Friday, October 9 @ The Edye at the Broad Stage

JON ARMSTRONG PRESENTS BURNT HIBISCUS
A 7 song suite celebrating the hypnagogic landscape of Los Angeles

Part of a double bill with Josh Johnson

Jonathan Armstrong is a fiercely creative musician, composer and educator living in Los Angeles. His background is a mix of intensive academic training and extensive professional experiences on saxophones, guitar, piano, clarinet, flute, bass, and electronic sampler. He holds a B.M. in Music from the University of Washington and a M.F.A. in Jazz Reeds from the California Institute of the Arts. He studied composition and theory with John Rahn, Jonathan Bernhard and Robert Wannamaker, and pursued improvisational studies with Marc Seales, Larry Koonse, Vinny Golia, Thara Memory, Charlie Haden and Wadada Leo Smith.  He also studied tenor saxophone with Michael Brockman and various world music traditions including Gamelan music from Indonesia, North Indian Classical Music, Persian Classical Music, and in depth private studies in Anlo-Ewe music from Ghana. 

Indian American musician Sheela Bringi has been exploring the connections between her ancestral and actual homelands her entire life. The talented young musician sings and plays a 36-string harp, the Indian harmonium and bansuri (Indian bamboo flute). As a young woman Bringi was influenced by M.I.A. and Dead Can Dance, studied with Cecil Taylor and Meredith Monk, while at the same time deepened her studies with Indian classical masters like Pandit G.S. Sachdev and Ustaad Aashish Khan.