Ryan Brown: New Commissions and Performances

Alumnus Ryan Brown is completing a work commissioned by Volti Choral Arts Laboratory as a result of having won their competition and will then start work on a new piece for the Grammy-nominated ZOFO Duet, followed by something for Areon Flutes. His work, Four Pieces for Solo Piano, was performed on Michael Mizrahi’s solo tour which had a stop on our own campus.

Alex Miller Performs New Compositions

Lecturer Alex Miller performed his new composition “The Road: Three Stories Without Words” for electric guitar quartet on the West Coast Composers Forum’s concert at USC on October 25th.  He performed with guitarists Mckay Tebbs, Jon Kleinhans and Miles Jensen, and the group also premiered new works for electric guitar quartet by composers Clifford Tasner, Joe Sorce, Ross Wright and Mckay Tebbs.

Carolyn Bremer’s Work Performed by Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band

Carolyn Bremer’s Throw Caution to the Wind received a performance on the Women in Music concert by the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band in Chicago. The concert was hosted by Lea DeLaria, currently staring as “Big Boo” in Orange is the New Black. Between the pieces, DeLaria denoted each composers’ mark or impact in the musical community and during each piece sat in her throne laughing and celebrating.

 

 

 

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 Johnson’s Works Performed in NYC

This year, alumnus Nathan Johnson had works performed in New York City by the andPlay Duo and by violinist Eva Ingolf, and another piece performed at two concerts by the Poné Ensemble for New Music in New Paltz, NY. Eva Ingolf will be performing his music again next month at the Festival Internacional de Música Contemporânea in Rio de Janerio. He also has upcoming performances with the New York-based Duo Anova and by the Canadian piano duo Piano Pinnacle.

Marianthe Bezzerides in Film Scoring Mentorship

Marianthe Bezzerides was one of nine accepted into the 2014 Composing for the Screen Film Scoring Mentorship Program in NYC. Each composer receives a recording session with some of the top string players in New York and attend a high-level workshop where film music will be examined from many perspectives: historical, psychological, dramatic, stylistic and more.

Craig Richey to Score “No Pay, Nudity”

Craig Richey was engaged to score ‘No Pay, Nudity’ starring Gabriel Byrne and Nathan Lane. A touching comedy about New York actors in perpetual mid-life crisis, in constant fear their careers may be over, and in the process of coming to accept that ‘success’ might look different than they had imagined.