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Pure Unadulterated Mathematics

September 14, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
The beauty of classical Indian music is that it is entirely improvised. This is one of the many things that I learned while speaking with Vinod (V.R.) Venkataraman, producer and mridangam performer for the upcoming Divine Vibrations of India: Melody, Rhythm and Dance show on September 24.
Versa-Style Dance Company


September 07, 2016
Fall is in the air. If you’re from the Midwest, like some of us over here, you might connect fall with cooling temperatures and falling leaves. Not so much at the Ford these days -- things are hotter than ever.
Garth Trinidad by Kawai Matthews

In Conversation with Garth Trinidad

August 31, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
“AfroLatino is an ongoing dialogue about the roots of rhythm,” KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad tells me. As a native Angeleno, I’ve been listening to him on the radio for as long as I can remember. I arrive at KCRW under the cover of darkness, just after Garth’s show finishes at 10 p.m., to talk to Garth about the AfroLatino show taking place at the Ford on September 10.
Scene from POP's Abduction from the Seraglio

Beam Me Up, Amadeus!

August 24, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
Would Mozart have been a Trekkie or a Stars War fan? We may never know, but that hasn’t stopped Pacific Opera Project (POP) from boldly going where no opera company has gone before. On September 3, their uproarious Star Trek inspired adaptation of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio takes place at the Ford. 
Vaud & the Villains

Three Parts Awesome

August 17, 2016
What do New Orleans jazz, a mariachi cover of a Radiohead song and the soundtrack of Fallout 4 have in common? They will all be performed at the Ford. Not all in one night, mind you. 

Conjuring Coltrane

August 10, 2016
I’m listening to John Coltrane’s seminal album “A Love Supreme,” soaking in his energetic riffs and masterful melodies. Even though I’ve never taken time to just sit and listen to it, I feel intimately familiar with so many of the songs – that’s how much this album, considered by many to be one of the greatest of all time – has permeated the American soundscape. Never mind how many other artists it has inspired.
Performer's Journey - Flypoet video

Flypoet: a New Paradigm for Poetry

August 03, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
“The music is what gets people in,” John Hensley says of his show, a mix of spoken word and musical acts. “My base always comes but people who have never experienced Flypoet - they come for the music and discover the poetry.”
Jose Vences

The Art is the Journey, Not the Destination

July 27, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
Jose Vences, director of folklorico dance company Grandeza Mexicana, reflects on the impact that self-described "ranchera and jazz singer" Lila Downs has had on him and his choreography in anticipation of their collaborative performances at the Ford in August.