Panamanian Jazz pianist Danilo Perez has made a name for himself not only an internationally acclaimed artist, but also a humanitarian figure. With a deep belief in the power of music as a tool for social change, he founded the Danilo Perez Foundation in 2005 — focusing on the social and creative growth of young children and teenagers in Panama City through the development of musical education.
To help animate the burgeoning nightlife of Casco Viejo we’ve joined hands with Danilo to establish Danilo’s Jazz Club at American Trade Hotel — as he says “one amazing room for creating music.”
This one day new beautiful club provides an opportunity for creative development and international exchange at this very intimate level with students from Panama and all of Latin America and beyond — to create new music, bringing old and new, near, far together. We’re honored to celebrate its official opening tonight with two special performances, including one with Danilo himself presenting music from his latest album — Panama 500 — backed by players from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.
Last week wrapped up the final chapter in 24BY36, an ongoing experiment in art creation within the walls of Ace New York. For the project, 36 solo and duo artists spent the night with the purpose of producing 24 original works by morning. Love letters, collages, manifestos, musical partitions — we’ve been greatly amazed by the fruit of those twenty-four nights. The following snapshots are just an early glimpse into the collection of work and we’re already feeling inspired for the next edition.
Constantin Brancusi’s clean geometry, unveiling the essence of things in marble, wood and stone. The modernist sculptor born on this day in 1876 preferred simple clothes, a studio with a rock slab table and a primitive fireplace, and furniture, utensils and a phonograph he made himself.
With a nod to his Los Angeles-inspired Sky Backdrop series, indigenous artist Alex Israel outrigged our building-adjacent billboard with something that mimes the magic-hour cityscape and gilds our hearth. Central to the piece is an inset of the logo for the LA Dance Project, an intimate working partner of Israel’s. The LA Dance Project bring their magic to the Theater at Ace Hotel with shows on the 20, 21 and 22 of this month.
Our dear friend and healer Yona Kanzen is back from India with notes on three powerful healing ingredients.
Did you know that walnut is a great source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, ellagic acid, melatonin, vitamin E, carotenoids and poly-phenolic compounds? This helps keep the skin cells healthy and rejuvenated. Walnuts are rich in copper which helps iron out wrinkles and helps protect skin from pollution and sun. They are a great post workout snack, and if you want to sleep like a baby eat a few walnuts at dinner, the melatonin will do the trick.
This one is for frequent flyers. To beat stress, fatigue and other ailments associated with the journey, the answer lies in a cup of warm tulsi tea (holy basil). Consume it every 4-6 hours while traveling. Start the day before and continue until the day after. Tulsi is believed to promote longevity, help the body deal with stress and enhance physical and mental health. It has a unique combination of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties that can combat general stress, anxiety, relive symptoms such as forgetfulness and physical exhaustion and assists with sexual and sleep problems. As a mouth wash tulsi tea can treat bad breath, mouth ulcers and prevent dental plaque.
Turmeric has great healing powers and has been used in Ayurveda for purifying blood and treating skin, heart, liver and lung diseases. Turmeric powder is very effective for chronic cough and cold and throat irritations. Treat sprains and swellings with a pinch of turmeric powder, lime and salt. It’s also a great pesticide. Sprinkle a turmeric powder and water mix near all entry points of your house to ward off insects, ants and termites.
Kevin Willis is a journeyman. He’s an admirer of the ‘camp’ in antiquity and seems always to extract the eerie, underlying purpose from a thing where others see only pulp. Kevin is also a closely-kept member of our family and a contributor to Ace culture in ways that outmeasure just his physical work for us.
In the lobby at the Theater at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles resides his Cathedral of Our Ladyfingers. She’s something of a sentry at the mouth of the Gothic grandeur that lies just beyond, taking IDs, looking like Mother Superior clipped from the celluloid of a Buñuel film. Her making was entirely in the clay-caked hands and mind of Kevin, but the inspiration was divine.
Portland-based Tanner Goods officially opened their second flagship store Saturday. After considering many locations for the project they fell in love with Downtown LA’s rich manufacturing history – something that fits well with their own ‘under one roof’ philosophy. Like the original Portland location, the LA store will embody the geography and personality that surrounds it, reflecting elements of art deco architecture, mid-century modernity and the SoCal sunshine. Their new women’s collection also debuts this year.
Congrats TG friends! And welcome to the neighborhood, the water’s nice.
Photo of the Ninth and Broadway building and a piece by AK Vintage commissioned for the LA shop.
"Look, but don’t touch" — a universal directive aimed at both young and old, the phrase has the power to reduce curious souls and fledgling gallery-goers to puddles of anxiety when in the presence of fine art. Fabric artist, furniture maker and Los Angeles resident Tanya Aguiñiga, however, is having none of it.
To help tame rising decibels deflecting along the stone-heavy length of the rooftop bar at capacity, Tanya and her crew recently installed a 40-foot tapestry of composite fiber. In its full expanse, the installation folds in on itself non-directionally amidst braids of macramé shapes, descending downward with the weight of their knots, a play of fuzzy asymmetry that naturally absorbs the compounding frequencies of voices thickening as the night arcs toward its peak.
Downstairs, another one of Tanya’s creations is allowed a freer existence. Wild swirls of dun sheep wool climbs the hall behind the front desk, spreading out and ceasing unpredictably like ivy reaching for light — a pleasing sight made even more so when we discover that the animal from which the wool was sheared bears the charming name of Mary.
Many artists struggle with function’s push against the seductive pull of form. Tanya’s work is wholly other, eradicating the boundaries altogether in the simple and enthusiastic pursuit of the new, dismissing the old rules of polite appreciation in the process. Go ahead, it’s okay to touch it. Tanya said so.
Both works will be dedicated by the Public Works Improvements Arts Program of the City of Los Angeles.