Genevieve Artadi with Knower at Broad Stage

Knower, the duo with alumna Genevieve Artadi with Louis Cole, performed on the Quincy Jones Presents series on the Broad Stage’s Jazz Council Initiative last weekend. The Quincy Jones Presents series focuses on jazz mentorship and creating opportunities for young artists.

Mr. Jones wrote of them, “They make me smile and burn me up in the deepest parts of my soul. So please join us on Sunday, October 26th to celebrate the beginning of my four part Presents series with the electronic-funk-pop group KNOWER! You won’t want to miss these guys- they got it going on with Jazz Chops and today’s Chops….will be leavin’ ya’ll on your knees beggin’ for more.”

Whittney Mikkel Auerbach Releases CD

Alumna Whittney Mikkel Auerbach released her first album on Oct 1. It is a 6-song original EP which was entirely self-produced over a period of 3+ years. It is a melting of pop-rock, folk, and electronica, with jazz and classical influences.

It is entitled “Before the Day” and features Bob Cole Conservatory alumni Joe Sanders ( tracks 2 and 5 / who also wrote the string arrangement for track 2, “The Storm”), Michelle Packman (tracks 2 and 3), and Miko Shudo (track 2).

 

Why go to concerts?

There is a special quality to live music that you feel in your body, touch with your feet on the floor, see in the faces of the performers as well as in their body language and their technique, and hear through your inner and outer ears. It is a moment shared with other people who have a love for the art form, or perhaps a familial connection with a performer, conductor, or composer—someone extending gratitude for the dedication and work that goes each musical performance. This is the moment music comes alive in the human realm.

There is much to be learned from recording and videos, from books and scores, and from the practice room. But that is all part of the process that leads to the experience of the performance. There is the unknown: will there be imperfections? Will there be moments of sublime connection with the your soul? There is a remarkable beauty in experiencing the process of becoming the artist you aspire to be. There is remarkable beauty in seeing others likewise bloom. Performance is in the present moment. That is precisely where life happens.

When you are fortunate enough to know one or more performers, perhaps even to be their friend, student, teacher, mentor, confidant, classmate, roommate, or philosophical sparring partner, the entire experience is magnified. It isn’t just a human body performing; there is a relationship with you, an extra conduit of connection with the possibility of utterly electric gratification. You are a part of the music because you are a part of the performer’s life.

When assignment deadlines loom, work schedules become difficult to manage, juries, rehearsals, lessons, and performances start to feel like a freight train running you down, consider this: When your mind is contracted or frustrated or stressed it is possible to recall knowledge but rarely to recognize wisdom. Wisdom reminds us that we musicians are here to make music and to be a part of the making of music.

In the heat of battle—studying music in college—it is so easy to take this for granted. It is also difficult to make the commitment to return to school in the evening to hear a performance after you have spent the day practicing, rehearsing, and studying music. Time is the most precious and rare commodity during the semester, and even more so as the semester grinds toward juries and exams.

Take a breath. Why are you here?

At some point in your life you had an awareness that music meant more to you than you could possibly verbalize. Being a music major isn’t about making a living as much as it is about making a life. Music is made through relationships: relationships with pitches, gestures, phrases sections, and other pieces, but also through relationships with other people. To be in a relationship means you both give and receive and that you benefit tremendously from that generosity.

Orient your life around the deepest truths you have. Be generous with your spirit, time, attention, presence, support, and energy to yourself, your music, and others. Pay attention to how you spend your time.

These are two questions I like to ask back-to-back: 1) Is this true? The primary purpose of music is to transcend the human condition. 2) Is this true: The primary purpose of music is to experience the human condition. In either case, the place this will happen most frequently, easily, and deeply is when hearing live music making. Make time for concerts.

Edward Nelson Wins 2nd in International Voice Competition

Edward Nelson took the Drs. Michelina Fato and Carl Snyderman Second Prize in the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition. The competition took place in Pittsburgh. In addition to a monetary award, Eddie won the opportunity to sing a leading operatic role in Opera Theater of Pittsbugrh’s Summerfest 2105, which will take place at the 20th Century Club through the month of July.

Filharmonic in Philippines Benefit

The Filharmonic with alumnus VJ Rosales were the headliners a benefit concert for the Philippines in Las Vegas. Office Depot/Office Max sponsored their event. The group headlined the 15th San Diego Asian Film Festival in October at the Town & Country Resort.

The Filharmonic also signed a clothing deal with Akufuncture and will have “new gear coming soon.”

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.

Sebastien Najand Composer for League of Legends

Alumnus Sebastien Najand is full-time composer for Riot Games (the video game company which produces League of Legends). As of January 2014, over 67 million people play League of Legends per month, 27 million per day, and over 7.5 million concurrently during peak hours.

Sebastien traveled to Seoul for the League of Legends world finals, where a project he worked on with Imagine Dragons was performed. He composed the music for live orchestra for parts of the competition.

Nathan Stark at Tanglewood

Alumnus Nathan Stark will be performing the bass solos in the bass solos Verdi Requiem with Murry Sidlin and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in the historic Boston Symphony Hall in January. The performance is part of the Defiant Requiem Foundation’s series of performances in remembrance of 150 inmates performing the Requiem at the Terezin concentration camp.

Stephen Salts Gives Command Performance

Alumnus Stephen Salts gave a Command Performance this morning. While on his Fulbright, Stephen is singing with The Choir of Royal Holloway. They performed at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall with Her Majesty The Queen in attendance. The performance of Paul Mealor’s commissioned work was broadcast live on BBC1. This is Stephen’s photo of the royal family.