Sunburst House BandWe’re proud to announce that the Sunburst School of Music House Band has been chosen to participate in this year’s WYEP REimagination Project. The project pairs some of the area’s brightest young musicians with some of the area’s most accomplished producers and engineers to put together an album of all original music. The kids will also get the chance to further kick start their careers with band photos, bios, and performances at the WYEP Summer Music Festival.

In addition to the House Band, a number of other Sunburst students including the Allies, Sloane Simon, and Eli Alfieri were selected as well. We’d like to congratulate all of the participants and wish them the best of luck with their writing, producing and performing!

Sunburst instructor Rose Winston has released Quartz, an album of “Moody, melodic hand-crafted beats for your easy listening pleasure.” Each track is a delightfully off-kilter combination of rhythms and unexpected textures tied together with Rose’s ethereal vocals. The music is angular, leaning on odd timing and a sort of musical power clashing aesthetic, yet the overall effect is organic, inviting and dare I say catchy?

Our friend Duvy Burston is out with a new song Ki Ata Imadi paying trib- ute to the Tree of Life victims. Duvy pairs his silky vocals with some earthy guitar chords and delicate yet balanced production on this heartfelt ballad. Check out Duvy’s track and help spread peace and love wherever you go!

Our Winter Recitals are just over a month away! Remember, all students are invited and encouraged to perform, and the events benefit the Sunburst Music Scholarship Fund. Here is a handy chart of which instructors will be at which session.

Like our students, we're always striving to learn more, and to continue to grow and develop. Honest feedback from students and families like you is by far the best way for us to do that! Please take the time to fill out our fall survey either at sunburstmusic.com/2018survey, or in the waiting room the next time you come in.

One lucky survey participant will be the winner of a $50 Sunburst Gift Card!! Check next month’s newsletter to see if you’ve won.

In response/tribute to the tragic events that have affected our community and to those who were closely connected to Tree of Life and the victims, our family at Sunburst is eager to use the gift of music to lift hearts, to hold space for those grieving and bring our strong and loving neighbors together. We’ll hope you’ll join us in a evening of performances hosted by our young musicians, the Sunburst Rocks Band, Potluck Food, light snacks, beverages, and an opportunity to donate to some good causes.

It’s the New Year and what greater way to celebrate than taking a trip around the world vicariously through music?! For 2019, Sunburst Rocks Band will grab their passports and learn songs from international artists and bands that inspire young Americans! Your band will get to hand pick their favorite international songs to play, as well as writing original songs, recording and performing our own live concerts. To go with the international music theme, we’re encouraging our young musicians to research their favorite bands and find those who originate from different countries to share with their group.

Durand Jones and The IndicationsDurand Jones & The Indications are the leaders of the new “deep soul” movement coming out of the midwest. Their record company, Colemine, specializes in a curated collection of modern soul and funk music. Where the self titled record shines the most is its unabashed authenticity and realness. This doesn't feel like a rehash, but a new spin on an old classic. Jones’ singing is matched by the swing of his band. If that isn't enough, check out drummer Joe Jones falsetto on the track “Is it Any Wonder?”.

TL;DR: Want to feel like you’re on Queens Blvd in 1959? Put on this record.

Key Tracks: Make A Change, Giving Up, Can’t Keep My Cool

See performances from your favorite Sunburst Instructors!

Chloe, Max
Working Breed Music Video Release w/ Wreck Loose - Spirit Lodge - Fri, Dec 14th
Chloe, Kiki, Shane, Max
WYEP Holiday Hootenanny - August Wilson Center - Thu, Dec 6th

 

See performances from your favorite Sunburst Instructors!

Jonathan C
Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Pittsburgh Musical Theater - Begins Fri, Nov 9th
Chloe, Ben R.
The Friday Night Special - Market Square - Nov 16th
Chloe, Kevin
Chloe Wiecz Collective - Cattivo - Sat, Dec 1st