Jason Moran and The Bandwagon Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music and Media

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 8:00pm
Finding a Line
Skater performing in Finding a Line
Jason Moran's Finding a Line
Amelia Brodka Smith Grind at the Raglan Bowl by Neftalie Williams
OC Ramps half pipe
Ron Allen ollie

Ticket Information


$45, $30


Presented with CAP UCLA


“In jazz, there are so many moving parts, and within a composition, there are obstacles in the form. Street skaters navigate a landscape finding ways to approach a rail in the same way a drummer approaches the beginning of a song. The mode of improvisation is paramount to how both skaters and jazz musicians approach life.”—Jason Moran 

Since his formidable emergence on the music scene in the 1990s, renowned pianist and composer Jason Moran has challenged the status quo which has earned him a reputation as “the future of jazz.” The Ford Theatres and CAP UCLA present Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music and Media –– an unprecedented collaboration exploring the intersection of skateboarding and jazz. Improvisation abounds as local skaters shred a ramp on stage to a musical response performed live by Moran and his group The Bandwagon

Skateboarders expected to participate include (subject to change): Ron Allen, Simon LambeyJaime ReyesSky and Ocean (AWSM KIDS), and members of the OC Ramps Team: Jordan HoffartGreg Lutzka, Brad McClain and more. Joining Jason on stage are Ron AllenBennie Maupin on saxophone (best known for Miles Davis' Bitches Brew album), bassist Tarus Mateen,  Daru Jones on drums and guitarist and professional skateboarder Chuck Treece.

Finding a Line celebrates the creativity of the full breadth of the skateboarding community, including musicians, photographers, filmmakers, painters, graphic and fashion designers, as well as skateboarders themselves. The week of Finding a Line programs at the Ford is part of an ongoing, nationwide community-sourced public art project at the intersection of music, art, photography, filmmaking and skateboarding. In 2015, Moran collaborated and co-curated a similar Finding a Line event at The Kennedy Center with Ben Ashworth, a well-known force in the local DC skating community and faculty member at George Mason University’s School of Art, and Garth Ross, former VP of Community Engagement at The Kennedy Center and currently Executive Director of the Schwarzman Center at Yale University.

Finding a Line means finding my own line in life. It means getting out into the city, discovering other people and discovering myself.” – Skateboarder Tatiana Kolina


#FindingALine by Garth Ross and Ben Ashworth on the Ford Blog

September 25, 2018

5:30 - 9:30PM - The Nation Skate X CSEF Exhibition

6:30PM - Panel Discussion:  Exploring Issues of Race & Diversity in Skateboarding Culture, moderated by Neftalie Williams

7:45PM - Trick Flicks: A Night of Shorts, curated by music video director/former pro skateboarder Laban and Diana Wyenn

September 28, 2018
FREE | Live Stream

5:00PM - ArtChangeUS National Conversation@ Finding a Line - Transforming Space: Evolving the City from the Ground Up (Live Stream)

This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series presented by the Ford Theatre Foundation comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Supported by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.