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.
Tuesdays@Monk Space: Say I Am Not Far Enough
Time & Location
Synchromy and Tuesdays @ Monkspace present “say I am not far enough”, a two-concert night of readings, art, and music inspired by the life and work of late American novelist Ursula K. Le Guin. Born in Berkeley, California in 1929, Le Guin’s unique voice broke barriers in the realms of science fiction and fantasy in the 1960s and 70s, lending a feminist slant and refreshing approach to genres dominated by macho male protagonists and space battles.
First Set // 6 pm
Free Show (reservation recommended)
Reservations can be made at https://bit.ly/2GZqj89
Food and drink will be available (details to follow)
Elinor Armer’s "Lockerbones/Airbones" and excerpts from Joseph Schwantner’s "Wild Angels of the Open Hills," improvisation by Miller Wrenn, and works by Laura Brackney and Stephen Taylor. Featuring mezzo-sopranos Amy Fogerson and Megan Ihnen, and actors Amielynn Abellera, June Carryl, and Arye Gross. Conductor Stephen Tucker makes his first Synchromy appearance on both programs.
Second Set // 8 pm
Ticketed as usual by T@MS / Tickets on sale now at https://bit.ly/2Qpj35b
Cost: $20 student / $25 adult
More excerpts from Joseph Schwantner’s "Wild Angels of the Open Hills" with mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen, flutist Sara Andon, and harpist Ellie Choate. The world premieres of Jason Barabba’s "say I am not far enough" with Choate and baritone Scott Graff and Australian composer Naima Fine’s "A non-euclidean view of California as a cold place to be." Pianist/composer Vicki Ray will improvise with readings of Ursula K. Le Guin’s version of the Tao Te Ching, along with more readings from Abellera, Carryl, and Gross.
Fecebook Event HERE