“AfroLatino is an ongoing dialogue about the roots of rhythm,” KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad tells me. As a native Angeleno, I’ve been listening to him on the radio for as long as I can remember. I arrive at KCRW under the cover of darkness, just after Garth’s show finishes at 10 p.m., to talk to Garth about the AfroLatino show taking place at the Ford on September 10.
Behind the Scenes
Would Mozart have been a Trekkie or a Stars War fan?
We may never know, but that hasn’t stopped Pacific Opera Project (POP) from boldly going where no opera company has gone before. On September 3, their uproarious Star Trek inspired adaptation of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio takes place at the Ford.
“The music is what gets people in,” John Hensley says of his show, a mix of spoken word and musical acts. “My base always comes but people who have never experienced Flypoet - they come for the music and discover the poetry.”
Jose Vences, director of folklorico dance company Grandeza Mexicana, reflects on the impact that self-described "ranchera and jazz singer" Lila Downs has had on him and his choreography in anticipation of their collaborative performances at the Ford in August.
“There is a community of artists and musicians creating new work that is evoking a genuine reflection of what Los Angeles is. That’s where we were going with Concrete Saplings.” – Bryan Yamami, TAIKOPROJECT
In 1965, immediately before locking himself in his home for 18 months to beat writer’s block and compose One Thousand Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez wrote a movie called Tiempo de morir. Though the film is cited by the likes of Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro González Iñárritu as an inspiration, and is considered a classic in Mexico, it is nearly impossible to see in the US.
Their upcoming show – which opens the Ford’s 2016 Summer Season – has the mark of a true collaboration: a drummer starts a beat, or a guitarist lays down a riff, and together the groups write a song. This process was common for Quetzal, as a rock group, but something new for TAIKOPROJECT.
Ford on the Road’s next stop is the Lynwood Performing Arts Center where Grandeza Mexicana Dance Academy (GMDA) will debut Un Gran Atardecer, a tribute to Mexico’s vibrant regions of Chiapas, Veracruz and Jalisco!
François Ozon certainly knows how to provoke. That hardly makes him unique among filmmakers, and it doesn’t entirely explain why I so look forward to each of his movies.
Summer is officially here and Ford on the Road is sizzlin’! Our next destination is the Downtown LA Arts District for Outfest‘s closing night on Sunday July 19.