Guitar & Bass
Carla attended the Berklee College of Music and finished at The New England Conservatory of Music. She studied composition with jazz great George Russell and contemporary composer William Thomas McKinley. Carla was elected as a member into the Pi Kappa Lambda Society. She graduated with academic honors and a degree in music.
Carla was the vocalist, songwriter, lyricist, & lead guitarist for Earthwurm. Earthwurm recorded 2 independently released studio CD’s, Sex & Anxiety & Blank The Same. “I Wait For You” a track off “Blank the Same”,was chosen to be featured on a compilation called “Octaves Beyond Silence” featuring Ani DiFranco, Sarah Mclachlan & The Indigo Girls.
For 3 years Carla played the Chappman Stick for the off-broadway sensation, The Blue Man Group. She was the 1st female band member of the NYC show and the 2nd female in the entire company.
Carla has performed & toured as a lead vocalist and a back ground vocalist for many artists, such as: Danny Vaughn (Tyketto/Vaughn), The Party Dolls, Richie Canatta ( Billy Joel), Allison Miller (Annie DiFranco, Natalie Merchant & Brandi Carlile), Sheryl Bailey, Lucy Arnez, The Newyorkettes and many Vegas style tribute acts.
Carla still takes an occasional lesson and her teacher is the private vocal coach for Arianna Grande, Megan Trainer and many Broadway artists.
Carla and her husband PJ are the writing team known as “The Alphabet Astronauts” and they write music for TV, Film and original artists.
Pj studied jazz performance & music theory at City College in New York City. Some of his mentors include Joe Giglio, Vic Juris, Alex Skolnick, Metal Mike Chlasciak, Oz Noy & Greg Harrison. Pj has toured the globe with such artists as: Tyketto, Danny Vaughn, Brother Love, Jon Jones, The Bobby Lynch Band, New Power Soul & Garden State Radio. While with these bands Pj has shared the stage with: Motorhead, ZZ Top, AC/DC, Don Felder, Dream Theater, Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Kris Allen, Barenaked Ladies, 3 Doors Down, Michael Franti, & Joe Piscopo.
Pj has recorded numerous recordings & promotional videos and has been a featured artist online with Guitar World Magazine, Guitar Player Magazine & Premier Guitar Magazine demonstrating numerous efx pedals from: Maxon, TWA, Guyatone, Emma, Providence & HAO.
Pj has also been a featured artist for the past 5 years at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim California & is proudly endorsed by- ENGL amps, Marshall amps, Music Man Guitars, Ernie Ball Strings, V-picks, EMG pickups, Gator Cases, Godlyke Distribution, Providence, Maxon, Guyatone, Emma, TWA, HAO, Get’m Get’m Straps & Loxx strap locks.
At the age of 14, Kevin Swets picked up the guitar, growing up playing in rock bands until he turned to classical music at the age of 19. From there, he fell in love with the music of Spain, with a special place in his heart for flamenco.
Upon graduating with Honors from Fullerton College in 2011, he transferred to California State University Northridge and began his studies with acclaimed guitarist and member of the world famous Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, professor John Dearman. Currently, he is focusing his studies on the work of Bach with the head and founder of the CSUN music therapy program, Ronald Borczon.
Kevin has performed in numerous school-organized recitals and accompanied choreographed dancers on guitar for student’s capstone projects, not to mention maintaining his spot on the dean’s list during his first year of study.
After his second semester, he soon found himself fascinated with the process of learning music. More specifically, how physical movements lay our neural pathways and what techniques we can use to more effectively learn our music. These interests come from the ideas in the fields of Alexander Technique and Body-Mapping. His rigorous studies in the classical guitar have led him to perform in master classes with guitar legends Scott Tennant, Adam Holzman, Sharon Isben, and Marcin Dylla.
Most recently he has been a recipient of the prestigious Randy Rhoades Scholarship, upon which students competed and were then selected as winners by Randy Rhoades brother and sister.
Kevin Swets has earned his B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University Northridge, which was ranked as one of the top 25 music schools by the Hollywood reporter in 2014. He is continuing his education and working towards his Masters, anticipated spring 2017.
Current projects include a direct influence of the music of Southern America, with music hailing from Venezuela and Argentina primarily. In concerts, he will draw upon works from the great Spanish and South American composers including Albeniz, Turina, Piazzolla, and Torroba.
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Andreas Farmakalidis is a professional performing musician, published musical author as well as educator with national as well as international touring experience.
He is primarily known as an electric bass player. He was fortunate enough to record with notable musicians such as Grammy award winning guitar player Marty Friedman,Megadeth, aika (J-pop top10), Neilaproductions, among others. In addition, he supported many well known artists and he has shared the stage with the likes of Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, WAR, Greek x factor and super idol artists among many others.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music as well as a MA degree from Brandeis University . In addition, Andreas is a Rotterdams Conservatory alumnus, where he was studying Jazz bass Performance as well as Music Pedagogy. Moreover, he has a performance grade degree in piano from Trinity College in the UK.
Lastly Andreas is a staff writer for the renowned bass magazine. His First music book, which is published through academic publishing, focuses on observations and analyses in the music of Ornette Coleman. His second book (hip hop bass lines), which is going to be published through bassline publishing, will be out early 2012.
Andreas is available for private lessons on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Alexis Stone Lopez
Beginning & Intermediate Guitar
Alexis was born in August 1984 in Modesto, CA. She attended Woodrow Elementary, Somerset Middle School, and Fred C. Beyer High School.
Shortly before graduation from high school, she decided to audition for the first season of American Idol. So, at 17, she skipped school just before finals to drive more than 300 miles alone to Los Angeles for a 40-second audition. Although competing with more than 10,000 Idol-hopefuls, she made it all the way to the final Wildcard competition, before leaving the show.
After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music interests. She attended Pierce College in Woodland Hills, CA, where she studied Linguistics and Music, and then went on to earn a full scholarship to the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA.
Alexis has been working in recording studios since she was 14 years old, not only as an artist and studio vocalist, but also as a recording engineer and a producer. Although her primary focus has been on her education, she has also managed to tour with several major acts at venues including MGM Grand, Cal Expo, Universal Amphitheater, and other major locations across the U.S.
She is currently back in the studio full time, working to complete a volume of songs, to draw from for her upcoming album.
Alexis is Available for Private Lessons Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Andy PerezMy name is Andy Perez, I am musician based out of the San Fernando valley. I can play a wide range of instruments, from playing the guitar to playing the accordion. I have been playing for about 9 years and experimented with versatile styles of playing. My passion for music started at a young age. I began playing the accordion and took lessons at a local music school where I learned to read music and developed the skills needed to become a more rounded musician. I then switched over to the guitar when I began taking lessons at powerhouse music now know as monster music lessons. I also learned how to play other instruments such as the piano, violin, viola, saxophone, bass guitar, and a little bit of drums. I started to play with many local bands where I learned to work with other musicians in a band environment. As time went by I took on the decision to start teaching music so I could spread the joy of playing and learning music to other people. I worked for an old teacher of mine at a local music school teaching a group of 9 students at a time for about a year. I soon retired from teaching at that music school, now I’ve currently been giving private lessons at the comfort of my home.