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The Art of Sound

THE ART OF SOUND is more than just a label…it’s an immersive experience.

The Art of Sound is a unique music+art label founded by Bridge Arts Media LLC, designed to create and celebrate the inherent connection between music and visual art.

Pairing original music with art expressly inspired by the music — or combining music with an inspiring work of original art — is an unexplored opportunity to showcase music+art as a single commission.

As music delivery technologies evolve, so does the need to innovate the experience of music beyond traditional borders.  In addition to creating works of listenable art, we at THE ART OF SOUND are dedicated to creating fresh-edged immersive experiences that engage the artists with their audiences far beyond just the album, CD or  digital download, the concert hall, club or other traditional performance arenas.

In 2011, we partnered with Vortex Immersion Media to co-produce and co-host exciting original immersive content experiences in THE VORTEX DOME, which is located at Los Angeles Center Studios in downtown Los Angeles.  This venue offers our artists the opportunity to explore and create for the 360 immersive cinema theater space.  This exciting new arts and media format is poised to evolve into the next generation of cinema experience and is also an innovative multi-media and arts performance space.

The cherished past converges with the irresistible future in THE ART OF SOUND…

Please visit the gallery to view the projects we have created, explore the artists or musicians pages who have worked with us, or contact us for more information if you are interested in learning more about this new, exciting immersive format.

Kate McCallum

Kate McCallum brings a unique and diverse background to THE ART OF SOUND. Her lifelong love of music, visual art and storytelling was first formed in her early years of training as a flutist and classically-trained singer. When she realized the chutzpah required of a professional opera singer was not part of her makeup, Kate moved from Michigan to Los Angeles, launching a career in the entertainment industry.

Twenty of her thirty plus years in production, writing, development and programming were spent in network television at Universal and Paramount, where Kate gained extensive experience in the process of storytelling through comedy and dramatic series production.  She developed, produced and sold longform content to Showtime, UPN, and NBC, and served as VP of Creative Development for over seven years with Western Sandblast at Paramount TV.

Kate left the studios when she was hired to join the Harmony Channel executive team, serving as VP Programming and helping to launch their innovative visual music VoD cable channel on Comcast to over 11 million homes.  She was responsible for artist relations, licensing and aggregating hundreds of hours of content for Moodzones, as well as general business development, branding and sponsor relations.

After the successful launch of the Harmony Channel, Kate returned to her early roots in music when she was recruited by the Los Angeles Opera, where she served in the position of Board Liaison and Executive Administrator to General Manager, Plácido Domingo.

Kate founded her own company, BRIDGE ARTS MEDIA LLC (BAM) in 2004, which specializes in the development and production of transmedia properties. Kate’s passion for bringing great music and art into the world prompted her to found THE ART OF SOUND with musician, composer and sonic engineer/producer, No’a Winter Lazerus. It was the contribution of visual artist Hall Ramirez — who designed the art for the first CD, Soul Flow — that inspired the idea to evolve a label which also promotes the artist and the synergistic magic that occurs when these two powerful art forms combine.

While working in the studios, Kate had met fellow executive and storyteller Alexandra Leh, who now brings her expertise and creativity to THE ART OF SOUND team to work on special projects as a producer.

Kate’s BA in Communications and Music from Western Michigan University, and her MA in Consciousness Studies have inspired her to pursue the advocacy of arts and media as tools for personal, societal and global transformation. In 2004, she founded the c3: Center for Conscious Creativity with Philip Horvath, establishing an LA-based creative collective and think-tank of artists, media-makers, futurists and consciousness experts who examine and explore the impact of art and media on culture and society. The c3 produces and presents concerts, screenings, content and educational events relevant to the mission of transformation and the evolution of human potential. In 2010 Kate was invited to Chair a Global Arts and Media Node for The Millennium Project, a global futurist collective whose mission is to address and report on 15 global challenges and solutions through an annual STATE OF THE FUTURE report.

Kate is a member of the PGA: Producers Guild of America New Media Council, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, the World Future Studies Foundation, and is a frequent speaker on the transformational power of the arts and media.

Learn more about Kate’s work at www.bridgeartsmedia.com and www.consciouscreativity.org

No'a Winter Lazerus
No’a Winter Lazerus

THE ART OF SOUND co-founder No’a Winter Lazerus utilizes a wide range of skills in pursuit of his artistic vision and expression. Scoring for cinema, television, visual art, installation art, music recording projects and live event performances is his passion. He has created musical scores for the ancillary content of films such as; 300 and Watchmen, and films for PBS. No’a is Grammy-nominated for his work in music recording and production.

Known by his peers as a musical artist who can go in any creative direction with originality, innovation and a unique sonic approach, from Indie and Alt to Neo-Classical to Ambient and Spectral Sound Sculpting, No’a is recognized for dancing with many genres, instruments and styles.

No’a has completed a new 360 immersive dome visual music experience with visual artist, Audri Phillips, called MIGRATIONS, which will premiere in 2011, and he recently created a theatrical musical called “Ian Forest” with performer/writer Tony Moss.

No’a also earned an MA in Consciousness Studies from the University of Philosophical Research in 2011 and is fortunate to live and work out of a charming Beachwood Canyon home studio, Voice of the Silent Sound, nestled under the Hollywood sign.

Alexandra Leh
Alexandra Leh

Alexandra was raised in the New York City music industry; recording studios, nightclubs and concert halls were her school and playground. Her father, George Barnes, made his name as a world-renowned jazz guitarist, composer, arranger and conductor, and made his living playing on some of the most famous rock ‘n’ roll in history. Until she was old enough to sneak a transistor radio under her pillow and fall asleep to the top 40 on WABC, she listened to other jazz masters: Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday…and the music made by her father’s friends: Quincy Jones’ ultra-cool Double Six of Paris, Billy Byers’ exquisite arrangements of Ellington compositions, Lawson & Haggart’s unique version of Porgy & Bess. Alexandra listened closely as she swam in a constant stream of musical brilliance.

Her genetic and experiential predisposition to music as an industry, a culture, and a way of life, prompted Alexandra to enter the music business at the age of 17. The design of her professional trajectory was geared to collecting experience in every facet of her chosen field. While she performed as a featured vocalist with her father in New York night clubs and as a back-up vocalist on others’ recordings, she immersed herself in the left-brained half of music, at CBS Records’ music publishing house, at prestigious New York City studio A&R Recording (under the tutelage of A&R’s owner, preeminent music producer Phil Ramone), in Artist Relations at Elektra/Asylum, and in the A&R Department at RCA. By the time she was 21, she was ready to record her first album with her father for Concord Jazz. It would have been his 6th album with Concord; but three weeks after the duo began working, he died of a heart attack at the age of 56.

Shifting her creative energies to the world of television and film, Alexandra moved to Los Angeles, bringing her musical acumen and experience to all of her endeavors as a development executive, writer and producer.

Out of her extensive and diverse professional experiences, Alexandra’s passion for music as a story form has expanded and matured, and she is excited to bring her knowledge, expertise and taste to THE ART OF SOUND.