by Tom Nguyen
This Saturday, April 28, 7:30pm, is The Friendship Concert, a performance of music, dance and culture, at Aratani Theater in Little Tokyo, to commemorate the LA Riots. The concert will showcase an eclectic array of artistic talents from diverse communities. Here’s the lineup:
- Houman Pourmehdi on Daf Frame Drum.
- Aerial Piece by Nick Loui.
- Reach Sister’s contemporary dance piece.
- Celeste Lanuza’s Mexican/Fusion choreography with live music.
- James Mahkween’s African/Fusion work.
- USC Instrumental duo from Doctorate department playing an Original composition by Michael Kim-Sheng, an emerging composer.
- Juli Kim’s Korean Classical/Fusion dance piece.
- Tashara and Queala from Lula Washington Dance Company.
- Los Angeles Children’s Community Youth Choir led by Sun Joo Yeo.
- The Flintridge Singers directed by Steve Hill.
- Artist Entrance Dance Company premiering “Trajectory”.
- Paco & Yolanda flamenco piece juxtaposed with Korean Five drum dance then continued on to Taiko Drum’s finale.
I had a chance to speak to Juli Kim of The Artists’ Platform (TAP), who is organizing this huge ensemble performance.
EnClave.LA: Tell us about The Artists’ Platform (TAP) and why you think it’s so important to bring so many different performers from different communities as well as school children to perform?
Juli: Thank you so much for giving me a chance to introduce our nonprofit organization, The Artists’ Platform. Our nonprofit organization was founded last year to recognize the need to support the efforts of emerging artists. On November 6th, we hosted our Inaugural Concert, which highlighted an eclectic array of artistic talents, showcasing diverse genres from diverse communities. As Founder and President of this organization, I can proudly say that our first concert was a great success. Continue Reading →