Guinness World Record Set at PVCC

On Wednesday, March 21st PVCC Ceramics held a Guinness World Record attempt for number of pots thrown in one hour by an individual. Ceramic artist Jim Calhoun and PVCC Faculty David Bradley attempted to break the 159 pots record. David Bradley threw 146, and Jim Calhoun set a new record at 193 pots. The 350 pots thrown that day are being glazed, fired and sold to benefit the Natalia Lantseva Ceramic Scholarship fund at PVCC. Congratulations to Jim Calhoun of Calhoun Stoneware Hand Thrown on a new Guinness World Record!

 

 

 

PVCC Student Roxanne Saccketti wins Women's Orchestra of Arizona Composition Competition

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Paradise Valley Community College Honors student Roxanne Saccketti has been selected as the first winner of the Women’s Orchestra of Arizona’s Composition Competition for her string orchestral piece, Second Thoughts, written as a class project for Music Composition (MTC 240) with the guidance of her instructor Dr. Christopher Scinto.  It will be premiered at WOA’s concert The Wright Notes:  Architectural Music at Taliesin West on May 13th, 2018.

Maricopa Community College opportunities have changed her life as she prepares to change the life of others with the gift of music
 Roxanne Saccketti, Winner of the Women's Orchestra of Arizona's Composition Competition

Roxanne Saccketti, Winner of the Women's Orchestra of Arizona's Composition Competition

In the Fall of 2015, Roxanne began driving from Prescott, Arizona, where she lives, to study for a Certificate in Electronic Music at the Maricopa Colleges and is simultaneously studying for an Associates Degree at Yavapai College in Prescott.  This semester she is working on her fifth Honors course in the Maricopa Colleges and has been accepted into Rio Salado’s Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Program to become certified to teach K-12 music.  Once certified and employed, she will work to earn her Master’s in Music Education.  Maricopa Community College opportunities have changed her life as she prepares to change the life of others with the gift of music.

Where synthesizer, drums and flute meet

She sings several parts in groups according to whatever is needed (1st Soprano, 2nd Soprano, 1st Alto, 2nd Alto, and Mezzo Soprano), writes in several genres, and records music.  Each week she takes private lessons in percussion and violin.  Her primary instruments are:  synthesizer, drums, and flute.  She began violin lessons in 2016 with Dr. Philip Kuhns at Yavapai College, who also provided guidance with her composition and advised her regarding the necessary bowings.  The other instruments she plays are:  fifes, piccolo, recorder, clarinet, MIDI Wind Controller, rhythm guitar, and piano.  This semester at Paradise Valley she is drumming for Jazz Combo.  At Yavapai College, she has played percussion for Concert Band, sang a solo in Community Chorale, and sang in Master Chorale.  In the Fall of 2018 she plans on continuing with Master Chorale and also playing flute in Symphonic Band.

The versatility of electronic music  

Throughout her life Roxanne has volunteered and performed in music.  In the Prescott area she sings for the Prescott Pops Chorus, sings and plays instruments for several occasions in the community, churches, and was an Acker Musician last year.  Currently she is volunteering with the PUSD middle school orchestras.  She has mentored middle school students in churches in voice, vocal ensembles, special music, violin and flute and has taught flute private lessons to middle school students.  

The music she loves writing best is all groove-based, due to the versatility of electronic music.  At Paradise Valley, Professor Anthony Obr has been challenging Roxanne to grow in her ability to write music technology papers for her Honors projects.  In May of 2018, she will have completed Electronic Music I, II, and III Honors- all by submitting proposals for her Honors contracts.

Building and developing skills as a composer

The Honors Achievement Award Program has enhanced Roxanne’s study of music as she prepares for the future.  All of her instructors have been excellent and have encouraged her by their example- both as instructors and contributors to the community.  Winning WOA’s competition motivates her to continue to build and develop more skills as a composer.


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The Wright Notes:  Architectural Music at Taliesin West

May 13th, 2018

Performed inside Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Taliesin Community Auditorium, an acoustically intimate performance space.

For tickets, click here.  

 

2018 Phoenix Synth Meet

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Are you a fan of Synthesizers or Electronic Music? If so, join us in the Center for the Performing Arts at Paradise Valley Community College to meet fellow synth enthusiasts at the PHOENIX SYNTH MEET on Friday, February 16th.

EVENT DETAILS
3:00pm-6:00pm
Showcase/Open House for people to share, play, and explore synthesizers of all shapes and sizes.
(Load-in times from 12:00p-2:00p)

7:00pm-10:00pm: Performance by local Synth Artists and Groups

The event is free to participate and to attend. Synth enthusiasts are invited to bring their own rig and share or to come and support the Synth scene in Phoenix!

A Food Truck will be on-site for concessions and snacks, so plan to spend the entire day with us for this exciting event.

If you are not already a part of it, join the group: Phoenix Synthesizers
https://www.facebook.com/groups/921085941343137/

The PHOENIX SYNTH MEET is presented in collaboration between PVCC's Commercial Music Program and the Phoenix Synthesizer Group.

Free World Music Workshops: Brazilian Drum & Latin Jazz

The Music Department at PVCC is pleased to offer two FREE World Music Workshops to students and the public this spring. On Tuesday, January 23rd and Thursday, January 25th join PVCC Instructors Samuel Peña, Joseph Goglia and Josiel Perez for a no-experience-necessary World Music experience. With all equipment provided, the workshops offer a hands-on introduction to the ensemble experience at PVCC. 


BRAZILIAN DRUM WORKSHOP

Tuesday, January 23rd @ 7:00pm-8:30pm. Center for the Performing Arts Music Room (CPA115)

Talented musicians Samuel Peña and Joseph Goglia will lead a drum and percussion workshop focusing on the music of Brazil. No Experience Necessary. Drums will be provided.

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LATIN JAZZ WORKSHOP

Thursday, January 25th @ 7:00pm-8:30pm. Center for the Performing Arts Music Room (CPA115)

PVCC Latin Jazz instructor Josiel Perez will lead a workshop focusing on various styles in Latin Jazz! No Experience Necessary. Drumset, Congas, Amps, and Piano will be provided.


Search ensemble classes and learn more about the world music experience at PVCC at www.classes.sis.maricopa.edu

CLASS SPOTLIGHT: LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE WITH JOSIEL PEREZ

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 "I believe that each note I write or play is a story." Josiel Perez

The Music Department at PVCC is pleased to welcome Josiel Perez to the #pvccensembles family, teaching Latin Jazz Ensemble on Thursday nights. Beginning February 1st, the ensemble is for musicians eager to play Latin Jazz music as a life-long experience. The course will explore a variety of styles such as Afro-Cuban Latin, Brazilian, Caribbean Jazz and Jazz Standards with Latin arrangements. This course allows musicians to comprehend the connection between all musical styles. Students will have the opportunity to arrange and/or compose tunes for the ensemble.


LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE

MUP 181 #24948 | 2/1/18 - 5/11/18

THURSDAYS | 730-930PM

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


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Meet Professor Perez

Born in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba on October 9, 1986, Josiel Perez comes from an extensive musical family, beginning with his grandfather who is a refined flautist to his uncle, Andres Perez, who is considered one of Cuba’s best baritone saxophonists. 

Currently residing in Phoenix, Arizona, Josiel has performed alongside top-level musicians, Luis Conte, Haakon Graf, Rayford Griffin, Hans Zermuelen, Dan Lutz, Stan Sergeant, Walfredo Reyes Jr., Luis Eric Gonzalez, Kamasi Washington, Jimmy Branly, Raul Pineda, Sawa Perez, Joey De Leon. He also led, composed for, and arranging music for the AC Jazz Project aka Afro Cuban Jazz Project, a nationally known group produced by PJ Oliva, and formerly led by world renowned Cuban percussionist Long John Oliva who passed away in 2004. 

"Music changed my life. I like teaching music because it allows me to share my experience and joy with my students. Also, I have the opportunity to teach valuable life-skills such as self-expression, communication and global perspective through music." 


Curious about the ensemble experience at PVCC? Click here. 

Spring 2018 Film Festival at PVCC

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Welcome to the Film Festival at PVCC! Sponsored by the Center of International Studies, the festival theme for 2018 is International films. Join us in the Center for Performing Arts on the following Wednesday nights. Admission is free!


January 31st, 2018

6:30pm

COMING HOME
(China, PG-13; 2014)

Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li) are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner, just as his wife is injured in an accident. Released during the last days of the Cultural Revolution, he finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past. Unable to recognize Lu, she patiently waits for her husband's return. A stranger alone in the heart of his broken family, Lu Yanshi determines to resurrect their past together and reawaken his wife's memory.


February 14th, 2018

630pm

THE ITALIAN
(Russia, PG-13; 2005)

For most Russian orphans, the chance to be adopted is a dream come true. But six-year-old Vanya Solntsev has other hopes. After discovering his mother is still alive, the abandoned boy teaches himself to read so as to learn her address from his personal files. Before a wealthy Italian couple can claim him for their own, Vanya sets off on a perilous journey to find his only remaining family. Pursued by orphanage staff and the police, the determined runaway must now face the most difficult challenges of his young life in this incredible story inspired by true events.


February 28th, 2018

630pm

PHOENIX
(Germany, PG-13; 2014)

A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception unfolds against the turmoil of post-World War II Germany in the stunning new film from acclaimed director Christian Petzold (Barbara, Jerichow). Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Evoking the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin, Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax.


March 21st, 2018

630pm

MANUSCRIPTS DON'T BURN
(Iran, NR; 2013)

Based on true events, the story revolves around a manuscript detailing a 1995 failed assassination plot by the Iranian regime against twenty-one writers and journalists. Almost twenty years later, the existence of this document remains a threat and the head of the censorship board has hired two killers, Morteza and Khosrow, to collect the remaining copies and silence the participants. A masterful storyteller, Rasoulof slowly reveals the relevant details, splitting the narrative between the henchmen and their isolated, state-oppressed victims. Shifting tone from suspense to art-house drama, and moving between past and present with seamless fluidity, we follow Morteza and Khosrow on their mission while silently observing the suffocating existence of three surviving writers. Rasoulof was arrested in 2010 alongside fellow filmmaker Jafar Panahi for "acting against national security." He was given a prison sentence and banned from making films for twenty years

This Week at PVCC: December 4th, 2017

THE CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS GALLERY — THE MONTH OF DECEMBER

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The Center for the Performing Arts Gallery at Paradise Valley Community College is pleased to 

announce Tracing Absence: Work by Jessica Palomo. The artwork will be on view from November 2 - December 18, 2017. The reception is December 6, at 6:30pm. The reception is open to the public; light refreshments will be served. The CPA Gallery is open and free to the public, Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm. Parking is available on the NE side of the CPA.

Jessica Palomo’s work is a response to the grief of losing a loved one, a trauma that can overload and fracture the conscious mind, causing a shattered emotional state. Through abstraction and mark-making, she explores the dynamics of this ruptured reality that place identity and emotion in a liminal, ambiguous space.


FALL CONCERT WEEK AT PVCC — FREE ADMISSION

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PVCC Women's Chorus, Monday Jazz Combo and Composers/Improvisors Big Band

Monday, December 4th at 7:30pm. CPA Mainstage Theater. Free Admission.


PVCC Community Concert Band and Wednesday "Little" Big Band (Jazz)
Wednesday, December 6th at 7:30pm. CPA Mainstage Theater. Free Admission.

PVCC Brazilian Percussion Ensemble, Cello Ensemble, String Ensemble, Flute Ensemble
Thursday December 7th at 7:30pm. CPA Mainstage Theater. Free Admission.


STUDENT DIRECTED ONE ACT PLAYS (ONE WEEKEND ONLY)

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December 7th, 8th and 9th at 7:30pm; December 10th at 2:00pm.
Studio Theater/M‐East Building. $5 Admission.

Advanced Directing Student Shows: "More To Love"  
• "Quite A Stunner" written and directed by Joey Whelan.
• "The Open Door" written by Alfred Sutro and directed by Taylor McMurray.
• "Forsaken" written by Kitt Lavoie and directed by Jordyn Drake.

Click HERE to purchase tickets online


PVCC FACULTY JAZZ ENSEMBLE — LIVE IN CONCERT

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Sunday, December 10th, 12:00pm-2:00pm. Desert Ridge Marketplace. Free Admission.

Desert Ridge Marketplace is pleased to present a Sunday Jazz Series with Paradise Valley Community College. Proudly sponsored by the Musical Instrument Museum, the series explores the rich musical traditions of various jazz composers and genres. Held on September 10th, October 8th and December 10th from 12-2pm on the MainStage at the Mall, the Jazz Series is led by PVCC music faculty Dr. Brett Reed and features PVCC instructors in the ensemble.


Illusions of Depth Fall 2017

The Fall 2017 ART113 Color class has once again created illusions of depth on the sidewalks of the PVCC campus. Using strategies of color and composition such as overlapping, diminishing scale, color atmosphere, vertical placement and receding color, the students have created a series of surprising troupe l’oeil images that interrupt viewers’ perception of depth as the encounter the normally mundane concrete sidewalk.

Students in this year’s project are: Phil Anderson, Zoe Cano, Amber Dairymple, Kylie Eckert, Alexandra Kirk, Michael O’Harra, Chase Ortega

The group works from 5:30 to about 8:00 pm to create their image from a previously designed mock-up created in class.