Aaron Smith is a Los Angeles-based trumpet artist & music conveyor. He actively performs across several genres and will play just about anything but, really loves a great lyrical or action score. He also enjoys contributing original work to the public repertoire with work written for brass quintet, concert band, and various configurations.
As a freelance artist, Smith performs for motion picture, television, and video games, which has included PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center, Riot Games, Spike, Touchstone Pictures, Universal, and Warner Brothers. He has served supporting roles on shows such as Dancing with the Stars, Ellen, the LATE LATE Show, and the Voice. He enjoys participating in a variety of ensembles such as the Grammy-nominated John Daversa Progressive Big Band and Hollywood Studio Symphony. Smith currently serves as principal trumpet for the Southeast Symphony, conducted by Anthony Parnther.
For the International Trumpet Guild, Smith has appeared as a guest Solo Artist and more recently as a member of the Hollywood Epic Brass. He enjoys outreach work, teaching privately, composing & arranging.
Smith holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts & Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music with the tutelage of James Thompson. He is also a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy.
Bob Clendenen is a performer/composer who received his B.M. Cum Laude from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and an MFA in Music Composition from the California Institute of the Arts. He studied composition with Tommy Joe Anderson, Luciano Berio, Brian Fernneyhough, Darrell Handel, John Harbison, Jonathan D. Kramer, Paul Lansky, Stephen L. Mosko, Allen Sapp, and Morton Subotnick. As a composer Bob has won both grants and awards. Including a first place finish in the Georgia Music Teachers Association composition contest in 1982, and Standard Awards and a Young Composers Award from A.S.C.A.P. As a performer Bob was a founding member of the L.A. jam band FOOD which worked in California and Nevada from 1996 - 2001. Bob has also performed as a trumpet soloist on Monday Evening Concerts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His current performance schedule is focused on singer-songwriter presentations, and he is the leader of “Shadow Wheel” which is a band that draws upon various American roots music traditions. Bob’s commissions include the Arroyo Ensemble, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, California E.A.R. Unit, Percussion Group Cincinnati, CalArts New Millennium Players, and a host of individuals including Phil VanOuse, Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, David Johnson, Lilia Boyadjieva, Ed Carroll, Darren Dvoracek and Thea Mesirow. Bob’s music has been performed in Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Knoxville, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Savannah. His music and recordings have been featured on radio broadcasts in Canada, Europe and the U.S.A. As a producer, Bob has managed 5500+ concerts in California and one at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Bob is on the faculty and staff at the California Institute of the Arts.
Daniel Corral is a composer and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Eagle River, Alaska. Currently living in Los Angeles, his unique voice finds outlet in accordion orchestras, puppet operas, handmade music boxes, microtonal electronics, site-specific installations, chamber music, post-punk opera, and inter-disciplinary collaborations.
Corral’s music has been commissioned and presented by venues such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Joe’s Pub NYC, REDCAT, Reykjavik Harpa Concert Hall, HERE Arts Center, Miami Light Project, Operadagen Rotterdam, Wayward Music, Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Hammer Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, USC’s Thornton School of Music, The Center for New Music, CSUN’s Mike Curb College of Arts, Pianospheres, Automata Los Angeles, Machine Project, SASSAS, the wulf., Pasadena All Saints Choir, The Santa Monica GLOW Festival, CalArts, UCSD School of Music, Carlsbad Music Festival, Aspen Composers Conference, and the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts.
Corral is also composer and keyboardist for Timur and The Dime Museum, whose productions are produced by Beth Morrison Projects, and directs experimental accordion orchestra Free Reed Conspiracy. Corral has collaborated with artists such as Anne LeBaron, Vicki Ray, Ray/Kally Duo, Charles Gaines, Stephen Prina, Wild Up, Isaura String Quartet, Formalist String Quartet, Opera Povera, Yakima Chamber Symphony, Boston Microtonal Society, Slatür, The Industry LA, California EAR Unit, Kairos String Quartet, Bo Sul Kim, Daron Hagen, Pasadena All Saints Choir, Cudamani, and Sojourn Theatre.
Corral is on the composition faculty at Calarts. Residencies include APPEX, Marin Headlands Center for the Arts, I-Park Foundation, and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. His music has been released by Populist Records, Orenda Records, Innova Recordings, the wulf. records, and independently. He received his MFA from Calarts, where he studied composition with James Tenney and Anne LeBaron.