L.A. Composed: A Festival of Los Angeles Music
Led by Artistic Director Rachael Worby
2022 | Streets Make Music!
Take a wild musical ride through iconic streets as we meet the forward thinking Angelenos who created the legendary L.A. sound.
With scores of spectacular singers and musicians, bold collaborations, and inimitable dance performances, we bring the rich tapestry of L.A. music to life across a blend of genres—from jazz and the blues to sweeping film scores; from rock ‘n’ roll to Mariachi; from singer-songwriters to surf sounds, and more.
Be a part L.A.'s infinite musical story with a yearlong series of big events designed to feel intimate and personal. Curated by Artistic Director Rachael Worby and hosted at cornerstone cultural institutions around town - including The Huntington, The Skirball, and others - this is a landmark cultural experience you must not miss!
Act fast! All previous events in this series have completely sold out. The only way to guarantee admission is by becoming a member. Members have admission to the entire season and will be the first to receive the full schedule in January 2022.
Reservations for members open February 2022. Make sure you're on the list!
Sunset Blvd. (Part I) March 2022
From film noir scores to the fabled rock band gigs on the glitzy Sunset Strip, this street of myths and legends winds through our imagination like no other stretch of pavement on Earth.
Central Avenue. April 2022 Jazz at the center of LA’s soul. This famous stretch of DTLA was a hub of nightlife and the west coast’s answer to the Harlem Renaissance.
The Canyons: Laurel & Topanga May 2022 From The Mamas and the Papas to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, to Linda Ronstadt and Joni Mitchell, and on and on and on…Where scores of singer-songwriters converged to reinvent how music was made and played.
Route 66 and Highway 1 July 2022 From the mystique of roads out west to the endless summer magic of our beach cities, the most famous numbered highways in the world come together in Los Angeles to define the idea of freedom and the sound of Americana.
Hollywood & Vine August 2022 From the invention of film scores as high art to the most revolutionary innovations of our recording industry, Hollywood is truly the world capitol of big music.
Grand Avenue September 2022 From the worldwide influences of L.A.'s earliest days, to the world stage that our city has become, the musical history of downtown Los Angeles is like a perpetual renaissance. Seemingly against all odds, our artists always find suprising ways to reinvent themselves, their art, and their community.
Whittier Blvd. October 2022 The grooving Chicano rhythm and beat that could only have been born in L.A.
Sunset Blvd. (Part II) November 2022
We return to Sunset for a look back at how this 22-mile stretch has consistently shaped the city's musical identities across so many decades, genres, and venues.
About L.A. Composed
Los Angeles has always been a city of dreamers and doers; a collector of transplants, a haven for explorers; a bubbling hub of innovation and wild creativity. What happens in Los Angeles can only happen here.
The musical legacy of Los Angeles is full of musical change-makers, rule-breakers, and risk-takers. It’s a vibrant tapestry woven with thousands of threads.
In the spirit of rediscovery and radical celebration, MUSE/IQUE tells the story of Los Angeles, celebrating the intersections where musical magic was made.
This season, we're offering multiple showings of each event in order to bring the live music experience to as many people as possible. Join us as we return to The Huntington and at a brand new location: The Skirball!
2021 | Iconic L.A. Moments and Artists
TAPESTRY AT 50
In 1971, Carole King moved from New York to Los Angeles to change the course of her career. Instead, she changed the world. From “You’ve Got a Friend” to “Where you Lead” and “I Feel the Earth Move” to “Natural Woman”, Tapestry changed the musical landscape for singer-songwriters and became a quintessential piece of Los Angeles’s musical history. In honor of the 50th anniversary of this iconic record, MUSE/IQUE weaves a surprising new performance of her seminal album through an eclectic range of performers and styles.
July 14 and 15 at The Huntington | July 18 at The Skirball
DYLAN GOES HOLLYWOOD
From big brass beds to knockin' on heaven's door, Bob Dylan's music and lyrics evoke powerful images and stories in our minds like no other songwriter in history. It is no wonder Dylan's music has been featured hundreds of times in movies and paired with some of the most powerful and striking moments on screen. It also makes wildly good sense he found himself drawn to the City of Angels time and time again! In this performance, MUSE/IQUE explores Bob Dylan on the west coast and his quintessentially cinematic songs through the Hollywood lens.
August 18 and 19 at The Huntington | August 22 at The Skirball
THE HOUSE THAT NAT BUILT
“The House that Nat Built” is an impressive nickname and no small feat. Nat who? Only a young jazz pianist who would become Nat King Cole, one of the most decorated singers of all-time. The House? Capitol Records, the legendary recording studio that is synonymous with the Los Angeles music scene writ large. In this performance, MUSE/IQUE explores the enduring music of Nat King Cole and his impressive L.A. story, from his lasting legacy on television, on the Billboard charts, in the recording booth, and beyond.
September 22 and 23 at The Huntington | September 26 at The Skirball
ETTA AT LAST
All we ever needed to make our lives whole was the voice of Etta James. Born in Los Angeles in 1938, her storied career came to symbolize the multi-layered creative innovations of our city. She made the world's best musicians—from Elvis to B.B. King to Chuck Berry—even better. And with her vocal magic, she masterfully blended the best of the American sound—from blues, R&B, and soul to rock, jazz, and gospel. In this life-affirming performance, MUSE/IQUE celebrates our favorite Etta songs and we relive her most famous collaborations.
October 13 and 14 at The Huntington | October 17 at The Skirball