Monthly Archives: November 2014

Feature Artist: The Pacific Trio

The Pacific Trio is a piano trio ensemble founded in 1979 in Los Angeles. The members are Edith Orloff on piano, Roger Wilkie on violin and John Walz on cello. The ensemble has performed in the United States and Europe over the decades. They have several recordings and videos. Currently, they just completed a tour in Europe. They will appear in California in January of 2015, including Los Angeles, Wilmington, and Rancho Palos Verdes.

The ensemble brings music to life with their personal touch and artistic approach. When they play together it’s more like a conversation between the three of them, and the audience is not like a secondary party but rather they bring them into the performance and create an environment and mood of musical language that everyone can understand. After a concert with the Pacific Trio, the listener comes out feeling they were at a joyous occasion. Their contact with one another while performing and contact with the audience always becomes an incredible experience that words can’t describe.

Personally I feel that the Pacific Trio is one of the best ensembles of their instrumentation. With a huge list of repertoire, the Piano Trio has been around since the 18th Century. The Pacific Trio has in their list of much of these works; ranging from the Classical Period, Romanic Period and the 20th Century. They also perform music arranged for the Piano Trio including Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. This piece is on this blog for you to enjoy. If you want to hear more of their music or read more about them, follow the link to their website.

Alfred Surenyan



The Future of the Profession of Music

imagesThe recent move of Taylor Swift removing her music from Spotify is a major statement in the music world. The trend of music has gone towards streaming online, but what does this do to the value of music? What about the profession of music? Musicians have studied and perfected their art through eduction,just like any other profession. Many have gone to colleges and earned a degree in it. What is their job? They compose, perform, and record albums. This has been the job of musicians for centuries (recording added in the last century). This is how they earn a living.

Many feel that music should be free, but let’s flip this to the other side of the field. What about other professions. Do we feel that legal advice should be free? How about other services? Many of these services are offered by professionals who have gone to school and studied their craft. Should a lawyer “stream” their services online for small monthly fee? Should an engineer offer their services for free? How about an architect? Should they design a building or houses for free? I know this sounds extreme, but all of these and many others are professions. Artists should not be any different. In many centuries past artists were valued. They were paid for their work, they studied their craft like any other profession and were able to survive doing their work. The concept of a “starving artist” is actually a modern concept. Even Mozart was able to earn a living as a musician. It is a stereotype that has only been created in recent times and one that should be remedied.

Below is a link to a great article about the concept of how the value of music has lowered in recent times.

And here is a recent cartoon that has been passed around the internet for at least a year. It may look funny, but it also brings up tragedy to the artists that many love who have given joy and warmth of music for decades.


These are just a few things to think about. What is the right answer and what is the wrong answer. Perhaps we need to just move forward and see where the future of the profession of music goes.

The Evolution of Producing & Recording Music



It was only 30 years ago when an artist had to rent a studio in order to even record a demo, much less a professional recorded album.  It was expensive as studio time costs a lot of money (mainly to pay the engineer and other employees).  The studio also included the analog recording system, which brought the price high.

If an artist wanted to record in those days they had to either rent a studio or own these expensive and rather large equipment.  For the independent artist who had barely enough money to pay the rent or the bills it was extremely impossible for them to even get one song out.



Let’s now fast forward to 2014.  We now are living in the digital world.  Desktop computers has made work faster, but also cost effective in creating music.  An independent artist who wants to share their music, perform, create an album or have a download has now more advantages than ever.  It is cost effective to have a project studio with a computer, a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), a microphone, and a MIDI Controller.  All of these equipment would cost less than $2000 to own.  Many Project Studios are also in personal homes.  Creating a space where it is sound proof with the computer, audio interface, microphones, and MIDI Controller makes it possible for the independent artist (or even the music hobbyist) to have a professional quality recording in a matter of weeks.

There is a lot of criticismIMG_3142 regarding digital and computer environments, however in the modern world these tools have made it possible for anyone to be able to work in their dreams, Music Industry or not.

Logic Pro X is a Digital Audio Workstation that is sold by Apple, Inc.  This software has become one of the leading products in the market for the project studio.  It is user friendly and has all the tools in order to composer, arrange, edit, and record music.  It can be used in any style or genre from good old Rock N’ Roll, Pop, Hip Hop, Classical, and Film Scoring. Learning how to use it can be fun and can be done online.  Here is a video presentation for Alfred Surenyan’s course on Music Recording and Production with Logic Pro X.

If you are one who dreams about producing your own music you can learn Logic Pro X.  This course, taught by Alfred Surenyan, can be enrolled for only $49 for the entire course.  A $1500 value when taking at a school.  The following link gets you to enrolling to this course today.