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'Jazz Crossings' Links Venues on Both Coasts in a Live Transcontinental TeleConcert

The Wild Beast Concert Series, presented by Levitt Pavilions, continues its inaugural season. Photo: Scott Groller.

Levitt Pavilions Presents
The Wild Beast Concert Series at CalArts 2010/11 Season
Saturday, April 23 – 5:30 p.m.
Jazz Crossings, a Bi-coastal TeleConcert

Innovative technology connects audiences and performers at The Wild Beast music pavilion at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) with the Yamaha Artists Services Salon in New York.

Valencia, March 31--California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is pleased to announce the first spring event of The Wild Beast Concert Series, presented by Levitt Pavilions and produced by the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts. On Saturday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m, Jazz Crossings, a live transcontinental TeleConcert will link audiences and performers at The Wild Beast music pavilion on the CalArts campus with those at the Yamaha Artists Services Salon in New York.

Audiences on both coasts will share the experience of Jazz Crossings: salsa music and stories of crossing frontiers ringing out from The Wild Beast; distinguished composer-pianists in New York and California playing a hard driving jazz duet on instruments linked across the continent, and celebrated jazz musicians Scott Colley on bass and Ralph Alessi on trumpet streaming from the Big Apple.

“…with advanced technology and the new facility of the global Internet, we are working with Yamaha to present the next stage of multi-site collaborations in which artists and audiences simultaneously connect across space and time in a common interactive experience,” said CalArts Acting Co-President and Dean of the Herb Alpert School of Music, David Rosenboom.

The evening begins with a two-way bi-coastal duet, Is Art Is. Yamaha Artist J. B. Floyd and David Rosenboom will perform Is Art Is on linked Yamaha Disklavier pianos. Next, Scott Colley and Ralph Alessi’s set will be transmitted to video screens clustered on the concert grounds at CalArts. The evening culminates with Crossings—music and stories streamed from California to New York via Yamaha’s breakthrough Remote Live technology. A collaboration between CalArts’ Latin Jazz Band and School of Theater, Crossings, features incendiary salsa music interspersed with the voices of those who have crossed borders to be here. Crossings is directed by CalArts’ faculty members—composer/pianist David Roitstein and performer/writer Marissa Chibas.

"We are thrilled to present the inaugural season of the Wild Beast Concert Series at CalArts, taking our program beyond performances presented in Levitt pavilions across the country," noted Sharon Yazowski, Executive Director of Levitt Pavilions. "This is a natural partnership. Jazz Crossings reflects the kind of high quality musical experiences that we are committed to presenting at Levitt venues.  Our mission is to build community through making the arts accessible to all. We are extremely excited to expand our efforts into the Santa Clarita Valley and beyond."

More Information:

Levitt Pavilions Presents The Wild Beast Concert Series at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts),
2010/11 Seasons
Saturday, April 23 – 5:30 p.m.
Jazz Crossings
, a Bi-coastal TeleConcert

Next Concert: Sunday, May 8 – 7:00 p.m.
Worldwide Percussion

California Institute of the Arts  (CalArts)
24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355-2340
Click here for directions

Admission is free. Advance registration is suggested.

661 253 7816

The Wild Beast Concert Series is presented by Levitt Pavilions, a national nonprofit organization that inspires and strengthens communities through free live music experiences.  Central to Levitt Pavilions' mission is the development and support of Levitt pavilions as community gathering spaces, forming the only national network of outdoor venues with free concert series. Lifting the lives of hundreds of thousands, the national Levitt program brings joy to diverse communities coast to coast, with two Southern California locations—Old Pasadena and MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. Every year, each Levitt Pavilion presents 50 professional concerts, all are free admission, making the arts available to everyone.  Levitt pavilions are community treasures where families, friends and neighbors of all ages and backgrounds gather to enjoy an evening of great music.

Last edited by dthatt on Mar 31, 2011
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