The Immigrants Who Composed L.A.

In the Herald Examiner’s Historic Lobby, the Modern and the Classic Blended Sound and Style

There was no better space—the grand entryway into a bygone era of downtown Los Angeles—to convene last night’s event “How Immigrants Composed L.A.”

The special musical presentation in the historic lobby of the ASU California Center at the Herald Examiner building was presented in partnership with Artistic Soirées and ASU Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Celebrating the European musicians who fled fascism and immigrated to Hollywood during its heyday alongside Reena Esmail, a contemporary, L.A.-raised Indian American composer, the evening was all about connections. Fittingly, the presentation itself only …

Black and white photo of Arnold Schoenberg conducting during a rehearsal with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra in 1935.

The Exiled Musicians Who Escaped Fascism for La La Land

‘An Aggrieved, Talented, Witty, and Competitive Bunch’ of Artists Made Music in Hollywood’s Heyday

Generations ago, in the parenthesis of years between Hitler’s 1933 rise to power and the end of World War II, a deluge of European artists and intellectuals came to the …

When Music Became Therapy in Interwar France

In the Face of Uncertainty, Trauma, and Extreme Isolation, Musicians Turned to Their Art

In March of 2020 I found myself alone (except for my two cats) in a small bungalow in Bloomington, Indiana, trying and failing to distract myself from COVID-19. I was …

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Nature Playback

Jorge Verdin is a Pasadena-based designer, illustrator, and musician. Under the name Clorofila, he is known as a pioneer of the Nortec music style. The multidisciplinary artist has also created music …

Can We Still Bump n’ Grind to R. Kelly? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Can We Still Bump n’ Grind to R. Kelly?

To Grapple with the Immorality of Artists We May Have to Go Through Their Art

Whatever else “cancel culture” might be about, when it comes to the arts, it’s about this—if you want to do right as a consumer of art, the work of some …

The Red Brick Bungalow Where Hardcore Made a Home | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

The Red Brick Bungalow Where Hardcore Made a Home

In a D.C. Suburb, the Dischord House Became the Unlikely Epicenter for Reagan-Era Punk

Walking through the leafy Arlington, Virginia, neighborhood of Lyon Park, you might not even notice the bungalow-style house with its fading red paint and overgrown lawn, a relic from the …