Dave Gerhart Premieres Work for Solo Steelpan

Dave Gerhart was the featured soloist in a benefit concert for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Steel Orchestra Program at the University of Chicago. Dr. Gerhart premiered “Passageways” for solo steelpan and percussion ensemble by Baljinder Sekhon. The premiere was part of a consortium of 44 steel drum performers and educators that Dr. Gerhart organized.

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.”

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.”

Dave Gerhart Premieres Work with Chicago Youth Symphony

Dave Gerhart will  premiere a piece by Baljinder Sekhon with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Percussion Ensemble on March 28, 2015. Dave organized a consortium commission to fund the work for steel drum and percussion ensemble.  The Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra serves nearly 500 talented Chicago-area musicians ages 6-18 through three full orchestras, three string orchestras, multiple steel orchestras and supplemental programs that include chamber music ensembles, music theory and composition. Alumnus Joshua Simonds is Executive Director.

Yamaha Appoints Dave Gerhart as Product Manager, Percussion Instruments

Dave Gerhart has been appointed Product Manager of Percussion Instruments at Yamaha.

As noted in the Yamaha press release, “Dave brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and education to this position,” said Garth Gilman, general manager, Band & Orchestral Division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “As a music educator and performer, his background helps Yamaha further the goal of spreading the joys and benefits of music education and gives him the ability to talk shop with the most knowledgeable percussionists.”

Mike Miley one of 10 Best Rock Drummers in the World

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.”

Karl? Back From 2nd 2014 Tour

Karl? returned from their second tour of 2014; seven shows between Long Beach and Sacramento between October 24 and Nov 2. They also recently performed at The Green Long Beach Event, Dia de los Verde. Karl? includes alumni Rebecca Lynn – Vocals, Violin; Daniel Chavez – Guitar, Vocals; Nic Gonzalez – Bass; and Michael Malinowski – Drums.