The special evening is the work of several artistic collaborators. It features two of LA's leading new music performance groups, Bridge to Everywhere and Salastina, focusing on the works of Derrick Spiva Jr. The first part of the program features Spiva’s masterwork, the gorgeous and profound American Mirror. Written for Salastina, it features Spiva’s signature style of integrating musical practices from different cultural traditions around the world.
The second part of the evening features Bridge to Everywhere, performing works by composers Reena Esmail and Juan Pablo Contreras. Katherine In-Young Lee, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, is intrigued by how analyses of sound and music can offer reappraisals of past events and contemporary cultural phenomena. In this vein, she has developed research projects that engage various types of “sonic evidence”—from the politicized drumming of dissent to the audible dimensions of a nation branding campaign.
Curated by Steven Homestead- Director of American Composer Forum of Los Angele; Scott Bauer, Mathieu Young, Micah Greenberg – Artistic Directors of Kensington Presents, and Salastina Artistic Director, Maia Jasper White
Compose LA 2019 is a collaboration between DCA's Performing Arts Division and the following partners: American Composers Forum of Los Angeles, the University of California Humanities Research Institute at UC Irvine, and the Center for Music Innovation at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.