OFFICIAL MCTS:LA THREAD


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I have the DVD set. Master Class looks interesting. I have a basic understanding of theories...would I be accepted into the class...with paid fee's of course !

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Master Class

If you have a basic understanding of theories and you have already invested in the DVD I'd say you would be just fine, yes. Obviously not everyone will be at the same level and some people will want to be more proactive than others, which is completely fine.

Alan never puts pressure on people but simply lets those who want to get their hands on do so while others are more happy to observe. The whole point of these sessions is to gain understanding and insight so Alan does not expect people to feel they know everything already.

Free to ask more questions if you need but it sounds like you are at a level where you would benefit, absolutely.

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Hotels

We have listed some 'preferred rate' hotels on the MCTS page already but will be contacting all those registered today with the studio's code you need to quote in order to get the rates. The rates are good and are at least one of the hotels is within walking distance of The Village.

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Confirmed musicians on the tracking session

Right now we have Tim Pierce (guitar), Rami Jaffee (piano and keys) and Nathan East (bass), confirmed for the tracking session on the Friday with PJ Olsson slated for the vocal session on Saturday.

As ASSR owners know the above are all featured players in the series and the opportunity to see them working together again, live, is extremely exciting.

Simon Phillips is currently on tour and will not be available but we hope to announce the complete line up by this coming Friday.

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Hi ASSR
I'm very excited for next week. I only registered yesterday, so could I please get the special rate code for the Holiday Inn Express? I'd like to book my hotel ASAP.

Thanks a lot.

-Matthew Coull
mcoull@theailerongroup.com

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Hi Matthew. We already sent the special rate codes to you by email but just to reply to this post. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

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The full line up of musicians

Everyone is tremendously excited at the prospect of recording what must surely be one of the greatest rhythm sections in the world: Nathan East and Vinnie Colaiuta.

Vinnie's work with Sting (Ten Summoner's Tales amongst others), Jeff Beck (on Beck's most recent release Emotion and Commotion as well as the much-lauded live concerts, and Joni Mitchell are exercises in taste and subtlety while his work with Zappa simply beggars belief in terms of technical virtuosity (Joe's Garage, Tinsletown Rebellion and more). Nathan East's work with Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton and so many others speaks for itself. We have been incredibly fortunate that Nathan has agreed to be part of this event during his precious few days off in between touring with Toto and his own band Fourplay. In view of both Nathan and Vinnie's schedule, the Los Angeles MCTS offers an almost priceless opportunity to see how this legendary rhythm section works - individually and together. And not just be there, but interact.

What more can be said about keyboardist Rami Jafee? Rami is also just back from Europe (with the Foo Fighters) but has been a hugely in-demand keyboardist ever since he burst on the scene with the Wallflowers, playing his distinctive Hammond organ on the band’s landmark hit One Headlight in 1996. Rami has appeared on more records than most players can even dream about with artists such as Johnny Cash, Leann Rhymes, Melissa Etheridge, Stevie Nicks, Macy Gray… this man is a one-man institution. The chance to see how Rami goes about creating his trademark textures and parts should be justification for attending this master class by itself.

We are also delighted to announce the arrival of guitarist Michael Thompson. Tim Pierce has had to withdraw from the LA event due to a conflict with an extended Jason Mraz session but his place is being taken by his fellow session supremo.

From his long association with one man hit-making machine David Foster during the 1990s, to film scores with Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard and Randy Edelman, to records with artists such as Michael Bolton, Michael Bublé, Babyface, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, and Shania Twain, Michael has also found time to front his own records with the Michael Thompson Band in the 1990s and TRW (Frontier Records) in 2007.

Finally, vocalist PJ Olsson will be well known to Alan Parsons Live Project fans since he has been handling lead vocals for Alan for the past five years. A dramatic and powerful singer PJ is also an accomplished engineer and songwriter and his ability not only to do what he does, but also explain it, will make his contribution doubly rewarding.

As of writing there are only a handful of seats open for the event but we will keep Registration open until all seats are taken so if you 'see' the Registration you can be sure of a place. Call Keyfax on 1-800-752-2780 if you want to make absolutely sure before pressing the button.

If you live in the LA area and can possibly make this don't kick yourself for missing out!

See you there.

Julian Colbeck, MCTS LA producer

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Day 1

From the moment you walk in the door, gaze at the forest of platinum and gold records on the wall, nod good-day to Robbie Robertson as he picks up his copy of Rolling Stone at reception and hear that John Meyer won't be using 'his room' this week, you know you're somewhere special. Cocooned in what used to be a masonic temple right on Santa Monica Blvd here in West Los Angeles, the Village Studio's history and overall vibe is powerful and impressive.

Just over two hours to go until the LA Masterclass gets underway and everyone's looking forward to creating some magic that might find its own space on these walls one day.

What IS platinum these days, anyway?

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Day 2

Hard to imagine how Day could go much better! Reports, pix, and videos will all appear in due course but there seemed be universal agreement - from the musicians to the Attendees to all the production crew - that this was a very special event. A packed control room watched, listened, and learned as a basic demo got transformed into a powerful, multi-dimensional song over the course of the day.

Today is vocals and a mix. Singer concerned that 10 AM is a wee bit early but we'll see.