Sidney Hopson

Feb 24th at 8pm

2220 Arts + Archives


  • Sidney Hopson Through the Looking Glass World Premiere


Percussionist, composer, activist, and arts futurist Sidney Hopson builds a multi-media project underscoring his work with refugee musicians in Jordan and Afghanistan. Part concert, part documentary video, part conversation, Through the Looking Glass shows music as a container for our hopes and histories, the personal and the universal.

Don't miss Hopson in conversation with Wild Up Artistic Director Christopher Rountree. They discuss Hopson’s musical beginnings and the inspirations behind his upcoming performance. Engage with the conversation on Instagram


  • Sidney Hopson

    Citizen, percussionist, activist, composer, educator, pianist, policy consultant, Wild Up member – Sidney Hopson stays hydrated.


    An alum of the Academy Awards Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA, Coachella Festival, Colour of Music Festival, Ojai Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, American Music Awards, Lincoln Center Festival, and Hear Now Music Festival- he has performed for and alongside a vast range of artists and ensembles, including: Adele, Michael Abels, Andy Akiho, Adam Blackstone, Billie Eilish, Stewart Copeland, Lamont Dozier, Earth Wind & Fire, Danny Elfman, Peter Eötvös, Rhiannon Giddens, Robert Glasper, Philip Glass, the Indianapolis Symphony, MC Jin, Chaka Khan, Alicia Keys, the LA Philharmonic, LA Chamber Orchestra, LA Master Chorale, Seth MacFarlane, Ricky Martin, the New York Philharmonic, Ellen Reid, Rhianna, Mr. Craig Robinson, The Roots, Huang Ruo, Kaija Saariaho, Dara Taylor, John Williams, Stevie Wonder, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and more.

    He has performed on 100+ films & TV soundtracks, including: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, Avatar: The Way of Water, NOPE, Encanto, The Orville, Coming 2 America, Pride (Hulu), Men In Black: International, The Grinch (2018), Big Eyes, and Kedi.

    Sidney produces arts programs and policies for cultural and labor organizations, government agencies, and creative workers in the US and abroad.

About Endless Season

Art in LA has been about freedom and an abundant eschewing of history. With intersecting methods and intentions, humble, aspiring, a city appealing to the aesthete and the mystic in all of her citizens. Here, famous artists are also street-side sign painters, our best restaurants drive or live in strip malls, and our landmarks are geographical before architectural or fleetingly experiential instead of permanent monuments to their own lineages. Here, our religious and secular musics sound the same.

Endless Season gathers around these uniquely West Coast traits. We ask lead artists to question, reinterpret, and challenge the past, modality, and genre. We hold a space of intersectionality and dialogue surrounding every aspect of our work. Together, we will explore the breadth of work and practices, discovering the many shapes of music and ideas in LA today.

Endless 2023 – 2024

This season puts Wild Up members at the center more than ever, showcasing the creative energy of this community of artists. There will be a dozen concerts featuring members not only as brilliant performers but also as composers and creators. The nexus is ENCLAVE, a weekend festival of Wild Up Composers and Creators in December, featuring Andrew Tholl, Shelley Washington, Jodie Landau, Sidney Hopson. Like most of the season, this weekend highlights the many shapes of music and ideas in Los Angeles today and starts codifying an LA school of composition.

Milestones run through the season, including revivals and seminal works from Julius Eastman and Gérard Grisey and more than a dozen World and West Coast Premieres, including workshops of three new large-scale works-in-progress: a new multi-disciplinary work by Sarah Hennies, with visual artist Susan Silton and L.A. Poet Laureate Lynne Thompson, portraits of genius emerging artists Leiliehua Lanzilotti, inti figgis-vizueta, and claire rousay, a new opera by David Longstreth, and the very beginnings of a deep dive into Arthur Russell.

In 2024, we welcome the return of Darkness Sounding, a festival that explores how listening, sound, and music shape our understanding of the world.