Contemporary Music

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Upcoming events

  • Jazz Night: ALAJE, the Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble

    ALAJE, the USC Thornton Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble led by Aaron Serfaty, headlines this ongoing series featuring USC Thornton jazz ensembles. ALAJE plays the great Afro Cuban influenced Latin music from 1970’s New York salsa scene and 1980’s Latin jazz.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Studio Guitar: Adam del Monte Student Showcase

    The USC Studio Guitar Program presents the studio of professor Adam del Monte in a performance of classical guitar repertoire.

    The Songwriter’s Theater

  • SH[eye]N in concert

    USC Thornton faculty member Bill Biersach performs on Chapman Railboard Stick with electronic percussionist Ralph Loynachan in the duo, SH[eye]N, featuring their challenging opus, "Fractures." The Chapman Railboard Stick is an all-metal fretboard which incorporates two tuning systems over ten strings, and from which Biersach controls natural and synthesized sounds via a computerized routing matrix. Together with Loynachan, SH[eye]N, has released nine albums and received three Global Music Awards. They will premiere “Fractures," via a custom-designed hexaphonic sound system. "Music—the shaman's rattle that both scares the ghosts away, and stirs them up. SH[eye]N's music stirs them up." – John Somers Blackman

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • Jazz Night: USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra and Knower

    Bob Mintzer leads the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra in a concert with special guests Knower, featuring Genevieve Artadi and Jazz Studies alum Louis Cole. Frequent collaborators, they'll revisit material they presented last summer at JazzFest Bonn with the WDR Big Band.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night: Jazz Honors Combo

    The Jazz Honors Combo, a select group of USC Thornton jazz musicians led by Jason Goldman, headlines this ongoing showcase of contemporary jazz.

    The Songwriter’s Theater

  • Jazz Night: USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra

    As part of an ongoing series, Jason Goldman leads the USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra in a concert of new original music by Jazz Studies alum Corbin Jones.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Popular Music: First-Year Showcase

    USC Thornton professors Andy Abad and Patrice Rushen lead a showcase of first-year Popular Music students.

    Tommy's Place (TCC)

  • Popular Music: Second-Year Showcase

    Sean Holt leads second-year Popular Music students in this showcase, focusing on stylistic nuance, groove, and ensemble technique.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night: ALAJE, the Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble

    ALAJE, the USC Thornton Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble led by Aaron Serfaty, headlines this ongoing series featuring USC Thornton jazz ensembles.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Popular Music: Senior Showcase

    The USC Thornton Popular Music program returns to the iconic El Rey Theatre for the annual Senior Showcase. More than just a culmination of four years of hard work, the Senior Showcase is an opportunity for the entire community to celebrate these extraordinary young artists as they embark on professional music careers.

    El Rey Theatre

  • Studio Guitar Showcase

    Students from the Studio Guitar program present an evening of solo and ensemble works.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night

    Students from USC Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works in this ongoing concert series.

    The Songwriter’s Theater

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    Photo of Peter Erskine drumming

    Thornton faculty perform at annual Jazz Education Network Conference

    January 23, 2020

    USC Thornton Jazz Studies faculty recently performed at the Jazz Education Network Conference on Jan. 7 in New Orleans, an annual conference bringing together jazz professionals, educators and students. GRAMMY-nominated artist and faculty member Sara Gazarek appeared in a debut performance with her all female vocal ensemble Säje, along with… read more

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