Posted tagged ‘Sixth Wave’

April – A New Beginning

April 23, 2010

This month, I did my last full-length performance with Sixth Wave.
We did two shows at the Coffee Gallery and had SO much fun! The group presented me with flowers, balloons, champagne, and a cake, and many dear friends and fans were in attendance.

I started the a cappella group about 14 years ago with my good friend Gary Rosen, and over the years we evolved and grew, winning the National Harmony Sweepstakes and recording 3 CDs. What a treat it’s been to have sung with so many of the best singers in Los Angeles in the various formations of the group! The decision to make room for new opportunities in my career was not easy, but it’s time.

I look forward to what comes next for me and what comes next for the group as they find a new lead soprano and move in new and exciting directions.

My next live performance is with Beethoven’s Wig on June 12 at Kidspace in Pasadena – details to follow!

March – I’d Like to Thank the Academy…

March 6, 2010

… 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….

January – Another Fresh Start

January 14, 2010

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

December 12, 2009

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!

November 12, 2009

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!

October 9, 2009

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

September 22, 2009

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!

July, a Slow Summer Month

July 16, 2009

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.

May Day! Life in the Cat’s Lane

May 13, 2009

The big excitement in my life is a new kitten, that I found abandoned near a geocache in a small town near Visalia. Although I was too late to save her siblings, the little diva is doing well, and will probably be my (unneeded, but very welcome) fifth cat. The idea that anyone would abandon animals appalls me, and at least I could save the life of this one precious creature. I get to bottle-feed her every two hours around the clock, and rather than wearing me down, I’m finding new energy with the odd schedule.
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I will still be glad to get back to a normal sleeping schedule, though.

This biggest excitement for me and Sixth Wave this month is the release of the new Star Trek movie. We all got to sing on the score! As a long-time Trek fan, I’m thrilled that the film is getting just rave reviews and enthusiastic response. I’ll be seeing it myself in Toronto, finally! Sixth Wave performs here for MusicFest on Wednesday, May 14, to two sold-out shows!

On May 19, don’t miss the premiere of the TV show “Glee!” on Fox. I’m featured in the vocals between scenes, singing with an a cappella quintet in classic Swingle Singers and Doo Wop styles, among others. The amazingly talented other four are Cindy Bourquin (Sixth Wave), Gerald White (formerly Sixth Wave), Tim David (Nashville and LA sessions), and Alvin Chea (Take 6). I’ve been one bigger choral sessions with Alvin before, but what a treat to be in a small group with him! Take 6 is one of the groups that ALL a cappella groups want to be, and Alvin has been it’s bass anchor since it’s inception, and it’s always exciting to work with those that have inspired you.

Coming up:
Sixth Wave at the Coffee Gallery, June 11
Beethoven’s Wig in Tulsa, June 14
Beethoven’s Wig at the Grammy Museum, July 11

This is Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. where Sixth Wave sang last month:
constitutionhall

Here I am with Beethoven’s wig in Springville, photo by a local geocacher who came to the show!
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April – A Season of Renewal

April 16, 2009

As my life progresses year by year through the seasons, I try to value each one for its innate gifts and unique pleasures. Spring always come with more light and typically more performances and singing work after a mid-winter lull. This year is no exception, and my next concerts are all clumped together in April and May. As I type this, I’m in the air, on my way to Washington D.C via Houston to sing the two shows listed first below, and I’m greatly looking forward to singing in Constitution Hall!

April 16 Sixth Wave at the America Sings 20th Anniversary Gala Concert at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC
April 18 Beethoven’s Wig in Spring, TX, outside of Houston
– link to tickets and location is HERE
April 23 Sixth Wave at the acclaimed UNC Jazz Festival in Greeley, Colorado
– more info HERE
The UNC Jazz Festival has fast-forwarded the careers of many jazz artists, including one the a cappella groups we most admire, Take 6. Perhaps we’ll ride a little in their wake? Whee!

Speaking of Take 6, I got to do a couple of sessions with their bass, Alvin Chea, for an upcoming TV show, “Glee!”. He and I, along with Cindy Bourquin, Gerald White, and Tim Davis, are the quintet of a cappella “swingle-style” singers you’ll hear in the bumpers and backgrounds for the show. It premieres on May 19, right after “American Idol” on Fox, with the rest of the season airing in the fall. It’s a musical sitcom (!) about a glee club, of all things, and looks to be a rather prominent artistic endeavor, and a nice relief from the rehashed reality series.

Other recent sessions include choir cues for the scores for “Witch Mountain”, “Wolvervine”, and “Ice Age 3”, and commercials for Lexus and Cocoa Puffs.

My next concerts are on May 13 with Sixth Wave for MusicFest in Toronto, and again with them at the Coffee Gallery in Pasadena, CA, on June 11. Beethoven’s Wig appears in Tulsa, OK, on JUune 14, and at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on July 11.