Sunday, March 08, 2009

M83 And The LA Phil


Months before I moved to Los Angeles, I read about the eclectic, modern programs that the LA Philharmonic's musical director, the great Esa-Pekka Salonen, offered the audience. Breaking away from the repertoire, the orchestra indeed often plays scores by all kinds of young composers, and I was very excited to attend those concerts. I love it when cultural institutions break with tradition!
Last night, for the first time, I headed for the home of the LA Phil, a fab and crazy structure designed by Frank Gehry, for a very special event - the orchestra had invited M83, a French rock/pop/electro group that usually performs in nightclubs. After the orchestra played one of my favorite works, Debussy's La Mer, Anthony Gonzalez, the leader of M83, headed for his Apple computer and electronic gizmos to play songs with the orchestra - magical vocalist Morgan Kibby joined them for one song. It was lyrical, noisy, moving, polished and fun all at the same time.
To celebrate the event, KII Arens designed a limited edition poster (above) that now graces my room with its bright colors.

21 comments:

Annie said...

What a great evening: wonderful music and architecture. Plus a poster to commemorate it all. I "enlarged" your poster with a click and really enjoyed it's saturated colors and graphic design.

Thanks for taking us along.

P R I M O E Z A said...

hi, i tagged/awarded you in my blog :) if you're not sick of doing them!

Rebekah said...

That sounds like such a wonderful experience!!

Mary-Laure said...

ANNIE - I'm happy you enjoyed this beautiful poster, so full of graphic energy, no?

PRIMOEZA - oh THANK YOU! I'll check it out, this is exciting...

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A World in a PAN said...

I have never heard of M83 here in France, and after reading your post I did a short search - at least your post motivated me to do that, because I am not sure I will buy a concert ticket if they (or should I say he) are (is) staged here!And I see you have a new tag!

Debra said...

What a nice evening you had. So nice to get out and see... and hear.
Great poster too- looking forward to a white shirt post.

Christina said...

I love that poster! A great way to remember the day.
xo

Anonymous said...

wow sounds like it was quite interesting....

;) nancy

Joyce said...

Sounds like a wonderful and fun evening! Enjoy your day!

supercursi said...

Thanks for your visit! It's great to feel like a little girl. Always :)

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Mary-Laure said...

CLAIRE - this sounds exciting, I'll check it out!

SUPERCURLS - yes, I try to stay in touch with the enthusiastic, bubbly little girl I once was...

Solange said...

You are so quick Mary-Laure! I just read your previous post, love it, love it, so stylish!
I never heard of M83 I must say, and you always bring new ideas, music, books, interesting things to us.
enjoy your day!

jean-louis said...

Je n ai jamais entendu parler en France de ce groupe M83...peut etre parce que maintenant je ne frequente pas les night club....

gracia said...

Sounds a most magical evening... with a delightful poster memento.

Mary-Laure said...

JL - c'est sur que ce n'est pas le genre qui soit programme sur Radio Classique...

Spangler Cummings said...

So thrilled that Gehry has created this definitive Los Angeles landmark. Dick thinks Grand Avenue should be dubbed "Champs-LA." Looking forward to hearing M83 for the first time because of you.

Mary-Laure said...

SPANGLER - and I'm going back to Champs LA tomorrow (Wednesday) for an opera at the Dorothy Chandler!

heidi said...

that poster is an inspiration.... thanks, i needed that!

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