LACO hires James Darrah as creative director of digital content, with plans for digital studio and streamed season

Posted on: October 2, 2020

“Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on Thursday [announced] a virtual season for 2020-21 featuring 16 episodes imagined and directed by designer and interdisciplinary artist James Darrah, who has been named LACO’s creative director of digital content,” writes Jessica Gelt in Thursday’s (10/1) Los Angeles Times. “Darrah directed the world premieres of composer Ellen Reid’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘prism’ and Missy Mazzoli’s adaptation of the Lars von Trier film ‘Breaking the Waves.’… For his new position, Darrah is teaming up with LACO music director Jaime Martín on a slate of offerings dubbed ‘LACO Close Quarters.’ The linchpin of Darrah’s vision involves the creation of a digital studio at Wilhardt & Naud, a multidisciplinary arts campus in downtown L.A.’s Chinatown. Darrah is scouting the campus to find collaborators for the new season, consisting of original visual episodes informed by LACO music recorded and filmed separately at the Colburn School’s Olive Rehearsal Hall…. If health guidance allows a live, socially distanced audience in the future, that audience might take part in the art via an outdoor space near the digital studio. The new LACO season will stream biweekly, and at no cost to viewers, at 6:30 p.m. Fridays from Nov. 6 to June 4.”