Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 7th - Music and Art in the Studio


(and Potluck Party)
@ Alexey Steele Grand Atelier  @ 8 p.m.




A friend of Brahms said of his Clarinet Trio, "It is as though the instruments were in love with each other."  We can hear this romance for ourselves as  Uriel Vanchestein (clarinet), Evgeny Tonkha (cello), and Clara Cheng (piano) perform Brahms' Trio in A minor, op. 114.

We are excited to welcome the distinguished pianist and newly minted UCLA professor Inna Faliks to Los Angeles and Classical Underground, performing Beethoven's rarely heard Fantasy op. 77 (watch a video teaser here:  http://vimeo.com/36656346) and Rodion Shchedrin's brawny Basso Ostinato.

Our great friends of CU, violinist Moni Simeonov and pianist Pepi Pilobossian, return to play a movement of the glorious Franck Sonata and some rustic Bulgarian tunes, which he plays with an authentic and irresistible spirit like no else.

Young but already veteran performer Nicholas King continues his CU exploration of Liszt with the titanic Sonata in B minor, one of the touchstones of the virtuoso piano repertoire.
 
     
 As always - bring your spirits, food and drink for you and your friends to enjoy.  



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We are most grateful to our supportive friends at


for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument
Model D, CD-551. 

Steinway  
       
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Classical Underground Showcase 
Leonid Steele
and the Russian Academic Legacy
  
 
Having spent the last two weeks with my Dad in the hospital made me appreciate even more so what a fortune it is to have such a true giant among us. We talked about his days in the famed Repin Academy and about some key principles that made the school so incredibly strong.

The very particular and specific approach to seeing and comprehending the form that was developed through intense drawing study of the figure allowed its best students a remarkable stylistic versatility in painting evident throughout my Dad's illustrious career.

Those principles are more relevant than ever today as we witness the incredible resurgence, even if still underground, of a serious realism in the contemporary American Art.
It is a unique privilege to be part of such institutional memory.
 
  
   
     
      
                             
directions to my "Grand Atelier" studio:  


please note that for convenience of cars not passing by while you are hanging outside, you will be entering from the first gate of the property on your left immediately before the building with columns begins, not second gate as before, then proceed to the big parking lot and walk into our building in the corner of Torrance and Main. 

405 South to the Harbor 110 South towards San Pedro; Exit Torrance Blvd., Turn Left at the Stop sign; Turn Left on Torrance Blvd /next light/; Continue pass Figueroa Ave, pass Carson Town Center North; 200 yards before next light /which is Main street/ make Left into a driveway to a large parking lot  and proceed to your right. Please note that the gate next to CU will be closed for safety.  The entrance is from the parking lot. The building is on the corer of Main and Torrance. 20795 Main St. Carson, Ca 90745
           

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

February 17th - Music and Arts in the Studio


(and Potluck Party)



With the sudden arrival of 80 degree temperatures, Spring has sprung early in LA, and what better way to celebrate it than with a bit of the Rite of Spring at Classical Underground!

The outstanding piano duo of Danny Holt and Steven Vanhauwaert will perform excerpts from Stravinsky's own 4 hand arrangements of Rite of Spring and Petrushka as well as the first movements of Ginastera's Estancia and Poulenc's four hand piano sonata.

The joyous and surprisingly subtle sound of four saxes in harmony will be on display as the City of Angels Saxophone Quartet performs a Bach fugue and the Glazunov Saxophone Quartet, infused with shades of jazz, Chopin and Schumann as the composer himself once wrote.

Already a veteran performer as he studies for his doctorate at USC, the fine young cellist Michael Kaufman returns to CU with Melody Chang on violin and Brendan White on piano to play the Brahms C Minor Piano Trio.  Clarinetist Benjamin Mitchell will also join Michael for "Capriole" by the contemporary Finnish composer Kimmo Hakola.
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Last year in his surprise CU debut as a last-minute replacement, pianist Anton Smirnoff received a thunderous ovation for his virtuosic account of the piano solo version of Petrushka. Now we will get to hear his gentler side in Mozart's Fantasia in C Minor, K. 475.

 As always - bring your spirits, food and drink for you and your friends to enjoy.  

 


We are sold out! 



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We are most grateful to our supportive friends at
for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument
Model D, CD-587.
  

Steinway  
        

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Classical Underground Showcase 
Sergio Sanchez  

There is so much treasure in our own communities that is fueling and propelling our burgeoning and growing art movement! It is a great pleasure to have as our CU Showcase a distinct contemporary figurative artist, a great friend, and a local San Pedro brother-in-brush Sergio Sanchez.

Sergio is a well-recognized and much loved by his peers part of our awesome LA figurative gang, who is bringing together experiences of LA and his native Mexico. Fusing those experiences with his solid traditional art education as well as his background in illustration, Sergio brings it all together in a volatile and vibrant mix with his well-respected and followed tattoo work, as well as his long fascination with graffiti designs, all of which drives the stylistic and visual choices in his painting.

Sergio's work is always noted at many exhibitions, and it has gained the attention of specialized art magazines as well as media publications.  He is currently teaching the crucial subject of head and figure drawing at such southland important art educational hubs as Art Center School of Design (Pasadena, California), Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art (Van Nuys, California), Laguna College of art and design (Laguna Beach, California), and he is a fellow member of the venerable California Art Club.  

Way to go, brother!
 


directions to my "Grand Atelier" studio:  


please note that for convenience of cars not passing by while you are hanging outside, you will be entering from the first gate of the property on your left immediately before the building with columns begins, not second gate as before, then proceed to the big parking lot and walk into our building in the corner of Torrance and Main.
 


405 South to the Harbor 110 South towards San Pedro; Exit Torrance Blvd., Turn Left at the Stop sign; Turn Left on Torrance Blvd /next light/; Continue pass Figueroa Ave, pass Carson Town Center North; 200 yards before next light /which is Main street/ make Left into a driveway to a large parking lot  and proceed to your right. Please note that the gate next to CU will be closed for safety.  The entrance is from the parking lot. The building is on the corer of Main and Torrance. 20795 Main St. Carson, Ca 90745


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

RSVP now for Holiday Night Music & Art in the Studio - Dec. 9

The online RSVP are now closed.

Holiday Night  

this coming Monday,
December 9 @ 8 p.m.  
Dress warm! It is Winter time in the studio!


Music &Arts in the Studio 


For the holidays, we have a program full of the cheer of good friends, the warmth of some of our favorite composers' most beautiful music, and the spice of a new vision combining art and fashion.

Classical Underground regulars and "60 Minutes" viewers are familiar with the wonderful talent of Rex Lewis Clack.  We are delighted that Rex will join us to perform a Chopin Nocturne and Rachmaninoff prelude - a little sampler in advance of the big fundraiser that he is performing (with Gabriela Montero) on December 15 at Hollywood Forever to benefit RexandFriends.org. You can read more about it (and see a Science Channel documentary) in a piece written by another dear friend of CU, Sam McElroy, who is one of Rex's teachers: The Genius Next Door.


Boris Andrianov and Liza Andrianova 
We are also happy to present for the first time at CU the rising Trio CĂ©leste -- artists-in-residence at UC Irvine, and soon to be the Trio of the Grand Canyon!   Consisting of Iryna Krechkovsky on violin, Ross Gasworth on cello, and Kevin Kwan Loucks on piano, they will perform one of Dvorak's greatest works, the Dumky Trio.

Adding some vocal sparkle, the gifted prize-winning soprano Jennifer Lindsay will perform a selection of opera arias accompanied on piano by the esteemed Mary Au.

Our great CU favorite Eduardo Delgado will bring Joy to the Steinway keyboard with the beautiful Barcarolle of Chopin, some sunny Scarlatti sonatas, and a tango by his compatriot, Piazzolla.


 
And in a Classical Underground first, we will experience the collision of fashion and art as designed by Victor Wilde for his unique sartorial conception, The Bohemian Society. As we suggest each year, it would be a lovely gesture if you could bring an unwrapped toy to place under our Christmas tree; the good souls of the next door church will see to it that these gifts give some cheer to local children who aren't living in the merriest of circumstances.  




Please RSVP via Paypal on the top of the post


  

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We are most grateful to our supportive friends at


for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument. 
  

Steinway  
        


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Classical Underground Showcase 
Scott Burdick  


One of the defining features in the resurgent contemporary realist movement in America - or what I call NOVOREALISM - is a remarkable camaraderie among its leading members.

A perfect representation of this uplifting bond is a painting by a great living master and friend, Scott Burdick.  It depicts another great contemporary painter and comrade, NOVOREALIST Tony Pro, as well as a distinct artist and important LA art teacher Vadim Zang - both friends of CU and themselves subjects of our showcases.  If that is not enough, the painting depicts the most incredible bi-coastal get together of our art gang right in my studio while we all painted another great contemporary painter and friend, Jeremy Lipking, as our model.  As deeply personal as Art is, it is still a collective life form - it is born in solitude, but grows in a pack!

It is a distinct pleasure and privilege to welcome as our CU Artist Showcase Scott Burdick, a true artist of strength and reason, just as outspoken in his views as he is tenacious with his brush. Art figures like Scott are what make this stage in the development of contemporary visual art such an exciting place.
   

Scott Burdick 
Scott Burdick: "Artists in a studio" oil on canvas 
                                           

Monday, October 14, 2013

Accepting the reservations for October 21st - we are sold out!

Dear friends,

We are sold out for tonight!
To the lucky attendees - this is a reminder that we open the doors at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m.  This is a potluck event - please bring the foods and drinks you would enjoy and share with your old and new friends!

For the directions, please read the posting below.  See you tonight!




Saturday, October 12, 2013

Opening Season - October 21st - Program Announcement

For our first program of the new season, we welcome two interesting and accomplished newcomers to Classical Underground, along with some exceptionally talented CU regulars.

Uriel Vanchestein is a composer, conductor and outstanding clarinetist (and already a veteran of the wonderful Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland). Alex Slobodyanik, whose debut recroding with EMI Classic made rave reviews, has performed at the Royal Festival Hall and the Wigmore Hall in London, New York's Lincoln Center and the Carnegie Hall, to name a few. Uriel will perform one of his own works with the fine cellist Evgenny Tonkha, and these two will join Alex for the delightful Clarinet Trio of young Beethoven. Going solo, Alex will play a selection of Rachmaninoff Preludes.

Evgenny Tonkha will also play the Chaconne of Vitali, with Diana Volman on piano. We are also fortunate to have two local orchestra stars, cellist Armen Ksajikian (of the LA Chamber Orchestra), and violinist Radu Pieptea (of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and New West Symphony) returning to CU and joining forces for some Handel, Gliere, Sousa (minus the tubas!) and more. And CU super-virtuoso Harout Senekeremian will tackle the Rachmaninoff Piano Sonata #2.

Please RSVP via Paypal in the post above.
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We are most grateful to our supportive friends at Steinway Piano Gallery West Hollywood for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument.
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Classical Underground Showcase: Juliette Aristides 


With the remarkable advances during the last fifty years of feminist causes and changes within society, we see an incredible and perhaps historically unparalleled outburst of women's creative and productive force within every area of human endeavor, particularly in visual ART.

One of the leading and inspiring voices within the world of Classical Visual Art is Juliette Aristides. A prominent painter of evocative work, she possesses a rare form of passionate intelligence, and is the influential, intellectually probing author of four important books on traditional studio practice and classical drawing. A prominent ART educator, she is one of the leading advocates of a growing Atelier movement that is filling the void left by the inability of most accredited academic institutions to provide young talents with a choice of ART education based on the classical tradition. She was an original member of the Water Street Atelier and currently teaches at the Seattle Academy of Fine Art, where she founded the award winning Classical Atelier Program.

It is our honor and privilege to showcase this remarkable woman - artist and friend.
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please remember, this is a private party, not a public event
directions to my "Grand Atelier" studio:  

DO NOT use google maps - as they give you the wrong location!!!

please note that for convenience of cars not passing by while you are hanging outside, you will be entering from the first gate of the property on your left immediately before the building with columns begins, not second gate as before, then proceed to the big parking lot and walk into our building in the corner of Torrance and Main.
 


405 South to the Harbor 110 South towards San Pedro; Exit Torrance Blvd., Turn Left at the Stop sign; Turn Left on Torrance Blvd /next light/; Continue pass Figueroa Ave, pass Carson Town Center North; 200 yards before next light /which is Main street/ make Left into a driveway to a large parking lot  and proceed to your right. Please note that the gate next to CU will be closed for safety.  The entrance is from the parking lot. The building is on the corer of Main and Torrance. 20795 Main St. Carson, Ca 90745
 


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A Hot New Season after a Hot Summer at CU

Opening Season
Music & Art + potluck party

We are happy to announce our new  
Hot Season after a Hot Summer
Save the date!  
 
Monday, October 21, 2013

Look for the email invitation next week,
or check back our website   
 
                           
Please also check your bulk folder, as many of you reported that you are not getting our emails.  We email everyone on the list!

 
 
 
    Trio

Monday, May 20, 2013

May Night Music & Art + Potluck Party this coming Monday, the 20th

Dear friends, For our last Classical Underground gathering of the season, we present an evening featuring the art of the transcription in both contemporary and classic form. Whether created as a way to bring great works to a wider audience and variety of instruments or as a flashy statement of impressive virtuosity -- or both at the same time! -- transcriptions are an entertaining test of the skills of both the composer/arranger and the musician tasked with bringing to life the spirit of the original out of daunting fistfuls of notes.


In the case of our great CU friend Jura Margulis, the arranger and performer are one and the same. Carrying on a long tradition of piano virtuosi, Jura will perform his own transcriptions of Bach and Puccini, along with transcriptions by Liszt (of Saint-Saens) and Busoni (of Bach).


LA native and CU newcomer Nicholas King will perform Liszt's highly diverting and difficult piano "concert paraphrase" of Verdi's opera Rigoletto.


Making his CU debut, Sidney Hopson will perform his transcription of Libertango by Astor Piazzolla he made for solo marimba.


Carrying on the tradition for the violin, Mark Kashper of the LA Philharmonic accompanied on piano by fellow CU favorite Kanae Matsumoto will perform a few pieces that he will announce "on stage", which most likely will include some transcriptions as well!

Also on the program, not just the re-working of old tunes, but some completely original new compositions:


Coming back to CU as a soloist, pianist/composer Georgi Slavchev will perform a selection of his original etudes, boldly alongside etudes of Chopin.


And CU regulars Victor de Almeida (viola) and Harout Senekeremian (piano) will perform "Hatzlacha Rabbah!!!" by the young LA composer George "Nick" Gianopoulos...which translated from Hebrew means "Too much success!!!"... something we wish for all of our CU family, performers and audience alike!(!!)

An ART Movement Beyond a “Look”:
Daniel Pinkham, Christopher Pugliese 

We are fortunate to be of a generation to witness the emergence of a true movement within the broadly diverse world of contemporary ART. In the ART of our time. Genuine ART movements are rare. They happen every 30 – 40 years, the last one being post-modernism which formed in the 1970s.
Daniel W. Pinkham “Dawn’s Peace” 40 X 60 oil, private collection

Realism as a general world view never went away throughout the exhilarating parade of the avant-garde in the last century. Yet, never before has it been as wide-ranging in its appeal to rebellious young talents, turning into a platform for drastic rethinking of all pre-positions and accepted wisdoms of the current cultural establishment -- all while definitely, deliberately and doggedly working on re-shaping and shifting the very foundations of our visual perception, striving to reach the core of our human ability to relate to and to judge the world around us according to our own day’s levels of sensibility.

In this gutsy, non-conformist and intuitive drive the New Humanistic Realism of the first quarter of the 21st century assumes the peculiar and much unexpected qualities of a new “avant-garde.”

Real movements are marked by commonalities of visual language and based on over-reaching visual philosophies beyond any specific or trendy “look.” Resurging Realism as a form of serious contemporary artistic expression is maturing into a stylistically wide-ranging art form of today that is snugly fits this definition. If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck it is highly unlikely to be Argentinosaurus.

In the theoretical and practical void left by a winding down (according to many un-ignorable observers) post-modernism (some think it ended at the beginning of 21st century), the emergence of such a new movement was all but inevitable as well as exciting for participating in, studying and experiencing. It is like living in the Paris of 1913 all over again.
Christopher Pugliese “Twelve to One” 1998 44” X 57” oil, private collection

Case in point, what appears to be the vastly different work of two great contemporary masters: the influential Los Angeles painter Daniel Pinkham and noted New York painter Christopher Pugliese.

On first look these exciting artists represent almost an opposing approach, yet both are in fact the shiny sides of a singular coin. Using different visual linguistics, they share an over-riding visual purpose, philosophy and worldview. Both are striving for tonal unity and harmony as well as seriousness of visual content and complex executional sophistication of form.

Their mastered and much rarefied ability to handle close tonalities in perceiving dimensional mass empower both, Chris’s academic approach in describing infinite variety of Form while opening Dan’s infinite possibility of Color.

Both are coming together visually to give a specific way of somber and penetrating contemplation of reality from a very species-centered point of view. Certainly not your grandma’s realism.
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We are most grateful to our supportive friends at Steinway Piano Gallery West Hollywood, Downtown and Pasadena for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument!


 Online Reservation is not closed.
Our address is 20795 Main Street, Carson, CA 90745.  Entrance is from the parking lot.

important organizational stuff


please notice the start time - the doors open @ 7 pm, the music starts @ 8 pm.    
Your Paypal payment is your RSVP - please bring the confirmation with you.  

our seating is limited; bringing folding chairs just in case is helpful even with the extra chairs we have. 

no flash photography during performance 
as it distracts musicians.
no audio or video-recording without permission 
due to copyright.  

please do not talk, eat or drink during performance
please be careful with anything that makes sound, like bottles - remember, musicians play and we record.
please dress according to the weather as it might get rather chilly in the studio on a cold night or it might stay fairly warm on a hot night.

potluck after-party request

there is a potluck after-party, so please bring along enough GOOD FOOD and BOOZE
  
(good meaning the one you'd actually like to have and if everyone brings enough of it individually, then there is enough to share) as this proves to be a fabulous component of our "part-cert" or "cons-arty" and, well, much in demand as there are more people now than food .


please remember, this is a private party, not a public event
directions to my "Grand Atelier" studio:  

DO NOT use google maps - as they give you the wrong location!!!

please note that for convenience of cars not passing by while you are hanging outside, you will be entering from the first gate of the property on your left immediately before the building with columns begins, not second gate as before, then proceed to the big parking lot and walk into our building in the corner of Torrance and Main.
 


405 South to the Harbor 110 South towards San Pedro; Exit Torrance Blvd., Turn Left at the Stop sign; Turn Left on Torrance Blvd /next light/; Continue pass Figueroa Ave, pass Carson Town Center North; 200 yards before next light /which is Main street/ make Left into a driveway to a large parking lot  and proceed to your right. Please note that the gate next to CU will be closed for safety.  The entrance is from the parking lot. The building is on the corer of Main and Torrance. 20795 Main St. Carson, Ca 90745