Turntables and Traditional Music: Exploring Multiculturalism Through Vinyl Records

ACTA - Posted on 12 May 2016

Event Date(s)
7:00 pm

Trópico de Nopal Gallery Art-Space
1665 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Please join ACTA for our 2016-17 Roundtable Series in Los Angeles County. The Series is designed to strengthen intercultural arts networks and to offer opportunities for traditional and tradition-based artists and arts advocates to learn from one another through intimate discussion, technical assistance, skill-building, networking, and sharing community-based arts and culture. The Roundtable Series in Los Angeles County will offer programs throughout the year at various arts venues.

Turntables and Traditional Music: Exploring Multiculturalism Through Vinyl Records.
A roundtable discussion with some of L.A.'s most influential world music DJs. As collectors of rare vinyl recordings and curators of long-running dance gatherings, DJs wield enormous influence on a community’s exposure to international/traditional music that rarely gets airplay on mainstream radio. Exploring world musical soundscapes, often with no connection to a culture other than an "ear" for good music, our featured guests are part of a generation of DJs and musicians who have been at the forefront of the Los Angeles global music scene.

Join us for some light refreshments, a lively discussion and an "all-vinyl" sharing event. Bring your favorite record to share!

Confirmed Guests
Glenn Red (AfroFunké/Ecléctica/La Junta)
Rani D (Soul in the Park/Radio Afrique)
Arshia Haq (Discostan)
Reyes (Ecléctica/Trópico de Nopal)

Please see below for extended bios of our guest artists.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

ACTA's Roundtable Series is generously supported by The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

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Dubbed ’the silent assassin', Glenn Red has been quietly forging a loyal following among fans of eclectic music, steadily rocking crowds at the West Coast’s most respected venues for well over a decade. With the honest music of passionate artists as a common thread, his deejay sets weave fluidly through time and across genres, connecting the traditional sounds of Africa and the Americas with their modern expressions around the globe. Funk, soul, hip-hop, and reggae share space with afrobeat, samba, cumbia and rumba rhythms on a Glenn Red dance floor.

Holding residencies such the long-time Santa Monica based AFRO FUNKÉ event, east to Boyle Heights' ECLÉCTICA, and all the way to the edge of the San Gabriel Valley as part of LA JUNTA SOUND SYSTEM, Glenn’s multifaceted selections echo the deep, colorful, and spirited energy of Los Angeles and its soulful people.

Rani de Leon has steadily established a solid reputation and extensive network from over 15 years of involvement in events, theater, music, film, and cultural work. His passions in life are driven by the belief that arts & culture have a unique power in bringing people together for profound and unifying experiences.

As DJ, Rani de Leon is known for his signature blend of worldly sounds, jazz textures, and feel-good roots and soul vibes. He was the founder and curator of Soul in the Park, which brought various circles of Los Angeles together for almost 4 years. He is also a co-founder of Radio Afrique, that hosts music events and film screenings focused on works from Africa and the diaspora. These days you can catch him dj-ing, or programming and producing special music happenings in nightlife venues and cultural institutions around Los Angeles.

Arshia Haq is a filmmaker, writer and DJ based in Los Angeles. She is the mastermind behind Discostan, which presents musical narratives from Eastern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia and eastward to the edge of the earth - from Beirut to Bangkok via Bombay. Narrative threads include migration, celebration, warfare, nostalgia, homeland, borders, often within realms of Islamic influence, through the lenses of timeless traditional forms, the kaleidoscopic reinventions of pop culture, and everything in between and beyond. Most simply, Discostan is a love letter to the Dis-Orient.

REYES is a Los Angeles artist and curator who collects vinyl, with a strong emphasis on music of Brazil. He has curated numerous important exhibitions, performances and music events at the multi-faceted Trópico de Nopal Gallery Art-Space, which he founded in the year 2000 in the space that was originally intended as his art studio. Six years ago, he started Ecléctica, the first alternative world-music night in Boyle Heights, at Eastside Luv. For two years he was host and DJ of his own radio program Art & Grooves on Radio Sombra. He was featured in LA Weekly 's "People 2007" bound issue, which highlighted 100 of the most interesting and influential Angelenos. In 2014, he was invited to collaborate and develop his alternative music and art concept called "Más Out There" alongside longtime friend Raul Pacheco, guitar player and member of Ozomatli. The project included a performance in the Grand Performances series at California Plaza. REYES is currently working on new ideas and disseminating forró music with Forró in L.A.