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The 6th Annual Rock Against MS

(DOWNTOWN, LOS ANGELES) – March 31st, 2018 – The Hollywood Press Corps was at the historic Los Angeles Theater for the 6th Annual Rock Against MS event. Comedians Craig Gass and Hal Sparks co-hosted a night of music, fund raising and awards.

Legendary rocker Jack Russell from Great White at the 6th Annual Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Jack Russell from Great White rocking the Los Angeles Theatre for Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Jack Russell. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

This special night was created to raise awareness and educate the public about multiple sclerosis, while raising money to build the first of many MS resource centers across the Nation. The goal is to build an outreach program service aptly name The ROCK HOUSE.

Juliette Lewis. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Juliette Lewis stole the show with her version of “Rolling on the River”. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Juliette Lewis rocking the Los Angeles Theater. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Craig Gass (L) and Hal Sparks (R) with Nancy B. Sayle, founder of Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

So many celebrities, actors and musicians came out to help raise funding and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. Photographer Marie Gregorio-Oviedo was there to capture the celebrities as they walked the red carpet and rocked the iconic Los Angeles Theater.

Visit the website for Rock Against MS here

So many celebrities came out to this iconic event to support the cause. All photos here are from photographer Marie Gregorio-Oviedo.

Comedian Hal Sparks brought his witty comments to Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Craig Gass from the Howard Stern Show and Sex In The City. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Drummer Jamie Hodes on the orange carpet. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Music director of Avril Lavigne, Steve Ferlazzo. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Marq Torien from Bullet Boys (L) with Tiny Biuso from TSOL and Bullet Boys (R) clowning around on the red carpet. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Keith England from the Allman Brothers Band came to Rock Against MS to bring a Southern Rock classic to the stage – Statesboro Blues. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Heavy metal legend Ira Black (R) with his fiancé, Jessica Chase (R) on the orange carpet for Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Publicist Lisa Woodard on the orange carpet for Rock Against MS.  Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Jack Russell from Great White on the orange carpet for Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

 

Great White (from left to right) Dan Mcnay, Jack Russell, Dicky Fliser and Robby Lochner. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Special effects make up artist Greg Lightner on the orange carpet for Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Actor Cooper Huckabee (R) with guest on the orange carpet. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Robert Sarzo AKA VuDu Man at the 6th Annual Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Patrick Stone from Budderside on the orange carpet with Sunglasses Cat. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Actor Neko Sparks form “The X Species” and “The Woods”. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Nimi Adokiye from America’s Next Top Model is ready to rock against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
August Zadra (R) with wife, Michelle on the orange carpet. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Producer and Actress Mandalynn Carlson. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Ruth Connell from NCIS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo for the Hollywood Press Corps
Swiss actress Maya Stojan is ready to rock. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Gretchen Bonaduce came to perform “I Think I Love You” by the Partridge Family and raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Actor CJ Valleroy from the film Unbroken on the orange carpet. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Robert Sarzo rocking the voodoo hat. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
August Zadra, Dennis Deyoung Band. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Kiana Lye Riviera rocking her patched motorcycle jacket for Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

 

Actress Iris Almario from the TV series Code Black. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Walter Ino from Survivor and Ultimate Jam Night. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Actress Brooke Lewis, The “Scream Queen”. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Actress Celeste Thorson from How I Met Your Mother and Jimmy Kimmel Live! Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Bella ~ Wild Ride. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Musicians Institute Bass Master Derek Frank with his wife Annette. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Actress Patricia Isaac from Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Actor Garth McLean from the TV show Chicago Hope. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Lisa Linke from LOVE on Netflix. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Ace Von Johnson, lead guitarist from Faster Pussycat. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Lead singer of the heavy metal band Butcher Babies – Carla Harvey. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Lisa Margaroli from The Usual Suspects, Lou Gramm, Juliette Lewis. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Singer Lisa D. Foreman. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Katherine Castro (L) from Someday, and Caroline Williams (R). Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Marq Torien from Bullet Boys (R).Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Carla Harvey (L) with Ira Black (R). Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Erin Hawkins, “Cello”. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Phil Buckman from Fuel and Petty Cash. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Bumper from Zero 1.Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Gabe Maska from VonLust. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Howie Simon from Alcatrazz and Nelson. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Sam Daly (R) and wife.Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Marianna Palka from Good Dick, Bitch, and Glow. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Henrietta Meire from NCIS and Hello Ladies. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

 

Jon Manness, Alexander Mathias, Richard Velzen from Red Line Horns. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
AP Gemini Syndrome. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Nicki Tedesco. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Alex Guadagnoli from Addiction Crew and Electrocution. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Clarissa Jacobson from Lunch Ladies. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Shawn Duncan from Odin. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Angela Jones from Pulp Fiction. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Publicist Lisa Woodard with Nancy B. Sayle, founder of Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Videographer, Johnny Angel aka Brookeville Badboy, with Nancy B. Sayle, founder of Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Jack Russell from Great White rocking the Los Angeles Theatre for Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Jack Russell from Great White rocking the Los Angeles Theatre for Rock Against MS

Legendary rocker Jack Russell from Great White at the 6th Annual Rock Against MS

Jack Russell. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Juliette Lewis rocking the Los Angeles Theater. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Juliette Lewis rocking the Los Angeles Theater. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

Juliette Lewis stole the show with her version of “Rolling on the River”. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

 

Juliette Lewis rocking the Los Angeles Theater. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Juliette Lewis. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Craig Gass (L) and Hal Sparks (R) with Nancy B. Sayle, founder of Rock Against MS. Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

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RAVENSCROFT TO RELEASE NEW EP – “REBEL” IN MARCH

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) – Popular Orange County-based band, Ravenscroft, has announced the release date for its much-anticipated EP “Rebel,” scheduled for March 25th, with the CD release party to be held at The Slidebar in Fullerton California with Killset. This is after serving its fans with some of the good music to expect from the EP. Pre-releasing two singles from the upcoming EP, fans of the band and music lovers, in general, are already being thrilled with two timeless crowd-pleasers that have a slightly nostalgic vibe. “My Dearest One” and “The Chase” is a small dose of the unique style the band is known for.

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Music has evolved over the years. However, while some music makers have come, spending relatively short span, others have established themselves as industry movers, creating hits after hits, and using their unique and genuine styles to serve fans with the best of music. One of such music makers is Ravenscroft, offering a fantastic alternative to the sounds that seem to have bored lovers of good music.

Ravenscroft has been able to position itself as the go-to band for unique music experience, giving everyone something special with their creative style that has been described as alternative rock. The band’s creativity and ingenuity are evidenced in “My Dearest One,” as the emotional song offers lovers of rock ballads and 90s alternative with a luxe musical accompaniment and moving rock vocals.

The band of four talented musicians – Ralph Buso (Vocals), Brett Gorke (Guitars), Devin Baker (Bass), and Pat Magrath (Drums), with individual backgrounds and eclectic educations has been able to present handsomely delivered the melodic alternative rock. The uniqueness of the band comes from its Melodic, Hard Hitting Rock that comes from the Soul.

Ravenscroft

With sounds inspired by the very Best of Old School and New School Hard Rock/Metal, the band offers a different type of thought-provoking music to fans across the globe. While the sounds of the band might feel very familiar, it remains very new, original, and cutting edge. “The craftsmanship and musical ingenuity of Ravenscroft is enough to leave audiences speechless. Rebel by Ravenscroft – Timeless Masterpiece ” – WARLOCK ASYLUM

The popularity and acceptance of the band are evidenced by its massive online and social media presence, with its Twitter page having more than 40k followers and the numbers increasing by the day.

The much-anticipated EP contains 6 electrifying songs, and the release of the EP on March 25th is set to be the release of powerful music sounds that will change the industry forever.

“Denomination” is a hard-hitting “brain worm” that gets stuck in your head. There are a lot of cool riffs and hooks and it’s nothing less than genius to have this as the opening of the EP. All great rock bands need a ballad and Ravenscroft has written an epic and strong song with “My Dearest One”. – Act/One Act/One Magazine ” Stand Up is an aggressive call to arms, The Chase is a white hot slice of melodic metal, one that doesn’t compromise on wonderful sonic detail and infectious groove but still falls on you like a ton of bricks and the title track is the perfect fist in the air anthem that will unite old fans and new followers alike.” – Dancing About Architecture

 

 

ULTIMATE JAM NIGHT TO PRESENT SPECIAL EDITION HONORING SLAYER

(Hollywood Press Corps) — Ultimate Jam Night, the long-running weekly show in residency at the Whisky A Go Go, today announced a special-edition All Star event to honor the final tour of Slayer. The show will be held on Tuesday, March 13 with doors at 8 PM.  The event is free, first-come first-served, and will be broadcast worldwide on Heavy Metal Television.

Featured in performance will be a “who’s who” of the Heavy Metal scene including the entire band of Prong, current and former members of Danzig, Testament, Nevermore, I Am Morbid, Huntress, Trauma, Bad Wolves, Westfield Massacre, Nuclear Salvation and more.   A performers list will be found at Facebook.com/UltimateJamNight with additional players added right up until showtime.

Slayer, announced in January, plans for their final tour after nearly 40 years as a band. The creator of monster genre hits including “Raining Blood” – has a passionate and extremely loyal fan base. The night is slated to honor the band and its fans. As is its custom, Ultimate Jam Night will craft an evening of unrehearsed music with Heavy Metal stars heavily influenced by the band.  The evening will be hosted by former MTV personality and Metal musical artist Jesse Snider.

Chuck Wright at Ultimate Jam Night. Photo by Judy Pullos

Founded in 2015 by Quiet Riot’s Chuck Wright, Ultimate Jam Night is a community-oriented weekly show featuring a rotating cast of world-class artists in a completely unrehearsed format. The event covers multiple genres and is free. For more information visit

Heavy Metal Television is a streaming television network dedicated to Heavy Metal fans. Based in Arizona, the channel features a continuous stream of music content 24/7/365. Ultimate Jam  Night, the long-running weekly show in residency at the Whisky A Go Go, today announced a special-edition All Star event to honor the final tour of Slayer. The show will be held on Tuesday, March 13 with doors at 8 PM.  The event is free, first-come first-served, and will be broadcast worldwide on Heavy Metal Television.

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photo by Judy Pullos

Featured in performance will be a “who’s who” of the Heavy Metal scene including the entire band of Prong, current and former members of Danzig, Testament, Nevermore, I Am Morbid, Huntress, Trauma, Bad Wolves, Westfield Massacre, Nuclear Salvation and more.   A performers list will be found at Facebook.com/UltimateJamNight with additional players added right up until showtime.

Slayer, announced in January, plans for their final tour after nearly 40 years as a band. The creator of monster genre hits including “Raining Blood” – has a passionate and extremely loyal fan base. The night is slated to honor the band and its fans. As is its custom, Ultimate Jam Night will craft an evening of unrehearsed music with Heavy Metal stars heavily influenced by the band.  The evening will be hosted by former MTV personality and Metal musical artist Jesse Snider.

Founded in 2015 by Quiet Riot’s Chuck Wright, Ultimate Jam Night is a community-oriented weekly show featuring a rotating cast of world-class artists in a completely unrehearsed format. The event covers multiple genres and is free. For more information visit

Heavy Metal Television is a streaming television network dedicated to Heavy Metal fans. Based in Arizona, the channel features a continuous stream of music content 24/7/365. For more information and tune-in visit

Morris Mills’ Debut Protege Album Performance Date

(LOS ANGELES) — Thirty nine years ago Prince made his debut appearance in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota at the legendary Capri Theatre.
People from all around the world will be making their pilgrimage to Minneapolis, Minnesota for Celebration week of April 19 – April 22 to celebrate the Life and Legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson.

Morris Mills

Morris Mills hails from Los Angeles, a Pied Piper of Funk & Roll and debuts his first Performance in Minneapolis promoting his New Album “Protégé.”
Embodying the breadth and depth of Prince’s inimitable sound: Morris’ live performance promises numerous funk-a-licious tracks of mos’ def’ danceable delirium! You’ll think you’ve gone to Purple Heaven with “Waste of Time”, a nod to Prince’s “When You Were Mine”, and the dysfunctional exploits of “Ghetto Black”! A supersonic distillation of crystalline bliss:
Morris Mills live in concert is not to be missed!
Where: The Capri Theatre Minneapolis , Minnesota When April 20th, 2018
Time 7:00pm
VIP Meet and Greet reception 6:00 pm
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Contact: 213-290-3805

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Irish Brothers The Matthews To Record Debut Album With Warren Huart and Bob Marlette

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — One of the most exciting alternative rock bands to come along in recent times, The Matthews, are three talented brothers from Wicklow, Ireland, who have faith that their music will appeal to music fans in the United States, and look forward to introducing their music to fans Stateside.

The Irish are a musical lot. Travel to any corner of Ireland and poke your head into any pub, church, school or barn and you will hear music – from accordions, bombards, bagpipes to electric guitars. Traditional and modern. The Irish are some of the most musical people on earth: U2, Sinead O’Connor, Van Morrison, The Cranberries, Thin Lizzy, and more. Those are the modern Irish artists the world knows well, but Irish musical talent goes much much deeper than that.

The Matthews are Irish to the core, and they are carrying their country’s musical heritage into the 21st Century. Jack, Art and Max: As wee lads growing up, the brothers Matthews were inspired by The Beatles and the Beach Boys, and then as they got older: My Chemical Romance, U2, 30 Seconds to Mars, Radiohead, and Guns N’ Roses.

Vocalist Jack Mathews

Vocalist Jack was born to sing. Classically trained since the age of 11, his voice caught the attention of industry experts and fellow musicians which lead to the brother performing for the president of Ireland when Jack was 16. Jack and Max combined native Irish talent with some schooling, studying part time at the DIT Conservatory of Musical Theatre and Drama, and Music Composition in the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin. While Art, the Matthew’s lyricist, spent time alone with the works of T.S. Eliot and Seamus Haney, soaking up inspiration.

    Producer Bob Marlette (L) with Warren Huart (R) from Pro Mix Acadamy. Photo by Kasia Huart

And the result is getting results. The Matthews began performing together in 2011 and have become a popular band across Ireland, with glowing reviews in Hotpress, Electric Picnic & 2FM. As a guitarist, Max has been compared favorably to Slash, while it has been said that Jack’s vocals are up there with Irish legends Van Morrison and Bono.

The Matthews have played with and supported other contemporary Irish artists over this time such as The Strypes, Walking On Cars, Ham Sandwich, Keywest, Aslan, Bressie and The Riptide Movement and also supported overseas acts like ‘Deaf Havana’ in sold out shows.

Having honed their sound in countless gigs large and small from Cork to Letterkenny, the brothers Matthew began to look across the horizon. Three years ago English Producer Warren Huart (The Fray, Aerosmith) discovered the boys and began working with them, recording new material in a 10-day burst in January 2017. Working with Huart and later mixed by keyboardist, mixer, writer, and producer Bob Marlette (Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie).

Producer Bob Marlette (L) with Warren Huart (R) in the studio. Photo by Kasia Huart

Excited by their new material, the band returned home to continue hard work on writing new songs. During this time their music was recognized by various American music labels, culminating in a record deal for the three brother’s in late 2017. At present the band are now preparing to record their debut album to be released in late 2018.

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Rockin The City Of Angels

Hollywood, CA – With the Rockin The City Of Angels book, you can experience one of the greatest decades of music all over again. This book has brought together photos of the biggest concerts of the 70s in Los Angeles and text that really goes behind the scenes of the various shows in the book. With artists from AC/DC to the Who, and venues from the L.A. Forum to the Whiskey A Go Go, this book really takes you inside the music scene in L.A. in the 70’s.

Doug Harr lived in L.A. during the 70’s and loved going to concerts and photographed those experiences.

Not only are the biggest artists in music shown, but also the legendary photographers that captured those artists like Richard E. Aaron, Ian Dickson, Neal Preston, and Neil Zlozower. Not only are the concerts of 70s covered in the book, but also studio albums, live albums and movies recorded during that era.

From Frank Zappa at the Roxy to Led Zeppelin at the L.A. Forum, Rockin the City of Angels really does give a great insight to all the historic concerts in L.A. and era of music to never be forgotten.

LEARN MIXING MAGIC WITH BOB MARLETTE AND PRO MIX ACADAMY

HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS — DECEMBER 12, 2017 — Bob Marlette is a multi-talented, multi-tasking musician, arranger and producer with a list of credits longer than John Bonham’s drum solo for Moby Dick. Going back to playing keyboards for Al Stewart on 24 Carrots in 1980, Marlette has produced, engineered, mixed, sung and played keyboards, synthesizer, drums, bass, organ, strings, mellotron and other instruments for everyone from Alice Cooper to Rob Zombie: Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Quiet Riot, Tracy Chapman, Sebastian Bach, John Wetton, Laura Branigan, Krokus, The Storm and two dozen other artists and bands.

Bob Marlette in his element. Photo by Kasia Huart

Marlette is best-known for his work with rock and metal bands. He engineered/produced/mixed Saliva’s Grammy-nominated album Every Six Seconds and did the same for Black Sabbath’s Reunion and Seether’s platinum-selling Disclaimer II.

Bob Marlette (L) with Warren Huart (R) in the studio disussing recording. Photo by Kasia Huart

With almost 40-years experience, Bob’s career is still going strong and he is proud to share his experience and knowledge with Produce Like a Pro.

Bob’s three-hour mixing course includes:
• How to achieve more clarity, punch, excitement and emotion in the mix.

• Bob’s unique approach to mixing hard-hitting rock drums.

Bob and Warren in the studio. Photo by Kasia Huart

• How to mold multiple layers of heavy guitars and synths and mix vocals that cut through a dense rock mix.

 

• How to use effects creatively to take your song to another dimension.

Rock producer Bob Marlette (L) with Warren Huart (R) from Pro Mix Acadamy. Photo by Kasia Huart

• The secrets to dealing with ‘thin’ rock vocals- make them cut through the mix and compete with heavy guitars and aggressive drums.

• Shaping rock vocals to stay ‘present.’ Add dimension and space with effects – without sacrificing clarity or aggression.

• It is written: ‘In mixing, the low-end is what separates the men from the boys.’ Marlette will demonstrate how to manage the low-end to achieve massive punch, definition and energy.

 

• Huge and impactful drums are key to rock and heavy metal records. Marlette shares his methods for mixing kicks and snares.

Bob and Warren in the studio. Photo by Kasia Huart

Bob Marlette doesn’t hold back or keep any secrets: He explains every step of the way in detail, so you can easily apply the same principles to your own music. He mixes 100% in the box, using plugins only. Which means you can apply these techniques and achieve the same results in your home studio.

For more information on Bob Marlette’s course, click here

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Singer Songwriter Morris Mills Releases New Album Entitled Protege

HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS — NOVEMBER 21, 2017 — Protege is an original, pop-funk-rock album by singer songwriter Morris Mills. Richly “co-inspired by Prince”, it’s reminiscent rhythms and loveable lyrics, reverently saturate these seventeen, irresistibly danceable tracks. Bracketed by Prelude Ascension, The Call and The Interlude, weaving a thematic quality throughout these soulful, rock compositions. A wellspring of creativity overflows here, deliriously seducing us, one and all, conceived, composed and recorded in Morris’s studio, in Los Angeles, January 2017.


Consumed by his deep admiration for Prince, Morris embodies an unshakeable likeness. Protege “Waste of Time” is a nod to Prince’s “When You Were Mine”, contrasted with “Ghetto Black”, all about a reality TV stars’ grittier exploits. In all there are seventeen, equally funky-sexy tracks igniting this thematic album, playable start to finish.

Morris Mills on the red carpet

Protege delivers androgynous vocals, funk-rock guitar licks, memorable keyboards, and cascading brass riffs, as in the heart-tugging ballad “Sunshine and Rain” filling the air with the synergy to move your body like you mean it!

Morris Mills

Take a listen and see for yourself just how much Protege has earned its venerated place among the Minneapolis Sound inspired music.
Tour dates are planned for spring and summer of 2018, both California and national tours.

Check out his website here

Peter Manning Robinson at Vortex Dome Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Press Corps) — Saturday, November 11th — Emmy award winning song writer, musician and inventor Peter Manning Robinson played a sold out performance at the mind bending performance space known as the Vortex Dome Los Angeles. This event was presented by Vortex Immersion Media and located at the LA Center Studios campus in downtown Los Angeles. This was a chance to experience Peter Manning Robinson’s Refractor Piano. The Refractor Piano is a life long passion project by Mr. Robinson. Without using any outside beats or samples, Peter creates original compositions that layer the piano’s sounds into an avant guard auditory experience that is unique and innovative. Peter’s performance on Saturday was rich in improvisation. Adding to the sounds of the grand piano were Hana Kim’s layered video images.

Peter Manning Robinson — photo by Alex Kluft Photography

These images were projected into the dome which creates a 360 degree experience. Also on hand at the sold out event was Klaus Hoch. Klaus works closely with Peter on developing the Refractor Piano as well as being the creative director for the project.
Peter began each original composition with a short story of what the song was about. He spoke about how he came to write each piece and what the piece means to him. We were lucky to be in attendance of the rare American Composer. In the tradition of avant guard composers like Aaron Copland and Frank Zappa, Peter uses his Steinway piano to record and loop traditional playing, but also uses mallets to play directly on the strings themselves. Once a rhythm is made, Peter can play and layer classical and jazz style piano into this composition.

Peter Manning Robinson in downtown Los Angeles

The first original composition of the night was very intense and urban called the “Iron Road.” Hana Kim’s visuals took us on a journey to a far away city where we seemed to endlessly drive through a city scape. Peter assembled a piece that showcased his playing ability and passion. The first piece was full of energy. The visuals and sounds hold the audience in a different place. The Vortex Dome Los Angeles allows you to look all around. Peter transcends a typical piano performance.

Peter Manning Robinson playing the Refractor Piano

The second piece of the night featured owls. Peter spoke about the owl and its mythological significance to tribes. Peter spoke of his love for owls. He said he can refract the sounds of owls that live on his estate and play that refracted sound back to them! “Owls of the Night” was the piece that Peter created right in front of us. A bit more mysterious and subdued than “Iron Road,” I thought this piece really showed off the capabilities of the Refractor Piano. Hana Kim’s visuals were stunning. There was a combination of owls flying and owls looking into your soul. The owls seemed to move perfectly with the soundscapes that Peter created. This was a beautiful composition and the immersive Vortex Dome really added to Peter’s performance. Peter took the time between tunes to explain how he became a musical voyager. Listening to these stories set up the entire piece.

Peter Manning Robinson — photo by Alex Kluft Photography

“Dancing in the Purple Sky” is a song that Peter created deep in the Kauai rainforests of Hawaii. Peter said that the tree frogs could create a sound that was 130 decibels. The song that Peter created is more of a straight piano tune. Its chords modulate up and down in a pleasant jazz pattern. This piece was one of my favorite tunes. If “Dancing in the Purple Sky” was my favorite straight piano piece, “Precipice” was my favorite Refractor Piano piece. “Precipice” is a piece that Peter wrote about the obstacle that people go through in their lives and how we overcome them.

Peter starts this piece with echoing high piano notes seeming to cascade down into a chasm. These sounds are paired together with notes that sound like cellos countering the downward spiral. This is an amazing piece of music created by a modern American composer. American composers are in short supply these days. It’s great to have a local Los Angeles composer who has crafted music for movies and TV  among us and making music about the city and the world we all live in.  During Saturday’s performance, Hana Kim’s 360 degree visuals were of escalators and other urban images layered over our heads like a digital circus performance.
The gritty tune called “O Guerreiro Espiritual” is an upbeat piano tune with a funky bass line. Peter glides through chromatic scales on his Steinway and seems to get the piano to release its voice from way up high to way down low. The Refractor Piano is an amazing invention that can be used so many different ways.

Peter Manning Robinson — photo by Alex Kluft Photography

“Black Stone Paths” starts out with Peter creating a soundscape from tapping on the strings of the piano with mallets. Hana Kim’s visuals were also swirling in a 360 during at the start of this number. Peter mentioned that no two performances are ever the exact same with the Refractor Piano. Depending on the vibe at the venue, what time of year, how Peter is feeling, how the audience is feeling, etc, he creates in real time. Like a DJ stoking a nightclub crowd, Peter is composing, mixing and vibing from the energy. He, like the audience, sees the 360 degree visuals and the performance reflects these feelings.
“Fireflies in Orbit” is an amazing tune. The piano’s melody sounded Stravinsky like with a lower synthesizer bass-sounding line providing the rhythm. Hana Kim’s visual are not only things that look like firefly’s, but also what it might look like if you actually ARE a firefly. Once again the full range of the Refractor Piano can be heard on this piece. The Steinway got a full work out as highs and lows were refracted like a prism refracting glass. A full rainbow of sounds and music.

Peter Manning Robinson — photo by Alex Kluft Photography

Watching a Peter Manning Robinson concert up close is a unique and inspiring experience. It was such a pleasure to listen and watch someone make music that is truly original and assemble that music right in front of you. If you get a chance to attend a Peter Manning Robinson concert, I highly recommend it.

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Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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