Miya Folick Joins BREATHEWATCHLISTENTOUCH: The
Work and Music of Yoko Ono at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Friday, March 22, 2019
Special guests also include: Sudan Archives, Amber Coffman, Shruti Kumar,
La Marisoul, Madame Gandhi, Shirley Manson, St. Vincent, Nina McNeely,
Kamil Oshundara, Francisca Valenzuela, and We Are KING
Part of the LA Phil’s Fluxus Festival, in partnership with
the Getty Research Institute
Photo credit: Maya Fuhr
Miya Folick joins the artist lineup for BREATHEWATCHLISTENTOUCH: The Work and Music of Yoko Ono at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday, March 22. Throughout this exceptional evening at Walt Disney Concert Hall, both Ono’s art and music will be performed by an ensemble of special guests in a concert-length celebration of her 60-plus-year career. The concert is part of the LA Phil’s season-long Fluxus Festival.
Songwriter and vocalist Miya Folick is based in Los Angeles. Her music has its roots in a dark corner in the old wooden Los Angeles house to which she moved after a rocky few years studying acting in New York. It was there that she began to channel her early musical inclinations. Half Japanese and half Russian and raised in Santa Ana, CA, as a child Miya made up songs to study for school tests and played taiko drums in her church group. She started classical voice training as a 10-year-old, fascinated by the complex melodies of Italian and German arias. From this period of isolation grew Folick’s ability, developed in the ensuing years as her personal community in Los Angeles expanded. Her debut album, Premonitions, released on Terrible Records and Interscope, is a fusion of ’90s rock with contemporary pop and hip-hop, an elegant canvas of ambient sonic textures through which Folick’s voice cuts with stark confidence. The album earned praise from Pitchfork, NPR, i-D and more.
Special guests for this performance also include experimental R&B violinist and vocalist Sudan Archives, singer, songwriter, and former Dirty Projectors member Amber Coffman; Juilliard-trained composer, songwriter, and producer Shruti Kumar; La Marisoul, lead singer of GRAMMY Award®-winning Mexican-American band La Santa Cecilia; electronic music artist and activist Madame Gandhi; Shirley Manson, lead vocalist of the alternative rock band Garbage; one of the most innovative and enigmatic presences in modern music, and 2019 GRAMMY Award winner St. Vincent; choreographer, visual artist, and creative director Nina McNeely; scholar, queer community organizer, multifaceted artist, and activist Kamil Oshundara; composer, activist, entrepreneur, bilingual singer, and Chilean pop artist Francisca Valenzuela; and We Are KING, who were nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album in 2017.
Yoko Ono is one of the most influential artistic figures of the 20th century. Her work as a performance artist and musician is conceptually bold and politically confrontational, but it’s delivered with a lyrical touch – one informed by her dedication to peace and spirituality – giving it a great sense of warmth and humanity. That warmth has inspired an incredible range of artists and musicians, and continues to resound today.
Produced in partnership with Girlschool, this concert is named after Ono’s Dance Piece X, a Fluxus score that is a fitting summation of the grace, love, and sense of peace that permeates her career:
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Fluxus was a wily, nebulous – and deeply influential – anti-establishment art movement that emerged in the 1960s. Comprised of an international collective of artists, composers, and poets, Fluxus aimed to collapse what it considered the false wall between art and life. The LA Phil’s Fluxus Festival is a survey curated by Christopher Rountree, in collaboration with the Getty Research Institute, in which the often humorous, frequently challenging music and performances of Fluxus will be presented on and off-site. This exploration will include a combination of live events, printed materials, and symposia, including surprise appearances, installations, and performances throughout the LA Phil’s 2018/19 Centennial season.
For more information about Fluxus Festival please visit: laphil.com/fluxus
Founded by Anna Bulbrook in 2016, Girlschool is a music festival and creative community with a mission: to celebrate, connect, and lift women-identified artists, leaders, and voices. This is the LA Phil’s first collaboration with Girlschool. For more information about Girlschool please visit: girlschoolla.com.
We Are KING
For full artist bios, please visit: laphil.com/breathewatchlistentouch
Friday, March 22, 2019, at 8PM
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tickets are available at laphil.com/breathewatchlistentouch, in person at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, or by phone at 323 850 2000.
About the Los Angeles Philharmonic
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres – orchestral, chamber, and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music, and pop – at two of L.A.'s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall (laphil.com) and the Hollywood Bowl (hollywoodbowl.com). The LA Phil’s season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from September through June, and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education, and community programs.
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