• Beyond the Pale band photo

    Beyond the Pale

    Thursday, February 27, 8:00 pm

    $20 General; $15 Members, Seniors, and Full-Time Students

    For twenty years the Toronto-based group Beyond the Pale has been making its distinctive brand of boundary-busting Eurofolk fusion. Influenced by jazz, classical, bluegrass, reggae, klezmer, and Balkan musical traditions, Beyond the Pale’s music traverses a vast and exotic musical landscape. LA Weekly calls their work “a bracingly modern, mind-blowing flight into a very new Jewish-Balkan sonic atmosphere.”

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  • The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music Of The Book

    The Sarajevo Haggadah

    Music of the Book

    Sunday, March 29, 7:00 pm

    $20 General; $15 Members and Full-Time Students; FREE to Curator's Circle Members

    Composer-performer Merima Ključo’s multimedia work for accordion, piano, and video traces the dramatic story of one of Jewish culture’s most treasured illuminated manuscripts. Drawing from various musical traditions, Ključo follows the Haggadah’s travels from medieval Spain to twentieth-century Bosnia, where it was hidden and then rescued during World War II, to its restoration by Sarajevo’s National Museum in the 1990s. At the Skirball, Ključo will perform with pianist Danny Holt, and their performance is accompanied by Bart Woodstrup’s video art featuring abstract re-compositions of imagery from the book. 

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  • Rahim AlHaj and Sahba Motallebi: Iraq Meets Iran in Musical Dialogu

    Rahim AlHaj and Sahba Motallebi

    Iraq Meets Iran in Musical Dialogue

    Sunday, April 19, 7:00 pm

    $20 General; $15 Members and Full-Time Students

    Experience the magical collaboration between two string masters: Iraqi oud maestro, NEA National Heritage Fellow, and two-time Grammy nominee Rahim AlHaj and Iranian tar virtuoso Sahba Motallebi. Imprisoned and tortured by Saddam Hussein’s government for his political activism, AlHaj found refuge in the US in 2000, around the time Motallebi settled in LA after traveling as a member of the Iranian National Orchestra. The two began performing together in 2018, creating music to heal the wounds of war and illuminating the unique yet related musical traditions of their homelands.

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