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"Magic Hour in Los Angeles: America's Cultural Renaissance of 1974"

1974 in Los Angeles was, in a word, magic. At a time when Americans began breaking free from post-war conformity, the city that outsiders once considered glitzy and superficial emerged as the unlikely cultural epicenter for exponential creativity and blossoming self-expression. From this “Magic Hour,” sprung forth not only groundbreaking works of art from film, television, and recording studios alike, but also the idea that it is often art and pop culture that lead our way forward. Join MUSE/IQUE and Artistic & Music Director Rachael Worby for our soaring season opener as we celebrate the creative heavy hitters who transformed our city and the year that crowned Los Angeles the cultural capital of the world. 

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Presented in partnership with Center Theatre Group. 2024 CTG:FWD programming at the Mark Taper Forum is made possible through the generous support of the S. Mark Taper Foundation. Additional funding is provided by gifts to the Artistic Director Discretionary Fund.


Make Some Noise: Music and Stories of America Defiance and Hope

In our 2024 season, MUSE/IQUE spotlights the transformative American artists and thinkers who rejected norms and limitations to forge a new and better future. When artists make loud choices and take bold stances, they teach us that nothing is impossible. Join us in a celebration of the stories and music that moved America.



LaVance Colley has fused the presence, range, and fervor of a Gospel singer with the versatility of Jazz, and the heart of R&B to develop a style all his own. As an accomplished vocalist his credits include working with legends like: Beyonce Knowles, John Legend, Shawn Mendes, Pharrell Williams, Diana Ross, and Lizzo, to name a few. LaVance is also widely recognized as the lead vocalist, and Emcee on tour with international sensation group Postmodern Jukebox. His live performances and studio sessions are truly spectacular and highly sought after by many artists in the industry.

rachel gonzalez, VOCALS

LA native Singer-Songwriter Rachel Gonzalez is a blend of soul driven melodies & intentionally honest storytelling. Her voice carries her message of healing straight to your heart, and is something you can’t quite ignore. Growing up singing in church and high school choir sparked her love for music, and her time at Berklee College of Music inspired her to develop her voice and sound as an artist. Now, she is pursuing her love for music as an artist, vocalist, and songwriter creating music in so many different facets with so many amazing musicians.

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Javier Almaraz, VOCALS

Born in Nayarit, Mexico, Javier Almaráz embarked on a remarkable musical journey deeply influenced by his father Marco Antonio, who played a crucial role in Almaráz’ early exposure to music, as a member of the renowned trio “Los Dandys” by Güicho Cisneros. Throughout Almaráz’ career, bossa nova, bolero, Italian R&B, and jazz  shaped his diverse musical landscape. Notable collaborations with distinguished artists include Arturo Sandoval, Nan Schwartz, David Paich, Mike Lang, Till Brönner, Brent Fischer, Tierney Sutton and Jorge Estrada, as well as a  back-up singing for icons like Gloria Trevi and Chiquis Rivera.  The projects ranged from recording on songs like “El Dueño de Tu Amor,” “Aún Tengo Ganas de Ti,” and “La última rosa.” Almaráz simply captures the essence of his musical odyssey, reflecting a journey deeply rooted in family, marked by influential collaborations, and aspiring towards new horizons in the world of film soundtracks. 

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The DC6 Singers Collective are a Los Angeles-based ensemble of dynamic and energetic a cappella, gospel, and Motown singers. Together, the DC6 Singers Collective have brought their shared passion for music as well as their uplifting and charismatic performances to audiences across the country. In harmony, the DC6 Singers Collective delivers a unique approach to gospel and Motown standards and breathes new life into classic and current pop standards. 


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