The Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration

Artists

American Youth Symphony

American Youth Symphony

The American Youth Symphony (AYS) strives to inspire the future of classical music by providing advanced training and fellowships to virtuosic young adults and exceptional, innovative and free concerts to the Los Angeles Community. Founded in 1964 by renowned conductor Mehli Mehta, AYS celebrates 55 seasons as an influential architect in building the future of classical music.

As AYS nurtures the concert artists of tomorrow, and works to cultivate new audiences to appreciate and support their extraordinary talent. By presenting remarkable free concerts at both world-class venues and community spaces, AYS remains committed to creating access and opportunity for everyone to experience the inspiration of this beautiful art form.

https://www.aysymphony.org

Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar

Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles

Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles (BFLA) catapulted to international fame through numerous performances including at the 90th Annual Academy Awards in celebration of the Pixar movie Coco, at the D23 Expo and the Coco premiere at the El Capitan Theater and on Dancing With The Stars alongside Natalia Lafourcade, Gael Garcia Bernal and Miguel for Disney Night as they sang the award-winning “Remember Me,” from Coco. BFLA is also part of the new Disney live production of Coco which debuted at the Hollywood Bowl in November 2019 and is set for streaming on Disney+.

Founded in 2011 by Kareli Montoya, this versatile group performs both traditional and modern regional dances in world-class venues including the Dolby Theatre, the Greek Theater and the Ford Amphitheater with as many as 48 dancers. the group also appears in smaller halls with as few as two dancers. While accompanying prestigious groups like Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar onstage, BFLA’s precise movements and colorful costumes leave audiences spellbound. Avid proponents of dance education, the group teaches Folklorico dance for all ages at their own Academy for Performing Arts

https://www.folkloricolosangeles.com

Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar has delighted audiences with dynamic musicianship and lively stage presence for the past 20 years. Founded in 1994 by Jaime Cuéllar, Mariachi Garibaldi gained popularity quickly due to its constant effort to better their performance and was one the first youth mariachis to arise in Bakersfield, California. Now based out of Los Angeles, Garibaldi continues to push for excellence.

Over the years, Mariachi Garibaldi has evolved into a premier mariachi ensemble in California led by Jimmy “El Pollo” Cuéllar, son of Jaime Cuéllar. Garibaldi has accompanied various well-known artists such as Espinoza Paz, Maria Elena Beltran, Yolanda del Rio, Pablo Montero, Merecdes Castro, Humberto Herrera, Beatriz Adriana, among others. The group has performed on many stages including El Teatro Degollado, Valley Performing Arts Center, The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Bakersfield Fox Theatre, The Chandler Center for the Arts and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, to name a few. Garibaldi havs shared the stage with mariachi ensembles and artists such as Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano and Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan, Mariachi Imperial de México, Alejandro Fernandez and Juan Gabriel. Most recently, Garibaldi can be seen alongside with Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles in a recreation of Disney's “Beauty and the Beast's Tale As Old As Time” produced by Mitu. This video received over 10 million views in under 48 hours.

http://www.mariachi-garibaldi.com/bio/

Cuñao

Cuñao

Cuñao speaks in a voice that feels the duality of cultures as the norm not the exception and that learns the way of the new but yearns to belong to the old.

Cuñao is a Los Angeles-based, Latin Folk group that uses its their multi-ethnic background & influences to create evocative, poetic songs that transcend time and leave listeners with lush images. Cuñao puts a global twist on its Latin sound by exploring African rhythms, Eastern European melodies and American Rock aesthetics.

The band started in the spring of 2014 as a pickup band for a birthday party. After a few rehearsals and learning a few cumbias, the group played its first show and immediately began work on their album “Sangre Y Arena,” which was released in October 2015. The lineup solidified Cuñao’s sound as a Latin Folk group with a global flair.

Cuñao regularly performs in festivals and community events in the Los Angeles and Southern California area such as Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s Día De Los Muertos (2016 & 2017), San Pedro Día De Los Muertos Festival and Lummis Day Festival in northern Los Angeles (2016) among many others. In May of 2015, the band was commissioned to score a dance piece by Choreographer and Artistic Director of the Wooden Floor Academy, Melanie Rios Glaser. They composed music for her piece “Playground and Playground II” (2016) and performed live at The Irvine Barclay Theater at UC Irvine. The band has been featured in media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, Univision, NPR Alt.Latino, Sounds and Colours Magazine, and others. More recently, the band was commissioned by Santa Ana Sites to work on “Cancion Del Inmigrante”, a multi-media Folk-Opera to be performed at The Bowers Museum in May 2018. In February 2018, they performed as a showcase artist at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. The band also collaborated with Dominican artist Alih Jey on her new album “Soy De Peña” in May 2019, which features song written by Alih’s father, Anibal de Peña, a musical icon in the Dominican Republic. Together with Alih, Cuñao played the Official BMI Showcase at SXSW in 2019 in support of the new album. In November 2018, the group released a fun Holiday EP titled Invierno Tropical featuring not so well know Christmas songs in Spanish and German, as well as a Hanukkah song. The band released its second full length album "Rayuela" on April 10, 2020.

http://cunaomusic.com/

The Daniel Ho Trio and Hālau Hula Kealiʻi o Nālani, featuring Tia Carrere and Friends

The Daniel Ho Trio and Hālau Hula Kealiʻi o Nālani, featuring Tia Carrere and Friends

The Daniel Ho Trio features Randy Drake on drums/percussion and Steve Billman on bass. Both Drake
and Billman are studio musicians and have performed and recorded with Daniel for over 25 years. Drake teaches at California State University at Long Beach and recently received his PhD in ethnomusicology from UC Santa Barbara. Steve has served as longtime faculty at Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena.

The highly acclaimed dancers of Hālau Hula Keali`i o Nālani are known for their perpetuation of ancient
hula, Hawaiian culture and its traditions. Equally impressive is their forward-thinking ability to present contemporary interpretations of new music and themes. The hālau serves as a vessel in which these legacies are taught and shared through hula. Members of the hālau range from children to seniors, male and female, and consist of different levels (e.g., recreational, competitive) based on their commitment to the art of hula. Dedicated to their kumu (teacher), some members have been with Keali'i since the start of the hālau in 1991. In its 29th year, the hālau has performed in national and international competitions.

Tia Carrere was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Although her passion has always been singing, Tia would begin her ascent into the acting world with a regular stint on "General Hospital." With her breakthrough role as Cassandra Wong in "Wayne's World" and "Wayne's World 2," Tia was able to showcase both her considerable acting and singing chops.

Zendeko Taiko was formed in 1986 as part of the Sunday school program at Zenshuji Soto Mission in Los Angeles. Youth were taught basic taiko rhythms used in Japanese festivals. With training and guidance from renowned performance group Ondekoza, Zendeko was propelled to widespread acclaim.

Chester Ikei is the lead instructor of Ukuleles for Little Tokyo, a program geared toward engaging Japanese-speaking and Japanese American older adults while also providing free ukulele instruction in Japanese and English.

Danna Xue, a native to Arcadia, is a talented cellist, mechanical engineer and Class of 2020 graduate from Stanford University. No stranger to the Holiday Celebration stage, Danna has performed as a member of the Arcadia High School Orchestra in collaboration with the Daniel Ho Trio and Hālau Hula Kealiʻi o Nālani.

https://www.danielho.com/

Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles

Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles

Founded in 1979, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) has become one of the nation’s leading LGBTQ performing organizations. Over 200 singing members perform each season at Alex Theatre, Walt Disney Concert Hall and arts venues, community centers and schools throughout Los Angeles. Programs range from important commissions of new choral works to popular music performed with full productions.

GMCLA has spread its message of love and acceptance across the globe and has raised its collective voice in the struggle for equal rights, the AIDS crisis, marriage equality and for all those seeking to find their own voice. Working tirelessly to serve people of all ages, in particular youth, GMCLA’s arts and education programs have reached over 65,000 people.

Ernest H. Harrison, music director and conductor, is a doctoral candidate at USC and an accomplished choral vocalist, arranger and composer. Executive Director and Producer, Lou Spisto, served on GMCLA’s board from 2015 to 2018 and is a Tony-nominated producer and an arts administrator who has led several important organizations including The Old Globe and Pacific Symphony in Southern California. He holds an M.A. in arts management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

https://gmcla.org

Infinite Flow - An Inclusive Dance Co

Infinite Flow - An Inclusive Dance Co

Infinite Flow is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit and professional dance company composed of dancers with and without disabilities using dance to promote inclusion and innovation. Since 2015, Infinite Flow’s professional dancers have performed over 100 times, from school assemblies to corporate events with Apple, Facebook, Red Bull, Porsche Kaiser Permanente, Farmers Insurance, among others. The group’s dance videos have been viewed by over 75 million people on Facebook alone, and the company has been featured by NBC’s "The Today Show," ABC’s "Good Morning America," among other national and international media outlets. Infinite Flow was founded by Marisa Hamamoto, a professional dancer and stroke survivor who was temporarily paralyzed from the neck down as a college student. Amidst the pandemic, Infinite Flow produced "Scoops of Inclusion," a short film and learning platform celebrating differences and empowering kids to take part in creating a more inclusive world.

http://www.infiniteflowdance.org/

Jessica Fichot

Jessica Fichot

Accompanied by her accordion, toy piano and fiery band, Los Angeles-based chanteuse and songwriter Jessica Fichot draws from her multi-ethnic French, Chinese and American heritage to create an intoxicating, multilingual fusion of French chanson, Shanghai Jazz, gypsy swing and Folk.

With three acclaimed albums under her belt, Jessica has charmed audiences in China, Mexico, Canada and across the U.S. and Western Europe. Featuring scorching performances from her bandmates on clarinet/sax, upright bass and guitar, as well as her own beautiful, clear vocals in French, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and English, Fichot’s music is truly a dazzling trans-world journey.

Fichot is also an active composer, who has written hundreds of children’s songs for educational programs as well as music for many independent video games. Some of her original songs have also been featured in movies, TV shows and commercials. She is currently working on a new album, slated for an early 2021 release.

http://www.jessicasongs.com/

Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy

Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy

Acting as Korean cultural ambassadors, Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy provides an opportunity for students to not only learn dance, but also to learn more about Korean heritage. The group participates in various events in its neighboring communities and schools within Los Angeles County. With this participation, it hopes to share more about Korean culture and the art of dancing with the public.

https://www.koreandanceacademy.com

Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts

Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts

Kayamanan Ng Lahi is a folk arts and family-oriented organization providing opportunities for its members and audiences to learn and experience the richness and diversity of Philippine culture through dance, music and song. For three decades, the group has proudly continued its discovery of cultural heritage—building bridges between their lives in America and their ancestral home in the Philippines—with deep appreciation and with the intent to celebrate and honor.

Kayamanan's artistic approach begins with anthropological research derived from teachings and experiences shared by the group's cultural lineage and cultural bearers, resulting in a strong and appropriate translation between traditional folk and folkloric Philippine dance and music forms and styles...from the village to the stage. Noted for its extensive dance repertoire, costumes and Dayaw music ensemble, Kayamanan has received numerous accolades including an L.A. Times' description of one of the group's concerts as "...consistently exciting and a triumph of enlightened cultural preservation."

https://www.kayamanan.org

Lorenzo Johnson & Praizum

Lorenzo Johnson & Praizum

Lorenzo Johnson, songwriter, musician, teacher, minister and advocate for foster youth, was shaped by his own personal tragedy and loss. His passion leads him to stand on every platform with purpose, hoping to impact lives and make a difference with every word, note and melody. Lorenzo's heart was always beating to the rhythm of music. At a young age he was considered gifted, and his gifts and talents have made room for him in the gospel and mainstream industry. His musical diversity has allowed him to perform on live television, at various venues around the world as well as work on Grammy-nominated projects. He is most proud of the musical group he founded call PRAIZUM. The group uses his musical platform to bring awareness to social issues, arts education, foster youth advocacy and cancer awareness. He has been recognized as an agent of change by the mayor and city council members of Los Angeles and Carson, California. He has been quoted by the Los Angeles Times as an active advocate for the arts in education. Johnson currently serves as the youth pastor and minister of music at his local church. He also serves his community as a music teacher in South Los Angeles. Johnson is more focused than ever and hopes to leave his footprint on culture and history for Christ.

PRAIZUM was established in 2006 by Lorenzo Johnson Jr. with the purpose of harnessing the heart and soul of this generation through music. The members of PRAIZUM derive from a variety of churches across Southern California. The group’s original musical compositions cover an array of inspirational and positive music including hymns, traditional, contemporary, hip-hop, R&B, Christian & gospel. The group’s diversity sets it apart and gives it a unique ability to appeal to people from different walks of life.

PRAIZUM’s debut album "Life Support" is comprised of Christian, traditional and contemporary gospel music. Johnson’s own experience with his aunt and mother's diagnosis with multiple-sclerosis and breast cancer respectively was the inspiration behind the album’s title Life Support.

PRAIZUM also released a holiday projected entitled "Christmas Time" and, during the 2020 pandemic, release a new song entitled "He Is The Cure." The group is driven by its message of hope and plan to take that message beyond national borders. Look out for Minister Lorenzo Johnson & PRAIZUM as they let a hurting world know that there is a “Life Support.”

https://www.facebook.com/praizum

Noteable

Noteable

Based out of Citrus College, Noteable is a fun, quirky and diverse vocal quartet that has been sharing its love for a cappella harmonies since the group's creation in 2017. Noteable, then members of "The Citrus Singers" under the direction of Douglas Austin, began competing with the Barbershop Harmony Society and, by 2019, had received numerous awards including “2019 Most Entertaining Quartet” and “2019 Southwest Division Champions.” Three of the four members of the quartet also sing with the internationally renowned men's chorus The Masters of Harmony. Noteable is experienced in Barbershop, choral, and musical theater, and is guaranteed to make you smile.

https://www.citrusartsproductions.org

Pacifico Dance Company

Pacifico Dance Company

Pacifíco Dance Company was founded in 1992 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and reconstruction of classical and contemporary Mexican dance forms. Under the artistic direction of Adriana Astorga-Gainey, Pacifíco Dance Company has performed for audiences across the nation and internationally. Comprised of 40 accomplished dancers and musicians, the company prides itself on educating culturally diverse communities as well as providing Hispanic audiences with a forum for developing pride in their own heritage. These brilliant artists collaborate to present both traditional and innovative works that combine the essence of traditional styles with modern dance idioms.

Some of the most ambitious works include Frida Kahlo, the Legend of La Llorona, Salón México, Mictlan, Calacas Clandestinas and the Virgin of Guadalupe. Pre-Hispanic works from Concheros and traditional dances from Jalisco, Guerrero, Puebla, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Michoacan, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas and Veracruz round out the repertoire.

For six consecutive years the company performed at the prestigious Dance Kaleidoscope Summer Dance Festival in Los Angeles. The company has collaborated with several well-known musicians including Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez, Pablo Montero, Conjunto Jardin and Pepe Aguilar for live performances.

The company has performed at many venues throughout the Southwestern United States including Utah, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. Pacifico was also honored to perform in residence at the Kennedy Center in 2007. Local Southern California venues include The Carpenter Center in Long Beach, the Cerritos Performing Arts Center, the Redlands Bowl, The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Luckman Fine Arts Complex, The Getty Center and the Universal Amphitheatre. In 2001, Pacifíco Dance Company along with Mariachi Sol de Mexico made a historic visit to North Korea and the People's Republic of China as part of a cultural arts exchange.

In a conjunction with major partners like The Music Center, The Ford Amphitheatre and most recently The Orange County Performing Arts Center, Pacifico has been educating young children and adults all over the U.S., including the prestigious Kennedy Center. Pacifico's educational workshops provide students with an overview and further knowledge of all the rich components that make up the beautiful culture of Mexican Folklore.

TPacifíco has been recognized twice as part of the Irvine DanceMaker awards. Throughout its 20-year history, Pacifíco has put much emphasis on collaborations with educational organizations to produce performances for students from K-12.

https://www.pacificodanceco.org/

Palmdale High School Chamber Singers and Sunday Night Singers

Palmdale High School Chamber Singers and Sunday Night Singers

The Palmdale High School Chamber Singers are a select group of singers drawn from the 60 voice a cappella choir. They earned a reputation for excellence through regional, national, and international choral festivals and competitions scoring superior and gold level rankings. The group will be participating in the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales this summer. It is truly a wonderful opportunity to share our music.

In 2005 director Mike McCullough was asked to provide singers for a birthday party. He reached out to a few of his previous students to participate. The small group was a success and had fun singing together, so they stayed together. The name “Sunday Night Singers” (SNS) came naturally as they rehearsed on Sunday nights. Members have since come and gone as they began new chapters of their lives, but the ensemble continues to sing with a love and passion that has never changed. SNS now consists of a mix of 26 college students and young professionals who participate because they love singing together.

In 2005 director Mike McCullough was asked to provide singers for a birthday party. He reached out to a few of his previous students to participate. The small group was a success and had fun singing together, so they stayed together. The name “Sunday Night Singers” (SNS) came naturally as they rehearsed on Sunday nights. Members have since come and gone as they began new chapters of their lives, but the ensemble continues to sing with a love and passion that has never changed. SNS now consists of a mix of 26 college students and young professionals who participate because they love singing together.

http://www.thesundaynightsingers.com/

Our Lady of the Angels Children’s Chorus

Our Lady of the Angels Children’s Chorus

The Our Lady of the Angel's Children's Chorus is comprised of members of Immaculate Heart of Mary School and Precious Blood School Children's Choir. They are 2nd to 8th grade students and alumni of two Catholic schools from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The choir has performed in several children’s choir festivals and concerts including performances at the Canterbury Cathedral in London UK, Vatican in Rome, Carnegie Hall in New York, The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, to name a few.

Rangoli Dance Company

Rangoli Dance Company

Rangoli Dance Company features ‘Bharatanatyam’, the vibrant dance form that has its origins in South India. Drawing from the myth and spirituality of the cultural heritage, Artistic Directors Malathi Iyengar and Lakshmi Iyengar create dance landscapes that dwell in both the traditional and secular, and rhythm and stillness. The dances convey a sense of reverence and mystery, and are offered in the spirit of universal celebration.

https://rangoli.org/

Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca

Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca

Ricardo Lemvo has established himself as a pioneer with his innovative music. His blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with Pan-African styles (soukous, Angolan semba and kizomba) has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “seamless and infectious.

Lemvo hails from São Salvador Do Congo (M'Banza-Kongo), Zaire in Northern Angola. He grew up in Congo-Kinshasa where he was introduced to Cuban music by a cousin who owned a large collection of vintage Cuban LPs. Lemvo came to the U.S. more than 30 years ago to pursue a law degree but ended up devoting his life to music

Lemvo is the embodiment of the Afro-Latin Diaspora which connects back to Mother Africa via the Cuban clave rhythm. He is truly multi-cultural and equally at home singing in Spanish, Portuguese, Kimbundu, Turkish, Lingala and Kikongo.

http://makinaloca.com

Sean Oliu and The Coastline Cowboys

Sean Oliu and The Coastline Cowboys

Sean Oliu is a prolific young singer, songwriter, musician and actor from Southern California. Sean fell in love with country music as a young boy when his grandfather introduced him to the great Country music legends. Ever since then, Oliu has been intertwining country with the influences of Blues, and early Rock n’ Roll to form his own unique musical style. Oliu’s broad appeal led him to become the youngest Mouseketeer on the digital-first variety program “Club Mickey Mouse.” In 2013, at the age of 11, he advanced out of a pool of over 6500 invited contestants to be one of six finalists on the NBC/Telemundo program La Voz Kids (the Spanish version of The Voice).

Oliu opened for Rachel Patten at the “VH1 Save The Music Holiday Concert” and was selected to record and perform the title tracks “Remember Me” and “Un Poco Loco” (from the movie Coco) with Anthony Gonzalez. He was thrilled to open for Leanne Rimes on her You and Me Christmas Tour. Hhe recently returned from Nashville where he had the honor to perform at the legendary Bluebird Café, the original Basement, and to record and write with some of Country music’s leading artists. Oliu’s talents have opened the door to collaborations with many other talented musicians and to a current partnership with Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Darrell Brown. Oliu was most recently humbled to be awarded the 2020 O.C. Artist of the Year.

When he isn’t collaborating with other artists, Oliu enjoys playing all around the Southland with his three-piece country music band – Sean Oliu and The Coastline Cowboys. Because of his belief in the power of music, he started Kids Giving Back, a non-profit and fundraiser, to support music in schools. As of this year Kids Giving Back has raised over $50,000.

https://seanoliu.com

Sound of China Guzheng Ensemble

Sound of China Guzheng Ensemble

The Sound of China Guzheng Ensemble (SOCGE) was formed by a group of guzheng lovers in 2006. The ensemble is a non-profit organization with the goal to promote guzheng music through public performances. Under the direction of Professor Cynthia Hsiang, ensemble members include professional guzheng players such as Cookie Zhao, gold medalist from the National Youth Fine Arts Competition; Audry Zeng, gold medalist from China's New Star on Arts Competition; and Luffy Ling, award winner from the National College Arts Competition. Other members of the ensemble are mostly well reputed guzheng musicians and teachers.

SOCGE regularly gives performances in the Greater Los Angeles area as well as abroad. In 2012, the group hosted the Sound of Asia series to promote and share all types of Asian guzheng music. In 2013 and 2017, SOCGEwas invited to perform at the Chinese Guzheng Arts Conference in Yangzhou. In 2016, the ensemble hosted an international guzheng exchange concert inviting guzheng musicians around the world to perform in Los Angeles; that year the ensemble was also invited to perform in Hong Kong and Taiwan. In 2017, SOCGE produced its first Sound of China Guzheng Ensemble album, Melodies of Zheng, in the United States. In 2019, the group was invited to perform at the Malaysia Guzheng Festival

https://www.chinesezither.net/pages/sound-of-china-guzheng-ensemble

Southern California Brass Consortium

Southern California Brass Consortium

Founded in 2013, the Southern California Brass Consortium (SCBC) grew out of the desire to form a large, professional brass ensemble that performs challenging, yet accessible music. In seven short years, SCBC has established itself as one of the Southland’s preeminent performing ensembles. In addition to having an annual concert series, SCBC is also a sought-after ensemble for performances at major theaters and community events.

The 25+ member group performs a wide range of compositions and styles. SCBC not only includes diverse talented brass players and percussionists, but also highly skilled arrangers and composers. Additionally, SCBC strives to present both new compositions and new arrangements of works by local and national composers. SCBC has premiered 11 new works by young, upcoming composers.

The goal of the SCBC is to share the exhilarating spirit of brass ensemble music through high-quality concerts, recordings and educational outreach.

https://www.socalbrass.org

The Yuko Mabuchi Trio

The Yuko Mabuchi Trio

Yuko Mabuchi started playing piano at age four in her hometown of Fukui, Japan. As a teenager, American R&B, Hip-Hop and Blues fascinated her. After hearing the music of some of the jazz greats, she fell in love with this style and after high school began her study of jazz piano. She was soon performing locally as a soloist and as a member of a local jazz trio.

In 2010, Yuko bypassed a scholarship to Berklee School of Music and traveled to Los Angeles to further her studies at the Music Performance Academy. While there she had the opportunity to perform at some of L.A.’s top venues.

Yuko Mabuchi started playing piano at age four in her hometown of Fukui, Japan. As a teenager, American R&B, Hip-Hop and Blues fascinated her. After hearing the music of some of the jazz greats, she fell in love with this style and after high school began her study of jazz piano. She was soon performing locally as a soloist and as a member of a local jazz trio.

Returning to Japan in 2013, she performed with her trio until returning to the U.S. in 2016 and has continued to develop a reputation as a “virtuoso pianist who is extremely entertaining and exciting to watch.”

Yuko has released five CDs: Waves (Vista Records, 2011) My Life (Vista Records, 2014) collections of original compositions. The Yuko Mabuchi Trio (Yarlung Records, 2017) were recorded live and was followed up by an award-winning fourth project Tribute To Miles (Yarlung Records, 2019). YUKO is the 2020 release on (Vista Records).

https://yukomabuchi.com

The Opera Company at LACHSA

The Opera Company at LACHSA

The Opera Company at LACHSA (TOC@LACHSA) is the only high school opera company in the nation that performs a season with orchestra. Since 1993, TOC@LACHSA's mission is to provide an environment of practical performance experience in opera and classical musical theatre. Instruction is tailored to nurture and support the high school voice in all aspects of performance techniques.

Presented as a daily part of LACHSA's high school curriculum, students are selected by audition and follow a traditional public high school academic plan and a conservatory-style training program. Operas are done multi-lingually with a nod to social justice, universal messaging and community engagement. TOC@LACHSA strives to prepare its students for university/conservatory acceptance or entrance to the professional stage in an atmosphere of academic and artistic integrity that nurtures creativity and professionalism. LACHSA is a tuition-free public high school.

https://www.lachsa.net

Tres Souls

Yuval Ron Ensemble

Tres Souls, comprised of members Roberto Carlos, Jesús Martínez and Rocio Libertad Mendoza represent a revival of trio romántico, music. They relive the vintage sounds and songs of the 1940s -1960s Bolero style that was popularized during the golden era of Mexican cinema. Tres Souls create a festive and nostalgic celebration. They offer their own unique interpretation of this timeless sound, interspersed with bilingual renditions, bridging the borders between their past and present.

Tres Souls performs around the greater Los Angeles area. The groups past performances include: The Broad Stage’s original cultural educational musical called Musical Explorers, Air BnB Open Spotlight, MOLAA, Metro Arts Presents at Union Station, Plaza De Cultura Y Artes, Rosenthal Theater, Casa 0101, KPFK, KXLU, at the Walt Disney Studios for the premier of Coco the movie, The 59th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration on PBS SoCal and recently for the MUSCO Heartbeat of Mexico at Chapman University (virtual concert)

Tres Souls is dedicated to the preservation of Bolero music and released their EP album in February 2019, which includes original songs and classic bolero tunes.

https://www.tressouls.com

Versa-Style Dance Company

Versa-Style Dance Company

For over 15 years, Versa-Style Dance Company has promoted the empowerment, artistry and value of Hip Hop and street dance culture through full-length Hip Hop dance theater productions, educational performances and deeply rooted community-building work in the barrios of Los Angeles. Founded in 2005 by L.A. natives Jackie “Miss Funk” Lopez and Leigh “Breeze-Lee” Foaad, the two havebeen guest choreographers for Santa Monica College, L.A. Valley College, Columbia College in Chicago, University of Nevada at Las Vegas and University of Utah. Lopez and Foaad served as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. through the Arts Envoy Cultural Exchange Program in which they were able to perform, teach and lecture in countries such as Israel, Egypt, India, Dominican Republic and Colombia. They danced and won numerous competitive titles in countries such as Korea, Italy, Canada and France. In addition, the two choreographers’ story takes center stage in the documentary Furious Beauty. Recently, Lopez and Foaad were awarded a Lester Horton Artist Appreciation Award presented by the Dance Resource Center in June 2015. Currently, they are both adjunct lecturers for UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures/Dance department teaching Hip Hop dance technique.

https://versastyledance.org