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.
FEATURING MUSICIANS // MICRO COSMIC // AASHRAY HARISHANKAR / TIFFANY LANTELLO / LEVI GILLIS / EMILIA MOSCOSO BORJA / JASMINE AMBER STADE / LOS PINGUOS // ADRIAN BUONO / JOSE AGOTE / PABLO MEDINA / ANNA GREGORY / BLAKE LEWIS / BRAD DUTZ / CAREY FRANK / KWAK-FUNG DUO // DAN KWAK / ANTHONY FUNG / DIMITRIS JIMMY MAHLIS / ELIZABETH SANCHEZ MARTINEZ / CLAUDIA LUGUE / GEOVANNI SUAREZ / ELLE LEWIS / GREG ELLIS / ISAMU MCGREGOR / IVO SENRA / JETT KWONG KELLY / JOHN LEFTWICH / JORDAN “NliteN” TOLBERT / RIO TRIO // KLEBER JORGE PIMENTA / MARCOS DOS SANTOS / RODRIGO GALVAO / MAGATTE SOW / SORO SOLO / MARCUS LUNDQVIST / NOLAN SLOAN / GABE CONOVER / MARTIN ESPINO / MICHELLE SHOCKED / MIKE PENNY / SHIH-WEI WILLIE WU / MUNIR GRIFFIN / NICOLAS MALDONADO / WILL KJEER / JOSH TURNER / CHANCE UTTER / DAVID VELAZCO / PETER ADAMS / PRINCE DIABATE / RACHEL STAPLES GUETTLER / THE RAF COLLECTIVE // RAFAEL LUNA / TAMIR KEDEM / SOLOMON NEWBON / SUSANA PINEDA CORREA / SARAH MEERAN CAVE / SCOTT BREADMAN / SIMONE THOMPSON / SK KAKRABA / JOSEPH DE LEON / CAITLIN MOSS / STEVE CHIU / TED GOSLIN / TED FALCON / JOSH WORKMAN / JOHN TEGMEYER / TOM FREUND / JIYUNJA STUDIO // ESTHER YUN LEE / BYUN SANG LEE / KENNY LEE
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.
FEATURING DANCERS // ELIZABETH IPINA / GENEVA WEST / JAYNA MANOUSHE / RAQUEL LEAL / SCOTT KELLEY
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.
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.
Michelle Homami // Production Manager
Michelle Homami is Art At The Rendon and The Rendon Gallery’s Executive Assistant, and Production Manager for RHYTHMS OF THE CITY.
A native Angeleno, and artist from age 5, Michelle has been immersed in the Los Angeles art scene from a very young age. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California, with a BA in Fine Arts, where she coupled her first-hand artistic experiences with a formal broad-based art education. After graduating USC, Michelle applied her penchant for the arts at various non-profit organizations, where she was involved in creative direction, marketing and sales.
In 2018, Michelle brought her creative and social marketing skills to Art at the Rendon’s inaugural event, HIDDEN ROOMS, and sophomore event, STORIES. More recently, Michelle has served as the Lead Sales Associate for Ralph Ziman’s The Casspir Project exhibition at The Rendon Gallery.
John Leftwich // Music Advisor
Born in Los Angeles, John Leftwich grew up in San Diego playing and singing in bands, working as a journalist, and surfing. As a teen, he played in local concerts and clubs and studied composition and classical music. After high school, he was accepted into the Juilliard School, but opted instead to tour and record with the Mark-Almond Band. After college, he toured and recorded with Carmen McRae, Chet Baker, Sergio Mendez, Rickie Lee Jones, and Lyle Lovett.
John began composing music for film and TV, working with director Bruce Weber on the Academy Award-nominated documentary Let’s Get Lost. He has composed for such films as Double Bang, Blood Done Sign My Name, Ten Tricks, Letter to True, Chop Suey, and Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast, and worked as an arranger on The Mask and Dreamgirls. John can be heard performing in It’s Complicated, As Good as it Gets, Mission Impossible II, Open Season, The Cooler, Minions, Despicable Me 2, Smallfoot, and Playmobil: The Movie. As a musician, he has recorded with artists as varied as The Chieftains, Paula Abdul, Lifehouse, The Eels, Brenda Russell, Melody Gardot, and Hubert Laws. He has performed with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, Clint Black, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz, and Charles Lloyd. John continues to have a busy performing, composing, and producing schedule. He lives with his family in Studio City.
Slamm Andrews // Technical Advisor
Born and raised in North County San Diego, Andrews began recording and mixing music for various bands of friends as well as his own bands at the young age of 14. Andrews received a music scholarship to California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where he majored in Music and minored in Astrophysics. In addition to his studies at CSUN, Andrews began building exotic cars for Vector Aeromotive. After CSUN, Andrews attended Trebas Institue of Recording Arts.
Shortly thereafter, Andrews was asked by 311 to join their tour and he spent the next 2+ years on the road with the band while also doing live mixes for No Doubt, Sublime, The Vandals, Offspring, Pennywise and Stone Temple Pilots. In early 1995, Andrews began an internship at Hans Zimmer Media Ventures (later to be Remote Control Productions). Impressed with Andrews’ skills, it quickly turned into a permanent position and was hired by Mojo Records to record and mix the first Goldfinger and Reel Big Fish albums. In late 1995, Andrews mixed his first film score, Broken Arrow for Hans Zimmer which lead him to recording all of the pre-records for Hans Zimmer/Dreamworks Animation, including Prince of Egypt, Antz, El Dorado and Shrek to name a few.
Since 2003, Andrews has been nominated for Best Sound Editing on six different occasions for such animated films, Minions, Despicable Me 2, and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. He has recorded, mixed and edited on many blockbuster hits including Iron Man, X-Men First Class, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, The Simpsons Movie, The Ring, Shrek, Gladiator, Megamind, Kung Fu Panda 2, Madagascar 1, 2, 3 & 4, Something’s Gotta Give and Hans Zimmer’s live concert series. Andrews has recently completed and is currently working on the new Minions 2 film with composer, Heitor Pereira.