Claudia Ruiz

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Interview with Austin Jazz Society’s Tom Van Tassel: How to Support the Local Austin Music Scene While At-Home

By Claudia RuizMusic Journalist With the rise of live streaming for entertainment, places like Austin Jazz Society provide closure for those of us who crave live music again. I had the chance to speak with the president of Austin Jazz Society, Tom van Tassel, about the future of their organization and the current state of live jazz music today. Claudia Ruiz: So Tom can you tell us what is the […]

todayNovember 20, 2020 20

A black-and-white group shot image taken of members of the ensemble Conspirare that performed Dr. Johnson’s piece, Considering Matthew Shepard. Multiple people with black evening attire are posing and smiling, center-fold.


Interview with Dr. Craig Hella Johnson

By Claudia RuizMusic Journalist With all that is happening in the world, enjoying art can seem like a plausible way to escape or express our concerns within it. For Texas State University’s School of Music’s Artist-in-Residence, Dr. Craig Hella Johnson, this time of separation is not a stopping point for him or his music making. Texas State University School of Music Artist-in-Residence and Conspirare Artistic Director, Dr. Craig Hella Johnson. […]

todayNovember 3, 2020 9

The four members of TWRP, Lord Phobos (top-left), Havve Hogan (top-center) Commander Meouch (top-right), and Doctor Sung (bottom-center). Each member is wearing a unique solid-colored outfit and mask in accordance with their on-stage persona. All members are posing victoriously in front of a mountain landscape.


TWRP: Over The Top Album Review

By Claudia RuizMusic Journalist Artist: TWRPAlbum: Over The TopRelease Date: September 25, 2020Website: Label: Self-Released Fans of funk-rock, synth-pop, and electronic music alike, rejoice! The newest studio album by the band Tupperware Remix Party, otherwise known as TWRP, dropped last month, and it is the stellar project our ears have been craving.  During the CO-VID 19 pandemic, the band recorded the entirety of Over The Top in the comfort […]

todayOctober 12, 2020 55

A photograph of students of a School of Music course participating in classwork in a reserved area of the Pleasant Street parking garage. Featured in the image are various students seated in classroom chairs and with instruments by their sides.


Getting Back into the Groove of Things: Interview with TXST School of Music’s Director, Dr. Joey Martin

By Claudia RuizMusic Journalist A portrait of Texas State University's School of Music director, Dr. Joey Martin. Image via Dr. Joey Martin. Having been a Music major for over three years now, I can vouch for how important it is to be on-campus for music-related obligations. From ensemble rehearsals to in-person classes to finding a practice room on-campus to work in for hours on end, the daily lives of students […]

todaySeptember 27, 2020 11

The album cover is a minimalist grey background with Japanese text on the left edge of the art. On the top of the album art reads the words "Reality In Love, Toshifumi Hinata" in English and enlarged blue text.


Toshifumi Hinata: Reality In Love Album Review

By Claudia RuizMusic Journalist Artist: Toshifumi HinataAlbum: Reality In LoveRelease Date: November 28, 1986Website: Label: Alfa ‎– ALR-28091 With the current rise in popularity of genres such as lo-fi hip hop and synth pop, Toshifumi Hinata’s 1986 album, Reality In Love, seems like a relevant project to re-visit and explore. Having an education from the Berkeley School of Music and having lived in places like England, the United States, […]

todaySeptember 12, 2020 210

The self-portrait is taken of the author of this article. The author is posing with a ‘Eddie Durham Jazz Celebration’ concert flyer that showcases a graphic image of Eddie Durhan on the cover; the author took this picture while posing in front of the Evans Auditorium stage, post-concert.


Eddie Durham: Jazz for the Texan Soul

By Claudia RuizMusic Journalist Although quarantine may have put a dent in all of our 2020 plans, especially those of us in the performing arts and general music scene, we choose to embrace the memories we’ve made in live shows and concerts and remind ourselves why we find music so comforting, especially in these trying times.  The local music scene of San Marcos, in particular, can take credit for one […]

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