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THE GETTY'S FREE WEEKEND CONCERT SERIES RETURNS TO SHOWCASE LOS ANGELES' RICH MUSICAL CULTURE (UPDATED 1/30/2006)

Sounds of L.A., at the Getty Center, Beginning January 28, 2006 (NOTE: Please note changes in the schedule and artist lineup.)

November 18, 2005

LOS ANGELES—Sounds of L.A., the Getty's free weekend concert series that explores Los Angeles’ varied musical geography, launches its 2006 season with a diverse showcase of Middle Eastern, Portuguese, and Indian musical traditions. This popular series celebrates the work of master musicians as well as new artists from around the globe, and provides a unique opportunity to deepen understanding of the past and present. Sounds of L.A. takes place over three weekends at the Getty Center beginning January 28, 2006, and concludes in April.

Turkish multi-instrumentalist Omar Faruk Tekbilek opens the concert series with two performances on January 28 and 29. His work transcends political boundaries and combines traditional Middle Eastern music with contemporary sounds. On February 4 and 5, Portuguese fado singer Ana Moura will take the Getty Center stage with her transcendent singing. The series continues on March 4 and 5 with the evocative compositions of Kiran Ahluwalia, an interpreter and creator of ghazals, or poetic sung verse from the Indian subcontinent. Sounds of L.A. will draw to a close on April 8 and 9 with Portuguese fado singer Ana Moura taking the Getty Center stage with her transcending singing.

Offered annually, Sounds of L.A. is a part of the Getty’s ongoing schedule of public programs, which include a variety of performances that bring leading talents from around the world to the Getty Center. Lectures, film screenings, family festivals, and other events are also offered throughout the year.

Please check the event calendar at www.getty.edu for more information and updates, or sign up for the e-Getty newsletter at www.getty.edu/subscribe to receive free monthly highlights of the Getty’s public programming via email.

SOUNDS OF L.A. 2006
All concerts take place in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center, located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles. All performances are FREE, but reservations are required (limit of four seats per reservation). Reservations are honored up to 15 minutes before show time. Parking is $7. For reservations, please call 310-440-7300 or visit www.getty.edu.

Omar Faruk Tekbilek and Ensemble
Saturday, January 28, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 29, 3:00 p.m.
Sounds of L.A. 2006 opens with Turkish multi-instrumentalist, Omar Faruk Tekbilek. A child prodigy, "Faruk" is known around the world for a refined yet passionate sound and his commitment to bridging cultures. In addition to his ensemble, he will be joined by Hasan Isakkut on kanun for a performance that combines traditional acoustic elements with beautiful and rich electronic harmonies.
Reservations available beginning Thursday, December 22, 2005, at 9:00 a.m.

Kiran Ahluwalia
Saturday, March 4, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 5, 3:00 p.m.
Kiran Ahluwalia is not only an interpreter but also a creator of ghazals, or poetic sung verse from the Indian subcontinent that traverses the sacred and profane. Born in India and raised in Canada, she forges new artistic ground by setting the words of contemporary Indo and Pakistani Canadian poets to her own highly evocative musical compositions. Although her voice is anchored in tradition, her singing is resolutely modern.
Reservations available beginning Thursday, February 23, 2006, at 9:00 a.m.

NEW DATES:
Ana Moura
Saturday, April 8, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 9, 3:00 p.m.
Portuguese vocalist Ana Moura stands out among a new wave of fado singers. Possessing a maturity that belies her 25 years, she has been hailed by many as the heir-apparent to the late Amália Rodrigues. Moura’s transcendent singing beautifully conveys universal themes such as lost love, separation, and longing. (Please note these performances replace the previously February 4 and 5 concerts. Also, note the previously announced Simón Díaz concert has been cancelled.)
Reservations available beginning Thursday, January 19, 2006, at 9:00 a.m.

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Mike Winder
Getty Communications Department
310-440-6471
mwinder@getty.edu

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