El Gusto Orchestra of Algiers, a group compromised of Jewish and Muslim musicians, perform a free concert this Saturday night, August 10 at 8pm in downtown L.A. as part of the stellar Grand Performances summer music and performing arts series. Grand Performances events take place at the festive water court at California Plaza between Grand and Olive, just a few steps from MOCA. Also on the line-up that evening will be the unique Cantonese Opera Orchestra.
Program notes from a recent June, 2013 performance at the Barbican Centre in London had this to say about El Gusto Orchestra:
“Algeria, 1950s. A blend of Berber sounds, Andalusian melodies, jazz and chanson rises amongst the walls of the historic Casbah in Algiers. The music is called chaâbi – meaning ‘of the people’; and it’s played by groups of Jewish and Muslim musicians. Algeria’s war of independence a decade later breaks these two communities apart, burying the memory of a part of the Franco-Algerian history which is still not fully known today.
Separated by history for fifty years, the 25-piece orchestra of Jewish and Muslim musicians returns … to share the passion that never left them, standing as a proof that music’s universality transcends prejudices. To witness a performance of El Gusto, is to live a moment of sharing, emotions, and pleasure both for eyes and ears.”
For more info on Saturday’s concert visit the Grand Performances website — www.grandperformances.org
MORE THAN HONEY director Markus Imhoof and L.A. beekeeper Susan Rudnicki will participate in Q&A’s following the 7:40 PM screenings on Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10 at the Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills.
Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction. With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia.
Susan Rudnicki educates on honeybee issues for the beekeeping group BackwardsBeekeepers.
View the trailer at www.morethanhoneyfilm.com.
- Friday (8/16) in Beverly Hills following the 7PM show with filmmakers Ron Frank and Mevlut Akkaya, plus Larry King and Sandy Hackett.
- Saturday (8/17) in Beverly Hills following the 7PM show with filmmakers Ron Frank and Mevlut Akkaya, plus Sandy Hackett.
- Saturday (8/17) in Encino following the 3PM and 5:20PM shows with filmmaker Ron Frank.
BEIRUT — Iran’s expatriate filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf is facing withering condemnation in his homeland for attending a film festival in Israel, the Islamic Republi’s archfoe.
The acclaimed director, considered a pioneer of moviemaking in Iran, traveled to the Jerusalem Film Festival this month to screen his latest work, “The Gardener,” which explores the conflict between two generations about the role of religion in society.
Javad Shamgdari, the head of Iran’s official cinema organization, penned a letter to the leadership of the Iranian cinema museum demanding the removal of all of the director’s awards and trophies.
“Makhmalbaf made his first 10 films in Iran using the money of the state-run organizations to learn cinema,” Shamgdari was quoted as saying by the semiofficial Mehr news agency. “Now he has fallen into the arms of the occupier, the murderous Zionist regime.”
Read the rest of the Times piece here.
The DRIFT filmmakers Ben Nott and Morgan O’Neill will participate in a Q&A after the 7:10 screening at the Monica on Friday, August 2.