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Midnight Mission Quartet Concert

  This afternoon, Vijay Gupta and the Chrome Quartet filled the air with beautiful music for an appreciative room at Midnight Mission.  Starting off the concert with a fresh rendition of Bach’s “Prelude” from the E Major Partita, Vijay instantly focused the energy in the room:   Street Symphony founder Vijay Gupta performs Bach for the audience   After the dazzling four-minute piece, Vijay took a few questions and explained some of the finer points of playing a stringed instrument:     After this Q&A, the Chrome Quartet took over the stage, first with a quick movement from Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and a set of pop tunes of Taylor Swift, Cold Play, Maroon 5, The Beatles and Katy Perry:   Chrome Quartet violinists Lindsay Deutsch, Luanne Homzy and violist Zachary Dellinger   After this, cellist Tao Ni took center stage and stunned the audience with a movement from Zoltán Kodály’s Cassado Suite:   Chrome Quartet cellist Tao Ni     Following the solo cello, Chrome’s two violinists Luanne Homzy and Lindsay Deutsch whipped up an estival storm and wowed the crowd with the Presto of Vivaldi’s “Summer,” the toastiest of his Four Seasons:   Feeling the heat of Vivaldi between violinists Luanne Homzy and Lindsay Deutsch   Finishing up the concert was an arrangement by Homzy of Lady Gaga’s “Applause.”  Without doubt, the applause for the group gave even Lady Gaga a run for her money, with cheers and a standing ovation.  

Midnight Mission Jazz Concert

    On this sunny afternoon in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, around eighty-five of us enjoyed a jazz concert at the Midnight Mission.  The tunes coaxed out of the instruments knew few bounds, wafting through the building and into the nearby courtyard as many in the audience hummed, sang, and smiled throughout the generous set lasting more than an hour.

Jenny & Lalo: Production Stills

      “Jenny is a young woman growing up in East Los Angeles. When she realizes that she is pregnant, her boyfriend Lalo devises a plan for them to leave Los Angeles and travel north. But there’s one big problem; they belong to rival gangs.”   This is the basis for the movie Jenny and Lalo, shot over four days at various locations throughout Los Angeles.

Peter Gabriel meets Kinshasa

Today, a group of translators and sixteen members of the Kinshasa Symphony wound their way up the Pacific Coast to rehearse and record “In Your Eyes” with Peter Gabriel, culminating in a benefit to raise funds to bring the entire group (almost 200 musicians strong!) back to the U.S.

Perry Dreiman’s Sabian Portrait Session

I have gleefully watched my friend Perry Dreiman hit things for work and pleasure as a percussionist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic; when he asked me to take his portrait, I happily agreed.  He needed especially to feature some of the Sabian instruments he uses on a regular basis.

Mischa Lefkowitz Portrait Session

Beginning his 36th season, Mischa Lefkowitz is one of the most seasoned members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and with a current total of forty-two CDs cut, he’s also one of the most recorded.  Starting the violin at age seven in his hometown of Riga in Latvia, Mischa has studied with the world’s foremost violinists and has won numerous prizes and competitions.  

The Pasadena Seminario

Seats ready to be filled. Following the dress rehearsal for Mahler’s 9th,  I had the chance to spend two hours observing the Pasadena Seminario featuring children from Santa Barbara’s ICAN Music Program, San Diego Youth Symphony’s Community Opus Project and Pasadena’s VYMA Music Project.  

Dulce’s Ashes: Production Stills

View the full set on Flickr I got a call from a close writer friend requesting me to shoot production stills for the movie she had written and was directing: Dulce’s Ashes. To quote from the production’s website, “two sisters find forgiveness and freedom from an unexpected source – each other.” A compelling story set in Echo Park, the director’s current home.