News Release| Luckman Fine Arts Complex; Cal State L.A.


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 “50 Great Voices.” Legendary Latin jazz pianist Chucho Valdés (Nov. 10) returns to the Luckman Theatre featuring his critically acclaimed quintet. The New York Times has proclaimed Chucho Valdés as “the dean of Latin jazz” and “one of the world’s great virtuosic pianists.” 
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 bands many musical interests, including indie rock, folk, jazz, bluegrass and classical music. The New Yorker calls Punch Brothers “wide-ranging and restlessly imaginative.”

“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 Amélie, 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 8). 

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 BolandeLandmarks (Sept. 22), is the first critical survey exhibition spanning three decades of her work in a wide array of mediaThis 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. 

Lila Downs September 22 at 8 p.m.
LJO Tribute to Dorham ft. Barbara Morrison October 6 at 8 p.m.
Woodkid November 3 at 8 p.m.
Chucho Valdés November 10 8 p.m.
Buika November 17 at 8 p.m.
Punch Brothers December 1 at 8 p.m.
Yann Tiersen  January 26 at 8 p.m.
LJO: Tribute to Jimmy Heath February 9 at 8 p.m.
Khatia Buniatishvili February 23 at 8 p.m.
RUBBERBANDance  March 9 at 8 p.m.
LJO feat. Dianne Reeves April 13 at 8 p.m.
Northwest Dance Project April 20 at 8 p.m.
LJO: Rollins tribute ft. Andrews June 8 at 8 p.m.
Raiford 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 as they become available.) 

TICKET INFO: 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 [email protected] or the Luckman Box Office)

PRESS INFO: 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 at 323-343-6616.  


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