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Daily Trojan highlights Live! From Somewhere performance series

March 31, 2020

The Daily Trojan, USC’s student-led newspaper, recently highlighted USC Thornton’s new video series, Live! From Somewhere. The series was launched on March 16 in response to recent closures and event cancellations, and as the school’s artists have looked for ways to continue making music while social distancing. Live! From Somewhere presents homemade performances by Thornton […]

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Thornton artists feature prominently in Carnegie Hall 2020-21 season

February 17, 2020

Carnegie Hall has announced its 2020-21 season, with concerts featuring a number of USC Thornton artists. The Los Angeles Philharmonic returns to Carnegie Hall this season, after a 30 year absence, with two of four concerts featuring work by Composition faculty member and Thornton alum Andrew Norman (BM ’02, MM ’04). Oct. 8, the LA […]

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Erik Hammer performs in Super Bowl halftime show

February 5, 2020

USC Thornton alum Erik Hammer had the best seat in the house for Sunday night’s Super Bowl halftime show: on stage, playing guitar with Shakira. Hammer is no stranger to playing with the stars—he was previously guitarist for rapper Lupe Fiasco.

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Ryan Lerman releases new album, composes cover with Scary Pockets

December 5, 2019

Studio guitar alum Ryan Lerman (BM ’09) released his third album “Noisy Feelings” on Nov. 22, featuring 10 independently written, mixed and produced tracks. Lerman is a multi-instrumentalist and highly collaborative artists; his previous album, “Friends,” was entirely composed of originals and covers recorded with his most frequent collaborators, such as Nataly Dawn of Pomplamoose, […]

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Armen Movsesyan announced as semi-finalist in International Guitar Competition

November 25, 2019

Studio Guitar alum Armen Movsesyan (BM ’15) has been announced as a semi-finalist in the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Guitar Competition. Movsesyan and 11 other guitarists will compete in the semifinals on Dec. 2 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Three finalists will be selected to compete at the Kennedy […]

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John Storie performs on new album by Jeff Goldblum and Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

November 21, 2019

Studio Guitar alum John Storie (BM ‘06) performed and arranged music for the recently released album by Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra titled “I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This.” The album features guest artists Miley Cyrus, Fiona Apple, Inara George, Anna Calvi, Gina Saputo, Sharon Van Etten and Gregory Porter. The album is […]

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Bruce Forman takes one-man show to New York City

November 8, 2019

Studio Guitar faculty member Bruce Forman is taking his one-man show “The Red Guitar” to New York city this November. After playing more than 100 shows in cities around the world, Forman will be bringing the show to Broadway’s The Green Room 42. “The Red Guitar” uses the power of jazz to combine provocative story-telling […]

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Matt Cohen produces winner of GMA Dove Award for Hip Hop Song of the Year

October 24, 2019

Studio Guitar alum Matt Cohen (BM ’14) co-wrote and produced the song “Fight For Me,” by GAWVI that recently won the 2019 Dove Award for Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year. Cohen was also a producer on GAWVI’s album “Panorama,” which was nominated for Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year. The GMA Dove Awards are […]


Adam del Monte premieres new flamenco opera

February 5, 2019

Adam del Monte, USC Thornton faculty member and a celebrated flamenco guitarist, showcased scenes from his new flamenco opera, Llantos 1492, at the 2019 Tucson Desert Song Festival in January. The concert version of Llantos 1492, the world’s first flamenco opera concert, features five singers and a piano reduction of the score with del Monte’s wife, Mercedes […]

Alum John Storie records with Jeff Goldblum jazz orchestra

October 9, 2018

Guitarist and USC Thornton alumnus John Storie (BM ’06, Studio Guitar) is featured on the forthcoming album, Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, which will be released November 9th. The 14-track album by the well-known actor and part-time jazz pianist Goldblum, includes appearances by Haley Reinhart, Till Bronner, Imelda May, and comedian Sarah Silverman. […]

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