Red Hot Chili Peppers Bassist Flea Appears at MUSE/IQUE's Uncorked Series Tonight, 11/12


Tonight, November 12, 2012 at 7PM, Rachael Worby and MUSE/IQUE continue their UNCORKED series this fall when The It's All About Vibration concert pops up on the Art Center College of Design with an appearance by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, crossover cellist Matt Haimovitz and Sean Carroll, Caltech Physicist. Curated by Rachael Worby, the program, featuring the music of Bach, Coltrane, Vivaldi, Hendrix and The Beatles, will have MUSE/IQUE aficionados experiencing another evening of unique musical discovery and exploration.

As the bassist for Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea has earned praise for his brilliant bass guitar technique and audacious musical style. Rolling Stone's readers named him No. 2 on their "Top Ten Bassists of All Time" list. He's joined supergroups featuring Thom Yorke, Damon Albarn and other rock superstars, and co-founded the Silverlake Conservatory of Music.

A trend-setter who's been instrumental in breaking down barriers between classical and pop, jazz and rock music, cellist Matt Haimovitz debuted as a soloist at age 13 with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic, and has since performed on some of the world's great stages, including Carnegie Hall, while also playing at coffeehouses and clubs. Flea and Haimovitz team with the musicians of MUSE/IQUE to explore the depth, inventive power, and all the possibilities of string performance. Rachael, Flea and Matt will be joined by Prize-Winning Scientist Sean Carroll who will rap about String Theory – the idea that vibration is at the center of all life.

Not only will you get to hear some amazing music, but you'll also get to scope out the cutting-edge galleries at the Art Center College of Design at a pre-concert reception with wine, mingling and tours.

Rachael Worby, MUSE/IQUE's Artistic Director and Conductor, says, "Matt Haimovitz inspires me to think differently. Flea's musical flair is electric; Sean Carroll blows my mind. Every time I step onto the Art Center campus, I am in the midst of creativity. This is the kind of mash-up we dreamt we could create when we started MUSE/IQUE."

Flea (Michael Peter Balzary) is best known as the bassist, co-founding member and one of the composers of Red Hot Chili Peppers, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. He co-founded the Silverlake Conservatory of Music a non-profit music education organization in Los Angeles in 2001. He has also appeared with the groups What is This?, Fear and Jane's Addiction. He is also a member of rock supergroups Atoms for Peace and Rocketjuice and the Moon. Originally a jazz trumpet prodigy, Flea learned to play bass in high school, joining a band called Anthym. He then played for the punk rock group Fear and later joined Tony Flow and the Majestic Masters of Mayhem, which would later give birth to Red Hot Chili Peppers. His bass playing incorporates several musical styles from aggressive slap bass to more subdued and melodic styles. Drawing influences from funk and punk rock, he centers his playing on simplicity and minimalism, viewing complexity as a device to be used in moderation. He as collaborated with many artists, including the Mars Volta, Alanis Morissette and Johnny Cash. He has acted in several films, including Suburbia, My Own Private Idaho, The Chase, The Big Lebowski and Back to the Future, Parts II and III.

Pioneering Cellist Matt Haimovitz inspires classical music lovers and new listeners by bringing his artistry to a host of new venues – clubs, coffee houses and festivals – where passionate music can be heard. He brings a fresh ear to familiar repertoire, champions new music and initiates ground-breaking collaborations as well as innovative recording projects. He tours extensively and mentors young cellists at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal. He made his debut at 13 years old in 1984 as a soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic and then started recording at age 17 with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon.