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The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts

Visiting Artists

Spring 2017

Mark Menzies

Monday, January 30, 2017, 2-3:50 pm, Wild Beast – Performance Forum

Currently residing in New Zealand, Mark Menzies has established an important, world-wide reputation as a violist and violinist. He has been described in a Los Angeles Times review, as an 'extraordinary musician' and a 'riveting violinist.' His career as a viola and violin virtuoso, chamber musician and conductor and advocate of contemporary music, has seen performances in Europe, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and across the United States, including a series of appearances at New York's Carnegie Hall. Mark Menzies has a considerable reputation as a chamber music performer. In addition to being a member of the Formalist Quartet as violinist and violist there are further chamber music recordings featuring Mark Menzies including Process and Passion, a Pogus label release of chamber music by Roger Reynolds, as well as the world premiere recording of ...above earth's shadow a chamber-scale violin concerto by Michael Finnissy that was released on vinyl in 2013. Mr. Menzies is currently performing works from his upcoming solo recital series, 4 in the time of 7 at different venues throughout Los Angeles.


Thursday, February 2, 2017 9-12 noon Open Rehearsal, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 8 pm Concert, Wild Beast

Monday, February 13, 2017, 2-3:50 pm Performance Forum, Wild Beast

Gnarwhallaby consists of Brian Walsh, Richard Valitutto, Derek Stein and Matt Barbier. It was formed in 2011 to revive and perform the repertoire composed for the unique instrumentation of clarinet, trombone, cello, and piano. As its starting point, the quartet used the missions and repertoires of the now defunct, avant-garde polish ensemble Warsztat Muzyczny as well as the later German outfit quartet avance. As the third generation "grandchild" quartet – the first in the United States and the only currently active quartet of its kind in the world – Gnarwhallaby continues to expand this largely unknown and fascinating body of repertoire with active composer commissions and original compositions by its members. All are graduates of California Institute of the Arts.

Jacob Shea

Thursday, February 2, 2017, 2-3:50 pm, B304 – Composition for Film & Video Class

Born in San Jose, CA, Jacob Shea graduated from University of California with a degree in Music Composition. He has worked alongside several of Hollywood's top composers, including Elliot Goldenthal, Steve Jablonsky, Henry Jackman and Hans Zimmer. Jacob was selected as one of six fellows to attend the prestigious Sundance Composers Lab. His work as the Lead Composer at Bleeding Fingers Music has won him two BMI awards for Mountain Men and two BMI awards for Alaskan Bush People. Credits include music programmer for Public Enemies, arranger for Madagascar 2 and Despicable Me, and composer of additional music for Lone Survivor, Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Transformers: The Dark of the Moon and Battleship. For six seasons, Jacob's co-composed the critically acclaimed Through the Wormhole, narrated by Morgan Freeman. He has recently completed the score for the upcoming Planet Earth II, alongside Hans Zimmer and Jasha Klebe for the Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop.

George S. Clinton

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 2-3:50 pm, B304 – Composition for Film & Video

George S. Clinton began his professional musical career as a songwriter, arranger, and session musician in Nashville, while earning degrees in music and drama at Middle Tennessee State University. After graduation, Clinton moved to Los Angeles and became a staff writer for Warner Brothers Music, with songs recorded by such artists as Michael Jackson, Joe Cocker, and Three Dog Night, and he later recorded albums for MCA, Elektra, ABC, and Arista. The critically acclaimed George Clinton Band attracted the attention of a movie producer, giving George the opportunity to score his first film, Cheech and Chong's Still Smokin', and, later, Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers. His musical inventiveness and versatility in both orchestral and popular idioms have allowed him to contribute memorable scores to such diverse films as the hit comedy Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and its blockbuster sequels and the hit martial arts fantasy Mortal Kombat and its sequel. Most recent projects include the Emmy Award-winning Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, Hometown Glory, The Tooth Fairy, Extract, and Salvation Boulevard. Clinton has also written several concert works and three musicals. Awards include a Grammy nomination, an Emmy nomination, and 9 BMI Film Music Awards, including their highest honor, the Richard Kirk Career Achievement Award. He serves as an advisor at the Sundance Institute and chairs the Film Scoring Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Stephen Horenstein

Saturday, February 25, 2017, Wild Beast, 5:00 pm – Concert

Monday, February 27, 2017, B318, 2-3:50 pm – Graduate Composers Forum

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, Wild Beast, 2-3:50 pm – Improv Workshop for Strings

Monday, March 6, 2017, Wild Beast, 2-3:50 pm – Performer-Composer/Graduate Performance Forums

Stephen Horenstein’s works for ensemble, orchestra, soloist and electronics have been performed and recorded in festivals worldwide. Many of these works have incorporated ethnic sound sources. Horenstein is a recipient of the prestigious Israel Prime Minister’s Prize for Composers, which was awarded both for his creative work and contribution to Israel society in mentoring generations of creative musicians. Over the years, Horenstein has collaborated with many well-known artists, including Isamu Noguchi, Steve Paxton, Rena Schenfeld, Kibbutz Dance Company, Vertigo, and many others. For the past two decades, Dr. Horenstein has also developed techniques for teaching music to youth at risk. Most of these concepts were developed “in the field”, within innovative projects such as Amit Beit Ha Yeled, the Metarim-Lod Music and Arts Center and work with gifted youth from underprivileged backgrounds through the Jerusalem Institute of Contemporary Music. Dr. Horenstein is currently on the faculty of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where he teaches composition, performance and conducts the Lab Orchestra.

Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Monday, February 27, 2017, 2:00-3:50 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall - MAP Forum

DJ/Producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad is known around the world as one-third of the legendary hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, but he began his musical career in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. Tribe was founded in 1985 with Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and Jarobi. Muhammad was just 19 when the group released its first album, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, in 1990, and four more followed: The Low End Theory (released in 1991); Midnight Marauders (1993); Beats, Rhymes and Life (1996); and The Love Movement (1998). All went either gold or platinum, with The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders both widely considered hip-hop classics. Tribe, however, is just one representation of Ali’s talent. He formed the production company The Ummah in the ’90s with Jay Dee and Q-Tip, and he’s worked with a wide range of artists, including Faith Evans, Mos Def, and D’Angelo, the last of whom he collaborated on the Grammy-nominated single, Brown Sugar, in 1995. In 1999 he co-founded the star trio Lucy Pearl, aligning with Dawn Robinson, formerly of En Vogue, and Raphael Saadiq, of Tony! Toni! Toné! Lucy Pearl fused funk, rock, R&B and hip-hop to create an organic, sexy sound that was unprecedented at the time and still unmatched today. The group’s self-titled debut album produced the hits Don’t Mess With My Man, and Dance Tonight, the latter nominated for a Grammy in the best vocal performance by a duo or group category. Ali keeps busy by performing as a DJ around the globe, reaching music fans of all types, each gig adding to the journey he started as an 8-year-old in Brooklyn.

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