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Season 2 - EP7

Common with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil

The artist, actor, author, and activist teams up with the LA Phil–and chats with Gustavo Dudamel.

Runtime - 17 mins

  • Performance
  • Gallery
  • Family Activity

About the episode

Oscar- and Grammy Award-winning artist Common comes to Sound/Stage for a performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic featuring his classic song “The Light” and “Get It Right,” which reflects on the events of 2020 with the help of singer PJ. Common talks about music and life with Gustavo Dudamel in a conversation moderated by comedian Kimberly Clark.

  • Common

  • Gustavo Dudamel


  • Los Angeles Philharmonic


  • Common on stage at the Hollywood Bowl

  • Common with his band and the LA Phil, joined by Paris Jones

  • Gustavo Dudamel and Common

  • Karriem Riggins, drummer

  • Paris Jones, guest vocalist

  • Derrick Hodge, bassist

  • Common, Gustavo Dudamel, and Paris Jones

  • Common on episode 7 of Sound/Stage

Family Activity


Enjoy this activity you can do at home.

Zine-making is a brief and intimate opportunity to communicate about any subject — a small window into one’s voice. Zine is short for magazine or fanzine and is the original self-publishing used by a range of subcultures and marginalized communities. From science fiction to poetry to politics, zines are a visual conversation that anyone can have about anything! The process of zine making allows us to quickly respond to the world around us through creative reflection.

Featuring New Story by Captain Planet, courtesy of Bastard Jazz Recordings

Watch the how-to video here

Download the template here

Share your creations with your friends, family, and us! With the help of an adult, email a photo of your work to or tag us at @laphil on Instagram.

About the Artist - Erin O'Shea is a visual artist and arts educator based in Southern California. Her work focuses on creating socially engaged projects that teach fundamental creative skills to a broad range of makers.

About LA Phil Learning Programs - The LA Phil is committed to learning alongside our community, and to enabling and supporting the next generation of musicians, whether they’re picking up an instrument for the first time or penning their own compositions. Learn more here.

  • Credits

    An LA Phil Media Production LA Phil Media is supported by the David C. Bohnett Discovery and Innovation Fund

    Gustavo Dudamel Music & Artistic Director

    Directed by Alberto Arvelo and Grant James

    Featuring Common


    SOUND DESIGN Audio Producers: Fred Vogler Recording and Mastering Engineers: Fred Vogler, Sergey Parfenov LIGHTING DESIGN Robin Gray Tyler Lambert-Perkins Academy Lighting Consultants

    IATSE LOCAL 33 Kevin Brown, Master Carpenter Andy Kassan, Master Electrician Donald Quick, Property Master Michael Sheppard, Master Audio-Visual/Union Steward Kevin Wapner, Assistant Audio-Visual The stage crew is represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada, Local 33

    PRODUCTION COMPANY: MILKT Directors: Alberto Arvelo and Grant James Producer: Lindha Narvaez Production Supervisor: Jessica Roulston Director of Photography: Vance Burberry

    POST-PRODUCTION Editor: Grant James Audio Post Mixer: Greg Tobler Color Correction: Marshall Plante, Olio Creative

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