a Walk on the Wild Side
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stage will be populated not just with recognized commercial artists,
but also with performers who are lesser known to mainstream audiences.
He would like to bring, for example, local artists such as The Watts
Prophets, who are among the founders of rap music, as well as international
artists who've never been to the West Coast. And he wants to tap
into the talent that's right here at UCLA, from ethnomusicology
students to World Arts and Cultures faculty.
talent that's here is very exciting," says Sefton. "I said in my
press junket, 'All I have to do is go through the internal telephone
directory to plan my first year.'"
also wants to break out of the boundaries of traditional performance
spaces and to expand the program beyond the campus. "There are big
festivals and programs I'd like to introduce that don't fit into
any hall spaces," he says. "They'll have to go into bigger or smaller
spaces. I have my eyes on the athletic fields. There are things
I will do off campus completely because I think, as a wider definition
of outreach, the way to encourage people to be connected to what's
going on is to go out to them."
all this in mind, what might we expect from Sefton in the near future?
He promises "lots of stuff in the pipeline," including one big introductory
event in the spring.
plan is to do something this year - because obviously I've inherited
a whole year's program, much of which is great, but it's not my
program - that just basically announces my arrival, a kind of indication
of where I'm going," he says. "I can talk all I like about what
my vision is, but until I actually put a gig on, nobody's going
to know what I'm talking about."
fasten your seat belts. It's going to be an interesting ride.
Ko is an associate editor of UCLA Magazine.