Presenting unique experiences in unexpected places, Arts Brookfield invites you to take a break from the daily grind and join us for an LA take on world music at Uniquely LA. Curated by local DJ, music mastermind, and event producer, Aaron Byrd, this series will include a free coffee for all attendees and a selection of bites by Convene!
The music of Arohi highlights tightly knit compositions that frame virtuous improvisations steeped in the classical ragas and rhythmic dynamism of Indian music. Their sound incorporates Jazz and Latin ensemble work and classical counterpoint utilizing traditional instruments & artists from India and the west.
International performing artist Paul Livingstone is one of the few American disciples of the legendary Pt. Ravi Shankar and also learned from Pt. Rajeev Taranath and Amiya Dasgupta. He has performed around the US, Mexico, Europe and South Asia with leading tabla artists form India, Pakistan & Nepal including Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri. A dedicated sitarist for 32 years, a multi-instrumentalist and composer of ‘ragajazz chamber music’ in the realm of world music synthesis Paul leads his own Arohi Ensemble as well as performing regularly as a classical sitar soloist.
Paul Livingstone ~ sitar
Peter Jacobson ~ cello
Dave Lewis ~ drums
ABOUT THE CURATOR:
Aaron Byrd has always had a desire and curiosity to seek out new experiences, people, places and, most of all, music. Having visited 17 countries (so far) and spending at least three hours a day listening to new music, it’s safe to say music and travel are his biggest passions in life.
His attraction to the unknown and thirst for discovery has fueled an eclectic and expansive taste in music, from the underground hip hop scene the LA native explored as a teenager to his love of Guaguanco from Cuba. An Engineering major at UCLA, it’s not surprising that he likes to dig into the roots of where things begin, from tango to trip hop. He fuses musical connections across all borders, boundaries and timelines because what he looks for is more than a catchy beat.
Since his start at KCRW in 2007, Byrd has appeared on the front page of the New York Times and in both the LA Times and LA Weekly. He is called on to curate a wide range of events around town, from post-performance events at the LA Opera to a weekly live performance series at a boutique West Hollywood hotel. As a DJ, Byrd has opened for Groove Armada, James Blake, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Little Dragon, and Jose James and is regularly featured at clubs around town.