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  • SONGS IN THE KEY OF L.A.

    This Friday we’re commending our City of Angels with Songs in the Key of L.A., a show that brings the shrouded fortunes of the Los Angeles Public Library’s sheet music archive.

    We sat down with our Programming Director, Leigh Ann Hahn, for the 411 on this project.

    “It was just natural,” says Hahn, “to depend this rich musical legacy to Ozomatli, one of L.A’s. most dynamic groups.” In addition to performing the tunes, we’ve appointed Ozomatli to graph the musical reimaginings. Throughout eight months, Ozomatli and their musical visitors have adjusted, and made their own, 11 tunes from the Library’s archive – adding new and contemporary dimension to every piece.

    Hahn says, “However the music in the library file compasses a century, the creations from the 1910s and 1920s embody our forebearers’ hopeful and optimistic vision for our cherished city’s almost perfect atmosphere, abundant agrarian roots, and powerful development that has constantly welcomed newcomers with totally open arms.”

    “Most of these songs were never recorded,” continues Hahn, “so this will be the first time many of these songs will be heardin nearly a century.”

    Listen to some of the songs here.
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    ARTISTS SCHEDULED TO PERFORM ARE:
    Ozomatli, La Santa Cecilia, I See Hawks in L.A., Petrojvic Blasting Company, Ceci Bastida, Rob Gonzalez and Cheech Marin and Jackson Browne.

    NEED TO KNOW:
    We recommend arriving early to grab a good seat (6:30-7pm should be fine). For directions to the California Plaza parking structure, click here. We’ll also have a complimentary bike valet available on the Upper Plaza.

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    This muti-platform Songsin the Key of L.A. project was started by USC Professor Josh Kun (a familiar face to GPeeps), whose work with the Library’s collection was recently released in a book of the same name (Angel City Press – June 1, 2013). Kun is also the curator of our live concert.