Featuring some of today’s most exciting and transgressive musicians, Callings Out of Context is an aural complement to the Broad collection’s holdings of Pop art. The series features hybrid-minded contemporary musical artists that engage, point to, and tell stories about the modern market they are simultaneously a part of, while opening our ears to new perspectives on genre, repetition, and mass production. Each program pairs artists from divergent corners of the marketplace, from the heart of indie-rock to the fringes of hip-hop and electronic music to the experimentalism of the avant-garde. The series title was inspired by the Arthur Russell song Calling Out of Context.
Guest Curator: Ted Hearne
Ted Hearne is a composer and performer whose recent commissions include works for the LA Phil, San Francisco Symphony, Roomful of Teeth, and BAM. He is a professor of composition at USC and his new album The Source was just released this fall.
“The authentic pop artist offers a coincidence of style and subject, that is, he represents mass-produced images and objects by using a style which is also based upon the visual vocabulary of mass production.”
—Robert Rosenblum, from Pop Art and Non-Pop Art, 1964
Tyondai Braxton and Daniel Wohl, composers, performers, and experimental electronic musicians, create immersive works that draw from a variety of sound sources. Both artists explore the purposes and possibilities of pop production by subjecting those sounds and practices to the unique rigor demanded from classical composition.
Formerly the front man of experimental-rock favorite Battles, Braxton creates works of mind-blowing scope, ranging from intimate solo pieces to large-scale symphonic works, incorporating electronic and modern orchestral elements. His critically acclaimed album Central Market has been performed by orchestras around the world including the London Sinfonietta and the LA Phil, and his new multimedia installation HIVE recently premiered at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and was released on Nonesuch Records. Fresh from a duo collaboration with Philip Glass, Braxton brings this ecstatic solo show to Callings Out of Context, exploiting the edges of our ability to perceive the nuances of pop music production and pushing through the chasm of digital music to rediscover the human.
Wohl thrives on the forefront of the electro-acoustic, conjuring “boldly surreal aural experiences” (The New York Times), that ask the most of our timbral memory. Intensely rhythmic and elegiac in bursts, Wohl's latest album Holographic (New Amsterdam Records) ambitiously strives to close the gap between his classical background and the ever-evolving electronic music scene. In a premiere performance, the entirety of Holographic will be played live by a band of eight musicians.
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Advance tickets are fully booked, but some tickets may become available at the REDCAT box office just before the show.
Watch the official album trailer for Daniel Wohl's new album Holographic
Watch Tyondai Braxton's live performance of HIVE in New York
Callings Out of Context FAQ
What age is this program recommended for?
How long is this program?
This program will end at approximately 11:30 p.m. There will be an intermission of 20 minutes between acts.
Where can I park for this program?
Parking is available at The Broad in an underground parking garage, entrance on 2nd Street. Parking with validation from The Broad is $12 on weeknights after 5 p.m., and all day on weekends.
Additional parking is also available in the Walt Disney Concert Hall parking garage. Enter from 2nd Street and proceed to level P3 for direct access to REDCAT.
How many tickets can I reserve at a time for this program?
Tickets are limited to 4 per order for this program
I booked tickets, but now I can't come. Can I get a refund?
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer refunds at this time.