Featuring the World Music Choir, Los Angeles College of Music, and Francisco Ruiz, Conductor and Musical Director
Published : Monday, April 16, 2018 | 11:31 AM
“The only thing better than singing,” said Ella Fitzgerald, “is more singing.” And, on Friday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m., Clazzical Notes will heed Ella’s words, presenting not only “more singing” but more singers when it showcases the talents of the Los Angeles College of Music’s World Music Choir in Global Voices/A Musical Journey: Celebrating the People and Cultures of the World at Lineage Performing Arts Center in Pasadena.
“We’re so pleased to have the World Music Choir joining us because its mission to promote musical diversity perfectly underscores our own mission,” says Jerri Price-Gaines, founder of Clazzical Notes.
Under the direction of Francisco Ruiz since its founding in 2016, the World Music Choir will perform choral repertoire from Bulgaria, South India, Finland, Colombia, Ecuador, and the United States. A large component of the performance will also include Improvisation and Circle Singing, where singers ‘pass around’ and build upon a musical motif inspired by an array of genres, from African and Latin to folk and jazz.
Two performers from Lineage Dance will add a visual element to the vocal during the choir’s performance of Yo Vengo a Ofrecer Mi Corazón.
“I don’t want to give away too much of the program but one of the songs the World Music Choir will perform is Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin,” says Price-Gaines. “Which is exactly what happens to me when I hear a good choir. My heart soars. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been drawn to the joy and happiness that choral singing provides. If you want to be happy, join a choir…and join us at Global Voices!”
Admission to Global Voices/A Musical Journey: Celebrating the People and Cultures of the World is free to the public.
Lineage Performing Arts Center is located at 89 South Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena. Parking is available in structures on Green Street and Fair Oaks Avenue.
Clazzical Notes’ mission is to create engaging, educational, and experiential music programs that foster community understanding across diverse cultures, genres, and generations. For more information about Clazzical Notes, visit www.clazzicalnotes.com or call (626) 529-5133.
Global Voices/Musical Journey will be performed Friday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. at Lineage Performing Arts Center (89 South Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena). Concert presented free to the public.
Parking is available in nearby parking structures on Green Street or Fair Oaks Avenue
About the Artists
Francisco Ruiz, Vocalist and Music Director/Conductor of the World Music Choir
Hailing from Ecuador, Francisco Ruiz is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and music director for a variety of choirs and music groups in LA, including Selah Gospel Choir that performed at Coachella 2016 alongside DJ Tchami and was featured at the “Celebrating David Bowie” concert at The Wiltern with Mike Garson, Gavin Rossdale, Bernard Fowler, Sting, among others. With this prestigious Gospel Choir, Francisco has directed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and directed the choir that performed Live with U2 at the Jimmy Kimmel Show, among other important performances in LA.
He has worked with various Latin Grammy winner artists including Ivan Lins, Luis Enrique, KC Porter, Paulina Aguirre, Pablo Aguirre, Oscar Stagnaro. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Francisco has been a vocal educator for over 8 years, touring with vocal projects and sharing his knowledge in vocal improvisation acquired by studying and performing with ten-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin and former members of Voicestra: Joey Blake and Rhiannon.
Most recently, Francisco performed in Chile at the 2016 Viña del Mar International Song Festival alongside Paulina Aguirre representing the Immigrants in the United States, winning the Award for Best Performance. The Quinta Vergara venue was sold out the 3 nights they performed, attracting over 60,000 people and millions of TV and streaming viewers around the world.
The Los Angeles College of Music/World Music Choir
The Los Angeles College of Music prepares students to be leaders in music by offering Bachelor and Associate degrees and Diploma programs in Music Performance, Music Production, Songwriting, Composing for Visual Media and Music Business. Located in Pasadena, the college’s faculty is comprised of current leading music professionals with a passion for inspiring the next generation. Founded in 2016, the Los Angeles College of Music’s World Music Choir promotes musical diversity through an array of genres, from Gospel to Jazz and Latin POP.
Lineage Performing Arts Center
The Lineage Performing Arts Center is a comprehensive arts resource and community hub that hosts a variety of affordable or free art events, maintaining Lineage’s commitment to making the arts accessible to all. With its incredibly versatile venue that serves as a space for rehearsal, performance and teaching, Lineage Performing Arts Center also provides support for other artists.
LPAC is a project that grew out of the Lineage Dance Company. Lineage Dance found its home at 89 S. Fair Oaks Avenue five years ago, and has been committed to providing a space for the arts ever since. More information about Lineage Dance, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, can be found at www.lineagedance.org