Fall Music Salon, 5 Spaces Left, That's All

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It all started with a bike ride in 1994. While on the bike path I ran into Ronee Rubin, then Director of Entertainment Studies at UCLA Extension, who was on her daily power walk.  She asked me what was happening and I told her I’d just moved into my first home. She asked me if I wanted to do something new and different from the International Bandstand world music classes I’d been doing for UCLA Ext for the past few years. I told her without much thinking or hesitation that it would be cool to do a class in my new home, with wine and cheese: a music salon. I was mostly kidding. Less than a week later, however, a course description for the music salon arrived.

One of the many fun groups of the Music Salons (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

I’d taught English comp at Mount St. Mary’s and English as a Second Language in Paris. But never music. Having left Morning Becomes Eclectic and having been let go from Horizon Records at A&M, it all came at a good time. I taught for four years, then had to stop because of a new gig with the LA Philharmonic, starting a world music series that eventually morphed into the KCRW World Festival.

People kept asking me, “When are you going to teach another music salon or International Bandstand?” So in 2009 I started doing salons again. I’ve done something like a dozen of them so far and the next one starts in just over a week, on September 17th.

There are 5 spots left and the Salon is limited to 15 people. Click here for details and if you’re interested in signing up.

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