The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts
Steve Horowitz and Scott Looney, Co-Founders of the Game Audio Institute
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 4:15 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
Steve Horowitz is a creator of odd but highly accessible sounds and a diverse and prolific musician. Perhaps best known as a composer and producer for his original soundtrack to the Academy Award-nominated film “Super Size Me.”, Steve is also a noted expert in the field of sound for games. Since 1991, he has literally worked on hundreds of titles, including a 16 year run at Nickelodeon Digital, where he had the privilege of working on projects that garnered both Webby and Broadcast Design awards. Horowitz also has a Grammy Award in recognition of his engineering work on the multi-artist release, “True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe [Sugar Hill].” Best Bluegrass Album” (1996).
Scott Looney is a passionate artist, soundsmith, educator, and curriculum developer who has been helping students understand the basic concepts and practices behind the creation of content for interactive media and games for over ten years. He pioneered interactive online audio courses for the Academy Of Art University, and has also taught at Ex’pression College, Cogswell College, and Pyramind Training. He has created compelling sounds for audiences, game developers and ad agencies alike across a broad spectrum of genres and styles, from contemporary music to experimental noise. In addition to his work in game audio and education, he is currently researching procedural and generative sound applications in games, and mastering the art of code.
Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey
Monday, October 3, 2016, 2-4:00 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall – Jazz Forum
Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock lived in London/UK from 1989 till 2008 and is now residing in Brooklyn. She leads a host of her own projects including Anti-House, Ubatuba and Ingrid Laubrock Sextet. She won the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation and was the recipients of the 'Fellowship in Jazz Composition' by the Arts Foundation in 2006. Ingrid also won the 2009 SWR German Radio Jazz Prize and was one of the nominees for the Doris Duke Impact Award 2015. She is a prolific composer who has written for her own groups as well as for classical orchestra. Her orchestral piece 'Vogelfrei' has been performed by the American Composers Orchestra and the Tricentric Orchestra in 2012.
Drummer, Tom Rainey was born in Pasadena, California in 1957. Since moving to New York in 1979 he has performed and or recorded with many artists such as John Abercrombie, Mose Allison, Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Anthony Braxton, Nels Cline, Ted Curson, Kris Davis, and Mark Ducret just to name a few.
Current activities include performing and recording music with the Tom Rainey Trio as well as his quintet Obbligato.
Monday, October 3, 2016, 2-4 pm, Wild Beast – MAP Forum
Baerwald first came to prominence in 1986 as one half of the duo David + David, with David Ricketts. David and David's sole album, Boomtown, went platinum and stayed on the Billboard album chart for over a year, winning substantial critical acclaim, the debut single Welcome to the Boomtown became a top 40 Billboard hit. The duo split up following the success of that album for unexplained reasons. Following the breakup of David and David, Baerwald focused on writing for others. He has worked with artists such as Joni Mitchell, Sheryl Crow, Waylon Jennings, LeAnn Rimes and jazz artist, Holly Cole to name just a few. Outside of popular music, Baerwald has worked extensively as both a songwriter and instrumental score composer in film and television, including the Golden Globe-nominated song from the Baz Luhrman musical Moulin Rouge! called "Come What May", for which he also won the International Film Music Award, and which has been covered by a wide variety of international artists. He is also a skilled multi-instrumentalist, with a primary focus on stringed instruments. Recent projects include the ABC shows, "Life Unexpected" and "October Road", and the Showtime series' "Sexual Healing" and "Pleasure For Sale".
Monday, October 3, 2016, 2-4:00 pm, B319 – VoiceArts Forum
Bonnie Barnett is a vocalist, composer and improviser residing in Los Angeles. After a classical musical education (B.S., Music Education, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana), she became interested in contemporary work. She began singing in Kenneth Gaburo's New Music Choral Ensemble at the University of Illinois, and when he and the ensemble moved to La Jolla, Barnett moved with them, working on and completing her Masters in Music at the University of California, San Diego. At this time Barnett also worked with Pauline Oliveros and was a member of her original ensemble focusing on Sonic Meditations. Barnett began exploring extended vocal techniques during this period, which resulted in experiments at the Linguistics Department at UCSD, and a Masters thesis titled 'Aspects of Vocal Multiphonics' (1972), which was published in Interface, Journal of New Music Research (Amsterdam and Ghent) in 1977. In the early 1980's Barnett began her TUNNEL HUM PROJECT, a series of public participatory vocal events set in resonant environments, 67 Hums later, the project continues. In the 1990’s Barnett became interested in vocal free improvisation. She worked with a number of musicians, and formed various ensembles. She appears on two DICE compilations and has three CD releases on Nine Winds Records (including 'Trio for Two' with Ken Filiano). Her most recent release is out on pfMentum ('In Between Dreams'). She has been exploring the texts of Gertrude Stein, Jean-Paul Sartre, the Dada writers and others, and also delights in improvising faux texts.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 2-4:00 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall – Piano Workshop
Richard Valitutto is an emphatic and dedicated performer of compositions for the piano that span the instrument’s entire existence. He is a piano soloist, chamber musician, vocal accompanist, and composing/improvising creative whose soloistic charisma and flexible collaborative artistry have made him one of the most sought after pianists of his generation for his tenacity in bringing dynamic life to scores old and new in the spirit of integrated collaboration and informed understanding. He holds degrees in piano performance from the California Institute of the Arts (MFA) where he studied with Vicki Ray and the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (BM, summa cum laude) where he studied with Elisabeth and Eugene Pridonoff. He is currently serving on the music faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College as an associate professor and guest artist.
Thumbscrew: Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek and Tomas Fujiwara
Monday, October 17, 2016, 2-4:00 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall – Jazz Forum
The trio Thumbscrew came about by accident, after bassist Michael Formanek subbed in a band including guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara. Something special happened among them right away, so they formed a trio, a co-operative in the truest sense. They play originals by all hands, compositions whose rhythms may surge or lag or veer sideways according to their own internal logic. Bass and drums solo within the ensemble, not in quarantine. No one needs to be loudest. The blend is tight: one string (or metal) sound may bleed into another. It’s something to hear—something twisty and turny and always on the move.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 2-4:00 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall – Piano Workshop
Jeremy Gilien was a founding faculty member of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and served as musical director of the music theater program until 2006, when he became director of music for the department of dance. He is the composer of three operas: The Magician, The Happy Prince, and Calcutta Rose (about Mother Teresa). His Symphonice Suite from The Happy Prince was the winner of the 1997 Valley Symphony Composition Competition and received its premier under the baton of maestro Robert Chauls. His latest work for the stage is an operatic/political/circus farce entitled Civicus Dutius, which was premiered by the Cal State L.A.department of Theatre Arts and Dance. He has been nominated for a Lester Horton Award for outstanding achievement in music for dance for his work with the choreographer Rudy Perez. Mr. Gilien has been director of music at Lynwood United Methodist Church, and currently serves as director of music of Downey United Methodist Church. He also serves on the music staff of University SDA church. He is currently staff accompanist at the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute of the Colburn School, the Colburn Dance Academy, and has played summer intensive training programs for American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Joffrey Ballet, and Cecchetti U.S.A.. Mr Gilien received his Master of Arts degree in from California State University, Los Angeles, where he studied composition with Byong- Kon Kim and served as a repetiteur for the opera workshop.
Friday, October 21, 2016, 2-4 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall – Improvisation Ensemble
Anne Carson is a professor of Classics as well as a poet, essayist and translator. Carson has gained both critical accolades and a wide readership over the course of her “unclassifiable” publishing career. In addition to her many highly-regarded translations of classical writers such as Sappho and Euripides, and her triptych rendering of An Oresteia (2009), Carson has published poems, essays, libretti, prose criticism and verse novels that often cross genres. Carson’s poetry can be heart-breaking and she regularly writes on love, desire, sexual longing and despair. Always an ambitious poet whatever her topic or genre, Merkin wrote of Carson’s The Beauty of the Husband, “I don’t think there has been a book since Robert Lowell’s Life Studies that has advanced the art of poetry quite as radically as Anne Carson is in the process of doing.” Carson went on to publish a volume of essays
and opera,” Decreation (2005). Comprised of short lyrics, a screenplay, oratorio, and long prose sections that combine literary criticism with philosophical investigation, the book takes as its title and impetus an idea of the philosopher Simone Weil. As Carson explains, Weil’s notion of “decreation” is “an undoing of the creature in us—that creature enclosed in self and defined by self.”
Roberta Piket: Marian McPartland Project
Roberta Piket: Marian McPartland Project
Monday, October 24, 2016, 2-4:00 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall – Jazz Forum
The daughter of a European composer and a Great American Songbook singer, native New Yorker Roberta Piket is a pianist who loves to swing while exploring the more adventurous harmonic possibilities of jazz and improvised music. One for Marian celebrates piano legend Marian McPartland. Produced for Thirteenth Note Records by jazz veteran Todd Barkan, it’s a revelatory sextet project that shines a warm, loving light on an extraordinary but under-appreciated body of work. An uncommonly probing improviser in both free and straight-ahead settings, Piket has garnered considerable attention in recent years with a pair of enthralling solo piano recordings. But on One for Marian she returns to a larger ensemble format which she explored so memorably on 2011’s Sides, Colors (Thirteenth Note). The album’s cast couldn’t be better equipped to interpret Piket’s lush arrangements and McPartland’s melodically charged compositions. Featuring Steve Wilson on alto sax and flute, Virginia Mayhew on tenor sax and clarinet, Bill Mobley on trumpet and flugelhorn, bassist Harvie S, drummer and percussionist Billy Mintz, and special guest vocalist Karrin Allyson on one track, One for Marian grew out of a concert that Piket put together for the 2014 Wall Street Jazz Festival.
Monday, October 24, 2016, 2-3 pm, The Wild Beast – MAP Forum
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 2-3 pm A300 – Percussion Workshop
Pablo Rieppi performs a wide range of music with some of the world’s leading artists and ensembles. He is a member of New York City Ballet Orchestra, regularly performs with New York Philharmonic and is percussionist, music director and a composer of the internationally acclaimed multimedia collective VisionIntoArt. Pablo has performed in the Broadway orchestras of Beauty and the Beast, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Swan Lake, and Oklahoma just to name a few. Pablo is on the faculty of SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard Pre-College Division and Columbia University. He has been a teaching artist with Carnegie Hall, The New York Philharmonic and The American Composers Orchestra. His book Snare Drum Technique: Essential Basics for Daily Practice is published by Bachovic Publications.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 2-4:00 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall – Piano Workshop
Clare Yeo was born in Singapore and started her training in classical piano when she was just three and gave her debut recital at the age of nine at Singapore's Alliance Française. She made history by becoming the youngest Singaporean to be accepted to the prestigious Juilliard School of Music's pre-college division in New York City, and a year later, she was a recipient of the HSBC's Youth Excellence Award. During her years in New York, Clare won multiple competitions such as the 7th New York Music Competition, the New Jersey Young Pianist Competition, and the Gina Bachauer Competition at Juilliard in both 2004 and 2007. Clare made history again by becoming the youngest Singaporean to perform at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, organized by the Singapore Mission. Clare has also appeared in concert in several venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Centre, and multiple venues in Singapore. In 2007, she was invited to perform at The Duke of Edinburgh Award ceremony in the New South Wales Parliament House in Sydney, Australia. Clare received a bachelor's degree in Piano Performance from California Institute of the Arts in 2015. She remains an active performer both as a soloist, chamber musician and composer.
Mike Bagetta, Jerome Harris and Billy Mintz
Monday, November 7, 2016, 2-4:00 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall – Jazz Forum
Mike Baggetta, guitar, Jerome Harris, bass, and Billy Mintz, drums. Mike Bagetta’s singular and very personal musical style seeks to blur the lines between composition and improvisation, while connecting a wide range of musical genres that influence him. His latest disc Spectre, the 4th release as a leader on the Fresh Sound New Talent label, features extensive use of live sampling as an integral part of the compositions, alongside Jerome Harris on acoustic bass guitar and Billy Mintz on drums.
Monday, November 7, 2016, 2-4:00 pm, B319 – VoiceArts Forum
Anna Luisa Petrisko (Jeepneys) is an artist working in music, video, dance, and performance. Named after the iconic converted WWII army jeeps of the Philippines, her work investigates the complexities of postcolonial identity, encompassing a multitude of experience of time, space, and self. With experimental operas, multimedia installations, and a fleet of hand-painted spacesuits, Jeepneys creates re-indigenized landscapes with a distinctive visual and sonic language. She is a member of Black Salt Collective, whose members are all Black, brown, and indigenous women, creating artwork about non-linear identity in a contemporary context. She has received artist-in-residence fellowships with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), Yaddo, Tatwerk Performative Forschung in Berlin and Echo Park Film Center. She was invited to present at the first annual Women in Music Technology Symposium at UC Irvine, has been a visiting lecturer at UC Santa Barbara in the Fine Art department, as well as a workshop leader at the Empowering Women of Color Conference in UC Berkeley.
Monday, November 7, 2016, 9-12 noon, Roy O. Disney Music Hall – The Ensemble
Frederic Rzewski is among the major figures of the American musical avant-garde to emerge in the 1960s, and he has been highly influential as a composer and performer. He first came to public attention as a performer of new piano music, having participated in the premieres of such monumental works as Stockhausen's Klavierstück X (1962). In 1966, he founded, with Alvin Curran and Richard Teitelbaum, the famous ensemble Musica Electronica Viva (MEV). MEV combined free improvisation with written music and electronics. These experimentations directly led to the creation of Rzewski's first important compositions, pieces such as Les moutons de Panurge, a so-called "process piece," which also combines elements of spontaneous improvisation with notated material and instructions. Rzewski's improv-classical hybrids are some of the most successful of the kind ever produced thanks to the fervent energy at the core of his music. In 1977, he was made professor of composition at the Royal Conservatory of Liège, Belgium, and has continued to teach there since. During the Rzewski's music is among that which defines postwar American new music. He has consistently given the exuberant boyish pleasures of a composer like Copland within the rigorously experimental framework of a composer like Cage. Often unapologetically tonal and fun, Rzewski's music cuts right through the frequent churlishness of avant garde music.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 2-3 pm A300 – Percussion Workshop
Øyvind Brandtsegg is a composer and performer working in the fields of algorithmic improvisation and sound installations. His main instruments as a musician are the Hadron Particle Synthesizer, ImproSculpt and Marimba Lumina. The Hadron is a very flexible real time granular synthesizer widely used within experimental sound design with over 200.000 downloads of the VST/AU version. Brandtsegg uses it for live processing of the acoustic sound of other musicians. As a musician and composer he has collaborated with a number of excellent artists such as Oslo Sinfonietta, Motorpsycho, the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Zeena Parkins, and Maja Ratkje. In 2008, Brandtsegg finished his PhD equivalent in artistic research project and focused on musical improvisation with computers. Øyvind has done lectures and workshops on these themes in USA, Germany, Ireland, and of course in Norway. Since 2010 he has been working as a professor of music technology at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. Currently he is doing research into cross-adaptive processing for live performance, collaborating with an international team of researchers from the UK, USA, Holland and Norway.
Monday, November 14, 2016, 2-4:00 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall – Jazz Forum
A jazz singer and new music composer of eclectic tastes and prodigious gifts, GRAMMY®NOMINATED Theo Bleckmann makes music that is accessibly sophisticated, unsentimentally emotional, and seriously playful. His work provokes the mind to wonder, but connects immediately with the heart. Bleckmann, who has been residing in New York City since 1989, has released a series of gorgeous and irreverent albums on Winter & Winter, including recordings of Las Vegas standards, of Berlin Kabarett, and of popular “bar songs” (all with pianist Fumio Yasuda); a recording of newly-arranged songs by Charles Ives (with the improvisational jazz/funk collective Kneebody); and his Solos for Voice and Toys, where Bleckmann brought just his stunning vocal technique, his emotional commitment, and his suitcase full of oddly evocative voice-altering gadgets to the project of recording delicate songs and poems alone at a monastery in the Swiss Alps. In his highly acclaimed CD release of 2012, Hello Earth - The Music of Kate BushBleckmann managed to bring an entirely new and quite gorgeous perspective to the songbook of the British pop recluse. 2013 saw the release of Mother Goose Melodies, a return to Bleckmann’s uniquely interpretive collaborations with Fumio Yasada. 2014 finds Bleckmann touring Europe with Ambrose Akinmusire and recording with Julia Hülsmann’s trio, for a 2015 release on ECM and the touring that will follow. Bleckmann is also an educator. He is professor of Jazz Voice at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music and Adjunct Assistant Professor at The New School, Queens College and New York University.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 2-4:00 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall – Piano Workshop
David holds performer-composer MFA and BFA degrees from the California Institute of the Arts where he studied composition with Michael Jon Fink, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, and Ulrich Krieger and piano with Vicki Ray. He previously studied composition at the University of Oregon with with Rob Kyr and David Crumb. His enthusiasm for experimentation and his broad musical background lead him to compose “mesmerizing” and “ethereal” scores that “are accessible without bending to pop conventions”. As an accomplished pianist and improviser, David is able to quickly compose, record, and produce music for orchestra, electronics, small ensembles, and solo instruments. In 2012, David opened Rhodes School of Music in Larchmont village which offers lessons to children and adults of all levels on most instruments.
Thursday, November, 17, 2016, 4-6:00 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall – Special Workshop during Common Time Open to All Students
"It's hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell. " - The New York Times " Born in Baltimore, Bill Frisell played clarinet throughout his childhood in Denver, Colorado. His interest in guitar began with his exposure to pop music on the radio. Soon, the Chicago Blues became a passion through the work of Otis Rush, B.B. King, Paul Butterfield and Buddy Guy. In high school, he played in bands covering pop and soul classics, James Brown and other dance material. Later, Bill studied music at the University of Northern Colorado before attending Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied with John Damian, Herb Pomeroy and Michael Gibbs. His work has established Frisell as one of the most sought-after guitar voices in contemporary music. The breadth of such performing and recording situations is a testament not only to his singular guitar conception, but his musical versatility as well. This, however, is old news by now. In recent years, it is Frisell's role as composer and band leader which has garnered him increasing notoriety.
Monday, November 21, 2016, 2-4:00 pm, B319 – VoiceArts Forum
Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, performer and poet. He went to university for mathematics and musicology but did not finish those studies. In the late 1970s he took up saxophone and started to compose music. A few years later he discovered his potential as a vocal performer, at first in reciting poetry and later on in improvisations and his own compositions. For almost two decades the voice was his main means for the discovery and development of new sounds. From around the year 2000 on Blonk started work with electronics, at first using samples of his own voice, then extending the field to include pure sound synthesis as well. He took a year off of performing in 2006. As a result, his renewed interest in mathematics made him start a research of the possibilities of algorithmic composition for the creation of music, visual animation and poetry. As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He has performed around the world, on all continents. With the use of live electronics the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension.
Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart
December 3, 2016, Wild Beast – Workshop for Singers and Composers
December 4, 2016, Roy O. Disney Music Hall – Workshop for Singers and Composers
December 5, 2016, 2-4:00 pm, B319 – VoiceArts Forum
Andreas Fischer (bass) studied Voice and Music Education in Stuttgart and in Vienna. Even as a student, his interest in contemporary music and working closely with composers had become a central aspect of his work. He has performed in numerous world premieres as a member of the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and as a soloist and conductor. Guillermo Anzorena (baritone) was born in Mendoza, Argentina. He studied Voice at the Conservatory of Music at the National University of Cuyo. In 1991, he was a prize winner in the vocal competition "Young Voices" in Buenos Aires. In 1993, he was named "Young Talent of the Year" by the Richard Wagner Society. Various scholarships allowed him to work intensively with German Lied in Argentina. After completing his degree in Music Education at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (Conservatory of Music) in Stuttgart with a major in Violin and Voice (both Lied and opera), Martin Nagy (tenor) was engaged at the opera in Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany. Since 1993, he has been active as a concert and opera singer. Numerous radio and CD productions document his solo career. His current work with the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart serves both as a focal point and simultaneously as an invigorating counterpoint to his activities as an oratorio singer.
Monday, December 5, 2016, 2-4 pm, B304 – ESP Forum
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 – Private Lessons (Sign-up sheet on the door B306)
Composer, performer, and sound artist, Bryan Jacobs’ work focuses on interactions between live performers, mechanical instruments and computers. His pieces are often theatrical in nature, pitting blabber-mouthed fanciful showoffs against timid reluctants. The sounds are playfully organized and many times mimic patterns found in human dialogue. Hand-build electromechanical instruments controlled by microcontrollers bridge acoustic and electroacoutic sound worlds. These instruments live dual lives as time-based concert works and non-time-based gallery works. His music has been performed by ensembles such as the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Wet Ink, International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, and defunensemble. His music has been featured at many music festivals in Europe and the US. He is a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow. He has performed his own compositions for guitar and electronics at the Stone (NYC), Miller Theater (NYC), and the Wulf (LA). In addition to his artistic endeavors, Bryan is the co-founder of Qubit, a New York based new music initiative that presents mostly emerging artists whose work involves creative uses of technology.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 2-4:00 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall – Piano Workshop
Pianist/composer Dr. Aron Kallay has been praised as possessing “that special blend of intellect, emotion, and overt physicality that makes even the thorniest scores simply leap from the page into the listeners laps.” After Aron premiered three of his works, composer and music critic Kyle Gann was “struck speechless,” adding, “he did a beautiful job and made me all impressed with my music all over again... he makes me want to write more.” Aron is an award-winning solo and chamber musician who has performed throughout the United States, as well as in the Czech Republic and Ukraine. His performances have been heard internationally on the radio shows Music From Carnegie Mellon and The Global Village. Aron is an Artist-in-Residence for Catalysis Projects, and on the faculty of the University of Southern California, where he teaches electro-acoustic media and piano.
Thursday, December 8, 2016, 4 - 6 pm, The Wild Beast - Voice Workshop
Japanese composer-performer Yasuno Miyauchi will teach a workshop based on her work with an award-winning music performance group TSUMUGINE and her research into using the human body and gestures. The following concepts will be explored in the workshop: developing the most simple expression in music, creating scoreless music, utilizing the overtones and mapping out unique physical traits of the body in correspondence to the variations in sound. Yasuno Miyauchi is particularly interested in group performances, where musicians create sounds, while paying special attention to their bodies. She is a recipient of awards and grants from the Experimental Sound, Art and Performance Festival 2008, Asian Cultural Council,Tokyo Wonder Site, Nodar Artist Residency Center in Portugal, The 6th JFC Composer Awards, Kanagawa Arts Foundation, Prix Ars Electronica and many others. Recently, her composition “Hamon 2” was performed by the NHK Symphony Orchestra.