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No Doubt Collaborates with LA Phil's Composer Fellows and YOLA Musicians

Four high school students participating in the LA Phil's Composer Fellowship Program will compose a four-movement piece inspired by songs by Grammy-winning rock band No Doubt. The complete piece will then be performed by the YOLA EXPO Center Youth Orchestra in a free evening concert at Santee High School on Feb. 26. (No Doubt will not be performing.)

The four composer fellows - Daniel Allas, Tamzin Elliott, Phillip Golub and Aaron Ishibashi - each selected a No Doubt song to serve as the musical inspiration for each one of the four movements that comprise the final piece. The songs chosen are "Suspension without Suspense," "Rock Steady" and "Simple Kind of Life." Already immersed in a program that offers a rich palette of musical experience that includes working closely with renowned classical, jazz and new music artists, this is the first time that the fellows have taken the music of an acclaimed rock group as the inspiration for their compositions.

All members of No Doubt - Gwen Stefani, Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young - will attend a YOLA EXPO Center Youth Orchestra rehearsal (at a date to be determined) to meet each of the composer fellows, observe rehearsal, listen to the new work inspired by their music, and participate in a Q&A session with the YOLA musicians and composer fellows.

"It's not every day that four young high school students pursuing a fellowship program in composition find themselves working with one of today's most influential pop groups," says Deborah Borda, President and CEO, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. "This collaboration among the composer fellows, YOLA Expo Center Youth Orchestra and No Doubt brings together very diverse groups of artists to learn from each other and inspire one another. This is the power of music education, and we thank No Doubt for helping us realize this important pursuit."

"We're so grateful to partner with the LA Phil for this ambitious project," said Tony Kanal of No Doubt. "We're looking forward to hearing the new compositions from the composer fellows and can't wait to meet them and the YOLA musicians."

No Doubt are currently working on their seventh studio album, scheduled for release in 2011. For more information about No Doubt, please visit

Composer Fellowship Program

This innovative two-year program gives passionate young composers the tools and the freedom to shape the future of music. Private and group composition lessons, seminars presented by LA Phil musicians, and encounters with professionals in the field, propel Fellows to excellence. Students experience the creative process from start to finish with the help of accomplished composers. At the end of the process, these young composers have the remarkable opportunity to hear their works performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA)

Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA) is the Los Angeles Philharmonic's initiative, supported by a network of stakeholders, to provide access to exceptional instrumental and orchestral education in order to promote youth development. The program and musical instruments are free to all participating students. Central to YOLA is the LA Phil's plan to build, with community partners, youth orchestras in underserved communities throughout Los Angeles. YOLA is inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan music education system that nurtured Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. The YOLA EXPO Center Youth Orchestra, the first project of YOLA, is a partnership among the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, The Harmony Project, the EXPO Center and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. The YOLA EXPO Center Youth Orchestra has empowered hundreds of students since its inception in 2007, and serves students ages 2-17 from more than 60 schools in its five-mile radius. In September 2010, the LA Phil launched the second YOLA site at HOLA: Heart of Los Angeles, an after-school community center in Lafayette Park. YOLA at HOLA will serve hundreds of students beginning with first and fourth graders, leading to the development of children and youth orchestras in the future.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Gustavo Dudamel, presents the finest in orchestral and chamber music, recitals, new music, jazz, world music and holiday concerts at two of the most remarkable locations anywhere to experience music - Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to a 30-week winter subscription season at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil presents a 12-week summer festival at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the Association's involvement with Los Angeles extends to educational concerts, children's programming and community concerts, ever seeking to provide inspiration and delight to the broadest possible audience.

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