Upcoming Gig: 6-14-2014

Well, it’s been far too long since I’ve posted one of these, but hey, good things take time. I will be playing jazz standards with the Steven Alarcon Ensemble next Saturday, June 14, at New York Delight Deli in Pomona. Address is:

310 S. Thomas St
Pomona, CA 91766

It’s a restaurant, and there’s no cover or anything. Just come on over, grab a slice of pizza, and hang with us, 7p to 11ish. I understand there’s an Art Walk that evening, as is common on the 2nd Saturday of the month.

Upcoming Performances: 5-30 And 6-1-2014

The Semester is coming to an end, and that means final ensemble performances! As with earlier, there are two separate shows each with very different groups and repertoire.

Friday, May 30: The Wind Ensemble opens the show at 7:30pm with music inspired by Japan, Spain, Scotland, and more! Conducted by Brian Hamilton. After intermission, the Beach Cities Symphonic Band performs under Dr. Gary Scott. (I am not a part of that group.)

Sunday, June 1: The Chamber Orchestra opens the show along with the String Quartet in music of Johann Christian Bach and Béla Bartôk. We will then be showcasing the two winners of our Concerto Competition with music for Horn by Dukas, featuring Christian Sequieros and Julie’s Song by Aaron Copland, featuring mezzo-soprano Carol Crocco. After intermission, the Symphony Orchestra will play the Fireworks by Igor Stravinsky and selections from Brahms 2nd Symphony.

Advance Tickets are available online for $10 General, $5 Student/Seniors/LBCC Staff. FREE for local High School students with ID. Go to http://music.lbcc.edu for tickets. Tickets at the door are $12 General, $7 Student/Senior/Staff.

Upcoming Appearance: 5-10-2014

This Saturday, I’ll be appearing in a Double Bass Duet at Long Beach City College.

Saturday is our Music Day: we’ll be recruiting new music students and performing in chamber groups. It’s free to attend, whether to just watch the groups, or to audition for Fall 2014’s Applied Music Program.

We’ll start off with performances, including the Viking Singers, the Brass Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet, String Quartet, Bass Duet, and possibly more (the Clarinet Ensemble was also rumored at one point). Then we’ll break for lunch (FREE PIZZA), have Q & A throughout, and then the auditions. This is between 9am and 1pm.

Location: LBCC’s G Building (near the corner of Clark Ave and Harvey Way), Room 122. Parking SHOULD be free that day, but I can’t confirm.

E-mail Skye Angluo, Director of Choral Studies, at sangulo@lbcc.edu if you’re interested in auditioning, so you can get a time slot. You can audition for Classical or Jazz studies, please bring 1 to 2 contrasting pieces. You’ll have 5 minutes, and an accompanist will be provided.

Upcoming Performances 3-29 & 3-30

I will be performing twice in the upcoming weeks, in two very different flavors.

First off, I will be playing with the LBCC Wind Ensemble on Saturday, 3/29 at 7:30pm. This is a Scandinavian themed show, with works including the Masquerade Suite by Halvorsen, trombone concerto Rhapsodia Borealis by Hyldgaard with special guest Phil Keen, and King’s Point, an original composition by LBCC Composer-In-Residence Roger J. Przytulski.

On Sunday, 3/30 at 2:00pm, I will be performing with my usual cast of characters, the LBCC Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra as principal. Compositions by Bach, Barber, Beethoven, Bartók, Vaughan Williams, and Elgar.

For both performances, tickets will be available both at the door and online, but if you buy online, they will be cheaper. Pricing as follows:

Online:$5 for Students/LBCC Staff, and Seniors
$7 General Admission

At the Door:
$10 for Students/LBCC Staff, and Seniors
$12 General Admission

Tickets available at the link on http://music.lbcc.edu/ Just scroll down.

Promotion

This recent semester has had some major ups, and not very many downs. Since joining the Applied Music program, I’ve had to spend a lot of time working on various aspects of musicianship, but it has all been worth it. I now study under David Black, bassist for Pacific Symphony for 35 years. He’s been really hammering home many things for me, breaking some of my self-taught habits, and honing me into a better musician.

It’s clearly paid off even in these early stages, as I have recently been named Principal Double Bass for the upcoming LBCC Orchestra concerts. More details on that will be coming very shortly. I like to think that this position came to me because of my willingness to help those around me, and not because of any sort of “better musician” or other arrogance to it. I look forward to a great year, and hopefully the chance to see many fans of classical music come out to our performances.

Upcoming Appearance – 10/4/13

Next Friday, I will be performing solo in an event that is open to the public (to a limited degree). It is free, with parking being $1 and hard to find. It will be during a class for solo performers in the Applied Music program at my college. I will go on sometime during the time slot from 10am to 11:30am, and will perform Sonata 1 for Double Bass by Marcello. This performance is part of my final grade for the class, and is a part of preparing me for university level studies.

For directions to the location, you will have to speak to me in person. A taping of the performance will be released sometime after, and it will be posted.

Success

How does one define success? I, for one, do not define it by my income alone. Sure, I need to survive, keep my equipment up and running, keep my skills sharp, and keep my family safe, warm, and fed, but that takes more than just money. I define it by happiness, too. And running this business and having a sense of purpose and demand brings me a lot of happiness.

I recently took a weekend morning part time job as a security officer. Outside of those times, however, I have no intention of limiting myself in terms of my availability for work. This is the kind of work that brings me the most happiness. I’ve simply allowed a small platform of stability to stay at the bottom. I know that all will work out in the end, and this will allow me to make the changes I need to continue to work at my high standards.

I am currently working with performers from multiple projects. Any future announcements to these projects will be mentioned in future posts. In the meantime, thank you for reading and continuing to visit.

~Sera

On Unsolicited Comments

I had absolutely no idea just how much spam I would see on this site when I started it. It’s a little disturbing, actually, and it makes me grateful that WordPress’ default setting is to require admin approval for all new comments. I delete at least 1 or 2 a day, never reaching the page.

If you want your comment to go through, I need a name. That does not mean using a product name in the name box. That will be removed instantly. If your comment does actually include the subject that it’s on, such as page content or a blog post reply, it will go through. I review every one. If your comment reads more like a personal e-mail or a solicitation of new work, I will reply to you at the e-mail you provide, but I will not approve it to go through, as it will appear off topic for the page.

These are simple guidelines. Spammers probably won’t care, it will still happen, but I wanted to write this out just in the off chance that a friend or colleague was attempting to reach me and I killed the message.

New Work

I want to take this post to say welcome to all the new visitors who have been checking out this site. I feel good being able to hold up this one-stop location for my work, and I’m hoping to be able to add more, soon.

Today I auditioned for a very fun band up in Fullerton. I was planning on only making it a couple of hours, but we got to talking afterwards and I was still having fun for the next few hours. I’ll be able to post more information on upcoming gigs with this project as soon as I have solid dates and times to give out. In the meantime, Warren and Pat: Thank you for a great time!

Return

My temporary vacation is now over, and I’m back to scheduling steady work. Thank you for your patience.

As a side note, yesterday I returned to my gig on the Marina to find that my band was no where to be found.The venue manager is wondering where the rest of the group is. I promise to play on time, and I do so, pulling out every little bit of solo bass material I can think of. As any musician knows, of course, the more the bassist plays solo, the louder the customers want to talk over you. So, the attention to me was quite minimal.

I approached the venue manager for my pay at the end of the evening, and was told that our group was no longer working out for the venue. I understand his point of view. Frankly, I feel the need to distance myself from that blatant lack of professionalism.

I received a call later from the band leader, who claims he never got a call for when to start, so apparently that means not showing up at all. I don’t want to get in the way of any personal fights going on, but I feel like I was left hung out to dry as a result of whatever may have happened. I’ll keep posted of any changes.

In the meantime, I’ve got an audition this week and several new students starting up now. I’m always ready to take on a new challenge, and my experiences only serve to strengthen me, not defeat me.