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Senior Zach Gulaboff Davis, began playing piano around five or six years old.
“At the age of 12, I began to study [piano playing] with a professor from Willamette University, Dr. Elise Yun,” Davis said. “At which point I became more serious [about playing] due to the increased demands placed on me.”
Davis is known for his art of piano playing around in the Linfield community. However, his talent is being noticed around the Northwest region.
Davis travels to many places for performances in Oregon and around the Willamette Valley, Washington and San Francisco.
He has performed at Linfield a numbers of times. For instance, Davis’ most recent performance for Linfield was as a piano concerto soloist at the Linfield Chamber Orchestra. He has also played in the Willamette Valley Symphony, Salem Youth Symphony, Linfield Concert Band, and Philharmonia Orchestra.
He also teaches private piano lessons. Davis has also won many awards, including Winner of the 2012 Linfield College Chamber Orchestra concerto competition, second place in the 2012 collegiate division of the Oregon Music Teachers Association piano competition, winner of the 2011 Salem Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs’ award for a new chamber music composition with my composition, “Sonata for Viola and Piano.”
He also plays a variety of other instruments other than the piano as well.
“I am also an orchestral percussionist, meaning that I play timpani, snare drum, mallet instruments, and other percussion instruments,” Davis said.
Davis is a music major, and specifically studies in piano performance and composition. He also is minoring in mathematics and education.
Since Davis is a composer, he has a keen “interest in new music, especially that of 20th century Russian composers.”
However, he likes playing a pieces from a wide variety of music genres, including from the Baroque period to contemporary Classical music.
“Music has a very direct and profound way of communicating with the audience. And I enjoy connecting with them through that means—both in playing other composers’ works and composing my own,” Davis said. “I believe that music can express emotions that words fail to convey. And I strive to bring these emotions to the listener, whether in my interpretation of another composer’s work or in my own compositions.”
After Davis graduates, he plans on attending graduate school to continue to study composition and piano. He is still researching possible graduate schools, working on pieces for future auditions and completing his portfolio for his compositions.
“With his diligence, talent, determination, and ‘can do’ attitude, he has great potential for success in music composition and piano,” said Joan Paddock, professor of music. “He has already distinguished himself as a young composer and pianist.”
Davis’s senior composition recital is at 8 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2013 in Delkin Recital Hall located in the Vivian Bull Music Center.
And his senior piano recital is at 6 p.m. on April 19, 2014, also in Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian Bull Music Center.
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Senior Zach Gulaboff Davis is a music major, emphasis on piano performance and composition. This summer, he received a Young Composers Award from one of the world’s largest music organizations, the National Federation of Music Clubs. Davis has also performed in Oregon, Washington, and California.
Sunday Lane. Just the name sounds memorable.
The singer-song writer released her first LP, “From Where You Are” in 2012 and is quickly gaining the attention she deserves.
Described as indie-pop,”From Where You Are”, features songs that resonate with the younger crowd. Writing nearly every track on
her album herself, Lane opens her heart, questions and explores the challenges of her youth, being in love and growing up.
“Get to You,” opens the album with a soft piano introduction, while Lane’s Ellie Goulding-esque vocals take over. With lyrics like “We
still haven’t seen how mean the world could be.”
“A Little Too Young,” showcases Lane’s Midwestern twang and the background vocals complement and add warmth to the song.
Although her album features lighthearted, care-free songs, the album delves into darker territory.
“Let Me Go,” “Painted Blue” and “Waltzing with Fire” display Lane’s vulnerable, melancholic and somber mood, which also reflect her
soulful song writing.
“Waltzing with Fire” presents Lane in her high, emotion-ridden element. Listeners will easily compare her vocals to Ellie Goulding,
who possesses the vocal range of a soprano and delivers a high vibrato and hoarse-like timbre.
Lane’s vocals convey the rustic, contemplative and sorrow tones of her lyrics in contrast of the album’s light themes.
The multi-talented singer showcases her production skills with one of my favorite tracks on the album, “Want You Back,” which Lane
infuses synths and piano with slight vocal distortion.
The young artist’s depth and understanding of song writing is a natural process. Lane says that she writes songs as a coping
mechanism, drawing from both experiences and intuition.
Lane’s background as a classically-trained pianist also helps her feel at ease when she writes songs. “I am most in my element
when my hands are on the keys,” Lane tells LAFamos.
The 23-year-old Tulsa native moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams, she has had two songs featured on ABC Family’s
“Switched At Birth,” and the now-defunct television series, “One Tree Hill,” which has been known to give recognition for many up-andcoming indie artists.
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“From Where You Are” is available for download on iTunes. You can also check out “From Where You Are” on KSLC 90.3 FM or
listen online at www.linfield.edu/kslcfm or stream the station on iTunes.
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Experience and contagious positivity shone through during a discussion of Jill Timmons’ new book April 2 in the Nicholson Library.
Timmons’ book, “The Musician’s Journey: Crafting Your Career Vision and Plan,” was released March 19 through Oxford University Press.
It is a product of Timmons’ life-long career performing and mentoring in the field of the fine arts. She hopes its contents will supply musicians with resources necessary to achieve the career of their dreams.
Timmons began crafting the book’s idea nearly 15 years ago, while teaching at Linfield. Timmons was a professor for more than 30 years, starting in 1981 and retiring in 2012. She is an emerita music professor, meaning that she retired from an active position but still holds the official title. She also remains in the Linfield community as a mentor for music students.
“I think she is one of the most inspirational teachers I have had,” said sophomore Ian Cox, who is majoring in music. “You can tell she has so much knowledge and passion in several areas.”
Timmons upholds an accomplished pianist career. Her talents guided her to performing throughout the world in Chile, Spain, France, Australia, Germany and Switzerland. She is frequently heard on NPR and records her own music.
Timmons has worked with numerous artists and music organizations, including non-profits, entrepreneurs and students. Timmons said that those connections have shown her how to have a successful career.
“Some of this I bring from my own experience, but part of this is also an observation of other people and how creative and innovative they can be in pursing their dreams,” Timmons said.
During years of working with diverse individuals, she detected a theme present throughout such interactions. She said that all of the artists struggled with one of two things. Some had trouble defining who they were as artists in terms of passions, missions or reasoning for being artists. Or, others struggled to craft a plan to transform their artistic passions into careers.
Timmons said that each person is better at one of those areas than the other. Some people enjoy a nonlinear lifestyle full of contemplating creative and new opportunities. Others are skilled in managing time and being organized.
“You have to have these two things together,” Timmons said. “And they actually form a continuum. And that’s the foundation of my book.” Timmons calls it the vision plan continuum.
“This is, essentially, a new road map for musicians. If you can authentically describe and be in touch with what it is you want to do with great passion, what your calling is if you will, and you make a plan, you’re living as an entrepreneur. And if you’re like most musicians in this process, you will have a thriving career.”
Timmons’ book offers advice on crafting a vision. She directs readers to online worksheets to help grind out the complex process of doing so. She also advises artists on how to construct a plan that uses that vision to have success. She provides information on running a successful business, such as how to write a mission statement and what kind of staff to hire.
A portion of her book is dedicated to marketing. Timmons’ marketing starter kit can be found on her website. Timmons also wrote a section about grant writing.
“You can’t function unless you’re going out and finding money for your projects,” Timmons said.
Another section of the book is slightly unrelated to the other topics.
Timmons said that part of being a successful artist is being capable of shifting how the brain works. Sometimes that means having to change an entire belief system.
Timmons said it is common for artists to feed themselves false information that is often negative or discouraging. She also said that performing in a temporal world induces anxiety because it is impossible for artists to foresee the quality of their future performances.
“All of this goes back to the brain and how it works. You have to create new neuropathways and create new habits,” she said.
Timmons provides extensive scientific research concerning such subjects within her book.
“I think it is central to being an artist,” she said. “If something is not working in life, you have to make changes.”
Timmons’ book discusses research developed in 2011. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Strategic National Arts Alliance Project (SNAP) from Indiana University conducted studies that excited Timmons. The studies gathered data about the lives and careers of arts graduates in the United States. It examined nearly 13,000 artists from more than 150 arts programs.
SNAP demonstrated that arts alumni generally have the same levels of enjoyment and satisfaction of their schooling and professions as undergraduates from other fields of study.
Data also illustrated artists’ employment projections for 2008 to 2018. The United States labor force is expected to increase by 10 percent. The profession’s category that includes artists is expected to increase by nearly 17 percent.
Timmons is confident that her plan works because she has lived it herself, and she has seen many other people carry it out.
“My opinion is, if I can do it, anyone can,” she said.
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A snug space, tightly packed between the Dollar Tree and Mac Nails is now vacant. The windows are empty, the lights are off, and the once luminescent black and yellow sign no longer lights up the modest strip mall.
But just a few minutes away, the same yellow glow illuminates Third Street.
The lights read “The Vortex,” the name of the record store that was once tucked in that compact space.
Now, the specialty music shop unfolds comfortably into its new home on Third Street between Danger Valley and The Moonlight Theatre, as if it had been there all along.
“Customers have told us, ‘this is where you look like you belong,’” said Bruce LaVerne, owner of The Vortex.
The move, which took place a mere six weeks ago, marks the third relocation of The Vortex—so why the change?
“Let’s go to day one,” LaVerne said.
Day one takes you to the beginning of 1991. LaVerne is living in Longview, Wash., and working a 9-5 office job.
“I didn’t know what to do so I ended up buying and selling,” LaVerne said.
Come February of the same year, LaVerne left his office job and became a first-time owner of his own music shop, one that was different from the store he owns now.
“We were primarily focused on alternative, Indian funk,” LaVerne said. “The niche is what we were trying to fill. We didn’t carry country, pop or rap.”
But after 11 years, it became clear to LaVerne that filling that niche was a dead end.
“So, I did my research, and in February of 2003, we moved to Mac and became The Vortex,” LaVerne said.
Interestingly, Third Street management was the first to approach LaVerne about a space, but he decided to move to Baker Street Square Shopping Center where The Vortex lived in the cozy space for 10 years.
“That’s a nice word for it,” LaVerne laughed.
“At first, the location was an advantage, and it worked great for a little while,” LaVerne said.
Initially, the location was attractive: close proximity to the high school, good parking and a good landlord made the decision easy.
But the music industry is about as easy to predict as a wild animal, and after a while, it began to rear its riotous head.
“As the [music] industry kind of collapsed, the business changed,” LaVerne said. “It wasn’t so dependent on the people that were going to the mall.”
The solution? Change.
“If you don’t change, you die of natural selection in the business sense,” LaVerne said. “Any time you make a major decision in your life or in business there’s risk involved.”
But the risk was worth it, as loyal customers have already followed the specialty shop’s destination.
“It’s a museum of the way things used to be,” LaVerne called it.
Which makes it a perfect match for the historical Third Street.
The only thing that hasn’t changed is the dedication to its customers.
“You depend on customers finding you,” LaVerne said. “I guess the basic theme is you’ve got to follow where your customers take you.”
LaVerne works alongside longtime associate, Aaron Schroeder, the first person to work for The Vortex when it moved to McMinnville in 2003.
(Fun fact: Schroeder’s mother, Deanne Schroeder, works for the Linfield Post Office.)
“Aaron’s why I’m not dead,” LaVerne laughed. “Without him being here, I’d be lying on the store floor twitching.”
LaVerne and Schroeder are still settling into The Vortex’ new home and have a lot planned for the store, including expanding its clothing section.
“There’s more to go,” LaVerne said.
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The lights dimmed in the Fred Meyer Lounge on Feb. 28 as a crowd gathered for the Cat Cab. This wasn’t about to be a normal Cat Cab, Thursday’s show was “open mic,” inviting students who wouldn’t normally step up for their own show to showcase their musical talents.
Twelve different Wildcats performed raps, strummed the guitar, sang, played the keyboard and even got a few laughs out of the audience. Needless to say, a medley of harmonious talents were showcased throughout the evening.
The first performers of the evening were sophomore Jessica Newton and the master of ceremony senior Jenny Morgan who sang “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars.
Junior Max Milander, the vice president of Linfield’s concert choir, performed an original piece on the keyboard called “Frost Bitten Grass.” Milander sang while wearing his signature, shiny aviator shades in honor of Ray Charles.
Next up, the crowd was honored with an appearance by the legendary Real Cal Hal. The sophomore performed snippet a capella flow versions of his two unreleased songs, “The Realest” and “Bass Go Boom.” The raps talked about Northwestern culture flannels, cargo shorts, shopping at REI and the rain.
Sophomore Katricia Stewart, who had a Cat Cab during January Term, performed a solo next. Stewart strummed her guitar while belting out an Otis Redding song “Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay” and “Like A Star” by Corinne Bailey Rae.
Barefooted senior Lucas Cook was next in the Cat Cab lineup. Although he “felt nervous in his belly,” Cook delivered his “intuitive work” on the keyboard almost effortlessly. He played only the pentatonic scale, the black keys, which allowed him to make up the work on the spot.
The next number was unlike any performance the crowd had seen, or rather heard, all night.
Junior Gavin Broussard dedicated his act to his close friend, senior Andrew Gladhill, who was supporting him in the audience. Gladhill howled with laughter, as did the audience, as Broussard serenaded him on the guitar with Chester See’s “Bromance,” a catchy jingle about heterosexual love between two men.
Sophomore Ian Cox followed with a medley of three jazz songs from the Prohibition Era. The upbeat music was written by Scott Joplin, the “King of Ragtime,” but Cox arranged the three-song medley himself. Cox transitioned between “Easy Winners,” “Maple Leaf Rag” and “Pineapple Rag.”
Following Cox’s performance was senior Liza Dadoly. Dressed in sparkly tights, she sang and played her guitar to two different songs. The audience clapped along as she sang an original piece she wrote during the summer. Dadoly also performed her favorite Melissa Etheridge song “Angels Would Fall.”
Newton made another appearance to duet with freshman Bryce Fechner. The two harmonized while singing “Last Night,” an original piece written by Fechner.
Sophomore Cody Meadows, on the bongo, and Cox, on the keyboard, joined the pair to perform “Sunrise” by Norah Jones. Fechner strummed the ukulele while Newton sang.
Morgan summoned freshman Logan Mays up to the stage to sing “You Belong to Me” on the keyboard, he dedicated the song to his best friend.
Senior Evan O’Kelly and junior Shayli Coppock kicked off a proceeding of upperclassmen performances. The duo played the guitar and sang to “If I Didn’t Know Better” by the Civil Wars.
Senior Anna Sours and O’Kelly sang “Will You Return?” by The Avett Brothers, reminisced with good friend senior Bridget Grant and dedicated a second song “Hello,” by Schuyler Fisk to her.
O’Kelly accompanied senior Mickey Inns, former Linfield star quarterback, who wooed the audience by singing “A Team” by Ed Sheeran and “Save Him” by Justin Nozuka.
The night drew to a close as the final musicians O’Kelly and Kayla Hamm sang “Stay” by Rihanna and “Locked Out Of Heaven” by Bruno Mars.
O’Kelly was a huge hit during the night.
“The original plan was actually just to do a few songs with Mickey,” O’Kelly said. “As the date got closer, I kept thinking of people who I like to jam with and it just turned into a group of seniors.”
O’Kelly will have his own Cat Cab, which will feature other students and will be his final performance as a student at Linfield on April 18.
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