SHOUTOUT! is a new collaboration between Helix Collective and Composers Diversity Collective! This album includes 12 original works created by composers of the CDC. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Helix Collective shifted recording work to all-remote sessions with musicians recording from up-to-date studio setups from their individual homes. The album was recorded entirely by remote recording with ensemble artistic director, Phil Popham, coordinating, mixing, and, keeping the ensemble together through the project. The project was made possible in part by the generous support of the L.A. County COVID-19 Arts Relief fund administered by the L.A. County Department of Culture.
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Clubbing for Classical Musicians author, flutist, and revolutionary Sarah Robinson performs virtuosic Club Classical music on this album! All music is for flute with electronic backing tracks, ideal for club tours! The album is perfectly timed to fit into a standard 45-minute club set! She has commissioned and featured Los Angeles-based film, tv, video game, and concert composers! They include Phil Popham, Afshin Cohen, Brian DuFord, Brendan Eder, Catherine Joy, Payton MacDonald, and Mark Smythe!
L.A. STORIES – HELIX COLLECTIVE (2018)
L.A. Stories brings together poets, writers, composers, and musicians to celebrate the beauty and diversity of Los Angeles. This music and storytelling show creates vignettes within the city about surviving and thriving in L.A. Droughts. Movie Stars. Love. Arriving from a distant land. We all share this city but it looks different from every vantage point.
Each musical piece is intertwined with a story about the Los Angeles experience. Composer Jamie Thierman brings to life letters found in the archives of the Los Angeles Public Library from our city’s earliest days. Indian-American composer Reena Esmail combines the Farsi verse of poet Nadia Anjuman with her unique style blending Western and Hindustani musical elements. With a nod to the lighter side of life in L.A., composer Eugene Micofsky gives the story by John Grady, The Reverse Swayze, about a strange night in the Hollywood Hills, a soundtrack of dancing and misunderstandings. Not to leave out the theme of love in the City of Angels, composers Phil Popham and Mark Carlson choose stories about young, wild romance by local writers Wanda Coleman and Larry Colker. Finally, composer Dale Trumbore creates a musical meditation through her own words on the life of an artist in this teeming city.
The oboe is the most BAD ASS instrument in the orchestra. Because of this, it is our honor to bring you PapaPhat’s Oboeliscious Phunktacular! It is a collection of Popham’s music composed exclusively for double reeds. No flutes, no pianos, no problems. Whether you are an oboist or just a bad-ass motherf*cker, this album will be a feast for your ears. Pieces include 5 Food Trucks, Canto Judaica, Happy Hour, Three Lonesome Places, and Tamboo Bamboo!
Classical music is no longer the prisoner of the elite! It is OUR music for EVERYBODY! Overpriced concerts in uncomfortable chairs with uncomfortable silences and no attention to dramatic presentation are finished. Classical Revolution: Los Angeles provides high-energy, great performances in your favourite bars, night clubs, cafes, and beaches. Sip a cocktail, grab some friends, and have a blast as musicians light up the stage for your enjoyment. Pay what you can, applaud whenever you want, and interact with the performers! This CD features the ensembles of the 2015-1016 season at Silverlake Lounge!
Helix Collective’s WORLD DANCE CLUB (2013)
Helix Collective’s World Dance Club is the first album in the Club Classical genre. This recording takes classical and world dance styles and sets them to a modern invigorating beat. Combining the classical timbres of piccolo/flute, oboe/English horn, and piano with a new style of drum set performance, Helix makes the music of the world enjoyable and danceable by everyone!
Rock, Salsa, Renaissance, Bollywood, Baroque, Klezmer, Ragtime, and Bluegrass are featured in this whirlwind of dances. This is NACHO MAMA’S CLASSICAL ALBUM!
Originally composed in 2003, this work is meant to be listened to in the dark. It is meditative and contemplative. In the book, each of the 64 situations of life are comprised of two elements. Each of these elements is represented by a trigram (three lines which are either full or broken – see the cover art for the full chart). In this piece, each element is represented musically by a theme. Each musical theme represent an element. Just as all elements may be combined with each other to create a situation of life, all musical themes may be combined with each other harmoniously to create a unique musical passage. Each combination will bring out different details in the involved themes. A “Life” theme is also present throughout. When listening, let your mind wander. Perhaps a new musical combination will give you clarity of thought, just as it does for each theme in the work. Enjoy!