C3LA: The Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles
C3LA is a unique ensemble dedicated to performing outstanding new choral music; providing a venue for multi-talented singer-composers and singer-conductors to collaborate; and challenging the traditional hierarchical model of our choruses and orchestras.
C3LA has no artistic or executive director—rather, it is collectively run by its members. The ensemble exclusively performs works composed in the last 25 years and 40-50% of each program is written in-house.
For information about upcoming concerts, visit c3la.org!
Lāčkāja (pronounced Lahch-kai-yuh) is Los Angeles’ Premiere Latvian Folk Party Band! This Latvian folk ensemble performs traditional and modern Latvian folk music. Since its formation in 2014, Lāčkāja has performed at XVI Rietumkrasta Dziesmusvētki (West Coast Latvian Song and Dance Festival), the European Heritage Festival, World Wood Day, art galleries, numerous colleges, and over thirty Latvian community events and formal balls hosted by the American Latvian Association.
Lāčkāja features –
Drew Corey: Vocals, Percussion
Pauls Berkolds: Vocals, Accordion
Katriana Zommers: Vocals, Guitar
Justin Scheid: Vocals, Recorder
Ingrīda Jennings: Vocals, Violin
Ēriks Jerumanis: Vocals, Percussion
The Readers’ Chorus
The Readers’ Chorus is a group of people who love to read aloud. We come from varied backgrounds: musicians, filmmakers, poets, visual artists, teachers, etc. We meet every week to experiment with the possibilities of the speaking voice; combining the timbres of differing voices, trying strange speech rhythms and common ones, figuring out ways to have the text move from voice to voice across the room, playing with word textures and other sculptural aspects of sound. Members of the chorus bring in a text, something they’ve written or found, and we use our voices to find an interplay between the sound of the words and the meaning of the text. Ideas come from all of us – someone brings in the text – but the group, through experimentation, will orchestrate it. There are aspects of experimental music practice, poetry, chant, and theater in what we do. Our focus, though, is on performing the sound of reading.
For information about upcoming projects, visit readerschorus.com!