11:30 AM DJ Set with Anthony Valadez

12:00 PM Nick Walker

A fresh addition to the Bunker Hill scene, the monthly City Beats shows are curated by local radio personality Anthony Valadez. The series, which runs every 2nd Wednesday June through October, provides a colorful, sonic snapshot of up-and-coming musicians. Genres include R&B, hip-hop, new jazz, Latin and indie, appealing to the eclectic palette and diverse backgrounds of LA music fans. Grab lunch, sit back, and enjoy the show!

ABOUT NICK WALKER

Nick Walker is a musician born in Los Angeles and raised in Long Beach California. He took up piano when he was 16 years old. He was drawn to and influenced by the piano playing of Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington. He released his first record this year titled L.A. Breathers. He is working on a follow up record. His singer songwriter style is influenced by David Bowie, Ray Charles and current acts like Frank Ocean and Leon Bridges. Nick Walker Worked as a House pianist In Long Beach and Los Angeles for a year after traveling and moving around California.

ABOUT ANTHONY VALADEZ

Anthony Valadez is a Los Angeles based DJ/Producer and visual artist with residencies at The Sayers Club in Hollywood and Zanzibar. His latest musical projects include official remixes for David Bowie, Local Natives and Ozomatli in addition to 2 LP releases on Plug Research. He has shared a stage with Sly Stone, Ben Harper, Doug E Fresh, Prince, Bruno Mars, Novalima and more. He can be found hosting his program on Monday nights on KCRW, Tuesday nights on Dash Radio and his weekly podcast on NTS Radio. Valadez is currently the host of Crate Diggers on FM TV.

SEPTEMBER 14 – 16 & 21 – 23

11 AM – 6 PM Daily

RSVP link will be provided soon.

Walk-ons will be let into the exhibit on a first come, first served basis. 

One dog per person and dogs must be on a leash. This is to ensure a safe and pleasant experience for all. 

America’s first art exhibition for dogs, dOGUMENTA, debuts at FIGat7th in DTLA this September! Not by or about dogs, dOGUMENTA is a curated art show for dogs. The exhibition invites artists to create work addressing the canine sensibility through a variety of media—from sound and sculpture to kibble and squeaky toys.

The concept for dOGUMENTA was born during art critic Jessica Dawson’s New York gallery walks with her rescue dog, Rocky. It was clear that Rocky saw art differently than humans, ignoring New York Times reviews and artist resumes and engaging directly with the work. Dawson realized that Rocky had something to teach human art lovers, and that he and his friends deserved an exhibition of art all their own. dOGUMENTA offers an unprecedented opportunity for the creative community to engage with a new breed of art lover and to consider its new points of view.

dOGUMENTA’s curatorial team is commissioning eight new artworks by established and emerging Los Angeles artists. Artworks will align with the artists’ established practice while also taking into account canine experience and perception. 4-legged exhibition-goers will encounter work in a range of media that address formal, conceptual and experiential elements such as color, sound, scent and touch.

A radical, pioneering exhibition, dOGUMENTA takes its name from Documenta, the major art survey that takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany. Considered the gold standard of exhibitions of contemporary art, Documenta, like dOGUMENTA, is energizing, exciting and unexpected.

ABOUT THE CURATORIAL TEAM

A NYC-based art critic, reporter and professor of art history, Jessica Dawson has written for national and international publications including the Wall Street Journal, Art in America and the Washington Post. She was a UCLA visiting professor from 2010-2014 and is currently at work on a memoir.

A creative development consultant and partner at Another Limited Rebellion an Art & Innovation Studio, Mica Scalin is the author of “Creative Sprint: Six 30-Day Challenges to Jump Start Your Creativity” (2017). She has worked with NBC Universal, Showtime Networks, CBS, GE, Altria and Capital One.

A Chelsea, NYC-based Morkie, Rocky has been sniffing out New York City’s best art since 2013.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

More information coming soon!

11:30 AM DJ Set with Anthony Valadez
12:00 PM Jason Joseph

A fresh addition to the Bunker Hill scene, the monthly City Beats shows are curated by local radio personality Anthony Valadez. The series, which runs every 2nd Wednesday June through October, provides a colorful, sonic snapshot of up-and-coming musicians. Genres include R&B, hip-hop, new jazz, Latin and indie, appealing to the eclectic palette and diverse backgrounds of LA music fans. Grab lunch, sit back, and enjoy the show!

ABOUT JASON JOSEPH

Jason Joseph (JJ) gets around. Born in America’s heartland to the son of Indian immigrants, he spent his childhood in Des Moines, Iowa with summers in Kerala, India before growing up in Florida and graduating from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Drawing from the multitude of cultures that inform his identity, JJ moved to Los Angeles to expand his SuperSoul signature sound. The unique voices of Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, Donny Hathaway seasoned with the Indian tabla and dhol, all melded into a stylistic gumbo defines his sound as a writer, singer, producer & music director.

Nine years ago, JJ released his first album called Out Of My Mind :: Side A, and began a weekly live residency called @SuperSoulMonday. The night is still going strong and has grown from three musicians playing for less than a dozen customers at a dive bar, to become a Los Angeles institution, routinely drawing A-listers like Drake, Dr. Dre, Sheryl Crow, Queen Latifah and John Mayer. JJ is releasing a brand new album in 2018.

ABOUT ANTHONY VALADEZ

Anthony Valadez is a Los Angeles based DJ/Producer and visual artist with residencies at The Sayers Club in Hollywood and Zanzibar. His latest musical projects include official remixes for David Bowie, Local Natives and Ozomatli in addition to 2 LP releases on Plug Research. He has shared a stage with Sly Stone, Ben Harper, Doug E Fresh, Prince, Bruno Mars, Novalima and more. He can be found hosting his program on Monday nights on KCRW, Tuesday nights on Dash Radio and his weekly podcast on NTS Radio. Valadez is currently the host of Crate Diggers on FM TV.

11:30 AM DJ Set with Anthony Valadez
12:00 PM HodgePodge LA

A fresh addition to the Bunker Hill scene, the monthly City Beats shows are curated by local radio personality Anthony Valadez. The series, which runs every 2nd Wednesday June through October, provides a colorful, sonic snapshot of up-and-coming musicians. Genres include R&B, hip-hop, new jazz, Latin and indie, appealing to the eclectic palette and diverse backgrounds of LA music fans. Grab lunch, sit back, and enjoy the show!

ABOUT HODGEPODGE LA

“Musicians jamming w/ records & DJs jamming w/ musicians” is the motto of LA’s HodgePodge. Assembled in 2016 by Todd Simon (Ethio Cali, Angel City All-Star Brass Band, #JazzOn45, Kelis, Quantic + many more), HodgePodge fills a void in the city where musicians and DJ’s can make music together in an unscripted setting. Turntable luminaries such as Jeremy Sole, Rhettmatic, House Shoes, Sean O, Miles Tackett, GLK, Ethos and many more have partook in a HodgePodge along with vocalists, mc’s & members of Ethio Cali, Jungle Fire, the Dap-Kings, Antibalas, The Lions, Breakestra & Buyepongo to create a sound like no other. Fans never know what they are going to get at a HodgePodge, but always know they are going to get something fun and special.

ABOUT ANTHONY VALADEZ

Anthony Valadez is a Los Angeles based DJ/Producer and visual artist with residencies at The Sayers Club in Hollywood and Zanzibar. His latest musical projects include official remixes for David Bowie, Local Natives and Ozomatli in addition to 2 LP releases on Plug Research. He has shared a stage with Sly Stone, Ben Harper, Doug E Fresh, Prince, Bruno Mars, Novalima and more. He can be found hosting his program on Monday nights on KCRW, Tuesday nights on Dash Radio and his weekly podcast on NTS Radio. Valadez is currently the host of Crate Diggers on FM TV.

11:30 AM DJ Set with Anthony Valadez
12:00 PM Quitapenas

A fresh addition to the Bunker Hill scene, the monthly City Beats shows are curated by local radio personality Anthony Valadez. The series, which runs every 2nd Wednesday June through October, provides a colorful, sonic snapshot of up-and-coming musicians. Genres include R&B, hip-hop, new jazz, Latin and indie, appealing to the eclectic palette and diverse backgrounds of LA music fans. Grab lunch, sit back, and enjoy the show!

ABOUT QUITAPENAS

QUITAPENAS, one word – all caps, four syllables – all claps, gives you a taste of their rhythmic contagion. This tropical Afro-Latin combo was born under the warm California sun. They borrow aesthetics from the radical 60s, 70s and 80s. Each song echoes a remix of history and invites one to engage in the liberating evenings of Angola, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and beyond. The name means “to remove worries.” Everybody has a “pena” and the mission of QUITAPENAS is simple: to make you dance and leave you without a worry.

ABOUT ANTHONY VALADEZ

Anthony Valadez is a Los Angeles based DJ/Producer and visual artist with residencies at The Sayers Club in Hollywood and Zanzibar. His latest musical projects include official remixes for David Bowie, Local Natives and Ozomatli in addition to 2 LP releases on Plug Research. He has shared a stage with Sly Stone, Ben Harper, Doug E Fresh, Prince, Bruno Mars, Novalima and more. He can be found hosting his program on Monday nights on KCRW, Tuesday nights on Dash Radio and his weekly podcast on NTS Radio. Valadez is currently the host of Crate Diggers on FM TV.

Arts Brookfield has commissioned artist Jason Hackenwerth to create Animal Soul, a set of large-scale, internally lit, inflatable sculptures that will take over the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place this summer.

Hackenwerth’s famous balloon installations have been exhibited by museums around the world including the Guggenheim and the V&A. His Animal Soul sculptures will tower over the viewers at 20 to 30 feet high each and transform the waterfront into a larger-than-life, glowing sculpture garden. Hackenwerth will also create 5 wearable sculptures made entirely of sewn balloons that come to life when donned by dancers.

Animal Soul will sweep viewers into a fantastical world of colorful creatures inspired by the magical, light-hearted persona of balloons and the otherworldly creatures that exist within every imagination.

Nature, and our relationship to it, has been a theme in art since humans began drawing on cave walls during prehistoric times. Over the millennia, our methods of expression may have changed but our fascination with observing the natural world remains constant. Commissioned by Arts Brookfield, Human Nature presents six new works by seven contemporary artists inspired by natural landscape and the use of organic forms. Utilizing visual cues from nature, the artworks in this exhibition are distinct interpretations of our environment and the complex relationships to it.  Some works utilize organic materials such as plants and natural fibers to reveal creative interactions with the earth’s resources; others rely on man-made and industrial materials, highlighting the contrast between the modern world and the idealized vision of nature we inherently possess.  The vibrant and unique interpretations in Human Nature serve as visual landmarks in our perpetual quest to understand the ever-changing world that surrounds us.  – Tom Kotik, curator

Human Nature features new work by Mckendree Key, Katerina Lanfranco, Kristyna and Marek Milde, John Monti, Colin O’Con, and Carolyn Salas. The exhibition is the sixth commissioned pedestal project. Previous themes were Fluid (2013), Bright (2014), SYNC (2015), Urbanscapes (2016), and Rock Paper Scissors (2017).

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Mckendree Key grew up in lower Manhattan and now lives and works in Brooklyn. She holds an MFA from Hunter College and a BFA from The Colorado College. Key has exhibited her work internationally and nationally, including solo exhibitions at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, The Sculpture Center, and The Fleming Museum at The University of Vermont, and group exhibitions at The Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and The Brooklyn Museum. In 2009 she received a Pollock – Krasner award for her work in collage, in 2004 a New York Foundation for the Arts award, and has attended residencies at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the CUE Artist Foundation.

Katerina Lanfranco earned her BA in Art (Painting) and in Visual Theory and Museum Studies from UC Santa Cruz, and her MFA in Studio Art (Painting) from Hunter College, City University of New York. Her work explores ideas of nature, science, and fantasy and has been represented by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery since 2006. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) in Berlin, and the Corning Museum of Glass. She currently teaches studio art at Parsons The New School, Pratt Institute, Fordham University and Hunter College, CUNY. She created and taught “Experimenting with Collage”, an online studio course for the Museum of Modern Art, as well as taught studio workshops at the American Folk Art Museum, MoMA, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She has been awarded several artists residencies including a six-month creative artist residency in Kyoto, Japan through the Japan/US Friendship Commission to study Japanese arts and crafts. Lanfranco’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, and internationally in Canada, Germany, Italy, and Japan. She founded of Rhombus Space in 2013 and was Chief Curator at Trestle Gallery (2015-2018), where she is now a member of their advisory board. Her recent shows include “Mystic Geometry” at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery, and “Efflorescence” at the SCPS Gallery at Pratt Manhattan. Upcoming projects include being a finalist for NYC’s Percent for Art project, and curating “Liminal Worlds” exhibition at Trestle Gallery, both opening this April. She documents her studio practice and experiences in the NYC art world through her Vlog project on YouTube.

Kristyna and Marek Milde are interdisciplinary artists and curators working as a collaborative tandem, based in Brooklyn, originally from Prague, Czech Republic. Their work explores cultural mechanisms, and conventions of contemporary lifestyles focusing on domesticity, while investigating its alienation from nature and the environment. The Mildes have exhibited nationally and internationally at MoMA Studio, Queens Museum, NURTUREart, EFA Project Space, Wave Hill, Smack Mellon Gallery, Anna Wallace Gallery, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Temple Contemporary, Space Gallery Pittsburg, Dumbo Street Festival, Knockdown Center, Abrons Art Center, Silent Barn, DOX Center for Contemporary Art, Futura Center for Contemporary Art, Meet Factory, Karlin Studios, Galerie Califia. Recent residencies have included the International Studio and Curatorial Program, the LMCC Process Space Residency at Governors Island, the Studio in the Park Residency at the Queens Museum, the Shift EFA, the A – Z West, and the Russell Wright Design Center. Their work has been featured in the New York Times, Brooklyn Rail, Flashart, Hyperallergic, Artribune, NYFA current, WG News, ArtClue, Artycok TV, Czech National TV, BTR Radio, and Czech Radio among others. Their work is part of private and public collections including the permanent installations at Chateau Trebesice in the Czech Republic, Mildred’s Lane in PA, and Manitoga, Russell Wright Design Center, Garrison, NY. They have also curated and organized a wide range of international program, events, exhibitions, and residencies while working at the Czech Center NY, the Czech cultural institute on the Upper East Side. They both received MFAs from the Queens College, New York.

John Monti is a noted sculptor and a Professor in the Graduate Fine Arts program at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Monti was born in Portland, Oregon, where he received a BS from Portland State University in painting, and later an MFA in sculpture from the Pratt Institute. Monti has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally both in museums and galleries and has completed public commissions and set-designs for dance. Exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Sculpture Center, White Columns, Artists Space, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, Curt Marcus Gallery and the Wakita Museum of Art, Japan. His work is included in major private and public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, The Weatherspoon Art Museum, The Eli Broad Family Foundation, The Portland Art Museum and the Wakita Museum of Art, Japan. Grants include the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Pollock Krasner Fellowship Grant, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Monti’s work has been featured in many publications, including Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, Arts Magazine, Artnews, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. He works and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Colin O’Con presents views with the mystery of nature in paintings, sculptures, and immersive installations. His fluorescent palette appears at times otherworldly or manufactured because we sometimes forget that nature itself creates such intense colors. Colin graduated Cum Laude with a BPA in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas in 2000. In 2004, he earned his MFA from Hunter College in New York and won the Tony Smith Sculpture Award. His work has been included in exhibitions at Fresh Window (Brooklyn), Rawson Gallery (New York), Lesley Heller Workspace (New York, The Alexandria Museum of Art (Louisiana), Boston Center for the Arts, Artspace (San Antonio), and CSAW (Houston). Alongside his visual art practice, he plays in the bands Dark Carpet and Big High Hills. Colin was born in Natchitoches, La and lives and works in Holmes, NY and Brooklyn.

Carolyn Salas was born in Hollywood, California. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Ms. Salas earned a B.F.A in sculpture from College of Santa Fe and an M.F.A from CUNY Hunter College. She has exhibited at museums including The Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY; The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA; Urbis City Center, Manchester, UK; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA. Notable gallery exhibitions include Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY; Casey Kaplan, New York, NY; Koenig & Clinton Gallery, NY;  Artopia Gallery, Milan, Italy; and  Parisian Laundry, Montreal. She has participated in artist residency programs at Abrons Art Center, AIR space program, NY, NARS Foundation, NY, Fountainhead, FL, Franconia Sculpture Park, MT among others.  Most recent solo shows completed by Ms. Salas have been at Dodge Gallery, NYC, Koenig & Clinton, NYC, Evergold Gallery, San Francisco, CA, and with Paramo Gallery in Guadalajara, Mexico.  Salas is preparing for a two person show at Gallery 16 in San Francisco in fall of 2018. Salas was appointed lecturer in sculpture at Yale in 2011.  She currently teaches at Parsons School of Art and Design, and Pratt Institute.  Her work is in the collection of Arena Mexico Arte Contemporaneo in Guadalajara.

ABOUT THE CURATOR

Tom Kotik is an artist, curator and musician based in Brooklyn, New York. Since the 1996 Tom has exhibited his work nationally and internationally including solo shows at Lesley Heller Workspace in 2015 and 2011, as well as solo exhibitions at the Juan Miro Foundation in Barcelona (2010) and Kostka Gallery Prague (2014).  He has exhibited his work at many diverse venues such as Socrates Sculpture Park (2000), Meet Factory Prague (2013), Field Projects (2014) and the Miami Museum of Science (2004).  Since 2013 Tom has been a curator at large for Arts Brookfield, organizing various exhibitions for their spaces in New York and Los Angeles including Construct; an installation by David Baskin (2015), American Soil; an installation by Josh Dorman (2015) and Bright!, a group show exhibited in both New York and LA (2014).  Tom has also curated exhibitions for Lesley Heller Workspace (2012), Long Island University (2011), and Five Myles (2003).  In addition to his artistic activities, Tom is an avid musician who has recorded and performed with many bands over the years including Stresovicka Kramle (Prague), Sportsman’s Paradise, Mighty High and Jonny Chan and the New Dynasty  Six (all NYC).  He recently returned from Prague where he recorded a forthcoming album with Stresovicka Kramle to be released in 2016.

Tom Kotik received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College in 2004 and his Bachelors Degree from New York University in 1993. He has been a resident artist at Art OMI (2001), Yaddo (2006), LMCC Workspace Program (2005), and the Bronx Museum AIM Program (2005).

 

Arts Brookfield is pleased to introduce Out of the Office, an entertainment series at Republic Plaza in downtown Denver. The final Thursday of each month from June through September will feature various forms of performance art at the city’s tallest office tower. So mark your calendar and get out of the office!

June 28– Maureen Breeze Dance Theatre and the Hannah Kahn Dance Company present an outdoor performance of dynamic dances from the traveling show There and Back Again

July 26– International touring singer/songwriter Megan Burtt

August 30– Four hilarious comedians including local favorite, Debbie Scheer

September 27– Chalk Art Show in partnership with Rocky Mountain College of Arts and Design

MANIPULATED, cut…folded…molded

Free Opening Reception, June 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Arts Brookfield presents MANIPULATED, cut…folded…molded  from June 28 until August 15 in the Mile High City’s tallest sky scraper, Republic Plaza. The show features a site-specific installation by Taiko Chandler and at least 15 other artists in a wide range of styles within the various artists’ versions of manipulated materials and visual imagery including works on paper, ceramics, metal, wood and even the manipulation of light. The public is invited to a free opening reception on Thursday, June 28 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the lobby and concourse levels at Republic Plaza.

Acoustic Caffeine is the perfect musical buzz to compliment your afternoon cup of coffee. This free monthly music series is presented by Arts Brookfield and features live performances from area musicians. Invigorate your day with warm coffee provided by Starbucks and inspiring sounds by musicians from Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

About our Partner:

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), ranked among the world’s top musical ensembles, marks its 50th anniversary season with more artistic energy and creative impulse coursing through its musical veins than at any time in its history. Beloved by audiences and praised by critics, the Orchestra is known as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks as well as a champion of contemporary composers. LACO, headquartered in the heart of the country’s cultural capital, has been proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” (Public Radio International), “LA’s most unintimidating chamber music experience” (Los Angeles Magazine), “resplendent” (Los Angeles Times), and “one of the world’s great chamber orchestras”(KUSC Classical FM).

June 20: Esther Anaya

July 18: Coming Soon!

August 15: Sheldon Botler

Take a break and soak up some sun while enjoying a lunchtime concert on the outdoor plaza of Figueroa at Wilshire! Summer on the Plaza features music by the next wave of up and coming singer-songwriters. Enjoy a special lunchtime happy hour menu at Two Guns Espresso from 12 – 1 pm each day of the series!

Summer on the Plaza is curated by 52Blend, a creative agency focused on working with innovative creatives, brands, and artists to unite and support a local and global music culture.

 

A Luminato Production Bradyworks & Doane Uschool

A reverberating tribute to George Harrison by 100 electric guitarists led by Montreal virtuoso Tim Brady and hundreds of Doane Uschool ukulele students

100 electric guitars, hundreds of ukuleles, one rockin’ afternoon! This major free event celebrating George Harrison takes over Brookfield Place on June 16.

Since 2015, composer/guitarist Tim Brady has been creating site-specific works for mass ensembles of electric guitars, enlivening shopping malls, old railway buildings and hockey arenas. Now, Luminato has commissioned him to write a new work for 100 spatialized guitars to pay homage to George Harrison, who would have been 75 years old in 2018. With a mix of professional and community musicians, While 100 Guitars Gently Weep – Concerto for Georgeis a monumental new work that celebrates the electric guitar and the sheer joy of playing it out loud, in public for all to hear!

To further celebrate George Harrison – a well-known advocate of the humble ukulele and its amazing capacity for making music – hundreds of young ukulele players from Toronto’s Doane Uschool, led by Melanie Doane, will put their twist on Harrison’s songs and other music with “My Sweet Uke, A Tribute to George Harrison“.

Come honour the “quiet Beatle” as we make a lot of joyful noise with this powerful celebration of strings.

While 100 Guitars Gently Weep – Concerto for George commissioned by Luminato from Bradyworks

Duration & Times:
11:00 a.m. and 3:30 pm Guitars only at 20 mins
12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Full program at 40 mins

In a special performance for the 2018 River to River Festival, Of Granite and Glass is part of choreographer Catherine Galasso’s 10-part series, Of Iron and Diamonds, based on Boccaccio’s 14th century Decameron. The performance will combine her signature cinematic tableaux, whimsical nonlinear narratives, and charismatic performers to engage in a choreographic dialogue with the architecture and atmosphere of Brookfield Place. Performers will move between episodic and virtuosic movements on multiple planes, shaped closely by the grandeur and intrigue of the Winter Garden’s grand marble staircase, transforming the space into a singular spectacle.

On Granite and Glass is co-commissioned by Arts Brookfield and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and is presented as part of the 2018 River To River Festival.

DATES

Friday, June 15 at 7pm

Saturday, June 16 at 7pm

Sunday, June 17 at 5pm

 

Choreographer:

Catherine Galasso is a Brooklyn-based choreographer born in New York and raised in Italy. Past performances have been presented by places such as SFMoMA, Joyce SoHo, La MaMa, Danspace Project, MoCA Santa Barbara, the Bibliotheque National in Paris, the International Theater Festival in Kosovo, as well as underground Wall Street bank vaults and decaying 4-story homes. Galasso’s 2015 collaboration with choreographer Andy de Groat (get dancing) was nominated for a New York ‘Bessie’ and her 2011 Bring On The Lumière! was nominated for a San Francisco “Izzie.” Galasso has been awarded residencies from The Watermill Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, Kaatsbaan, ODC Theater (San Francisco), and ZonaD Studio (Bucharest), as well as commissions from Danspace, The River to River Festival, and the San Francisco Foundation. She holds a European Baccalaureate in Painting from an art high school in Venice, Italy, and a BA in Film from Cornell University.

Photography Credits:

All photos by: Victoria Sendra

Pictured: Doug LeCours, Mei Yamanaka

Direction: Catherine Galasso

Location: Brookfield Place

For: River to River Festival 2018

 

 

6 PM: DJ

7 PM: Jarina De Marco

8 PM: Gabriel Garzón­‐Montano

Celebrating its sixth year in DTLA, the FIGat7th Downtown Festival (also known as FIGFest) will light up the city this June with eclectic sounds and tunes. Presented by Arts Brookfield, this free festival kicks off June 1 and runs four consecutive Friday nights at Downtown LA’s premier shopping destination, FIGat7th. The outdoor plaza will be transformed into an intimate concert venue and a poppin’ dance floor with performances by leading R&B, hip-hop, pop, soul, dance, and electronic artists.

First up is Poolside, the dreamy “Daytime Disco” project of California duo Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise. They are sure to put your mind at ease while your body slinks into a smooth sway. June 8 will deliver an electric performance by sexy New York R&B duo Lion Babe. Their sound is seductive and eclectic, promoting messages of empowerment supported by clanging percussion, a thumping synth bass, and notes of soul, dance, hip-hop and pop.

On June 15, Gabriel Garzón-Montano takes the stage with layer upon layer of his characteristically thoughtful, sultry, saturated soundscapes that oscillates between new soul, electronic, funk and R&B. The festival closes with an indie-pop-punk band that will be announced after Memorial Day, bringing their bold, raw, stumbling-through-life synergy to the FIGFest stage. See them crank it up a notch on June 22 when they are joined by the LA-based funk-rock ensemble, Thumpasaurus.

FIGFest’s unique lineup reflects the diversity of the city and the vibrant cultural center that downtown LA has become. Past festivals have featured The Internet, Anderson .Paak, KING, Superhumanoids, Soulection, Tuxedo, Hanni El Khatib, and The Belle Brigade. FIGFest is free and open to the public as part of Arts Brookfield’s continued effort to bring Brookfield Properties’ public spaces to life through music, film, interactive experiences, and visual arts.

ABOUT GABRIEL GARZÓN-­MONTANO

On his debut LP, Jardín, Gabriel Garzón-Montano sings of the struggles and uncertainties of the layered game that is America today, from the specific doubt and double consciousness of the first-­generation hustle, to the universal challenges of love, legacy, and exploring the maze of one’s own mind. A child of immigrant parents and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Garzón-­Montano’s aesthetic is an extension of his French-­Colombian heritage, built in equal parts from a pastiche of Bach sonatas, cumbia records, and the machine gun funk that echoes to this day from behind half-­rolled tints up and down Nostrand Ave. His mother, a member of the Philip Glass ensemble in the 1990’s, instilled within him a painstaking attention to detail that remains a hallmark of his process. Her rigorous classical instruction served as his creative engine as he honed his skills over the course of years in the lab, copping Stevie’s changes, studying Prince’s lyrics, and absorbing the beat theses of Timbaland, Dilla, and Pete  Rock.

Jardín comes on the heels of three intense years of touring, writing and recording. Soon after the 2014 release of his debut EP, Bishouné: Alma del Huila, Garzón-Montano was invited out on the road by rock legend Lenny Kravitz, as direct support on 23 concerts across Europe. The day after playing Wembley Arena, he received a call notifying him that his song “6 8” would be sampled by Drake on his full-­length If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late. The months following these cosigns Garzón-­Montano was featured at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits, and on back-­‐to-­back tours with English indie-­rockers Glass Animals and Stones Throw label mate Mayer Hawthorne.

In 2016, he returned to Waterfront Studios in Hudson, NY, to record Jardín with his mentor, analog guru Henry Hirsch. A capable multi-­‐instrumentalist, Garzón-Montano tracked drums, bass, guitar, piano, and synthesizers direct to 2″ tape, adding percussion, digital programming, and several layers of his own vocals to create a lush sonic environment that recalls a contemporary, streetwise Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants. “I wanted to make music that would remind people how beautiful life is-­how delicate their hearts are,” says Garzón-­Montano. “A garden is full of life, and growth, and beauty. I named the album Jardín hoping for it to create a space for healing when people put it on. I’ve always wanted to make music that is healing, comforting, and funky.”

This intention is, perhaps, what has always attracted listeners to his music. Fans of Bishouné will find familiar ground in the organic sounds and impressionist narratives of Jardín: the Moog-­heavy “Fruitflies” reads as a lyrical epilogue to “Keep on Running,” while “The Game” brings the folkloric percussion of “Me Alone”  home from Cartagena to Crown Heights. The enduring choruses of “Sour Mango,” “Crawl,” and “My Balloon” exhibit a melodic and compositional craftsmanship reminiscent of the fan favorite “Everything is Everything,” confirming Garzón-­Montano’s innate pop sensibilities, and his indisputable knack for fusing a wide range of classic influences and cutting-­edge ideas to create a sound all his own.

ABOUT JARINA DE MARCO

Jarina De Marco and her sound embody the multi-ethnic future. Her work defiantly transcends categories and borders. She is a creative visionary who sings in four languages and spearheads all aspects of her project: songwriting, production, visual design and video direction. 

Pitchfork and FADER were among her early supporters as well as Mark Ronson and Major Lazer who have collaborated with her as a vocalist for their projects. Following the success of “Tigre,” she released “Release The Hounds” in support for the people of Standing Rock’s movement to protect their land against the Dakota pipeline

Jarina’s childhood and family inform her genre-defying sound and politics. She was born in the Dominican Republic and spent her early years traveling in remote parts of the Amazonian rainforest and Dominican countryside, cataloguing indigenous sounds and rhythms with her parents, both renowned musicologists and musicians. As part of the resistance against the brutal dictatorship of Joaquín Balaguer, her parents performed a protest song in front of a large public gathering and had to immediately flee the country as they were forced into exile, relocating to Montreal until it was safe to return home.

As an outspoken advocate of women’s rights and human equality, Jarina’s music is a unique blend of global consciousness and global rhythms. She simultaneously supports the message of resistance, while creating a colorful sound entirely her own. 

11:30 AM DJ Set with Anthony Valadez
12:00 PM Live Performance

A fresh addition to the Bunker Hill scene, the monthly City Beats shows are curated by local radio personality Anthony Valadez. The series, which runs every 2nd Wednesday June through October, provides a colorful, sonic snapshot of up-and-coming musicians. Genres include R&B, hip-hop, new jazz, Latin and indie, appealing to the eclectic palette and diverse backgrounds of LA music fans. Grab lunch, sit back, and enjoy the show!

ABOUT ANTHONY VALADEZ

Anthony Valadez is a Los Angeles based DJ/Producer and visual artist with residencies at The Sayers Club in Hollywood and Zanzibar. His latest musical projects include official remixes for David Bowie, Local Natives and Ozomatli in addition to 2 LP releases on Plug Research. He has shared a stage with Sly Stone, Ben Harper, Doug E Fresh, Prince, Bruno Mars, Novalima and more. He can be found hosting his program on Monday nights on KCRW, Tuesday nights on Dash Radio and his weekly podcast on NTS Radio. Valadez is currently the host of Crate Diggers on FM TV.