No Experience Necessary: Free Music Workshops at PVCC

The music department at Paradise Valley Community College is pleased to present an exciting series of hands-on musical opportunities for students, staff and members of the community. All events in this series are FREE and only require an interest to learn something new and have fun.

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MONDAY EVENINGS: COMMUNITY SING!

6:30 - 8:30 pm | CPA 115 Music Room | June 4, 11, 18, 25

June 4th: The Beatles

June 11th : Selections from Broadway

June 18th: Selections from Disney

June 25th: Selections from Popular Music


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MONDAY EVENINGS: THE ART OF AUDIO MIXING AND REMIXING

6:30 - 8:30 pm | CPA 120 Music Lab | June 4, 11, 18, 25

June 4th: How to do a remix featuring remixed by Beyonce, Katy Perry & U2 - John Keenan

June 11th : Mixing acoustic instruments - Brett Reed

June 18th: Production elements and beat-making for radio-friendly songs - John Keenan

June 25th: Modern drum sounds: mixing with samples - Brett Reed


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TUESDAY EVENINGS: BRAZILIAN DRUM AND DANCE

6:30 - 8:30 pm | KSC 1000 | June 5, 12, 19, 26

Learn to play, sing and dance to the exciting rhythms of Brazil. All drums provided.


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WEDNESDAY EVENINGS: MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

6:30 - 8:30 pm | CPA 120 Music Lab | June 6, 13, 20, 27

June 6th: Analog and Modular Synthesis I

June 13th: Analog and Modular Synthesis II

June 20th: Interactive Multimedia Art and Handmade Electronic Music 

June 27th: Introduction to Sound Design for Film and Video Games


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THURSDAY EVENINGS: FILM SCORING ANALYSIS

6:30 - 8:30 pm | CPA 120 Music Lab | June 7, 14, 21, 28

June 7th: The origin of film music. Why music?

June 14th: Diagetic vs. non-diagetic sound

June 21st: Hollywood sound: John Williams (film scoring analysis)

June 28th: The use of leitmotifs as both narrative and structural device (music-dramatic)


For additional information about the NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY events and workshops, please call (602) 787-6596 for information, or e-mail music@paradisevalley.edu.

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!

 

 

 

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. 

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.


Balkan Art Documentary by Professor David Bradley

This summer Professor David Bradley spent a month touring Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of a Fulbright Hays faculty development program. One of 16 high school and community college educators from Arizona, the program was designed to increase awareness of European Muslim culture and art in order to incorporate that understanding in PVCC course curricula.

During his stay Professor Bradley visited galleries, met artists and saw street art in Sarajevo that commented on the war and widespread corruption in the Bosnian government. Intrigued by this theme, he returned to the region in October for another month to interview artists and gather examples of art around social justice themes to present to PVCC students. The footage from this multimedia sabbatical project has now developed into a documentary film. 

When Professor Bradley met artist Edo Vejselovic, they collaborated to transform the footage into a narrative on how artists in the Balkan region are reflecting on their history and the current factors in their daily lives. The goal of the crowdfunding campaign is to distribute the film to festivals in the US and the Balkans and show the world a positive message about what's happening artistically in this rich, historical region. 

 

Learn more and support the project at:
www.gofundme.com/Balkanartfilm

Sunday Jazz Series at Desert Ridge Marketplace

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Desert Ridge Marketplace is pleased to present the Sunday Jazz Series with Paradise Valley Community College. Proudly sponsored by the Musical Instrument Museum (www.mim.org), 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.

This Week at PVCC: A Musical Tribute to 1987 + New Art Exhibit

A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO 1987: Rock vs. New Wave
Friday, September 22nd at 7:30pm. $6-$20 admission. *$4 fee ticket added at the door

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1987 is the 30th Anniversary of the founding of Paradise Valley Community College and the PVCC Faculty Rock Band will join in on the celebration by presenting some of the biggest hits from that year. The concert, featuring very special guest vocalists, will include songs by R.E.M., Guns N' Roses, U2, Bon Jovi, INXS, Heart, Crowded House, The Bangles, The Cure and much more!

All proceeds from this concert will benefit the Alice Cooper's Solid Rock to PVCC Pathway Student Scholarship Fund.

Click HERE to purchase tickets online.


Otherness: Work by Dain Q. Gore and Danielle Wood

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The Center for the Performing Arts Gallery is pleased to announce Otherness: Work by Dain Q. Gore and Danielle Wood. The artwork will be on view from September 11 - October 13, 2017. The reception is Wednesday, September 27, at 6pm. 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. 

Dain Q. Gore
Gore is a painter who studies obscure stories of many cultures. He presents cosmic myths mixed with apocryphal and controversial philosophies in a humorous way.

Danielle Wood
Wood conceptualizes the ocean as a surreal metaphor for the subconscious. Her work intertwines forms of biology, but she does not pursue to render specific species, but rather pure abstractions of forms in nature from a variety of habitats spliced or collaged with mixed media, inspired by conscious and subconscious patterns that evolve.

PVCC's Singer-Songwriter Tribute: Meet the Singers

PVCC is proud to present A Musical Tribute to SINGER-SONGWRITERS on Friday, June 2nd at 7:30pm. Performed by the Union32 All-Star Band with dynamic singer-songwriters Ciara Cisneros, Cameron DeGurski, Janae Dunn, Micah Lukas, Alex Mullins, Ally Owens, and Callie Young.

Featuring music from some of greatest singer-songwriters from the 1970s through today, including James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Billy Joel, Stevie Nicks, Ryan Adams, George Ezra, Vance Joy and much more!

All proceeds from this concert will benefit the Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock to PVCC Pathway Scholarship Fund. Held at the Center for Performing Arts, Admission is $6-$10.  

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE


Ciara Cisneros

Inspired by:

Heart, Kaki King, Pink, Led Zeppelin, Prince, Hosier, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters

I got my first taste of performing as a singer in a 6th grade talent show and have loved it ever since. Two years later I found another passion: playing guitar. I'm currently writing my own music and performing at local venues around the valley. I hope to release my first EP by the end of the year or in early 2018. I am beyond excited to be playing with the faculty musicians. I was very fortunate to perform at PVCC during the Alice Cooper Proof in the Pudding contest and at the Festival of Tales, which both took place last year. Both experiences were fabulous, from the beautiful venue to the amazing people at PVCC. I can't wait to see everyone at this show and all for a GREAT cause!

There is nothing like jamming with other musicians who also love music and then connecting with an audience. It blows my mind every time!

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Cameron DeGurski

Inspired by:

Ryan Adams, Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder, Emily King, D'Angelo, Bill Withers, Justin Pierre

"I'm not going to play anything I can't pour my heart into." 

Straightforward, honest, and un-apologetically raw, Arizona-native Cameron DeGurski (say it with me - "dee" "grr" "ski") doesn't mind baring his soul behind the microphone. He's a self-proclaimed "purveyor of sounds and feels." 

With a style that incorporates elements of folk, soul, grunge, and even alt-country, a genre-specific definition is hard to come by for DeGurski, something he takes pride in. Listeners can find shades of Ryan Adams, Chris Cornell, David Gray, and Bill Withers peeking through in his performances. One word that everyone can agree on? Emotion. 

"I'd rather play something that exudes emotion, and make an audience feel something, ANYTHING, than regurgitate the tunes you can play in any jukebox, at any bar in town. If you want the jukebox, I'll give you a quarter. If you want to share some energy, and leave feeling a little more human, 'I'm your Huckleberry.'"

 I've been a student at ASU, GCC, and I even did a small stint in culinary school - but I've never felt as involved or as much a part of a community as I do here at PVCC. I truly enjoy coming to class and interacting with the other students and faculty. PVCC has really cultivated something special, and I'm glad to be a part of it.

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Janae Dunn

Inspired by:

Sara Bareilles, Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Birdy

Janae Dunn is an independent singer-songwriter, and actress in the valley. She has been singing since she could talk, and begun making up my own little ditties shortly after that, and it all blossomed from there. She creates music about promoting self-love, mending heartbreak, and how to navigate the surprises of this rollar-coaster we all call life. Music is much like therapy in some ways for Janae, for it always works as a vessel to unlocking and understanding the emotions and complexities lying within her heart. She thanks God everyday for the creation of music, its incredible power, and the abilities to do it and pursue it. 

I am all about lyrics to a song first: the metaphors and painting pictures and feelings with words. I am super excited to get to perform with a live band; I always love seeing other passionate artists living out their love for music. It's a perfect example of the beautiful power music has in the world and in bringing people together.

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Alex Mullins

Inspired by:

U2, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, The Killers, Queen, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen

Alex Mullins is a 23-year-old singer/songwriter from Phoenix Arizona. Alex has been playing around Arizona as well as the greater southwest for the past 4 years both solo and with his former band, Alex Mullins and The Royal. After the disbanding of Alex Mullins and The Royal in 2017, Alex resumed his solo career with a folk, funk, soul and pop flare that stays true to his roots from growing up with the ubiquity of Bruce Springsteen, U2 and countless others. He also continues to compose and write for other artists around the country. His debut EP is set to release in the fall of 2017.

It is humbling to play alongside such talented musicians with savant qualities. All the essentials to recording, performing and live sound were instilled in me at PVCC. Performing here is like a small college reunion every time.

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Ally Owens

Inspired by:

Ann Wilson, Joan Jett, Tracey Chapman, Michael Jackson, Guns N Roses, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin

18 year old Ally Owens performs a wide range of music throughout the Valley as a soloist as well as with her band, Second Soulstice. She was the 2013 Prescott Idol winner, 2015 Miss Tempe’s Outstanding Teen and made it to the semi finals of both the 2014 and 2016 Alice Cooper’s Proof is in the Pudding Talent Competition as a soloist. Ally also enjoys community service including performing at the St. Vincent de Paul Hearts and Hands monthly event, the Annual Arthritis Walk and Juvenile Arthritis Convention as well as creating a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation called Mocha for Moola - musical event geared to raise funds. She was selected to be a part of the Arizona Ambassadors Choir and this June she will be traveling to Europe performing with the group.

It's always great to work with new musicians and having new learning experiences. I performed at the Festival of Tales at PVCC and it was fun to interact with the kids and help them see how great music is. Performing on the PVCC stage for Proof is in the Pudding was a great experience!

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Callie Young

Inspired by:

Stevie Nicks, Lana Del Rey, Heart

Callie Young is a sixteen-year-old singer/songwriter from Phoenix, Arizona. She plays guitar, ukulele, piano, and has been performing since she was ten. She was a two time finalist in Alice Cooper's Proof is in the Pudding Competition and has been featured on Alice's Taste of Christmas Pudding CD. Callie had the privilege of being able to perform at the 2017 NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center- the biggest music trade show in the nation. She plays all over the valley at concert venues, restaurants, coffee shops, festivals, and so much more! Callie will be recording and EP this summer.

Playing with a band is always such a fun experience. Don't get me wrong, I love playing with my guitar. But having the chance to dance around and use your whole body when you perform is amazing. 

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