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Jazz at Naz: Christian McBride expands “The Movement Revisited” to include Barack Obama on Feb. 2

   by Reggie Quinerly / Jazz at Naz Virtual Host    posted:  January 25, 2023

Bassist and composer, Christian McBride possesses the uncanny ability to combine sonic textures with the urgency of critical moments in time.


Hélène Grimaud meets Wild Up: Dancing with Wolves

   by Debra Levine   posted:  January 20, 2023

As a child growing up in Aix-En-Provence, the French-born piano virtuoso, Hélène Grimaud, was rambunctious. Her parents, both professors, clambered to channel her energy.


Jazz at Naz 2023: A Musical Prism

   Reggie Quinerly   posted:  January 7, 2023

In many ways this same approach is on full display with the depth and stylistic differences of the artists set to take the stage during this year’s second-annual Jazz at Naz Festival. Each presentation represents the broad and varied aspects of a rich musical tradition. The collective approaches are informed by a fertile past, while also drawing on the immediacy of contemporary influences. 


Director Selects: The Man Behind Food Network TV’s “Good Eats”

   by Thor Steingraber   posted:  December 9, 2022

Almost everyone remembers the first time they were faced with cooking a turkey. It’s intimidating – the weight of the holiday on your shoulders with all your loved ones looking on.


Invest in the Audiences of the Future

   By Thor Steingraber   posted:  November 30, 2022

Please help fill our seats with young people for every performance. As an arts patron, there is nothing else that you could do that would be more impactful.


Director Selects: An Interview with “All Is Calm” Director Peter Rothstein

   by Thor Steingraber   posted:  November 29, 2022

My taste in films is vast. I’m happy with a Hollywood blockbuster, and also watch a lot of foreign films and documentaries. I am not dissuaded by subtitles.


Video-Game Music Composer Inon Zur Takes Spotlight at The Soraya

   by Debra Levine   posted:  November 15, 2022

When The Grammys™ added a brand-new category earlier this year—‘Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media’—it was in acknowledgment of musical excellence.


Director Selects: An intro to the Suite from the video game Syberia:The World Before with composer Inon Zur and L.A. Jewish Symphony Maestra Noreen Green

   by Thor Steingraber   posted:  November 4, 2022

The last video game I played was Pac-Man. I recognize that video games capture more viewer hours worldwide than any other medium, but for me it’s a matter of how...


A Titanic Debut of the Israel Philharmonic and Lahav Shani at The Soraya

   by Debra Levine   posted:  October 30, 2022

An invitation to perform at the Berlin Festival is an unassailable honor for a symphony orchestra. But in 1971, it caused heated internal debate at the Israel Philharmonic—and throughout the nation.


Inextricably Linked by Vida Liu

   CSUN Art Galleries dept - Erika Ostrander   posted:  October 11, 2022

Inextricably Linked is an exhibition based on a Chinese Ancient Idiom - "A thousand thread and ten thousand pieces of shredded clothes (silk-ribbons) tangled together." It is a metaphor for...


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