Paradise Valley Community College, Glendale Community College and Phoenix College music programs are offering free clinics, master classes, workshops and live performances by cutting-edge musical artists in the commercial music scene to give students insight into the music recording business.
These learning opportunities are sponsored by a Commercial Music Residency Grant from the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction and the PVCC Center for the Performing Arts. All of the presentations by the MCLI Commercial Music Residency artists are during scheduled classes at each of the respective campuses. The visiting artists will teach classes during the residency, giving students direct access to artists currently making a living in the commercial music field. They will meet several adventurous musicians, including the Formalist Quartet, Johnny Society and Casey Lee Hurt, and participate in recording, audio mixing and music business classes. Plus, they get to sit in on open rehearsals and attend concert performances.
The program includes PVCC’s Battle of the Bands auditions on Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Center for the Performing Arts. In it’s 11th year, the PVCC Battle of the Bands encourages aspiring high school and college aged musicians in the creation of original music and trains the next generation of music business professionals.
Oct. 17-18, 2012 at PC/PVCC/GCC
This quartet’s adventurous repertoire focuses on contemporary pieces and world premiers and explores a diverse spectrum of early music and the standard repertoire.
Oct. 19-20, 2012 at GCC/PC/PVCC
New York band Johnny Society’s soulful hard-pop sound has drawn critical gushing and found rabid fans with the release of it’s sixth album, Free Society, a collection of the band’s best songs to date. Johnny Society’s catchy, affecting sounds hint at 1920s New Orleans, 1950s Memphis, 1960s London, 1970s Woodstock, and, in this case, 2010s New York.
BATTLE OF THE BANDS @ PVCC
12 p.m. Saturday, Oct 20, 2012
CASEY HURT RESIDENCY WITH ERIC SCHULTZ
Nov. 1-3, 2012 at GCC/PC/PVCC
Casey Lee Hurt is the only son to a rebellious, God fearing ex-preacher. At an early age he was handed a pawn shop guitar and an old hymnal and they haven’t left his side since. He’s black coffee honest from the history in his voice to the heart on his sleeve and his music reflects that.
For more information, go to www.paradisevalley.edu/music/mcli-commercial-music-residency-grant.