UNIQUELY LA with Aaron Byrd
For Five Coffee at Wells Fargo Center // 333 S Grand Ave
Presenting unique experiences in unexpected places, Arts Brookfield invites you to take a break from the daily grind and join us for an array of live experiences that incorporate spoken word, music, and even magic in a quintessentially LA way.
Curated by local DJ, music mastermind, and event producer, Aaron Byrd, this series will include a free coffee for all attendees as well as a 10% discount on any lunch food item purchased at For Five Coffee during the performance.
ABOUT THE PERFORMER:
Mia Doi Todd is a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles. From her first solo acoustic album, “The Ewe and the Eye,” released just as she was graduating from Yale University, to her most recent soundtrack for a film adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Mia has distinguished herself as an artist with a unique voice and singular vision. Her ninth album, “Cosmic Ocean Ship,” was chosen by Ben Ratliff of the New York Times as one of the top ten records of 2011. Most known for her thoughtful and emotional songwriting, Mia has explored song interpretation in recent years and released an album of Brazilian songs and another of favorite songs in the English language. She is back to her own writing and is currently working on a new album which focuses on family and motherhood. Mia has toured the US, Europe and Brazil, performing in such esteemed venues as the Hollywood Bowl and Circo Voador in Rio de Janeiro. Mia has always placed great importance on fostering multi-cultural community and connecting artists from Los Angeles with the global music scene. To this end, she helped to create the new music venue, Zebulon, which opened in 2017, as a home for musicians and community in the Elysian Valley neighborhood where she grew up.
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.