Thursday, January 22, 2009

GRAMMY Sound Stage: Duke Jazz Talk with Charlie Haden

The GRAMMY Museum's Duke Jazz Talk with Charlie Haden event brings but one word to mind: wow. It was such an incredible experience for me as an artist, a patron, and an Angeleno. Charlie Haden is not only a phenomenal musician - as is accompanying special guest Alan Broadbent - but the interview conducted by Executive Director Robert Santelli was like a dance through time and multiple perspectives - historically, personally, musically.

One might say that there are many places that could have housed the conversation between Haden and Santelli or the musical performance with Haden and Broadbent, but I can't help but believe that the GRAMMY Sound Stage (the museum's intimate 200-seat theatre) brought the potential of both to a whole new level of experience. In this setting, it's more than just watching a great exchange of words and music unfold, it's feeling that you're a part of the dialogue and the musical experience as it happens. A live event within the GRAMMY Sound Stage emulates one of the greatest aspects of the museum itself: the interactivity between music and the patron.

As an arts-going Angeleno, I greatly appreciate how the Los Angeles arts scene has this seemingly endless combination of diverse artists and spaces that one can choose from. The addition of the GRAMMY Sound Stage to all this feels pretty amazing to me, and I can't wait for who else might grace its stage.

The Duke Jazz Talk series is in partnership with the Recording Academy New York Chapter. The Charlie Haden event is the second live event hosted at the GRAMMY Sound Stage since the museum opened last month.

-Charity Tran, ExperienceLA Web Coordinator

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