BC brings talent and creativity with music


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Bakersfield College alumnus Andrew Morgan plays drums on an orginal piece performed by the Andrew Morgan Quartet.

Brandon Cowan, Web Editor

Several musicians, including Bakersfield College students, performed at the Panorama Creative Music Summit which was in the Indoor Theatre at Bakersfield College.

The collection of concerts was performed over the course of two days on Oct. 13-14 at 7 p.m.

One of the musicians on the second day was Tatsuya Nakatani.

Nakatani taught 14 BC students for 2 ½ hours in order to perform for his orchestra called Nakatani Gong Orchestra.

Nakatani was the third performance and introduced himself to the audience stating that he moved from Japan 23 years ago to Los Angeles.

He said that he started doing concerts for his orchestra 7 years ago. Since then, Nakatani has performed over 100 times.

He also said that he does not use any electronics when he performs his music. He described his 15 gongs and 15 speakers. Nakatani said that he specializes the vibrations of music instead of traditional parts of music such as rhythm.

Nakatani started his performance by himself using bows to swipe the edges of two gongs to play a sort of ringing noise. He also hit the gongs and also used a metal sphere to emphasize the vibrations of the gongs.

Nakatami performed this solo for about 30 minutes non-stop before bringing out the 14 BC students to play for another 30 minutes that also did not have a break.

With Kris Tiner on the trumpet and Cathlene Pineda on the piano, the duo was the second performance in the Indoor Theatre.

Tiner is the director of jazz studies at BC and introduced his duo before they performed, stating that Pineda was one of his favorite musicians in the world.

After performing a song written by Pineda titled “A Woman Under the Influence” as well as another piece written by Tiner called “Unheard of Words,” Tiner told of the song “Silence” written by a mentor that both of the musicians learned from at California Institute of the Arts.

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Kris Tiner performs an original piece written by Cathlene Pineda.

Tiner said, “This is a really important composition to both of us. It was written by our mentor Charlie Haden … Some of the most meaningful experiences I think I’ve ever had with music in my life were being around Charlie.”

Tiner said that he learned from Haden that creativity is something to be taken to a personal level in order to become a better person.

The Andrew Morgan Quartet performed first of the three performances on the second day in the Indoor Theatre.

The quartet is compiled of the drummer Andrew Morgan, Chris Middletone who played a trombone, Luke Reeder who played a saxophone, and Jeff Schwartz who played the bass.

On the first day of the Panorama Creative Music Summit there were also several other performers.

Psychic Temple, led by Chris Schlarb; Josh Ottum Trio, which consisted of Josh Ottum, Kyle Burnham, and Jared Gardner; and BC commercial music students Luke Duffell, Mason Edwards, Ian Merete, and Trevor Turner were all of the performers on Oct. 13.