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“WINTER SOUNDS,” The City of West Hollywood’s Free Concert Series, Kicks off Sat. January 9!

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The City of West Hollywood, through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, announces the line-up for Winter Sounds 2016, a series of five free indoor concerts held in the City Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Library and Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall. With an initial concert on January 9, the series runs alternative Saturdays, concluding on March 5. Programming spotlights world music, jazz, folk, and swing. All shows begin at 4PM and are free to attend. Seating is provided, and RSVPs are not required (but are encouraged at

The kick-off for Winter Sounds on Saturday, January 9 (4PM) features a unique mixture of world sounds, jazz, and electronic music from multi-instrumentalist, composer and programmer Ireesh Lal and live painting from renowned Los Angeles artist Norton Wisdom in the City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library. Lal boldly combines his original electronic music and distinctly Western jazz trumpet lines with traditional East Indian elements including the sounds of tabla, oud, and sitar. Wisdom will paint on a wet-erase board, continually altering imagery as he follows the music. Lal cites influences including Ravi Shankar, Miles Davis and Thievery Corporation. His debut solo album Ethnotronica was reased in 2014.

On Saturday, January 23 (4PM), flutist, vocalist and composer Dr. Dawn Norfleet will perform a jazz concert in Fiesta Hall at Plummer Park. Norfleet, who earned a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University, will perform a diverse selection of jazz numbers, including funky odd meter instrumentals to soulful and traditional ballads. She will be accompanied by veteran L.A.-based players with backgrounds ranging from straight ahead jazz to funk. Norfleet has previously performed for the Jazz at LACMA series, and she is also on the teaching-artist faculty of The Music Center. Her workshop is entitled ‘Do-Be’ or Not ‘Do-Bop’: A Vocal Jazz Journey, which takes students on a historical trek through the development of vocal jazz.

On Saturday, February 6, 2016 (4PM), songwriters and performance artists Garretson & Gorodetsky will take the stage in the City’s Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Public Library. They will be joined by Brainchildren of Xenog in a freewheeling concert experience that combines folk tunes, pop ideas, blues riffs and jazz harmonies to create songs that are both haunting and humorous. Their music often explores the fragility of existence, whether it’s a song about a garden slug or a predatory scrub jay. The performance will recreate the sonic experience of a backyard in Los Angeles where skunks, possums, owls, hawks and cats manage to thrive. The ensemble includes: vocalist Weba Garretson on piano and guitar; guitarist and singer Ralph Gorodetsky; Vince Meghrouni on harmonica, flute and saxophone; Brian Christopherson on percussion; Dan Clucas on trumpet, coronet; and Michael Alvidrez on bass. Garretson & Gorodetsky have previously performed at the Getty Museum, UCLA, Skirball Cultural Center, and MOCA. Commissions include music for Los Angeles Poverty Department’s “Utopia/Dystopia” at the Redcat, and the LA Public Library’s stage celebration “My Moby Dick” at the Broad Theatre.

On Saturday, February 20, 2016 (4PM), Jack’s Cats will swing into Fiesta Hall at Plummer Park to entertain concertgoers with a “new-old” sound that’s unmistakably grounded in 1930s/1940s vintage jazz and swing, yet also feels contemporary and vital. Bandleader, swing clarinetist and composer Jack Malmstrom heads the band, which features up-and-coming musicians drawn from Los Angeles’ thriving vintage jazz scene, each one known for musical prowess and engaging showmanship. Toes will be tapping for sure, and dancing will be encouraged at this concert.

Winter Sounds concludes at the beginning of Women’s History Month with folk music from the all-female Honey Whiskey Trio on Saturday, March 5, 2016 (4PM) in the City’s Council Chambers Room at the West Hollywood Public Library. Featuring storytellers in song Courtney Gasque, Ann Louise Jeffries Thaiss, and Christina Wilson, Honey Whiskey Trio explores harmony and melody in folk and bluegrass—and in other well-known tunes sung with a “honey twist.” They will perform a capella, with body percussion, and accompanied by mandolin, guitar, banjo, washboard, dulcimer and mouth trumpet. In 2013, Honey Whiskey Trio won the Harmony Sweepstakes National Competition, also winning Audience Favorite. They have gone on to headline the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival, the Women’s A Cappella Association’s SheSings Festival, and the South Eastern Minnesota A Cappella Festival; have all individually performed with Vox Femina; and were featured artists at the FAR-West Folk Festival, the Rogue Valley Roots Festival, the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival, and the Shedd Institute for the Arts.

To hear music samples from each artist in the series:

For concerts that take place at the City’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, free validated parking is available in the five-story parking structure, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, accessible from El Tovar Place. For concerts that take place at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, free parking is available in both parking lots at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

To learn more about the City of West Hollywood and its arts projects:

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