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LAMA Musicians Perform During Pasadena’s Shop Indie Day

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LAMA student and alumni bands will be providing entertainment during Shop Indie Day this Saturday, November 30 in Pasadena. More than 25 Playhouse District businesses are involved; this is a great day to hang in the community, listen to music and receive special discounts at all the stores. Those who visit six businesses are entered to win an iPad Air.

LAMA performances include Mary Ashley at 11am, Fernanda Alba at 1pm and BLOOM at Vroman’s  at 3pm. Looking forward to seeing you Saturday!

-LAMA Staff

LAMA Drum Clinic: Aaron Spears

LAMA - Aaron Spears drum clinicLAMA is very excited to welcome DW Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Vic Firth artist Aaron Spears (Usher) for a drum clinic Sunday November 10th, from 4pm to 6pm. The Grammy nominee has an action packed two hour clinic planned for students and alumni in attendance; limited seating is available for the public (first come, first served). Check out this performance of Aaron at Modern Drummer Fest.

Interested in attending? Everyone must RSVP to be admitted. Email info@lama.edu and we will email you a confirmation shortly thereafter. We’ll see you Sunday!

-LAMA Staff

LAMA’s #LetsTalkMusic Series Continues with Glen Ballard

glen ballard at LAMARecently we were thrilled to welcome Ziggy Marley to our inaugural “Let’s Talk Music” event (hosted every quarter at LAMA). The series continues November 6 at 8pm with six-time Grammy Award Winner Glen Ballard, the songwriter, lyricist and record producer probably best known for co-writing and producing Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill (winner of Grammy Awards for “Best Rock Album” and “Album of the Year”). He was also involved in the recording and writing of Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Bad, co-writing songs including “Man in the Mirror” and “Hand in My Pocket” and is the founder of Java Records.

Students, alumni and associates are invited tomorrow night to LAMA’s Performance Hall for the special evening, where Native Wayne Jobson will join us and interview Glen about his work and the state of the music industry. The event is open to the public — however, limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All those who want to attend must RSVP by registering at this link. Can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow night — so get ready… #LetsTalkMusic!

-LAMA Staff

Art Alexakis Visits LAMA for an Evening with Students, Alumni

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We’d like to invite all of the LAMA students and alumni to “An Evening with Art Alexakis,” taking place tomorrow night, October 30th at 8pm in the LAMA performance hall. Alexakis, who has a strong belief in the power and importance of music education, will discuss his approach to songwriting and offer his perspective on today’s music industry.

Alexakis is  best known as the lead singer, guitarist, producer and principal songwriter for the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Alternative rock band Everclear. The band has sold over 6 million albums in the U.S. and Canada alone, with 8 Top-40 hit singles on the Billboard Mainstream Rock, Top 40, & Adult Top 40 charts, including: “Santa Monica,” “I Will Buy You A New Life,” “Wonderful,” and “Father of Mine.”

He has also been a member of several notable bands, in addition to his own work as a songwriter for other major artists. Alexakis founded several record labels throughout his career, and has worked as an A&R representative for major record labels as well.

RSVP is required. Email info@lama (.edu) for more information.

-LAMA Staff

LAMA Alumni Band “The Fetching” Open for Everclear Tonight

LAMA Alumni band The Fetching finish rehearsal in advance of tonight's show with Everclear.

LAMA Alumni band The Fetching finish rehearsal in advance of tonight’s show with Everclear. (photo via The Fetching on Facebook)

We are so excited to see Everclear perform  tonight but even better, alumni band The Fetching will open the show! A big congratulations to Santiago Granados and Tahkus as the band was picked out of many LAMA student/alumni bands who submitted for the opportunity to play.

Tickets can still be purchased for tonight’s special evening benefiting music education. A limited number of VIP tickets are available which include premium seating, exclusive “meet-n-greet” with Everclear, a pre-show cocktail reception with open bar and catering provided by Tender Greens and Zona Rosa Coffee and a signed collectible Everclear poster. A portion of the proceeds from this concert will benefit The Playhouse’s Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Project.

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American rock band Everclear was formed in Portland, Oregon in 1992 by lead singer and guitarist Art Alexakis. The band has gone multi-platinum with over 6 million albums sold in the U.S. and Canada alone, 8 Top 40 hit singles on the Billboard Mainstream Rock, Top 40, & Adult Top 40 charts, including: “Santa Monica,” “I Will Buy You A New Life,” “Wonderful,” and “Father of Mine.”

“When I look back at what Everclear has done, I see a lot of things that have changed and a lot of things that have stayed consistent. But at the end of the day, I’m still doing the same thing I’ve always done. It’s still guitar-based rock ‘n’ roll, and I’m still just telling stories, which is all I ever wanted to do,” said Everclear’s Art Alexakis. “I’m proud of what we’ve done and I still enjoy it. And, I feel blessed that other people like it, too. The band and I look forward to performing our music at The Pasadena Playhouse.”

For more info visit: http://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/box-office/special-events/one-night-with-everclear.html

-LAMA Staff

LAMA Musicians Entertain VIP Crowd

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LAMA’s Michael Alvidrez (bass) and Lorenzo Grassi (guitar) were the featured musicians invited to play Pasadena Museum of History‘s VIP reception (Aug. 17th) for museum donors and sponsors. The feedback from guests was overwhelmingly positive — great job guys!

We’re always working with our friends and businesses in the local communities. If you are interested in featuring LAMA musicians for your event in Pasadena or Los Angeles, please call Iris Alba, LAMA’s Director of Alumni Relations, at 626-568-8850.

-LAMA Staff

LAMA, Fermatta, The Institute Form IAMCU

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We are so excited to join The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (London, England) and Academia de Música Fermatta (Mexico City and Guadalajara; Mexico) as the founding schools launching the International Association of Music Colleges and Universities (IAMCU).

To celebrate the launch of IAMCU, the association  announced it has partnered with UNICEF for a special collaborative project to mark the 50th anniversary of the seminal album, “With the Beatles.” The international project is led by students from  all three schools and they will recreate The Beatles second album, originally released in 1963. Proceeds will support UNICEF educational programs. The album features student producers, engineers, arrangers, musicians and bands from all three schools; each song must feature at least one remote contribution from the other two institutions.

Terry Lippman, an entertainment industry veteran who recently joined Fermatta as Assistant Director of Academic Review, has a career spanning over 30 years and has been involved with artists such as David Bowie and legendary producer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones). He says:

The ‘Reimagining’ project is one of the most forward thinking educational programs for music professionals I think I have ever encountered. It’s wonderful to see top professional music education institutions engaging in endeavors like this one.

The album is projected for release on the 50th anniversary of its original debut: November 22nd 2013.

-LAMA Staff

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