At Home Entertainment 2006 some names familiar to high-resolution listeners will be either performing or sponsoring live music events. Held in Los Angles in June, attendees will have three days to demo the finest audio and home theatre components available in the world, attend educational seminars and enjoy live musical performances. Some of the highlights are as follows:
Friday, June 2, 2006 11:00 am–Noon
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet – Classical Guitar – Sponsored by Telarc
Recognized as one of America’s premier instrumental ensembles, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is one of the most charismatic groups performing today. Popularly known as the LAGQ, these four virtuosi bring a new energy to the concert stage with their eclectic programs and dynamic musical interplay. Their critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world-music realms continually break new ground. The LAGQ has set new standards for the guitar quartet medium. The LAGQ is John Dearman, William Kanengiser, Scott Tennant, and Andrew York. Their newest SACD, Guitar Heroes, released on Telarc in June 2004, is a heartfelt salute to the great players who inspired the quartet, as individuals and as a group.
Friday, June 2, 2006 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Anthony Wilson Nonet Jazz Guitar—Sponsored by AudioQuest, Vandersteen Audio, & Audio Research Corporation
Anthony Wilson’s career in jazz began auspiciously, and as a creative artist he continues to expand and impress. A sensitive and gifted accompanist as well as a formidable soloist, Anthony Wilson has been recording and touring the world with the celebrated vocalist-pianist Diana Krall since he joined her in 2001 for her Grammy-winning CD/DVD Live in Paris (Verve Records). On Wilson’s own new album, The Anthony Wilson Nonet: The Power of Nine, listeners can expect sound that will be punchy and dynamic, with many horn crescendos. Diana Krall appears on one track, which will surely become “the” audiophile vocal demo of choice in years to come. Other tracks, such as “Make It Good” and “Amalgamation,” will put any audiophile system through its paces, testing rhythm, dynamics, and tonal balance!
Friday, June 2, 2006 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Zane Musa Jazz Saxophone – Sponsored by Straight Ahead Records and Classic Records
Zane Musa, an alto-sax player from Los Angeles County, is best known for his powerful performances. Sometimes referred to as a “shredder,” Zane loves to perform and can been seen playing with some of L.A.’s finest jazz musicians. His latest album, Introducing Zane Musa, was recorded using the newly created studio environment and related electronics that are similar in spirit to the legendary Contemporary Records approach but optimized for today’s mastering equipment. This second Musa effort by Straight Ahead Records, features Zane on alto sax, accompanied by Danny Grissett on piano, Carlitos Puerto on bass, and Lorca Hart and Tony Austin on drums. The tunes are, well, straight ahead, and include “Giant Steps,” “Blue Monk,” and “Someday My Prince Will Come,” among others. Available on DualDisc, as well as LPs pressed using Classic Records’ proprietary 200gm Super Vinyl Profile technology, Introducing Zane Musa breathes new life into and sheds new light on songs we all know and love. Zane Musa is a force to be reckoned with, and his playing shows that he has the chops to impress an old jazzman like Stewart Levine enough to produce the recording.
Friday, June 2, 2006 5:00 pm–6:00 pm
John Heard and Company Traditional Jazz Quintet – Sponsored by Straight Ahead Records and Classic Records
Saturday, June 3 11:00 am–Noon
Chris Standring – Contemporary Jazz Guitar
Chris Standring, one of the most lyrical guitarists in contemporary jazz, takes his music to exciting new places with his fourth solo CD, Soul Express. Fusing his groovy, retro guitar licks with healthy doses of sexy R&B and cool chill music, Standring has created irresistibly hook-filled music that puts his amazing guitar dexterity on full display. “I wanted to step up to the plate as a musician while still keeping the vibe fans know me for,” he says. “This record is more about me as a soloist, while with the others it was important to get a particular groove rather than me playing great jazz.” Soul Express marks Standring’s debut with Trippin N Rhythm, which boasts artists such as Paul Hardcastle and the Jazzmasters, Gregg Karukas, and Roger Smith. The UK-born Standring had plenty of time to study jazz when he became a professional musician, but he grew up playing classical guitar on a farm in Aylesbury, just northwest of London. He later studied at the London College of Music and wrote music for the BBC and for several theatrical orchestrations before moving to Los Angeles in February 1991. That’s where he first hooked up with Rodney Lee, when both of them were playing with Lauren Christy, a UK singer who had also moved to Southern California.
Saturday, June 3 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Melora Hardin – Torch Singer/Songwriter
Born in Houston, Texas, and raised in Los Angeles, Melora Hardin is a California girl with grit. The daughter of esteemed character actor Jerry Hardin and well-known acting teacher and manager Diane Hill Hardin, Melora was born to perform. She began dancing when she was five, acting professionally when she was eight, and has sung and written songs ever since she can remember. She is an accomplished actress you may have seen in such movies as Absolute Power, Soul Man, Lambada (Set the Night on Fire), Big Man on Campus, The Hot Chick, Reckless Kelly, and Seven Girlfriends, and in the television shows Quantum Leap, Friends, The Pretender, Caroline in the City, Dirty Dancing, and currently on the hit NBC show The Office. However, acting is only Melora’s job. Her passion is singing and songwriting, and this has unwittingly sent her on a journey of self-discovery. With two CDs under her belt, The Meloradrama and Purr, Melora makes music she likes, music that is honest to who and what she is. Melora first performed for the Home Entertainment Show in 2003, in San Francisco. She returns this year with a stylized, fun, and sexy act that is sure to be the hottest performance on the stage.
Sunday, June 4 11:00 am–Noon
Mozart Madness – Arroyo Strings, a classical string quartet and soprano, featuring members of the California Philharmonic Orchestra
Mozart was born in Austria in 1756. He died at the age of 35 under strange circumstances and was buried in an unmarked grave. He composed during the Classical period and was a contemporary with other great composer’s like Ludwig van Beethoven. Arroyo Strings are a premier performing ensemble in the Los Angeles area. Providing elegant, classy chamber music for over 20 years, the Arroyo String Quartet has played at all the major hotels and clubs throughout the County for numerous events. Nominated by L.A. Weekly for Best Classical Artist, 2005, members of the Arroyo String Quartet also record regularly and play with the area symphonies and L.A. Opera.
Sunday June 4 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
John Atkinson Trio – Contemporary Jazz with an Edge
Hey, not all audio and music writers are frustrated musicians! Some, like Stereophile editor John Atkinson, writers Bob Reina and Zan Stewart, and high-end manufacturer Allen Perkins, are players too! This happening show will offer up some swingin’ jazz that’s sure to please. With Stewart on tenor sax, Reina on piano, Atkinson on bass, and Perkins on drums, this show is not to be missed.
Also at the show, but requiring separate tickets:
Friday, June 2, 2006 Grand Ballroom 10:00 pm–2:00 am Electronica / Club Music Sponsored by Zu Cables and Speakers
Zu Audio presents Ming + FS at the opening night party of HE2006. Attendees will experience a specifically designed array of high efficiency/high fidelity loudspeakers by Zu Audio. This System, along with Ming and FS’s music, will provide a sound experience unlike any other. Never regarded as one-trick ponies, Ming + FS push the boundaries of their hip-hop/drum-n-bass hybrid, peppering it with moody funk and atmospheric electronics. Blistering breakbeat workouts make way for hazy head-nodders and psychedelic jungle rollers, sometimes within the same track. With their reputation established, Ming + FS have been invited to share the stage with some of the most adventurous names in music, such as Run DMC, Moby, Sting, Paul Oakenfold, Kruder & Dorfmeister and The Roots. Zu has this to say about Ming + FS: Beyond their production prowess, the Ming and FS live show has earned them their biggest following. Their four turntable spectacular is the performance that DJ’s from around the world come to see. DMA Magazine’s Willy Vega explains “If I started practicing today, I’d still die of old age before I could do that!!!” Performing before masses from 1,000 to 40,000, Ming and FS have shared the stage with the likes of Sting, Moby, Run DMC, Armand Van Heldon, Mark Farina, Paul Oakenfold, The Roots, Mix Master Mike and Kruder and Dorfmeister. Remixing tracks live, creating original works of music using turntables and accapellas strictly, has created such “live only” classics as Black Sabbath, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliot, Ludacris and Michael Jackson remixes heard only at Ming and FS shows. Fans know that when Ming and FS come to town, it’s going to go off!
Saturday, June 3
Benefit Concert for the ELF Foundation
Dr. John & The Lower 911 – Sponsored by XM Satellite Radio
Dr. John is a pianist, singer, and songwriter whose music spans and often combines the blues, boogiewoogie, and rock’n’roll, and has brought him acclaim among critics and fellow artists He began his musical career as a New Orleans session musician in the 1950s. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he gained fame with music that combined New Orleans–style rhythm and blues with psychedelic rock and stage shows that bordered on voodoo religious ceremonies, including elaborate costumes and headdresses. For a time he was billed as Doctor John, The Night Tripper. The name “Dr. John” came from a legendary Louisiana voodoo practitioner of the early 19th century. Dr. John is perhaps best known for his 1973 hit song, “Right Place, Wrong Time,” which reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. His film credits include Martin Scorsese’s documentary The Last Waltz (in which he joins The Band for a performance of his song “Such a Night”) and Blues Brothers 2000 (in which he joins the fictional band The Louisiana Gator Boys to perform the song “New Orleans”). In September 2005, Dr. John performed Fats Domino’s “Walkin’ to New Orleans” to close Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, a telethon for the relief of survivors of Hurricane Katrina, which had devastated his hometown of New Orleans and other areas. On February 5, 2006, he joined fellow New Orleans native Aaron Neville, Detroit resident Aretha Franklin, and a 150-voice choir in the national anthem at Super Bowl XL, as part of a pre-game tribute to New Orleans. Come out and enjoy a little lagniappe with Dr. John!
Separate tickets are available for $30 and $50 must be purchased onsite or on-line.
The Home Entertainment Show 2006 takes place at the Sheraton Gateway Hilton, Los Angles, June 1–4, 2006.