The Los Angeles Philharmonic will present the first-ever Brooklyn Festival, slated to run from April 16-22. Wait, why is the L.A. Harmonic hosting an East Coast shindig? According to the festy's press release, it will “focus on the contribution of Brooklyn artists to American music.” Well, there's been plenty of that in the last few years: from Grizzly Bear to Yeasayer, Dirty Projectors to MGMT, not only has the NYC borough become the capital of cool, but it's also becoming a hotbed of musical activity.
The festival will feature the West Coast premiere of Tyondai Braxton's “Central Market” and the planet-by-planet “Planetarium” song cycle by Sufjan Stevens, The National's Bryce Dessner, and Nico Muhly. Plus musicians The Antlers and Chairlift will also make appearances. The Los Angeles Philharmonic has been around since 1919, and is considered one of the most contemporary and innovative orchestras in America, so it's no wonder why they chose to highlight the up-and-coming music of the East Coast. Truly a match made in heaven! Now if only I can figure out how to get to L.A....
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Featured Artists' Videos
Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muly Performing "Planetarium"
The Antlers Video for "Drift Dive"
Chairlift Video for "I Belong in Your Arms"