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CalArts' 20th annual jazz CD to be released in May 2009 by Capitol/EMI

Valencia, CA, April 27, 2009--Celebrating the release of its 20th annual jazz CD on May 11, 2009, California Institute of the Arts' (CalArts') Jazz Program will simultaneously launch a new website featuring the complete archive of recordings from the last 20 years. Since 1990, the annual recording of new, innovative work by CalArts students, produced by Capitol/EMI, has become an anticipated event and an established model for other projects like it around the world.

With the launch of the website, listeners will be able to download all 20 years of jazz for free. Visitors to the site will also be able to view and download the original cover art designed by CalArts graphic design students for each year's CD.

Photos of this year's recording session are available here.

The partnership with Capitol/EMI began in 1989 as a way for the record company to support the careers of talented emerging artists, including Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Alessi, and Marcelo Zarvos.  In the program's 20-year history, over 400 composers, musicians, and graphic designers have had their work recorded and distributed.

After twenty years of CDs, a long list of talented CalArts graduates have gone on to successful careers in music.  Former students have toured and recorded with jazz masters such as Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Roy Hargrove, Steve Coleman, Elvin Jones, Geri Allen, Jim Hall, John Scofield, Dianne Reeves, John McLaughlin, Arturo Sandoval and Brad Mehldau. CalArts students have also used this experience to go on to be part of successful pop bands, including Beck, No Doubt, Macy Gray, The Calling, the Wallflowers, Garbage, Smashing Pumpkins, Ozomatli, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Brian Setzer, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner and many others.

"It is miraculous that this wonderful partnership with Capitol/EMI has continued for so long," said jazz program director David Roitstein.  "We are so very grateful for their consistent commitment to our students, and their support has had a tremendous impact on the lives of an entire generation of young, talented musicians.  The experience in the studios at Capitol is an extraordinary time that everyone remembers forever."

With the annual CD, CalArts established itself as a leader among jazz programs and music schools worldwide, producing original creative student work at the highest professional level.  Every year, the music is distributed to jazz reviewers and radio stations and at music and education conferences and symposiums nationwide.  Today, many music schools are emulating CalArts' professional approach to student work.

Composers and performers at CalArts are invited to submit demo recordings of their best work to a faculty committee. This first round produces 70-80 submissions and includes an indescribably broad range of musical styles and instrumentations. The committee chooses 20 compositions, which are then performed in concert.  From that performance, the groups that will record at Capitol are selected by the committee, with the goal of getting as many students as possible in the studio, representing a wide variety of students' interests.

California Institute of the Arts is recognized internationally as a leading laboratory for the visual, performing, media and literary arts. Housing six schools--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater--CalArts educates professional artists in an intensive learning environment founded on artmaking excellence, creative experimentation, cross-pollination among diverse artistic disciplines, and a broad context of social and cultural understanding. CalArts also operates the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles.

Last edited by Smith on Aug 31, 2010
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