Month: April 2013

MI 35th Anniversary Guitar Program Scholarship Winner: Wesley Thrailkill

Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen (l.) with Wesley Thrailkill

Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen (l.) with Wesley Thrailkill

The winner of the spring 2013 MI 35th Anniversary Guitar Scholarship is Rancho Palos Verdes, CA native Wesley Thrailkill who comes to Musicians Institute armed with serious dedication to his guitar playing in hard rock/progressive and  instrumental acoustic guitar styles.

Upon learning about his award, Wesley explained that he chose to study at MI because “I hope to study multiple genres and styles to open up new avenues I haven’t explored yet on the guitar. I chose MI after being invited to meet and see Greg Howe perform at the school awhile back, and realizing all the wonderful opportunities I would be exposed to while attending”. 

He adds “My goals are to further myself on an instrument (that means so much to me), as well as make a living playing guitar for the rest of my life”.

Everyone at MI congratulates Wesley on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to his studies. We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to MI’s family of Alumni, whose generous donations fund this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Wesley with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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 (See MI’s website for details on how to apply for this and other scholarships.)

MI 35th Anniversary Audio Engineering Program Scholarship Winner: Jovany Rico

Jovany Rico (l.), with Jonathan Newkirk (Audio Engineering Program Chair)

Jovany Rico (l.), with Jonathan Newkirk (Audio Engineering Program Chair)

Jovany Rico from Orange County, California has been named as the winner of the Musicians Institute 35th Anniversary Audio Engineering Program Scholarship for Spring 2013.

He comes to Musicians Institute with two years of experience and skill engineering music in his preferred styles of Electronic Dance Music, House, Trance, Progressive, and “you name it”.  When asked why he chose to study at MI, Jovany states: “I hope to learn a lot about recording, equipment, how to use the big control boards, use Logic and Pro Tools, mix and master tracks, and how to get a career in the music field (most importantly)”.

His future goals are “To make my dream of being a music producer a reality.  To learn, network, and become a music producer (making music for myself and for other artists.”

Jovany also shared that he “always had a interest in music technology, but when I found out you can make a living doing this, I jumped on board to find a place (MI) that would fit my needs and where I can learn and develop.”

Everyone at MI welcomes Jovany to the Audio Engineering Program, and congratulates him on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to MI’s family of Alumni, whose generous donations fund this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Jovany with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

 

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(See MI’s website for details on how to apply for this and other scholarships.)

Gilt City LA Scholarship at Musicians Institute Winner: Mingge Lin

Mingge Lin (l) with Rachel Yoon Dean of MI's Bachelor Degree Program

Mingge Lin (l) with Rachel Yoon (Dean of MI’s Bachelor Degree Program)

Beijing, China native Mingge Lin is the winner of the first-ever Gilt City LA Scholarship at MI. The newly enrolling Bachelor’s Degree in Performance Program student comes to Musicians Institute by way of Las Vegas, having studied classical piano since he was 8 years old.

Upon learning about his award, Mingge explains that he chose to study at MI because “after many years of performing and studying classical music, I now want to learn contemporary music, like fusion-jazz. That’s why I’ve come to MI.” After MI, Mingge plans to “join a band and perform in LA.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Mingge on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to his studies. We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to our new industry partner, Gilt City LA for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Mingge with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

To learn more about the great products, experiences, and unique opportunities available thru Gilt City LA click here  

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 (See MI’s website for details on how to apply for this and other scholarships.)

The Jazz Bakery at MI Concert Hall & Quincy Jones Present: Emily Bear CD Release Party Wed. May 8th

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The Jazz Bakery at MI Concert Hall Presents:

Quincy Jones Presents: Emily Bear CD Release Party

Wednesday May 8th  

One Show – 9pm


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Emily Bear – piano

Carlitos del Puerto – bass

Zuill Bailey – cello

 

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QUINCY JONES: “THIS GIRL CAN PLAY!”

Quincy Jones presents young pianist Emily Bear

The Jazz Bakery is honored to present the official Los Angeles CD Release Party for Emily Bear presented by her producer Quincy Jones and Concord / Qwest Records.

Quincy Jones had seen it all, or so he may have thought before he came across Emily Bear.  Only 11 years old, Emily is one of the most astonishing musical talents of our time composing, orchestrating, and performing in a bewilderingly diverse collection of styles.  Some of her huge talent will be on display in the appropriately-named album “Diversity”, her first album for Concord / Qwest Records, which Jones produced.

“Diversity” was recorded at Westlake Studios in Los Angeles – the same Studio in which Quincy recorded Michael Jackson’s “Bad” album, thus passing the torch of a mighty tradition to one of the youngest members of a new musical generation. Using her own jazz trio handpicked by Quincy, Emily demonstrates both her versatility and an openhearted melodic soul at the piano, writing all of the selections herself.

“She’s the most delightful human being I’ve ever met in my life” Quincy says, “and her music is the same way”. “I am at once astounded and inspired by the enormous talent that Emily embodies. With the ability to seamlessly move from Classical to Jazz and Be-Bop, she shows as much musical prowess as pianists/composers twice her age, and I am thrilled to be working with her. She’s astounding, man … she’s astounding. She plays like she’s 40 years old. She is the complete 360-degree package, and there are no limits to the musical heights she can reach”.

Through her music, Emily has touched the souls of countless people worldwide and her natural joy and innate connection to the music communicates emotion through every note… Emily says “I have so much music in my heart that it just falls out”.

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VENUE: Musicians Institute Concert Hall
  

 

1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood, CA 90028

 

 

170845-250Ticket Information

Musicians Institute students (no outside guests) should sign up (first come, first served) by Monday, May 6th at 5pm at the MI Student Affairs Office to receive free admission (maximum of ONE ticket per student).  

After the LIMITED free ticketing allotment has been filled, MI (and all other) student tickets are $20 with valid school ID.

General Public
 Tickets ($25) are available at the door (one hour before showtime) or in advance online HERE

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2013 Mojave Audio Vocal Scholarship at Musicians Institute Winner: Roxanne Wakoski

Roxanne Wakoski (l.) with Andrea Calderwood (Vocal Program Chair)

Roxanne Wakoski (l.) with Andrea Calderwood (Vocal Program Chair)

The winner of the second annual Mojave Audio Vocal Scholarship at Musicians Institute is talented Murrieta, California native, Roxanne Wakoski.

Roxanne comes to MI with outstanding pop vocal skills and she says that while at MI, “I am hoping that Musicians Institute will provide me with the resources and skills to perfect my voice in order to succeed in the music industry. I believe MI is a well-rounded contemporary music school that will help me to pave the way for a successful career as a pop solo recording artist with a unique soulful sound!”

Everyone at MI congratulates Roxanne on winning this prestigious scholarship award, and we welcome her as she begins her studies in the Vocal Program and enjoys the many great experiences ahead at MI.

Special thanks to our industry partner, Mojave Audio for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Roxanne with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful careers in the music industry.

To learn more about Mojave Audio products, visit www.mojaveaudio.com/

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(See MI’s website for details on how to apply for this and other scholarships.)

MI 35th Anniversary Independent Artist Program Scholarship Winner: Zachariah Foster

Zachariah Foster (l.) with Kether Gallu-Badat (IAP Program Chair)

Zachariah Foster (l.) with Kether Gallu-Badat (IAP Program Chair)

Zachariah Foster has been named as winner of the Musicians Institute 35th Anniversary Independent Artist Program Scholarship.

The Southern California native describes himself as a lover of all styles and genres of music ranging from Indian Music, Opera, Hip-Hop, R&B, Jazz, Alternative, Country and beyond.

While at studying in the Independent Artist Program (IAP) at MI, Zachariah will focus on “writing, and what it takes to make it to the top.” He also states, “MI has always been my school of choice since I was in elementary school, it’s been a dream of mine. With the right training and guidance all things are possible.”

Everyone at MI welcomes Zachariah to IAP, and congratulates him on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to MI’s family of Alumni, whose generous donations fund this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Zachariah with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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(See MI’s website for details on how to apply for this and other scholarships.)

The Jazz Bakery at MI Concert Hall Presents: Jason Moran and The Bandwagon Tues. May 7th

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The Jazz Bakery at MI Concert Hall Presents:

Jason Moran and The Bandwagon

Tuesday May 7th  

One Show – 9pm


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Jason Moran – piano

Tarus Mateen – bass

Nasheet Waits – drums

 

Jason Moran and The Bandwagon

Moran is a specialist in the field of jazz abstraction. As leader of the trio Bandwagon, he has a rich knowledge of the music’s history and context part of the reason, no doubt, that he serves as the Kennedy Center’s Artistic Adviser for Jazz. But Jason rarely reads it straight: He prefers to dissect, fragment, distill and subvert it.

In almost every category that matters; improvisation, composition, group concept, repertoire, technique and experimentation  Moran and The Bandwagon have challenged the status quo and earned the reputation as “the future of jazz”. Jason has topped The Downbeat Critics Poll in three categories, and his most recent release  TEN  celebrates his 10th anniversary with The Bandwagon. This trailblazing trio has proven to be one of the most enduring and creative piano trios in jazz today and TEN represents their most assured and focused album to date.

Moran is a recent recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for his “extraordinary originality and dedication in his creative pursuits.” Commonly known as the “genius grant,” the MacArthur Foundation awards each fellow in the hopes of fostering creativity and future advances in any field… The Jazz Bakery is proud to present yet another MacArthur Fellow.  This will be a concert to remember!!

Partially funded through Western Jazz Presenters Network and National Endowment For The Arts.  

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LIVE at MI CHVENUE: Musicians Institute Concert Hall
  

 

1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood, CA 90028

 

 170845-250

Ticket Information

Musicians Institute students (no outside guests) should sign up (first come, first served) by Friday, May 3rd at 5pm at the MI Student Affairs Office to receive free admission (maximum of ONE ticket per student).  

After the LIMITED free ticketing allotment has been filled, MI (and all other) student tickets are $20 with valid school ID.

General Public
 Tickets ($25) are available at the door (one hour before showtime) or in advance online HERE   

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MI 35th Anniversary Guitar Craft Program Scholarship Winner: Martina Bergstrand

Paul Roberts (GCA Program Chair) with Martina Bergstrand

Paul Roberts (GCA Program Chair) with Martina Bergstrand

The winner of the MI 35th Anniversary Guitar Craft Scholarship for spring 2013 is Martina Bergstrand, who comes to Musicians Institute from Sweden. Prior to enrolling at MI, Martina started a rock band and spent the last several years repairing guitars and working as a guitar tech-trainee at a local music store.  She continues to enjoy playing classic rock as well as being a singer-songwriter.

Martina explains that she chose to study at MI’s Guitar Craft Academy  because “going to MI and GCA has been a dream of mine since I was 16, especially because we don’t have the same possibilities or similar education in Sweden. Of course, I also wanted to live here in Hollywood.”

She adds “what I’m hoping to learn while studying at MI is to be able to create, design and build guitars and to understand the instrument from a technician’s point of view.”  When asked about her career goals, Martina states “I would love to be a guitar tech for a band onthe road, design my own guitars, and have the incredible honor of working for Gibson.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Martina on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to her studies. We look forward to seeing her reach her full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to MI’s family of Alumni, whose generous donations fund this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Martina with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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(See MI’s website for details on how to apply for this and other scholarships.)

Evans Drum Scholarship Winner: Aaron Grove

Aaron Grove (l.) and Stewart Jean (Drum Program Chair)

Aaron Grove (l.) and Stewart Jean (Drum Program Chair)

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute is pleased to announce that Hard Rock and Metal drummer Aaron Grove from Dyer, Indiana has been named the winner of the prestigious Evans Drumhead Scholarship for spring 2013.

Aaron will focus on “learning anything I can get my hands on” during his studies at MI. 

Upon receiving his scholarship award, Aaron acknowledged that he chose to study at MI because “because I realized what an awesome opportunity it was and how I could benefit my drum playing tremendously”.

His future goals include “becoming a professional drum teacher as well as a studio musician. I’m also very interested in drum craft, and touring the world”.

Everyone at MI congratulates Aaron on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to his studies. We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, Evans Drumheads and The D’Addario Music Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Aaron with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry. 

Evans has been a pioneer in drumhead design for over 50 years and is a committed supporter and advocate of music education.

To learn more about the full line of Evans Drumhead products click here.

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(See MI’s website for details on how to apply for this and other scholarships.)

2013 Joe Bonamassa Blues Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute Winner: W. Siddharth Srinivasan

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with W. Siddharth Srinivasan

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with W. Siddharth Srinivasan

Talented Blues-rock/Funk-rock guitarist and native of Chennai, India, W. Siddharth Srinivasan has been named as the winner of the spring 2013 Joe Bonamassa Blues Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute.

Siddharth decided to attend MI’s Guitar Program because “it is the best music school for contemporary music in the world. I strongly believe the people and opportunities here are something I require at this point in my life. I hope to become a better musician and performer, and to learn the skills required to be successful in the Music Industry.”

Siddharth sees his MI education as an important key to achieving his future dreams of being able to “work extensively with many musicians and focus on the live performance circuit, composing and songwriting, as well as work in the digital domain.”

Everyone at MI welcomes Siddharth to the Guitar Program (GIT) at MI, and congratulates him on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to award-winning blues guitar virtuoso and icon Joe Bonamassa and his Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Siddharth with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

To learn more about the exciting work of the Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, (a non-profit initiative to revolutionize and fund music education) click here.

To visit Joe Bonamassa online click here.

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 (See MI’s website for details on how to apply for this and other scholarships.)