Skirball Cultural Center, Global Fusion
Siegel has eighteen recordings and more than thirty-five reissues on Vanguard, RCA, Alligator (the exclusively Blues label) and Gadfly Records, as well as two album projects for the prestigious classical label Deutsche Grammophon (DG). He has written and performed works for Arthur Fiedler and the San Francisco Symphony, the Grant Park Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra for a Kennedy Center performance, after which the Washington Post proclaimed, "Siegel is a phenomenon." His music has been choreographed by five different international ballet companies and has been used for many national TV specials and motion pictures as well as the 1988 Olympic men's figure skating competition and the 1997 World Championship skating competition with Olympic Gold Medalists Torvill and Dean.
Ambi Subramaniam, at the age of nineteen, already has a number of major accomplishments under his belt. His greatest musical inspiration remains his father and guru, Dr. L. Subramaniam, with whom he tours the world, giving solo and duet performances. Ambi gave his first performance at the tender age of seven and has already performed in venues across the globe. Hailed as the new king of Indian classical violin, Ambi plays Western and Indian violin with equal ease. He is currently studying in college and is working on his first solo album.
Much in demand session player, Chris Rhyne began studying classical piano at age seven. He attended Boston's Berklee College of Music, studying composition, orchestration and piano. After his studies, Rhyne relocated to Los Angeles to work with popular A&M recording artist Gino Vanelli. He was recruited as Carlos Santana's keyboardist/arranger with whom he toured. He also recorded and toured with innovative violinist Jean Luc Ponty, and worked with Merv Griffin for the last six years of his television show.
Acoustic guitarist Mark Sganga is known for weaving a rich tapestry of beautiful melodies and imaginative improvisation. He has performed with Dr. L. Subramaniam, toured with Verve Recording artist Pete Belasco, appeared on recordings with Herbie Hancock and Maynard Ferguson, and performed with The Klezmatics. He has been declared "one of the top guitarists in NY" by WOR radio.
Since arriving in Los Angeles in 1980, bassist Jerry Watts has amassed a truly diverse and eclectic resume. His list of recording and performing credits reflects his love of music and trademark versatility and his involvement at the highest levels of pop, rock, jazz, and world music. In addition to his busy performance schedule, Watts is also Bass Department Chair at Los Angeles Music Academy.
Joey Heredia is a remarkable drummer and percussionist who blends a multitude of styles, making him a much sought-after musician. He has performed with Stevie Wonder, Sheila E, Sergio Mendez, Herb Alpert, Tania Maria, Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale, and Dianne Reeves. Early in his career, when he was only twenty-two years-old, he was chosen by Billy Childs to be part of Dianne Reeves band.
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The Skirball Cultural Center is dedicated to exploring the connections between 4,000 years of Jewish heritage and the vitality of American democratic ideals. It welcomes and seeks to inspire people of every ethnic and cultural identity. Guided by our respective memories and experiences, together we aspire to build a society in which all of us can feel at home. The Skirball Cultural Center achieves its mission through educational programs that explore literary, visual, and performing arts from around the world; through the display and interpretation of its Permanent Collections and changing exhibitions; through an interactive family destination inspired by the Noah's Ark story; and through outreach to the community.
The Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049. FREE on-site parking; street parking strictly prohibited. The Skirball is also accessible by Metro Rapid 761. Museum hours: Tuesday-Friday 12:00-5:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; closed Mondays and holidays. Museum admission: $10 General; $7 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12; $5 Children 2-12. Exhibitions are always free to Skirball Members and Children under 2. Exhibitions are free to all visitors on Thursdays. For general information, the public may call (310) 440-4500 or visit www.skirball.org. The Skirball is also home to Zeidler's Café, which serves innovative California cuisine in an elegant setting, and Audrey's Museum Store, which sells books, contemporary art, music, jewelry, and more.