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“Scott O’Toole started playing music, after soccer practice, by taking piano lessons. Initially though, his teacher was distraught because Scott preferred to color the pictures in the music book rather than practice. However, something must have clicked. Scott picked up the flute at around 11 and proceeded to learn the saxophone, trumpet, and guitar. After being completely and utterly wow-ed by his high school drumline, Scott began playing percussion age 15. He was accepted to the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts as a high school student with a full scholarship, studying with John R. Beck.
In 2olo, he was awarded a Semans Arts Grant and a UNCSA Career Development Grant to attend masterclasses and percussion festivals in Europe. Scott attended the Zeltsman Marimba Festival, Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic’s International Seminar for Percussion and Marimba, the International Percussion Academy at the Anton-Bruckner Privat Universitat, the Slovenian Percussion Festival, and the International Percussion Competition in Fermo, Italy, where he was named a semi-finalist in the vibraphone category. In 2011, he was named a semi-finalist in the Percussive Arts Society International Solo Competition, made his solo debut with Emmanuel Sejourne’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings, later won the school-wide UNCSA Concerto Competition with Joseph Schwantner’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra, and was named a finalist in the Coeur d’Alene Symphony’s Young Artist Competition. Scott has studied with John R. Beck, Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, Nancy Zeltsman, Tatiana Koleva, Bogdan Bacanu, Peter Sadlo, Peter Prommel, Julie Spencer, and Ivana Bilic. He currently studies with John R. Beck at the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Scott is highly active as a composer and performer for other artistic disciplines. In 2010, Scott composed and performed the music for Cara Hagan’s “Lost and Found”; a short musical theater piece premiered at the Greensboro Fringe Festival. Later that year, he and pianist/composer Alicia Willard premiered the piano reduction for Michael Daugherty’s percussion concerto “UFO” on his sophomore recital. In 2011 Scott was invited to play Xenakis’ solo multi-percussion piece “Rebonds a + b” for UNCSA’s Winter Dance premier of “Mondrian Duets’; choreographed by Brenda Daniels. Later, Scott wrote and performed the music for a mini-ballet entitled “The Barefoot Waltz” for UNCSA’s annual Project Love production. For UNCSA’s Fall Dance 2011, Scott wrote “Green Piece”, for solo percussion, to accompany the dance premier of “Save the Bees”, choreographed by Pierre Guilbalt. Scott also enjoys encouraging and assisting other composers writing new music for percussion. His avocation has resulted in many new pieces that include percussion: “Bach Reinventions”, a flute and marimba duet by Tom Brennan; “Narration No. 2”, a marimba, flute and dance piece by Leo Hurley; “Ballad of the Ill”, a duet for multi-percussion and piano by Alicia Willard; “Loom” a duet for marimba and piano by David Vess; and “Violin Bonkers”, a bongo and violin duet dedicated to himself and violinist Jacqui Carrasco, written by the world-renowned composer Kenneth Frazelle.
Scott recently began his master’s sutdies with Dr. Timothy Feeney at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He recently won the Huxford Symphony Concerto competition playing Sejourne’s Concerto fo Marimba and Strings.”
William Jardine is Editor-in-Chief of A113Animation.com, an animation news, views, reviews, interviews site. As such, he’s a massive fan of animation (chiefly Pixar) and loves to talk and write about it – even more so when he’s talking or writing to people who actually share the interest!
He’s also a general cinephile, whose favourite films include Toy Story 2, E.T., Inception, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Up. In 2013, he’s eagerly anticipating DreamWorks’ The Croods, Pixar’s Monsters University and Warner Bros. Man of Steel. He lives in Carlisle, England.
“Born and raised on 10 acres of old farmland, 24-year singer-songwriter, Caitlin Linney, moved to Los Angeles last September to record and release her self-titled debut. Caitlin’s release is a cross-over album that pairs pop and country music; one that marries banjo and reverse mandolin with electric guitar.
Growing up in North Carolina, Caitlin explored every option possible to further her career in music. Whether it be playing at local venues on weekends or recording in her bedroom, music and performance consumed most of her time. She moved to Boston, MA to attend Emerson College where she created her own major that allowed her to study performance, music and songwriting by taking classes at Berklee College of Music. After graduation she moved west by means of a little red Honda Civic to begin working on her album.
This past October Caitlin was opening for country-singer, Josh Turner, and released her album on Dec. 4th, 2012 which is now available on iTunes.”
“Charles Osborne is a New York actor who can currently be seen in the Off-Broadway hit Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking. A graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts, Charles has performed all over the country from the Hollywood Bowl, to PBS Television, to The Muny, the nation’s largest outdoor theatre. Favorite credits include The Producers (directed by Susan Stroman), What a Glorious Feeling (Gene Kelly), Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), and Footloose (Cowboy Bob). For more information, please visit Charles on his website above.”
Br1 (Br-uno)(Episode 4)
“Br1 (Br-uno) is the name, beatboxing is the game. I’m a musician from Yuma, AZ living and performing in the Los Angeles area. I’m looking to make my way onto a national battle in August and a foot in Hollywood’s door wouldn’t be too terrible. I’m open to work with any genre of music. I’m also an electric bass guitarist hoping to be in a touring band someday.”
Described by Entertainment Weekly as one of the “Top 5 indie discoveries of the CMJ music festival,” The Bailen Brothers “compositions are impressively crisp, with a flawless brass section and two-part vocal harmonies to rival Simon & Garfunkel.” (EW.com)
Songwriting twin duo David and Daniel Bailen have been playing music and writing songs ever since the womb. In fact, they came out singing in perfect harmony! As members of the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus, both were featured soloists. In 2007, the two went into the studio with pianist Pierre Piscitelli and recorded their first EP as The Bailen Brothers Band, “Come and Get Your Art.” The band made their national television debut when they were featured on Nickelodeon throughout that summer.
The Bailen Brothers members emanate from NYU and Juilliard and have been playing on the New York Club scene since 2007, with college tours in the Northeast and California. In 2010, the band moved to Florence, Italy, where they had weekly residencies at two clubs in the city center. They also performed at other venues around Italy including the Blue Note, Milan and The Pinocchio Club.
Since their return from Europe, The Bailen Brothers were voted the best college band in the North-East by College Battle and Grammy U, and one of the top 5 bands in Manhattan by WNYC radio and The Greene Space. They have written music for and/or been featured on Nickelodeon, Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Elle.com, Refinery 29, The Man Repeller, Marc Jacobs, Free People, Victoria’s Secret PINK, Guess Bambini, Vogue Bambini, The Globe and Mail and more. In 2012 they released their first full-length album “Must Be Mistaken” co-produced with world-renowned producer, Joe Mardin (Raul Midon, Jewel, Nora Jones).
David Bailen, also a film major at NYU Film School, directs the band’s music videos and Daniel Bailen produces them. Currently, they have released music videos for “I Just Wanna Dance” and “Girls On Bikes Are Hot,” songs from their album. The Bailen Brothers pride themselves on producing and creating their own music and music videos from start to finish, including directing, editing, producing, composing, arranging, recording, and starring in them! It is all part of the job as an exciting up and coming indie band.
The Bailen Brothers have played on the VH1 ‘Save the Music’ Breaking Through Concert Series, Harlem Jazz Museum’s Annual July 4th Concert in the Park, and the CMJ Music Marathon among other festivals. They have also held residencies and played shows at The Studio @ Webster Hall, The Bowery Poetry Club, The Bitter End, Sullivan Hall, Tammany Hall, The Triad Theater, The Local 269, The Laurie Beechman Theater, The Double Seven, and many more.
They are currently working on new music, new music videos, and even a sitcom and a web series.
Kate hails from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., but currently resides in Los Angeles where she is pursuing an acting career. She is a graduate of Ithaca College and an alumni of The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute (NTI). A passionate musician, Kate sings and plays flute, piano, guitar, and ukulele.
Over the past two years, Kate has been creating music videos for the Harry Potter audience on her YouTube channel weasleysweaters (named after the sweaters Mrs. Weasley knits for the Weasley family every Christmas). She has been featured on Huffington Post and on MuggleNet (The #1 Harry Potter News Source). Her videos have now received over half a million views!
Kate is currently writing more magical songs to release via weasleysweaters, and is gearing up for some performances in 2013. She is also working on muggle songs for a muggle album.
Alexandra is a certified health consultant , keynote speaker, nutritionista and owner of Eat Cute, a company that provides college students and graduates with nutritional counseling, exercise plans, cute eat, eco-chic tips and a whole lot of love. Alexandra is a graduate of The Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism from The University Of Southern California and The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Visit Alexandra at her website.