Latin American Composers in Hollywood

Friday 20 April
Barbican Hall
Silk St
020 7638 8891

Composers and musicians from across Latin America have played key roles in shaping the music of film and television made in Los Angeles. Mexican Institute of Sound joins a host of special guests for a special tribute to the Southern California sojourns of artists such as Juan García Esquivel, Lalo Schifrin, Maria Grever, and Johnny Richards, all of whom found their way into legendary Hollywood recording studios and onto screens large and small.

Sonorama means big dramatic, cinematic sound. It was also the name that Juan Garcia Esquivel gave to his own orchestra when Latin music met Hollywood in the late 50s. In 2018 Sonorama is a big brass and electronic reinvention of the Golden Age of Latin American composers in Hollywood.

Sonorama was originally conceived and curated by cultural critic and historian Josh Kun, author of The Tide Was Always High: The Music of Latin America in Los Angeles for performance at The Getty Museum in LA as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles in 2017.

Mexican Institute of Sound is the multi-talented composer musician and arranger Camilo Lara, whose own recent film work includes music for Coco, Pixar’s new ‘Day of The Dead’ inspired feature film.

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