Archive for the ‘Music Industry Recording Arts’ Category

HeliosThe Helios Jazz Orchestra is an ensemble-in-residence at St. Petersburg College. The 18-piece jazz big band is a college course that meets weekly to rehearse under the direction of SPC professor David Manson.

Members of the band include jazz professionals, music educators, SPC alumni and current students at the college. The ensemble has performed at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Ybor Jazz Festival, Salvador Dali Museum, Palladium Theater and St. Petersburg Jazz Festival.

“Radiant Forces” is a compilation of video from four live concerts given by the Helios Jazz Orchestra. The project was funded through a 2012 FGO Creativity grant received by David Manson. The first chapter of the DVD is from a concert of spy music from film and T.V. performed at the Ybor Jazz Festival. The second chapter features Helios with singer Lorri Hafer at the event venue NOVA 535. The third chapter featured singer Bryan Hughes at the SPC Music Center. The DVD closes with Helios and singer Whitney James at NOVA 535. “Radiant Forces” is being given to area music educators and potential SPC students.

The Helios Jazz Orchestra looks forward to a summer performance at the Palladium Theater Side Door.

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St. Petersburg College is pleased to announce and congratulate MIRA Student Austin Consigny on winning a TC Electronic bass amp for his creative video submitted in the TC Electronic Bass Amp contest.

The Music Industry/Recording Arts (MIRA) Program is extremely proud of the unique association with learning partner, TC Electronic, which created and provided the prize bass amplifier for the video contest at the college.

Consigny was extremely excited to receive a BG250 Combo Bass Amp. “I am definitely thrilled,” he said. “It’s such a great amp. I loved playing through it, and now I can keep playing through it. I’m already a huge fan of TC Electronic and now I’m an even bigger fan!”

Check out Consigny’s prize-winning video.

TC Electronic is an international leader in consumer and professional sound products and participates in the college’s MIRA Program. With the partnership, students are able to learn on the products they will be using when they graduate and move into their professional music and sound careers.

SPC in collaboration with the Forward Compatible Group, an industry consulting group, has aligned with TC Electronic as a valuable “Learning Partner” to provide a real world unique education program for students with a passion to enter the various segments of the entertainment industry. TC Electronic’s dedication to education is exemplified through this creative contest. While the contest showcases their powerful technology, it also stimulates creative work by the students to participate in such a rewarding event.

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The Music Industry /Recording Arts (MIRA) program launched its Street Team at the Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa in partnership with 88.5 WMNF Community Radio earlier this month.

The team includes student volunteers and was granted funding through an Innovation Grant from the St. Petersburg College Foundation. The goal is to expose students in the program to relevant events, professionals and networking opportunities with the potential to enhance their chances of employability.

As an extension of the festival’s mission to enhance music education, MIRA students will promote the program in their newly branded gear, network, and have the opportunity to partner with seasoned WMNF volunteers and staff.

The two-day event, March 8 and 9, was anticipated to attract 10,000 people to Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. MIRA staff and students were sprinkled throughout the event with “I Love Music Education” stickers and MIRA Street Team t-shirts. WMNF is welcoming MIRA students to share a tent and promote the program and hand out branded stickers and sunglasses to those interested.

This was the Street Team’s first event with many more to come!

See photos from the Street Team’s Spring Break efforts on the college’s Facebook page.

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A learning partnership between St. Petersburg College’s Music Industry Recording Arts program and guitar manufacturer Dean Guitars will allow students to learn on the company’s guitars and basses and impact the future of the company’s guitar designs.  dean-page1

The MIRA program has procured new space or “vault” within the college to showcase the proprietary and innovative instruments from the Tampa-based guitar manufacturer. And, as a learning partner, Dean Guitars will provide the program’s students with the opportunity to learn on the same professional guitars and basses being used in the fields they will be moving into.

The partnership also will also provide feedback from tomorrow’s guitarist on what is important to them, impacting the manufacturer’s future designs.

Organizers described the partnership as an exciting two-way street relationship where everyone benefits, especially the students who will be tomorrow’s guitarists and bassists.

“At MIRA, we see a tremendous opportunity to work directly with students in a hands-on way,” said Dean Guitars CEO Elliott Rubinson. “All of us at Dean are anxious to get started and to be a part of helping the guitarists and assists of tomorrow.  Through MIRA, we also get to learn what the next generation of our customers will want.”

Mark Matthews, academic department chair of the MIRA program, said, “Dean is the perfect partner for how we will do this. We are very excited that we share this vision together of how to guide students towards careers, with their guitar knowledge, by using the best guitars and basses available.”

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TC GROUP, the corporate parent of a collective of leading sound & audio technology brands, is using the National Association of Music Merchants show later this month as the stage to announce its unique relationship with the Music Industry Recording Arts program at St. Petersburg College.

The fast growing MIRA program was developed to offer an accredited Associate of Science degree in a well-integrated curriculum of audio sciences and business acumen. The successful program now has between 400 and 500 students per semester, and will be launching a four-year Bachelor of Science degree program in 2015.

The instructors of the MIRA program have already begun introducing TC Group’s proprietary and innovative products into multiple curriculums. As a powerful learning partner, TC Group products provide the program’s students with state-of-the-art products that offer them the opportunity to learn on the same equipment being used in the fields they will be moving into. In addition, the faculty and students of MIRA will be collaborating, in formal settings, to provide feedback on products, applications and performance. It’s an exciting two-way street relationship by which everyone benefits, especially the students who will be tomorrow’s professionals.

The NAMM show will be held Jan. 24 in Anaheim, Calif.

This mutually beneficial relationship between the college program and the group was summed up by Mark Matthews, Academic Department Chair of the MIRA program, and Marc Bertrand, CEO TC Group Americas.

“At MIRA, we approach learning about audio arts and the music industry in a hands-on way, and the TC Group is the ideal partner for how we go about that,” said Matthews. “One of the things that makes our partnership so exciting and it works so well, stems from the fact that individuals from the TC Group and MIRA come together as a result of us all being musicians and passionate ourselves about the entertainment industry. We share a vision of how to educate and guide students towards careers in the many segments of music and sound using the best products and technology available.”

Bertrand said, “Mark Matthews and his staff have pioneered a new and high profile educational Program that prepares students on how to enter into the industry’s workplace and how to sustain within the many segments throughout their careers. We are pleased that the TC Group and MIRA have moved rapidly to create such an innovative relationship. All of us from the TC Group are proud to be a part of helping the audio professionals of the future.  Through MIRA, we get to interface with the next generations of professionals entering into our industry.”

The MIRA program educates students by developing “real world” skills that musicians need to thrive in a diverse and competitive music industry. The program offers a well-rounded, technology-based educational experience to student musicians, composers, producers, DJs, live-sound reinforcement enthusiasts and post-production technologists. The program emphasizes creative processes, technical training, business practices and entrepreneurial skills in a collaborative environment.

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Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) student Eliana Blanchard is making headlines in the Florida music scene. Several weeks ago she was featured with her band, The Real Clash of the Titans, on the cover of Creative Loafing. Now, she has been featured, solo, in the local magazine FL411.

The article gives a brief overview of her background and comes present to the many projects that she is working on. Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Eliana Blanchard holds down the microphone with a deep, sultry voice. Her diverse vocal range hints of a blues and reggae background. In Perfect Rhythm Shane Evans, on the drum kit, and Theodore Jenkins, on the base, jam along. They try to match Blanchard’s organized noise as she scats out a tune. It’s obvious Blanchard enjoys surrounding herself with talented people, welcoming influential musicians from all genres”.

Blanchard is currently working towards her AS degree in Music Industry Recording Arts. She also performs around the bay area with her bands, The Real Clash of The Titans and Gods and Generals.

You can pick up the December issue of FL411 locally or  listen to Blanchard’s projects on Sound Cloud.

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The St. Petersburg College Baccalaureate programs, University Partnerships program and the Music Industry Recording Arts program teamed up to offer the gift of music this holiday season.

JingleAs a fun and festive way to show their appreciation, the Baccalaureate programs and University Partnerships program worked with Mark Matthews, lead instructor for MIRA, and MIRA students to create the jingle. The song was aimed at expressing their gratitude for the leadership and support of Dr. Anne Cooper, Senior VP Instruction and Academic Programs, and Dr. Jesse Coraggio, Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Grants.

The lyrics of the song were created from a joint effort within the department. The traditional carol was arranged by Matthews.

A special thanks goes to the students of the Contemporary Vocal Performance class: Ariel Bullington, Tiger Lin, Chantal Nicksch, Monique Owens, Celicia Parker, and Elaine Graham, led by Professor Sasha Tuck, Rashad “Shadcore” Harrell, Dr. Chuck Jones and Veronica Matthews, for their vocal work in the MIRA Recording Studio.

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HipAbductionPatrick Hernly, a percussion instructor with St. Petersburg College’s Music Industry Recording Arts program, has climbed the charts and could soon be an award winner along with his band.

Hernly and his band The Hip Abduction were near the top of the iTunes charts and are up for multiple nominations for album of the year. Formed in 2009, The Hip Abduction is a Florida-based, seven-piece band that mixes African traditions, rock and reggae vibes to create their own unique sound. With heavy emphasis placed on dub-reggae-inspired bass lines, funky afrobeat percussion and a two-piece horn section, their concerts never fail to turn into a nonstop dance party.

Members David New (guitar, vocals), Pat Klemawesch (Kora, Nyatiti, guitar, Kamelngoni, vocals), Chris Powers (Bass), Paul Chlapowski (keys), Kevin Clark (trumpet), David Johnson (sax), Matt Poynter (Drums), Hernly (Percussion) and Vinny Euliano (sound engineer, congas) stir up an original creation as reflected in their latest self-titled album. Listen to The Hip Abduction here.

Congratulations, Dr. Hernly!

The Hip Abduction’s album release event will be held on Dec. 28, 2013 at Jannus Landing in Downtown St. Petersburg. Tickets are still available and cost $10.

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Thursday’s issue of Creative Loafing features one of St. Petersburg College’s student success stories, “The Real Clash.”

Under the guidance of Professor Alejandro Arenas, this group of talented SPC Music Industry Recording Arts students have put together a powerful combination that has a great groove and infuses positivity into their message.

“This being the second time we were mentioned by someone at Creative Loafing, it feels amazing and surreal,” said Jay “Jay Acolyte” Wilson, the band’s producer and lyricist.

“I didn’t imagine all of the years that I had been performing and writing that I would be featured in a famously read periodical with the best group of talented people I have ever worked with,” Wilson said. “We are all excited and have been since we found out that this was happening and couldn’t be more happy to have the support of the MIRA program and St. Petersburg College. We are motivated to keep going until there is no more to go for and beyond. Thank you for giving us the tools and encouragement. We are proud of ourselves and appreciative.”

From the Creative Loafing article:

“The Real Clash grew out of SPC’s two-year Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) program, which is dedicated to delivering real-world training to its students, all within a collaborative environment. MIRA students gain relevant skills and insight into real world experiences, not to mention free access to three versatile state-of-the-art audio production suites/classrooms. Originally, the plan was to follow the school’s already-existing model for rock and jazz ensembles: establish the curriculum for hip-hop, then pass the torch to a new group after a semester. But they wanted to write their own material. ‘That’s what made us different from the jump,’ says frontman/lyricist Rashad ‘Shadcore’ Harrell . ‘All the other ensembles do covers; we wanted to do original compositions.’ Months later, they’d written, played and recorded some first-rate material, delivered buzzworthy performances around the SPC campus and were trying to figure out what to do once the semester was done and credit earned. Their creativity was still flowing, chemistry swiftly growing, everyone was having a good time, so why quit? ‘You will be doing yourself a disservice if you cut it off after this semester is over,’ Rashad remembers Mark Matthews (MIRA Chair) saying after he saw the ensemble perform at a campus event. ‘You should take it outside of these four walls.’ Matthews’ encouragement solidified the band’s decision to make The Real Clash a full-fledged (off-campus) group.”

Visit Creative Loafing to read the issue.

The MIRA program helps students develop “real world” skills that artists need to thrive in a diverse and competitive music industry. It offers educational experience to student musicians, composers, producers, DJs, live-sound reinforcement enthusiasts, broadcast audio engineers, and post-production technologists and emphasizes creative processes, technical training, business practices and entrepreneurial skills in a collaborative environment.

The next performance for The Real Clash will be at the Typhoon Haiyan Benefit Show, Saturday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m., at Local 662, St. Petersburg. There is a $5 suggested donation. Follow The Real Clash on Facebook and WordPress.

You also can listen to The Real Clash and also donate $1 to the relief fund of Typhoon Haiyan.

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Jun BustamanteIn celebration of International Education Week, musician Jun Bustamante spoke about the international language of music at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus on Thursday, Nov. 21. She performed on the Music Industry Recording Arts event stage on the quad during the afternoon event.

Born in Hachioji, Japan, Jun was raised in Caracas, Venezuela, and locally in St. Petersburg. Her international background has provided her with exposure to a wide variety of music genres starting at an early age.

Mark Vance, a student in the Music Industry Recording Arts program, also performed with Jun as a percussionist. Additional MIRA students assisted with sound and stage setup for the live performance.

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