Guest Artists

Marvin Robinson: From Bayview to Your Radio: Becoming a Music Industry Professional

July 21, 2010
Marvin Robinson, a Bayview Native, was the influential Program Director of San Francisco's highest-rated radio station, KSOL, and Vice President of BMG Records. He produced or "broke" many top 40 hits, like Prince's "Kiss", and hits by the Fat Boys, Eric B & Rakim, Brian McKnight, Pebbles, LL Cool J, TLC, and many more.

Marvin has a heart for this community. He. recalls standing on the corner of Palou and 3rd, twelve hours a day, 7 days a week. He went on to become a radio personality, successful executive for BMG/Zoo/RCA/Sony Records in New York City and Los Angeles, and Vice President at RCA Records.

Mr. Robinson will come to the Bayview YMCA to talk to our youths about his experiences building a career as a music industry professional.

Click below to listen to Marvin's talk.

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Part 2:

Awakening To Art Drumming Lessons

March 24, 2010

LEAP from Africa

February 3, 2010
LEAP from Africa, performed in our studio. Click the links below, and open in your player, to listen:



Scott Chowning, French Horn, Ambient Composition, House Music

December 22, 2009

Scott Chowning, French Horn player and electronic composer, won a grant from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, to explore Music Performance In Non-Traditional Spaces, like caves and a skatepark full-pipe. Scott performs live ambient electronic music in Canadian nightclubs. He produces techno-house tracks using Max and Ableton Live.

While the YMCA Christmas festival was happening upstairs, Scott played some Strauss on his french horn for a roomful of our Bayview kids. Before he started, one of the kids asked "don't you need a microphone?", and Scott proceeded to play so loud the young ones were covering their ears.

Incidentally, Scott's dad, John Chowning, developed Frequency Modulation Synthesis in the 1970's, which became the basis for the Yamaha DX7 synthesizer, which formed the sound of many Top 40 music hits during the 1980's. The technology was used by Al Jarreau, Whitney Houston, the Grateful Dead, Stevie Wonder, Chick Corea, and many others.
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