the stories of a los angeles violinist

sessions // 001

Added on by Jordan Martone.

i've been waiting for this day!  the day that i played a professional recording gig alongside my private violin professor.  not only is he one of the best and most experienced studio violinists in los angeles, but he is an amazing, humble, and generous person.  we happened to get on this gig through completely unrelated paths.  my professor contracted the professional studio musicians to play the session, and i was among the couple of student musicians that were asked to play by the composer. 

it was like a mini family reunion!  i ran into a few of the guys i used to play pit with when i was in high school. and i got to meet some amazing violin players that my professor went to julliard with, anatoly and rosyn. i also met sara andon. *gasping for air* old faces and new ones and i was just so content.

this was also a big step for this scoring stage.  it's a brand new stage at the master's college and this was their first recording. it didn't exactly run in the smoothest of fashions because it was the first time for the tech crew (the conductor told a techie to hurry up because he moves "as slow as molasses in january!"), but it was good and enjoyable in the end. especially the two jazz pieces we recorded at the end. "nature boy" and "the way you look tonight", beautifully arranged and sung by this great singer who sounded like louis armstrong. louis, people!

image.jpg
image.jpg
 i caught a sneaky pic of my professor checking out his music before the session. how cute is he?! he's growing his beard out again, which only further confirms how cool he is. 

i caught a sneaky pic of my professor checking out his music before the session. how cute is he?! he's growing his beard out again, which only further confirms how cool he is. 

 i stole this blurry insta photo from the arranger. i'm in the middle with glasses on. thanks, danny!

i stole this blurry insta photo from the arranger. i'm in the middle with glasses on. thanks, danny!

do you ever have those moments where you feel like things are coming together? i've been working so hard to make my dreams a reality and this session felt like a step in the right direction.  i felt so happy to be playing beautifully written music alongside some of LA's best. i know i'm a newbie and i still have a lot to learn (do we ever really stop learning?) but i am very encouraged by this experience.