From January 2016 to March 2020, the Soundwaves concert series presented dozens of free performances of world-class creative music at the Santa Monica Public Library, including collaborations with PianoSpheres, Jacaranda, the Angel City Jazz Festival, Microfest, Cold Blue Music, the Dog Star Orchestra Festival, and others. Due to cuts in the Library’s budget and hours, the regular series will not resume.
However, there will be three Saturday afternoon concerts this summer, outdoors at the Library’s Pico Branch Annex in Virginia Avenue Park, at 2200 Virginia Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90404. They’re at 3:30 on the first Saturday of the month, one set only. No tickets or reservations, just come on by.
June 4 is the West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio: Andrea Centazzo (percussion, electronics, and compositions), Ellen Burr (flutes), and Jeff Schwartz (bass).
July 2 is Dan Rosenboom‘s quintet.
and August 6 is Lauren Baba‘s quintet.
Like most encores, this is just a little extra after the ending, but also something special you won’t want to miss.
There will be no Soundwaves events until it is safe for people to gather again. As many of the artists scheduled for March, April, May, and June will be rebooked as possible once the next season can be planned.
That season will be partially supported by a grant from the Amphion Foundation. Many thanks to them.
Meanwhile, videos of past shows are available on this page, and more are on their way.
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Pianist/composer Thomas Kotcheff plays the music of Frederic Rzewski.
Free jazz from Canadian masters Charuest (alto saxophone), Ellis (bass), and Valsamis (drums).
Soundwaves co-founder Daniel Rothman’s music is performed by guitarist Mak Grgic and the Los Angeles Saxophone Ensemble (led by Ulrich Krieger).
Soundwaves’ third year of collaborations with Pianospheres began with a solo performance by Richard Valitutto
Pianist Brendan White performs Paul Hindemith’s “Ludus Tonalis,” a set of 25 pieces from 1942 demonstrating his compositional techniques in all 12 major and minor keys (plus a prelude) as a modern answer to Bach’s “Well-Tempered Klavier.”
Pianist David Kaplan presents selections from “Gideon’s Suitcase,” a portrait of pianist/composer Gideon Klein, based on the suitcase of his sheet music discovered decades after he was killed in the Holocaust.
Soundwaves second year of collaborations with Jacaranda Music begins with an appearance by the Grammy-winning Partch ensemble. Come see and hear their expert recreations of Harry Partch‘s unique instruments.
A pioneer of European Free Improvisation now living in Long Beach, Centazzo performs solo on percussion and electronics, with video.