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Sounds of L.A., the Getty’s annual concert series exploring the city’s varied musical landscape, kicks off the 2020 season on January 18. Each month features two concerts by charismatic musicians who combine global influences in unexpected and original ways.

Sounds of L.A. 2020 launches on January 18 and 19 with African stringed-instrument virtuosi 3MA. The group features Ballaké Sissoko on kora, Driss El Maloumi on oud, and Rajery on valiha—an instrument described as part-zither, part-lute. The three, hailing from Mali, Morocco, and Madagascar, regularly meet to perform together and create new compositions inspired by their respective traditions and deep friendship.

Oakland-based MC rapper, and spoken word artist Ruby Ibarra takes the stage on February 15 and 16. Listeners will hear stories reflecting the lives of immigrants and communities of color in Tagalog and Waray, these languages originate in the Philippines, just like Ibarra. Both are especially percussive languages: perfect for her voice and vision. She’ll be joined by contemporary and traditional musicians for an evening illuminating the social power of music.

Sounds of L.A. closes March 21 and 22 with one of Brazil’s most acclaimed contemporary musicians, Hamilton de Holanda. He is known for his tour-de-force compositions and stunning command of his instrument the bandolim, or mandolin. Starting his professional career at the tender age of five, de Holanda went on to reinvent the sound, style, and technique of this beloved instrument by adding two extra strings (low Cs).

Sounds of L.A. Schedule
The series is free; a separate reservation is required for each concert. All performances take place in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center. Parking $15; $10 after 3:00 p.m. For tickets and information visit

Sounds of L.A.: 3MA
Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 19, 2020, at 4 p.m.

Sounds of L.A.: Ruby Ibarra
Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 16, 2020, at 4 p.m.

Sounds of L.A.: Hamilton de Holanda
Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 22, 2020, at 4 p.m.


Sounds of L.A. is presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.