Music
The music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform. Songs can feel like California. But what is the sound of California? Is it the oceanside music of beach-blanket pop? Is it Laurel Canyon folk or San Diego hardcore punk? California music is all this and more; it is a conversation between cultures, taking place on the dancefloor. As effervescent Norteno rhythms spill over the border and West Coast hip hop takes cues from SoCal jazz and soul, California’s cultural confluence creates music distinct to this place. Here, on the coast where societal norms are written and rewritten, music is a writhing leviathan, a sprawling, multi-faced beast, where the only unifying factor is innovation. Fela Kuti learned funk while living in Los Angeles, Gram Parsons explored cosmic rock in the Palm desert, and Black Flag tore up Orange County stages. California is where musical revolution begins.
Aratani World Series: Bringing Cultures Together
Aratani World Series: Bringing Cultures Together
The Aratani World Series showcases a crossroads of World Music and dance.
The L.A. Roots of Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly'
The L.A. Roots of Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly'
Kendrik Lamar's new album, "To Pimp A Butterfly," has distinct L.A.-centric musical roots.
Marquis Hill: Rhythms of Black Poetry
Marquis Hill: Rhythms of Black Poetry
Trumpeter-composer Marquis Hill's new body of work takes inspiration from the connection he has with African American poetry.
Santa Ana Sites: Eclectic Ensemble wild Up Comes to Orange County
Santa Ana Sites: Eclectic Ensemble wild Up Comes to Orange County
The pop-up series, Santa Ana Sites, features the experimental music group "wild Up," an ensemble that re-interprets modern-classical music.
Drummer Peter Erskine on Jazz Flick 'Whiplash'
Drummer Peter Erskine on Jazz Flick 'Whiplash'
Professional drummer Peter Erskine, whose work has been featured on more than 600 recordings, discusses the new film "Whiplash."
Oud Future: Producer Bei Ru Remixes Armenian Vinyl Archives
Oud Future: Producer Bei Ru Remixes Armenian Vinyl Archives
L.A.-based producer Bei Ru's new album, "Saturday Night at the Magic Lamp" features a mix of Armenian sounds with modern disco and hip-hop beats.
Bassist Nathan East on Playing for the Pope, Obama, and Daft Punk
Bassist Nathan East on Playing for the Pope, Obama, and Daft Punk
The work of Nathan East has been featured on songs by artists like Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, and Daft Punk. The bassists discusses some of his memorable live gigs.
Place of Disco: The Republic of Discostan
Place of Disco: The Republic of Discostan
The Discostan collective, hosted at Footsie's Bar in Los Angeles, is a celebration of musical traditions and cross-cultural sounds from Beirut to Bangkok via Bombay.
The Cotabato Sessions: The Sound of the Philippines Comes to L.A.
The Cotabato Sessions: The Sound of the Philippines Comes to L.A.
The documentary "The Cotabato Sessions" spotlights the indigenous music of the Philippines and the dance performances that traditionally accompany them.
Billy Berg: Los Angeles' Jazz Nightlife Ace
Billy Berg: Los Angeles' Jazz Nightlife Ace
In the heart of Hollywood, Billy Berg's was a prime jazz club through the 1940s and 1950s.
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A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

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