Wildflowers Duo, Jean Copeland
to Perform Under Spring
Friday, January 19 @ 7:30pm
Live Music + Dance
Wildflowers Duo (8pm)
Jean Copeland (7:30pm)
(Photo Credit: Nourdinne El Wariri)
Dancer Oguri and percussionist Adam Rudolph have toured together worldwide with their improvisational performances. In the spirit of the under the bridge space, the pair, performing as Wildflowers Duo, will explore methods of interaction and structure for the creation of a performance piece. Jean Copeland will precede the dancers with a Tibetan bowls concert.
Under Spring Location
Under Spring / Farmlab, 1745 N. Spring Street #4, LA, CA 90012
Across the street from the site of the Not A Cornfield project, in a warehouse colocated at Baker Street and N. Spring Street
Performances are always free-of-charge, all ages welcome.
Refreshments will be served.
Oguri, a resident of Southern California since 1990, conducts Body Weather Laboratory, a forum for investigating the body and dance (founded by Min Tanaka in Japan, 1978). He has taught and performed worldwide. He is an artist-in-residence at the Electric Lodge in Venice, California. Oguri has received support from the California Arts Council, the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project, the Rockefeller Foundation, the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, The Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Arts Partners Program, The Getty Center and an Irvine Fellowship in Dance (2000), and in 2005 an Irvine Foundation Dance: Creation to Performance grant for Caddy, Caddy, Caddy!, William Faulkner Dance Project at the REDCAT March 1-4 at Disney Hall.
Oguri’s new dance work investigates Faulkner's epic novels The Sound and the Fury; Absalom, Absalom!; and A Rose for Emily transmuting the mythic power of Faulkner’s fiction into exalted physical form. Accompanied by Feltlike with Paul Chavez’s visceral live music score, Oguri and his dance troupe, Honeysuckle, draw on an uncanny mix of subtlety and stark expressiveness to delve into the heart of Faulkner’s gothic family narratives. Artist Hirokazu Kosaka’s set expresses a sublime simplicity with brooding textures of Faulkner’s Deep South.
Presented by the REDCAT, Cal Arts’s terrific black box theater in Disney Hall. This is the perfect venue to see Oguri who “takes us as deep as dance or theater can go” Lewis Segal, Los Angeles Times. Oguri previously participated in the Not A Cornfield project.
About Adam Rudolph
Originally from Chicago, composer and handrummer/percussionist Adam Rudolph has, for the past three decades, appeared at festivals and concerts throughout North & South America, Europe, Africa, and Japan.
Rudolph is known as one the early innovators in what is now called “World Music”. In 1977, he co-founded The Mandingo Griot Society with Gambian Kora Griot, Foday Musa Suso, one of the first bands to combine African and American music. In 1988, he recorded the first fusion of American and Gnawa (Moroccan) music with Sintir player and singer Hassan Hakmoun.
Active as a performer in the Los Angeles creative music scene since 1979, Rudolph has also contributed by producing concerts and running his own Meta Records label. In 1998 he organized the three-day Bootstrap Festival, Los Angeles, presenting over 75 artists from many local and national cultural backgrounds. From 1992–97 he organized and performed a free weekly concert series of improvised music for children at the Jazz Bakery which featured guitarist Kevin Eubanks and Ralph Jones.
He has received grants and compositional commissions from the Rockefeller Foundation, Meet the Composer, Mary Flagler Cary Trust, the NEA, Arts International, Durfee Foundation and American Composers Forum. Rudolph previously participated in the Not A Cornfield project.
About Jean Copeland
Jean Copeland most recently performed for the UCLA Fowler Museum exhibition, "The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama." She created a sound score for Oguri's "Height of Sky: A Report From the Desert," at Barnsdall Gallery, and ceremonial music for Roxanne Steinberg's "Corn Fence Fire Dance" at Not A Cornfield. Jean facilitates meditation workshops using Tibetan singing bowls and Qigong exercises. She also dances and has trained with Body Weather Laboratory since 2000.