Run River North Profiled in Wall Street Journal

Run River North with BCCM violinist Jennifer North was profiled in the Wall Street Journal. Their first album was released in February and they played to a sold-out Troubador for their release party.
As is noted in the article, “The band devoted the past year to writing new songs, recording an album and building its fan base. This year, after touring across the U.S., the group will perform in several countries in Asia, where Warner Music Group will release its album.”
Photo credit: Winni Wintermeyer for The Wall Street Journal

PST at Jazz Education Network 2014 – Comments from Attendees

“It was great meeting you {Christine} and hearing your fine ensemble. I loved hearing them perform challenging pieces with such finesse.  I’d be honored to present a clinic with your students some time in the future under one condition—that you reciprocate. :-)  No group can sound as good as yours without a master instructor at the helm!  So I’m sure there is much for my students and myself to learn from your approach.”
Cedric Dent (Former Member & Founder of Take 6, world renowned a cappella ensemble)

“You and your group can be proud of your accomplishments.  Tonight was another in a series of exemplary performances you have presented.  The charts you selected were excellent. The importance of “rendition” and personal “interpretation” was evident.  Hearing so many individuals present solos was inspiring and the scatting in you group continues to impress.  One final point, your group looks great.  They communicate the “story” and they truly enjoy themselves.  It shows.”
-Frank DeMiero (Owner, Sound Music Publications, world renowned vocal jazz educator)

“That was one of the best sets of live music I’ve ever heard/seen.  Does it get any better than that!?!?  We feel really honored to have shared the same stage with you at the reading session.”
Julia Dollison (world renowned vocalist, lead singer in Vertical Voices)

This year’s JEN conference in Dallas, had the best set of vocal jazz solo and ensemble performances at a national conference that I’ve EVER seen.  High level stuff, including Christine Guter’s CSU Long Beach “Pacific Standard Time” mainstage performance that just flat out sets the bar for all of us teaching at the college level.”
-Kerry Marsh (Director of Vocal Jazz, University of Northern Colorado, and world renowned jazz arranger)

“I have to tell you once again how blown away I was by the caliber of your group’s performance this past week.  I know you must be proud of your singers.  I was not only captivated by their 10+ musicianship, but by their total commitment to the performance.  It’s so exciting for those of us who’ve been through the mill with the growth of vocal jazz to see 20-something-year-olds so into what they’re doing.”
-Jeff Welcher (Director of Vocal Jazz, Syracuse University)

“I can’t even begin to tell you what a joy it was for me to see you and to hear your kids perform.  They were absolutely superb!”
-Larry Lapin (Former Director of Vocal Jazz, University of Miami, FL)

“Woke up still buzzing from the weekend!  As to the music… wow, what does one say? Christine’s group from CSU Long Beach was AMAZING!  It was such a complete and uplifting experience!  I cannot adequately express how satisfying and inspirational seeing and hearing so much great VJ music literally coming from one edge of the country to the other.  I laugh out loud at the thought of it!  Sick stuff!  Thank you all for a wonderful weekend!  We were truly blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of it with you.  My most sincere gratitude to all of you for all that you do!!!”
-Kelly Kunz (Groove for Thought musical director and founder)

“Your group truly blew us all away.  Such great singing, cool charts, and on and on!  It will be great to see some of your students in the spring, and hopefully we will have the chance to do some collaboration in the future.”
-Brennan Baglio (singer in Groove for Thought)

I’m grinning ear to ear!  I remain in awe of the terrific gift you are giving to the students of this country.  As I’ve been saying, the vocal jazz world is in good hands!  Thank you for all you do, and I hope our paths cross again soon.”
-Roger Emerson (nationally renowned vocal jazz arranger and educator)

The Sessions at BCCM

The Sessions came to CSULB during the NAMM show. The Sessions is a non-profit organization that brings some of the great musicians together on panels about shaping your career. The panel at BCCM consisted of Dom Famularo, Paul Quin, Liberty DeVitto, Joe Hibbs, Carlos Guzman, and Guest Legend Nate Watts, bassist for Stevie Wonder (Sir Duke!).

The panel lasted three hours and then the students joined this amazing lineup in a two-hour jam session. Paul Quin, one of the panelists, wrote, “The vibe and the playing from the Long Beach students was just tremendous: such talent and such professionalism from such a young bunch! Maybe our industry will be just fine . . . . Thank you very much!”

Marc Harris to NYC to Celebrate ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame

The 2013 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award Winners, including Freshman Marc Harris and alumni Elliot Deutsch and Daniel Kaneyuki have been invited to the invite you to attend the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Monday, December 9,  2013 New York City at the ASCAP Gallery, One Lincoln Plaza. The inductees are Cab Calloway, Charlie Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Arturo Sandoval, and Esperanza Spalding.

Liam Teague at Caribbean Holiday Celebration

Liam Teague, steel pan virtuoso, was a special guest artist at the Caribbean Holiday Celebration. Hailed as the “Paganini of the Steelpan,” Mr. Teague was featured soloist with the steel drum orchestra. His commitment to demonstrating the great musical possibilities of the steelpan has taken him to Europe, Asia, and Australia, as well as North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Steven Spielberg and the Return to Film School Wins Big

A film scored by Daniel Ellis won two awards at the CSU Media Arts Festival. Steven Spielberg and the Return to Film School won the narrative category, and the Audience Choice Award.

The film’s director Joshua Hoh said, “And to top it all off, we had the pleasure of recording the final three-minute piece of the film with the CSULB Symphony Orchestra, made up of 80 of CSULB’s finest musicians. As a music minor myself, it was truly a dream come true to bring the film and music departments together for this project.”

There were 154 entries from 16 CSU campuses.  You can watch the film here.

The Choruses Rang Out with Fabulous Splendor

Mark Swed, music critic for the Los Angeles Times, wrote a triumphant review of Britten’s War Requiem performance at Disney Hall on Monday, November 23. “The choruses rang out with fabulous splendor,” he wrote of the combined forces from USC, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Fullerton, Chapman University Singers, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, and the 
New Zealand Youth Choir.

Swed added that the had wished President Obama, who was in Los Angeles during the performance, had heard the “exalted young performers offering hope for the future of idealism and even, some distant day, peace.”

Photo credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times / November 26, 2013,0,594755.photogallery#ixzz2ltSanQgD


“Stunning” Performance of War Requiem at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Robert D. Thomas, music critic of the Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Whittier Daily News wrote a magnificent review of the Britten War Requiem performance.

“The choral forces delivered a beautiful tone and were amazingly precise throughout the 84 minutes, but particularly in the extended fugal writing in the “Dies Irae” sections.” and “Two bells — C and F-sharp — continue to toll as they have throughout the piece and the chorus finally dies away in a mysterious vapor. The capacity audience sat spellbound, silent for 20 seconds, before erupting in wave after wave of standing ovations for the performers.”