At The Luckman: Keren Ann, 6/25–Win Tickets; 2011-12 Season Announced–Tinariwen, Jane Birkin, CocoRosie, Nikka Costa & more
Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet – July 16
Macadâmes – Sept 17
LJO: Tribute to Horace Silver – Sept 24
Esma Redžepova – Oct 1
World Arts Day – Oct 8
India.Arie + Idan Raichel – Oct 13
Émilie Simon + Iva Bittová – Oct 22
Tinariwen – Oct 29
Brandt Brauer Frick – Nov 12
Ray Chen – Nov 19
Jane Birkin – Dec 3
The rest of the season lineup & notes on the artists below.
Aaron Neville – December 17
LJO: Tribute to Hank Mobley – January 21
Simon Bolivar Brass Ensemble – January 25
CocoRosie – February 11
Cloud Gate II – February 18
Buika – March 3
LJO: Tribute to J.J. Johnson – March 10
Chunky Move – March 17
Anoushka Shankar – April 21
Robert Moses’ Kin – May 5
Nikka Costa – May 12
LJO: Tribute to Charlie Parker – May 19
The 2011/2012 season will feature a rare performance by actress and musician Jane Birkin (Dec 3), the legendary muse of French-pop icon Serge Gainsbourg. Birkin will perform songs from her four-decade long career. The Luckman Complex will also present avant-garde American duo CocoRosie (Feb 11), whose live performances blend their hypnotic sounds into seamless performance art.
Celebrated R&B recording artist India.Arie (Oct 13) will grace the stage with Israeli superstar Idan Raichel performing live material from their new collaborative project Open Door, featuring lyrics both in English and Hebrew. Soul diva Nikka Costa (May 12) will debut songs from her upcoming EP release PRO*WHOA!, along with hits including “Like a Feather” and “Push & Pull.” Grammy Award-winner and prolific R&B artist Aaron Neville (Dec 17) will perform a special holiday concert.
The hugely popular Malian ensemble Tinariwen (Oct 29) returns to Los Angeles for their Luckman Theatre debut as part a new tour for their latest album release +10:1. Spain’s Latin Grammy-nominated artist Buika (Mar 3) will bring her flamenco soul to the Luckman Theatre for an evening performance that is sure to impress. Noted by NPR as “one of the most lively and spontaneous artists in the current Spanish musical scene,” NPR has named her one of its “50 Great Voices.”
Returning for an encore performance at the Luckman Complex is the Czech Republic’s international sensation, violinist, and vocalist Iva Bittová (Oct 22). Legendary Czech guitarist Vladimir Václavek is set to reunite and perform with Iva from their epic collaboration, Bilé Inferno. French electro-chanteuse Émilie Simon (Oct 22) will join Bittová on this special co-bill event. After three albums, Simon aims to take on the U.S. with her latest release, The Big Machine, and will kick off her tour at the Luckman Complex.
Macedonian-Gypsy vocalist, songwriter, and humanitarian Esma Redžepova (Oct 1) makes her first live appearance in Los Angeles in close to a decade. With an illustrious career spanning over 50 years, Esma Redžepova was crowned the “Queen of Gypsy Music” at the first World Festival of Romani Songs and Music. Her Luckman appearance will also be the opening concert of the World Festival of Sacred Music.
Anoushka Shankar (Apr 21) will perform a concert of Flamenco music entirely on Indian instruments, as a sonic voyage through the history of the Roma people, following their journey from the Iranian plateau to Europe. Shankar began training on the sitar with her father, Ravi Shankar, and draws influence from India, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.
Fresh from their 2011 Coachella performance, German experimental and instrumental trio Brandt Brauer Frick (Nov 12) brings an eloquently crafted modern-classical and electro-pop vibe to the Luckman Intimate Theatre.
Acclaimed Taiwanese-Australian violinist Ray Chen (Nov 19) will perform at the Luckman Complex; his first LA performance in years. At the age of 22, Chen was invited by the Olympic committee to perform for the opening celebration of the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. The Luckman will also feature a season-long tribute series by the Luckman Jazz Orchestra, to influential jazz musicians that changed the landscape of the genre in large ways. This years tributes will include music by Horace Silver (Sep 24), Hank Mobley (Jan 21), J.J. Johnson (Mar 10), and Charlie Parker (May 19).
The Luckman Fine Arts Complex continues to be the home of the best in contemporary dance from around the globe. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Chunky Move (Mar 17) has earned an enviable reputation for producing a distinct yet unpredictable brand of technology-driven and genre-defying dance performance. San Francisco-based dance company Robert Moses’ Kin (May 5) will perform their newly developed piece Faith and Fable. Cloud Gate II (Feb 18), a stellar ensemble of the next generation of choreographers and dancers from Taiwan, will perform pieces from their innovative and visually stunning repertoire. Paris-based physical theatre group Macadâmes (Sep 17) make their U.S. debut at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex. Combining mime, acrobatics, object manipulation, music, and dance, Macadâmes create whimsical theatrical performances. The season is jump-started by Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet (Jul 16), which returns to the Luckman Complex with the world premiere of Four Pieces For Piano set to the music of Takács, Bach, Hayden, and Liszt.
The Luckman will present its third annual World Arts Day (Oct 8), a free event designed to give the community the opportunity to interact with various art forms from around the world. This year, in collaboration with the World Festival of Sacred Music, the Luckman Complex will present Burat Wangi and Sekar Jaya in the Mebarung, a Balinese dance competition, as well as Makoto Taiko, a sensational Japanese drumming ensemble. All performances, interactive workshops, and seminars are free of charge. Also coming to the Luckman Complex is a special performance by the Brass Ensemble of Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (Jan 25). Free of charge, this event is co-presented with the LA Phil as part of its Mahler symphony cycle with Gustavo Dudamel.