Tickets: $50, $40, $25
IGNITE @ THE FORD!
PresEnted with UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance
This live performance installation by Hassan Hajjaj of My Rockstars Experimental includes six performances by a diverse array of international musicians. Styled by the artist, including fashion that he has designed himself, Hassan’s chosen “Rock Stars” will perform his projected installation of the famous My Rockstars Experimental series live on stage for the first time, in front of a backdrop of textiles that recreates the unique framing of his portraits. Hassan continues his style of personally selected traditional fabrics, as well as clothes and shoes he designs himself that are handmade by Moroccan artisans or sourced in local markets. The musicians bridge the culture gap between now and then, us and them, reflecting a fusion of Moroccan craftsmanship and contemporary performance. My Rockstars Experimental Live includes performances by Afrikan Boy, a grime MC based in London and originally from Nigeria; contemporary African acoustic jazz-folk-soul singer-songwriter Bumi, whose sound is inspired by her multicultural heritage; Simo Lagnawi, a Moroccan musician raised in the Gnawa tradition who works with trance spiritual shamanic drums and meditation sounds; Marques Toliver, a songwriter, producer, violinist, and vocalist from Daytona Beach, Florida; bass player Gail Ann Dorsey, who played with David Bowie for more than 20 years; and LA-based Syrian American spoken word artist Omar Offendum. KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad will emcee. Produced and co-curated by Kamilla Blanche.
Prior to the live show, Hassan Hajjaj’s My Rockstars Experimental Vol. 2 will be on display, hosted by The Laboratory Arts Collective. Following its premiere at the Ford Theatres, My Rockstars Experimental Vol. 2 will be on display at the new Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, which has acquired the work. The Ford Theatres’ exhibit is open from 7:00-8:00 pm, the night of the concert.
A photographer, designer and filmmaker, Hassan Hajjaj is one of Morocco’s preeminent international artists, sometimes called his native country’s answer to Andy Warhol. Entirely self-taught and influenced by a mix of London’s hip-hop and reggae scenes and his North African heritage, Hajjaj has a diverse practice that includes portraiture, installation, performance, fashion and furniture design. He is best known for his photography, a medium he turned to in the late 1980s and in which he draws influence from Pop Art, fashion photography and the studio work of Malick Sidibe. His recent work centers on “rock stars,” capturing a range of international musicians and performers in exquisitely composed, radically ornate portraits (and in a film that debuted at LACMA in 2013).
This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation.