All-star evening includes performances from McCoy Tyner, Kyp Malone, Nels Cline, Han Bennink, Daniel Carter, Michael White & Leisei Chen, Radha Botofasina, plus Flying Lotus and special guests
LOS ANGELESA host of jazz luminaries and some of modern music's most exciting artists gather on the Royce Hall stage Sunday, December 5 at 7 p.m. in honor of the legendary Alice Coltrane.
Led by Kyp Malone, of TV on the Radio and Rain Machine fame, the Alice Coltrane Tribute will feature an evening of inspirational mini-sets and improvisational on-stage collaborations from Malone, longtime John Coltrane collaborator and jazz piano virtuoso McCoy Tyner; versatile Wilco guitarist Nels Cline; famed free-improvisation drummer Han Bennink; free jazz sax great Daniel Carter; jazz violin from coveted artist Michael White with vocalist Leisei Chen; experimental vocalist and harpist Radha Botofasina and rising multi-genre/electronic music star Flying Lotus, great-nephew to Alice Coltrane.
Co-curated by noted record and live-music producer Ian Brennan (Green Day, Rain Machine, Merle Haggard, Fugazi, John Waters), this exclusive UCLA Live event celebrates the influential life, music and ongoing legacy of Alice Coltrane, who along with her legendary husband John Coltrane, inspired countless musicians over the course of nearly four decades. UCLA's Schoenberg Hall is the site of Alice Coltrane's historic 1976 recording, Transfiguration.
This tribute performance was borne out of Kyp Malone's deep admiration for the music of Alice Coltrane.
Alice Coltrane's musical and spiritual evolution seem inseparable to me," Malone says. Her influence reaches incalculably beyond her cult renown and in no way stands in the shadow of her husband's fame. If it weren't for her, I probably wouldn't be playing music in the manner in which I do. She's inspired me as much as any one artist."
About the artists:
One of the most influential jazz pianists in the 20th century and longtime John Coltrane collaborator. The only still living member of Coltrane's legendary quartet.
TV on the Radio guitarist/co-vocalist/co-writer and Rain Machine ringleader known for his soaring voice and uniquely defiant musical approach.
The dynamic guitarist best known for his work with alt-country heroes Wilco deftly leaps from alt-rock to jazz-rock and beyond.
Dutch drummer who was one of the pivotal figures in early European free jazz.
Saxophone and multi-instrumentalist great who has collaborated with everyone from William Parker to Sun Ra to Thurston Moore.
Michael White & Leisei Chen
White is a master violinist who introduced the instrument into the world of jazz rock fusion; Chen is an ethereal vocalist with unmistakable range. Michael toured with Alice in the 1970's as part of the Impulse Record tour and recorded with John & Alice Coltrane on the Infinity album.
Inspirational singer and harpist known for her cosmic world-music vibe. She will be performing on a harp given to her by Ms. Coltrane.
Los Angeles' Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison) challenging and experimental electronica style is evocative of the work of his boundary-pushing relatives. His 3rd album Cosmogramma was released to rave reviews earlier this year.
Single tickets are on sale now. UCLA Live at Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr., Westwood. Sunday, December 5 at 7 p.m. $28-48 ($15 UCLA students). (310) 825.2101, uclalive.org