A Nostalgic Project for David Bradley's Ceramic Students

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This spring professor David Bradley tasked his ceramics students to create sculptures of cherished childhood friends. Taking the form of pets, toys and stuffed animals, the works are on now on display in the PVCC Buxton Library. 

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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.

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.  

 

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. 

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.

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

The PVCC Creative Writing Program Presents: The Bridges Series

The Bridges Series is a collaborative reading/speaking series sponsored by PVCC’s Creative Writing Program. The goal of The Bridges Series is to bring innovative and creative entrepreneurs as well as accomplished writers of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and other genres to campus. The series has featured award-winning poets and fiction writers, video game developers, advertising professionals, a ghost writer, and many others. One focus of the series is to feature local artists and artists and professionals from outside our city and state. The Fall 2017 Bridges Series features writers Patricia Murphy, Hedy Habra and Beth Cato. 


Thursday, September 14th: Patricia Murphy

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The Puma Press Room
10:30am - 12:00pm

Patricia Colleen Murphy founded Superstition Review at Arizona State University, where she teaches creative writing and magazine production. Her book Hemming Flames (Utah State University Press, 2016) won the May Swenson Poetry Award judged by Stephen Dunn, and in 2017 won the Milt Kessler Poetry Award. A chapter from her memoir in progress was published as a chapbook by New Orleans Review. Her writing has appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Quarterly West, American Poetry Review, Smartish Pace, Burnside Review, Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, Hobart, decomP, Midway Journal, Armchair/Shotgun, and Natural Bridge. She lives in Phoenix, AZ.


Thursday, October 19th: Hedy Habra

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The Puma Press Room
10:30am - 12:00pm

Hedy Habra has authored two poetry collections, Under Brushstrokes, finalist for the USA Best Book Award and the International Poetry Book Award, and Tea in Heliopolis, winner of the USA Best Book Award and finalist for the International Poetry Book Award. Her story collection, Flying Carpets, won the Arab American National Book Award's Honorable Mention and was finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award. Her book of literary criticism, Mundos alternos y artisticos en Vargas Llosa explores the visual and interartistic elements in the Peruvian Nobel's narrative. A recipient of the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Awards, she was a six-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Her work appears in Cimarron Review, Te Bitter Oleander, Blue Fifth Review, Cider Press Review, Drunken Boat, Gargoyle, Nimrod, Poet Lore, World Literature Today and Verse Daily. She has a passion for art and teaches Spanish at Western Michigan University. 


Thursday, November 16th: Beth Cato

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The Puma Press Room
10:30am - 12:00pm

Beth Cato hails from Hanford, California, but currently writes and bakes cookies in a lair west of Phoenix, Arizona. She shares the household with  a hockey-loving husband, a numbers-obsessed son, and a cat the size of a canned ham. She's the author of THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER (a 2015 Locus Award finalist for First Novel) and THE CLOCKWORK CROWN (an RT Reviewers' Choice Finalist) from Harper Voyager. Her novella "Wings of Sorrow and Bone" was a 2016 Nebula nominee. BREATH OF EARTH begins a new steampunk series set in an alternate history 1906 San Francisco. Follow her at bethcato.com and on Twitter at @BethCato. 


The Bridges Series is in partnership with The Entrepreneurship Education Center, the PVCC English Division, the Division of Fine & Performing Arts, The Buxton Library and Club Z.

Fall 2017 Jazz Ensembles at PVCC

The Music Department at PVCC is excited to offer several new and unique music-making opportunities focused on JAZZ MUSIC for Fall 2017. Courses are for students of all ages and abilities. Ensemble classes begin September 4th. 

UNION JAZZ INSTITUTE COMBO · Wednesday 5-6pm

JAZZ COMBO · Monday 4-6pm

BIG BAND · Monday 7-9pm

COMMUNITY JAZZ COMBO · Monday 7-850pm

THE PVCC NONET · Wednesday 7-950pm

LATIN JAZZ COMBO · Thursday 7-850pm

See course descriptions + register at classes.sis.maricopa.edu · Search for MUP (Music Performance)