Tuesday, August 27 @ 6:30 PM | Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
Sponsored by Unbound Artists
|Sponsored performance: FURY||6:30pm|
|Royal Jelly Jive||7:10pm|
|Time for Three||7:50pm|
|Paula Fuga||8:10 pm|
|Gina Chavez||8:30 pm|
|Collision of Rhythm||8:50 pm|
Represented by: Lotus Arts Management
CONTRA-TIEMPO is a bold, multilingual Los Angeles-based dance theater company founded and directed by Ana María Alvarez. The company’s newest, highly acclaimed work, “joyUS justUS” centers joy as a critical part of building a more just and loving world. This new work creates a new physical, visual and sonic vocabulary that collages Salsa, Afro-Latin, hip-hop, and contemporary dance with theater. The movement journey includes compelling text, original music by Las Cafeteras and d. sabela grimes and ends with a participatory “get down” dance party for the audience. “joyUS justUS” brings a dynamic multi-modal experience to the concert stage that engages local communities as participants and collaborators.
Represented by: FLi Artists
An intoxicating mixed drink of hard swingin’ soul-jive, Royal Jelly Jive dives deep head-first into the old school throwback sounds of the 1940's with a groovy new twist. Rapturous horns, sleek bass, elegant keys and swingin’ cymbals are just some of the sweet tastes you may devour if you’re lucky enough to catch them. All fronted by the sultry and soulful vocals of Lauren Bjelde, this band will have you stompin’ your feet with crooked delight until the moon comes back up again. Go get yourself some of that Royal Jelly now!
Represented by: Collin Artists
The legendary Alaska band Pamyua celebrates Inuit culture performing signature arrangements and compositions inspired by Yupik and Greenlandic heritage. Although most of their music is performed in Yup’ik, audiences are entranced by the singer’s playful storytelling and deep connection to their roots. Pamyua formed April 1995 by brothers Phillip and Stephen Blanchett. They stumbled upon a musical concept to blend Inuit drum-dance melodies with R&B vocal stylings. Today the singers work with world-class musicians from Alaska and Denmark and travel the world sharing their blend of cultural synergy. Their performance is a mix of traditional Inuit inspired songs and contemporary compositions by the members. Their style derives from traditional melodies reinterpreted with contemporary vocalization and instrumentation. Often described as “Inuit Soul Music,” Pamyua has discovered their own genre.
Represented by: Park Avenue Artists
Defying convention and boundaries, Time For Three stands at the busy intersection of Americana, modern pop, and classical music. To experience Time For Three (TF3) live is to hear the various eras, styles, and traditions of Western music fold in on themselves and emerge anew. Bonded by an uncommon blend of their instruments fused together with their voices, Charles Yang (violin, vocals), Nicolas “Nick” Kendall (violin, vocals), and Ranaan Meyer (double bass, vocals), have found a unique voice of expression to share with the world.
Represented by: Kosson Talent
Gina Chavez is a ten-time Austin Music Award winner and 2015 Austin Musician of the Year. Her blend of bilingual folkpop is uniting people all over the world from Austin to Chicago and Venezuela to Saudi Arabia. In addition to garnering national attention on NPR's All Things Considered and the Tiny Desk concert series, Chavez tours internationally as a cultural ambassador with the U.S. State Department and runs Niñas Arriba, a college scholarship fund for young women in gang-dominated El Salvador. Gina Chavez is blending the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. A is a multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress, Gina is currently on tour with her newest recording, Lightbeam. Her first album, Up.Rooted topped the dependent album topped the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts following a national feature on NPR's All Things Considered.
Represented by: Pasifika Artists Network
Praised for her originality in song composition and ability to stir the deepest emotions with spellbinding and soulful vocals, Paula Fuga has established herself as one of Hawai’i’s most respected live performers. Despite having overcome adversity from a young age, she is living her career with much gratitude and humility. Starting off as a poet, she bloomed into a songwriter when she began playing the ukulele in High School. Upon the release of her debut Album Lilikoi, Fuga was awarded the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Most Promising Artist. Since the release of her latest recording, the EP “Misery’s End,” which featured guest appearances by Ziggy Marley and Jack Johnson, she has headlined the Alma Surf Festival in Sao Paolo, Brazil, performed with Jack at Madison Square Garden and the Sydney Opera House Forecourt. She is among distinguished artists honored to perform for the President, having been invited for the 3rd time to the White House in Washington, DC.
Represented by: Knudsen Productions
Collision of Rhythm began when Bronkar Lee and Aaron Williams met on stage, both speaking and performing separately at a TEDx event in Hollywood, CA. The two were drawn together and inspired by each other’s technical abilities and infectious energy, and both immediately felt that they were meant to perform together. Both artists are multi-instrumentalists and come from different artistic backgrounds -- Bronkar started out his career with circus arts and theater; Aaron has spent years studying dance and music theory, and the two are able to fuse their talents in varied and unexpected ways. United by their desire to inspire and spread a positive message through music, dance, and physical theater arts, they crafted a live show focused on combining different rhythmic art forms in new and innovative ways.