String Project Los Angeles America's Creative Music School

String Project Los Angeles America's Creative Music School The Premier Music School for Creative String Playing Violinists, violists, and cellists learn to play Rock, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Hip Hop, Electric, Improvisation and so much more. **Join the revolution!**

An innovative school for learning non classical styles on bowed string instruments, String Project| Los Angeles (SPLA) is aimed toward students of all ages who wish to expand their musical abilities. Artistic Director Jacob Szekely along with Luis Mascaro offer group classes, private, duo,trio, quartet lessons, workshops, and open jam sessions to foster a comfortable environment to learn jazz, rock, and improvisational techniques on violin, viola, cello, and bass. For more info, visit stringprojectla.com or call 310.822.SPLA !

Mission: The Premier Music School for Creative String Playing Violinists, violists, and cellists learn to play Rock, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Hip Hop, Electric, Improvisation and so much more. **Join the revolution!**

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String Project Los Angeles and The LA Creative String Festival proudly presents the World Jazz Cello Heavyweight Champio...
02/21/2020

String Project Los Angeles and The LA Creative String Festival proudly presents the World Jazz Cello Heavyweight Championship Finals featuring cellists Jacob Szekely and Artyom Manukyan accompanied by Christopher Allis on drums and Michael Ragonese on piano!

If you are in Los Angeles, please mark your calendars and come join these wonderful artists for this special event in Los Angeles at Sam First on 3/10 at 8pm.

02/04/2018
02/04/2018

Lili melting the crowd

02/04/2018
The LACSF is just days away (FEB. 3rd)! It's going to an incredible time with some of the greats in creative string play...
01/30/2018

The LACSF is just days away (FEB. 3rd)! It's going to an incredible time with some of the greats in creative string play today: Kevin Olusola, Lili Haydn, Rushad Eggleston, and Jacob Szekely! There's still time to get advance ticketa at http://stringprojectla.com. Hope to see you there!

#LACreativeStringFestival #RushadEggleston #groove #cello #creativecello #cellorock #violin #viola #cello #celloartists #creativestringplayers #socal #losangeles #fiddle #pop #jazz #rock @rushadicus @kolusola @lilihaydn @jacobszekely

The countdown is on to the LA Creative String Festival on Feb 3rd. So happy to be part of what will be an insane concert...
01/23/2018

The countdown is on to the LA Creative String Festival on Feb 3rd. So happy to be part of what will be an insane concert with an amazing lineup for an awesome charity! Be sure to buy your tickets today at http://stringprojectla.com ($15 Advance & Students; $25 Door).

#LACreativeStringFestival #RushadEggleston #groove #cello #creativecello #cellorock #violin #viola #cello #celloartists #creativestringplayers #socal #losangeles #fiddle #pop #jazz #rock @rushadicus @kolusola @lilihaydn

The LACSF is nearly here! Feb 3rd is going to be an awesome time with the best creative string play! Be sure to buy your...
01/16/2018

The LACSF is nearly here! Feb 3rd is going to be an awesome time with the best creative string play! Be sure to buy your tickets today at http://stringprojectla.com!

#violin #viola #cello #celloartists #creativestringplayers #socal #losangeles #fiddle #pop #jazz #rock @rushadicus @kolusola @lilihaydn

We're so excited about our amazing lineup for this year's LACSF! It's a rare event with so many of today’s creative stri...
01/09/2018

We're so excited about our amazing lineup for this year's LACSF! It's a rare event with so many of today’s creative string innovators on one stage. Tickets are available at http://stringprojectla.com, be sure to buy yours today!

#violin #viola #cello #celloartists #creativestringplayers #socal #losangeles #fiddle #pop #jazz #rock @rushadicus @kolusola @lilihaydn @jacobszekely

Just a few weeks until the mesmerizing LILI HAYDN performs at the LA Creative String Festival on Feb. 3rd!  If you live ...
01/02/2018

Just a few weeks until the mesmerizing LILI HAYDN performs at the LA Creative String Festival on Feb. 3rd! If you live in the LA area be sure to buy your tickets now at http://stringprojectla.com/. Lili lifts an audience to heights seldom experienced!

#lilihaydn #violin #viola #cello #celloartists #creativestringplayers #socal #losangeles #fiddle #pop #jazz #rock #KevinOlusola #rushadicus #jacobszekely

Can’t wait to see the amazing Rushad take the stage at LACSF on Feb 3rd, he never fails to knock the socks off the audie...
12/26/2017

Can’t wait to see the amazing Rushad take the stage at LACSF on Feb 3rd, he never fails to knock the socks off the audience with his a joyful, eccentric grooves! Be sure to buy tickets now at http://stringprojectla.com/.

#cellogoblin #rushadicus #violin #viola #cello #celloartists #creativestringplayers #socal #losangeles #fiddle #pop #jazz #rock

So thrilled to have Kevin Olusola perform at the LA Creative String Festival on Feb 3rd! It’s going to be a great time w...
12/20/2017

So thrilled to have Kevin Olusola perform at the LA Creative String Festival on Feb 3rd! It’s going to be a great time with some amazing creative string artists. Be sure to get your tickets today at http://stringprojectla.com/.

#violin #viola #cello #celloartists #creativestringplayers #socal #losangeles #fiddle #pop #jazz #rock

12/07/2017
The biggest breakthrough since the pickup? -
10/06/2017
The Biggest Breakthrough since the pickup?

The biggest breakthrough since the pickup? -

So excited to share with you one of the most exciting pieces of gear we've ever tried.  If you care about tone,  you gotta' check this out and PLEASE share this!   We don't usually ask for things but this is the debut video on our new FB page and we want to start things off with a bang (and think we...

For those looking for a fantastic classical experience this Summer look no further !
05/10/2017
Elizabeth Wright Music

For those looking for a fantastic classical experience this Summer look no further !

Registration is open for ChamberFest & SuzukiFest 2017!

04/28/2017
Strings Magazine

Have a quick listen Jacob Szekely Trio live at Strings Magazine!

The Jacob Szekely Trio stopped by the Strings studio to perform two original compositions. Watch the clip below and stay tuned for an upcoming Strings Session. Szkelely, drummer Christopher Allis, and keyboardist Michael Ragonese perform tonight at Point Richmond Jazz.

The Pickup Test
03/10/2017
The Pickup Test

The Pickup Test

DEAR CREATIVE STRING PLAYERS:

We have huge news: In order to give you even more of your favorite content, ThePickupTest.com is becoming ElectricStringplayer.com and we're celebrating twice:

First: we are giving away our latest mega Octaver Shootout and Tutorial videos for free on Youtube!!! So many of you post and ask octaver questions on a weekly basis and (as usual) we were listening, and are proud to offer the first no-nonsense guide to these pedals created by string players for string players!!!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLaQ68vOw1EAB8Uuz3Wf2Iw

Second: We are offering access to our site for just $10 until the change is official. Your membership supports the only community-based independent objective site by string players for string players on the web!

Emerson String Quartet with Renée FlemingCelebrating 40 yearsWalt Disney Concert Hall Tuesday, October 18, 8pm ARTISTSEm...
10/20/2016
Emerson String Quartet with Renée Fleming

Emerson String Quartet with Renée Fleming
Celebrating 40 years
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Tuesday, October 18, 8pm

ARTISTS
Emerson String Quartet
Renée Fleming, soprano

PROGRAM
Brahms: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2 Program Notes
Wellesz: Five Sonnets for soprano and string quartet
Berg: Lyric Suite

ABOUT THIS PERFORMANCE
For a remarkable four decades, the Emerson Quartet has reigned as one of the world’s preeminent chamber ensembles, longevity that few groups have achieved.
The four artists are joined by another iconic performer, soprano Renée Fleming, for this anniversary celebration, which combines the Romantic Classicism of Brahms with the post-Romantic Modernism of Alban Berg and Egon Wellesz.
The latter two composers, born in the same year, have a remarkable musical affinity: the rich, densely post-tonal sound world of Wellesz’ sonnets becomes the perfect prequel for Berg’s expressionistic Suite, which also features Ms. Fleming.

Programs, artists, dates, prices and availability subject to change.

Link: http://bit.ly/WDCH_Calendar_emerson

Join us Oct 14th 8p for a creative string concert like no other to help support the ground breaking homeless shelter set...
10/12/2016
String Project Los Angeles America's Creative Music School

Join us Oct 14th 8p for a creative string concert like no other to help support the ground breaking homeless shelter set up right at the location Mt. Olive Church!

Have a look at todays LA Times article about the UCLA Homeless shelter and come out to the Benefit Concert that will help support this great cause. Oct 14th. 8p. All ages. Mt. Olive, Santa Monica.

"A groundbreaking homeless shelter for college students in Santa Monica hits a snag" http://www.latimes.com/local/abcarian/la-me-abcarian-bruin-shelter-20160923-snap-story.html

So whats going on this week at String Project LA?!!                        TOO MUCH GOOD STUFF! Master class for violin,...
10/11/2016

So whats going on this week at String Project LA?!! TOO MUCH GOOD STUFF! Master class for violin, viola and cello with Mark Summer and FREE ALL AGES Benefit Concert featuring Mark Summer, Georgy Gusev Artyom Manukyan Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Michael Ragonese Leah Zeger Eric Sittner Peter Lloyd Gabrielle Armenier!!

We are BEYOND thrilled to add another amazing musician to the list of performers for the Benefit Concert Oct 14th 8-10p!...
10/09/2016

We are BEYOND thrilled to add another amazing musician to the list of performers for the Benefit Concert Oct 14th 8-10p!! Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Come hear the enlightened beautiful viola along with cellist Artyom Manukyan , Georgy Gusev and friends as each artist creates new music , reinterprets old classics and improvise solo and together for the first time. Free. Donation Based. Bring your friends and family and witness a inspiring evening of classical, jazz, contemporary music on piano, cello, viola, LACO members and a Colburn student orchestra plus much more!

2 Master Classes for VIOLIN VIOLA CELLO with Grammy Winnder Mark Summer!! Not to be missed!When: Oct 14thMaster Class fo...
10/08/2016

2 Master Classes for VIOLIN VIOLA CELLO with Grammy Winnder Mark Summer!! Not to be missed!

When: Oct 14th

Master Class for kids/young adults
5-6p 11 - 17 years old
(2+ years experience orchestra or private)

Master Class for adults
615-715 Adults
(5+ years experience)

Limited seating.

Tickets: $50

Ticket sales close October 10.

Where: Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405

Email [email protected] with any questions.

There are 2 spots for private lessons with Mark Summer, Oct 13th. $125. Message me to arrange your time. Lessons in West LA or Encino.

Have a look at todays LA Times article about the UCLA Homeless shelter and come out to the Benefit Concert that will hel...
09/23/2016
A groundbreaking homeless shelter for college students in Santa Monica hits a snag

Have a look at todays LA Times article about the UCLA Homeless shelter and come out to the Benefit Concert that will help support this great cause. Oct 14th. 8p. All ages. Mt. Olive, Santa Monica.

"A groundbreaking homeless shelter for college students in Santa Monica hits a snag" http://www.latimes.com/local/abcarian/la-me-abcarian-bruin-shelter-20160923-snap-story.html

The Rev. Eric Shafer interrupted me before I could even get my first sentence out.

Wow, SPLA is so lucky to have TEDX and 2x Grammy Award winner Mark Summer present 2 Masterclasses Oct 14th. Don't miss o...
09/20/2016

Wow, SPLA is so lucky to have TEDX and 2x Grammy Award winner Mark Summer present 2 Masterclasses Oct 14th. Don't miss out! Mark Summer has been the subject of feature articles in Strings and Bass Player magazines, and has published several pieces for solo cello; his best known and beloved “Julie-O,” has been performed by cellists all over the world, and was featured in a recent Apple Watch commercial as well as on two episodes of NBC‘s “Parenthood.”

In addition to composing and his past performances with Turtle Island Quartet, Mark currently performs in a trio with jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton, a seven-time Grammy®-nominated singer. Mark also performed in a trio with clarinet virtuoso Paquito D’Rivera of which their recording, The Jazz Chamber Trio, was nominated for a Grammy® in 2005, and includes Marks piece “Kalimba” for solo cello.

Mark has recorded on numerous motion picture soundtracks and performed and/or appeared on albums with Linda Ronstadt, Toni Childs, guitarist Jeff Tamelier of Tower of Power, singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, and guitarist Will Ackerman.

In 2011, he made his American debut as an orchestral soloist, premiering David Balakrishan’s cello concerto “Force of Nature,” written especially for Mark. In 2013 he had his European solo premier, performing the concerto with both the Neuss Chamber Orchestra and the Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt. Mark has taught and performed recitals at Cello: An American Experience, a program for young cellists for three summers.

http://www.tedxmarin.org/2016-speakerstalks/mark-summer-2/

How excited are we to have the beautiful ,talented and amazing Leah Zeger perform at this benefit concert !!! SUPER exci...
09/16/2016

How excited are we to have the beautiful ,talented and amazing Leah Zeger perform at this benefit concert !!! SUPER excited !! She will be gracing the stage performing her beautiful violin and singing with Micheal Ragonese on piano, and Eric Sittner on bass. This unique jazz trio will come together for this evening to help raise funds for students struggling with food and housing. Bring your family and friends to this all ages, donation-based event and enjoy an evening of jazz , classical and contemporary Music.

Fall is here! Don't miss a chance to grow your cello skills with this years fantastic Master Class with Mark Summer of 2...
09/09/2016

Fall is here! Don't miss a chance to grow your cello skills with this years fantastic Master Class with Mark Summer of 2x Grammy Award winning group Turtle Island. Grab your tickets before they sell out: http://stringprojectla.com/payment/

True!
09/03/2016

True!

Finger prosthetic for violinist by Viktorija Domarkaite
08/30/2016

Finger prosthetic for violinist by Viktorija Domarkaite

Cello clock recycled materials
08/27/2016

Cello clock recycled materials

Timeline Photos
08/25/2016

Timeline Photos

Lovely parent testimonial! "My son can't wait for the next semester of his alternative string group (ASG) to start up ag...
08/25/2016

Lovely parent testimonial! "My son can't wait for the next semester of his alternative string group (ASG) to start up again! Jacob has taught him so much about being creative and passionate about the violin and music, which has been a liberating complement to years of school orchestra. SPLA is a unique program with the most positive and inspiring teachers possible- so thankful to be a part of it!"

Hello Cello!
08/24/2016

Hello Cello!

Spring Project Los Angeles is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. You will be have opportunities to perform and the season...
08/22/2016

Spring Project Los Angeles is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. You will be have opportunities to perform and the season finally will include a chance to get in a live studio to record all the music wilted on through the year. SPLA students are given the opportunity to discover your own future rock star potential! Show us your talent now! Visit SPLA for more info http://stringprojectla.com/

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School Locations: String Project|Los Angeles Studios located in: First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica Church on Pearl across from John Adams Middle School Harvard Westlake Private & Small Group lessons can be arranged in Culver City, Venice, Marina Del Rey and Santa Monica.

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Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00
Sunday 13:30 - 15:30

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(310) 822-7752

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