Just miles from the bustling Hollywood scene, slightly out of sight, was an oasis where singer-songwriters converged to reinvent how music was made and played. With artists like The Mamas and The Papas to Crosby Stills, Nash, and Young, to James Taylor, Leonard Cohen, and Joni Mitchell, and on and on and on, Laurel Canyon became a cradle of exploration for a new genre of music that could have been created only in these curvy canyons of L.A.
NIKKA COSTA, vocals
We welcome to the MUSE/QUE stage, Nikka Costa! As the daughter of legendary producer and arranger Don Costa, Nikka was born with music encoded in her DNA. In the years since her debut, Nikka was been mentored by Prince, and toured with many artists including Lenny Kravitz, Coldplay, and Beck. She is known for her unique style that combines American soul and funk into something wholly her own.
ABOUT OUR ARTISTS
ASHLEY FAATOALIA, vocals
We welcome back to the MUSE/IQUE stage, Kecia Lewis! Kecia Lewis raised the roof in our performance Etta At Last this past September. On Broadway, she originated the roles of Asaka, Trix, and Ida Mae in Once on This Island, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Leap of Faith, respectively.
jamey tate, drums
Jamey Tate is a drummer, and, since moving to Los Angeles, has become one of the most sought-after musicians on the national touring and studio scenes. He has performed and created arrangements for some of MUSE/IQUE's stellar performances, most recently in Sunrise on Sunset and in L.A. Composed performances last year.
KAVEH RASTEGAR, bass
Kaveh Rastegar is a founding member of the GRAMMY-nominated quintet Kneebody. He's also toured with superstars like John Legend (and also appeared as his fictional counterpart in La La Land), and served as musical director for singer/hitmaker Sia. As a songwriter, he’s penned songs with and for heavy-hitters like Bruno Mars and Cee Lo Green, among others.
alan steinberger, piano
Alan Steinberger is a first-call concert and studio musician. In addition to performing with MUSE/IQUE since its inception, Alan serves as principal pianist/keyboardist for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and Los Angeles Ballet Orchestra, is a frequent sub or extra with the L.A. Philharmonic and a featured guest artist with the Pacific Symphony.
caroline buckman, viola
Violist Caroline Buckman grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, and chose to play the viola in the fifth grade after her mother explained the cello was too large to take on the school bus. She since performed in the Santa Barbara, Pasadena and New West Symphonies, Long Beach and Santa Barbara Operas, and played for artists at the Grammys, American Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards and Academy Awards.
lisa dondlinger, violin
Lisa has performed and recorded with all of the top artists of our time ranging from Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and John Legend to Andrea Bocelli, Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder. She has performed as a soloist and/or Concertmaster on television shows such as The GRAMMYS, American Idol, The Voice, and The Tonight Show.
mina hong, violin
Mina Hong holds her Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California, and her Master of Music from the University of Michigan. Mina served as concertmaster of the National Repertory Orchestra for two seasons and made her solo debut with the ensemble performing the Barber and Korngold Violin Concertos. Mina collaborates with musicians from all around the world, furthering her passion and adoration in performing and sharing the bewitching language of music.
Ginger murphy, cello
Ginger Murphy’s musicality and versatility have led her to a very
successful and diverse career as a cellist in the L.A. music scene. Ginger can be heard backing artists on more than 100 records and counting, including GRAMMY-winning albums by Beyonce (Lemonade) and Kendrick Lamar (To Pimp a Butterfly, DAMN.). She has also performed with some of L.A.’s finest classical ensembles, including: Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, LA Opera Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, and MUSE/IQUE..
justin smith, guitar/mandolin
Justin Smith is an LA-based guitarist with over 20 years of experience as a recording artist and live performer. He has played everything from electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, balalaika in the recording studio, theatre pits, jazz clubs, and on stage with major symphony orchestras. Justin has performed in LA and on national tours for many broadway shows, including Hamilton, Wicked, Book of Mormon, and Mamma Mia!.
tim young, guitar
Tim Young is guitarist and composer who lives in Los Angeles. He is the musical director for the Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS where he has performed with everyone from Lady Gaga to Kermit the Frog. As a session guitarist, he has worked with the likes of Rossane Cash, K.D. Lang, Mark Lanegan and Beck. He continues to pursue his lifelong passion of composing and recording songs with his friends.
los angeles vocal artists
LAVA is a new professional chamber choir based in Los Angeles. Founded in 2021 by Jeffrey Bernstein, LAVA is delighted to be making their third appearance with MUSE/IQUE. LAVA is: Jeffrey Bernstein (director)
Kirk Averitt, Jonathan Byram, Brandon Harris, Jyvonne Haskin, David Morales, Molly Pease, David Erik Peterson, Emily Riggins, Darita Seth, Valerie Tamboan, Becca Tomasko, and Chloe Vaught.
Vocal Arts Conservatory Chorus
The Vocal Arts Conservatory Chorus from California School of Arts - San Gabriel Valley is a mixed-voice ensemble comprising 7th through 9th grade students. CSArts-SGV is a public charter school that provides a creative, challenging, and nurturing environment offering bright and talented students a rigorous college-preparatory education and pre-professional arts conservatory training. Katherine Powers, Director of Vocal Arts. Prepared by: Kirk Averitt, Choral Director. CSArts-SGV is one of our Offstage partners.
Thank you to our generous season sponsors:
The Havner Family Foundation, The Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation, Anonymous, Alyce de Roulet Williamson, Ellen and Harvey Knell, Anonmous, and Michael Casey.