It's been a fertile past few years for music in L.A., and Lotus' third album is a bit of a milestone, drawing from both the electronic production associated with Low End Theory and the city's current crop of soulful instrumentalists.
Which is to say: incredible beats + live music. Now it looks as if that combination will hit the Echoplex on May 15 as the second night in back-to-back Cosmogramma release shows.
Lotus will debuting his live band, dubbed "∞" on a night that includes performances from his cousin, renowned saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, Low End resident DJ the Gaslamp Killer, space-travellin' swami-type Gonjasufi, and sound artist Matthewdavid.
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The membership of the band hasn't yet been announced, but we're willing to bet that at least one of those (ahem, Ravi) will be a part of it. And we'd hope that Cosmogramma guests Rebekah Raff (harp), Thundercat (bass) and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (strings) would be on hand too.
The previous night is equally exciting in its own right. Lotus and his visually inclined right-hand man Dr. Strangeloop will be throwing an "A/V set" backed by a souped-up soundsystem. Says Low End promoter and show organizer Daddy Kev:
"We're trying to make people levitate. You're gonna feel like you don't know where the floor is."
Also performing on May 14 are beat-makers Ras G, Samiyam, Dr. Strangeloop (music set), and Kutmah, plus emcee Jeremiah Jae. So, basically, it's a Flying Lotus festival.