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KU's School of Music welcomes legendary L.A. studio musician and composer Jim Self to campus

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Notable Los Angeles studio artist and composer Jim Self will present a residency at the University of Kansas on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010. This residency is part of the KU Brass & Percussion Masters Series. Self will present a master class, a session on his studio career, a composition clinic and a concert (along with KU brass students, the tuba section of the Fountain City Brass Band, the Thunder All Star Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, and area musicians).

Self has performed for over 1,500 motion pictures and hundreds of television shows and records. His solos in major films include John William's scores to Jurassic Park, Home Alone I & II, Hook and he was the "Voice of the Mothership" from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Self also worked on the recent hit movie Avatar. Other solos can be heard in James Horner's Casper and Batteries Not Included, Marc Shaiman's Sleepless in Seattle and in Jerry Goldsmith's score to Dennis the Menace. Recent films include Spiderwick Chronicles, I am Legend, Wall-E, Troy, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, Robots, Lemony Snicket, The Legend of Zorro, War of the Worlds and King Kong.

Self's concert, "The Artistry and Music of Jim Self," will take place on Saturday, February 13, 2010, at 4:00 p.m., in Swarthout Recital Hall. Self will perform works by Claude Debussy, Isham Jones, Frank Churchill, Lanny Morgan, as well as many of his own compositions. This is free/open to the public.

About the Artist

Jim Self is a Los Angeles free-lance musician. Since l974 he has worked for all the major Hollywood studios performing for over 1500 motion pictures and hundreds of television shows and records.

Josh Grobin, Cassandra Wilson, Claus Ogerman, Mel Torme, Leon Redbone, Maynard Ferguson, Randy Newman, Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Don Ellis, the L.A. Philharmonic, LA Opera, Pasadena and Pacific Symphonies, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra are among the many artists and groups with whom he has recorded. Jim was the string bass and tuba player with Jon Hendricks in his long running L.A. production of "Evolution of the Blues". He holds principal tuba positions » with the Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and principal tuba/cimbasso in the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra where they are in the middle of a two-year run of the Wagner Ring Cycle.

In l983 he produced his first album, Children at Play ». It features jazz tuba and harmonica and has received world-wide acclaim. It was chosen by High Fidelity magazine as one of the top ten jazz albums of that year. A second recording, New Stuff » (fusion jazz), was released in l988 on compact disc. Both are on the Discovery-Trend label. His third recording, Tricky Lix », was released in 1990 on the Concord Jazz » label featuring jazz greats Gary Foster and Warren Luening. In 1992 an all ...

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