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Dorian Wood | Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole

Dorian Wood - Entre Les Étoiles (Among the Stars)

Composers: Jeanine Deckers, Dorian Wood and Danny Graziani 
Arranger/Conductor: Danny Graziani

The works of celebrated Belgian songwriter Jeanine Deckers explored and reimagined by singer Dorian Wood, a fearless artist and performer whose voice inhabits a room like a choir of ghosts" (LA Weekly), Dorian Wood's work seeks to glorify both the sanctity and irreverence of intimacy. Through the use of his corpulent body and distinct vocalization, Wood revels in challenging the artist-audience separation, using subject matter informed by his own position in society as a queer man of color and an autodidact without a formal college education nor a strong alliance to any particular community. His work has been showcased at museums, universities, art spaces and galleries around the world, such as LACMA (Los Angeles), The Stone (NYC), Kulturhuset (Stockholm), and Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin). As a musician, he has released over a dozen recordings. His two most recent back-to-back albums, Rattle Rattle and Down, The Dirty Roof, showcase a series of doomsday-themed songs that incorporate over 60 musicians. 2017 will see the release of his first Spanish-language album, XALÁ.

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole

The roots of Kaumakaiwa’s music are in the hula of Hawai‘i’s esteemed Kanaka‘ole Family, vibrant keepers of culture and authentic innovators. Her music is the forerunner of the new wave of contemporary Hawaiian music by fluent Hawaiian-speakers, and she creates some of the most original work by drawing from ancient sources --the chants (‘oli) that are intrinsic to the family’s renowned hula practice. Kaumakaiwa’s vocal range runs from bass to falsetto in her dynamic performances. She is accompanied by Shawn Pimental (guitar, vocals), a consummate musician and award-winning producer.


First Peoples, New Voices

This two-year series features extraordinary artists from various North American Indigenous communities who use contemporary music, dance, and theater to share their compelling stories.