In Twilight, Tobias Broström focuses on basic ideas of chords and color transformation. An example of this occurs in the opening phrase as chords are passed off from duo to duo. "Twilight" is defined as "the light from the sky between full night and sunrise or between sunset and full night" or simply as "an intermediate state that is not clearly defined."
The music of Tobias Broström is published by Gehrmans, Edition Svitzer and Keyboard Percussion Publications.
This is the guitar we donated to the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, and it raised $2,000! Here's a quote from LVPAC: "Ottmar decorated the guitar, and we made $2,000 on it for guitar fest!!!! It was AMAZING! Thanks so much" Otmar Liebart performed at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, we donated a guitar that he was going to sign to be used as a donation for raising funds for the LVPAC's upcoming guitar festival. Turns out he didn't just sign it, he turned it into a piece of art and it sold for $2,000!
It is no secret that music in our schools is suffering due to drastic budget cuts. The sudden reduction and in many cases complete loss of school band programs has created a void where a whole generation of new students is losing the opportunity to experience the magic of music. Band music programs allow students to not only excel with group working skills and creativity but, has also been shown to dramatically improve student's abilities in everything from math to critical thinking skills; and in music no one sits on the bench.
At ABC Music our goal is to provide the most top-notch music programs available in the Bay Area to the wonderful communities of Livermore and Benicia. With a focus on, but not limited to elementary level band classes, we strive to help bridge the gap in our students' education that has arisen due to recent state and federal budget cuts. We offer a variety of group programs, both in conjunction with the PTAs at many of the public elementary schools in Livermore and Benicia, as well as privately at our stores. By providing these classes, ABC Music can equip students with the knowledge of instrumental music that is crucial in the building of conficence and creativity for a well rounded and successful individual.
ABC Band Programs started in Livermore in 2010 as an after-school elementary band class held twice per week at the Bothwell Center for the Arts on 8th Street in light of Livermore’s budget cuts to elementary music. In the same school year, ABC was invited to begin instructing students at Arroyo Seco Elementary that following January. In its second year, 2011-2012, ABC Music expanded the program by adding Emma Smith Elementary. The 2012-2013 school year will see the addition of our third school site, Rancho Las Positas Elementary. Our music programs in Benicia have been engaging the community for even longer.
Program Description/Curriculum: Open to any Livermore or Benicia students in the 4th or 5th grade, students are taught the fundamentals of playing an instrument – flute, clarinet, sax, trumpet, or percussion. Our curriculum is aligned with LVJUSD’s and BUSD prior standards, using the exact same progressive method book (Standards of Excellence) and instructional approach that district teachers used before classes were cut, while also adding newer more engaging music pieces and approaches for a new generation of students. Students perform twice per year in a Winter Concert and a Spring Concert, demonstrating their new-found abilities for family and friends.
Peter Erskine performs for us during our shoot for the Vic Firth Factory Tour DVD! Peter is using his signature Big Band Stick, which mixes elements of the 5A and the 5B with a long taper for excellent rebound!