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Photography – A Stunning Element

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Los Angeles – The Wiltern Theatre

a beautiful 1930 Art Deco’ architecture considered one of the finest examples in United States, salvaged and restored from neglect and decay it is a symbol of history and Art preservation for the City of Los Angeles. The theatre is located inside the green-turquoise  Pellissier Building you can read more about the interesting history here.

My photo  shows details of the stunning and dramatic element featured on the ceiling overlooking the box-office at the entrance. I love the angle I was able to capture and the lighting in contrast with the dark shade creating a beautiful effect of “chiaroscuro” it seems almost a monochrome. I love this photo and I hope you do to!

In June 2015  I had the privilege to attend a great concert in this beautiful venue, you can read my post “A Magical Evening of Guitars”. It was a wonderful experience for me as an artist to see the beauty of this historical theatre. The more I was looking around the more I felt I was back in time. As soon I walked inside the magnificent decorated oval-shaped lobby, I was imagining how many shows have been hosted in such great place during the 1930s and 40s until our days, all the amazing artists that have performed there. I could visualize all the people walking around the lobby wearing their fancy hats and fashionable outfits of that era.  The ceilings inside are amazing and all decorated with beautiful elements, over the walls there are shapes of beautiful flowers artistically painted. One of the most striking element of the interior design is a huge sunburst placed on the ceiling of the auditorium,  each ray is created as its own Art Deco skyscraper. I was there attending a modern Rock Concert having the feeling to be in an old-fashioned historical venue, where I was back in time and into the modern era at the same time, it was amazing! I felt a great vibe. My native country is Italy, I grow up surrounded by the most amazing Art and architecture  hundred and hundred of years of Art history are still alive throughout the magnificent buildings, sculptures, paintings on almost every city in Italy because it is very important to preserve and salvage our Art. I am glad that The Wiltern Theatre is an example of preservation here in US and for sure it is a place to visit in Los Angeles if you interested in Art and Architecture and nonetheless a great vibe-filled and intimate venue for great concerts.

I hope that you enjoyed my photography and this post!
There is any special Art-preserved place in your city?
Feel free to talk about it in the comments!

Thank you for sharing 😉

-CR

Copyright 2016 ©Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com
 

 

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Music

Music – A magical evening of guitars

This post is my  testimony for a one of a kind event. Yesterday, I had the privilege to attend one of the best concerts  featuring legendary Joe Satriani and  Steve Vai. Also performing was Tosin Abasi from Animals as Leaders!
It was a magical evening where some of the best guitarrist in the world were playing their amazing music and gave us the gift to see them performing together. This concert also had a great cause. It was a benefit concert in support of Cliff Cultreri  their good friend and music-industry veteran. Cultreri is the A&R executive who “discovered” Satriani, Vai and other great artists while working at Relativity Records and Koch Entertainment. Cultreri is suffering from a host of auto-immune and connective-tissue disorders  simultaneously attacking his immune system, it is a 1 in 100 million occurrence causing severe pain and debilitating. Joe Satriani and Steve Vai got together to host benefit shows for Cultreri in the years 2006 and 2011, this concert in 2015 is the third one for the cause. This show, “A Benefit for Cliff III” took place at 8 p.m. on June 12 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles … And now I can say I was there!!! Ohhh…I am so glad I was! 🙂

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I witnessed three and half hours of an exciting and amazing concert!

Something unique that I know it would be one of a kind in my concerts book!!!

I love music and I have been lucky to have seen many of my favorite bands and artists during my life!
Not all of them, but still many that I would love to see. I went to concerts whenever I could and I have unforgettable memories.

Our day started yesterday at 3.30pm, we headed over to the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) going to Los Angeles. The weather was just perfect a little overcast on the coastline. We had a wonderful ocean view while travelling.
I took some photos with my phone 🙂

On the road….
On the Road to LA
PCHighwayPCH – Pacific Coast Highway

LAngelesAlmost there!

Los_AngelesWe arrived in Los Angeles! Getting closer to the Wiltern Theatre , getting very exciting!

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This is the Pellissier Building and adjoining Wiltern Theatre a beautiful 1930 Art Deco architecture considered one of the finest examples in United States.
It was a wonderful experience for me as Artist to see the beauty of this historical theatre. This Concert was not just a concert, it was also an amazing place. The more I looked around the more I felt I was back in time. I was imagining how many shows have been hosted in such great place. The ceiling is amazing and decorated with dramatic Art Deco elements. The walls inside the Theatre featured shapes of flowers artistically painted!
Outside_ The WilternOutside the entrance…
Wiltern_CeilingThis stunning Art Deco element is on the ceiling outside the entrance.

Time is getting close. We are in line to check-in…the line was pretty long, all the way to the other side to the Wiltern Theatre.
In line for the Concert
And finally inside! The stage is great, the atmosphere is exciting. I love concerts hosted in theatres. I like because it is less dispersive than the Stadiums. There are different atmospheres and way to perceive the music and the artists.
Joe Satriani and Steve Vai along with the other artists have donated items to be auctioned during the event including autographed guitars.
The Wiltern Theatre StageThe Concert starting at 8pm…

The  first to perform and open the evening are the Animals as Leaders. I discovered them just recently. They play Instrumental Abstract Jazz Metal (this is my definition for their music) the official definition is “Instrumental Progressive Metal” they are able to change their sounds in different directions.

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Joe Satriani and Steve Vai
satrianivacliff2015_full_638Note: I am not the owner of those two photos I don’t know the photographers names (Copyright Photo Credits goes to their original owners)

The show started on time and the Animals as Leaders performed for almost an hour. The second performance was legendary guitarrist Steve Vai. He has a great stage presence along with his music. He let his finger flying on his guitar as he always did, one word… amazing!

Then Joe Satriani walked on stage. That’s when the planet turned to hear the pure sound from his guitar.
Joe_SatrianiHis music is just stunning! I have a preference for him because I love the sound of his amazing guitar, it is different and unique that’s why I describe it as “Pure”. He is not only a guitarist but a multi-instrumentalist. Satriani is considered to be a highly technical guitarist in the world and referred to as a top guitar virtuoso.

He also has Italian descends which makes me very happy!  🙂

Joe Satriani played for long time his wonderful pieces. After two-hour and a half concert, Joe brought back on stage Steve Vai and Tosin Abasi lead guitar from the Animals as Leaders to have a jam session. That was super great to see them play all together!  Very unique occasion performing a Frank Zappa song.  Also a wonderful Tribute to the greatest B.B. King. This concert has been 3 hours and half of unforgettable music. I am very happy and pleased  to be able to say “I was there!!!”

Photo Credit Chris HuberFor this photo (Photo Credits Chris Huber)

My phone couldn’t record the sound as I would’ve loved to. But I found some videos recorded from this concert. Thanks to  Cal Vid  you can enjoy and have a part of this unforgettable event with me! ❤

More videos on Cal Vid  YouTube!
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