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Unsilent Cinema
September 28, 2017 - September 29, 2017
FIGat7th, Los Angeles

4 PM: Happy Hour & DJ in TASTE Courtyard 

7 PM: DJ on FIGat7th Plaza

8 PM: Screenings & live show begin on FIGat7th Plaza

Presented by Arts Brookfield, Unsilent Cinema connects film masterpieces by legends such as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton with a wide spectrum of musical genres and contemporary musicians. Outdoor screenings of selected classics from the silent film era are accompanied by unique musical scores, commissioned specifically for this series and performed live by their composers. Each performs their unique score against a backdrop of selected early 20th century shorts for two nights. Past musicians have included Daedelus, Jimmy Tamborello, and Marc Ribot. Unsilent Cinema is free and open to all ages as part of Arts Brookfield’s mission to bring public spaces to life through visual and performing arts.

Who:  Lineup & films to be confirmed.

Acoustic Caffeine: Duo Deloro
Duo Deloro
September 6, 2017
The Gas Company Tower, Los Angeles

Acoustic Caffeine is the perfect musical buzz to compliment your morning cup of coffee. This free monthly music series is presented by Arts Brookfield and features live performances from area musicians. Acoustic Caffeine will ensure you wake up on the musical side of the bed, invigorating your day with complimentary coffee provided by Starbucks and inspiring sounds.

About our Partner:

In a new and exciting collaboration, guitarists Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic team up for a fresh and spontaneous duo, with their program “La Buena Vida”, taking you on a journey through Latin American and Spanish landscapes. Brand new arrangements of Guastavino, Granados, Albeniz, traditional Argentinian Tangos and original flamenco compositions by Adam del Monte, cast a renewed spirit into the world of the guitar duo expressed through two dynamic artists, each with their own voice. Recent Performances include: Sacramento Guitar Society, Da Camera of Los Angeles, Strathmore Hall, Allegro Guitar Society (Ft. Worth and Dallas), UNLV, Portland Classic Guitar and more to come this season.

 

Angel City Jazz with Ross Hammond and Sameer Gupta
Ross Hammond
Sameer Gupta
August 25, 2017
Bank of America Plaza, Los Angeles

Jazz never stands still…it constantly evolves and reinvents itself. See this phenomena in action every 2nd and 4th Friday at Bank of America Plaza from April through October. Angel City Jazz, a non-profit committed to cultivating jazz culture in LA through its annual Angel City Jazz Festival, has partnered with Arts Brookfield to program this series. Spend your lunchtime enjoying live music from local musicians while you snack on goodies from the Bunker Hill Farmers Market!

Guitarist Ross Hammond and Tablaist Sameer Gupta have been making music together for the past twenty years. Their current project mixes jazz, blues and Appalachian folk music with North Indian Classical music. Hammond uses a variety of acoustic guitars in collaboration with Gupta’s tabla setup. Their 2016 release Upward made the “Best of 2016” list at The Daily Beast and NYC’s Big City Blog.

“Beautifully cohesive…the music exists in a timeless realm that touches on jazz, Hindustani music, spirituals and country without residing in any particular style.” – Andrew Gilbert, The California Report.

 

Angel City Jazz with Frisson
August 11, 2017
Bank of America Plaza, Los Angeles

Jazz never stands still…it constantly evolves and reinvents itself. See this phenomena in action every 2nd and 4th Friday at Bank of America Plaza from April through October. Angel City Jazz, a non-profit committed to cultivating jazz culture in LA through its annual Angel City Jazz Festival, has partnered with Arts Brookfield to program this series. Spend your lunchtime enjoying live music from local musicians while you snack on goodies from the Bunker Hill Farmers Market!

Frisson is led by composer and vibraphonist Matt DiBiase.  Frisson’s music crosses genres drawing heavily from jazz, fusion, R&B, rock and electronic music. Performances feature hypnotic, danceable groves, exhilarating improvisation and precise yet soulful arrangements. Members of the band are listed below!

 

Giveton Gelin (tpt)

Nathan Rice (tenor sax)

Russell Gelman-Sheehan (guitar)

Michael Orenstein (keys)

Eli Heath (Bass)

Patrick Graney (aux. percussion)

Chase Kuesel (drumset)

Matt DiBiase (vibes & composition)

FIGat7th Downtown Festival
August 4, 2017 - August 25, 2017
FIGat7th, Los Angeles

4 pm: Happy hour and DJ in TASTE Courtyard

7 pm: DJ on FIGat7th Plaza Stage

8 pm: FIGFest Headliner on FIGat7th Plaza Stage

Back by popular demand, the FIGat7th Downtown Festival will reignite the city this summer with eclectic sounds and tunes. Presented by Arts Brookfield, the festival kicks off Friday, August 4 and will run for 4 consecutive weeks every Friday at Downtown LA’s premier shopping destination, FIGat7th. The outdoor plaza will be transformed into an intimate concert venue with performances by leading pop, rock, American roots, soul and alternative artists.

Past festivals have featured The Internet, Anderson .Paak, KING, Superhumanoids, Soulection, Jose James, and The Belle Brigade. The FIGat7th Downtown Festival is free and open to the public as part of Arts Brookfield’s continued effort to bring Brookfield’s public spaces to life through visual and performing arts.

Who:  Lineup to be confirmed.

Acoustic Caffeine: The Kaleidoscope Trio
Kaleidoscope Trio
August 2, 2017
The Gas Company Tower, Los Angeles

Acoustic Caffeine is the perfect musical buzz to compliment your morning cup of coffee. This free monthly music series is presented by Arts Brookfield and features live performances from area musicians. Acoustic Caffeine will ensure you wake up on the musical side of the bed, invigorating your day with complimentary coffee provided by Starbucks and inspiring sounds.

About our Partner:

The Kaleidoscope Trio is an eclectic ensemble that performs a wide array of music: from Bach to the Beatles and from Schubert to Sinatra. Since its formation in 2013, the Kaleidoscope Trio has brought its unique music to many venues in the Los Angeles area, performing for formal concerts, special events, libraries, museums, schools, hospitals, and prisons. Members Mann-Wen Lo (violin), Micah Wright (clarinet), and Adam Borecki (guitar) met as students at USC. The Kaleidoscope Trio won several awards at USC including winning the USC Outreach Competition and receiving special recognition for its outreach work in the Gluck Fellowship Program. Currently, the Kaleidoscope Trio performs throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding areas and explores a plethora of musical styles including classical, jazz, pop, klezmer, oldies, and more!

 

IN THE PARK Mystery Artist
July 27, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Past Mystery Artists have included Coleman Hell and Alvvays. Find out who will take the stage this year in our annual IN THE PARK final concert.

Last summer First Canadian Place surprised you with Coleman Hell IN THE PARK.

Join us again as we celebrate summer with another chart-topping Mystery Artist performance.
The artist will be revealed on July 27, but here’s a hint: this Toronto R&B artist rose to prominence last year with their first Billboard single.
Catch our Mystery Artist performance on THURSDAY JULY 27 AT 12:15 PM at the FCP Park stage.

Jessica Mitchell: In Concert
July 20, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Dubbed “Country’s Adele” by multiple media outlets, country singer Jessica Mitchell carves her own path in the male-dominated genre.

For London, Ontario-based artist Jessica Mitchell, leaving rock’n’roll behind was a move that changed her whole life. Inspired by Sheryl Crow and Tori Amos, Mitchell spent the better part of the past decade allowing herself to become more vulnerable in her music and storytelling – something that was ultimately blocked by her desire to create music for a specific genre, instead of creating music for the story she really wanted to tell. Now, with a new sound and the confidence to put everything out on the table, to call the country songstress an open book would be saying the least.

Mitchell’s past struggles with addiction, mental illness, and losing her mother to cancer come to light through such tracks as “That Record Saved My Life” and “Grown Up Things”. As an artist defined by bluesy heartbreak, pain, and los—at times deemed too “dark” for mainstream radio—the real break-through moment for Mitchell came in 2016: after receiving a standing ovation for her soulful, raw performance at the Country Music Association of Ontario awards, she heard her song “Workin’ on Whiskey” receive radio air-time for the first time, a moment she responded to with nothing short of tears and total gratitude.

In an interview with Chatelaine magazine, Mitchell spoke about how her openness with personal experiences has made her music more relatable: “I’m a stronger person now [because of it],” says Mitchell. “I think people are latching on because I know who I am, and it shows.”

 

Jessica Mitchell will be performing at FCP Park stage on THURSDAY JULY 20, 12:15 PM as part of the ongoing IN THE PARK summer concert series.

Acoustic Caffeine with LACO
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
July 19, 2017
Figueroa at Wilshire, Los Angeles

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. Acoustic Caffeine aims to invigorate your day with warm coffee provided by Two Guns Espresso and inspiring sounds by musicians from Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

 

About our Partner:

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, “one of the world’s great chamber orchestras” by KUSC Classical FM and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and a conductor with “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its almost 50-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America, earning adulation from audiences and critics alike, and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.

Lowdown Hudson Music Fest
Common
OK Go
July 18, 2017 - July 19, 2017
Brookfield Place New York, New York

Arts Brookfield’s annual summer music festival, the Lowdown Hudson Music Fest, returns to the heart of downtown New York for its seventh summer on July 18 and 19. Bringing fun, lively, world-class musical talent to the picturesque Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, this year’s festival will be headlined by rapper and producer Common on Tuesday and quirky veteran rockers OK GO on Wednesday. Both shows are free to attend and open to the public. In keeping with the summer festival vibe, shows are standing room only and will feature a festival bar.

TUESDAY, JULY 18:
COMMON

Grammy and Academy Award winning rapper, actor, producer and poet Common opens the festival on Tuesday, July 18. Common’s illustrious career began in 1992 with the release of Can I Borrow a Dollar? and he is now one of the most well-known voices in modern rap and R&B. In 2003, Common won his first Grammy Award: Best R&B Song for “Love of My Life” with Erykah Badu. Its popularity was matched by May 2005’s Be, which was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Common was awarded his second Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, for “Southside (featuring Kanye West)” in 2007. Common won the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Song for his song “Glory” from the 2014 film Selma, in which he co-starred as Civil Rights Movement leader James Bevel.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19:
OK GO

On Wednesday, July 19, high-energy pop-rock pioneers OK GO will headline the final show. Formed as a quartet in Chicago in 1998 before relocating to Los Angeles, OK GO (Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka, Andy Ross) have spent their career in a steady state of transformation. On their most recent EP, the band worked with longtime producer and friend Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Weezer, MGMT), while also enlisting a new collaborator in veteran Tony Hoffer, (Beck, Phoenix, Foster the People) to create their most comfortable and far-reaching songs yet.

Previous headliners have included legends The Roots, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Los Lobos, Neko Case, and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings.

 

KC Roberts & the Live Revolution: In Concert
July 13, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Step aside Drake – KC Roberts & the Live Revolution have turned the Six upside down with their funk-inspired tunes.

 

KC Roberts & the Live Revolution brings funk music to the heart of the city. This 8-piece independent jazz-funk band first made waves in 2013 when they successfully crowd-sourced over $26,000 to produce their first album, Parkdale Funk 2: SIDES.
Comprised of three horns and a rhythm section of percussion, drums, keys, bass and guitar, KC Roberts & the Live Revolution is one part jazz, one part funk, and one part complete improvisation–an equation that acts as a bit of a “‘screw you’ in the face of the [well-oiled music] industry, and the people who always want you to take the paths most travelled”, as expressed by the band in an interview with Exclaim! magazine.
Clearly they’re onto something – in 2015, they embarked on their first-ever tour through Canada and the west coast of the U.S., performing at 15 cities in 20 days, and this year will head to Europe. As TD Toronto Jazz Festival Artistic Director Josh Grossman put it, KCLR is simply “scary good…a blast to hear and just as fun to watch.”

Discover the magic of funk for yourself as KC Roberts & the Live Revolution takes the FCP Park stage on THURSDAY JULY 13, 12:15 PM as part of the ongoing IN THE PARK summer concert series.

Acoustic Caffeine: Colburn School
Students of Colburn School
July 5, 2017
The Gas Company Tower, Los Angeles

Acoustic Caffeine is the perfect musical buzz to compliment your morning cup of coffee. This free monthly music series is presented by Arts Brookfield and features live performances from area musicians. Acoustic Caffeine will ensure you wake up on the musical side of the bed, invigorating your day with complimentary coffee provided by Starbucks and inspiring sounds.

About our Partner:

The Colburn School provides the highest quality performing arts education at all levels of development in an optimal learning environment. The institution serves the community by presenting its students, faculty, and guest artists in more than 300 concerts each year, many of which are free. Additionally, Colburn’s outreach programs reach approximately 15,000 under served children in the community each year.

Works on Water
June 29, 2017
Zuccotti Park, New York

Works on Water is a month-long series presenting multiple artistic perspectives on water in a global context.

From the intimate experience we have with water every day to the cultural experience with water that inspires our creative minds, to the politics of water that most people don’t think about, to the global considerations of water, which is often hard to comprehend, Works on Water presents four artists showcase time-based work about the water that surrounds us.

Presented by New Georges with 3LD Art & Technology and Urban Water Artists in collaboration with Guerilla Science.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

June 8 | Opera in the Shower

Rachel Parish and Audrey Gámez

A playful meditation on the use or water in our daily lives, Opera in the Shower takes inspiration from Helen Banner’s experimental opera about washing rituals.

 

June 15 | Plein Air the Future

Lise Brenner

Imagine the past and the future of Zuccotti Park while abstract painters create visuals showcasing the potential impact of rising sea level in real time.

 

June 22 | The Play About the Bridge

Nancy Nowacek and Celine Song

Inspired by Nowacek’s Citizen Bridge, this piece features two actors who struggle to make their way from point A to point B, bridging multiple obstacles and distances.

 

June 29 | 36.5/Mannahatta

Sarah Cameron Sunde

Connect with the tidal shifts in water surrounding the city and the streams below in this one-time performance featuring three performers and public participation.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Rachel Parish is a theater director, installation artist, arts leader, and community organizer. With specialties in directing, devising and dramaturgy for new plays, her work has taken place in the UK, Ireland, China, Switzerland, the USA, Croatia, and Gabon, with support from organizations including Arts Council England, the Welcome Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Recent original stage productions include Manifesting Destiny and Hellscreen (London, 2015). Rachel’s work contains a close attention to visual design and often incorporates original live music and rich choreography. Rachel trained in London at the prestigious National Theatre Studio Director’s Course. She received her MA with distinction from the Central School of Speech and Drama and, in the USA she studied at the University of Georgia, with LaMama and the SITI Company, and is a graduate of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.

 

Lise Brenner is a choreographer, writer, teacher, producer and performer active in NYC and abroad. Brenner holds her MFA Interdisciplinary Performance from DasArts, University of the Arts, Amsterdam and has had her work supported by, among others, the NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs, the Mondriaan Stichting (NL), iLand Art, Dance Theatre Workshop, and the Central Park Urban Rangers.  In 2010 she co-founded ICSCS (the Institute for Culture in the Service of Community Sustainability), with support from the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund and the Mellon Foundation.

Multiple shifts of locale and context have led her to consider performance as intimately connected to the policy, history, language and other political and cultural fundamentals that result in the architecture (whether literal—i.e. buildings, landscapes—or societal—i.e. economic and government structures, historio-cultural, linguistic, etc) of daily life.  Performance works since 2006 have focused on the New York City landscape, utilizing choreographic principals to organize multi-talented and diversely focused creators in projects that provide multidimensional ‘scores’ for audience/participants. These projects all start from a fascination with the underlying history and environmental factors shaping present day urban realities, and a desire to engage audiences in co-imagining the past in order to re-imagine the future of the city. In September 2012 she was delighted to return to the NY stage at St. Mark’s Danspace in Clarinda Mac Low’s tribute to Jackson Mac Low: 40 Dances for the Dancers.  She has published peer-reviewed articles in Parallax and Performance Paradigms, and has written for the Movement Research Journal.

 

Nancy Nowacek makes art focused on the power and politics of the body in late-capital, post-industrial culture. Embodying latent or invisible systems—bureaucracy, infrastructure, computer coding—she intervenes into the designed world with sculpture, performance and installations that challenge and shift assumptions of the social and body schema. Often situated between speculation and reality, Nowacek’s work brings conceptual environments and uses of the body into concrete, tactile sensory experience through the transformation of found objects and ready-mades. Fueled by contemporary issues, her work is inspired by minimalism, land art, conceptual art, and Fluxus. Her projects are often socially-engaged and process-driven, involving the collaboration of dozens to hundreds of participants in their realization.

Nowacek holds MFAs in Visual Communication and Social Practice. Her work has been supported most recently a through a 2-year fellowship at Eyebeam. She has also been supported by residencies through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Recess, Signal Fire and the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program and grants from Two Trees and Brooklyn Arts Council. She will be teaching at the Stevens Institute of Technology beginning fall 2017 and organizes panels and events devoted to waterways and climate change, and bodies and technology. She has exhibited and presented works in New York, Los Angeles and the Bay Area, Canada, South America and Europe.

 

Sarah Cameron Sunde Sarah Cameron Sunde is an interdisciplinary artist and director working at the intersection of performance, video and public art. She leads the live art cohort Lydian Junction, is Deputy Artistic Director of  New Georges, and is known internationally as Jon Fosse’s American translator and director (five U.S. debut productions; translations published by PAJ). Among other places, her work been seen at 3LD Art & Technology Center, EFA Project Space, the Knockdown Center, Kennedy Center, Guthrie Theater and presented internationally in Norway, The Netherlands, Mexico, China, Uganda and Iraqi Kurdistan. Honors include a Princess Grace Award, Creative Climate Award First prize 2015, and residencies at The Watermill Center and Hermitage Foundation. She holds a BA in Theater from UCLA and an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice from the City College of New York, CUNY. Sunde is currently working on large-scale projects 36.5 / a durational performance with the sea and ACROSS AN EMPTY LOT: a temporary memorial to the empty space. She is a 2016-17 artist-in-residence with LMCC’s Workspace program.

Shad: After Work Concert
June 28, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, we’re kicking off our IN THE PARK Concert Series with a Canadian hip-hop icon Shad in an exclusive after work performance.

Shad (Shadrach Kabango) is a Juno Award-winning rapper and songwriter born in Kenya and raised in London, Ontario. His peers in Canadian Hip Hop recently voted him the 2nd Greatest Rapper Ever in Canada in a poll produced by the CBC.

Toronto DJ Famous Players will open the after-work show with high energy mixes and mash-ups.

Catch Shad as a headlining act on WEDNESDAY JUNE 28, 5:15 PM at the FCP Park stage as part of the ongoing IN THE PARK summer concert series.

Angel City Jazz with Miller Wrenn’s Meridian
Miller Wrenn
Carson Rick
Clint Dodson
Vinny Golia

June 23, 2017
Bank of America Plaza, Los Angeles

Jazz never stands still…it constantly evolves and reinvents itself. See this phenomena in action every 2nd and 4th Friday at Bank of America Plaza from April through October. Angel City Jazz, a non-profit committed to cultivating jazz culture in LA through its annual Angel City Jazz Festival, has partnered with Arts Brookfield to program this series.

Miller Wrenn is a bassist, composer, and educator whose compositions and performances are concerned with the tangibility of artistic intention and unifying elements of composition and improvisation into one essential whole. As a bassist he is regarded for his versatility and deep knowledge of many musical traditions.

Miller performs with and composes for a multitude of collective musical ventures, as well as for his own projects. He is a member of Off Cell, a forward-thinking quartet comprised of musicians from Los Angeles and Dallas, which released its debut recording in February of 2017. As both a performer and composer, he is a member of the New Music chamber group EnsembleVomma, which recently premiered his long-form work, The Shape of Them Dissolving, at ArtShare LA along with two premieres of renowned composer/violinist Mark Menzies.

Recently and most notably, Miller Wrenn performed the world premiere of John Cage’s “all sides of the small stone for Erik Satie” at the RedCat Theater in Los Angeles. Miller’s ensemble will be performing a set of original and unique compositions which include both lively improvisations and intricate stylings.  This particular group is self-described as existing somewhere in the Henry Threadgill/AACM area of things, with a solid dose of Bartok/Stravinsky/Morton Feldman influence.

Spend your lunchtime enjoying live music from local musicians while you snack on goodies from the Bunker Hill Farmers Market!

Miller Wrenn’s Meridian

Carson Rick – Viola

Clint Dodson – Drums

Vinny Golia – Woodwinds

Miller Wrenn – Double Bass & Composition