For two decades, John Tejada quietly ascended the experimental fringes of techno, building tracks with a care for sonic detail that could either be picked apart conceptually or totally surrendered to on a packed floor. Deeply respected in the brainier corners of the genre and a consistent chart-topper at the online techno retailer Beatport, the Van Nuys-based Tejada has watched dance music explode across the L.A. club and festival scenes after years in a genre ghetto.
Tejada made his career as a DJ and producer using brainy, handmade samples that drew heavily from the rhythmic and melodic ideas of composers such as Xenakis and Stockhausen, but all run through a filter of funk and rap urgency tailored for smarter dance floors. This show, however, will put his compositional skills at the forefront and on a much wider scale, with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles backing his own performance on live electronics and synthesizers.The show is a benefit for the GMCLA’s Harvey Milk Schools Project to combat anti-gay bullying in schools, and also features works by Lauridsen, David Conte and Eric Whitacre. But the night should be a grand new setting to hear one of L.A.'s preeminent voices in dance music trying on something a little more ethereal.
-- August Brown
John Tejada with the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, Disney Hall, 8 p.m., Saturday; $25-$80. For tickets, go to www.gmcla.org.