Performing Arts Programmer, Music Curator & DJ.
Rani de Leon has a solid reputation and extensive network from over 15 years of experience in events involving music, film, theater, and cultural arts. His passions in life are driven by the belief that arts & culture have a unique power in bringing people together for profound and unifying experiences. As a music and arts programmer, this inspires him to find new ways to engage audiences and approach common space.
As a DJ for over 15 years, he is known for his signature blend of eclectic and accessible worldly sounds, jazz textures, and ‘feel-good’ roots & soul music. From the discerned dancefloor to the avid music listener, tasteful music selections are on the menu for every occasion. He is founder of Soul in the Park, which brought international, soul and jazz audiences together and helped set a new trend in unassuming venues for live music in Los Angeles. He is co-founder and resident DJ of Radio Afrique, a series of events focusing on music and film from Africa and the diaspora.
He is currently a performing arts curator/producer at the Aratani Theatre and James Irvine Japanese Garden.
Clients, Partners and venues:
Ace Hotel (LA & Palm Springs), Aratani Theatre, Architecture and Design Museum, Asian Pacific Film Festival, Autry National Center, Barnsdall Arts, Bergamot Station, Big City Forum, Blue Whale, The California Endowment, Carriage House, Center Theatre Group, The Cinefamily, Craft & Folk Art Museum, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Downtown Independent, dublab, Eagle Rock Music Festival, East West Players, The Echo, Echo Park Film Center, Fieldwork, Ford Theatres, Grand Central Market, Grand Park, Grand Performances, Greenway Arts Alliance, James Irvine Japanese Garden, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, J. Paul Getty Museum, KChung, Lemonade, Levitt Pavilion, Los Angeles Food Policy Council, Los Angeles Music Center, Los Angeles Theater Center, Mercado La Paloma, Metro Presents (Union Station), Mochilla, Neutra VDL House, Ojai Rancho Inn, Pacific Asia Museum, PolicyLink, Radio Afrique, RBMA Radio, Roosevelt Hotel, Shivakali Yoga, Skirball Cultural Center, Smorgasburg, Soulection, Soul in the Park, Tizita Radio, UCLA Design Media Arts, Velaslavaysay Panorama, Vibiana, Walt Disney Concert Hall, WeWork.
Live Performers: Airto Moreira, Alternate Angles, Aroyn Davis, Atabey, Austin Peralta, Brandon Coleman, Buyepongo, Carlitos del Puerto, Carlos Niño & Friends, Charlie Domingo, Chicano Batman, Derf Reklaw, Dexter Story, D.W. Warren, Dwight Trible, Earnest Blount, El Haru Kuroi, Ethio Cali, Fabiano Do Nascimento, GB, Girma Yifrashewa, Imarhan, Jesse Ontiveros, Jimetta Rose, Jimmy Branly, Kamasi Washington, Keiko Matsui, Kelela Mizankristos, Las Cafeteras, The Long Lost, Low Leaf, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Maurice Tutu Sweeney, Mia Doi Todd, Michael Mctaggart, Miles Mosley, Nia Andrews, Nikko Gray, Paul Legaspi, Pepe Romero, Quartetto Fantastico, The Romeros, Ronald Bruner, Samba Society, SEY, Shannon Michael Terry, Sheela Bringi, Shafiq Husayn, Sheera Ehrig, Sheila Govindarajan, SK Kakraba, Son Del Centro, Spazzkid, Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, The Steoples, Te’Amir, Tobin Abasi, Tutu Sweeney & the Brothers Band, VST & Co., Wil-Dog Y Su Banda, Wondem
DJs/selectors: A Race of Angels, A-Ski, Al Jackson, Aaron Byrd, Afta-1, Ainjoy, Alfred Hawkins, Andres Renteria, Arshia, Awesome Tapes from Africa, B+, Boss Harmony, Byze One, DJ Carey, Carlos Niño, Chaka, Chico Sonido, Coleman, Computer Jay, Concise, Cut Chemist, Dakim, DâM Funk, Discostan, DJ Drez, Enorbito, Frosty, Gaby Hernandez, Ganas, GB/Frankie Reyes, Ghost, Glenn Red, Gomez Comes Alive, Hashim B, Heather Thompson, Hoseh, Jack Davey, J. Rocc, Jennifer Gutierrez-Morgan, Joe Kay, Juke Bounce Werk, Moises Garcia, Lengua, Marcus Gray, Mark Maxwell, Maya Santos, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Monalisa, DJ Nu-Mark, Om’mas Keith, Omoade Falade, Onename, Ras G, Renz, Sacred, Sahaja, Sahel Sounds, Santana, Shafiq Husayn, Shinehead, Son Zoo, SP, Te’Amir, Teebs, T-Kay, Todd Simon, DJ Tropicaza, Wiseacre, Yosaku.