Wednesday, July 21, 2010

CMS National Update

Just got word today that pre-concert lectures were added to the itinerary at CMS National. Before the 4 PM concert on September 23 - five of the 20 works will be discussed by scholars from around the country. Both of my works - Duality in Time and Hop, Skip and Jump - were selected for the panel.

Duality in Time

Dr. Bruce Taggart from Michigan State University will discuss Hop, Skip and Jump and Nico Schuler from Texas State University will discuss Duality in Time.

I am honored to be part of this experience and I'll be re-examining these pieces before this trip so that I am ready for any and all questions.

Guitar Arts Series update

As you may know - CSUB is launching an annual Guitar Arts Series this year. This six concert series will bring artists from around the world to Bakersfield to present stunning programs featuring the diverse repertoire of the classical guitar. Solos, duos, trios, quartets and chamber music will all have their place on this concert series.

The concerts begin on Saturday October 9, 2010 with Los Angeles Based duo Gregory Newton and David Grimes. Newton and Grimes will perform in the Choral Recital Hall (MUS. 127) at 7:30 PM.

On Monday November 15, 2010 students and faculty from the CSUB guitar program perform solos, duos, trios and full ensemble works. This event will be held in the Choral Recital Hall (MUS. 127) at 7:30 PM.

CSUB Applied faculty member, Roger Allen Cope, performs on Saturday January 22, 2011 with various chamber players from Los Angeles. This concert will focus on exciting literature from the chamber music repertoire that features guitar. This concert will take place at the beautiful Metro Galleries and will start at 7:30 PM.

Bostonian Aaron Larget-Caplan visits CSUB on Friday February 25, 2011 for a recital of music from his recently released CD – New Lullaby Project. Larget-Caplan will perform at the beautiful Metro Galleries and will start at 7:30 PM.

On Sunday March 13, 2011 CSUB student guitarists will present a concert of chamber music with their peers in the CSUB Music Department. This Sunday afternoon event will be held in the Doré Theatre and begin at 4 PM.

The final concert of the inaugural season will feature Florian Larousse on April 14, 2011 at Metro Galleries at 7:30 PM. Mr. Larousse is the winner of the 2009 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition.

Ticket Prices:

With limited seating for these exclusive events, it is highly recommended that tickets be purchased in advance

Individual Concerts:(six total events)

General Admission: $12

Seniors (60+): $8

Students: $6

Subscriber Rates:

General Admission: $60 (16% savings) 

Seniors (60+): $40 (16% savings) 

Students: $30 (16% savings)

To subscribe to the series: Send a check for the appropriate amount (plus $4 for shipping & handling) payable to CSUB to:

A CSU Bakersfield Guitar Arts Concert Series Pass will be sent via return mail in 7-10 business days. If there is a concert during that delivery window, a ticket will be placed on reserve in your name at the ticket table.

How do I pre-order tickets for specific events?

Call (661) 654-2511 and leave the event name and date, your name, phone number and number of tickets needed. Tickets will be held for you up until 15 minutes before the concert start time.

On the night of the concert: Tickets will be made available at the door, 30-minutes prior to the event.

Cash and Check ONLY.

For more information, find us on the web:

Subscribe to our email list here:

Contact Jim Scully, Director of Guitar Studies for additional information.

Jim Scully, Director of Guitar Studies

Department of Music, CSU Bakersfield

9001 Stockdale Highway

Bakersfield, CA 93311

661.654.2511 (office) or 661.330.9304 (cell)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Parma records Bouncing About

Last summer, Parma Recordings approached me about recording some of my chamber music, but I just couldn't afford the cost of the recording sessions and while I was disappointed, I let it got quickly. While the quote was high - their work is absolutely stellar and the cost covers recording, artist fees, artwork, duplication, international distribution and everything in between. It is an all-in cost. So, it was a neat opportunity, but there is no shame in being unable to pay nearly 5 figures to get 13 minutes of your music recorded.

Well, in early July Parma came calling again - this time the cost was much lower because a session that was already planned opened up. So, after a quick negotiation, Parma recorded my piece for violin and piano - Bouncing About - on July 12 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The CD will be released in mid-2011 and I'll have the first audio edits in a couple of weeks. The performers were: Lukáš Klánský, piano and Ondřej Lébr, violin.

Here is a picture from the session:

I'll post audio when I get it, but in the meantime - look to the right sidebar and see the new ReverbNation Widget for my audio. If you look around there enough you will be able to play a live recording of Bouncing About performed by Bakersfield Symphony players Julia Lawson-Haney and Patrick Bender.

Needless to say - very exciting times.