Los Angeles Performance Practice and The Bootleg Theater will launch the third annual Live Arts Exchange (LAX) Festival with the LAX Launch Party on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 8:00pm at the Bootleg Theater. LAX is produced and directed by a powerhouse of all-female producers, who have committed to donating 50% of proceeds from LAX’s Launch Party to Planned Parenthood. As a nod to 2015 LAX festival themes of sexuality and identity, highlighting strong female artists, the Launch Party programming features an all female lineup with DJ Maya Eslami, DJ Ry Toast, Emily Elbert and RYAT.
RYAT headlines the Launch Party with her electronic music act featuring multi-medium performance and visual experimentation, alongside drummer Nigel Sifantus. RYAT is on Flying Lotus’ record label Brainfeeder, and ever-evolving in music and art, she comes from the land of meditative avant jazz improvisations, classical analyzing, hip hop sampling culture, electronic beat making and sound processing. RYAT will perform a version of Alt Mode, a project which premiered at Summer Stage in New York City in August 2015 and will be produced in 2016 with Los Angeles Performance Practice.
Songstress Emily Elbert will close out night with a solo performance in the Bootleg Bar. Elbert weaves together a rhythmic funk-folk blend that is equal parts introspection and celebration. Previously opening for acts including G. Love & Special Sauce, Victor Wooten, Kaki King, and Richie Havens, she is currently touring as a member of Esperanza Spalding’s new project, Emily’s D+Evolution. The Boston Folk Festival notes, “Emily is among the most glowing of the upcoming generation of American singer-songwriters, if ‘upcoming’ even applies to this phenom any longer.”
DJ Maya Eslami of Casual Feelings and DJ Ry Toast of Sweet Beats LA open up the event with DJ sets in the Bootleg Bar. Doors open at 8pm.
Live Arts Exchange (LAX) creates space for and draws attention to contemporary performance emerging out of Los Angeles. This home-grown performance series showcases some of the most innovative artists and independent companies in LA, creates social events that encourage cross-genre hangouts, and provides opportunity for peer to peer critique.
Los Angeles Performance Practice (LAPP) is a producing organization and artists’ network dedicated to supporting Los Angeles’ unique contemporary performance community. Founded by Miranda Wright in 2010 and co-directed by Rachel Scandling, it is comprised of independent artists who create groundbreaking theatrical experiences through innovative approaches to collaboration, technology, and social engagement.
The Bootleg Theater is a year-round inclusive art space for original, boundary-defying live theater and performance born from the diverse cultural and artistic landscape of Los Angeles. Bootleg supports and collaborates with the best of established and emerging theater artists to create daring multi-disciplinary live experiences that are striking, contemporary and non-traditional.
LAX Launch Party Thursday, October 15, 2015 8:00pm at the Bootleg Theater. Tickets $20 at www.liveartsexchange.org.
50% of proceeds support Planned Parenthood.