Had a great start to the memorial day weekend seeing "la la land in concert: a live-to-film celebration" at the hollywood bowl!
it was the very first performance of the tour and i was totally blown away by composer and conductor justin hurwitz and his orchestra and jazz ensemble, the very same musicians that played the music in the film, which also happens to be my favorite movie and soundtrack from last year!
i've been a huge fan of director damien chazelle ever since i saw "whiplash", and some of my favorite musicians are buddy rich and charlie parker, both of whom are mentioned a lot in that film. i actually play alto saxophone in my school band and "bird" is my main inspiration!
just a few hours before the concert, i performed "city of stars" from the "la la land" soundtrack on ukulele at my school's 5th grade talent show. it was a total coincidence that this happened the same day as the concert as i had decided to play this song before the show was even announced!
whether coincidence, serendipity or destiny, it was a fun way to start the weekend!