Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Recording Artist Genevieve Birchman To Perform Benefit Concert Jan. 16 For Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

One of the best New Year's resolutions is to give of one's self to benefit others. That's exactly what singer, songwriter, and recording artist Genevieve Birchman will be doing when she takes to the stage Jan. 16 for a special benefit concert at Kulak's Woodshed, a North Hollywood listening room that showcases local to Grammy-winning talent.

The venue is the perfect location for the fundraiser to benefit the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, a national foundation, based in North Hollywood that was inspired by the motion picture of the same name and has for the past two decades provided musical instruments to low-income students and underfunded music programs. More information is available at its website: http://www.mhopus.org/

Birchman, who in October released her self-titled debut album, selected the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation to benefit from the event as a way she and fellow singer and private piano teacher, Aiyana Cadwell can use their talents to benefit aspiring young music students, for which both have a passion.

Birchman's album was produced by Grammy-winning, Billboard-charting, Del Oro Music Producer, Robert Eibach. Eibach isn't surprised his artist would choose to raise money for the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation: "I think it's wonderful that Genevieve is performing a benefit concert to help provide instruments to low-income school programs. Part of what we do as entertainers is to inspire our youth to become more involved in arts and music," Eibach said.

Birchman has a strong desire to pass her love of music on to the next generation and, in addition to recording and performing, uses her gift of music as a way to inspire and educate other young musicians.

She connected with the foundation because of its ability to bring a variety of instruments to low-income students, something the young singer feels strongly about, since she also enjoys performing on a range of string, brass and percussion instruments.

Cadwell, a local singer and recording artist, will open for Birchman at the event, performing with her band a short set that combines folk, pop, classical and jazz tunes. Cadwell is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. and Birchman will go on at 9 p.m.

Birchman will perform songs from her new EP, as well as from a recently released single, "Arrow," which she co-wrote and performed with musician and actor Teo Olivares.

A few heart-felt songs from her EP are "California Dreams" and "Runaway." With creative lyrics and haunting melodies the songs transport her listeners from the beaches and nightlife of Southern California to a small town and commune - Bormio, Italy.

Birchman's unique writing style captures moments and memories, as well as her urge to travel and experience more of life and all it offers. It's an album of adventures and experiences. Her songs also talk of "coming home" and how she "learned there are places you just don't go."

A classically trained pianist, Birchman has been writing lyrics and composing pop, jazz and classical songs for voice, piano, and guitar, for much of her adult life. She earned a bachelor's degree in music composition from Occidental College in Los Angeles, where she earned the Elinor Remick Warren award for outstanding composition. She also studied at York University in England and earned widespread recognition in the International Songwriting Competition for her song, "Both of Us," which also is featured on the Genevieve Birchman album.

While in college, Birchman performed as lead singer with the rock band Trophy Room. She's no stranger to the L.A. music scene, having also performed for a while on the open mic circuit. In fact, one of those venues was Kulak's Woodshed, where she is looking forward to returning, after coming such a long way in her career: "It's a great venue and I'm really excited about performing there again and using my music to help such a great program as Mr. Holland's Opus," she said.

The event is from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 16, at: Kulak's Woodshed, 5230 Laurel Canyon Blvd, in North Hollywood. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

For more information, contact: info@genevievebirchman.com.



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