Featuring a diverse global journey of local and international music that defies genres and broadens perspectives
Grand Performances presents the Audacity of Sound Joy.Art.Music on July 6, 2019 from 3:00 pm-10:00 pm. The free and all-ages music festival continues Grand Performances’ fearless mission of presenting works from local and international artists that pushes boundaries, opens minds and challenges conventional thinking all within a friendly, inclusive environment.
This global journey of exploration will take audience members through the regions of North America, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. Latin American diaspora is represented with music from Afro-Cuban funkmeister Cimafunk, the 21st century Guatemalan-Mexican collaboration of Gaby Moreno and La Marisoul of La Santa Cecilia, and the rock/pop fusion of critically acclaimed Austin singer-songwriter David Garza. Audacity of Sound will also celebrate Pan-African culture with artists such as composer/writer/producer Dexter Story with The Gospel of Madame Biddy Mason – a jubilant, soul-stirring musical biography of the founder of Los Angeles’ First AME Church – featuring the turntable wizardry of J.Rocc (Beatjunkies), Jae Deal, an all-star lineup of musicians, and a 12-voice choir of Los Angeles’ best faith-based singers. The acclaimed French-Afropean duo DjuehDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson will also share their unique, melodic sizzle and pop electronic Afrobeat jazz soul sound.
Moreover, the classically-trained, Canadian indigenous First Nation operatic tenor Jeremy Dutcher will mesmerize with an electric vocal performance sung in the Wolastoqiyik language while eye-popping, energetic capoeira dancers from Ballet Folclórico Do Brasil will weave and swirl throughout the audience. Multi-lingual movement dancer and artist Amy O’Neal will add her vibrant hybrid street and club dance body motion to the mix as well. And Middle Eastern music will be represented with two distinctive performances from two Iranian artists. Melodic, soulful, and traditional Iranian setar music will be performed by artist Masoud Rezaei showcasing his lush and beautiful scores, and Iranian singer/songwriter Sara Naeni will perform her distinct mix of classical Iranian music and western pop/rock.
“We are excited to be presenting this dynamic event to the people and visitors of Los Angeles,” said Executive Director of Grand Performances Mari Riddle. “Audacity brings all the joy, art, and music that Grand Performances is known for into one jubilant, global performing arts showcase at our 30-plus-year home on Grand Avenue in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles at the top of historic Bunker Hill!”
The Audacity of Sound will also feature local food trucks for convenient dining, water stations, a children crafts and reading room and much more. Attendees are encouraged to wear green and bring their own water bottles to reduce the event’s carbon footprint as Grand Performances is dedicated to creating an environmental friendly space for all.
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