Musical Activism: Who will be the Next Soundtrack of the Resistance?

Kate Harveston Music, Performing Arts

MUSICAL ACTIVISM IS ALIVE AND WELL It’s not your imagination — music really is getting more interesting these days. You’ve probably noticed a resurgence of socially conscious and politically relevant music cutting through the usual noise about messy breakups and drinking culture. That stuff has its place, but in these frequently menacing times, they seem more and more like trifles. …

8 Things I Learned From Singing In Choir

Christine Griswold Career Advice, Music, Performing Arts

Classic interview question: What class or academic experience do you think best prepared you for your career/life?  Now I’ve had a varied career that’s ranged from post production on feature films, to heading up production at a boutique animation house, to teaching and writing. Yet the answer to the aforementioned question for all of these things is singing in a choir. …

Pasadena Master Chorale Listens to the Future

Marshall Ayers High School, Music, Music Composition, Student Resources

The Pasadena Master Chorale (PMC) recently selected their new student composers for the second year of their innovative Listening to the Future project. Representing a cross section of area high schools, these juniors and seniors include (L. to R.) Elise Logan, Pasadena High, Sean Segal and Olivia Shue, La Canada High, and Tiffany Shi, San Marino (not pictured are Katherine …

Everything is Better Strange: An Interview with LA Band, James Supercave

Connie Martinez Artist Profiles, Music, Music, Performing Arts

James Supercave made their Pasadena debut at Make Music Pasadena this past June. Headlining the festival, they were the last band on the Colorado Main Stage and offered a great closing performance that day. Lead singer and guitarist, Joaquin Pastor, Patrick Logohetti (keyboard), Andrés Villalobos (guitar), and touring members Phys Hastings (drums), and Patrick Phillips (bass) encountered some slight rain, but …

Survival Tips for Music Festivals

Connie Martinez Events, Music, Performing Arts, Tips

Summer music festivals are happening everywhere around the country right now. I recently attended Make Music Pasadena in Pasadena, CA, which had 150 musical acts performing in over 30 venues in the city, making it one of the largest free music festivals in the country with an estimated attendance of 50,000. And while music festivals may be intimidating to some, …

Best Music Festivals to Check Out This Summer

Samantha Jacobs Events, Music, Opportunities, Performing Arts

Your summer schedule may be booked with internships, real work, programs, camps, family reunions, etc., but don’t forget to schedule in some time for fun. And is there anything more fun than enjoying some music out in the summer sun? I don’t think so. With a wide range of genres and a wide range of locations, these summer music festivals …

Meet Kadenze: The Future of Creative Learning

Marshall Ayers 3D (Gaming & Printing), Animation, College, Digital Media, High School, Music, Performing Arts, Student Resources, Visual Arts

Kadenze is a purpose-built online learning platform for the arts and creative technology. It pairs world-class instructors with a beautiful and innovative digital platform that’s built to support arts-based curriculum and deliver the best possible online experience. Two members of the Kadenze team shared their own creative journeys with Artzray and why creativity is at the heart of all their …

5 Things to Never Say to Your Bandmates: Tips for Playing in a Band

Ben Muller Career Advice, Getting Started, Getting Started, Music, Performing Arts, Tips

Being in a band can be tough. Learning how to work well with your bandmates is essential. Getting better as a group, from recording to playing live to writing songs, takes patience and time. After playing in a regularly gig-ing band for three years, my bandmates and I learned how to work together effectively, and naturally, we learned some things …

The CSSSA College Connection Visits Bennington College

Brennan Dignan Music, Performing Arts, Sponsors, Student Resources

Meet Isabel, CSSSA 2012 Los Angeles native Isabel Wing attended the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) music program in 2012. If you asked her in high school if she would end up in rural Vermont for college she would have said it wasn’t even on her radar.  Isabel came to CSSSA when she ran across an advertisement for the …