Los Angeles Electric 8

Music by Griffes, Harrison and Hood

With special guest:
Peni Candra Rini, vocals

Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Cost: Free; no reservations required.

In this unprecedented concert, guitar octet Los Angeles Electric 8 welcomes Javanese vocalist Peni Candra Rini for her U.S. debut. As the shimmering overtones of the electric guitar orchestra adorn Rini’s soulful voice, the artists find inspiration in each other’s vibrant musical traditions. Featuring music by Charles T. Griffes, Lou Harrison and Mantle Hood, the program encompasses a century of American composers whose life’s work found spiritual connection to the subtle melodies and complex rhythms of Indonesia.

Beyond re-imagining the traditional, the classically-trained guitarists of Los Angeles Electric 8 are devoted to playing new music and revealing their instrument’s versatile potential. The group includes Hugo Aguayo, Philip Graulty, Chelsea Green, Marc Nimoy and Felix Salazar on guitars; JohnPaul Trotter on baritone guitar; Kai Kurosawa on bass guitar; and Tom Farrell on mandolin. With a repertoire that spans the late Renaissance to the present day, their fresh perspective on sacred music is nothing short of electrifying.

Peni Candra Rini is one of few vocalists in Indonesia who performs sindhen, a female solo accompanist to a gamelan orchestra. As a teacher in Java, she is strongly committed to preserving the musical traditions of her country. Rini is currently in-residence at the California Institute of the Arts on a six-month grant from the Asian Cultural Council.

Presented and sponsored by Sundays Live at LACMA.

Cost: Free; no reservations required.