Cozy Concert creates intimate atmosphere

A small venue and intimate performances made for an atmospheric evening last Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Music Recital Hall.

CPP Cozy Concert was put on by Music Industry Seminar, a class taught by Professor Dave Kopplin.

The idea is inspired by NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, which features musical artists performing a more intimate mini-concert, at — you guessed it — a desk in front of a small crowd.

The night consisted of performances by three bands.

The first was CPP Jazz Combo featuring Professor Tom Luer on saxophone, finance major Jeffrey Sweede on keyboard, music education major David Miranda on drums and music industries major Jordan Wicks on bass.

CPP Jazz Combo played a jazz cover of “Bronte” by Gotye and “Beatrice” by Sam Rivers.

CPP Jazz Combo actually came together specifically for this event.

“So these guys play in the jazz ensemble, jazz combos here and I have in the past coached some of those ensembles as well,” Luer said. “So as far as what we do as jazz musicians, is get together with different people and play. So we had a couple rehearsals, tightened up what we wanted to do and that was it.”

The second group was singer-songwriter and CPP alumni Sophie Rae, accompanied by a live band of CPP musicians.

Singer-songwriter and CPP alumni Sophie Rae (playing keyboard) and her accompanying band of fellow CPP musicians performed original songs as well as a cover of “Creep” by Radiohead. (Michael Uba | The Poly Post)

They played three of Rae’s original songs “Waiting on a Sign,” “Everything” and “The Other Side of the World,” as well as a cover of “Creep” by Radiohead.

And the third band of the night was indie, psych and rock band Delete Insert.

The band is fully instrumental and features founder Jonah Cardenas on guitar one, Carlos Calderon on guitar two, Josiah Cardenas on drums, Jacob Leon on bass and Marco Rodriguez on synthesizer and percussion.

They played original songs “Copyright,” “Chess,” “Track 3 Demo” and “This Too Shall Pass.”

Indie, psych and rock band Delete Insert plays their set. The fully instrumental band features founder Jonah Cardenas on guitar one, Carlos Calderon on guitar two, Josiah Cardenas on drums, Jacob Leon on bass and Marco Rodriguez on synthesizer and percussion.

“They were all good in their own aspect, but music-wise I really gotta hand it to CPP Jazz Combo. I’m a really big jazz nut,” said third-year business major Nathan Chavez.

The event was hosted on the stage of the Music Recital Hall. Instead of sitting in the seats, the curtains were closed and the audience was led onto the stage where they were seated on comfy mats and cushions situated around the bands.

“I enjoyed it, I liked the close intimacy,” second-year theater major Veronica Cortez said. “I mean you go to a concert, or your band and there’s like a million people around you and like the band is way far away. So I really liked the closeness of it.”

The event was $3 and the money was put toward covering the charges as well as funding future events.

Tickets were available online as well as at the door. With a full house, the show was a success.

The class, Music Industry Seminar, is taught by Professor Kopplin and gives students the opportunity to plan events like this every quarter/semester.

“It comes out of my research into experiential education, and we just do projects,” Kopplin said. “We’ve done fundraisers, we’ve done concerts. This [Cozy Concert] idea started in the winter quarter last year and the students liked it so this is the third time.”

Events like this take time and multiple people to pull it off, so jobs are divided up among the students in the class.

For example, some students do marketing, some do sound and so on.

Before the show, the class would meet up every week to discuss what they’ve done and what needs to be done.

In the past, the class was only able to throw about one event per quarter, but now, since terms are longer, there’s talk of throwing another show later in the semester.

For more information about future shows, follow @cpp.cozyconcerts on Instagram.

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