BCCM at NASA

The Bob Cole Conservatory Saxophones performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Region II Conference at Northern Arizona University last week. James Barrera gave a lecture. The University Saxophone performed Jacob T.V.’s “Body of your Dreams,” The Saxophone Ensemble played a full concert, and James Barrera performed Mark Kilstofte’s “Sonata” at the conference. Krissia Molina was a member of a consortium to commissioned a work for Baritone Saxophone and Electronics, “Drum N’ Bari,” by Benjamin Taylor. Krissia premiered it at the conference. She and others in the consortium have the rights to perform the work for a year before it’s available to the public.

The Thorton Sax Trio from USC also performed at NASA  All three members of the trio are alumni: Nathan Chiang, Peter Martin, and John Hallberg. The Stratus Duo with alumnus Peter Martin and Andrew Vang (flute), and Yi Chen who is a TA now in the doctoral program at the University of Iowa, also performed.

BCCM Represents at Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

CSULB was well represented at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho. Dr. Ray Briggs gave five workshops and adjudicated several performances.

Special guest performers included alumni Josh Nelson and Katie Thiroux. Josh and Katie were part of the festival All-Star Quartet which backed several performers. They also gave clinics and workshops. Alumnus Adam Schroeder was a Performance Education Clinician. Alumnus Adam Schroeder was a Performance Education Clinician.

Joe Stone Featured

Oboe instructor Joe Stone was featured in the Long Beach Gazette in an article entitled, “Long Beach Symphony’s Oboist Lives His Music Every Day.” He noted that  education is important and a big part of his life. Of our conservatory and students he said, “I really love that school. There’s a nice, professional focus. The students are on a career track.”

In January and February this year, Joe performed for critically acclaimed production of Billy Eliot at La Mirada Theater, Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga concert at the Wiltern Theater, 70′s rock group Sparks at the Ace Hotel, Pixar movie “Inside/Out, Disney movie “Tomorrowland”, Disney cartoon “Frozen Fever”, and live performance of “The Godfather” movie at the Nokia.

 

photo credit: Rebecca Y. Mata

Jeff Jarvis as Clinician and Performer

Director of Jazz Studies Jeff Jarvis served as clinician at the San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival in Fresno CA last weekend.  On March 7th, Jarvis performed at the annual “Classnotes” concert at Los Alamitos High School along with Dan Higgins, Charlie Morillas, Kye Palmer, and CSULB alums Mike King, Bill Liston, and Nick Chaffee. The program featured the music of Bill Liston and Jeff Jarvis.

Brad Dutz Celebrates 10th anniversary of his Quartet

Lecturer Brad Dutz celebrated the 10th anniversary of his Brad Dutz Quartet with a performance at REDCAT last week. “Celebrated for bringing an airy, bright, thoroughly original instrumental palette to its blend of 21st-century acoustic chamber music, improvisation and free jazz, the quartet led by ace percussionist and composer Brad Dutz first came together at REDCAT 10 years ago. It features Dutz on marimba, vibes and all manner of hand percussion, Brian Walsh on clarinet and bass clarinet, Paul Sherman on oboe and English horn, and Chris Votek on cello, with their precise yet fluid contrapuntal work conjuring a vibrant sound like no other. Even as Dutz, one of the most sought-after session percussionists in L.A., forgoes the conventional grooves in favor of color and texture, the band always stirs up a brisk, propulsive swing.”

Justin Hageman in Performance

Horn Instructor Justin Hageman played with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga in their post-Grammy concert at the Wiltern Theater. His recent recording projects include the upcoming movie, Run All Night, and TV shows, Family Guy, American Dad, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter.

Alex Miller’s “Two Autumns” in Boston

Lecturer Alex Miller traveled to Boston for a performance of his composition Two Autumns by the Boston New Music Initiative at the Longy School of Music.  Scored for mezzo soprano and five instruments, the work is a setting of classic Japanese haiku sung in English, and was performed by Chelsea Beatty and with Patrick Valentino conducting the ensemble.

The Boston Classical Review called Two Autumns “plush and tightly constructed piece that is filled with colorful imagery…which shimmered like moonlight on water.”

Matt Pogue and Rychard Cooper at Night Dive

Matt Pogue and Rychard Cooper participated in the Sight and Sound installation at the Aquarium of the Pacific. “Night Dive” is an LGBT event at the aquarium… “from gender bending fish, to other fins with benefits… we will explore fascinating relationships that form beneath the sea.” The Museum of Latin American Art provided an interactive art station.