Minisode 05: Maya Paredes

Black and white photo of Maya Paredes next to So How's That Going wordmark
 
As part of Colburn’s Next Up Series, which showcases alumni, we’re speaking with the alumni curators of each program and sharing these conversations as minisodes. In this minisode, we talk to Community School alum Maya Paredes, who curated the fifth and final program, Modern and Popular Music Jukebox, which premieres Saturday, May 29.

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Minisode 04: Alicia Lee

So How's That Going logo next to Alicia Lee smiling and holding a clarinet
 
As part of Colburn’s Next Up Series, which showcases alumni, we’re speaking with the alumni curators of each program and sharing these conversations as minisodes. In this minisode, we talk to Conservatory alum Alicia Lee, who curated the fourth program, Styles and Textures for Solo Clarinet, which premieres Saturday, May 8.

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Read more about the program
 

Episode 05: Kris Bowers

Kris Bowers
 
In this episode, Emmy Award-winning composer, jazz pianist, and Community School alumnus Kris Bowers talks about his remarkable 2020, his family’s unwavering support of his music from a young age, and the changing landscape of the music industry.
 

Links and Resources

Kris Bowers’ Official Website
A Concerto is a Conversation
Kris Bowers and Ben Proudfoot In Coversation
 

Music in this Episode

Kris Bowers: SUMMON (2019), an L.A. Contemporary Dance Company film

Minisode 03: Eric Byers

Eric Byers
 
As part of Colburn’s Next Up Series, which showcases alumni, we’re speaking with the alumni curators of each program and sharing these conversations as minisodes. In this minisode, we talk to Conservatory alum Eric Byers, who curated the third program, Retrouvé, which premieres Saturday, April 10.
 

Music in this Episode from the Next Up Concert:

ROBERT SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
MARIN MARAIS Voix Humaines

Minisode 02: Conrad Jones

Conrad Jones
 
As part of Colburn’s Next Up Series, which showcases alumni, we’re speaking with the alumni curators of each program and sharing these conversations as minisodes. In this minisode, we talk to Conservatory alum Conrad Jones, who curated the second program, Eclectic Classical, which premieres Saturday, March 13.
 


 

Links and Resources

Next Up Series
The Two Gabagools Official Website
The Two Gabagools Instagram
The Two Gabagools YouTube
Stracotto recipe*

* Note from Conrad: “I slightly caramelize fresh mushrooms separately with red wine, garlic, thyme, and a lot of black pepper. Then, I add them on top of the plated beef. This is all great over super al dente rigatoni.
 

Minisode 01: Ben Ullery

Ben Ullery
 
As part of Colburn’s Next Up Series, which showcases alumni, we’re speaking with the alumni curators of each program and sharing these conversations as minisodes. In this minisode, we talk to Conservatory alum Ben Ullery who curated the first program of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which premieres Saturday, February 13. Don’t forget to register for the event.
 


 

Links and Resources

Next Up Series
 

Music in This Episode

BACH Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, Variation II, arr. DMITRY SITKOVETSKY for String Trio

Episode 04: Anne Akiko Meyers

Anne Akiko Meyers
 
In this episode, we speak with internationally renowned violinist and Community School alumnus Anne Akiko Meyers. Get her perspective on the year behind us, the year ahead of us, her earliest days at Colburn, and being tenacious.
 


 

Links and Resources

Anne Akiko Meyers’ Official Website
January 30: Live from the Draylen Mason
 

Music in This Episode

VIVALDI Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 8, RV 315, “Summer” (L’estate)
 I. Allegro non molto
Anne Akiko Meyers (Community School ’83), Violin
David Lockington, Conductor
English Chamber Orchestra

VIVALDI Concerto in F Major, RV 551, for Three Violins
 II. Andante
Anne Akiko Meyers (Community School ’83), Violin
David Lockington, Conductor
English Chamber Orchestra

Music for this episode was selected from Anne Akiko Meyers’ album The Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album.

Episode 03: The State of Things

Nokuthula Ngwenyama (top left), Jazmín Morales (top right), Andrew Brady (bottom left), Blake Lanesskog (bottom right)
 
In this episode, we touch on issues around the pandemic, social justice movements, and the state of the performing arts from multiple perspectives. Our guests are Blake Lanesskog (Dance Academy ’18), Andrew Brady (Conservatory ’13), and Nokuthula Ngwenyama (Community School ’93). Jazmín Morales, Assistant Director for the Center for Innovation and Community Impact at Colburn, joins us at the end to discuss her experience with the Sphinx Organization and the EDI work going on at Colburn.
 


 

Links and Resources

Vote.org
Blake Lanesskog on Instagram
Ballet Project OC on Instagram
Challenge the Stats’ Music for the Crisis concert video
Nokuthula Ngwenyama official website
The Sphinx Organization
Sphinx LEAD Program
 

Music in This Episode

FRÉDERIC CHOPIN Sonata No. 2 for Piano in B-flat Minor, Op. 35
Rodolfo Leone (Conservatory ’19), Piano

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Passacaglia in G Minor
Felicity James (Conservatory ’18), Violin
Cristina Mateo Sáez (Conservatory ’20), Clarinet

Episode 02: The Renaissance Person

Alumnus David Fung on So How's That Going episode 2
 
Just before our Los Angeles campus shut its doors due to COVID-19, we spent some time with alumnus David Fung (Conservatory ’09), the first piano graduate of the Colburn Conservatory of Music who is now what you might call a Renaissance person.

Follow David
Facebook: @DavidFungPianist
Instagram: @david_piano

Episode 01: Pandemic Edition

Members of the Calidore Quartet, Gina Luciani, Nicholas Rose, and Anatalia Hordov on So, How's That Going? episode 1
 
We catch up with Anatalia Hordov (Dance Academy ’16), Nicholas Rose (Dance Academy ’15), and the members of the Calidore Quartet (Conservatory ’16), and our own Dr. Nate Zeisler of the Center for Innovation and Community Impact to talk about how the current pandemic is changing the performing arts community and affecting alumni as artists and humans.


Links to resources from the podcast:

From Anatolia Hordov: Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score television series is now available for free global online streaming. View here.

From Estelle Choi: MyPianist is a virtual pianist that responds to your playing and lets you augment your music-making through the power of artificial intelligence. You can access the entire MyPianist library for free through April 30. Read more.

From Dr. Nate Zeisler: Americans for the Arts has extensive resources for artists and has set up the Coronavirus Resource and Response Center page with lots of information and links to other helpful websites. They also provide this handy pre-filled email form and you can also find your legislators and email them through the site. Read more.