6/26/21, 9:00 PM
Audubon Center at Debs Park
4700 Griffin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90031, USA
Are you longing to hear live music without going inside? Could your endless outdoor meet-ups use a little more pizazz? If so, glide and hop over to Urban Birds, an afternoon of musical performances for kids and adults. Urban Birds takes place at the Children’s Garden in Northeast LA’s Ernest Debs Park. It is co-presented by the Audubon Society and Synchromy, a Los Angeles-based composer’s collective dedicated to making new music accessible. For this event, Synchromy commissioned 10 local composers to create works inspired by birds common to Southern California. The day’s 10 world premieres include Dante De Silva’s Heat Thrasher and Jen Wang’s Monster, an homage to the mourning dove.
Urban Birds offers many ways to engage. The performances are nestled throughout the trees of the Children’s Garden at the Audubon Visitors Center, and you’re welcome to wander through the musical oasis the way you’d wander through the park looking for birds, stopping to listen for a spell and moving along as you please. For adventurous listeners, Deb’s Park offers trails, gardens, and a turtle pond to explore. Our field guide to the featured birds is available as a free booklet in both English and Spanish for birders and the bird-curious alike. Posters throughout the site offer context for the music, and composers will hold a question-and-answer session at the close of the event. For kids inspired by the sounds and sights, we offer take-home activities, such as instructions for DIY binoculars and bird calls made from common household objects.
The event also celebrates the renovation and re-opening of the Audubon Center, a hub of habitat restoration and environmental justice whose primary goal is renewing the connection between people and the land in Los Angeles. Synchromy supports this mission with music, bringing free live performances to Deb’s Park with following wide-winged local line-up:
Heat Thrasher - Dante De Silva
Monster - Jen Wang
Ash Throated Flycatcher - Christopher Adler
Crow Language - Jason Barabba
Mockingbird Hopscotch - Vera Ivanova
California Towhee - Veronika Krausas
Owl’s Breath - Pamela Madsen
Red Shouldered Hawk - Kenji Oh
Call and Echo - Brandon Rolle
Synchopomp - Diana Wade
Performers include Sean Barela (Bassoon), Rachel Beetz (Flute), Luc Kleiner (Voice), Christopher Adler (Khaen), Xenia Deviatkina-Loh (Violin), Brian Walsh (Clarinet), Scott Worthington (Contrabass), Theodosia Roussos (Oboe), Cassia Streb (Viola), and Jennifer Bewerse (Cello). Concert Design by Cassia Streb and Jennifer Bewerse.
This performance was made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the California Arts Council.
Music for Your Inbox: Southland Ensemble plays William Roper
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How much of a nudge does a performer need in order to launch a musical idea? What is too little information or too much? In an effort to play with this idea, William Roper composed Pigs, Pigs, Oh! Those Tasty Pigs, a deck of cards with symbols from everyday life that act as improvisational prompts. In this video, Southland Ensemble interprets these cards by recording their sounds and actions in an otherwise empty space. The final result is a surprise to everyone—the correlations and coincidences that arise feel like magic. This month’s art print postcard, Iowan Idyll, is also by Bill, a skilled multi-disciplinary artist. The performance and postcard combine to give a more complete perspective of his artistic point of view.
Pigs, Pigs, Oh! Those Tasty Pigs by William Roper
Art Print Postcard by
Iowan Idyll, watercolor on paper
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