Sunday, January 14, 2024, at 2 pm
Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Tickets available October 18, 2023
William Blake’s collection of poems Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience mirror the sunshine and noir myths about Los Angeles. No one understood this better than LA composer David Axelrod (1931–2017). Starting in 1968 Axelrod, a self-described “Blake freak,” released two groundbreaking albums interpreting Blake’s poetry as psychedelic jazz fusion. His music was revived decades later when sampled by admiring musicians like DJ Shadow, Lauryn Hill, Dr. Dre, and Lil Wayne. Join Angeleno poets, musicians, and artists as they celebrate the connections between William Blake’s poetry and the music of David Axelrod.
After the program, enjoy conversation and a hosted reception and see the exhibition William Blake: Visionary on its closing day.
1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Get Directions)