Only three more days until April 15th! We’re not talking about the IRS tax deadline…it’s the Fall 2013 application deadline for our bass, drums, guitar, vocals and music producer degrees. We encourage domestic and international students to visit this link for application information, housing options, FAQ and more: http://lama.edu/apply
LAMA’s Bass Department Jerry Watts was featured on For Bass Players Only, doing an exclusive interview with writer Jon Liebman. Watts chats about his musical upbringing, playing bass, LAMA and his first instrument, the accordion! Get the complete lowdown, here: http://www.forbassplayersonly.com/Interviews/Jerry-Watts.html.
Did you ever get to see the Mars Volta play live? It was always an epic show creating and destroying musical boundaries. There was one man at the center of it all holding down the rhythm and bringing us that amazing low end. That man is Juan Alderete and as we announced on the LAMA site last week, he has joined the LAMA Bass Department as an Artist-in-Residence.
Juan has been on our radar here at the blog even before his turn with TMV. He played bass with LA noise legends Distortion Felix on their Steve Albini produced debut “I’m an Athlete” and his work with Racer X is equally cool. Juan has invested in his own musical projects of late including Big Sir and Vato Negro and recently launched the extremely popular website, www.pedalsandeffects.com. He is endorsed by Fender Basses and Behringer.
LAMA grad Debi Nova, a graduate from the LA Music Academy College of Music vocal department has been appointed as Ambassador of Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) and joins fellow musicians Anggun, Fanny Lu, Lea Salonga and other celebrities in supporting the United Nations and partners to educate, inspire and promote action of children and young people in undertaking social and environmental initiatives. Debi will begin by working with YUNGA on its biodiversity, forests and oceans initiatives as well as other key activities related to nutrition and hunger. See more at: http://yunga-youth.weebly.com/debi-nova.html
Debi is a Costa Rican vocalist who has worked with Boney James, Q Tip, Sergio Mendes and Will.I.am and made her US television debut on Dancing with the Stars in April 2010.
An interesting article from BBC News says that English music schools do not include enough music in their actual music lessons.
In some lessons, teachers do not play or sing a single note, according to a report looking at music education as a whole.
The article goes on to explain that there is too much time spent talking about tasks without instructors actually demoing what was required of the students. That’s rather surprising! But many schools passed the inspections with flying colors. Read the rest of the article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-17226187
At LAMA, there’s definitely not a shortage of hands-on playing in class!
If you have read our blog in the past you know that LA Music Academy is a college that is extremely passionate about youth music education. That is why we were so happy to help out our friends at CYMG. CYMG stands for Crescendo Young Musicians Guild which is a non-profit music education and community service organization that provides quality music instruction, mentoring, and performance opportunities to students who may otherwise not have them.
We have opened our campus to CYMG so they have somewhere to practice on Saturdays. Specifically facilities for violin, voice and their chamber group. So if you are walking on campus over the weekend and hear some beautiful classical music emanating in the morning it is probably CYMG. We wish these youngsters all the best with their musical pursuits and hope this sets the framework for them to maybe become LAMA students when they are older!
For more information on CYMG please visit their official website here.
This morning’s thorough and in-depth LA Times article “Sundance Film Festival: Musicians trying to be heard” talks about the increase in music acts heading to Park City, Utah (if you’ve never been, it’s simply beautiful) to perform, network and make a name for themselves during the annual film festival. With all the producers and directors in attendance, that’s not a bad idea.
During the last decade, the number of musical acts at Sundance has ballooned — as has the number of corporate sponsors and celebrities who turn up absent any connection to any of the movies in the festival. This year, more than 50 performers descended upon the mountain city, leaving fans with a bevy of shows to choose between nightly.
You could argue a trip to Park City is an investment worth making in order to be in front of and mingle with an “industry crowd.” But it’s not easy — you have to know how to put on the networking cap and follow up with connections. There’s also stiff competition at the actual festival:
… it’s often established acts that steal the spotlight. Rappers Drake and Wiz Khalifa played invite-only shows at the Bing Bar, a multilevel space decorated by the Microsoft search engine. The DJ Deadmau5 and LMFAO, famous for a party anthem about taking shots of alcohol, performed at the Park City Live venue. And at a pop-up version of the posh Tao restaurant, T-Mobile and Google Music sponsored concerts from somewhat less commercial acts like the Civil Wars and the Whigs… festival-goers tried to elbow their way into these exclusive events each evening…
The article is a good read for any musician seeking new opportunities. Read the rest HERE.
Have you ever been to Sundance? What was your experience?
As part of his arts and computational technologies Ph.D. project, Zamborlin, in collaboration with Norbert Schnell and Frederic Bevilacqua, created “Mosaicing Gestural Surface,” or Mogees.
Stick Mogees nearly anywhere — a tree, car, mirror, perhaps a piece of cheese — either way, the microphone will pick up vibrations and present them as real-time sounds. Audio samples can be programmed into the device for even more fun. You could literally transform your car dashboard into a marimba or xylophone.
Check out the video here:
It’s hard to believe that it was over 25 years ago when Michael J. Fox’s character stole the show and absolutely slayed Chuck Berry’s Johnny B. Goode in the 80′s hit movie, Back to the Future. Fox went back to back to the future in a blast to the past (did that make sense) and performed the song again at last night’s fundraiser benefitting research for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research – http://www.michaeljfox.org/. Read more about the event here (via TMZ): http://www.tmz.com/2011/11/14/michael-j-fox-back-to-the-future-johnny-b-good/?adid=hero4
Check out the performance here:
Weren’t born yet and have no idea what we’re talking about? Here’s the classic clip!