A group of artists started The Echo Society in Los Angeles in the spring of 2013.
The core group of founding composers.
Rob Simonsen is an American film composer, musician, and music producer. With a keen instinct for storytelling, he has established himself amongst a new wave of composers making an impact in the industry.
Under the mentorship of Mychael Danna, he cut his teeth alongside one of the best. The longtime collaborators scored films including Marc Webb’s indie hit (500) Days of Summer; and Mr. Simonsen provided additional music for others, including Bennett Miller’s Moneyball and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, which won four Academy Awards including Best Original Score.
Working independently, he garnered two 2013 World Soundtrack Academy Award nominations for two Sundance hits: James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Nowand Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s The Way, Way Back. That same year, he scored the global ad launch for Apple’s iPhone 5 and provided the iconic piano music for their “Everyday” campaign.
Recent projects include the comedy The Master Cleanse (starring Johnny Galecki and Anjelica Huston), Roland Emmerich’s political drama Stonewall and the Weinstein Company’s Burnt starring Bradley Cooper, Uma Thurman and Sienna Miller. - www.robsimonsen.com
Joseph Trapanese's love of classical music and electronic sound began at a young age. The duality continued through his formal conservatory training in New York, where he juxtaposed performing in Carnegie Hall and other major New York concert venues with scoring films, contributing to theatrical productions, performing with jazz and Latin bands, and writing experimental and interactive music. Upon arriving in Los Angeles, the seemingly parallel tracks began to come together, leading to collaborations with artists for several of the most anticipated releases of recent memory, as well as solo projects that draw on his unique sound.
His collaborators include Daft Punk, M83, Mike Shinoda, Moby, Kelly Clarkson, Ellie Goulding, Dia Frampton, 3Oh!3, Active Child, White Sea, James Newton Howard, Christophe Beck, Daniel Licht, and Greg Kurstin.
Benjamin Wynn a.k.a. Deru is an Emmy Award-winning composer, sound designer and producer.
As Deru, Wynn has released three albums on Mush Records, Merck Records, and Neo Ouija respectively, as well as remixes and tracks for compilations on labels like Hometapes, Ghostly International, Mille Plateaux, and a ballet score for Wayne McGregor and the Paris Opera Ballet. 2014 ushers in the next phase of Deru's journey, as he partners with Friends of Friends for “1979”, his most extraordinary project to date.
1979 is a concept album and sculptural object, featuring nine songs by Deru accompanied by nine short films by video artist Anthony Ciannamea, that are housed in a customized handheld video projector. The subject matter is nostalgic and emotive, focusing on common origins and shared human experiences. A limited run of the projectors will be produced, and the videos will be made publicly available through an interactive website featuring a gallery of user-submitted “memories”. “1979" will be released in Summer 2014 on Friends of Friends in vinyl as well digital formats. - www.1979.la
Eskmo, aka Brendan Angelides, is an LA based musician, producer and composer. in 2015 he launched FeelHarmonic, a project devoted to helping the deaf community experience sound in the new ways.
“Electrifyingly enveloping…mind-melting invention here...” – BBC Music
“Eskmo has created his own sound.” – Future Sequence
“Elegantly melodic, beautiful electronics and enough skewed rhythmatics to make this release a brilliant opening full-length release.” – Bleep
Jeremy Zuckerman is a Los Angeles-based Emmy Award-winning composer and musician. His work covers a wide range from music for picture to computer music. Jeremy has composed for modern dance, film, over 180 episodes of television and once made a record with David Lee Roth. Jeremy finds inspiration in the gracefully complex and ever-evolving systems of nature and what it feels like to be alive (love, desire, pain, elation…) As a result, Jeremy tends to see music as much in everyday life as in the concert hall. - www.jeremyzuckerman.com
As a composer, producer, art director, and songwriter, Nathan Johnson's innovative film scores and hybrid media performances have consistently blurred the lines between stage, screen, music, and narrative. Best known for his unconventional work in film and music (Looper, Brick, Don Jon), Nathan favors modified, organic instrumentation combined with unique approaches to recording and performing.
Along with film composing, Nathan directs The Cinematic Underground, a sprawling artistic collective known for mixing visual art with performance and found-sounds. He is part of the atmospheric pop band Faux Fix, and has produced a variety of artists while acting as a concert developer and live show consultant for bands. When he is not creating music, he works as an art director with The Made Shop, a boutique design firm that specializes in graphic and architectural projects. - www.nathanj.com
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and arranger Judson Crane is making his mark on the Los Angeles scoring scene. After more than a decade of success in the highly competitive world of advertising music (clients include Nike, Google, Audi, and Mercedes) Judson is bringing his award winning talents to film and video games through his rich textures, arrangements and performances. His work can be heard in such notable projects as Don Jon (written and directed by Joseph Gordon Levitt, music by Nathan Johnson), Wish I Was Here (Zach Braff, music by Rob Simonsen), and Infamous 3 (Sucker Punch Studios, music by Nathan Johnson). Other current projects include original music for a documentary entitled Dream and Reach: The Story of Bose (directed by Morgan Neville) and arrangements / performances for the upcoming feature Kill the Messenger, starring Jeremy Renner. - www.judsoncrane.com
“Do you make art?” This question is something you might hear Brady say at holiday party.
Brady got schooled in New York working along designers while producing shows for fashion week. He continues now in LA with lighting design, production design and retail design.
Brady is connected to a vibrant Christian community of friends in Los Angeles called Basiliea, He enjoys making records and catching the light to share with others. “Let’s make light, let’s make music, let’s be honest with each other.”
Mixing engineer Satoshi Mark Noguchi has been working up a storm around Hollywood. After just under a decade in Los Angeles, the Seattle native’s list of credits suggest that he does more mixing than sleeping. He is currently recording/mixing film scores and songs for artists such as Rob Simonsen, Nathan Whitehead, Joe Trapanese, Bret McKenzie, and Dia Frampton. In 2013 he was nominated for a CAS mixing award for Explosions in the Sky's score to the film "Lone Survivor".
Some of Satoshi’s most recent work can be heard on the playful tunes in “Muppets Most Wanted” and the hard hitting "The Raid 2: Berendal". Forthcoming work includes the sci-fi adventure “Earth To Echo" and the thriller "The Purge: Anarchy", in theaters in summer 2014. - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3827488/
Elizabeth Joy, an architectural engineer, founded Joy Design Collaborative as a way to blend her skills as an engineer with her lifelong love for design. Her engineering background is realized through the construction of custom designs for her events, and her concentration in design keeps her at the forefront of new ideas making her scenescapes have the best balance of classic and modern.
Elizabeth also co-owns Nous Engineering, a structural engineering company based in Downtown Los Angeles that specializes in creating temporary and permanent spaces or art installations for international brands, organisations, agencies, developers and governments.
Most recently, Elizabeth and her team traveled to West Africa to work with the Liberian government on upgrading their hospital structural standards.
Anthony Ciannamea (EFFIXX) is a creative director working at the intersection of design, motion, and technology. He spent his early career as an interactive art director at advertising agencies in Chicago, where he was involved in the design and development of award-winning branded content for clients including Gatorade, Motorola, and Burton Snowboards. As an outlet to create music-related works, Anthony founded the artist collective Scenic Studio. There, he directed and produced film projects for musicians like Son Lux, and indie labels like Alpha Pup and Ghostly International, soon expanding into live tour projection and lighting with Deru, Shigeto, Prefuse 73, and a residency at Low End Theory (SF).
In 2011, during the production of a feature-length travel documentary (Outliers, Vol. I: Iceland), Anthony met and began working regularly with composer Benjamin Wynn (aka Deru). Together, they led a team of artists and engineers to build the first album released on a handheld LED video projector crafted from walnut: a modern-day time capsule. Titled 1979, the project explored themes of nostalgia and featured nine audiovisual collaborations between the two artists. Now based in California, Anthony continues to work with The Echo Society, and is launching a VR album series and physical music artifacts with 79Ancestors, a newly-formed interdisciplinary record label with partner Ben Wynn and acclaimed Adobe experience designer Yaniv De Ridder.
Guest composers who have participated in The Echo Society concerts.
Kira Kira is Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, a composer and audio/visual prankster from Iceland. As a founding member of Kitchen Motors, a mischievous label and collective based on experiments in electronic music and arts, she continually breaks boundaries between forms and genres through a repertoire that includes compositions for theatre, film, dance and art installations – as well as playful multi-disciplinary productions that exceed her work as merely a composer. Kira Kira sprang from this collective in 1999 and to this day works with Kitchen Motors’ ethos at heart -a spirit of playfulness, exploring the relationship between experimental music and visual arts, collaborating with various artists.
At first Kira Kira played solo but since year 2008 she has recorded and played with a wide range of musicians, mostly trumpet player Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson, Finnish percussionist Samuli Kosminen, contrabass wizard Borgar Magnason and artist Alex Somers as well as guitarists Hilmar Jensson and Pétur Hallgrímsson.
Her first feature film as director and screenwriter, Grandma Lo-fi – The Basement Tapes of Sigridur Nielsdottir is just out and has been celebrated in New York’s Museum of Modern Art; MoMA, CPH Dox, SXSW and a plethora of other festivals around the world.
She has released 3 albums, Skotta, Our Map to The Monster Olympics and Feathermagnetik which came out on Morr Music’s Sound of a Handshake moniker in 2012 and on Afterhours in Japan.
Kira Kira / Performed "Call It Mystery" at two:solstice
Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson is a trumpet player, improviser, composer and arranger from Reykjavík, Iceland.
Active in the Icelandic alternative music scene since the tail end of the nineties, Eiríkur has recorded and toured the world over with an impressive roster of Icelandic bands, including múm, Sigur Rós, Seabear, Benni Hemm Hemm, Kira Kira and Stórsveit Nix Noltes. Eiríkur also plays jazz and improvised music. He has performed with artists such as Jessica Sligter, The European Youth Jazz Orchestra, Jóel Pálsson, Andreas Pichler, Viljam Nybacka, Hilmar Jensson, Onno Govaert, Jasper Stadhouders, Jacob Wick, The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, Knalpot and others. He has arranged strings and brass for Sigur Rós, múm, Sin Fang, Kira Kira and President Bongo. His arrangements of múm songs have been performed by the Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonietta Cracovia. He has also made music for dance performances and art installations. He is currently based in Reykjavík, Iceland.
Brazilian-born Amon Tobin first emerged between 1994-1995 with a string of 12" singles on the small London-based record label 9Bar Records. The album that followed, Adventures In Foam, paved the way for a whole generation of electronic productions and prompted his signing to the prodigious Ninja Tune in 1996. He has since gone on to record seven critically- acclaimed albums under his own name on Ninja that have since helped define the label as a force in musical innovation and diversity. In addition, Amon has produced a small number of radically diverse original scores ranging from George Palfi's cult cinema oddity Taxidermia to Tom Clancy's video game blockbuster Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory.
The depth and scope of Amon Tobin's work have had a far-reaching influence. From the Kronos Quartet to Diplo he has garnered respect amongst artists both within and outside electronic music. Amon has established a reputation for musical ingenuity that is unconfined by genre and over a fifteen-year-long career remains among one of the most visionary electronic artists of a generation.
The 2007 album Foley Room explored the role of found sound in modern day music. Documented on film, the process of recording minute insects to lions, wolves, engines and foley performances culminated in a much- lauded performance at the birthplace of musique concrete, the GRM Theatre in Paris. More recently, the famed London Metropolitan Orchestra performed selected works from a cross-section of his musical repertoire at the Royal Albert Hall.
An Acronym for "Invented Sound Applied to Music", ISAM was an experiment in synthesizing field recordings and transforming them into new physically playable instruments to create unique sound palettes. From Amon's own voice gender-modified to the sound a of a creaking chair mutated into a string ensemble, ISAM directs an academic approach in audio manipulation to a purely emotional musical context. This contrast is central to the album and represents a pivotal moment in Amon's personal musical development. Sound design techniques previously used in film, as pioneered by the likes of Ben Burt (Star Wars, Wall-E) were utilized along side new ones Amon developed specifically for ISAM and applied in an unprecedented approach to music production.
The specific nature of the album demanded new thinking in terms of how to present it live and this in turn lead to an entirely new kind of music performance. ISAM Live is a hybrid of interactive cinema and a concert experience in which sound determines a narrative. Much like the album, the live show adapted existing and emerging technologies to new contexts. Projection mapping, which had up to then been largely the domain of static mostly corporate visual showcases, was configured for the first time to narrate the musical performance of an entire album. A giant cubic structure was built housing a control booth from which Amon could perform while providing an intricate canvas on to which a story was told as an audio reactive, three dimensional visual interpretation of the music being played.
ISAM Live reshaped audience's expectations of electronic music concerts for years to come selling out the worlds most prestigious venues. From the Sydney Opera House to the Olympia in Paris to the London Hammersmith and LA's Greek Theater ISAM Live received universal acclaim as a landmark in audio visual performance.
Ever evolving in music and art, RYAT, comes from the land of meditative avant jazz improvisations, classical analyzing, hip hop sampling culture, electronic beat making, sound processing, multi-medium performance and visual experimentation. Currently, residing in LA, RYAT is composing for film, dance, and produces conceptual albums. Commissioned by organizations like Annenberg for PIFA festival and collaborating with groups like Nadastrom, jazz artists like Taylor McFerrin, King Britt, Cinematic Orchestra and Mark Guiliana, and visual artists like Steve Teeps. RYAT enjoys working with many different kinds of artists in all mediums to create futuristic sound and visual experiences.
For 2015, RYAT will be debuting the first piece from her working Orchestral and Beat album, entitled “Pando,” with The Echo Society Orchestra Film composers event March 12th. RYAT will also be debuting a new Interdisciplinary performance for her live show entitled “Alt Mode” at Summerstage August 19th, 2015 in Central Park in NY. “Alt Mode” is a Mixed Media Modern Dance piece in collaboration with Director and Choreographer, Kate Watson-Wallace that contains live music, 3d mapping, interactive technology and music members of the Fresh Cut Orchestra.
RYAT has performed all over Europe, Japan, the United States and Canada, sharing stages with artists Amon Tobin, Flying Lotus, Thom Yorke (with Modeselektar). She has been featured at Gilles Peterson Worldwide Showcase in Japan, Coachella, SXSW and venues such as Brooklyn Hall of Music, The Echoplex, Fringe Arts Philadelphia, University of California, Temple University. RYAT’s compositions have been performed by London Contemporary Choir, Echo Society Chamber Orchestra and she is currently scoring a short film about women Graffiti artist in Afghanistan.
Mica Levi (also known as "Micachu") was born outside of London to a record collector and professional Cellist in a household where music was not just a hobby, but a starting point for everything. Mica was playing violin as soon as she was old enough to hold one. She was classically trained at the Purcell School on a scholarship from the Music and Ballet Scheme, then went on to win another scholarship to study composition at the Guildhall School of music where she met 'the Shapes' (of eventual band 'Micachu and the Shapes') Raisa Khan and Marc Pell. Largely on a laptop in Mica's bedroom Micachu and the Shapes made their critically acclaimed debut album 'Jewellery' (Rough Trade, 2009). Using unorthodox, handmade instruments the group collaborated with The London Sinfonietta (one of the world's leading contemporary orchestras), the group release the album 'Chopped & Screwed' (Rough Trade, 2011), recorded live in front of an audience at King's Place. In 2012, the band released their second studio album 'Never' (Rough Trade) which was fully recorded and produced by the band themselves at Pell's handmade studio. Renowned for recording with unconventional, often household or handmade instruments such as hoovers, decks of cards and bowed CD racks, on 'Never' the group built upon this resourceful creativity by visually accompanying the album with self-directed and produced music videos for every track.
Mica is an artist in residence at London's Southbank Centre, the youngest individual musician to have ever been granted this unique role.
Mica composed the soundtrack to Under the Skin, a film directed by Jonathan Glazer and starring Scarlett Johansson, scheduled for release spring 2014. The film is based upon the eponymous novel by Michel Faber. Mica was nominated for a British Independent Film Award for her music in Under The Skin in the Best Technical Achievement category, and the soundtrack continues to get praise from multiple sources.
Matt Davis is a producer, programmer, & artist whose passion for music continuously leads him to discover new ways of interacting with performance & production technology. In addition to inventing show control solutions for live music, Matt has spent years cultivating interactive platforms for all kinds of experiential environments.
A musician since childhood, he graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Economics, then went on to study Music Production & Programming at the Berklee College of Music. Among other things, he's programmed & run Ableton Live touring rigs for Drake, The Glitch Mob, Banks, and Frank Ocean, has written custom a/v control software for Bassnectar, & done systems design for 30 Seconds to Mars, STS9, Porter Robinson, Excision, & others.
Through [namethemachine], his audio-visual project with longtime collaborator Peter Sistrom, Matt furthers his own explorations by seeking to provide fellow creators with the necessary tools for navigating an ever-converging, expanding new media space.
Recent and upcoming projects include Holographic, a full length album commissioned by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra / Liquid Music, MASS MoCA, the Baryshinikov Art Center and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Out on New Amsterdam Records in January 2016 the album is co-produced with Paul Corley (Oneohtrix Point Never, Ben Frost, Tim Hecker) and includes the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Mantra Percussion, Lucky Dragons, and Mivos Quartet among others. Other projects in the works are a new piece for string quartet and electronics commissioned by the German festival Donaueschinger Musiktage for the Calder Quartet; a new work for MOMA Ps1 featuring Caroline Shaw (Roomful of Teeth) and Olga Bell (Dirty Projectors); appearances at the San Francisco Symphony Soundbox series, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW series; a consortium commission for 20 percussionists; a new piece for the Bang on a Can All-Stars through their People’s Commissioning Fund; a score for the surrealist indie film Elixir (a 2015 Berlinale selection); Cycles, a full-length ballet score commissioned by Georgia Tech's Sonic Generator ensemble and the GLO ATL dance company; and a film score for The Color of Time, featuring James Franco, Jessica Chastain and Mila Kunis.
Over the past few years, Daniel has worked with ensembles such as the American Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, eighth blackbird, Calder Quartet, New York Youth Symphony, So Percussion, Bang on a Can All-Stars and collaborated with artists such as Julia Holter, Laurel Halo, and Son Lux.
Daniel is also co-founder and co-curator of Sound / Source, an electronic and electroacoustic music festival held at MOMA Ps1. Born and raised in Paris, Daniel recently graduated from the Yale School of Music and is a recipient of three ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers awards, as well as grants from the Barlow Foundation, New Music USA, the Brooklyn Arts Council and the Jerome Foundation. He has been called one of his generation’s "imaginative, skillful creators" (New York Times)making work that is "provocative and surprising" (NPR) and"beautiful...original" (Pitchfork).
His music is published by Music Sales /G. Schirmer
Performers vary per show.
Harpist Alison Bjorkedal is a freelance musician who teaches and performs in the Los Angeles area. Named "excellent player" and "enterprising young harpist" by the Los Angeles Times, Alison's notable chamber music performances include the world premieres of William Kraft's Encounters XII for harp and percussion; Anne LeBaron's HSING for solo harp and Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers, a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist. In addition to the harp, Alison also plays the Kithara (an instrument created for the music of Harry Partch) with LA-based, Grammy Award winning ensemble Partch.
Violinist Alma Fernandez is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and UCLA, where she received a Master’s Degree in Viola Performance. She is a member of the Eclipse Quartet, an ensemble devoted to contemporary music, which has released recordings under Bridge Records, New World, and Microfest. Alma is also active in the Los Angeles recording industry. She is currently professor of Viola at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA.
Violinist Alyssa Park made her professional debut at age eleven with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and at age sixteen she was the youngest prize winner in the history of the Tchaikovsky International Competition. She has made many appearances as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Autralia and Asia. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Park has been a frequent guest at major festivals and is a member of the Lyris Quartet based in Los Angeles. They are the ensemble in residence for the Jacaranda Music Series and the Hear Now Music Festival.
Violist Caroline Buckman grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and chose to play the viola in the fifth grade after her mother explained the cello was too large to take on the school bus. She received a Bachelor of Music from Arizona State University where she studied with Dr. William Magers, and then pursued a Masters degree from the Hochschule fur Musik "Carl Maria von Weber" in Dresden, Germany.
Caroline moved to Los Angeles in 2002 and has since performed in the Santa Barbara, Pasadena and New West Symphonies, Long Beach and Santa Barbara Operas, and played for artists at the Grammys, American Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards and Academy Awards. She toured the US with Gnarls Barkley in 2006, and was a solo violist on two consecutive world tours with the Jonas Brothers from 2008-2010.
Cellist Jacob Braun performs and records frequently. He teaches at The Colburn School and UC Santa Barbara. Jacob lives in Echo Park with his wife and 3 dogs.
Los Angeles based violinist Kathleen Sloan is active as soloist, member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Sonus Quartet as well as a session musician in the film and recording industries. In the last year, Sloan has soloed with the San Francisco Symphony, The Dallas Symphony, the Nashville Symphony as well as the San Diego Symphony in aerial performances of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Cirque Musica. Sloan began violin studies at the age of 3 in Texas, and at 15, was accepted into the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Young Artist Program. She later graduated from the University of Southern California.
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Cellist Vanessa Freebairn-Smith's diverse and prolific career spans the music and motion picture industries. She works as a multi-instrumentalist for artists such as Sinead O’Connor and Sarah McLachlan, and has composed and arranged for various artists and bands including The Red Hot Chili Peppers. She regularly records for acclaimed music producers David Foster and Danger Mouse, and enjoys an ongoing collaboration with film composer Clint Mansell.
Vanessa trained at the Colburn School of Performing Arts before completing her BA in Cello Performance at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a founding member of the Sonus Quartet, which took part in the Julliard Quartet Seminar and held a residency at the Banff Center in Canada and now enjoys a diverse musical career both recording and performing around the world. She has toured with Josh Groban, Gnarls Barkley and Sia.
JAMES MILLER is the Associate Principal Trombone with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a position he has held since 1999. His duties include performing on alto, tenor and bass trombone; tenor tuba; and bass trumpet. His previous orchestral experience includes the North Carolina Symphony, the Long Island Philharmonic, and the New York Philharmonic. Miller earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where he was a scholarship student of Per Brevig.
As a composer, James has had world premieres in New York’s Lincoln Center and continues to perform his own works in solo performances throughout the country. He serves on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts (CIA) and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Miller is a Conn/Selmer and a Denis Wick clinician and has two CDs, "from coast to coast" and "Delays, delays", on All Barks Dog records.
James Sullivan explores the versatility of the clarinet and bass clarinet family in an expansive scope of styles and repertoire. Collaborations range from free improvisation with Vinnie Golia, Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat with Martin Chalifour, and several years playing jazz with the Brad Dutz Quartet. He honed his microtonal skills studying maqam while playing for a decade with classical Arabic ensemble Kan Zaman. His just intonation background includes premiering and recording Ben Johnston's Parable and participating in the creation and recording of composer Andrew McIntosh's Symmetry Etudes. Additionally, he has performed with Partch ensemble in Harry Partch's Oedipus, where he became special friends with the Chromelodeon. Classical orchestral performance includes work with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony and Seattle Symphony. He has appeared as soloist on the series Jacaranda, Green Umbrella, Boston Court, and Microfest. When the licorice stick is resting in the case, he likes to spend the day running in the San Gabriel Mountains.
Originally from Tennessee, Dr. Justin Hageman has performed and worked in many different capacities in the Los Angeles area as a horn player. He has performed with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Andrea Bocceli, Frank Sinatra Jr., Josh Groban, Diana Krall, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. In addition, he has recorded with many artists and worked on several motion pictures and television shows.
Dr. Hageman is a member of the Santa Barbara Symphony and has performed with the Los Angeles Opera, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Long Beach Symphony, the Pasadena Symphony, the New West Symphony, the Riverside Philharmonic, Broadway LA’s production of Wicked and the Center Group Theatre’s productions of Les Miserables and Mary Poppins.
He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Lindsey, and amazing daughters, Sydney and Katelyn.
Trombonist Lori Stuntz holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the USC Thornton School of Music. Lori plays principal trombone with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, trombone with the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, and frequently performs with many orchestras.
As a commercial player, Lori plays lead trombone for the all female big band Maiden Voyage and has performed with artists such as DIVA, Nancy Wilson, Jack Sheldon, Diane Schuur, Ray Anthony, Lionel Hampton, Bill Watrous, and The New York Pops. As a recording artist she has appeared on many major motion picture soundtracks, commercials, video games, and records. She is the first female trombonist to record on a major motion picture.
Lori enjoys living in the Los Angeles area with her family of six.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Max Kaplan has been pursuing music since he first took up the clarinet in grade school. Max graduated from UCLA with a double music concentration in performance and composition. Max has had three commissions since graduation; a Trio for clarinet, viola and piano commissioned by the Milwaukee New Music Foundation, and a string quartet commissioned by the Guatemalan Children’s Education Fund benefit, and a Medley of Beatle’s Songs for Elementary Band commissioned by Steven S. Wise Elementary.
Max currently freelances as a woodwind doubler, teacher, composer and arranger.
Neel Hammond is a violinist, violist, arranger and orchestrator. He studied with Yoko Matsuda at Pomona College and holds a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with David Russell and Peter Salaff. An avid chamber musician, he is a former founding member of the Juniper Quartet and Sonus Quartet. He enjoys a career as a session musician, and has contributed to numerous records and film scores.
Danielle Ondarza is a horn player in Los Angeles. As a freelancer, she has performed with many orchestras in Southern California, including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Danielle played principal horn for Josh Groban on his Straight to You Tour, traveling for six months throughout the United States and Europe. She has also performed live with Andrea Bocelli, Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Alicia Keyes, Queen Latifah, Idina Menzel, Kanye West, and Juan Gabriel. Recording credits include record dates for Mary J. Blige, Barry Manilow, Madonna, Sia, and Justin Timberlake. She has been seen on the MTV Video Music Awards, the American Music Awards, the Jimmy Kimmel Show, and Fox's hit show "Glee."
Pete Korpela is a Latin Grammy Award nominated percussionist. Since moving to Los Angeles in 1997 he has gained a reputation as a versatile musician in orchestral, latin, jazz, world, rock and pop music. The most notable touring & recording collaborations: Josh Groban (2011 & 2013 tours), Robbie Williams, The Lion King (2003-07 1st National Tour), Cirque Du Soleil, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Jesse Carmichael (Maroon 5), Melody Gardot, Luis Conte, Seth MacFarlane, Ron Jones and Randy Brecker. Performance venues include Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Sydney Opera House and O2 Arena (London).
Since making his solo orchestral debut at 14 in Dallas’ Meyerson Symphony Center, Radu Pieptea’s musical talents have continued to garner critical acclaim and recognition. Das Orchester in Germany called his performance “brilliant” and “ﬂawless”. Lauded by the Santa Barbara Independent, he is described as “astonishing,” and the Los Angeles Times commended him for his “ﬁrm tone” and “technical proﬁciency and musical resolve.”
A pianist of “unerring, warm-toned refinement, revealing judicious glimmers of power,” Robert Thies is an artist renowned for his consummate musicianship and poetic temperament. Thies enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and recording artist.
Thies has worked and recorded with many of the top film composers, including James Newton Howard, James Horner, Danny Elfman, and Mychael Danna. In February 2006 Robert released his debut solo recording Live in Recital. Later that same year, he recorded a Classical/Jazz crossover CD Difference with the Croatian flutist, Damjan Krajacic. 2012 marked the release of the improvisational acoustic/ambient album, Blue Landscapes, also with Krajacic. His solo debut album of original compositions Life Around Us is due for release later this year.
Violinist Serena McKinney leads a diverse musical life as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer. She is a founding member of the internationally heralded Janaki String Trio. Since her solo debut at age twelve, she has performed as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States and Canada. Ms. McKinney holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and The Colburn School, where she worked with Robert Lipsett. She is active in film scoring in Los Angeles, recording with composers such as John Williams, Thomas Newman, Hans Zimmer, and Randy Newman. She performs on a Joseph and Antonius Gagliano violin, c. 1740.
Cellist Timothy Loo, joined the Lyris Quartet with violinists Alyssa Park and Shalini Vijayan and violist Luke Maurer in 2008. The Quartet has quickly become one of the major performing ensembles in Los Angeles. Performing regularly on concert series including Jacaranda, Hear Now, Sunday’s Live from the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, South Bay Chamber Music, Pacific Palisades Chamber Music. In 2011 the Lyris Quartet performed at the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music series and was the quartet in residence at the University of Cailfornia at Davis in 2012. This year they will perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall with Billy Childs and on the Green Umbrella series.
Bassist Ian Walker lives and works in the Los Angeles area. His experience includes recording in motion picture, television and phonograph, performing with local orchestras and singer-songwriters.
A freelance violinist in Los Angeles, Marisa has enjoyed the privilege of sharing the stage and the studio with many of her favorite artists; including Beck, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Michael Buble, and Madonna. Marisa is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Charles Castleman, and Camilla Wicks.
Marisa recently returned to sunny Los Angeles after spending many months abroad, leading a string quartet for John Legend’s “All of Me” tour. Other travels include the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Tour, where she served as concertmaster; several tours as the string leader for Kanye West; and a trip to China with the San Diego Symphony.
When she is not busy making music, Marisa can be found walking her Boston terriers, and making pasta.
Gina Luciani, a Miyazawa Emerging Artist, performs frequently in solo, chamber and orchestral settings and can be heard on many recordings in the film and television industry. Gina is described as “One of those amazing young flutists who has all the musical bases covered” by Jim Walker.
Gina has recorded on many recording projects and performs extensively as part of The Hyperion Duo, a flute and harp ensemble specializing in new music. Her performance can be heard on the duo’s debut album, “The Hyperion Duo: Music for Flute and Harp.”
Gina received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Flute Performance from the Colburn Conservatory of Music and her Master of Music Degree from the University of Southern California, both under the instruction of Jim Walker.
Harpist Jacqueline Marshall plays with many orchestras and has recorded for dozens of major motion pictures. Jacqueline has appeared as a featured soloist with Symphony Irvine, the UCLA Symphony Orchestra, the La Sierra University Orchestra and at the Banff Music Festival. Jacqueline received a B.A. from UCLA, a Professional Studies Diploma in Harp Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and an M.M. from UCLA. Jacqueline is currently on faculty as Adjunct Lecturer of Harp at La Sierra University, and serves as a teacher in The Harp In Our Public Schools Project. Jacqueline has also been a regular recitalist and lecturer for the Gluck Foundation’s Music Outreach Program, and has been a guest lecturer at UCLA Extension.
Percussionist Nick Stone has made his career performing across the world, from America to Zululand. He has performed for the Presidents of Russia, South Africa, China, and Brazil as well as the Prime Minister of India. He spent two years as the Principal Percussionist for the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic in Durban, South Africa and now lives and works in Los Angeles.