JazzPOP Outdoor Concerts Return to the Hammer in August

Featuring Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors, Aaron Novik’s Thorny Brocky & Empty Cage Quartet

Los Angeles – The Hammer Museum’s free JazzPOP music series celebrates its sixth year of outdoor concerts in the Hammer courtyard. Veteran artists and bold new voices perform original, adventurous music that combines inventive composition with improvisational prowess and propulsive groove. Musician Lisa Mezzacappa, JazzPOP’s curator, programs diverse artists with a special focus on musicians with West Coast roots. During the concerts, guests may also enjoy signature JazzPOP cocktails from a cash bar, as well as dinner from the Hammer Cafe.

KJAZZ 88.1 is the official media sponsor for this series.

Thursday, August 4, 8PM
Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors

Todd Sickafoose’s folk-inflected jazz pairs indie rock muscle and whimsy with the compositional sophistication of a chamber orchestra. The bassist, a longtime sideperson and duo-mate of Ani DiFranco, has assembled a cross-coastal band that includes some of jazz’s most versatile and genre-bending musicians, including violinist Jenny Scheinman and trumpeter Ara Anderson.

Thursday, August 11, 8PM
Aaron Novik’s Thorny Brocky

San Francisco-based bass clarinetist and composer Aaron Novik writes lushly evocative music that is meticulously composed yet never fails to surprise. His chamber pop ensemble Thorny Brocky draws its influences from dreamy indie bands like Deerhoof and Blonde Redhead; the jumpy rhythms of Jewish and Eastern European music; and the visceral joyful edge of prog rock and heavy metal. Expect music from the band’s new release, featuring songs penned to the lyrics of Bay Area “outsider” poets.

Aaron Novik’s Thorny Brocky

Thursday, August 18, 8PM
Empty Cage Quartet

The omnivorous and wily music of the Empty Cage Quartet combines an experimentalist‘s curiosity with the rowdy mischievousness of the best improvised music—navigating shuffle swing and free jazz blowouts, minimalist percussion loops and complex modernist gestures, funky stomps, and angular grooves. The band revels in chemistry and sound—saxophonist Jason Mears, trumpeter Kris Tiner, bassist Ivan Johnson, and drummer Paul Kikuchi have been at it together for nearly 10 years, scattered around the country in New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles.

About Curator Lisa Mezzacappa:
Lisa Mezzacappa is a San Francisco-based bassist, composer, and musical instigator. An active collaborator and curator in the Bay Area music community, she leads her own groups Bait & Switch and Nightshade, and co-leads the collectives duo B., Cylinder and the Oakland Active Orchestra. She collaborates frequently on cross-disciplinary projects in sound installation, digital poetry, film, sculpture and public music/art. Mezzacappa has performed at countless Bay Area venues including Intersection for the Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA, Yoshi’s, and the de Young Museum, San Francisco; as well as the Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle; and the Montreal Jazz Festival; Canada. She also programs music series in Oakland, San Francisco and at Stanford University.

The Hammer Museum, a public arts unit of the University of California, Los Angeles, is dedicated to exploring the diversity of artistic expression through the ages. Its collections, exhibitions, and programs span the classic to the cutting-edge in art, architecture, and design, recognizing that artists play a crucial role in all aspects of culture and society.

The museum houses the Armand Hammer Collection of Old Master, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist paintings and the Armand Hammer Daumier and Contemporaries Collection. The Hammer’s newest collection, the Hammer Contemporary Collection, is highlighted by works on paper, particularly drawings and photographs from Southern California. The museum also houses the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, comprising more than 45,000 prints, drawings, photographs, and artists’ books from the Renaissance to the present; and oversees the management of the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden on the UCLA campus.

The Hammer presents major single-artist and thematic exhibitions of historical and contemporary art. It also presents approximately ten Hammer Projects exhibitions each year, providing international and local artists with a laboratory-like environment to create new work or to present existing work in a new context.

As a cultural center, the Hammer offers a diverse range of free public programs throughout the year, including lectures, readings, symposia, film screenings, and music performances. The Hammer’s Billy Wilder Theater houses these widely acclaimed public programs and is the new home of the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s renowned cinematheque.

For current program and exhibition information call 310-443-7000 or visit www.hammer.ucla.edu.

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 11am – 7pm; Thursday, 11am – 9 pm; Sunday, 11am – 5 pm; closed Mondays, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Admission: $10 for adults; $5 for seniors (65+) and UCLA Alumni Association members; free for Museum members, students with identification, UCLA faculty/staff, military personnel, veterans, and visitors 17 and under. The Museum is free on Thursdays for all visitors. Public programs are always free.

Location/Parking: The Hammer is located at 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, at Westwood Boulevard. Parking is available under the Museum. Rate is $3 for three hours with Museum validation. Bicycles park free.

Hammer Museum Tours: For group tour reservations and information, call 310-443-7041.

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