Join us on On Saturday, February 21st at 2pm for the opening reception and award presentations for "Native Beginnings" art exhibit presented by the California Art League. Exhibit will feature new and previously unseen artwork from Regine Legler's Aborigine series. This is a free event.
Exhibit runs February 17th through March 7th, 2015.
When: February 21, 2015 from 2pm to 5pm Where: SFV Art and Cultural Center, 18312 Oxnard St., Tarzana, CA 91356
On Saturday, January 31st at 4pm Daniel Jimenez Afanador to perform at the 2015 Winter Sounds indoor concert series presented by the City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission. All concerts are free to attend, seating is provided and RSVPs are not required. All ages show. All are welcome.
When: January 31, 2015 @ 4pm Where: City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
For more info visit www.weho.org/arts
We are happy to announce that percussionist Lynn Vartan has joined The Cusp Association family. Lynn is an international performer known for her dynamic athleticism and exciting energy on stage. In addition to playing as a soloist on the marimba, she plays all the instruments in the percussion family including ethnic instruments from Cuba, Brazil and the Middle East as well as an alluring instrument known as the “hang drum.”
Lynn has worked with Michael Colgrass, Vinny Golia, Arthur Jarvinen, Ursula Oppens, Joan Tower, Glen Velez, Xtet, James Newton, Chinary Ung, the Hilliard Ensemble, the Tambuco Percussion Ensemble and Grammy Award-winning Southwest Chamber Music. She has commissioned and/or performed countless new works for percussion by composers such as Donald Crockett, William Kraft, Steve Hoey, Veronika Krausas, Erica Muhl, Arthur Jarvinen, Sean Heim, Jeff Holmes, Keith Bradshaw and Shaun Naidoo.
As a recital soloist, Lynn has been featured on the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, the Different Trains Series, at universities in residence all over the United States and on the Music at the Court series in Pasadena, California, where she produced her own solo percussion concerts.
As a concerto soloist Lynn has performed with various orchestras including the Hubei Opera and Dance Company of Wuhan, China, the Sierra Wind Symphony, the Helena Symphony, The Orchestra of Southern Utah, Southwest Chamber Music, The Helena Symphony, as well as premiering new concertos by both American and Chinese composers.
She has participated in cultural exchange projects such as the “Ascending Dragon” Project in Vietnam, “The Dream of Helen “project and China and the “East Meets West” project designed around her as a soloist in Wuhan, China for the Spring of 2014.
As a recording artist, Lynn has appeared on the ECM New Series, Albany Records, Cuneifroms Records, Bridge Records, New World Records, Lian Recor ds, Yarlung Records and Cambria. She was three times Grammy nominated on the Cambria label with Southwest Chamber Music in the “Best Classical Album of the Year” and “Best Small Ensemble with or without a conductor” for The Complete Chamber Music of Charlos Chavez, Volume III and the for “Latin Classical Album of the Year” for William Kraft’s Complete Encounters Series.
Indi.com wants to help you discover what's coming next in music. Join us for a night of up and coming acts featuring award-winning singer/songwriter Daniel Jimenez Afanador along with LA based rock group Wonderfox and multi cultural rockabilly/folk band Jenny and the Mexicats at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip.
Entrance is free. Request tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 323.848.5100
Date: Tuesday, December 2nd
Location: House of Blues Sunset Strip,
8430 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, California 90069
Parking: Lot or street parking is available
Tickets: Free, but must reserve tickets via email@example.com or call 323.848.5100
Here's your chance to see UK singer/songwriter Steve Marshall, the newest member of The Cusp Association family. Steve has been nominated twice for a Grammy and has worked with such notables as Lee “Scratch” Perry, George Clinton and Keith Richards. His music moves across multiple genres from R&B, Afro-fusion, rock, jazz, reggae, soul, and electronic.
Also performing will be fellow Cusp artist Daniel Jimenez Afanador, an award-winning singer/songwriter. Daniel mixes the music influences of his native Colombia with alternative rock/pop singing in both English and Spanish.
Tickets are $10 (cash only) and are available at the door the night of the show. The ticket gives you access to see all of the performers that night, but be sure to mention you are there to see Steve and Daniel.
And before or after the show enjoy Genghis Cohen's freshly made Southwestern Chinese Cuisine with no MSG.
Date: Saturday, November 8th
Location: Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, California 90046
Parking: Free lot or street parking is available
Tickets: $10 cash only at the door
All the way from the UK we welcome music artist Steve Marshall to The Cusp Association family. Steve has achieved great success as a producer, composer, singer and songwriter. Between 2002 and 2010 Steve wrote and produced multiple albums with Lee “Scratch” Perry resulting in Grammy nominations for two of those albums. He has also worked with George Clinton and Keith Richards, including Keith’s solo album in 2013.
As a singer, songwriter and composer, Steve's music moves across multiple genres from R&B, Afro-fusion, rock, jazz, reggae, soul, and electronic. Traveling around the world, most recently to South Africa, Japan and the US, inspires his original, cross-genre compositions.
And as if that wasn't enough, Steve is the cofounder of State of Emergency, a platform for talent development and artistic innovation through dance, music, and theater. Steve’s score for the 2011/2012 dance production "Desert Crossings" was met with critical acclaim and toured the world with stops in South Africa, Canada, Germany and the UK.
Although based in the UK, Steve makes frequent trips to the US and you will have a chance to see him perform live on November 8th at Genghis Cohen with fellow Cusp artist Daniel Jimenez Afanador.
If you have electrical outlets in your home keep reading. LivingPlug is a new kind of plug that increases available inputs, saves on energy costs, increases child safety, includes a handy USB port for charging your devices and can be customized to fit your decor. Click to see how the plug works.
We liked the concept of it so much we decided to partner with LivingPlug to offer customers custom faceplates based on Cusp artists' artwork. In addition to all of the practical benefits, like turning those ugly outlets into works of art, these make great gifts for anyone with electricity.
Click on an image below to see an artists' full gallery of faceplates.
Fall is coming and so is The Red Hill Quartet to Colombo's Italian Steakhouse. Listen to Red Hill's original jazz consisting of an eclectic blend of influences from Indian, African and Middle Eastern music as well as traditional jazz.
Colombo's is an old school Italian steakhouse offering delicious food, legendary drinks and an intimate atmosphere, perfect for listening to live jazz. And for non meat eaters there are plenty of food options for you too.
No cover, but reservations are recommended and should be made for 8:30pm or after. Be sure to mention you are coming to see The Red Hill Quartet so you get the best seating for watching the show.
The Del Rey Artwalk started in 2010 after residents discovered their community was full of of artists. Now every year this mini arts district holds a neighborhood-wide open house allowing the public to see where the diverse array of Del Rey artists, including Cusp artist Patrice Springer, live and create. Paintings, sculptures, jewelry, crafts, music and more can be found along the way. Pick up a map at the walk or click the image above to see a larger view of the route. This is a free, all ages event.
Date: Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
Location: 11936 Aneta St, Los Angeles, CA 90230
When you think of small businesses you probably picture a local hardware store or a mom and pop restaurant, but do you ever think of artists or musicians? In honor of Small Business Week, here are 5 simple ways to support the overlooked small businesses of artists and musicians.
Tell everyone about them
Tell your friends, family, dentist and even strangers on the street about this musician or artist you love. The majority of sales and new fans come from personal recommendations.
Go to their shows and bring friends
Seems obvious, but aside from the moral support, did you know the number of people who attend a show often affects how much money musicians make and can determine if a gallery will have the artist back again?
Interact with them online
When a musician posts a new video or an artist sends out a photo of their latest painting, like, comment, and especially share. The more people chime in, the more likely the post is going to be seen by a larger group of people.
Buy their work
You know buying art or music helps an artist make money, but it also attracts other buyers and helps convince career-making people in the industry that the artist is legitimate and worth supporting.
Sign up for their mailing list
I know, you already get way too many emails, but there are two good reasons to sign up. First, you may be missing freebies, special offers or invites to private events that the artist doesn’t post publically. And second, even if you follow an artist on social media, many sites are restricting the number of people who can see small business posts making email a more reliable way for artists and musicians and their supporters to stay in touch.
The response to the Red Hill Quartet's first show at Byblos Restaurant was so enthusiastic that Red Hill has been asked to come back. Starting May 25th, the quartet will be performing the last Sunday of every month. Each show will be unique with fresh takes on songs and sometimes special guests. Here's a clip from their first show.
Enjoy a rare acoustic performance from singer/songwriter Daniel Jimenez Afanador at Lexington Social House. Lexington offers upscale dining, inventive cocktails and a social atmosphere. Admission is free with no food or drink minimums and in return you get a whole night of entertainment.
Date: Friday, May 23rd
Location:Lexington Social House, 1718 Vine Street Hollywood, CA 90028
For the first time the Red Hill Quartet will perform at Genghis Cohen. The intimate setting is a perfect place to listen Red Hill's entrancing jazz. This eclectic group of top notch musicians blend their varied backgrounds to create music that mixes the influences of African, Indian, and Middle Eastern music with traditional jazz. The quartet is comprised of Harvey Lane on sax, Mark London Sims on bass, Ricky Luther on vibes and Leonice Shinneman on drums and tabla.
“All The Same” by Daniel Jimenez Afanador featuring Elan Atias is a musically well done song that positively seeks to explore the idea that “despite perceived differences we all have similar dreams, struggles and feelings.”
The song is beautifully executed and exceptionally arranged, incorporating an amazingly delightful woodwind and brass section bridge toward the end of the song.
The song and video for “All The Same” reflect a joyful and hopeful vibe that is both bright and optimistic.
With “All The Same,” Daniel demonstrates that he is not only a remarkable singer and songwriter, but also an artist that strives to make music that resonates with the good and kindness of people across all ethnicities.
For those of you who couldn't make it to the Tijuana show, Daniel Jimenez Afanador and Sarah Carpio are joining forces yet again for a show at Genghis Cohen Restaurant. Daniel and Sarah originally met at the San Diego County Fair when Daniel won 1st and Sarah won 2nd place at the 2013 Cantautor Latino contest.
Come enjoy an evening of live, original music from both of these talented singer/songwriters. Buy your tickets at the door. $10 cover/ cash only.
And before or after the show enjoy Genghis Cohen's freshly made Southwestern Chinese Cuisine with no MSG.
Please note no food is allowed in the music room.
Date: Saturday, April 19th
Where: Genghis Cohen Restaurant, 740 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, California 90046
Cover: $10 at the door (cash only)
Daniel Jimenez Afanador makes his Mexico debut at El Lugar del Nopal performing with singer/songwriter Sarah Carpio. Daniel and Sarah met when Daniel won 1st and Sarah won 2nd place at the 2013 Cantautor Latino contest at the San Diego County Fair. And in January 2014, both artists released new EPs. Daniel's All the Same features Elan Atias and Sarah's Nada was recorded in both Mexico and Texas.
El Lugar del Nopal is a unique bar/restaurant known for providing a forum for painters, poets, actors, writers, dancers and musicians from Mexico and abroad. And it's also know for its Mojitos and delicious dishes.
Date: Saturday, April 5th
Where: El Lugar del Nopal, Privada 5 de Mayo 1328 Zona Centro, 22000 Tijuana, Baja California
Cover: $4.50 US/ 60 Pesos (buy at the door)
On Sunday, March 30th come listen to live jazz by the Red Hill Quartet, an eclectic jazz group comprised of top musicians who bring the influences of African, Indian, and Middle Eastern music to traditional jazz. This unique blend, coupled with an all original repertoire, has generated enthusiastic response from traditional jazz audiences as well as those who never considered themselves jazz fans.
Date: Sunday, March 30th
Time: 7-10pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Where: Byblos Restaurant, 1964 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tickets: $10 (buy at the door)
Byblos Restaurant offers authentic Lebanese cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. To make dinner reservations call 310.475.9558.
In honor of Martin Luther King Day singer/songwriter Daniel Jimenez Afanador has released All the Same, a two-song EP that explores how despite perceived differences we all have similar dreams, struggles and feelings. In keeping with this theme, Daniel asked 150 people to submit their photo to be included on the cover art. As a result, the cover includes faces from Colombia, Ireland, China, Mexico, France, Spain, Portugal, England, Australia, United Kingdom, Chile, Brazil, Taiwan, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, New Jersey, Colorado, Nebraska, Florida, Washington, and California.
The song, “All the Same”, was written and sung by Daniel and Elan Atias (formerly of The Wailers). The music video, also released today, reveals the diverse array of musicians who came together to record the song and every day people from both the US and Daniel’s native Colombia doing the “All the Same” dance created just for the song.
The second song on the EP, "Until the End", was originally written for the short film This is Kelly about the heaviest man to ever finish the LA marathon. Weighing just over 400 pounds, Kelly had to overcome not just physical obstacles, but also his own insecurities about finishing the race knowing that so many people didn’t think he could do it. The song is an inspirational message to keep going despite whatever challenges may come your way.
All the Same is Daniel's first English-language release and is available on iTunes, Amazon and many other online retailers.
The Cusp Association is happy to welcome the Red Hill Quartet, an eclectic Los Angeles-based jazz group comprised of top musicians from varied backgrounds who have come together to create the music they want to play. The members bring the influences of African, Indian, and Middle Eastern music while being solidly entrenched in the jazz tradition. This unique blend, coupled with an all original repertoire, has generated enthusiastic response from traditional jazz audiences as well as those who never considered themselves jazz fans.
Daniel Jimenez Afanador is opening for Bjorn Baillie & The Breaks and Irene Diaz tonight at the Lyric Theater. There is still time to get tickets for just $8. Doors open at 7pm and Daniel goes on at 8pm.
520 N. La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
About the Performers
Hailing from Ireland, Bjorn Baillie's songs have been used in hit shows like Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Life Unexpected, and many more.
Irene Diaz also started young and was classically trained on piano and taught guitar licks by her father. By early 2012 she was playing at venues across the US including the House of Blues Sunset, the Edison, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Daniel Jimenez Afanador, originally Colombia, mixes the musical influences of his native country with American Alternative Rock to create songs that are both intimate and intense. As a singer, he has performed at venues across the country including The San Diego County Fair where this year he won best singer at the Cantautor Latino Contest, The House of Blues (Hollywood and San Diego), The Viper Room, The Roxy, Rusty's Surf Ranch, The Good Hurt, D' Antigua in New York and many more. Daniel is putting the finishing touches on All the Same, his first EP of English-language songs.
Join us on Saturday, October 19th at 2:30pm when Daniel Jimenez Afanador takes the stage at L Creativo Fest, a celebration of the diverse array of Latin American music and art in Los Angeles. Held at the beautiful Coldwater Canyon Park, the day will be filled with live music, artwork, delicious food plus family-friendly activities.
Buy your tickets by donating to L Creativo's Indigogo campaign.
L Creativo Fest
Saturday, October 19th
From 10:30am to 9pm
Daniel Jimenez Afanador @ 2:30pm
At Coldwater Canyon Park
1100 Coldwater Canyon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Daniel Jimenez Afanador made his Las Vegas debut at Nevada WILD FEST on Saturday, September 21st at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. WILD FEST is a three-day extravaganza of live music, carnival rides, gourmet food trucks, beer and wine gardens, arts & crafts, and even a group Zumbathon session plus more unique activities.
"Our goal has always been to bring up-and-coming talent to the Nevada Wild Fest and allow families to have a great time while they support an important cause. This year is no exception, we will have great performers and experiences planned for all three days."--Keith Resnick, Nevada WILD FEST Festival Director and Co-Founder of the Lili Claire Foundation
100% of the proceeds from this all ages event have been donated to the Lili Claire Foundation. The Lili Claire Foundation is a private medical center dedicated to helping special needs children and adults with neurogenetic conditions; such as, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Williams Syndrome and Autism.
The celebration of Latino Heritage continues at Salón Bellas Artes Pomona featuring work from Uruguayan artist Gonzalo Algarate and more during the Pomona Artwalk on Saturday, October 12th from 4-9pm. And it doesn't stop there. The artwalk showcases the latest exhibits from over three dozen galleries and many nearby shops and restaurants stay open late for visitors.
Join us Saturday, August 17th at the TAG Gallery 2013 California Open Exhibition reception and awards ceremony featuring artist Shannon Duffy. The exhibition was juried by Edward Goldman, art critic for KCRW and the Huffington Post. TAG Gallery is located in Bergamot Station, a complex of 20+ galleries showcasing a variety of art. And if you can't make the party the exhibition will be open August 14th-30th.
Saturday, August 17th
Bergamot Station Arts Center
TAG Gallery is in Building D3
2525 Michigan Ave.
Santa Monica CA 90404
You only have until the end of August to view artwork by Gonzalo Algarate, currently on display as part of the ChimMaya Gallery's "Things to Come" exhibit showcasing artists from around the world. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday.
Daniel Jimenez Afanador rocked his last show of the summer at Genghis Cohen featuring special guests Alejandro Blanco, Natasa Paterson Paulberg, Audrey Corsa, Santiago Heredia and Marko Sanchez. And if you missed the show watch the video for a flavor of the night.
Come see where Patrice Springerand Gonzalo Algarate create their art at the 2013 Del Rey Artwalk in Del Rey, California on June 23rd from 10am-5pm. 20 artists, of all different varieties will open up their homes to the public so you can get an initmate look at where they work and live. Musicians will also be performing along the walk. Come join us for this free event.
Shannon Duffy was among the artists featured at Wallspace gallery's one year anniversary party on April 27th. One reviewer wrote:
"Hers were the pieces that I found myself peering at for long periods of time, moving from detail to detail. And Shannon herself was immeasurably modest, leaving her pieces to speak for themselves. It was easy to see why Valda allocated standing room for that area of the gallery." - Omar Najam, Life in LA (read the full review here)
Normally, we look to the artist to explain their work, but this time we want you to decide what moments you think 3 different artists are capturing in their art.
What is the secret behind Patrice Springer bright and colorful paintings of adobes and missions of the Southwest?
What emotions are Gonzalo Algarate’s explorations of the human form in bronze revealing?
What is the story behind Rick Robinson’s bold, primitive pop metal sculptures?
Cast your vote while enjoying appetizers and organic wine from Frey Vineyards. And two lucky attendees will get to take art home with them when we raffle off two gift bags containing prints and cards by the featured artists, plus more goodies from our sponsors Kay' N Dave's and The Word is Art. Join us!
Laurie Warren's painting "Taking His Bow" is now on view at the historic Harrington Gallery in the Firehouse Art Centerin Pleasanton, CA from January 17, 2013 to February 16, 2013. It's part of the California Watercolor Association's 43rd National Exhibition jurored by internationally known artist and teacher M. E. "Mike" Bailey, President Emeritus of the National Watercolor Society. The Harrington Gallery is located in the Firehouse Arts Center at 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton, CA 94566.
On Dec. 1st works from Patrice Springer and Gonzalo Algarate and Rick Robinson along with works from other talented artists will be on display for the grand opening of The Word is Art Gallery. The Word is Art gallery showcases art in every flavor from paintings to handcrafted dolls to sculpture to jewelry and more.
And if you live in the Los Angeles area, please join us in celebrating, discover a new artist and maybe even go home with some original art or pick up some unique gifts for the holidays. While you browse, enjoy live music from fellow Cusp artist Daniel Jimenez Afanador, sample wine from Frey Vineyards (the first organic winery in the US) and snack on free food.
Date: Saturday, Dec. 1st, 2012
Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
The Word is Art Gallery
9349 Venice Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Laurie Warren's painting "My Brother's Keeper" has been accepted into the 2012 Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial Exhibition in China. Ever since the English first introduced watercolor to China in the 19th century, it has been steadily growing in popularity because of the medium's similarity to Chinese traditional painting. The exhibition, showcasing the best watercolor artists from around the world, runs from October through November at the Quanhua Watercolour Art Gallery in Zhujiajiaoi.
After many years of showing her work on the East Coast, West Coasters finally have the chance to see Laurie Warren's watercolor paintings in person at the 2012 Annual National Watercolor Society Exhibition in San Pedro, CA starting September 29th. Now in its 92nd year, the NWS selected Laurie's painting "Night Lights" from almost a 1,000 entries to be a part of their exhibition of the best watercolor work from around the world. Paintings will be on display at the NWS Gallery at 915 S. Pacific Avenue, San Pedro, CA through December 2.
On September 22nd Patrice Springer and Shannon Duffy's paintings helped light up Perishing Square in downtown LA as part of Autumn Lights LA 2012, a celebration of art through light. Attended by thousands of people, the night included interactive sculptures, 3-D theatre performances, live musical performances, live blacklight painting, and projection of artworks on buildings, including works by Shannon and Patrice.
Daniel Jimenez Afanador's first solo album, Mucho Amor Mata (Too Much Love Kills), is now available on iTunes. This Spanish-language EP is a compilation of songs that tell stories of finding love, losing love, and all of the ups and downs of life in between.