March – I’d Like to Thank the Academy…

Posted March 6, 2010 by Elin Carlson
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… well, no nomination for me, but I was asked to sing a few cues with a small group that you’ll hear on the program. There is no live orchestra this year, so all of the music was prerecorded. Many distinguished composers have done the music for the Oscars, and this year it’s the brilliant and funny Marc Shaiman.

This was my first opportunity to work with him, and it was so much fun! The two hours we spent was way too short.

No new performances on the schedule…. yet… stay tuned….

February – I ♥ “Glee!”

Posted February 13, 2010 by Elin Carlson
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I got the best gift EVER at the session for the next episode of “Glee!” this week: a letter sweater!

Cindy Bourquin and Gerald White each got one, too –

Thanks to Tim Davis, who was the thoughtfulness behind them!

Same as last month:
My next live performance is in March:
Beethoven’s Wig in Pleasanton, CA on the 6th:
Get tickets!

BUT note a change here:
Sixth Wave is at the Coffee Gallery in Altadena, CA, on April 14 – ONLY! The show will be us only – no opening act! ONLY 50 seats available each night, and we’ve sold out each show before so….
Reserve your seat!

January – Another Fresh Start

Posted January 14, 2010 by Elin Carlson
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The biggest news this month is probably that “Glee!” has been renewed for a 2nd season, and you’ll most likely continue to hear me with the signature a cappella group on the off-camera bumpers.

My next live performances are in March:

Beethoven’s Wig in Pleasanton, CA on the 6th:
Get tickets!

Sixth Wave is at the Coffee Gallery in Altadena, CA, on March 9 and April 14. Both shows will be us only – no opening act! ONLY 50 seats available each night, and we’ve sold out each show before so….
Reserve your seat!

December – Wrapping up Another Year

Posted December 12, 2009 by Elin Carlson
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I have one last performance this year:

Sixth Wave is back at the Coffee Gallery in Altadena on Tuesday, December 15 along with the a cappella quartet Just 4 Kicks! We’ll be doing our randomized set list again, which was a big hit with our audience last time and a great way to do a relaxed, intimate show.

At the end, each of us in both groups will open a sealed envelope to reveal a top secret arrangement by Randy Crenshaw that we will all sightread and improvise on together! We are also premiering a brand new arrangement by Greg Whipple of “Summer Sun”, originally performed by Koop, a Swedish electronic jazz duo.

Into the future…. Sixth Wave is in Chicago in April and St. Louis in May….
Beethoven’s Wig has two shows in Pleasanton, CA, on March 4 & 5, 2010…. more on these soon!

November – Two L.A. Area Shows Coming Up!

Posted November 12, 2009 by Elin Carlson
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Well, no new shows on the schedule, but the first one is this Saturday!

I’ll be performing with Beethoven’s Wig in Torrance on November 14:
Torrance Cultural Arts Center
The conductor is Frank Fetta, who has lead many orchestras in Southern California and Nevada. I’m looking forward to finally working with him.

Sixth Wave is back at the Coffee Gallery in Altadena on Tuesday, December 15 along with the a cappella quartet Just 4 Kicks! We’ll be doing our randomized set list again, which was a big hit with our audience last time and a great way to do a relaxed, intimate show. At the end, each of us in both groups will open a sealed envelope to reveal a top secret arrangement by Randy Crenshaw that we will all sightread and improvise on together! I can’t wait!

Still continuing:
I’m in the a cappella off-camera bumpers on the TV show “Glee!” , and have, with fellow session singer John West, published a new guidebook on how to be a session singer in Hollywood: Get it (or a free sample chapter).

I got to do a wild, crazy, big-production live show recently, and here are some fun photos from what turned out to be an incredible experience!

9 of us were upstage center on this platform:
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It felt kinda like this:
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Here’s my view of the back stage area from my music stand:
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The conductor there is Bob Krogstad, who also did the arrangements for this monumental tribute to Hollywood that we performed.

Sandi Patty was one of the several amazing performers, and the one we all got to really meet. Others who graced the stage to speak or sing were Gladys Knight, Peabo Bryson, Debbie Reynolds, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, along with dozens of dancers and a full orchestra. What a treat! This was all for the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Nuskin company.
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October: The Weather is Cool and so is Beethoven’s Wig!

Posted October 9, 2009 by Elin Carlson
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We’re in Wikipedia! Check it out:
Beethoven’s Wig

AND
on KUSC-FM – which you can hear streaming on the web:
Date: Saturday, October 10, 2009
Time:2:00pm – 3:00pm

“Wigged Out Beethoven”

The radio show will feature Beethoven’s Wig songs and conversations with Richard Perlmutter of Beethoven’s Wig and Dennis Bartel, the morning host.

KUSC Streaming

I’ll be performing with Beethoven’s Wig in Torrance on November 14:
Torrance Cultural Arts Center

Sixth Wave is back at the Coffee Gallery in Altadena on Tuesday, December 15 along with the a cappella quartet Just 4 Kicks!

I’m in the a cappella off-camera bumpers on the TV show “Glee!” , and have, with fellow sesion singer John West, published a new guidebook on how to be a session singer in Hollywood: Get it (or a sample free chapter).

September: Singing with the Stars

Posted September 22, 2009 by Elin Carlson
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One of the greatest pleasures I have in my musical career is working with the most talented people in the world! Here are a couple of them that I have had the honor of singing with recently:

Danny Elfman, on the score of the upcoming film Wolfman:
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Josh Groban, who’s just started working on his next CD, and had a 6-voice group of us gals in for one number so far:
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My next appearance is with Sixth Wave at the Coffee Gallery in Altadena!
As a special treat this time, Down 4 The Count (www.down4thecount.com) will be sharing the venue with us so you get two a cappella groups for the price of one!

Here are the details…

Wednesday September 30th 8:00pm
The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake
Altadena, CA. 91001
Reservations/Information: (626) 398-7917
http://www.coffeegallery.com/home.html
Cover: $15 (never a food or drink minimum!)

The Coffee Gallery Backstage is a 49 seat show room connected to a coffee house surprisingly called, “The Coffee Gallery.” The Backstage is a listening room with a nice sound system, good lights, comfortable seating and a killer atmosphere. We had standing room only last time there so please call right away to make reservations. At 49 seats, it fills up quick!

Keep tuning in:
You can hear me with Cindy Bourquin, Gerald White, Tim Davis, and Alvin Chea on the current season of “Glee!” this fall. We sing the a cappella bumpers!

Coming up:
Beethoven’s Wig is in Torrance, CA with the Torrance Symphony on November 14.

AND:
I’ve written a guidebook with John West on how to be a session singer in Hollywood. It has all of the basics on everything from session etiquette to unions to moving to L.A. Click HERE to get it!

August: zzzzz

Posted August 18, 2009 by Elin Carlson
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I don’t have any new upcoming performances to report!

*yawn*

Guess I’ll get busy with my writing projects… oh… and celebrate my 50th birthday on the 29th!

Watch for “Glee!” in September… and I hope to have more to list then!

🙂

July, a Slow Summer Month

Posted July 16, 2009 by Elin Carlson
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It was fun and interesting to perform with Beethoven’s Wig at the Grammy Museum. It’s situated right downtown near the Staples Center in a recently constructed large shopping area. I got to wander around in it in my performance gown while I looked for the entrance to the museum. The museum itself has a wide variety of musical memoribilia from every imaginable genre. It’s worth a visit, if you can get down there.

My next performance is with Sixth Wave for the Sunday morning service at Church of the Chimes on August 16, 10:30am. It’s located on the NW corner of Magnolia and Hazeltine in Sherman Oaks, and we’ll be doing 2 or 3 songs.

Sixth Wave is at the Coffee Gallery once again on September 30.

You can hear me and the small group on more episodes of “Glee!” this fall.

Beethoven’s Wig is in Torrance, CA with the Torrance Symphony on November 14.

June, and a Relaxed Summer Ahead

Posted June 18, 2009 by Elin Carlson
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It’s been rather quiet on the work front this spring – thank heaven for residuals! – and the summer is no busier for me. This is OK, as I’ve learned – well, am still learning – to enjoy the slow periods and relax. The kitten is now 6 weeks old, eating food out of a bowl, jumping, playing, and thriving! I’m so excited that I managed to rescue her.
This is Marzipan now:
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It’s been an amazing journey to watch her grow and develop!

Sixth Wave had another well-attended show at the Coffee Gallery earlier this month, and we’ll be back there on September 30.
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Beethoven’s Wig performed at the OK Mozart Festival in Bartlesville, OK, just north of Tulsa, which is surprisingly rich in the arts. Here are Susan Boyd and I all ready to go on stage:
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The performing arts center:
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and a view of “downtown” Bartlesville:
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Our next show is at The Grammy Museum on July 11.

Next week, I’ll be recording some excerpts from the opera “Hansel and Gretel” for the PBS series “Curious George”. One of his friends attends the opera in one episode and tells the little monkey all about it.

I wish you all a relaxed summer!