MUP181: Multimedia Ensemble


Mondays, 4:30p-6:15p, CPA 115

Tony Obr, Instructor

The Multimedia Ensemble is a performance ensemble that blurs the lines between artistic disciplines, along with incorporating disciplines outside of the fine arts such as engineering, math, and science. Topics of interest in the ensemble might include: linking live video and music, controlling live video with music and vice versa, handmade electronic music (building low power electronic music devices), circuit bending, translating movement and gesture into media generation, and much more!


MUP190: Brazilian Percussion Ensemble


Tuesdays, 7:00P-8:50pm, CPA 115

Samuel Peña, instructor

The Brazilian Percussion Ensemble will explore Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban folkloric styles such as Samba, Capoeira, Maculele, Ijexa, Rumba, ect. Open to all levels of musical experience. Come explore a rich tradition of rhythm and song. Singers are encouraged to participate as well.


ART246: Intro to Digital Fabrication


ART246 #26672, MW 2P-5P

Don Vance, Instructor

ART246 is a lecture/lab that introduces 3D data capture, 3D modeling, prototyping and fabrication using CNC and rapid prototyping tools. Projects are given to engage students in the technical, conceptual, and aesthetic aspects of digital media. Students will employ a diverse range of techniques, software tools, and hardware. They will become familiar with contemporary artistic and engineering processes involving the use of the computer and/or other technologies. The class will consist of hands-on experimentation and production supplemented by slide lectures, videos, and academic research.

Don Vance is a freelance artist living and working in Phoenix Arizona. He has programmed, designed, rendered, fabricated and installed large-scale sculptures and interactive displays in major institutions in Arizona, California, Pennsylvania and Texas as well as internationally in China, India and Japan. Most notably, he has worked on teams installing in The Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Science Center, The Exploratorium, and many more. He received a MFA in Intermedia Art from Arizona State University in 2013 and has received many grants and awards. Donald has taught digital art courses since 2009 and he currently teaches Digital Fabrication in ASU’s Digital Culture program and several courses at Paradise Valley Community College  

MUP181: Urban Arts Ensemble at PVCC

Mural by El Mac and Augustine Kofie. Circle 6 Studios, Phoenix, AZ.

This fall, the Division of Fine and Performing Arts at PVCC is pleased to offer MUP 181 #42142, the  Urban Arts Ensemble. A mixture of hip-hop dance, music, spoken word and technology, the ensemble will be led by Samuel Peña, creator of AZ Beat Lab and graduate of the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts' School of Music.

Learn more about Samuel and his work through his Q&A and video interview with the Herberger Institute:

Fall registration is now open. Enroll in MUP 181 #42142 by clicking on the schedule below. Class begins on 9/13.

Curious about the ensemble experience? Hear from our instructors about what makes the PVCC Ensemble experience rich, affordable and unique: 

Fall First Saturday Concert Series @ PVCC

Paradise Valley Community College’s Center for the Performing Arts (CPA) will host a series of music concerts on the first Saturday of September, October and November 2016. These free performances are presented on the CPA’s outdoor amphitheater stage from 6-8 p.m., and audience members are invited to bring a folding chair or blanket as the space accommodates lawn seating only. Several of Phoenix's most popular food trucks will be on site to serve concessions. Cash donations will be accepted.

For more information about events in the Center for the Performing Arts, go to the Center for the Performing Arts page or call 602-787-7738. Box Office hours are 12-5pm Tuesday through Friday and one hour prior to show. 

The Center for the Performing Arts is conveniently located at 34th Street and Union Hills at the east end of the campus of Paradise Valley Community College in North Phoenix. Parking is free. For additional information or reservations, please call 602-787-7738 or visit the Center for the Performing Arts page.


6:00p-8:00p, Free Admission

The Chuck Hall Band creates art in the form of music. The recipe they use is simple: Start with blues that’s so greasy it clogs the arteries in your ears. Stir in generous portions of refined talent and raw passion, add a dash of showmanship sprinkled with a touch of salty humor and cook on high heat until it smokes. Serve steaming hot. The result is a spicy musical feast that satisfies and always leaves you wanting more.

The chef, Chuck Hall, was born in Louisiana and raised on the Texas side listening to the likes of many artists including Lightnin’ Hopkins, Muddy Waters, Freddie King and Albert King. Since moving to the Valley in 1984, he has become a well-known and respected musician. As a 35+ year veteran in the music business Chuck has played with some of the best, opening shows for Albert Collins, B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Albert King, Willie Dixon, Robert Cray, Gregg Allman, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and many others.

Chuck’s unique talent and uncompromising dedication to his craft have earned him accolades among fans and critics. He won “Best Blues Guitarist” in Arizona two years in a row, and his song “Young Boy” was selected Best Song by Soundboard magazine. He also was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in 2000.


6:00p - 8:00p, Free Admission

Grupo Liberdade is a performance group dedicated to freedom of expression through Culture, Movement & Sound. We promote COMMUNITY, DIVERSITY & EMPOWERMENT drawing upon the traditional & contemporary rhythms of Brazil and beyond while bringing an original sound & energy to our desert metropolis. Specializing in Batucada including the Afro-Brazilian styles of Samba, Samba Reggae, Côcos and Maracatu, Grupo Liberdade strives to share the infectious sounds of Brasil with Arizona to further enrich, move & inspire.   

Since 2004, the group has performed throughout Arizona under the direction of Brazilian native, Poranguí from leading the Annual Phoenix Parade of the Arts through downtown Phoenix, to drumming & dancing in the new year for thousands of party-goers at the historical Hotel Congress in Tucson.  Founded in 2008 by Angelique Starks, the SambAZ Dancers have quickly become one of the liveliest and most notable Samba acts in the country.  Dedicated to creating music to move the body & soul, this project brings together diversity on all levels with an incredible show of talented musicians & dancers that must not be watched, but experienced! 


6:00p - 8:00p, Free Admission

Davey was born and raised in Whittier, CA. Ever since he was a kid, he dreamed of being a professional baseball player. After playing Junior College Baseball, he decided to trade the bat and glove for a six string.

Davey moved to Tempe, AZ where he attended Arizona State University. After a long day of classes, you’d find Davey in local clubs playing to anyone who wanted to listen. Soon, he was playing the biggest venues in Arizona such as The Bird’s Nest at the Waste Management Open in Scottsdale and The Pepsi Amphitheater in Flagstaff.

Davey has opened for national Country recording artists such as Dierks Bentley, Joe Nichols, Brothers Osborne, Chris Janson, and Craig Morgan to name a few. He also recently played Arizona’s largest Country Music Festival, Country Thunder in Florence, AZ.

In May of 2016, Davey released his new single, Autumn Love…and is continuing to play all around Arizona and the Southwest.

In order to promote a healthy learning and work environment, the Maricopa County Community College District has created smoke-free and tobacco-free campuses effective July 1, 2012. Smoking and all uses of tobacco is prohibited at Paradise Valley Community College, including but not limited to parking lots, rooftops, courtyards, plazas, entrance and exit ways, vehicles, sidewalks, common areas, grounds, athletic facilities and libraries. Visitors also must adhere to this policy when on campus for public events.

PVCC Study Abroad: A Teacher's Reflections on Havana, Cuba


We arrived in Miami after a 5 hour overnight flight from Phoenix and, after breakfast, toured the sights of Little Havana. We visited a public art garden, Wynwood Walls, which featured painted murals by famous artists such as Shepard Fairey.

We had a traditional Cuban-style lunch of rice and black beans with pork and chicken, and visited a library/bar which featured a live Cuban band. We went on a tour of Little Havana with director-led sightseeing.

Day 2 : HAVANA

The next day we flew from Miami to Havana and were greeted by Jorge and Geldrys, our two tour guides who stayed with us the entire week. We checked into the Panorama Hotel, which is very modern, and located on the west side of Havana, on the waterfront.

We visited the home and studio of two local Cuban artists, Yamilla and Jaqueline Bristos, then lunch at El Aljibe restaurant. After lunch we toured an artists collective, called Muraleanda, barrio majico, that is a space for artists to work, teach skills to local residents, and host workshops by internationally known artists.

In the evening some of our group took a taxi to see a performance of the Buena Vista Social Club.


Compas Dance and Music Company visit

Paladar dinner


Viñales Valley excursion

Finca Agro-Ecologica agricultural cooperative visit, hike in Viñales with local farmers and visit farmers' homes


Travel to Cienfuegos via Matanzas

Hector Crespo Farm visit

Cienfuegos city walk


Local art school visit

Travel to Trinidad

Trinidad city walk


Travel to Santa Clara

Valley of the Sugar Mills cultural exchange

Santa Clara city walk


Met with local private hostel owners

Fiesta de los Abuelos educational Exchange

Travel to Havana

Farewell Paladar dinner


Day 9 : END TOUR

Overall, we had a tremendously satisfying experience. Our trip introduced us to the complexity that is Cuba. In spite of government restrictions, the people we met were friendly, industrious and creative. The 8 days in Cuba flew by, and I am looking forward to going there again, and spending time getting to know the artists we met on this trip. 

- Professor David Bradley

All photographs courtesy of David Bradley.