SOUND/STAGE is a new online collection of concert films and interviews, essays, and artwork that offer deeper insights into the music by the LA Phil. Performances range from orchestral concerts featuring Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic to sets from Kamasi Washington, Andra Day, and Chicano Batman.
The concert films will be available online at laphil.com/soundstage. Each film will be accompanied by essays, interviews, artist playlists, and exclusive performances from the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford. This material is designed to provide context to the individual musical pieces and broader concert themes. Contributors include Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Pico Iyer, Herbie Hancock, Rian Johnson, Gabriela Ortiz, and Alicia Vera among others.
Each of the nine episodes will be posted weekly and will be available to view well until 2021. The six orchestral programs feature music performed by Dudamel and the LA Phil, with guest artists J’Nai Bridges and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and feature compositions ranging from elegant danzóns and love songs to meditative reflections and orchestral finales. The remaining programs include Kamasi Washington performing his original score to the documentary Becoming based on Michelle Obama’s memoir of the same name, Chicano Batman performing selections from their new album Invisible People, a set from Andra Day featuring Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam,” and a Power to the People! concert featuring both orchestral work and Andra Day’s performance of one of the unofficial anthems of the Black Lives Matter movement, “Rise Up.”
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