Gavin Turek and Ak Dan Gwang Chil (ADG7)

Left: Gavin Turek, photo by Larry Sandez; Right: Ak Dan Gwang Chil, photo by Jongsam Lee


Skirball Stages: Gavin Turek and Ak Dan Gwang Chil

Premiering on YouTube Live | Saturday, August 29, 8:00 pm (PDT)

About the Program

Celebrate global artistry and join us for Skirball Stages, a can’t-miss virtual concert event! Featuring Los Angeles native Gavin Turek and Ak Dan Gwang Chil (ADG7) of Seoul, South Korea, Skirball Stages invites you to enjoy an uplifting evening of modern music from stages near and far. 

Known for her funky, soul-driven pop and commanding vocals, Gavin Turek takes the stage in the Skirball’s spectacular Taper Courtyard—a one-of-a-kind backdrop beloved by music fans across LA. Ethereal and crooning, Turek will give an intimate performance that harkens back to the very best of ’80s and ’90s R&B. Be swept off your feet as Turek stuns with new tracks and old favorites. 

Halfway around the world, in a set specially filmed for Skirball Stages, ADG7 will captivate you with their energetic and playful performance. Described by The New York Times as a “giddy show band with all the trappings of K-pop,” this spirited nine-piece breathes new life into the sacred, shamanic, and secular gut (ritual music) and minyo (folk song) traditions of the Hwanghae-do region—now a part of North Korea. 

More than a performance, this special will take you behind the scenes with the artists for a look at their musical processes, aspirations, and hopes for the future. In exclusive interviews, tune in as the artists reflect on the power of music to connect across cultures, honor generations past, and inspire perseverance during challenging times.

Can’t make the streaming event? No worries! Skirball Stages: Gavin Turek and Ak Dan Gwang Chil will be available to view on the Skirball’s YouTube channel through November 29, 2020.

Make it dinner and a show! Before settling in for showtime, swing by the Skirball campus to pick up a meal prepared by the Skirball’s culinary experts. Our take-home Skirball Suppers feature mouthwatering dishes inspired by Korean cuisine. View the prix-fixe menu and pre-order starting August 4. Select recipes from the innovative August 29 menu will also be shared online for at-home preparation.

About Skirball Stages 

For the past twenty-three summers, the Skirball has presented some of the finest musical talent from around the world in its popular Sunset Concerts series, generously sponsored by the Bilger Family. Season after season, Angelenos have gathered on the campus to enjoy a night of music under the stars, a chance to visit the Museum after hours, and more. In support of ongoing county-wide efforts to safeguard the community from COVID-19, the Skirball presents Skirball Stages as a virtual program for music fans across LA and well beyond. 

A natural extension of the Skirball’s vibrant summer music programming, Skirball Stages also expresses support of the artist community. ADG7 had been booked to kick off the 2020 Sunset Concerts season, and the Skirball honors that commitment as the band plays from a Skirball stage in Seoul. Gavin Turek, from LA’s own performing arts world, was filmed in the Taper Courtyard in compliance with all safety protocols to keep the musicians and crew safe. During this extraordinary time, when opportunities to perform on stage are rare, Skirball Stages is an occasion to celebrate and champion global artistry and live performance. 

Donor Support

Skirball Stages: Gavin Turek and Ak Dan Gwang Chil is generously sponsored by: 
The Bilger Family

Department of Cultural Affairs logoLA County Dept of Arts and Cultureus bank
Promotional partner: Korean Cultural Center logoMedia sponsor:KCRW presents logo