By: Arisa Olazabal
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 09/24/2018 – “Provoking us to be more awake to the gaps, you are here to participate in a state of being awake,” stated Kristy Edmunds, Artistic Director of UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP)
The organic integration of the ensemble writer/photographer Teju Cole, composer/pianist Vijay Iyer, with trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, bassist Linda Oh and marimba/vibraphone percussionist Patricia Brennan, inspired a deep integration of multidisciplinary performance last night at the Ace Hotel.
The Theatre at Ace Hotel, built in 1927; restored in 2014, where iconoclasts such as Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin first performed under United Artist studio. Upon entering we were greeted with Los Angeles based Art in Action; Listening to the Landscape, a signature poetry bureau and spoken word slam riffing off the theme of ‘What is your Blind Spot?’ The space acted as a cathedral like symphony to the sustained ambient live score performance. Cole’s spoken word text and photographs were displayed as the ensemble collaboration vibrated the theatre with experimental and heart elevating sounds. This is not something you have heard before, but is reminiscent of the sounds of Eric Dolphy.
Blind Spot asks you where are humanity’s blind spots? Where are yours? This piece investigates our blindness to tragedy and injustice throughout history, topics ranged from the Illiad, Martin Luther King, 911, Refugees, and Ethiopian women of Beirut to proclaiming darkness as information, allowing us to look within. Accepting the beauty and tragedy of the static and the silenced. A truly jaw dropping venue is well worth the visit this fall season, be sure to check out more of UCLA’s CAP performances.
For more UCLA events visit: https://cap.ucla.edu/blog/message-from-the-artists-vijay-iyer-and-teju-cole-on-blind-spot/
For more Ace Hotel events visit: http://www.acehotel.com/calendar information:
Video Link: https://vijay-iyer.com/blind-spot-with-teju-cole/