We are Alameda Music Project!
Our First Concert!
AMP Choir Has Launched!
We are so thankful for the community support that allowed us to get this transformative music education program up and running eight months ahead of schedule!
We put the call out to students and families at Maya Lin School on January 8th and at the end of two week registration period we had reached our 50 student goal! Beginning on February 3rd, the AMP choir will meet 2 days a week after school and learn songs from all over the world.
And we could not have found a better artist than Kyle Blase to be our choir director! Kyle has been playing music for 30 years starting with the flute in the elementary school band. As an teenager he picked up the guitar and started teaching himself how to play well before the advent of Youtube. He studied music at San Francisco State University where he received his B.A. in music and this spring he will be finishing his M.A. in Education. Kyle has sung as a Tenor and Baritone with myriad of groups, including SFSU's Jazz Choir with Molly Holm, Mad River Transit Jazz Vocal Ensemble at Humboldt State with Harley Mullienberg, JCW Vocal Ensemble with a Christine Guter and The Oakland Jazz Choir under the directorship of Walter Bankovitch and Katie Koeplin just to name a few. As a Guitar and Ukulele player Kyle have studied primarily with world renowned player and composer TRU (AKA Anthony Michael Peterson). Kyle's philosophy is simple: Life is a grand journey and music, community and family is his vehicle.
Stay tuned for updates, photos and performance dates!
The String Arcade is a well-curated collection of music arranged for string quartet by Dren McDonald (Ghost Recon Commander, Ravenwood Fair) and Jason Poss (Lord of the Rings film trilogy, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King). The arrangements go far beyond chamber music emulations of the original themes, with each piece creatively interpreted, embellished, and reimagined to capture emotions evoked by the games. In conceiving the project, McDonald was inspired by John Lurie’s Stranger Than Paradise film soundtrack (1984), which featured a moody, string quartet score.
The String Arcade CD is now available for purchase! All proceeds benefit AMP!
Available on BandCamp: http://thestringarcade.bandcamp.com
The CD version includes two bonus tracks not included with the digital download.
Download from iTunes
Serenade at the Arcade was a huge success! Click here to read all about it!