CalArts Music Students to Showcase Their Talents at the First Annual CalArts Soundstream
The world-famous Troubadour will host some of LA’s newest up-and-coming artists on Monday, May 5, 2014
Valencia, CA, April 8— Some of the most compelling voices in popular music today, including Julia Holter, Ariel Pink, and Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and the Tantrums, have emerged from the famously experimental California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). On May 5, 2014, that tradition continues as the Institute’s next generation of trail-blazing musicians takes the stage at the world-famous Troubadour as part of the first-ever CalArts Soundstream, a new student-driven showcase event that introduces tomorrow’s indie sensations to the music industry and public alike.
Featuring a select group of artists graduating this May from The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts, the evening promises a high-octane display of CalArts’ legendary innovative spirit—with The Arielle Deem Band, Bird Concerns, Fell Runner, Gloria & Walker, Hooded Eyes, Kite, DeLACA, Still Growth, and Winston—presenting all original compositions with performances ranging from a solo act to large ensembles. Charting new directions in pop and alternative music, the genre-bending line-up reflects influences ranging from folk, rock and jazz to R&B, hip-hop, prog rock and show tunes.
Highlights include, the six-piece Arielle Deem Band’s sophisticated blend of vocals with jazz improvisation and alternative pop; solo act Kite’s mix of electronic music with live voice and violin; the rich and intricate vocal harmonies of Bird Concerns; DeLACA’s next step in the evolution of neo-soul, R&B, and hip-hop; the experimental-rock-meets West-Africa sounds of Fell Runner; and operatic art-rock duo Gloria & Walker.
Many of Jeff Franzel’s students will be performing in the revue. This CalArts alumnus is a versatile composer and arranger of pop hits for artists as varied as Taylor Dayne, NSYNC, Placido Domingo and The Temptations. For the last five years, he has returned to CalArts to teach a songwriting master class. “I emphasize the importance of writing a great song as well as the importance of a great production—and every year, I am impressed by the students’ honesty, enthusiasm and the abundance of talent. Over the years I’ve seen students’ creative and business skills evolve and mature. Now, many of them are performing in LA and have produced CDs as well as videos.”
Reflecting the Institute’s mission to provide career development, professional training and opportunities for its students, representatives of the music industry have been invited to the showcase. “CalArts Soundstream is the strongest job placement experience that the School of Music can offer,” said current student Hannah Dexter. “The path to a ‘full-time job in music is hidden from most schools across the nation. Performing in a showcase for invited record labels is the quickest route to building connections. I'm very impressed that CalArts has stepped up to support these bands.”
The CalArts Music Source is another example of the Institute’s real-world training in professional practices. This student-run management agency is a project of the School of Music and was developed to coordinate bookings for student musicians, and offer a wide variety of talent for performances and private instruction.
Calendar Editors Please Note:
What: CalArts Soundstream 2014
When: Monday, May 5, 2014, 8pm
Where: The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Admission: Free with Reservations, available through Eventbrite.