternoon of exhilarating harp duets, featuring musicians Alison Bjorkedal and Allison Allport. The program features:
- Aaron Copland’s Quaker Melodies, inspired by American folk tunes.
- Dominick Argento's The Angel Israfil, inspired by an Edgar Allen Poe passage!
- Bernard Andres’ Parvis, a challenging tour-de-force with extended techniques and complex meters.
- And to wrap up the afternoon, the audience will interact with the performers in Haiku for Harps by Susann McDonald, and help compose music for a haiku!
This program is also part of the Music Unwrapped series, informal and interactive performances that are designed to break down the barriers between musicians and audiences of all ages. For more info here.
Nutty featuring Sonny Moon, Jetsetter Jazz
Saturday, February 1, 4pm, West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd.
Welcome to the world of Nutty, where eight swank jazzniks stroll among the classic rock archives, fueled with a martini mix of straight-ahead jazz, big band swing, crime jazz/spy jazz, atomic lounge, Latin, bebop and some film/TV soundtrack jazz just for added kick...that is, kicks. Classic rock and jazz are combined in strange and beautiful ways. The presentation, led by front man Sonny Moon, is fun and funny, but the playing is as serious as it gets. Complex arrangements weave rock, jazz, latin, TV/movie music and more into the mix. Jetsetter Jazz! For more information on Nutty, click here.
Fiddle and Pine, Indie-Bluegrass with a Twist
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 4 pm, City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
Fiddle & Pine is an indie-bluegrass band with a twist. From catchy choruses to foot stomping grooves, this unique group has a sound that will grip you like a jar of smooth whisky. Having studied music at CalArts, these creative musicians came together to create an incredible sound that resembles both the original bluegrass origin with a modern accessible edge. The choruses are addictive, and the songs make you want to sing them over and over again. For more information on Fiddle and Pine, click here.
Brazilian Soul Trio, Brazilian Jazz, Pop, and Soul
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 4 pm, City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
A dream team in Los Angeles's outstanding community of Brazilian musicians, Brazilian Soul Trio performs "a sizzling contemporary style with traces of jazz, samba, soul and pop." Bandleader/singer/guitarist Carla "Carlinha" Hassett (from São Paulo) has sung for a myriad of artists including Caetano Veloso, Solomon Burke, and Billy Idol, and has contributed to the "Rio" and "Rio 2" motion picture soundtracks. She is joined by gifted guitarist and author Joe De Sa (from Belo Horizonte) and stellar percussionist Felipe Fraga (from Curitiba). Together the trio explores fresh takes on Brazilian classics; cool Brazilian vibes on iconic American pop tunes, like Carla's 10th annual Independent Music Award nominated song, "Julia (featuring Mike Patton)," and mix in a few critically acclaimed original songs. For more information on Brazilian Soul Trio, click here.
Parking information and directions:
City Council Chambers: 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood Park Auditorium: 647 N. San Vicente Blvd. Free validated parking will be provided for the 5 story Public/Park parking structure only (accessible via El Tovar Place). You should bring your parking ticket with you to the concert in order to get validation. The Council Chambers are located next to Jones Coffee in the Autocourt of the building. The Auditorium is accessed from San Vicente Blvd. just north of the Grand Staircase to the West Hollywood Library.