Tuesday, March 29, 2016

April 4th Music and the Art in the Studio

Online reservations are now closed.  We will sell a few tickets at the door - cash only.

April Night  

this coming Monday, the 4th @ 8 p.m. 


Music & Arts in the Studio  

@ Alexey Steele Grand Atelier  
We are excited to present once again the sensational soprano Delaram Kamareh in a program of Baroque splendor, featuring gorgeous arias by Alessandro Scarlatti, Bach and Handel - including "Let the Bright Seraphim," which royal watchers will indelibly remember from the wedding of Charles and Diana.  A highlight of each of these works is the virtuosic trumpet part, performed here by Jonah Levy in his CU debut, with the impeccable Georgi Slavchev providing the continuo on piano. Delaram is rescheduled from October, when her second CU appearance unfortunately conflicted with her demanding and highly praised role in the acclaimed opera "Hopscotch," in which Jonah also performed. Delaram will reprise her stratospheric soloist role in Tan Dun's Water Passion with the LA Master Chorale at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago in June, while Jonah will soon be leaving LA to join the Auckland Philharmonia as Associate Principal Trumpet...but we are delighted to have them here with us now!  



From Delaram's CU debut:


Delaram Kamareh 
Delaram Kamareh


Making her Classical Underground debut, the Moscow-based violin virtuoso Asya Sorshneva will perform the rarely heard Schumann Fantasy op. 131 - only slightly more familiar in its original orchestral form, but here performed with no less than LA piano hero Steven Vanhauwaert, who will also play some solo Schumann for us.  Together they will also play a movement from John Adams' Road Movies, which Adams describes as "an easy drive through an imagined landscape."

James Hodges returns with Pepi Pilibossian on piano to perform Carl Maria von Weber's Concertino for Clarinet, one of the earliest works for the instrument that pushes a wide virtuosic range and proceeds to a rollicking finish.

And returning after their fun four-hand piano debut in November, USC's Hung-Tao Lin and Daniel Linder will perform the Barcarolle, Scherzo, Theme russe, and Valse from Rachmaninov's Six four hand pieces, Op. 11.
   
As always - bring your spirits, food and drink for you and your friends to enjoy. 

    


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Classical Underground Showcase 
Alicia Ponzio and Justin Hess        
   

   


Classical Underground is happy to welcome two formidable emissaries of the rich contemporary representational talent of San Francisco.
Alicia Ponzio, returning to Classical Underground, is one of my absolute favorite visual artists of our time. True sculptors are as rare as rare gets and Alicia's works are exquisite. Her extraordinarily manifested, real and raw Form Sense combined with authentically expressive gesture gives the use of the human figure as visual language its true soul.  It represents  everything I prize the most across all classical visual platforms - painting, drawing or sculpture. Like in any serious Art, her viscerally modeled material does not imitate life, but re-creates it in her given medium. Her every new work only reinforces my opinion, fully satisfying the sense and thought  and makes us crave to see more. A true High Art indeed. We are extremely fortunate that Alicia is bringing to Classical Underground the debut of two figures from her most recent work, The Echo Chamber. Enjoy and study it!

 

"Moonlight Sonata, Portrait of the Artist's Father", Oil on Linen, 52" x 60"
Justin Hess, making his first CU showcase, is following in the footsteps of the Classical Realism School of the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, where he studied for six years. In San Francisco he operates a popular private teaching atelier, JHess Studio, and shows at the prestigious John Pence Gallery. Justin brings his love and knowledge of the classicist techniques and methods into a group of paintings depicting the introspective moments of music making. One of the works adeptly captures his father in the intimate setting of music reading with his guitar.  Love of Music and Art is what unites us all and makes our vivacious friend a natural Undergrounder. Paintings, sculpture, music - can't get much better than that!
   
in ART we trust!
   The doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m.  Unassigned seating.  Potluck.  Directions and address are below:

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 23, 2016

Our March Music & Art Event is on Tuesday - March 1st

Online reservations are now closed.
March Night  

this coming Tuesday, the 1st @ 8 p.m. 

Please note - as an exception it is a Tuesday!
Music& Arts in the Studio  

         



After a longer than usual holiday break owing to a worse than usual cold and flu season, we are happy to be back this coming TUESDAY with a trio of fantastic musicians.  


Longtime Classical Undergrounders no doubt remember the previous performances of the amazing cellist Boris Andrianov, a true master of everything from Bach to Sollima who has played in concert halls around the world and with the greatest names in classical and contemporary music.  When he is not on tour, Boris can be found teaching at the Moscow Conservatory, but luckily for us he is in Los Angeles this week.  He will be performing works of Bach, Piazzolla, de Falla, Tarrega, and Albeniz, as well as duos with guitarist Dimitri Illarionov - an acclaimed virtuoso in his own right and teacher at the famed Gnessin School in Moscow.  Making his CU debut, Dimitri will also perform a selection of solo guitar works.

Boris Andrianov 
Also for the first time at Classical Underground we are very pleased to welcome pianist Nadia Shpachenko, whose latest CD "Woman at the New Piano" was nominated for 3 (!) Grammys this year.  Particularly renowned for contemporary works, Nadia has given the premiere performances of piano pieces by many of the greatest living composers, some written especially for her.

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



       Please RSVP via Paypal at the top of this invitation. Online reservations are now closed.

  

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Classical Underground Showcase 
   JEREMY LIPKING   
   

   
"Between Past and Present" oil on linen 40" x 60"
Classical Underground is proud to showcase "Between Past and Present," a new important painting by Jeremy Lipking -- one of the greatest painters of our generation, and a longtime Undergrounder.
It is an utter joy to witness the continuous development of Jeremy's extraordinary talent. He invariably pushes the expressive possibilities of the painting medium with his exceptional hyper-understanding of tonal subtleties, manifested in the delicate color transitions within any value range, and superbly shaped into clear harmonies of compositional masses.  
In this new masterful painting completed for the upcoming Prix De West show and which we are fortunate to preview at Classical Underground, Jeremy is displaying  an unmistakable artistic maturing of subject matter, thematic depth, technical execution and compositional design. 
In Jeremy's new works we see magnificent examples of exciting  developments in the use of 21st century realism as a tool of deeply personal contemporary artistic expression.  This emerging form of realism that I call Novorealism is drastically different from photorealism of the past in its mechanisms and objectives, as well as standing in direct opposition to all basic principles of tired establishment post-modernism, which by now has primarily degraded to not much more than manifested excuses for hyper-greed. 
It is exciting to see LA on the forefront of the artistic search in the first quarter of the 21st century, as part of a multi - threaded tapestry within newly pluralistic and rich contemporary expression. 
in ART we trust!

 

                   The doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m.  Unassigned seating.  Potluck.  Directions and address are below:

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 8, 2015

Our December Holiday Music & Arts Even and Annual Toy Drive



Online reservations are now closed. Dress warm! It is winter time in the studio!

December Holiday Night  

this coming Monday, the 14th @ 8 p.m.  

Music & Arts in the Studio

Annual Toy Drive and Potluck Party
   


  
We have a beautiful and festive program for our December evening at Classical Underground, including two CU performing debuts.


Sakura is an ensemble of five cellists - Jonathan Dormand, Michael Kaufman, Yoshika Masuda, Peter Myers, and Sarah Rommell - who just received a rave review from Mark Swed in the LA Times.  Their name is a poetic tribute to the master with whom they all studied at USC, the great Ralph Kirshbaum: Kirshbaum (German) = cherry blossom = sakura (Japanese).



Valiantly upholding the UCLA side of our musical spectrum, professor and performer Inna Faliks will play Ravel's ravishing and devilishly difficult Gaspard de la nuit.


We are always so pleased to have violinist Mark Kashper of the LA Phil at CU, especially when he is joined by our dear friend Kanae Matsumoto on piano.  They will perform the fantastic 3rd sonata of Edvard Grieg, by turns dramatic and lyrical and full of folky Norwegian themes.




 
Finally, pianist Tae Yeon Lim, in her first appearance with us, will play Mikhail Pletnev's solo transcription of the Nutcracker, sending everyone into the night dancing with sugarplum fairies.
   
As always - bring your spirits, food and drink for you and your friends to enjoy, and the unwrapped toys for the children from the neighboring church.
     


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Classical Underground Showcase 
   TERESA OAXACA  
   
   
Teresa Oaxaca  "Allegory of Tea" 38" x 26" Oil on linen



CU is proud to showcase the exciting work of Teresa Oaxaca.  Teresa is quickly emerging as a unique and strong voice within the rapidly strengthening contemporary realist movement. Having studied with virtually all important sources of classicist training available today, such as Angel Academy, Florence Academy and a stint with the legendary Odd Nerdrum, she at her young age managed to rapidly process her training, digesting all its strengths and bypassing all its weaknesses. Not a small feat.


Her grasp of the visual image is determined and commanding. She articulates her form decisively, efficiently and with energetic dedication.  She organizes her densely populated and tightly cropped compositions with an excellent sense of underlying masses, and further develops intricate elements in a web of organically merging shapes, arriving at an overall unity. Her color choices are brave yet harmonized. The fluidity of her execution in oils comes out of a deliberate and tireless exercise of visual thought in drawing.


Coupled with the raw nerve of her emotionally torn and ambiguous characters, this gives an eery sense of an edge to her otherwise unabashedly whimsical and deceptively juvenile world of Victorian dreams and nightmares. The dolls of her compositions attain a distinct human presence and the humans act as overgrown dolls, incapable of dealing with any infringement from the outside world.


You cannot fail but see the unyielding will of an Artist in the work of this ever lace-clad tough girl.
 
in ART we trust!
 The doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m.  Unassigned seating.  Potluck.  Directions and address are below:

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, December 2, 2015

Save the Date - December 14th - our holiday event


 

Music & Art + potluck party
and our annual Toy Drive
 
Save the date!  
 
Monday, December 14, 2015

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

 
 
   
 
 

We look forward to seeing you soon!  
 
In ART we trust!   

Monday, November 9, 2015

November 16th Music and the Art in the Studio


November Night  
this coming Monday, 
November 16th @ 8 p.m.  

Music & Arts in the Studio 

(and Potluck Party)
   





We are doubly lucky to have not one, but two esteemed LA Philharmonic violinists, Mark Kashper and Camille Avellano, performing Prokofiev's rarely heard Sonata for Two Violins - a preview of their Tuesday, Nov. 17 performance in the LA Phil's Chamber Music night at Disney Hall.

Pianist Anton Smirnoff has returned to LA after receiving a master's degree in music at Yale. He will show off the extra burnishing of his already considerable chops with Liszt's formidable Dante Sonata, inspired by The Divine Comedy.

Our dear friend and wonderful cellist Evgeny Tonkha will play 3 solo works, by Debussy, Bach and the Preludes for Solo Cello by the great living Russian composer, Sofia Gubaidulina.

Making their Classical Underground debuts, USC doctoral students Hung-Tao Lin and Daniel Linder will perform Debussy's delightful Petite Suite for piano duet.

Also making his CU debut, Santa Monica native James Hodges will perform the exquisite but rarely heard First Rhapsody for clarinet of Debussy, with Pepi Pilibossian once again taking the place of an orchestra with her ten impressive fingers on piano.
  
 
     
 As always - bring your spirits, food and drink for you and your friends to enjoy.  

  


Our online reservations are closed.  Please dress warm!  It is chilly in the studio tonight.

  

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Classical Underground Showcase 
   
Candice Bohannon  "Long Valley" 33" x 33.5" Oil on mounted linen, 2015

Classical  Underground is proud and happy to showcase  the works of two of the most important and promising young forces  in the emerging movement of serious contemporary representational Art  - Julio Reyes and Candice Bohannon.
Julio and Candice's works are soulful, intensely personal and introspective, often melancholic and contemplative, and always exquisite in their precision of conception and  layered fluidity of execution.
Never stale and always exciting, they both in their own ways constantly introduce new technical approaches and variety to their use of painting and drawing materials that add and reinforce the restrained complexity of their haunting and beautiful pictorial poems.
It is precisely the relatively recent emergence of such bright and distinct artists as Julio and Candice that makes it impossible to deny that this new and vibrant movement within contemporary art is well on its way.

 Julio Reyes "Dark Waters" -- 30"x 45" oil on panel 2014

Julio's and Candice's new works can be seen during the month of November at Maxwell Alexander Gallery in Culver City. Candice is soon to be represented by R J Demato Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY.
In another bit of really exciting news, and as a form of public notice, we are very happy to welcome to Los Angeles in early 2016 the incomparable Arcadia Contemporary which represents Julio. Arcadia Contemporary is one of the foremost galleries representing a significant share of today's top realist artists and close artistic friends. Arcadia Contemporary's Los Angeles re-launch signifies a seismic shift in the art market and Los Angeles's emergence as a viable New York alternative. Serious California collectors can now feel confident that they don't really need to fly to New York to buy California artists. Just as I've been saying for the last fifteen years: "LA is the Paris of the 21st century"!

in ART we trust!
The doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m.  Unassigned seating.  Potluck.  Directions and address are below:

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
 


 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Save the Date Nov 16th

Our next CU is November 16th.
Look for the invitation next week!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

We are in the 9th season! October 12th @ 8 p.m.




We are sold out!

9th Season 
Opener   

this coming Monday,
October 12 @ 8 p.m. 


Music & Arts in the Studio

(and Potluck Party)

 

  

The most sensational debut in the eight years of Classical Underground belongs to soprano Delaram Kamareh singing a challenging program of virtuosic coloratura arias last December, which she dispatched with captivating vocal flair and the charismatic stage presence of a born star.  A short time later she stole the show as the pyrotechnic soloist in Tan Dun's "The Water Passion" at Disney Hall.  We are delighted to have Delaram back at CU to perform an aria that should be a knockout: Zerbinetta's "Großmächtige Prinzessin" from Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss, accompanied by Mitsuko Morikawa on piano.  Not to be missed!
Delaram's CU debut youtube link: https://youtu.be/KC9u16_O65o


And that's just one of the delights on this wonderful opening program. Violinist Moni Simeonov and pianist Pepi Pilibossian will perform Ralph Vaughn Williams' ever-popular "The Lark Ascending," in the piano version of its premiere in 1920.

Pianist Eduardo Delgado will bring his lifetime of keyboard wisdom to the ultimate Beethoven piano sonata, Op. 111.
Guitarists Bryan Fasola and Donovan Butez of the Los Angeles Duo will perform classic and contemporary pieces,  La Valse d'Amélie by Yann Tiersen, Arabesque No. 1 by Claude Debussy, and Donovan's own work, Emergency Room. 
And our resident piano virtuoso Harout Senekerimian will perform Scriabin's Fantasie in b minor, op. 28.
 
 
  
 As always - bring your spirits, food and drink for you and your friends to enjoy.  

 


Please RSVP via Paypal through our website by clicking on the button above. WE ARE SOLD OUT!



  
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Classical Underground Showcase 

"Pink English Roses" 12"x15" oil on linen
on loan from Maxwell Alexander Gallery 

Classical Underground is proud to showcase the work of one of the leading figures in serious contemporary realism -  Michael Klein.

It's a rare treat to see the works of this superb artist on the West Coast, so when the Maxwell Alexander Gallery of Culver City assembled a sizable collection of his recent still lifes for a show, it was an opportunity not to be missed.

In his work, Michael steps much beyond just the scene in front of him -  he uses his subject matter as the starting point in a personal and complex visual expression. Much like in any great work of ART, it is not the scene that affects us in Michael's works, but the experience brought up by the aesthetics of its presentation and by the level of its execution.

Michael's thoughtfully arranged harmonies balanced just enough by well-decided contrasts, a sensation of space between the shapes of his objects, the delicate transition of colors -- all together bring the poetic feel surrounding Michael's work, delivering a magic sensation and a mood of underlying lament.  His good, "in-its-place" use of impasto, and the combination of decision and spontaneity in well-measured  alla prima passages within a multilayered paint world, create an optical feast for an engaged viewer.

Michael's elegant, fluid and exciting use of paint fully and authentically informed by a cool-headed visual decision making are remarkably rare and welcomed qualities in the field saturated with track-loads of "photo finish" attempting fare on one side, and sloppy trick-chasing on the other.

In his paintings, life just slowed down to remain still, and this is a kind of still life that is very hard to come by. The trembling petals of a flower or wet scales of a fish are transformed into elegies in paint by Michael's work.

Michael Klein's works are sophisticated expressions of a tall order. This is why they will always find themselves at home next to the most sophisticated and highest ART expressions of any style and of any time.


in ART we trust!
The doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m.  Unassigned seating.  Potluck.  Directions and address are below:

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