Tuesday, August 28 @ 6:30 PM | The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
|Aotearoa's Finest, with Maisey Rika & Horomona Horo||6:50pm|
|Ensemble Mik Nawooj||7:10pm|
|Derina Harvey Band||7:50pm|
|The Actors' Gang||8:25 pm|
|Contemporary West Dance Theatre||9:05pm|
Represented by: Pasifika Artists
Māori singer/songwriters Maisey Rika & Seth Haapu are joined by Horomona Horo, Aotearoa's (New Zealand's) leading practitioner in taonga puoro, traditional Maori instruments, creating music that fuses cultural roots, memorable tunes, and honest, gripping lyrics. Their performance reflects their deep roots in Maori traditions, including chant and Horo's instrumentation. As contemporary artists, their work also reflects modern Maori music and its many international influences.
Represented by: Opus 3
Exhibit #217, 219
Led by composer/pianist, JooWan Kim, Hip Hop Orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN) creates New Concert Music based on the musical materials of Hip-Hop and by sampling compatible classical compositional techniques. Executed with MCs/lyricists Do D.A.T. and Sandman, a lyric soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, drums and bass, the music is rigorous, nuanced, accessible, and free from the dogmas of Western European concert music aesthetic.
Represented by: Latitude 45 Arts
With 20 years of international concerts and the recording of an original repertoire, Tambuco Percussion Ensemble has celebrated an acclaimed career, establishing itself among the finest percussion quartets today. Audiences throughout the world have enjoyed the musicianship of Tambuco in programs devoted exclusively to show a vast universe of percussion music. Four time GRAMMY Nominees including Best Classical Album, Tambuco, was founded in 1993 by four distinguished Mexican musicians and is ranked among the finest and most innovative in the world
Represented by: Self-Represented
Fearless front-woman Derina Harvey leads this Alberta-based Celtic-rock act, who offer an authentic east-coast experience with a fresh take on traditional tunes as well as their own original jigs and reels. Their rocky, rhythmic undertow is layered with guitars, fiddle, and topped by Derina’s powerful voice. These transplanted east-coasters have earned a reputation with their high-energy live show, leaving many an audience out-of-breath and hollering from their seats!
Represented by: The Road Company
The Actors’ Gang (TAG) was founded in 1981 by a group of young artists looking to build a theatre that would present socially relevant and vibrantly entertaining plays. Guided by Founding Artistic Director, Tim Robbins and Co-Artistic Director, Cynthia Ettinger, the company provides a supportive environment for a diverse ensemble of artists and the development of their groundbreaking work. TAG has received international acclaim and presented over 150 plays in Los Angeles, which have subsequently toured over 45 US states and five continents. Each year, TAG hosts more than 10,000 people in its Culver City home space, the historic Ivy Substation for performances, and provides audiences a “pay-what-you-can” performance every Thursday night for the run of every production.
Represented by: Concert Artists Guild
Applauded by The Washington Post as “a perfect encapsulation of today’s trends in chamber music,” and by The New Yorker as “independent-minded,” PUBLIQuartet’s creative programming lends a fresh perspective to the Classical music scene. Dedicated to presenting new works for string quartet, PUBLIQuartet was selected as Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places Ensemble at the 2013 CAG Competition, and then garnered Chamber Music America’s 2015 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award for outstanding and innovative approaches to contemporary classical, jazz, and world chamber music. PQ’s genre-bending programs span the classical canon and also feature open-form improvisations that expand the techniques and aesthetic of the traditional string quartet.
Contemporary West Dance Theatre (CWDT), is an acclaimed contemporary dance theatre founded in 2007 by two highly celebrated dancers who joined together to forge a contemporary dance theater like no other. Bernard H. Gaddis and Charmaine Hunter, principal dancers with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Dance Theater of Harlem respectively, set forth with the vision to fuse classical ballet and modern dance aesthetics to cultivate works that cross many cultural societal backgrounds. CWDT is a repertoire company with over 60 ballets including works by legendary American choreographers Alvin Ailey, Ulysses Dove, Elisa Monte, Rennie Harris, as well as by up and coming choreographers Zane Booker, Vernard Gilmore, Hope Boykin, Nicholas Villenue, Thang Dao, Jamal Story and many others.