Punch Brothers, Lila
Downs, Andy Warhol, Yann Tiersen, and more to perform at the Luckman
Fine Arts Complex
Los Angeles, California -
The Luckman Fine Arts
Complex on the Cal State L.A. campus is excited to announce its 19th season featuring stellar
international headliners. The Luckman continues in its mission to
present genre-bending and boundary pushing contemporary music,
dance, and visual art from around the globe.
The 2012-13 season will kick off with a dynamic performance by
Mexican singer and composer Lila Downs (Sept. 22).
Downs has created one of the most singular explorations of Mexican
roots music; and in the process has become one of the most
internationally renowned world music artists.
Spain’s Latin Grammy-nominated artist Buika (Nov.
17) 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
Great Voices.” Legendary Latin jazz pianist Chucho ValdÃ©s
(Nov. 10) returns to the Luckman Theatre featuring his critically
acclaimed quintet. The New York Times has proclaimed Chucho
ValdÃ©s as “the dean of Latin jazz” and “one of the world’s great
Internationally revered triple-threat
director, singer, songwriter Yoann Lemoine, known by the alias
Woodkid (Nov. 3), will make his Los Angeles debut at the Luckman.
Based in Paris, the Wall Street Journal has praised Woodkid’s
live performances as “spine-tingling.” The critically adored
Punch Brothers (Dec. 1) make their return to Los Angeles with
the combined elements of the band’s many musical interests, including
indie rock, folk, jazz, bluegrass and classical music. The New
Yorker calls Punch Brothers “wide-ranging and restlessly
“Justifiably hailed as one of the great pianists of the future” by the Guardian,
the Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili (Feb. 23) will
make her Luckman debut. Khatia has performed with many of the world’s
premiere orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Israel
Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the NDR Hamburg
Symphony Orchestra. Renowned French composer Yann Tiersen
(Jan. 26) makes his highly-anticipated return to the Luckman to perform
his revered film scores. Tiersen gained worldwide acclaim for his score
to Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s AmÃ©lie, and Wolfgang
Becker’s German tragicomedy, Goodbye Lenin!
The Luckman will also feature a
season-long tribute series by the Luckman Jazz Orchestra (LJO) to
influential jazz musicians that changed the landscape of the genre in
large ways. The tributes will include music by Kenny Dorham
feat Barbara Morrison (Oct. 6), Jimmy Heath (Feb.
9), LJO feat Dianne Reeves (Apr. 13), and Sonny Rollins (June
The Luckman Fine Arts Complex continues to be the home of cutting-edge
contemporary dance. Northwest Dance Project (Apr. 20) is
the premiere company dedicated to the creation and performance of
innovative, contemporary new works from established and emerging
choreographers. Montreal-based RUBBERBANDance (Mar. 9)
will perform their unique blend of hip-hop meets contemporary ballet. Luckman alum Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet (June 15) performs a special return engagement.
The Luckman Gallery will showcase work by renowned local contemporary
artists as well as the pop art legend Andy Warhol. The gallery’s opening
exhibition, Jennifer Bolande’s Landmarks (Sept.
the first critical survey exhibition spanning three decades of her work
in a wide array of media. This
exhibition, curated by Nicholas Frank, originated at the Institute of
Visual Arts (Inova) in Milwaukee, and traveled to the Institute of
Contemporary Arts in Philadelphia. The
second exhibition will feature the works of legendary pop artist
Andy Warhol. Andy Warhol: Polaroids (Jan. 12)
is a cohesive look at celebrities to unknown individuals to objects that
fascinated him; told through the lens of his Polaroid camera. This will
be the first public viewing of these rare images from the Luckman permanent
collection. The final exhibition will feature a collection of paintings
by Los Angeles-based artist Antonio Puleo (Apr. 12). Puleo
examines patterns, both man-made and natural, and how paintings can play
off of the architecture of an exhibition space.
The Luckman Fine Arts Complex delivers cutting-edge music, dance, and
visual arts from around the world to the Los Angeles community. A
professional arts entity on the campus of California State University,
Los Angeles, located just five miles east of downtown, the Luckman
Complex is home to three unique space: the Luckman Theatre, with a
capacity of nearly 1200; the Intimate Theatre, with modular seating of
up to 300; and the Luckman Gallery, with contemporary presentations
throughout the year. Since 1994, the Luckman has featured the best in
international and local music, dance, theatre and visual art. Bringing
once-in-a-lifetime experiences and artists from all over the globe to
Los Angeles, the Luckman furthers its mission of presenting the best of
world-class arts to a diverse community.
September 22 at 8 p.m.
Tribute to Dorham ft. Barbara Morrison
October 6 at 8 p.m.
November 3 at 8 p.m.
November 10 8 p.m.
November 17 at 8 p.m.
December 1 at 8 p.m.
January 26 at 8 p.m.
LJO: Tribute to Jimmy Heath
February 9 at 8 p.m.
February 23 at 8 p.m.
March 9 at 8 p.m.
feat. Dianne Reeves
April 13 at 8 p.m.
Northwest Dance Project
April 20 at 8 p.m.
Rollins tribute ft. Andrews
June 8 at 8 p.m.
Rogers Modern Ballet
June 15 at 8 p.m.
(Gallery opening details
for Jennifer Bolande, Andy Warhol: Polaroids,
and Antonio Puleo will be posted at luckmanarts.org as
they become available.)
Tickets for all events are on sale now and are available on
Ticketmaster and via the Luckman Box Office at 323-343-6600.
(Admission to free events can also be reserved now via firstname.lastname@example.org
or the Luckman Box Office)
Interviews requests with artists, press kits (full event info, bios,
high-res photos, etc), and press passes can be requested by
responding to this email, or by calling the Luckman Marketing Office
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