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:
Zee Avi is a Malaysian singer/ songwriter, guitarist, ukulele player and visual artist. She is the winner of the International Youth Icon Award in 2011, which led to inspirational speaking engagements to young people around the world.
Born in Sarawak on the island of Borneo, Zee moved to Kuala Lumpur at the age of 12, her college years were spent in London at the American InterContinental University where Zee studied Fashion Design. Zee Avi has released 2 albums and an EP. Her debut album has been certified Gold in 4 countries and her next album will be released in early 2019.
Zee Avi has toured around the world playing headline shows and several prestigious festivals including Borneo’s Rainforest World Music Festival, Australia’s Byron Bay Festival, San Francisco’s Noise Pop, Austin’s South by Southwest, Mountain Jam in New York, Life Is Good in Boston, Lilith Fair, Bonnaroo and Street Scene in San Diego. Sfinks Mixed World Music Festival in Belgium, Soundrenaline Festival in Bali, Concrete and Grass in China. She recently performed at the Borneo Jazz Festival in Sarawak and was appointed as Ambassador for the Borneo Jazz Talent Search.
She has been honoured with the Brand Laureate Award for leadership as a singer/songwriter and establishing a successful career in the international music scene. Recently she received the prestigious Award for the best “International Young Artist” in Jakarta on the Top Asian Award Show.
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.