Liz Gutierrez in Orchestra Santa Monica Woodwind Quintet

Alumna Liz Gutierrez (bassoon) performed at the Miles Playhouse in Santa Monica with the Orchestra Santa Monica Woodwind Quintet last weekend. The OSM Woodwind Quintet is a cornerstone in Orchestra Santa Monica’s educational and community outreach. A large portion of the quintet’s focus is to provide live music programs to schools, local churches, and neighborhood organizations. The quintet often performs in Title I schools, whose students have little access to live concert music.

Mindi Ehrlich in Into the Woods

Alumnus Mindi Ehrlich has been cast as Rapunzel in Into the Woods with the Center Stage Opera (CA). The run is in February at the Madrid Theatre https://centerstageopera.org/

She will also appear in in Pacific Opera Project’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart), set it in space… the final frontier. Klingons, slave girls, and all your favorite characters from the original Star Trek series sing and dance their way through “Abduction” with a 27-piece orchestra and a new English libretto by artistic director Josh Shaw. Performances are March 6-8.

Carolyn Bremer’s Singing Bowls

Carolyn Bremer was featured in a Press Telegram article about the spring semester’s Tibetan singing bowl concert. She and several faculty, students, and alumni perform a meditative concert at the beginning of each semester.

The audience is invited to sit on stage and be surrounded by the bowls. Later in each concert, the bowls are passed among to audience members to play. After the concert many audience members stay to ask questions or to put the bowls over their heads for a surprisingly immersive experience.

Sal Lozano Releases New CD with Tom Kubis Tunes

Lecturer Sal Lozano released a CD called “Everything’s Gonna Be Great” with music by Tom Kubis. Dan Fornero calls it “simply a must-have for anyone who loves straight ahead-no-nonsense jazz.” Tom Ranier, Trey Henry, Ray Brinker, Mike Higgins, Joey De Leon, Alex Iles, Andy Martin,Charlie Morillas, Dave Moody, Brian Williams, Rusty Higgins, and Ron Stout also performed on the CD.

Sal was interviewed by Bret Pimentel about the album and his career.  When asked about the his job he replied, “The best part is playing music. Doing something I love to do. Hanging and playing with great players and writers and the joy of watching a student excel and succeed.”

Yumi Tamashiro and Mobius Percussion Featured by Vic Firth

The video of “Vicious Children” by Wally Gunn was featured on the Vic Firth site. The performance was by Mobius Percussion, with alumna Yumi Tamashiro. Yumi and Mobius will work with Bob Cole Conservatory composers and perform at Daniel Recital Hall on February 11.

Based in New York City, the ensemble made their debut at downtown multimedia art cabaret, (Le) Poisson Rouge, performing alongside other notable artists including So Percussion, Nexus, Meehan/Perkins Duo and Mantra Percussion. Since then they have performed at venues including the Firehouse Space, the Cell, Princeton Sound Kitchen, Good Child Music Studios, and Andrea Clearfield’s Salon to name a few.

 

photo credit: Paul Hofreiter

Mike Miley one of 10 Best Rock Drummers

Alumnus Mike Miley (Rival Sons) was named one of the “10 best rock drummers in the world right now” by musicradar.com 2014. They mention, “The Californian rockers dropped their fifth studio album, Great Western Valkryie, which took just five weeks to record in Nashville but earned them a five-star review in Rhythm for its sweet kit sounds and Mike Miley’s unquestionably huge groove.”

Aaron Williams in Raditatical

Alumnus Aaron Williams starred in Raditactical, a show created by rhythmic juggling beatboxer Bronkar Lee (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, America’s Got Talent), and director Ameenah Kaplan (STOMP!, Blue Man Group).

The show was an original immersive rhythmic-theater experience designed to uplift and inspire through music, laughter, and raw energy. Raditatical told a story more through action and music than dialogue. The hero’s journey into rhythm engages the crowd as music is made for — and with — the audience. Each member of the ensemble blended high caliber musicianship with stunts and movement, which was supported by stunning visual effects.