Billy Childs Jazz/Chamber Ensemble at The Blue Whale

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September 30, 2017 - September 30, 2017

9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

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photo of Billy ChildsOn Saturday September 30th, the Blue Whale in DTLA will be the host of a unique concert headed by pianist-composer, Grammy® Award-winner Billy Childs, and will combine a dramatic and theatrical presentation of music and words in a Jazz/Chamber concert.

The evening will include a number of instrumental jazz/chamber compositions and more. Billy has also set to music or arranged songs and/or poetry of Claude McKay, Diane Di Prima, Walter Benton, TS Eliot, Laura Nyro, Paul Simon, as well as his own writings. The words will be sung by Tricia Tahara, Aaron Childs, and recited by actor Wren Brown or Billy himself, and performed by the Jazz/Chamber ensemble, featuring the Lyris Quartet (

The Jazz/Chamber ensemble is the logical continuation of Billy Childs’ musical work from his career . . . an organic blend of disparate genres of music – in this case, Jazz and European Classical music. This is done through the prism of chamber music. Billy has released two recordings of this music: Lyric, Vol. 1 and Autumn: In Moving Pictures, Vol. 2. Combined, these recordings have garnered 5 Grammy nominations and 2 wins. The orchestration consists of 10 instruments, 8 of which are string instruments, giving the group a unique and impressionistic sonic palette.

Fascinated with the dramatic power of the spoken word, especially poetry, Billy combines these disciplines into an organic whole that is quite satisfying. The subjects of the poetry are dramatically set to music, and range from racial exclusion, the need for love and forgiveness, sensuality, and urban alienation. Billy has not attempted a concert of this magnitude before, and is very excited to bring these results to the stage. With the combination of instrumental music, singing, and poetry this event promises to be a concert for the ages. Don’t miss it.

Billy Childs – piano, composer
Bob Sheppard – alto & soprano sax, flute
Larry Koonse – guitar
Carol Robbins – harp
Alex Boneham – bass
Marvin “Smitty” Smith – drums
Tricia Tahara – vocals
Wren Brown – recitation

Lyris Quartet:
Alysa Park – violin
Shalini Vijayan – violin
Luke Maurer – viola
Timothy Loo – cello

Blue Whale
Weller Court Plaza 3rd Floor
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St #301
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 620-0908



Parking Info:

– Metered street parking is free after 8pm in little tokyo

– Weller’s Court’s Subterranean parking lot is accessible from 2nd Street. They charge a $9 flat fee. Unfortunately we do not offer parking validation.

– There are several other parking lots nearby that charge from $6 to $8 flat fees.

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