Mostly Kosher Releases Sneak Peek

Mostly Kosher, with alumni Leaav Sofer, Mike King, Will Brahm, Eric Hagstrom, Casey Solow, has released a sneak peak of their new album.

Mostly Kosher is a klezmer band based in Southern California, but has the feel of Lower Eastside New York 1930s “radio show” and Depression Era elation and angst. Directed by the multi-talented clarinetist, pianist and singer, Leeav Sofer, in cahoots with Janice “Rachele the Matchmaker” Mautner Markham on violin and shtick. Band members also include Casey Solow, Mike King, Will Brahm, Adam Levy, Eric Hagstrom and Michael Bolger. Mostly Kosher continues to perform throughout Southern California with plans to tour the East Coast and Europe in the not too distant future.

Live in Long Beach – Steel Drum CD

Dr. Dave Gerhart and the CSULB Steel Drum Orchestra will release their new CD “Live in Long Beach” on Sunday, April 27 at the Caribbean Extravaganza: Massive Band 2014. The CD features the collaboration between the CSULB Steel Drum Orchestra and the HSU Calypso Band on March 15 & 16, 2013.
The CSULB Steel Drum Orchestra and the HSU Calypso Band have a long history of collaboration, and have shared the stage numerous times over the past 26 years. Founded in 1986 by Dr. Eugene Novotney, the HSU Calypso Band was the first steel drum ensemble in the California State University system. One semester later, Dr. Michael Carney founded the CSULB Steel Drum Orchestra in 1987. This CD marks the first live album as a combined CSU steel drum ensemble and the first album from the CSULB Percussion Program.

Yumi Tamashiro premieres “Ligneous”

Alumnus Yumi Tamashiro premiered Andy Akiho’s piece Ligneous which she commissioned with Ian Rosenbaum. The concert was at the Princeton Sound Kitchen show on February 18th.

Yumi’s percussion group, Mobius Percussion Quartet, released Kate Neal’s ‘What Hath II’ in October. They have been endorsed by Vic Firth and will be touring CA and the midwest in the spring of the 2014-15 season.

photograph by David Adamcyk

Dave Gerhart Recording Available on iTunes

Dave Gerhart’s recording of Steve Kornicki’s  Harmonic Canon Streams (Horizontal Color Forms 16) has been released as a single through digital distribution (including iTunes). The work is for 12 percussionists which Dave and Steve recorded at CSULB, UCF, and St. Marks Church in Indialantic FL.

James Yoshizawa in Jonathan Rowden Group

Alumnus James Yoshizawa drums for the Jonathan Rowden Group, a modern jazz quartet that just got signed to Orenda Records. They just recorded our debut album at the famous Sunset Sound studios and will be touring in late May to Portland, Seattle, and the Bay Area with a final stop at the Blue Whale in LA for a CD release concert.

Photo by Eron Rauch