Seasons With Chorale: 7
Season Joined: 2010-11
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
BM in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Cal State Long Beach
Do you also have a non-singing "day job"? If so, what do you do?
I'm a freelance performance artist and violist/violinist. I also work for a company that offers custom balloon creations for events all over LA.
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform?
Some of the ensembles I perform with regularly include The Choir of St. James in the City, The Golden Bridge Consort, Horizon Music Group, Street Symphony, Tonality and LASchola. I also play violin/viola for some of the Contact Improv dance jams around town.
Favorite choral work(s):
Brahms' Requiem, Bach's Motets, Lang's The Little Matchgirl Passion, Lauridsen's Midwinter Songs, Tallis' Spem in Alium, Poulenc's Figure Humaine
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience:
Surviving the earthquake on stage at Disney Hall during the LA Phil performance of Daphnis et Chloe. Our music must have shaken the Earth to its core (or at least to its tectonic plates). First thought to cross my mind when it hit: "Well, I really can't think of a better way to go."
What are you listening to these days?
Yemen Blues, Govinda, Tinariwen, Dawn of Midi, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Mercedes Sosa, Bach and lots of Qawwali, Bhakti and Israeli music.
Where do you live in L.A.?
What L.A. experience do you consider essential for visitors/newcomers?
1) Treat yourself to a Red Velvet cupcake from the cupcake ATM at Sprinkles!
2) There is a lovely grassy knoll on the beach by the rings in Santa Monica (just south of the pier) where circus folk, acro-yogis, slack-liners, Capoeira dancers, and all other variety of movement artists gather on Sunday afternoons. They're inspiring to watch and even more fun to play with! Stop into Bay Cities while you're in the area and grab one of their infamous Italian subs along with a side of their drool-worthy mac n' cheese! Prepare for the inevitable food coma to follow...
3) Go for a walk, tap into some greenery, get some sun and engage in some good old-fashioned people-watching at Echo Park Lake. It's a visually and energetically vibrant spot, especially around June/July when the lotuses are in bloom.