Star Wars inspired him. After he watched Star Wars Episode IV, he started making short films by himself. Then began composing the music for those films.
Now, he enjoys composing orchestra songs, making films, flying a drone, photographing amd drawing pictures.
A SF State graduating cinema student,
Growing up in a household filled with musicians, SF state communication major Quyne Vu was bound to pick up the music gene.
Her mother, Theresa Nguyen, sings and plays the piano, her father, Anthony Vu plays the guitar and her brother, Ken Joseph Vu enjoys playing
The Afro Cuban Jazz Ensemble performed in Knuth Hall at SF State on last Wednesday using rare instruments and vocals to serenate an audience of students and Parkmerced locals.
Director John Calloway has been part of this program for 18 years and learned that music will
A crowd waited outside the Fox Theater in Oakland on Friday for the Spanish and English band, Chicano Batman, that not only had the audience dancing all night but also sent a strong message against police brutality.
Chicano Batman is comprised of four musicians from Los
Crowds of hip-hop enthusiasts from all over the Bay Area lined up outside the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California this past weekend to attend Rolling Loud Music Festival.
When the gates opened, they sprinted to the two stages to see artists such as Travis Scott,
SF State’s on-campus venue, The Depot, took a trip back in time to the early 20th century with a jazz trio who began in San Francisco four years ago, just looking to explore the world of music together.
On Tuesday, The Midnight Moods, which is comprised
There are music producers at SF State living as students trying to balance school and their art form. Three producers share what it’s like to hone their craft, as well as their personal thoughts on the music that they love to make and listen to.
Outer Sunset locals bring well-known stores to lower Taraval street from their original locations 10 blocks away.
In 2015, a fire destroyed the Great Highway Market and half of Riptide, a bar on 44th and Taraval. It left the block with Bashful Bull Too and Brothers
Students looking for a relaxing outlet before finals can find musical respite inside the Creative Arts Building’s Knuth Hall.
Victoria Neve, classical piano professor and Inara Morgenstern, accompanist and lecturer, have been relieving students’ stress with the Annual Happy Concert for more than 20 years.
Friday, SF State will host its first ever Electronic Music Class Show, where students from Music 436 will present their final synthesized music projects at The Depot.
"It's always a great experience for the students to have a culminating concert where they can display the work
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="737"][media-credit id=301 align="alignnone" width="737"][/media-credit] Ja Ronn Thompson leads the Gospel Gators choir practice during class in Jack Adams Hall Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (Melissa Minton/ Xpress)[/caption]The large classroom echoes with the sound of students being welcomed into Jack Adams Hall, until they quiet
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="600"] Jonathan Martin, a member of the Capoeria club at SF State practices a technique in San Francisco, CA, on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 (Alex Kofman / Xpress)[/caption]
Cries of "bananeira," "amazonas" and other Portuguese terms coalesced with traditional Brazilian instrumentals as members of
Diverse crowds, bands and food trucks filled Golden Gate Park with the sounds of good music this weekend for the 15th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.
With over 100 artists performing on seven different stages, the festival has grown tremendously since its opening in 2001, when
The walls of the KSFS radio station at SF State are covered with graffiti, a long-standing tradition carried on by students looking to make their mark. A large sign showcasing their slogan, “Embrace the chaos,” is tacked onto the wall.
It is a sentiment that Jeff Jacoby, advisor and
“Where words fail, music speaks,” is the quote Sean Thompson, 22, lives by.
Thompson, an SF State music major with an emphasis in composition, said he was excited about his career in music, and is constantly pushing himself any chance he has to be a better
San Francisco is known for many things: fog, the Golden Gate Bridge, fog, cable cars— did we mention fog? It's also known for its plethora of diverse bars and restaurants. For a city that doesn't even measure 50 square miles, it packs in a lot of
With a trumpet and conductor’s baton in hand, musician Brad Hogarth's ambition has sent him across continents on every face of the globe to share his craft. Throughout his career, he has been invited to teach and perform classical music in over a dozen countries. His most recent professional endeavor
At the end of the claustrophobic tunnel of final exams, projects and term papers, the tiny light of summer sun holds the promise that better times are to come. With festival season straight ahead, the Golden Gate Xpress has compiled a guide to 2015's most
At center stage in a dimly lit auditorium, formally trained piano player Lilian Wu riffs and shuffles smoothly into her drums, giving music lovers an afternoon of jazz drumming masterpieces.
Wu, who is receiving her Bachelor of Music in jazz performance, grew up playing classical piano and began playing
Assistant professor of music Christine Brandes' pursuit for a career in classical music started in a small church in rural Ohio where she was raised but has led to her perform at the nation's most renowned orchestras and symphonies.
The tick of the clock pierced the vocal studio in
Under the vaulted ceiling of the Annex, a congregation of approximately 1,120 students ceremoniously raised their camera phones as rapper G-Eazy emerged from a veil of smoke into a single spotlight. Ambient background lighting gradually rose around the Oakland-born artist as he asked the crowd, "Are we turning the fuck up and raging
Inspired by the bone-chilling gloom of winter, Cory Teese took up his guitar and transposed his melancholy feelings into chords. By springtime, Teese had emerged from a contemplative fog with the creation of his first album and his one-man band Flowers in the Fence.
In the tiny space of their dorm room, band members Alec Kersenboom, Andrew Harley and Trevor Ramirez of Speakeasy, created a rock 'n' roll sound that flooded the halls of the Towers dormitory in between classes. Their distinctive sound and high energy landed them a debut show at
SF State alumna Elinor Armer, a world-renowned pianist, composer and teacher, is celebrating her 75th birthday with a series of jubilee concerts throughout the Bay Area, including one held Feb. 26 at Knuth Hall.
Armer, who received her masters of arts in composition at SF State, is the founder
Sex, drugs and teenage rebellion collided to set the scene for Hungry Skinny’s first show in a former nun convent in the Haight-Ashbury district. The San Francisco band that has committed to rocking out, partying hard and having a good time since day one continues to serve up classic,
Psychedelic sounds reverberated through the air Thursday night as student passersby were drawn to Malcolm X Plaza where a musical trio spontaneously started to jam.
The unnamed group, comprised of freshman Alec Kersenboom, freshman Andrew Harley and junior Trevor Ramirez, played improvised psychedelic jam rock reminiscent of the
In the dimly lit bar, couples secluded themselves into tables nestled against the wall while others crowded the dance floor, eagerly awaiting the curtain to rise on stage.
Miss Lightning, a band started by SF State student Dominique Gomez and four close friends, began their residency
With butterflies in her stomach and a black guitar in tow, an SF State audio production student swooned the American Idol judges with a sweet melody.
Chandler Leighton, 19, earned her ticket to Hollywood in the San Francisco round of auditions, which aired nationally Jan. 28.
Turning 50 years old this year is the iconic jam band The Grateful Dead, who once occupied the streets of Haight-Ashbury, acclaimed the musical influence to the Acid Tests and was a leading contributor to the Summer of Love.
Released just in time for the band's birthday is the book
SF State experiences a severe drop in population during the winter when everyone goes home for winter break. But if you’ve got job obligations, decided to take winter classes, or don’t celebrate Christmas, you might be among the group of students who are looking for
The sound of a Fender electric guitar filled the room and a sweet melody soon followed as Rowie Walsh and Fin May of the blues-folk band Palladino jammed out to their song “Time” in their Sunset District apartment on a quiet Saturday afternoon.
The two are originally from
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="600"] Jonathan White solos in the University Chorus's performance at the 13th annual Harvest Concert in Lakeside Presbyterian Church Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Martin Bustamante/Xpress.[/caption]
Amid winter colds and midterms, four SF State vocal groups have trained all semester for a harvest concert where they performed their
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="160"] Shahan Salim of Banshee Boardwalk sings into a telephone-mic at The Depot on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Ryan Leibrich / Xpress[/caption]
The Depot flooded with excited fans during their 3-band show the day before Halloween.
The lineup included The She's, Banshee Boardwalk and
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="600"] Element performs with his crew at The Depot on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2014. Lorisa Salvatin/Xpress.[/caption]
The Depot created quite a stir at SF State as quick-spitted words and deep beats echoed through the Cesar Chavez Student Center from a group of up-and-coming Bay
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="600"] Fin May (left) and Rowie Walsh, members of Palladino, perform for the Student Talent Showcase in Jack Adams Hall Thursday Oct. 29, 2014. Martin Bustamante/Xpress.[/caption]
The futures of SF State alum Andrew Liu and freshman Stephanie Gatica are on the rise since