LeatherTramp at SXSW

LeatherTramp with students Jake Abernathie, Gracie Gray, and Elizabeth Chavez, and alumni Lawrence Pi, Miko Shudo, Cole Syverson, Chandler Riley, Marc Encabo, John-Michael O’Brien, and Gary Soland performed at SXSW in Austin.

They had three shows in at SXSW as well as stops in Amarillo, San Diego, and Los Angeles.

Maria Lazarova Completes Online Opera Role

Lecturer Maria Lazarova has wrapped on “Vireo” an opera created expressly for episodic release via broadcast and online media, by Lisa Bielawa, composer, and Erik Ehn, Librettist. Maria appears with the Kronos Quartet, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and the Orange County School of the Arts Middle School Choir, and several excellent vocalists. The opera won the 2015 ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Multimedia Award.  In spring 2017, KCET will release all twelve episodes at once for free, on-demand streaming, which is a first for the network.

Chelsea Stevens Signs with Aguilar Amplification

Alumna Chelsea Stevens has been signed as an Aguilar Amplification artist. In their ad featuring her, Aguilar wrote, “Chelsea Stevens is fresh voice in the bass community whose command of many styles/genres has made her an in-demand bassist for popular television shows Glee and as a member of the house band for Estrella TV’s Noches con Platanito.”

Man Covets Bird Model Show for 99-Seat LA Theater

In an KCRW article on 99-seat theaters in Los Angeles, “Man Covets Bird” with alumnus Leeav Sofer became the centerpiece in how to do small theater well.

“If you want to see the kind of show I’m talking about go see “Man Covets Bird” at 24th Street Theatre. Here’s a ‘kid’s show’ that transcends the expectations of youth theater and creates a beautiful journey about the importance of not losing your passion in the face of a ‘button pushing job’ and the sadness and joy of letting a dear friend make his own way in the world. It’s a magical piece of theater and it’s only playing to 99 seats in one corner of our city. Here’s a show that’s worthy of a citywide audience, one that doesn’t already go to the theater. To 24th Street’s credit, they not only know that but have creatively extended this show for six Sundays this spring.”

Bob Cole Students and Alumni at National Trumpet Competition

BCCM and CSULB at the National Trumpet Competition: 2013 BM graduate (trumpet and composition) Casey Martin (far left) and the UT Austin Trumpet Ensemble placed 2nd in the finals performing Casey’s own composition The Autonomy of Machines.

Current grad students Dillon Parker and Nick Wees and 2014 MM graduate (trumpet) Michael Sullivan (DMA student at James Madison University) played beautifully in the graduate solo division; 2008 graduate Joe Gray also performed in the opening concert.

Amanda Duncan Interviewed for Women In Pan

Alumnus Amanda Duncan was interviewed by “When Steel Talks” for their Women In Pan feature. The article goes into depth about Amanda’s experiences playing pan. She says, “In any subject or discipline, experiencing something is the best way to learn about it, as opposed to reading about it in a book or watching a video. I’ve known for a long time about the Trinidadian way of approaching music and Panorama, but I couldn’t fully absorb and deeply internalize what I knew to be true until I experienced it myself in the Silver Stars yard.

“I now feel like I’m slowly starting to “get it” on a deep internal level, and in my classroom I feel like I’m starting to teach this music with less of an “accent.” I will never know the steel pan, culturally-speaking, as deeply as Trinidadians because I am an American, of course, and wasn’t born into the culture from which the pan was cultivated. I will always “have an accent” when I play and when I teach. However, approaching music and Panorama through the Trinidadian lens, after having been to Trinidad and performed in Panorama myself, feels more intuitive than it did before. I’ve slowly started to absorb a bit of the “Trinidadian way” into my teaching language and foundation.”

Leeav Sofer Featured in Jewish Journal

The Jewish Journal features alumnus Leeav Sofer in a profile on his work at Colburn School, Mostly Kosher, and the re-opened play at 24th Street Theatre: Man Covets Bird. In the article, Debbie Devine, Chair of the Colburn School drama department is quoted as saying the Leeav is “a life force with a tremendous amount of skills.” The feature also notes, “Following its televised performance as part of the Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mostly Kosher bookings have exploded. The band is planning a tour to the Bay Area in June to headline the Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival.”

Alexis Luther on Winning Team for Caltech’s Hacktech

Junior Alexis Luther (bass) wrote the sheet music for a live DJ music software application during “Hackteck.” Hacktech is Caltech’s premier interdisciplinary hackathon: for 36 hours, 500 awesome student hackers will combine computer science with engineering and science [and music!]  to build the most innovative and interdisciplinary creations of the future. Her team won Best Developer App.

Holly Bishop Guest the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

Cuatro Puntos with alumna Holly Bishop (bass) will be special guests at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany, in June. They have given several culture-bridging programs geared toward developing, war-torn, or isolated areas including projects in Afghanistan, Bolivia, and India. As part of their European tour of England, Germany, and The Netherlands (where they will visit an aspiring music program at a refugee camp), Cuatro Puntos will be giving a special concert and lecture at this international hub for the study and implementation of cultural diplomacy projects.