Nathaniel Ayers
American musician
Nathaniel Ayers
Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, Jr. is an American musician. He is the subject of numerous newspaper columns, a book, and a 2009 film adaptation based on the columns. A foundation bearing his name was started in 2008 with an aim to support artistically gifted people with mental illness.
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A Housing Works dynamo smooths out the bumpy road for homeless
LATimes - over 3 years
Housing Works' Mollie Lowery, who knows how to make things happen, agrees to work her magic on Nathaniel Ayers' case. It's a short ride from L.A.'s skid row to Hollywood, but throw in a detour and a few bumps and the journey can take six months, as it did for my friend Nathaniel Ayers.
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Thomas beating a reminder of how quickly things can go awry
KTUU Alaska - almost 5 years
I began worrying more than seven years ago, when I first brought him the violins donated by readers. Would they make my new friend, a Juilliard-trained musician who'd suffered a breakdown 35 years earlier, less safe on the streets of skid row? Would he be attacked by thieves? And that was just the beginning of the worries. As I got to know Nathaniel Anthony Ayers better, I fretted not just about whether I could protect him, but also about how to help him. Time passes; the worries never do. Uncertainty lingers constantly when you have a relationship with someone who has a severe mental illness, and watching the video this week of the Kelly Thomas beating was a reminder of how quickly things can go horribly awry. Thomas, a 37-year-old homeless man whose entire adult life was a constant struggle with schizophrenia, was settling in for another night on the streets last July when the police approached him. Half an hour later, he was lying on the groun ...
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L.A. Philharmonic's Robert Gupta to Perform for Homeless and Mentally Ill
MarVista Patch - almost 5 years
Los Angeles Philhamonic violinist Robert Gupta will perform classical music for the city's homeless and mentally ill Wednesday in a concert hosted by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. The popular concert series is part of the national recognition of May as "Mental Health Awareness Month." The concert is open to the homeless from any part of the city, including Venice, and will be held May 16 at 12 p.m. at the department's downtown Mental Health Center at 529 So. Maple Ave. Gupta will perform with his Street Symphony that will include fellow L.A. Philharmonic musicians, Jin-Shan Dai, Ben Ullery and Jonathan Karoly. Gupta, who joined the L.A. Philharmonic in 2007 at age 19, has been performing for the homeless and mentally ill through his Street Symphony since 2010, said Karen Zarsadiaz-Ige, a spokeswoman for the county's mental health department. Gupta earned a master's degree in music from Yale University and a bachelor's degree in in biology from Marist Col ...
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Sur TPS Star, Robert Downey Jr se laisse porter par la musique - L'express.mu
Google News - over 5 years
Un étrange vagabond, Nathaniel Ayers, joue de toute son âme, et même si son instrument n'a plus que deux cordes, une émotion unique en émane. Steve décide alors d'écrire une chronique sur cet étonnant violoniste… Téléfilm à suspense allemand de Hans
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SoCal Connected Takes Home 3 L.A. Area Emmy® Awards - KCET (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
For "Feature Segment," Putting on Ayers, in which Lopez catches up with his friend, cellist Nathaniel Ayers (the subject of Lopez's acclaimed novel The Soloist) at a recording session for his debut CD. For "Information Segment," Separated by War,
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KNBC wins big at the Emmys - LA Observed
Google News - over 5 years
His piece on Nathaniel Ayers also won best feature segment for "SoCal Connected." CBS 2 reporter David Goldstein, producer Nicolette Medina and camera person Michael Brandon won in the investigative category for “DWP Drinking on the Job
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A Poggio Berni il film Il solista - AltaRimini (Comunicati Stampa)
Google News - over 5 years
Finché un giorno, camminando nel degradato quartiere di Skid Row, a Los Angeles, incontra una persona misteriosa, un uomo vestito di stracci di nome Nathaniel Ayers. che mette tutta l'anima in un violino massacrato e con solo due corde
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Daily guide to television and radio - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
Neve Campbell. R (2000) The Sea Hawk 8 pm (TCM) Sweeping silent version of Sabatini's swashbuckler. Milton Sills. NR (1924) The Soloist 8 pm, 10:30 pm (FX) Jamie Foxx stars as former violin prodigy Nathaniel Ayers. PG-13 (2008)
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Nathaniel Ayers plays the Foshay Learning Center - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
A love of music brings Nathaniel Ayers out to the Foshay Learning Center to perform with kindred spirits. Nathaniel Ayers stands in the crowd at the Hollywood Bowl before a performance by Placido Domingo, who was to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic
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How Mr. Lopez Met Mr. Ayers on 60 Minutes Tomorrow - TakePart - Inspiration to Action
Google News - over 5 years
The film hits theaters on April 24 but before you see Robert Downey Jr and Jamie Foxx playing these two extraordinary men, you can learn about the true story that inspired the film as Steve Lopez and Nathaniel Ayers are profiled on 60 Minutes segment
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Soloist messy and clichéd, but redeemed by God-talk - CanadianChristianity.com
Google News - over 5 years
The story concerns Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.), a columnist for theLos Angeles Times who bumps into a rambling, violin-playing street person named Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx) one day – and thinks there might be a story there, after Ayers says
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Robert Gupta and Joshua Roman duet on "Passacaglia" - Exchange Morning Post (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Gupta is passionate about education and outreach, both as a musician and as an activist for mental health issues. He has the privilege of working with Nathaniel Ayers, the brilliant, schizophrenic musician featured in "The Soloist," as his violin
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Dişler suçluyu ele veriyor - Yeni Şafak
Google News - almost 6 years
Nathaniel Ayers genç bir müzik dehasıdır. ABD'nin seçkin konservatuarlarından Juilliard'a kabul edilir. Ancak buradaki ikinci yılında sağlık sorunları... 1998'de ülkemizde de gösterime giren ve En İyi Yabancı Film dalında Altın Küre kazanan Pembe
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Malden Reads/FOOGI Column Contest WInners - Patch.com
Google News - almost 6 years
The book expended upon a series of columns Lopez wrote about Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless and mentally ill musician living on the streets on Los Angeles. The student columns submitted were all well written, which made choosing the winners especially
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Film series examines mental health - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Google News - almost 6 years
May 31: The Soloist is the story of former Juilliard student Nathaniel Ayers who was homeless, playing a two-string violin under a bridge in Los Angeles, when newspaper reporter Steve Lopez came across him. The two men formed an unlikely, life-changing
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Race to Witch Mountain - Hollywood Outbreak
Google News - almost 6 years
The Soloist is based on the true-life story of Nathaniel Ayers, a Julliard trained violin prodigy who suffers from schizophrenia and is now living on the streets. Los Angeles journalist, Steve Lopez, who is searching for a new article, befriends Ayers
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Finding an Original Heroine
NYTimes - almost 6 years
FOR a director who made his name with the literary adaptations ''Pride and Prejudice'' and ''Atonement,''Joe Wright has a surprising view of the essence of cinema. ''Drama can be presented onstage, and beautiful pictures can be presented in a gallery, but really action is pure cinema,'' Mr. Wright said on the phone recently. By action, he said, he
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FILM; A Film Like a Cello: It's Just as Delicate
NYTimes - almost 8 years
STEVE LOPEZ walks into the lobby of The Los Angeles Times last fall and mentions that Nathaniel Ayers, the formerly homeless musician and schizophrenic who is the principal preoccupation of ''The Soloist,'' is in a music room in the basement of the building. They met when Mr. Lopez, a columnist for the paper, did a series of articles about Mr.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nathaniel Ayers
    FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 58
    Ayers and Lopez's relationship was also nationally highlighted in the March 22, 2009 episode of 60 Minutes on CBS.
    More Details Hide Details His sister, Jennifer Ayers-Moore, is the Chairwoman and Founder of the Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation. The Foundation, launched in 2008, began with Jennifer’s desire to help what she and Nathaniel hope will be thousands of people. An endowment will be set up to continue their ability to keep the public awareness about mental health at the forefront of the nation's consciousness. The NAAF will facilitate the appreciation of the contributions that artistic expression make to the advancement of wellness and treatment, collaborate with mental health and arts organizations to identify and exhibit the work of the artistically gifted, and to provide for grants to worthy nonprofit organizations that embody the mission of the foundation.
    He is the subject of numerous newspaper columns, a book, and a 2009 film adaptation based on the columns.
    More Details Hide Details A foundation bearing his name was started in 2008 with an aim to support artistically gifted people with mental illness. Ayers began playing the Double Bass during middle school. He attended the Juilliard School in New York as a double bassist, but suffered a mental breakdown during his third year and was institutionalized. Ayers was one of the few black students at Juilliard at that time.
  • 2005
    Age 54
    Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez met Ayers at Pershing Square in 2005, and discovered his background at Juilliard.
    More Details Hide Details Lopez wrote several columns about his relationship with Ayers, and Nathaniel's slow transition out of homelessness. Lopez's subsequent book, The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music, was based on his relationship with Ayers. The book has been adapted into a film and a play titled The Soloist, released April 24, 2009 with Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. in the lead roles. In the film, Ayers is depicted as a cellist, rather than a bassist.
  • FORTIES
  • 2000
    Age 49
    For some years he lived with his mother in Cleveland, Ohio, where he received electroconvulsive therapy for his illness to no avail. After his mother's death in 2000, he moved to Los Angeles, thinking that his father lived there.
    More Details Hide Details Homeless and schizophrenic, Ayers lived and played music on the streets.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1951
    Age 0
    Born on January 31, 1951.
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