Rhythms of the City
ART AT THE RENDON // RHYTHMS OF THE CITY
The Rendon | 2055 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Friday, November 8 – Sunday, November 10, 2019
Art At The Rendon presents RHYTHMS OF THE CITY, an immersive, site-specific experience that will fuse various styles of live music and dance into a simultaneous, collaborative performance that transforms the building itself into a musical instrument. Following the success of HIDDEN ROOMS and STORIES in 2018, Art At The Rendon’s latest production will highlight the musical and cultural diversity of Los Angeles, while emphasizing the synergy of the city as a whole.
100% of proceeds will benefit Play with Music, a Los Angeles nonprofit that brings music and technology education to underserved youth.
In RHYTHMS OF THE CITY, The Rendon building on the corner of E. 7th St and S. Santa Fe Ave in the DTLA Arts District will come alive with the sounds of Los Angeles. As immigrants from all over the world have relocated here to build new lives, they’ve brought their musical history with them. RHYTHMS OF THE CITY will honor that musical diversity, uniting everyone from jazz, to Afro-Cuban pop, and chamber music to mariachi bands, in a collective musical performance.
Grammy-winning composer Heitor Pereira is writing the music for RHYTHMS OF THE CITY. To create this unique soundscape, he has been paying close attention to the sounds of Los Angeles as one moves from neighborhood to neighborhood, including everything from the birds to the traffic. He has also been studying The Rendon’s acoustics to discover how sound travels from room to room and floor to floor inside the space.
With Pereira’s exceptional composition in mind, we are bringing together selected musicians from varying cultures and musical disciplines, including bands, soloists, and ensembles, to perform the work simultaneously. Through the music’s shared refrain, these diverse artists will represent Los Angeles as a whole.
As the musicians play live, RHYTHMS OF THE CITY will also feature performances by dancers and aerialists. They will perform choreography that speaks to the music, that particular space, and their style of dance.
Throughout RHYTHMS OF THE CITY, the audience will be invited to explore the hotel during this one-of-a-kind performance, feeling the heartbeat of the city and its unexpected harmonies from within. They will experience the overall piece either from the threshold of each room or as they roam the corridors, light well, and perimeter of the building.
ART AT THE RENDON is an ongoing series of creative programs featuring art, musical performances, lectures, artist residencies and film screenings designed to celebrate and support the arts. Keeping with the rich history of the area, ART AT THE RENDON seeks to continue fostering creativity in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District by generating a dynamic space for art, performance and celebration. BENEFITING // 100% of proceeds will benefit Play with Music.
Heitor Pereira // Music Composer
Heitor Pereira grew up in Brazil, he played guitar with some of the country’s legendary musicians, including Ivan Lins and Milton Nascimento. As a guitarist, he was a member of the international British soul band Simply Red throughout the early ’90s. He has released three albums as a solo artist, and has collaborated as an artist or arranger with musical icons including Jack Johnson, Bryan Adams, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Shania Twain, Seal, and Nelly Furtado. In 2005, Heitor Pereira won a Grammy for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist” for his collaboration with Sting and Chris Botti.
Pereira began composing film music when he was brought in as a songwriter for the film As Good As It Gets. He made such an impression on producer James L. Brooks that in Brooks’ next film, Riding in Cars with Boys, Pereira was the co-composer alongside Hans Zimmer. Pereira’s original film scores include the Despicable Me, The Smurfs, and Curious George franchises, the successful Best Fiends video game franchise, and such acclaimed dramas as If I Stay, A Little Bit of Heaven, and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. His film scores have garnered critical acclaim and accolades, including three Annie Award nominations and seven ASCAP Film & TV Music Awards. Pereira was a featured guitarist and composed additional music for The Dark Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Black Hawk Down, Mission Impossible: II, The Simpsons Movie, Angels & Demons, and Madagascar. In 2017, Pereira won the Emmy for Outstanding Music and Sound for his work on Sonic Sea, the NRDC-sponsored documentary about the impact of man-made sound on ocean life. Recent projects include Smallfoot, Show Dogs, and the upcoming animated films Playmobil and Angry Birds 2.
Ralph Ziman // Director
Ralph’s work extends across a variety of media, including film, photography, public intervention, sculpture, and installation. In 2018, he directed Art At The Rendon’s HIDDEN ROOMS and STORIES events, and in 2019, he had a multimedia solo show, The Casspir Project, at The Rendon Gallery. Prior to his work as a visual artist, Ziman’s early film Hearts and Minds (1995) gained worldwide attention as the first independent South African feature film to be completed after apartheid. His film Jerusalema reached critical acclaim as South Africa’s entry to the 2008 Academy Award Foreign Language section. Ziman continues to work in film, with a new feature currently in post-production.
Maria Greenshields-Ziman // Creative Director
Maria is a multidisciplinary fine artist who is equally at home working on large-scale street murals or smaller scale detailed work in her studio practice. Born in England, she now lives and works in LA. In 2018, she co-created and was one of the participating artists for HIDDEN ROOMS, Art At The Rendon’s first immersive art event and community fundraiser, and was creative director of the follow-up event, STORIES.
Cindy Schwarzstein // Event Producer
Cindy curated and produced Art At The Rendon’s inaugural event, HIDDEN ROOMS, produced their second event, STORIES, and continues to direct The Rendon’s art programming. Most recently, she produced a series of public and private events during The Casspir Project exhibition at The Rendon Gallery. Schwarzstein, an Arts District resident, is the founder of Cartwheel Art, an art activation and experience company that publishes an online art magazine, produces art programming for events, and provides group tours for private and corporate clients. She has been creating and hosting cultural events and programming for more than twenty-five years. Schwarzstein is deeply involved in the creative community of Downtown Los Angeles, and has served as a board member of the Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association (LARABA) for six years.