On Sunday afternoon, two iconic artists and CalArts faculty members, Charles Gaines and Wadada Leo Smith, come together to¬†perform a one-day-only performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Downtown LA. The Charles Gaines Ensemble, an¬†improvisational jazz quartet featuring guest Smith¬†on trumpet,¬†Loren Pickford on saxophone, John Lindberg¬†on bass and Gaines¬†on drums, hits the stage at 3 pm.
The performance is presented in conjunction with¬†Selections from the Permanent Collection,¬†a chronological installation of significant works in MOCA’s collection from the 1940s to the present, which features three of Gaines’ works from the Incomplete Text Series. The¬†series¬†was on view last fall¬†at the Pomona College Museum of Art¬†and the Pitzer Art Galleries in Claremont, Calif.
Earlier this year, Gaines, who teaches in the School of Art at CalArts, was selected as a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow¬†for his achievement in artistry and his exceptional promise. During his 40-year art practice, Gaines has had more than 65 solo shows and several hundred group exhibitions.
Smith, a legendary trumpeter and composer primarily of avant-garde jazz and free improvisation music, was¬†one of three finalists for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his expansive jazz work, Ten Freedom Summers.¬†Smith was also recently¬†voted “Composer of the Year” in the 2013 DownBeat Critics Poll.
Below is a video of Gaines answering the question “What is the blues?” in conjunction with the recent exhibition at MOCA last fall, titled¬†Blues for Smoke:
Charles Gaines Ensemble Featuring Wadada Leo Smith
250 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles
July 28, 3 pm
Tickets: Free with museum admission
Reservations not required. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.