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I had a blast playing with the legendary STEVIE WONDER and recent Grammy-winner ESPERANZA SPALDING at the sold-out Nokia Theatre! We were joined on-stage by the amazing Chick Corea, John Mayer, Herbie Hancock, Ledis, and many more special guests. There's a great review of our concert HERE.

More viola and bass madness! Here's our string trio performance of my string arrangement for "Fine By Me', the new single from popstar Andy Grammer, live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno! I was joined on-stage by my wonderful violinist BRITTANY COTTO and cellist AMANDA ZIDOW! FULL HD LIVE VIDEO HERE.

also had a blast recording VIOLA with composer @ZackHexum for the movie COBU @Cobu3DTweets starring @BoA_USA and @DerekHough from @DancingABC! We tracked strings for 2 days at Entourage Studios in NOHO. Best!

Here are two AMAZING videos from my LIVE EP CONCERT with Andy Grammer and Colbie Caillat. This is Andy's cover of the hit song by my girl Rihanna, "We Found Love":

This is the gorgeous Andy Grammer ballad, "The Heavy and The Slow". I love my viola part on this tune!

I had the most amazing time of my life, performing live with THE BODEANS at a VERY sold-out Chicago Symphony Center, Chicago, Illinois! The concert just happened to be on the same day as my birthday and what a present it was. I composed 5 string arrangements and performed on viola live alongside my cellist besty ADRIENNE WOODS. I am so thankful for working with Kurt Neumann, his wife Barbra, and their wonderful daughter Tessa Neumann (and Hannah, Rain, and Gianna). What a roadtrip and concert! Amazingly enough, we've been invited back to play with The BoDeans during their Spring/Summer tour, with one date at The Troubadour in Los Angeles on May 16th and then we will head back to Chitown and play at the renownedRavinia Music Festival on Friday, July 20th! BOOM! Here's a little video snippet from their hit "You Don't Get Much":

January, 2012:
I had my best business year ever, worked with many major artists, and accomplished everything I set out to do. So psyched for this 2012! Excited that NAMM 2012 show was such a BLAST! I am so thankful to all of my endorsing companies, D'Addario, Malekko, Nordstrand, Aguilar, Comfort Strapp, Status, Parker, Schertler, Pirastro, Peterson Tuners, iGig Double Bass cases, Visual Sound, etc. Pix here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3178816753556.2164938.1359767654&type=3&l=0283f88fde

I also just arranged strings and played alongside pop sensation ANDY GRAMMER (S-Curve Records Recording Artist) for a live EP taping at the famous Village Recorders Studios in Santa Monica, which has an amazing history of tracking Lady Gaga, The Rolling Stones, All American Rejects, John Mayer, Weezer, B. B. King, Fleetwood Mac, RATT, Stryper, and Colbie Caillat! In fact, Grammy-winner Colbie Caillat and her boyfriend ukulele monster Justin Young joined us on-stage for a performance of "Fine By Me". Later that week, we were asked back to play with Andy at his sold-out performance at the House of Blues Anaheim! Such a blast to play alongside my boys Andy Grammer, Mike Baker, Zach Rudulph, Paul Cartwright, Billy Hawn, and Dave Maemone! We are THE BOOM CREW 2012! Here are some videos! We'll be back playing alongside the band on Friday, March 2 at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on Sunset Boulevard! VIDEOS: "Keep Your Head Up", "The Heavy And The Slow", and our Rihanna cover of "We Found Love", which we did as an encore! Boom!

I just played a great benefit concert at the Beverly Hills Montage hotel with Backstreet Boys Kevin Richardson and Rob Gonzalez for their "Home For The Holidays" concert, whose proceeds went to The Angeles Clinic Foundation, one of the leading cancer treatment foundations in the world.

Capping off a great summer at Pat Mastelotto's birthday party (PIX)! I was also at the Playboy Mansion where I met Hugh Hefner, Kevin Connolly from "Entourage", Scott Baio, and Kato Kaelin! Best!!

I also did some sideline work on the new hit ABC TV show from creator Shonda Rhimes, "Scandal" starring Kerry Washington. Pix here and here.

I was also at the Jeff Bridges show at The Troubadour, at the VIP-ONLY Bowers & Wilkins Second Sound Sessions. Press release CLICK! Here's one of me and THE DUDE! I hung out with T Bone Burnett too!


I arranged strings for viola and cello, featuring my first-call cellist, Adrienne Woods (Diddy Diddy Money, American Idol, The Jonas Brothers, Duran Duran, etc.). There were 11 of us on stage, MOBY, drummer Eric Gardner, pianist Carrie Anne James, and 6 singers in our choir: Tiff Randol, Daniel Ahearn, Mindy Gaspar, Angela Correa, Julie Mintz, and Sara Melson. LOVE THESE PEEPS SO MUCH! This AMAZING video for the song features Heather Graham.

Here's a funny backstage dressing room video of our band playing "The Band Name Game" with both MOBY and Jay Leno! X.T.C. and Coheed and Cambria as answers = BEST!

I also had a GREAT concert with CLARA C down at The Loft at the campus of The University of San Diego (UCSD). Amazing concert pix courtesy of photographer Nathanial Kam here, tons of live vids on YouTube too.

So busy with new clients! I just composed 4 new string arrangements for Mercury Records (Island Def Jam Music Group) artist JOHN WEST. We'll be playing this music, scored for string trio, in a full band performance HEADLINING LIVE at The Key Club, Hollywood, on Friday, April 8th. Opening acts will be The Rej3cts, Priscilla Renea, and Casey Veggies.

See y'all at our Clara C concert in San Diego at UCSD's "The Loft" (9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA) on Saturday, April 30th at 8 PM. This will be the final show of our mini West Coast LOVEPRINT TOUR! Opening band: Diversion Sound! BEST! ;)

Clara C headlined The Hotel Cafe! Here's a cool review and some awesome band pictures! I also just played viola in a gorgeous professional string ensemble called "The Sunnyside Up String Orchestra", which is now world famous as the go-to string section for indie music darling and Thai food diva Jenny O.! We played alongside both Jenny O. and Jonathan Wilson at Jenny's residency at The Bootleg Theatre. Josh Tillman, the drummer for Fleet Foxes, opened the night off with amazingly haunting and humorous songs. Badass performers Paul Cartwright, Leah Zeger, Oliver Newell, and Ameena Khawaja rounded out the string section. Pix here.


Professional Bassist/Violist/String Arranger/Music Director JAY TERRIEN, played VIOLA with RIHANNA featuring Kanye West and Drake at the NBA All-Star Game, LIVE at The Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, February 20th, 2011. The entire All-Star weekend aired live on national TV on TNT. Lenny Kravitz, Cee Lo Green, Keri Hilson, Bruno Mars, and Far East Movement also played at the event This 60th NBA All-Star Game was the fifth time that Los Angeles served as the site of the annual celebration. Here's a great shot of Rihanna and some of our strings! You can view the live show video here as well as some national and local press from my hometown of Burlington, Vermont about the event! SO MUCH FUN, pix HERE!

Our wonderful band, Clara C (Vocal, Guitars, Glockenspiel, Keyboards), Josh Doyle (Drums), Evan Hillhouse (Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals) and myself, +THE ICEMAN+ (Bass and Viola) had such a great time playing for you at USC! Tons of pix here, BEST! Here's a live fan video of "Heartstrings" that showed up on YouTube! ;)

Super busy with my February workload! I've got a cool concert coming up with Clara C at USC on Feb. 4th for their USC APA Heritage Kick Off Concert. Then we play at The Hotel Cafe in March, San Diego, and other tour stops. I'll also be playing viola with Rihanna at the NBA All-Star Basketball game, live at the Staples Center during the weekend of February 19-20. So much fun to be had! Almost as much fun as me hanging with Stevie Wonder, almost! ;)

Our awesome Clara C Band played two amazing shows in 2 days, the first was the Blue 'n Green Showcase produced by Angelique Sheppard and Davey Garner at Mikal Blue's Revolver Studios in Thousand Oaks. Mikal is world-famous for producing hit records from Grammy-winning songstress Colbie Caillat, Five for Fighting, Augustana, Limousine, One Republic, The Daylights, Jason Mraz, Drowning Pool, and Gary Jules, Here are the epic acts that performed, best of LA by far: Keaton Simons, Angel Taylor, Clara C, Melissa Polinar, Stephen Samuel Wrabel, Makepeace Brothers, Lelia Broussard, Davey G Project, Stop Motion Poetry, Andy Allo, The Wellspring, Ryan Collins, Aijia Lise, Justin Hopkins, Moi Navarro, Jamie Drake, Ryan Coleman, Gavin Turek, Kevin Daniel, Paige Nichols, Sarah Beckmann. PIX HERE!

Cool press from the LA Examiner regarding the epic rise of Clara C, article here. Here's a great quote: "Clara released her first CD, The Art in my Heart, on September 24, 2010, before a sold-out crowd at the famed Hotel Cafe. Shortly thereafter, she set about locating a suitable band to support her vision. She found them in drummer Josh Doyle, bassist Jay Terrien, and keyboardist/guitarist Evan Hillhurst. Although the band has only been playing together for two months, what a productive two months that has been. Clara and the boys sparkled at Rockdrive '10 at the Troubadour and recently at the latest Blue 'n Green Showcase. They have an extensive tour scheduled across the United States and Canada, with plans to also tour overseas in Australia and Asia, including Singapore, Korea and China. She also hopes to get extensive radio play there as well."

Then our Clara C band (drums Josh Doyle, bass and viola Jay Terrien, and guitars/keyboards Evan Hillhouse) played a phenomenal concert to a huge outdoor crowd in Torrance at the LA 18 TV Lunar New Year Fest. It was so much fun! Live band concert pix HERE, awesome pix with fans HERE! BOOM! The concert is set to air live on LA 18 TV on Friday, February 4th, tune in! More amazing hi-res. pix here courtesy of Seikou Studios!

I also wrote 4 string arrangements for the genius singer/songwriter Connie Lim! I played viola with Connie's full band (guitarist Rod Castro, drummer Josh Doyle, bassist Leo Budirahardjo, and keyboardist Kevin Doucette) for our sold-out Industry Showcase at The Hotel Cafe on January 24th! Pix here!

NAMM was once again, insanely fun! I hung out with so many good friends, caught some great live shows, and yes, yes, kicked it with Maris The Great. NAMM Pix here on Facebook. Good news! I got Clara C endorsement deals from Martin Guitars and TC Electronics! BOOM!

January, 2011:
Jay Terrien News! Getting all my gear ready for NAMM 2011, preparing for upcoming live tour work, meetings with new endorsement companies, and headlining the LA 18 KSCI-TV 2011 Lunar New Year Festival! SO EXCITED!!!

Super busy getting ready for NAMM 2011! I'll be doing live demos at the Malekko Heavy Industry pedals, Booth #1177. Swing by and say HI! Also, warm thoughts and love go out to my good friend Chris Cardone and his partner Paul, who just had a terrible brain aneurysm. Much love and prayers to y'all!!

I just played a few super fun shows on bass and viola with singer/songwriter and YouTube phenom CLARA C. The first was a huge benefit concert, headlining THE JOYA SCHOLARS, a non-profit collaborative organization with the simple goal of inspiring and preparing students from the Garnet Neighborhood, Orange County for college and university. My Parasol opened the night off and DJ Nate Haveman keep the night energized! The second was the sold-out "Rockdrive" benefit show at the famous Troubadour club in West Hollywood! This year's "Rockdrive", founded by Max Lugavere, featured the best bands in Los Angeles including Aqualung, Satellite, Clara C, Raining Jane, Rocco DeLuca, Cary Brothers, Angel Taylor, etc. The proceeds from the benefit supported two Los Angeles-based education organizations: Communities in Schools, the largest dropout-prevention advocacy group in the U.S., and the Story Project, an after-school literacy program for at-risk youth. Full show review here: http://www.examiner.com/los-feliz-in-los-angeles/rockdrive-10-a-review-part-2. "The third act to take the stage was Clara C (www.facebook.com/claracmusic). Although I was familiar with her bass player, Jay Terrien (formerly of So & So), I had never heard Clara. Wow! She was amazing, with a smooth jazz feel. In addition, it appears she has become somewhat of a YouTube celebrity, with more than 2.8 million views and over 75,000 subscribers. I definitely recommend you check out her music."

Big hugs to Katie Shorey from Songwriter's Vantage for her awesome live interview with us.


'Tis another wicked busy month of viola and bass work! I had a great time auditioning on bass for American Idol winner Lee DeWyze's new band, next up Celine Dion orchestra in Las Vegas. Boom! It was a VERY successful Bass Player Magazine LIVE event held at SIR, Los Angeles! I have some great pix with Bootsy Collins and some other bass legends HERE and HERE.

Thanks for all of the kudos from those that caught our nationally broadcasted SONICATION string quartet live on "The Price Is Right". You can watch the cool interview and glowing commentary from TPIR model Rachel Reynolds and producer Kathy Greco right here, "TPIR gets Classy". Do you think they liked me, Chris Woods (violin), Adrienne Woods (cello) and Melissa Reiner (violin)? WOOT!! Our collective string credits include live and studio session work with Christina Aguilera, Dr. Dre, Adele, Rancid, Justin Timberlake, Linda Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Michael Penn, Jessica Simpson, Faith Evans, The Jonas Brothers, Clay Aiken, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Metallica, etc.

Here's my gorgeous string arrangement for viola and cello for Sony Records artist Chris Mann's hit "I Never Meant To Make You Cry". Watch it right here!:

Also, Suzanne Vega's music director/bassist Mike Visceglia and I partnered up to host Los Angeles' very first LA Bass Brunch! It was a great to catch up and talk music business with some of the top players in the business including Rufus Philpot, Jimmy Coppolo, Mike Visceglia, Bryant Siono (Backstreet Boys), Kirk Powers, Jordan Berger, Margaret LaBombard, Jenn Oberle, Jesse Stern (American Idol winner Jordin Sparks), Dave Avenius and Dave Boonschoft (Aguilar Amplification), Thom Brady, Matt Silbert, and Oskar Cartaya! Great pix HERE!

I've been busy doing more bass session work and film score viola sessions!I I just played viola on film composer Geoff Mann's new film. The music and cues were scored for full jazz band paired alongside intricate atonal strings and winds passages. Our section consisted of A-List session players Paul Cartwright (violin), Claire Courchene (cello), Brian Walsh (clarinet), Christin Phelps Webb (bassoon), and Sarah Wass (flute). Geoff is the son of the late Herbie Mann, jazz music's preeminent flutist of the 1960s.

Also, SO & SO did a test tracking session at Swinghouse Studios as part of a beta-testing demonstration for Migratory Music's Ovation Towers product. Check out the badass vids with yours truly, +THE ICEMAN+ Jay Terrien ruling the bass here, here, and here.

I also have another great summer outdoor concert with The Torrance Symphony Orchestra coming up on Sunday, August 22nd at 1:30 PM in Torrance, CA at Wilson Park. Featured vocal soloists are Narine Ojakhyan, Soprano and Haqumai Sharpe, Tenor. The program will consist of "Music of the Movies", including "Star Wars", "Titanic", "American in Paris", and selections from "Oklahoma" and "Moonstruck".

Congrats are in order for my Adrienne Woods band mate, drummer/producer Barrett Yeretsian! He produced the new smash hit "Jar of Hearts" by overnight sensation Christina Perri. The magnetic ballad is now a No. 10 iTunes hit after it found its way into FOX TV's smash dance show "So You Think You Can Dance" choreographer Stacey Tookey's duffel bag and ended up on the June 30th episode. The next day, the ditty was on the Top 15 iTunes singles chart and it has since sold well over 100,000 copies! Not only is Barrett one of my favorite drummers in the world to play with (and the nicest guy too!), but he has amazing production chops. Keep up the good work B!

Here's a cool video of me playing sweet dub bass on "Cry Me A River" by Justin Timberlake! Monster bass groove courtesy of my Malekko Phase pedal and my Nordy vJ5 5-string jazz bass!

Here are some pictures from the KCRW "Also I Like To Rock" event curated by Buzz Bands LA's Kevin Bronson at the Hammer Museum which featured "Chasing Kings" and some mesmerizing live painting courtesy of my man Norton Wisdom. Pix HERE.

I just hung out and partied with my buddies Uriah Duffy (Whitesnake), former Mars Volta drum prodigy Thomas Pridgen, and Viveca Hawkins while their badass band, The Memorials were in Los Angeles playing at The Airliner! Epic hang, pix here!

Here's an awesome video of my Nordy vJ5 bass sounding so badass!!

Tons of bass and viola action! Concerts, photo shoots, orchestra work, sessions, and shenanigans with SO & SO and a few other bands/solo artists. Ah, 'Tis the merry life of the freelance professional musician!

Kudos are in order for my friend and musical collaborator Chris Mann, who just released a series of viral videos on YouTube where he covers George Michael's classic hit, "I WANT YOUR SEX"! Great vibe!

Here's one of our SO & SO videos from our epic showcase at SXSW, "The Hideout Sessions":

I had a blast playing and seeing old friends at SXSW in Austin, TX. My good friends Pat Mastelotto and Mike Visceglia came out to check out our showcase! We even saw master gopher destroyer Bill Murray running around at our venue! I also carved out some time to visit one of my endorsement companies, Malekko Heavy Industry pedals! It was great hanging with Josh Holley and checking out some of their latest pedals!

After a few weeks of intense transcription work, charting for the full band, and directing the band through full band and rhythm section rehearsals, we finally released the musical beauty known as SO & SO!! We played a SICK show Monday, March 8th at 10 PM at Molly Malone's. I'd like to formerly welcome master vocalist and former American Idol finalist Brandon Rogers into the band. Having only played one show, I recognized our band's need for another vocalist to compliment Amie's voice. Knowing full well that a powerhouse vocal duo is a win-win business move, I texted Amie back and forth pitching the idea of having Brandon join the band. Once Brandon saw the band's first show, he was immediately interested in joining. After a few rehearsals with Brandon learning the vocal harmonies and keyboard parts, he played his first show with us on March 8th! His showmanship, vocal skills, and professionalism take this project to a whole other level! Next week we'll be off to Austin, TX to play a showcase at SXSW on Friday, March 19th at 2 PM at The Hideout Theatre with hit makers Meiko and Jay Nash. Come love us!! You can view all of the SO & SO videos from our live shows at our good friend Jamie Rebel's YouTube page HERE!

Monday, March 1st was the 4/6th's full band debut of North American super group"SO & SO" which consists of Miss Muffet (Vocals, Guitars), Raisin Higgins (Guitars), Turtle (Keyboards, Programming), +THE ICEMAN+ (Bass, Viola), Victory At Sea (Drums, Programming), and SVEN (Vocals, Keyboards). Turtle will be in absentia since he is competing for Team Canada’s downhill ski team at the Vancouver Winter Olympics! SVEN is getting new wigs manufactured in his hometown of Nora, Sweden. They'll both be ready to play live soon!
Here's SO & SO playing their radio hit, "BROKE", as featured on the 1-25-10 episode of the hit CW TV show "One Tree Hill" (entitled “Family Affair”)!

Factoid #1: Amie Miriello (Vocals, Guitar), Jay Dmuchowski (Guitars), Rob Wells (Keyboards, Programming), Jay Terrien (Bass, Viola), Adam Hanson (Drums, Programming), and Brandon Rogers (Vocals, Keyboards), for legal reasons, are not affiliated with this North American super group in any way, shape, or form. Not a'tall!!! Here are some great pix of our first show as well as some epic live videos! As you know, Amie Miriello was dropped from two separate record deals by JIVE RECORDS, so it's great to see that she has got a killer band behind her to press our business agenda onward! PIX: +THE ICEMAN+ and Miss Muffet, SO & SO, Miss Muffet, Miss Muffet and her super fan Mr. G!, SO & SO, Drew Bigda + Stu Luchs and Brandon Rogers!

Spearheaded by former BellaSonic/Jive/Zomba Records singer/songwriter AMIE MIRIELLO, co-writing partner guitarist JAY DMUCHOWSKI, and production guru ROB WELLS (Backstreet Boys, Nick Lachey, Mika, Olivia Newton John, Cyndi Lauper, Adam Lambert, Justin Bieber, etc.), Los Angeles-based indie pop soul buzz band SO & SO is essentially “Fleetwood Mac meets Black Eyed Peas on Steroids!”. The music hovers on a backbone of rich, gorgeous vocal harmonies courtesy of American Idol finalist BRANDON ROGERS (vocalist for Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and Usher) and is further enriched by the rhythmic precision and expertise of renowned bassist/violist/string arranger/music director JAY TERRIEN (Rancid, Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, XTC), Chris Mann, JESUS FIST, etc.) and drummer ADAM HANSON (Berklee College of Music alumnus). 4/6ths of the band are from the New England states of Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts!

Super busy with Chris Mann shows, SO & SO rehearsals, auditions, studio work, blah!! I played mad groove R+B bass in a session with Chris Mann and his producer Bleu for Chris' first single, "Gold Like You", which will be a featured hit on his new record! We also had another great show, this time, we played with Canada's finest, JODI KING! More here! There's been discussion of a possible tour with Chris Mann throughout Canada in the Spring/early Summer!!! Stay tuned to his MannBlog for the latest news! Also, I'd like to welcome drummer Adam Hanson into the SO & SO band as our 5th member. Now we need some help on vocals and keyboards!

NAMM 2010 pix. Finally!! Here they are!
Jay Terrien and Pat Mastelotto, JT and crazy Thomas Pridgen, JT and Viveca Hawkins, JT and Robert Bubby Lewis (Snoop's bass man!), JT and Ruiner Severhead at Cold Stone Creamery, JT viola at Malekko, viola demo at Pigtronix, bass demo for Jule Potter MONIQUE, hanging with Brett Anderson (The Donnas), JT with Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse! YES!), Craig Laubach, JT + Jeff Schmidt + Pat Mastelotto + Tye Zamora (Alien Ant Farm), PUSSY COW, SO & SO's Raisin Higgins and tongue-wagger Miss Muffet, JT and Chris Cardone (so awesome!). OK, are you satisfied with all these pix? WOOT!!

January 2010:
It was another crazy month of music for me!! Tons of live shows and tons of arranging work. I was a special guest performer at a VERY cool show on January 30th at The Troubadour, where I played "closet metal viola" with unquenchable groovelust pioneers eENIK. Great live pix here, here, here, here, here's one of me with Alien Ant Farm's Tye Zamora, and you can see The Glitter Girls, Mary Kate and Ashley Glitter right here. I wrote cool solo viola arrangements over 4 of the songs on their new CD as well as some cool viola bits on two new songs, "Alive More Than Ever" and "Dirty Dividends" (Pussy Cow). I look forward to working with these guys again!

I've been busy collaborating on some new music from songwriting partners and Jive Records artists Amie Miriello and Jay Dmuchowski for the new "SO & SO" project. What started out as a "record in your living room to a laptop with no budget" project for licensing and placement opportunities is now blossoming into a full band partnership. They've handpicked me for bass, viola, and micro brew duties. Now we need to find a solid drummer and keyboard player. The working title of the 10 track SO & SO record is "Swinging By The Great Lakes". This is a very promising new project which just placed a song on the hit TV show, "One Tree Hill"! I am also connecting with violinist/composer Chris Murphy regarding some upcoming concerts. I wrote a gorgeous string arrangement for my dear friend Rachel Haden , daughter of jazz bass legend Charlie Haden, for her new record. Another Tim Armstrong project is on the horizon as well! Chris Mann is currently recording a new record which will be very exciting when it is completed and released! Also, we are tweeting like mad to get Chris Mann and producer Bleu on THE ELLEN SHOW! I am looking forward to more session work, live shows, and the upcoming NAMM show in Anaheim in January! I am dialing in plans to play at the Westone in-ear monitors booth, the Sennheiser booth, and several bass luthiers. I am "allegedly" rooming with secular doom fusion co-pioneering bassist Ruiner Severhead. HEAVY METAL BITCHES! ;)

Thanks for all of the kudos from those that caught our nationally broadcasted SONICATION string quartet live on "The Price Is Right". You can watch the cool interview and glowing commentary from TPIR model Rachel Reynolds and producer Kathy Greco right here, "TPIR gets Classy". Do you think they liked me, Chris Woods (violin), Adrienne Woods (cello) and Melissa Reiner (violin)? WOOT!! Our collective string credits include live and studio session work with Christina Aguilera, Dr. Dre, Adele, Rancid, Justin Timberlake, Linda Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Michael Penn, Jessica Simpson, Faith Evans, The Jonas Brothers, Clay Aiken, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Metallica, etc.

The full episode from CBS TV can be viewed HERE at The Price is Right.com website. Just find the video with an air date of 10/29/09!

There was a phenomenal Chris Mann and Erin Boheme double bill show, live at Room 5, where we debuted several new MANN songs for his MANN fans. Our special guest for the evening, Erin Boheme, a Concord Jazz recording artist, just finished up recording her new album, produced by the great MICHAEL BUBLE! Erin joined us on stage later on for a special duet with C-Mann called "First Love". We shot video of the whole evening, which you can view here. I composed several string arrangements for the songs "Always", "Who I Am", and "I.N.M.T.M.Y.C.". Here's the gorgeous string arrangement for viola and cello for "I Never Meant To Make You Cry". Watch it right here!:

I love the bass and cello groove that cellist Adrienne Woods and I threw down on during this new Chris Mann song called "Who I Am":

Tons of Room 5 pix here, here, here, and here, This is cute one of me and Erin Boheme. I love this one of Diana Pops, the Queen of Winnipeg! More here, MANN Fans here, there, a funny one of Bleu here, and there. 'Twas a very fun show which ended with the whole gang celebrating Frank Sinatra's death with tequila shots at Velvet Margarita. I even had the chance to "Shiva Blast" actor Nick Kroll, who plays "Ruxin" on the new hit FX show, "The League". I wussed out. SHOCKING!!

We also were very fortunate to be asked to headline a charity benefit at an annual winter event called "Meet Me At The Fig Tree", held at the super posh Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica. This year's event, emcee'd by KTLA's Ross King, featured live entertainment headlined by Chris Mann, a Gingerbread City, and a silent auction benefiting Chrysalis. Chrysalis is the only independent nonprofit organization in Los Angeles County exclusively dedicated to helping homeless and economically disadvantaged individuals become self-sufficient by providing counseling, training and employment opportunities. It was a fun outdoor show and we were greeted with snow and a great response from the @800 people in attendance. Pix here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Special thanks to emcee Ross King (a Partick Thistle footie fan from Scotland!) and to Jaclynn Balas for her awesome coordination abilities and people skills! Woot!

Also, E and I went to the "Charlie Haden Friends & Family Concert! I finally met all of my gal pal bassist Rachel "Nubs" Haden's family including the infamous Jack Black after the Charlie Haden Family & Friends show at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. More pix here, here, here, here, and here.

I had a FANTASTIC time playing bass with recording artist CHRIS MANN, live in Los Angeles! Chris has an amazing fan base and they were really excited about the music that we performed for them. Check out these live videos of his compositions "8 Story Walk Up" and "Pieces". Chris put a little something extra into "Pieces" which has a sweet shout out breakdown to Disney gal Miley Cyrus! Look for great things from us in the future! It was good to see producers Bleu (TV/TV, Selena Gomez, etc.) and Steve Lu (The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, etc.) make it out to this awesome show!

"8 Story Walk Up" featuring Chris Mann (vocals, keys), Frank Haggerty (guitars, vocals), Jay Terrien (basses), and Anna Stafford (violin):

"Pieces" featuring Chris Mann (vocals, keys), Frank Haggerty (guitars, vocals), Jay Terrien (basses), and Anna Stafford (violin):

Here are some cool pictures from the show. Chris and Jay, Frank and Jay. MANN FANS, JT and badass oboist TOM BOYD, JT with producer Steve Lu, Chris JT, and Bleu, FULL BAND1, FULL BAND2, and Chris shooting us his signature look, "Blue Steel"! Be sure to check out all of Chris Mann's videos at his YouTube page!

I've gotten enough e-mails to justify adding my epic Bass Player Magazine LIVE pix up. I put up a lot of pix on my Facebook page, but here's some more. Epic hang this year! It was so great seeing all of my bass peeps again! I caught some cool clinics and saw some insane performances at the Key Club live show. I finally got to see jazz bass legend Charlie Haden play after he received the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. My buddy Thom Brady. Here's a cool shot of my good friend Vivi Rama (bassist for Jordin Sparks, Orianthi (Michael Jackson's new guitarist), Macy Gray, etc.) and Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Nine Inch Nails, Beck, Garbage). Me, Vivi, and master experimental bassist Steuart Liebig!:

I also finally met and hung out with The Mars Volta/Vato Negro bassist Juan Alderete and Hella synth bassist Jonathan Hischke. Super cool guys! Juan is trying out my pal Thom Brady's sick bass pedal!

Kicked it with a werewolf too. Monster from JUGULAR, shocking! My pals Marty O'Brien and Josh Newell were busy checking out new bass gear! A great shot of B R I T N E Y drummer Garrett Henritz here.

Rock/groove bass show at Club Good Hurt with the awesome Adrienne Woods Band! Pix here, here, here, and here!

Groovetards! Where You At?
I'll be playing basses/gear at the annual "Bass Player Magazine LIVE" event here in LA at SIR Studios on Oct. 24-25, 2009. They will be giving a lifetime achievement award to bassist Charlie Haden, which will eventually get stolen by his daughter, my bestest gal pal Rachel Haden (Todd Rundgren's touring bassista)!

I've got some upcoming work with the Torrance Symphony Orchestra on Oct. 10th as well as another epic concert with singer/songwriter/cellist ADRIENNE WOODS on Tuesday, Oct. 13th at Club Good Hurt!

Vermonters in LA, UNITE AND TAKE OVER!! 'Tis a small world when you run into Grace Potter & The Nocturnals in da hood. Jay and Grace, Jay and Matt Burr, Melissa, Grace, and Amanda, Grace, JT, Rose, Jay and Crazy Alaska Girl Whose Name I Can't Remember, Jay and Grace LOVE VERMONT! I am really getting into her band! Their song "Apologies" had me crying my eyes out. Insane, a 195 lb. violist crying! But, the tune truly moved me. Bb--F, Gm!!! I hope to work with them soon! They are an amazing band that deserves immediate respect and success! Cabot cheese baby!!

I also played bass with CBS TV's "Survivor 12, Panama" Million Dollar Winner, ARAS BASKAUSKAS at a showcase gig at The Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles. Aras is ramping up on his new musical path, here's the full press release story from CBS here and here. I played bass on 6 songs in his set, "I Think I'm In Like", "Silence", "Save Me", "Tree & The River", "Sword & Stone" and "Let It Go". I look forward to future shows with him!! Pix of me and Aras here, here, here, and here. Here's a cool shot of me and monster drummer Dan Potruch, filling in for drummer Craig Macintyre who is on the road with Colbie Caillat.

It was another busy 2 months for my poor little fingers. Live concerts, nationally televised game shows, private parties, session work, orchestra work. You name it, I did it. I even hung out with producer Mark Batson. As a co-writer and producer with Dr. Dre, he is responsible for Jay-Z's 2006 single Lost Ones, as well as tracks for Eminem, 50 Cent, The Game and Snoop Dogg, Dave Matthews Band, Alicia Keys, Anthony Hamilton, Nas, Maroon 5, and Beyoncé, among others. We have many mutual friends including producer/mixer Steve "Steve B." Baughman! Small world!!!!

COME ON DOWN!!!! I played viola in a phenomenal string quartet alongside violinists Chris Woods, Melissa Reiner, and cellist Adrienne Woods during a live taping of my favorite game show, The Price is Right, at CBS TV studios! Our quartet SONICATION, was an actual prize on the big Showcase Showdown ("The Big Wheel!"), This game show, formerly hosted by the legendary BOB BARKER is now hosted by soccer fan DREW CAREY. Chris Woods wrote a SICK string arrangement of "The Price Is Right" theme song, which has the viola part sawing away at full speed!! The national air date is late October, so get your TiVo, DVRs, and 8-track recorders ready to tape this awesomeness! Here's a cool picture of our string quartet! We all shook hands with Drew Carey and the crowd and live TV crew REALLY LOVED our chops!

Check out the new Rancid video for "UP TO NO GOOD"!!! Here's another sweet picture of Tim Armstrong and the RANCID crew shooting the video for one of the songs that I did string arrangements for, "Up To No Good"!! Monster skater TONY HAWK also added his own pictures on TWITTER, His tweet was "Video shoot in the can for Rancid's "Up To No Good. Me, Staab and @ncshredda were the miniramp champs. http://twitpic.com/a61s0", check it HERE!

Here are a few GREAT pictures and videos from my KILLER concert with The Adrienne Woods Band. Pix1, Pix2, Pix3, Pix4, Pix5, Pix6. The Adrienne Woods Band featured Chris Woods (violin: American Idol string section, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Simpson, Clay Aiken, Faith Evans, etc.), Jay Terrien (bass, viola: Rancid, Pat Mastelotto/King Crimson, Kathleen Blackwell, Promis, Paulina Logan, mad session work etc.), Jen Trani (guitars: Jen & Abbey, session ace), Barrett Yeretsian (drums: Lunar Sway, Art of Chaos (Project Revolution Tour with Linkin Park and My Chemical Romance), and Drew Lawrence (keyboards: Lunar Sway, session player)!

It was a fun show!!! Even actress/singer/songwriter Alicia Witt came out to say HELLO! Look at her amazing dress at the Emmy Awards Red Carpet! Awesome, agree???? We'll be doing another show in Rocktober 13th at Club Good Hurt! You can check out the live videos from our entire set HERE!!!

I also sat in on viola at The Hotel Cafe with Janet Robin, whose band consisted of monster drummer Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard, Thomas Lang, Tears For Fears, Mike Keneally) and guitarist/bassist Jesse Stern (Sly Stone, Hanson, Natalia Lesz, Weezer, Coolio)! Pix here, here, here, here, here, and here!

Busy, busy viola JAY!! I was invited to play viola in a string quartet for ALEX NAVARRO at the CD release party for his new record, "Closer Than You Think". Alex has toured with Queen Latifah, Carly Simon and is currently touring with Engelbert Humperdinck, serving as his musical director. Our string ensemble consisted of me on viola, Robert Anderson on violin, Hiro Goto on violin, and Adrienne Woods on cello. It was a great live concert, with full brass, strings, and vocal back-ups section! Here's the story from the OC register newspaper!

I've got a few concerts coming up in August in Los Angeles, where I'll be playing viola and bass with amazing singer/songwriters Janet Robin and Adrienne Woods!

With session work and a few orchestra concerts, it's been a busy month for my fingers! LOVE IT! Check out my Facebook and MySpace pages for the latest awesome pictures and videos!

I had a blast at the ELBOW show at The Wiltern Theatre! They played to a packed house in Los Angeles a week before the are set to appear on "The David Letterman Show"! Special thanks to violinist gal pal Jote Osahn (LOVE YOU!!) for chatting with me about her Bridge violin and hooking me up with VIP treatment! I had great backstage chats with bad-ass violinist Stella Page (Gorillaz w/ Damon Albarn (Blur), Athlete, The Cinematic Orchestra, The Good, The Bad, & The Queen), Elbow keyboardist Craig Potter, as well as nice guy Dominic Monaghan from "Lost" and "Lord of The Rings".

Rancid just shot the video for "Up To No Good" with Tony Hawk! NO WAY! Check out this awesome video shoot HERE. I hung out with the band after their sick show at Los Angeles Forum with Rise Against and Billy Talent.

Pix of Jay and Tim Armstrong, JT and Larsy, JT and Brendan, JT and sweet Rachel Tejada, JT and wife (with actor dude from CSI waiting to pee), and of course, the best picture of Elizabeth and Wee-Man from "Jackass". Holla at yer boy! Woot! PUNK ROCK AWESOME!!

May-June, 2009:
Busy, busy start to the summer. I just did some string session work at Castle Oaks Recording Studio on a record that featured bass pals Bob Glaub (CSNY, Dylan, The Doors, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen..) and Davey Faragher (Cracker, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow)! Good times!

I just heard that the new RANCID record that I worked on debuted at #11 in the US, #7 in Canada, #3 in Japan!! Woo hoo! Congrats to Tim Armstrong and crew!

I also had a concert with the Torrance Symphony Orchestra. When is my vacation again? "All work and no play makes JAY a dull boy"????? LOL! Hey, at least my wife and I carved out some fun time to hang at El C with my latest Silverlake partner in crime, Rachel Haden, Todd Rundgren's touring bassist. Check out Rach's new Lakland short-scale bass on my Facebook page!! We are Facebook pals right?

Jay Terrien Composes And Conducts Punk Rock String Arrangements For The New RANCID Album, "LET THE DOMINOES FALL", In Stores June 2nd Via Hellcat/Epitaph Records!

June 2nd is the US release date for the new Rancid record that I worked on, "Let The Dominoes Fall". I've got some cool session pix of myself, my homie Tim Armstrong, and my string section here, here, here, and here.

Check out this cool video of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Stax/Volt legendary Hammond B3 organ master Booker T. laying down a killer solo during one of the highlights of the record, "Up To No Good"! You can watch all of the Rancid webisode videos HERE.

(**L to R: Hollywood's Finest "A" List String Players Adrienne Woods (Cello), Joel Pargman (Violin I), Tom Lea (Viola), Ina Veli (Violin II), Jay Terrien (String Arrangements/Conducting), Tim Armstrong (Rancid front man!)**)

More session work with a few awesome singer/songwriters!!! Thank God I have my awesome Nordy vJ5 bass to track with!!!

Epic video of my LA Hustlers Soccer Club lady ballers partying and playing Wii Boxing!

January-February, 2009:
I've uploaded tons of tracks and session/studio pix onto my Facebook account. Facebook is where I hang!! Get on it and add me now!
Lots of fun at NAMM 2009! Working on new string arrangements now for some major label recording sessions in April/May! Woo hoo!! I just played viola in a string quartet recording session at Stagg Street with Joel Pargman (violin), Adrienne Woods (cello), and Miriam Mayer (violin)! We went back in March to record 5 of my string arrangements! You can listen to some recent session work cuts HERE. Plans to attend the Lodo Bass Bash in Denver, CO in August. Could be a Demond Wilson sighting...........

My lady ballers are back for another great season of "A" division soccer. Watch this crazy disallowed goal scored by Catherine Davila! It's in the net!

I had a blast at the annual Bass Player LIVE! event here in Los Angeles, CA at SIR studios! It was great to catch up with all of my bass pals and to meet some new friends such as fellow LA session aces Bob Glaub and Chris Chaney.

I also met badass drum psycho Gary Novak and f'in Duff McKagen!!! Highlights of the event included Stanley Clarke's epic bass throw down as well as Chris Chaney and Neil Stubenhaus's clinics. I rolled 24/7 with mad Mike Visceglia, new gal pal Vivi Rama (Macy Gray, Will.i.am, etc.) and Marty O'Brien. It was great hearing Rufus Philpot playing his new Carey Nordstrand Nordy VJ5. Here's cool picture of me and a VJ5!

Congrats to my Los Angeles Hustlers Soccer Club for sweeping the table, finishing up with an impressive 14-0-0 record, and winning the City of Los Angeles Rec. and Parks Municipal Soccer League! Great job ladies!! Here's some video footage from our 5-0 semi-final win and this is a goals compilation video from our 3-0 championship win! What?! What?!

Here are some pictures from my string trio conducting session at Ronan Chris Murphy's Veneto West Studios for the new Kathleen Blackwell record. I hired monster violist Thomas Lea and cellist Dave Takahashi to work alongside violinist Jeff Gauthier for this session. I wrote some tricky string arrangement and harmonic textures that these guys knocked out of the park! 9th and 13th stacked hex chords for a pop tune? CHECK!!! Here's a shocker group shot!

I also played bass on the entire record, tracking live bass and drums with master drummer Victor Bisetti. Cool pix here, here, here, and here.

'Tis a busy session work month for me. I am doing 3-4 days with my favorite producer/mixer Ronan Chris Murphy for s/sw Kathleen Blackwell's new record at Veneto West. I'll be playing bass on all tracks, providing viola work and string arrangements, as well as hardcore transcriptions. I'll be laying down basic rhythm section tracks with session drummer/percussionist Victor Bisetti, whose credits include Los Lobos, Leo Kotke, Matthew Sweet, John Lee Hooker, etc.

I am also playing bass and strings on 10 tracks for s/sw Joe Vana's new record, which will feature session work contributions from King Crimson peeps Pat Mastelotto, Trey Gunn, and perhaps one Stick track from Tony Levin. You throw THE ICEMAN TERRIEN into the mix and you've got yourself one SICK ROSTER of musicians!

Viola-wise, I have a big concert with the Torrance Symphony Orchestra in mid-October. My fingers are all fired up!!! The program will feature Chandler Yu, Violin and Peter Myers, Cello!
Ojai Festival Overture, Davies
Haffner Symphony #35, Mozart
1st Mvt. Violin Concerto No. 1, Mendlessohn
Cello Concerto #1, Shostakovich

I just played viola in another concert with the Torrance Symphony Orchestra. My stand partner, John Paul Tobin, is such a MONSTER violist!!! Our program consisted of:
· William Tell Overture, Rossini
· Holiday for Strings, by Leroy Anderson
· Selections from Carousel
· Selections from Carmen
· Selections from Wicked
· Tchaikovsky, Andante Cantabile from 5th Symphony
· Figaro's Aria, from The Barber of Seville, Rossini

Ralph Cato, Baritone and Michelle Tseng, Violin were the soloists at this annual "Concert in the Park"!

Lady ballers! Check out some sick goals, courtesy of my 4-0 undefeated Los Angeles Hustlers Soccer Club
! Here's a great goal and cartwheel celebration by Lauren Kloner. CUTESPORTSFAN gets another sweet goal HERE. Another nice goal from Yoleine Dumarsais right here to finish up an 11-0 victory.

Bass-wise, I have been writing a ton of new music. I am eager to get back my Parker 5 fretted back from Carey Nordstrand, who had Mike Cooper install some SICK custom J pickups for me. He said that the harmonics just POP out at you!

Film Director Joseph Greco's movie, Canvas (IMDB:"Canvas") is at Blockbuster! I played viola on some session cues for this film at the Village Studios, LA, tracking with engineer Jared Nugent.  Watch the film's trailer HERE. Starring actors Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos, The Matrix, The Goonies (Ha Ha!), etc.) and Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Mona Lisa Smile, Law & Order: S.V.U., etc.), the film received a great review in VARIETY online.  The end of film credit roll is HERE

Now that I have fully recovered from having a slew of gummy worms (VIDEO!) packed into my nasal cavity, I'm back to work on a new JAY TERRIEN record. I also spent an afternoon at Carey Nordstrand's shop having him tweak and re-setup my Nordy vJ5 jazz bass. I left my Parker 5 there so that Mike Cooper could put in some new custom Nordstrand single coil pickups. I wanted to take out the DiMarzio pickups and give that awesome bass some new life! I've also been busy taking on freelance bass and viola jobs as well as auditioning several exciting drummers.

I just got back from a well-known secret studio up in San Francisco (near Skywalker Ranch/Metallica country) where I was co-producing my dear friend Demond Wilson's new record, "The Jesus Fist Studies". My partner in crime, co-producer Ruiner Severhead, stayed on top of the audio mangling while Demond laid down some of the sickest, phatest, vicodin-laced basslines ever recorded. I served as lead bass tech. This is Ruiner Severhead's 1st big major label release as a top tier producer for Interscope Recording.

This education-based "Secular Doom Fusion" record is the long anticipated follow-up to the "Jesus Fist Tapes" (made by the Satanic Clan, played in the Warrior's Room). Download Ruiner's madness for free HERE. Please be under 18.

I am optimistic that his diseased audio reconstruction and illogical production methodologies will surely turn some heads. For free. To kids. Here are some live videos from the recording sessions, which were filmed 24/7 over a span of 4 long days, culminating in a live internet chat with over 569 devoted Jesus Fist followers. Here is a sample of what got recorded, Etude #2. "Let me control you, are you getting sleepy, do you want to come to us?"

FYI. Jesus Fist is auditioning SICK professional acoustic/electronic DIY drummers. For free, to kids. More HERE.

January-March, 2008:
Tons of freelance orchestra gigs, NAMM demos, session work, licensing my compositions, and of course, Silverlake Antics with "Choir Girl" Adrianna Nicole, The Hudis, and The Scarecrow. See?


Christopher Campbell, a very talented s/sw/coffee aficionado, invited me down to bassist Ian Sheridan's studio (bassist for Jason Mraz, etc.) to track viola parts on 9 songs for his new record. The session was a blast and the songs, which are already AMAZING, will sound so sweet once the record is mixed and mastered!


Check out some new "bass + drums + string quartet = AWESOME!" compositions from "The Twelve" project! Right now, I am busy raising business development awareness about this exciting recording project.

I am busy getting geared up for the upcoming NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA in January. "I HEART Demond Wilson". Need I say more?

I just sat in on a Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra dress rehearsal of composer Reza Vali's"Toward The Endless Plain", a co-commission of LACO and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. I chatted with LACO's Director of Operations and Education, Devin Thomas and expressed to him how awesome of an organization he is a part of. I also met orchestra contracting guru Carrie Holtzman Little, who is in charge of making LACO as musically kick-ass as humanly possible. She surely accomplished that feat! For 2 straight hours, I didn't see one mismatched sectional bowing, one bum note, or even a dropped tuner from the clarinet. OK, there was one dropped tuner. No violas were beaten at this rehearsal. Awesome. Special thanks to Michelle Weger, Director of Institutional Giving for LACO, for inviting young composers like myself to watch this rehearsal. Every bit of insight and knowledge helps us!!

I just played freelance viola with The Torrance Symphony Orchestra for their "Premiere Musique" opening concert for the 2007-2008 season. The program consisted of Bernstein's Overture to Candide, Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, and Shostakovich's Violin Concerto #1 (3rd & 4th movements) featuring Chiai Tajima, soloist. The concert closed out with Liszt's Piano Concerto #1 (whole concerto) with Yana Reznik, soloist. Kick-assian violist Thomas Lea was principal violist for this particular concert.

Film Director Joseph Greco's new movie, Canvas (IMDB:"Canvas") is hitting the theatres this October! Watch the film's trailer HERE. Starring actors Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos, The Matrix, The Goonies (Ha Ha!), etc.) and Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Mona Lisa Smile, Law & Order: S.V.U., etc.), the film just received a great review in VARIETY online.  I played viola on some session cues for this film at the Village Studios, LA, tracking with engineer Jared Nugent.  The end of film credit roll is HERE

Also, check out some recent session work tracks that I did.

I just played viola with The Torrance Symphony Orchestra in their annual outdoor Summer concert . The extensive program featured select vocal pieces for the GORGEOUS operatic musings of soprano Shana Blake Hill.

Check out some links to the "pop-styled" music of your fiendly friends JESUS FIST. THE FIST is a daily reminder of what we all have to be thankful for.

I just returned home to Los Angeles from a 3 week working stint in Wyoming and Montana, followed up by a live bass/viola performance at the Lodo Bass Bash, in Denver, CO. Yes, yes, it's true. "THE SHAPE" was in the house and he put on a glorious/murderous show, drilling through the frenetic paces and madness of all four movements of the new String Quartet No. 69, "The Michael Myers Quartet".

Check out many LIVE LODO BASS BASH PERFORMANCE VIDEOS including Movement #1, "The Night HE Came Home" right here on YouTube.

You can listen to each demo version here (MIDI plus 1 Track Of Bass):
1.) Movement #1, "The Night HE Came Home" 2.) Movement #2, "Crushage" 3.) Movement #4, "Snuff" and 4.) Movement #4, "Tabitha Hides Behind A Tree".

The following scores for each of these movements can also be viewed and listened to simultaneously with the "Scorch" plug-in, within your browser. You can think of the Scorch plug-in like the RealAudio Player; it is needed to play these files and you can get it here free! 2.) Crushage 3.) Snuff 4.) Tabitha Hides Behind A Tree

I've also saved each movement as a .PDF file, if you would prefer to read along with the score while the MP3s from above pound through your stereo system:
2.) Crushage 3.) Snuff 4.) Tabitha Hides Behind A Tree

There's some awesome new pix from the Lodo Bass Bash show on my Flickr page HERE. FEAR THE MYERS!!! "Jay Terrien vs. Grey Wolf"? Most certainly. Did all the kids stalk me, repeatedly inquiring about the power of THE MASK? Yup. ATV riding in Wyoming? Check. Kickin' it in Yellowstone? For sure. I don't eat my friends and neither should you! Cuz that's how we roll!!

Yes, yes, yes, here is the "99.9% percent finished work in progress" full score for a new composition written for bassist extraordinaire/bullpen lefty Jeff Schmidt, acoustic guitarist Andy McKee, powerlifter/bass guru Michael Manring, classical metal misfits The Section Quartet, and bash-master/home-gardening expert Pat Mastelotto called "SNUFF". This is the third movement of my string quartet, No. 69, "The Myers Quartet". This particular composition is written for piccolo bass/acoustic guitar, fretless bass, "prepared Eventide Harmonized string quartet", and improvised drums/bashing.  So far, I've gotten lots of fantastic feedback from some LA sessionistas and Philharmonic players regarding its uniqueness and dense string trickery!  Fellow cutting-edge bassists, drummers, Kronos S.Q., Turtle Island S.Q., Dask Quartet, and T.S.Q (Tampon String Quartet, that's my own string ensemble).
"The Twelve" is poised for the budgetary involvement of pertinent record labels and Grammy-centric musicians/producer candidates such as Edgar Meyer, Andy Summers, Bela Fleck, Dave Matthews, Sting, Adrian Belew, Steve Vai, Stanley Clarke, Daniel Lanois, or Trey Anastasio.
You've been warned!!  :)

I got hooked-up with a Backstage Pass for the Jay Leno Show, where I caught the Suzanne Vega Band playing their new single, "Frank And Ava". Sandra Bullock and Chris Matthews were the special guests.

Check out this "action shot" of me and Sandra Bullock. So hot! Duh. 'Cuz that's how I roll!!

Mike V
., Ben Butler, and THE YOWELL were in full effect. Here's a shot of me with Mike and Ben Dizzle, Leno's DOPE ride, Leno's Wrangler Jeans, and of course, THE BOOK OF SHIT. No picture archive would be complete with CANNAGE shots. Scarlett's Fun Bags? Done.

Throughout August 3, 4, 5, 2007, Jay Terrien's signature bass and viola madness will be in full effect at the LODO BASS BASH, in Denver, Colorado. Hope to see you there!!

I also attended a PHENOMENAL jazz viola masterclass conducted by viola master Danny Seidenberg. This event was organized by Jennie Hansen and the Southern California Viola Society. Awesome!! Here's a group shot!

Sure enough, my wife and I were at the Tommy Hilfiger Sessions at The Avalon, checking out the elegant Emma Burgess as well as string peeps The Section Quartet. It was a great show!! Thanks to Mastin Kipp for the invite. Awesome pix HERE. Lots of Cougars were at the club. So hot.......

I was out at the Suzanne Vega show at The Hotel Cafe, catching up with bass bud Mike Visceglia and Aussie-Ebow guitar madman Ben Butler. Afterwards, we went out for drinks and some light-dancing at "The Spotlight Club". They TOTALLY took care of us. Gross..... LOL! I also got pix of "The Gay Bigfoot" before The National Enquirer and all the other tabloids!! 7-Feet Tall With White Platform Shoes! NO WAY!!!

DOWNLOAD OF THE MONTH: Go listen to this AWESOME track by singer/songwriter Paulina Logan, "For The Moon", Track #6, produced by Gilli Moon, Engineered by Matt Thorne. Hear those exquisite string arrangements of viola textures? Awesome!!! You can also hear this track and several other new songs on her MySpace page HERE!

New!! Jay Terrien Video Archive (Music And Shenanigans) On YouTube.com. Just Awesome....Go Watch "Jay Terrien vs Sea Lion!!!" NOW!

I spent a few days at Chalice Recording Studios, where I was tracking bass parts in Studio A for producer Ethan Mates, who was assisted by Newfoundland's finest son, Mike Snow. Session pix HERE!! That's JR Rotem's Silver Lamborghini.

Gilmore Girls TV star and stellar left-midfielder Alexis Bledel spills the beans on The David Letterman Show regarding her awesome soccer team, THE HUSTLERS, coached by soccer phenom JAY "THE ICEMAN" TERRIEN!!! Watch the interview here on YouTube.

33 1/3 Phoenix, AZ
The 33 1/3 in Phoenix was a blast!!! I just uploaded a ton of pix and vids on YouTube of live bass and viola footage!! My pals from Italy, Hypnoise, have already posted some cool pix and vids on their site here. Special thanks to Hugh Gilmartin and Steve Lobmeier at D'Addario Strings, to Richard Ruse and Nick Epifani at Epifani Custom Sound Amplification, and to Dave Goldenfarb and Lee Miller at The Bass Place, Phoenix for getting involved with this great festival on my behalf!! You guys RULE!!! By the way, who is THIS dude?

Steve Vai Bass Audition
Yes, yes, yes, I had a blast auditioning on bass for esteemed guitarist/composer Steve Vai for his new European touring band down at Mates Rehearsal space in NOHO! I've always been a fan of Steve's compositions and business aesthetic so I jumped at the chance to play with him! Even though I only had about 10 hours to prepare 2 of Steve's complex compositions, it was WELL worth putting in the shred time to focus on and transcribe someone else's compositional madness!! Playing with Steve, monster drummer/bench-press champion Jeremy Colson, and their genius 18-year old guitarist, Zack Wiesinger from Pittsburgh, PA conjures up some pretty powerful imagery! The highlight of the audition was telling Steve that I would use my "Billy Sheehan Pedal" for the middle part of "Freak Show Excess". Awesome. And remember kids, as Uncle Steve Vai will tell you, "It takes over 1,000 cows to make a McDonald's hamburger!". And I thought that I was the only Vegetarian powerlifter?! Thanks to Steve's publicist Aussie Mike for creating such a comfortable and organized audition process! You rule!! Look at this picture of me iPodding and transcribing "Freak Show Excess" in the car right before my audition! LMFAO! Fortunately for all of them, Vai and his crew were each given an ancient blessing, well-known for its protective powers: THE DOLLS!

Several gifted players also came out for these auditions. Most notably, bassists Jon Reshard, Ben White, Taki, and Kai Kurosawa
were selected to audition as well as bass peep Bryan Beller, who took a Moped all the way from Nashville to LA to play! LOL! I'll place my money on Mr. Beller winning the bass chair for this tour!! My good friend who I played with back in NYC, violin-shredder pal Joe Deninzon and fiddle-master Alex DePue also auditioned for the newly created violin chair!!! Special thanks to Dunkin Donuts' Jeff Schmidt for forcing me to put my bass in a 4ths tuning for the first time in 5 years and telling me that he wouldn't give me Christopher Hitchens' cell phone number unless I went to the audition! Kudos to the kid in Belgium that bought my record and to bassist Mark Fowler who both MySpaced me about this unique opportunity a day before the auditions!! Better late than never!!

While I am incredibly busy hammering away sweet distorted col legno licks for my new string quartet composition recording project, I've carved out a few days here and there for a few bass and viola shows within the next few months (ALL CONCERT DETAILS HERE):

1.) On Saturday, April 21st, 2007, I played kick-ass viola with The Torrance Symphony Orchestra, who accompanied Grammy-winning vocalist RITA COOLIDGE throughout a variety of hit tunes from her songbook!

2.) From May 12-13, 2007, I'll be bashing away with my bass and viola at the Super Sessions 33 1/3 HOURS STRAIGHT IMPROVISED MUSIC FESTIVAL (At Modified Arts), 407 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, Arizona 85004
"33 1/3 PHX": A world record, one of a kind music event consisting of 33 1/3 hours of non-stop improvised music with some of the world's best musicians including Pat Mastelotto, Willie Oteri, Chris Michalek, Skinny Bishop, and maybe even Alice Cooper!! This event, sponsored by Fender Musical Instruments, D'Addario Strings, Jule Amps, Veneto West Productions, and Mojo Music is designed to promote live improvised music in a world that is becoming blander and blander from homogenized and canned music. For 33 hours and 20 minutes, a rotating plethora of musicians will perform non-stop improvised music in the heart of the Phoenix arts district! Don't miss this remarkable event! There will be a slew of Bon Jovi covers in 13/4, I promise!!!!!

3.) Throughout August 3, 4, 5, 2007, Jay Terrien's signature bass madness will be in full effect at the LODO BASS BASH, in Denver, Colorado. The Lodo Bass Bash is a non-profit event centered around educational workshops and performances for bassist of all levels. It is a great opportunity to meet and learn from some of the best bassists in the world, check out some of the latest equipment, and see some of the most amazing performances by the masters of the instrument. 2007 is the Second Annual Lodo Bass Bash, and features some of the most amazing bassists from around the world, including, but not limited to: * Yves Carbonne - France * Jay Terrien - Vermont * Jeff Schmidt - Hell * Jean Baudin - California * Trip Wamsley - Hell (Further South) * Gregory Bruce Campbell - Montana * Darren Michaels - Georgia * Stewart McKinsey - California * Christopher Cardone - Colorado * and more to come!!!

I just got hired to play viola with The Torrance Symphony Orchestra led by Maestro Frank Fetta, for their "Celebration Of Youth" concert, which featured the artistic and technical prowess of three young virtuoso concerto competition winners. The program consisted of Schubert's 6th Symphony, Mozart's B-flat Bassoon Concerto featuring Pei-Wen Tan, Bassoonist, Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations For Cello featuring Sifei Wen, Cellist, and Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen with Joseph Lee, Violinist. Heavy metal viola tux pix here. Here's a cool shot of cello gal Simone Vitucci and viola pal John Paul Tobin!

Some weirdo band named "KTU" was in town playing Finnish-style reggaeton Moosic at The Knitting Factory, Hollywood. Kimmo Pohjonen, Pat Mastelotto, and Trey Gunn would be rolling over in their graves if they ever saw this band play live!! It was great to hang with RCM, Bill Hibbetts and Amy Priore of Inner Knot Records/DGM, and guitar masochist Bill Forth, as well as the whole Crimson posse. More live pix here: 1.) Animal On Drums 2.) Knitting Factory Dress Code 3.) End Of KTU Show LA 4.) Dr. Jeckyl Gunn And Mr. Hyde Terrien 5.) Backstage (Surprise!?) 6.) Kimmo LIVE 7.) Kimmo And Pat 8.) Kimmo And Pat (Backstage) 9.) KTU Thanks The Crowd 10.) Pat And Escort Service Model!! 11.) P@ And Pal 12.) P@ And Drum Toys 13.) Trey Gunn Warr Guitar Mania! 14.) The Three Stooges

I've got tons of viola session work coming up, including some improv. madness on a few new songs by enchanting singer/songwriter Paulina Logan, produced by Gilli Moon. Here are a few cool pix from that session at MT Studios, Burbank, CA:
Jay Terrien Viola With Royer Mic, Paulina Logan, Producer Gilli Moon, Engineer Matt Thorne, Solo Viola, Laying Down Viola Tracks, Matt And Paulina

I was at a live taping of the "Last Call With Carson Daly" show on NBC, where my guitar bud Andy McKee was in the dizzle!!  He "electrified" the audience with a blazing rendition of his YouTube video hit "Drifting".
  It was funny watching Carson Daly's jaw drop wide open while Andy destroyed his guitar.  Do yourself a favor and check out Andy McKee on MySpace NOW!  Eric Balfour, from FOX's smash-hit TV show "24" was the special guest that night.  The second taping included a local LA-indie band called "The Bird And The Bee" as well as actress Sofia "CANS" Vergera.

I've added a few more bassists and drummers to "THE LIST", which is a good way for me to keep track of unique "duos" and string quartets that could be on my next recording project, "THE TWELVE".  I think that Flea would work well with Tommy Lee, Billy Cobham matches up nicely with Mark Egan, and Jason Newsted would sound amazing paired with John Tempesta!  I would LOVE to listen to a track with Adam Nitti and Keith Carlock or Ginger Baker, wouldn't you?  How about Bryan Beller with Chili's basher Chad Smith?  Perhaps Sting, Bela Fleck, Dave Matthews, or Daniel Lanois would dig this concept?  Here's a sample score!

I was also hanging out at NRG Studios where Linkin Park just finished tracking some new tunes.  Ethan Mates and engineer Casey Lewis manned the Neve.  I met drum tech extraordinaire Jerry Johnson and Royer Labs (mics) VP John Jennings.  Excellent guys for sure!!

Another cool record review, this time from Movimenti Prog: (Music Webzine In Italy)
"Grande Jay Terrien. Ossessionato alla pornodiva Jenna Jameson e da tante bambole gonfiabili che porta con sè (persino in auto), il giovane bassista tira fuori un disco molto interessante, che insieme all'ultimo Hypnoise proviene dal prolifico ambiente Veneto West. Jay è infatti affiancato dall'ottimo Pat Mastelotto, che alle percussioni acustiche ed elettroniche è lo "sparring partner" del bassista. Con loro Ronan Chris Murphy, produttore intelliigente e partecipe........."

January 2007:
My annual NAMM show attendance in Anaheim, CA was a blast again!!  I had a great time playing a ton of cool gear and seeing all of my bass peeps including mad dog Jeff Schmidt, Andy "Ta Dah!" Cervantes (Master of "THE BRADY DANCE"), Scott Pazera, Stew McKinsey, Darren Michaels, Jauqo III-X, Garry Goodman, Jean Baudin, Greg Campbell, Mike Cooper, Carey Nordstrand, Jens Ritter, Mark Wright (AccuGroove Amps) Paul Delano, Marty O'Brien, Fred Bolton (Bee Basses), Ned Steinberger (NS Designs), Tony Levin, Jairaj Swann, Epifani Amps, D'Addario Strings, Parker Guitars, as well as other great players that I have never met before: Brady Muckelroy, the insanity known as Trip Wamsley, Chris "C3" Cardone, Mike Dimin, Mark "Fish" Herring, and Steve Lawson!  The Bass Bash at JT Schmid's was cool as well.  Adam Nitti, Bryan Beller, and Todd Johnson tore it up at the show!!

I also had some great business chats with Mick Donner, Brian Bromberg, Eddie Speedy (SIT Strings), the guys at Madison Amps, and the kind folks at Eventide regarding my "THE TWELVE" recording project.  Thanks to the magical VIP badge master Stickist Tom Griesgraber, Schmidty and I hung out with Yves Carbonne at the Tony Levin Band VIP show at the Clarion Hotel.  Todd Rundgren sat in for 5 songs!  Dear God.  Can you say SKYLARKING?

Here are some cool pix of Tom Griesgraber and Jerry Marotta, Skip Fantry, Billy Dickens, Ronan Chris Murphy and John Rodd, Theron Brison, Stew's girl, Marty O'Brien, Bill ClementsThis is a great shot of Darren Michaels, The Starbucks King, and Yves Carbonne with the 12 string, southpaw hockey stick fretless beast! 
And now you all know how we roll.....

Yes, yes, yes, here is the "99.9% percent finished work in progress" full score for a new composition written for bassist extraordinaire/bullpen lefty Jeff Schmidt, acoustic guitarist Andy McKee, powerlifter/bass guru Michael Manring, classical metal misfits The Section Quartet, and bash-master/home-gardening expert Pat Mastelotto called "SNUFF".  This particular composition is written for piccolo bass/acoustic guitar, fretless bass, "prepared string quartet", and improvised drums/bashing.  So far, I've gotten lots of fantastic feedback from some LA sessionistas and Philharmonic players regarding its uniqueness and dense string trickery!  Fellow cutting-edge bassists, drummers, Kronos S.Q., Turtle Island S.Q., Supernova S.Q., and T.S.Q (Tampon String Quartet, that's my own string ensemble):  You've been warned!!  :)

Film Director Joseph Greco's new movie, Canvas (IMDB:"Canvas"), starring actors Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos, The Goonies (Ha Ha!), etc.) and Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Mona Lisa Smile, Law & Order: S.V.U., etc.) just received a great review in VARIETY online.  I played viola on some session cues for this film at the Village Studios, LA, tracking with engineer Jared Nugent.  The end of film credit roll is HERE

I also spent a few days up at the infamous "Laurel Canyon studio", working on a few string arrangement demos for the new Linkin Park record produced by Rick Rubin (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, System Of A Down, Jay-Z, Beastie Boys, Etc.).  Ironically enough, both of us have the words "Frederick Jay" in our birth names!  It was a blast meeting the band and hanging out with their hard-working engineering team and security personnel.  Here's a cool picture of me in action!

What's more enjoyable than watching hot guys kick ass, get turf rash, and destroy skilled Mexican-based teams on a sunny weekend afternoon??!!  Ladies it doesn't get any better than cheering on your semi-pro LA Jazz Men's Soccer Team of the Los Angeles Super Metro League.  Here's more Terrien blood and guts for ya!!!  KNEE. ANKLE. SHIN.  Here's a cool compilation video documenting some sweet goals and of course, a few vicious tackles by yours truly.  Sweet......

If you want to listen to individual 29-seconds long snippets from "All The Dolls In The Same Place", you can check them out here on the All Music Guide database entry for this album.  You can also buy individual downloads for your iPod here at iTunes but of course in doing this, you would miss out on owning the most genius album artwork ever!!! 

Apparently, I've also signed a HUGE recording contract with NAPSTER.  LMFAO.   You can listen and buy there as well.  And as you can tell, my sophisticated "business model" of being linked to "similar artists" such as "Guy Campion, Duo Campion-Vachon, Mario Vachon (Gershwin), Amedeo Minghi, Barbara Bonney, André Previn, Paul Smith, The Elysium String Quartet And Friends, and Kyle Dawkins" is working to my financial benefit.  WTF? I wonder if André Previn has a Red Vines addiction?  Meh..

I've also been busy with viola and bass session work as well.  I had a blast during a recent viola session with engineer Brian Hussey at comp*ny studios where I tracked 11 new songs for singer/songwriter Jose Promis, under the producer/arranger guidance of David Pascucci.  The music falls under the "Old World, European Cabaret meets New World meets Pop, Dance and Electronica" category.  It was a perfect match for my Vermont deer-hunting sensibilities.  LOL!

Traction Avenue Chamber Orchestra Concert At The Colburn School Of Music:
My Traction Avenue Chamber Orchestra just had a great Winter concert at the Colburn School Of Music, Zipper Hall.  Led by our amazing concertmaster/LA session ace Haim Shtrum, we played a program consisting of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #2 In F and Corelli's Concerto Op.6 Nr.2.  Here's a cool, full ensemble picture of the gorgeous hall!

Here's a picture of me, courtesy of master mixer.producer Ethan Mates, beaming with discontent towards Dallas Cowboys' quarterback Drew Bledsoe at Conway Recording Studios, LA, where Linkin Park was being mixed in Room B and Britney Spears was working with producer Scott Storch in the adjacent studio room.  His orange lamborghini = WOW! 

Traction Avenue Chamber Orchestra Performances At The "1st And Hope Artist Exhibition"
I recently played viola on a huge skateboard halfpipe/concert stage with my Traction Avenue Chamber Orchestra at the "1st And Hope Artist Exhibition", held at Berra's underground skate park, in downtown East LA. This event featured an exhibition of local artists as well as a short selection of previews for upcoming films created by skateboarders including the much-anticipated "1st And Hope" movie created by director Brian Lotti.  Alongside the Traction Avenue Chamber Orchestra (conducted by fellow composer Ali Helnwein), indie rock bands "Blood on the Stereo" and "Moonrats" also played live sets during the exhibition.  The movie trailers and music were followed by an impromptu open skateboard fiesta, fireworks, and of course, an awesome outdoor multi-kegger cash bar.

I also did a cool viola session at Screaming Turtle Music for producer Federico Gonzalez for some new music by chanteuse Sianna Lyons.  The session was engineered by Bill Smith, who used to work with Guns N' Roses.  Awesome.  Just awesome!!  Session pix here, here, here and dude, look at this Guns N' Roses platinum record!

Playing viola, my Griffith Park Observatory Orchestra just had a GREAT concert last weekend at the Wells Fargo Theatre.  Under the guidance of esteemed Music Director and Conductor Robert C. Lippre, our program consisted of:
Gerber: Fanfare for the Voice of A-M-E-R-I-C-A (West Coast Premiere)
Mark Schlesinger: Music for small ensembles (World Premieres)
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Mozart: Divertimento for Strings in D, K 136
Strauss: Serenade for Wind Instruments, op.7
Stravinsky: Suite from "L'histoire du soldat"

Also, I just finished writing 2 more tunes for a new record.  One is called "Snuff" and the other one is called "Amish".  "Snuff" has a primary piccolo fretted bass line (tuned CGCEG) with phrasing structures of 11/8 and 10/8.  Later on, there are contrasting themes in 4/4, 5/4, and 15/16.  It's very "Emo" nasty.  "Amish" is terribly slow and elegiac in 3/4 at 40 bpm.  Sibelius has just arrived which means that it is string quartet writing time, where I have to match up some sensible counterpoint against the pre-existing bass math mayhem.  Ugh!!  But, I'll make sure the viola parts from time to time, go through THE GRUNGE PEDAL!!! 

So, basically, I have one more song to write and then I can dive into the ballsy string quartet treatments which will ultimately bear rich, Grammy Award fruit.  I have no idea what this tune will sound or feel like but its title is already done: "Mom Accused Of Swinging Baby As Weapon".  "Chytoria"???  Awesome......It might even be another Track #69 "RCMIWYP!" fiasco.


It's "Judging By The Size Of Carnie" month in Uzbekistan!  Well, according to this album review by PROGRESSOR in Uzbekistan, it is. 

Here are two more reviews as well, one from Crim bud Sid Smith in the UK and the other from a Arlequins, a popular progressive rock website in Italy.

Film Director Joseph Greco's new movie, Canvas (IMDB:"Canvas"), starring actors Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos, The Goonies (Ha ha!), etc.) and Marcia Gay Harden. (Mystic River, Mona Lisa Smile, Law & Order: S.V.U., etc.) will be premiered at the Hampton's International Film Festival in late October!  I played viola on some session cues for this film at the Village Studios, LA, tracking with engineer Jared Nugent.  The end of film credit roll is HERE.  The film also had a private screening for Congressman, Senator Patrick J. Kennedy of Rhode Island.  You do know about us TERRIENS and our connection to the Martha Moxley murder, horse thieving, and the Kennedy's, right?  Congrats to Joe and his crew on a job well done!!!

Here's a link to a VERY COOL 70-minute long i-Podcast interview with David Burgess, live from Australia for BassCast!  Serving as co-host, David and I discussed TOOL's new album, Michael Manring's THONK album, as well as THE DOLLS.  You can save the whole download here!

I just got back from the Pasadena Bass Day at the LA Music Academy!  The clinics were a blast!!  It was great to see bass pals Todd Johnson, Kim Jade, and Mark Wright again and without question, it was awesome meeting Jerry Watts, Alex Al, and K.T. Tyler!

I've been extremely busy writing some new compositions for another studio album!!!  Currently, I've finished 10/12 tunes as follows: 1.) What?! What?! 2.) The Chellis 3.) Crushage (in 15/8) 4.) El Diablo 5.) The Evil Of Flow 6.) Tabitha Hides Behind A Tree 7.) Burbank 8.) The Gay Wolf (Best song title EVER!!) 9.) It's A Star Jones Christmas!! and 10.) Snuff 11.) Amish

Conceptually, I'd like to bring on Pat and Ronan again.  I would also like to write some dense string quintet arrangements (perhaps the normal string quartet scoring plus a banjo or guitar addition?).  Maybe some textural noodling by guys along the lines of Bela Fleck, Steve Vai, Bill Frisell, Trey Anastasio, or Mike Keneally would work?  We shall see.......I'll also probably be shopping for label $$$ to track this record.

It's been a WICKED busy last few months for my fingers!!

Film Director Joe Greco is in the final production stages of his new movie, "Canvas", starring actors Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos, The Goonies (Ha ha!), etc.) and Marcia Gay Harden. (Mystic River, Mona Lisa Smile, Law & Order: S.V.U., etc.). 

Playing viola, I was invited to lay down some GORGEOUSLY COMPOSED film cue tracks for composer Joel Goodman at the Village Studios, LA with engineer Jared Nugent.  It was a blast to work with all of these cool musicians including my viola gal pal Asha Mevlana!

I will also be doing a live telephone interview from Australia with David Burgess which will be featured on BassCast.com.  We'll discuss my new record as well as the new TOOL album.  I'll lay into the details of drummer Danny Carey's AWESOMENESS on this album.  I think we'll also discuss Michael Manring's "THONK" record as a "Bass Blast From The Past!"

Cock Robin played at great warm-up show for their upcoming European Tour at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.  I was there hanging with drum bud P@.  Stickist Tom Griesgraber and I kicked it "old school", fending off droves of single mid-40's looking COUGARS while Pat Mastelotto rocked the drum kit per usual!!   MMIWYP!

I just got back from Berkeley, CA where I stopped by The Freight & Salvage Coffee House to check out fellow bass pals Michael Manring, Jean Baudin, Jeff Schmidt, and David Grossman creating solo bass madness at the Berkeley Solo Bass Night.  Check out some live show pix here!!!  I said hello again to Bobby Vega, who was in the house as well!  Many props to "Epileptic Peat" and his band of merry bass fans who flew in all the way from Philadelphia, PA just to see Jean Baudin play!  AWESOME!!!

I just tracked some weirdo fretless bass madness for 4 hours at "Disco Studios" in Silverlake with producer/engineer pal Ethan Mates (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linkin Park, Pussycat Dolls, Slipknot, Tupac, etc.) for several hip-hop/world/electronica compositions which will be licensed for usage via Go Big! Entertainment here in Los Angeles.

Esteemed music journalist Greg Burk from the LA Weekly just wrote a very kind review of the new Veneto West Records compilation album that I contributed two tracks to, "Destroying Silence: An Introduction To Veneto West Records", that is bound to get a HUGE amount of visibility here in California.  Specifically, the review says that "Jay Terrien cycles from loop to stomp and back..... And all of it is good."  For me to POOP ON!!!  Awesome.  Full review here or hereProgressive World.Net also did a cool review here.

I just heard about an extremely genuine review of "All The Dolls In The Same Place" in the June, 2006 issue of Guitar World's BASS GUITAR MAGAZINE!  Here's the cover, click on the article for the full review!


Later this summer, Jay Terrien will be a special guest at the San Diego Bass Alliance's "PASADENA BASS DAY" at the Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA) on July 15, 2006 with fellow bassists David Dyson (Solo Artist, Jonathon Butler, Pieces of a Dream), Rhonda Smith (Solo Artist, Prince And The New Power Generation), Todd Johnson (Solo Artist, Master bass instructor, Dave Weckl, Mike Stern, Scott Anderson), Jerry Watts, Jr. (Head of Bass Dept. - Los Angeles Music Academy, Denise Williams, Herbie Hancock, Keiko Matsui, Sergio Mendez, Kevyn Lettau), Alex Al (First call session player, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson, Paul Jackson, Jr., Jeff Lorber) and many more!

Also, I plan on getting together with producer/engineer/mixer Jimbo Barton (Queensryche, Rush, Metallica, Steve Perry (SWEET!)) to lay down some bass tracks in his studio!

My pal, LA drumming madman Glen Sobel just told me that I am in the May, 2006 issue of MODERN DRUMMER, "The World's #1 Drum Magazine."  SWEET!   Sweet 'stache right?  Here's the cover, click on the article for the full review!:


David Burgess from Basscast has graciously added two tracks (EMO and CONSEQUENCE) from "ALL THE DOLLS IN THE SAME PLACE" to a recent podcast that was aired LIVE FROM AUSTRALIA!  Feel free to listen to this awesome Podcast by downloading it here or by checking it out on iTunes!  Other famous bassists sampled on this Basscast include:
*David Dyson: "The Dawning"
*Kai Eckhardt: "Visions of an inner mounting apocalypse"
*Andy Fraser: "Naked...and finally free"
*Michael Manring: "Outerspaces" by Sadhappy
*Joseph Patrick Moore: "Live in 05" and "Wherever we go"
*Charlie Moreno: "So lonely"
*Brian Mulholland: "Deco"
*Rob Wasserman: "Cosmic Farm"
*Bill Wyman: "Just for a thrill"
*Step back in time: "Musical Massage" by Leon Ware (Chuck Rainey, bass)

The new Veneto West Records compilation album, entitled "Destroying Silence: An Introduction To Veneto West Records", is already getting rave reviews!  The album features tracks from Jay "THE ICEMAN" Terrien, Anthony Curtis, Willie Oteri, Lives of the Saints (Ronan Chris Murphy & Bill Forth), Hypnoise and features performances by Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Jeff Gauthier, Mike Keneally, Lewis Pragasam, Ephraim Owens and others.  See the details here.  Here's a cool review from "GROUND AND SKY", Also, check out what reviewer Donato Zoppo has to say about this killer compilation on the Movementi Prog website in Italy!  Go and buy it here!!!

FYI, Jay Terrien has just been invited to contribute his signature bass mayhem to the "78 Hour Non-Stop Improvisation Festival", held at the CastelBrando (Italy's oldest castle with 2,000 years of improvised music and counting!!!) in the Venice countryside, for 4 straight days starting on September 21, 2006 (originally scheduled for June 8-12). 

Also joining in on the fun are noisemakers Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, etc.), Willie Oteri, Pat "K.C. Stiletto" Mastelotto, Markus Reuter, Stuart Hamm (Joe Satriani, etc....Terrien and Hamm holding the low end DOWN! What?! What?!), Ronan Chris Murphy, and of course the most magnificent Schroeder on drummage!!  Don't miss this special festival!!!! CIAO!

FWIW, I just donated some of my compositions to The Vermont Music Library & Shop VT Jukebox Project! 

I just heard from Belgian correspondent Pascal Samain, that his review of "ATDITSP" is featured in the Fevrier issue of France's premier rock magazine, "Crossroads", the one with Johnny Cash on the cover.  Go read the review (in French!) here

Also, Dear God, it's begun!  I am being discussed on some awesome bass board in France!!  I am holding bass bud in France, Yves Carbonne accountable!! Ha ha!!

January 2006!:
Now that CBS' Hit Reality Show Survivor (Season 12) "Panama -- Exile Island" is airing, sadly, you will notice that I am absent from the show!! But, I did make it to the SEMI-FINAL round of the exhaustive application process.  I think that contestant Bobby Mason must have beat me out for the final spot.  He's the tattooed black dude who played baseball at fellow NESCAC institution Amherst College.  On the other hand, I am a white guy who played soccer at Bates College and in England.  I took pictures of Grammy.  He is a lawyer.  He wins.  That RULES!

Thanks to all of my music pals that stopped by the Adler Basses booth at the NAMM Show to say "F.U.!" to me.  Mike Adler had some amazing basses this year and without question,  Right after Gerald Veasley finished his demo, I was fortunate enough to be invited to play "bass" at the Roland Booth using a GORGEOUS Mike Adler Singlecut 5 string, where I demoed their new line of Cube and D-Bass amps for Product Managers Michael Barrett, Peter Swiadon, Dan Kirsher and some visiting Japanese executives. 

It was great to catch up with some close friends (Jauqo III-X, Mad Ass Hillbilly Al Caldwell, Joe Deninzon (Inside The John Lennon Bus), Jens Ritter, etc.), to meet some cool drum dudes who were involved in my record via P@ (Garrison at DW, Rich Mangicaro at Paiste, Bruce Jacoby at Remo
), and to give a shout out to Mike Visceglia with Steve from D'Addario Strings!  I also ran into Adam Budofsky from Modern Drummer magazine as well as my good pals Richard Ruse and Nick Epifani from Epifani Custom Sound!

Bass-wise, it was awesome to finally meet and hang with fellow bass peeps Jeff Schmidt, Stew McKinsey, Darren Michaels, Stanley Clarke, Jean Baudin, Yves Carbonne, etc. 

There were also quite a few rumors at the show, which I will quickly dispel:
1.) Adrian Belew DOESN'T FEAR THE DOLLS and Parker DID NOT make him a $10,000 Custom Guitar!
2.) I DID NOT PLAY "Judging By The Size Of Carnie" on Carey Nordstrand's new NORDY 5-String Jazz Bass, nor did I have a red thong in my NAMM bag!
4.) I have no idea who those Japanese dudes and that blond mohawked chick, aptly named "ROXXI DOTT" (yeah, she's the one that is hanging herself in this photo) are! 

Most Expensive Press Kit Ever??!!
I've been busy sending out my latest demo reel to the top producers and recording engineers in Los Angeles so that I can take on more cool session work! I've also been blasting off press kits to several media outlets and music-centric publications.  My latest press kit "design" contains my new record, some marketing one-sheets, and an honest, hard-working blow-up doll named "Fatty Patty" (who despite her gorgeous, flowing red hair, still got barked at by Jenna, my cute Peke!).  Bass Player Magazine and Technical Editor Jonathan Herrera got their kit which will soon be followed up by submissions to Rolling Stone, Spin Magazine, etc.  Fear the $50 psycho press kit!!!

FYI, I just heard about some more unsolicited record reviews floating around the Internet.  Dude, just check out what independent reviewer Kai Horsthemke had to say about THE DOLLS!!!  NO WAY!!!  Dear God.....He rules....

Jay Terrien (along with Les Habs sidekick drummer Merlin) was the featured artist during a live radio interview on Canada's premier rock radio station in Montreal, CISM 89.3 with esteemed rock journalist Christine Fortier on Wednesday, January 4, 2006 at 8 PM ET.  Topics of discussion included THE DOLLS, poutines, the future impact of digital music distribution, as well as the manner in which modern day musicians utilize and leverage existing technologies (recording software, VOIP telephony, BBS) to seamlessly collaborate in real time despite great geographic distances.  Here are some cool pictures from the kick-ass Main Hall live show: Jay Terrien and Merlin, FU!, and Wildcat!!! 

CONGRATS!!!  "Judging By The Size Of Carnie" and "Double-Entendre", two fierce "hard jazz" Terrien compositions, have both been added to a very cool industry compilation CD entitled "Destroying Silence", which will be released by Veneto West Records.


I was hanging out with RCM at Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard, massive session credits, etc.) and Rick Musallam's birthday party on November .  I finally met bass ace Bryan Beller (Go buy that record!  He RULES!) and surprisingly enough, I tricked guitarmaster and Zappa alum Mike Keneally into taking a copy of THE DOLLS!!!  I told him that the best way to handle the record is to not make any direct eye contact with the front or back covers whatsoever!  He was immediately fearful of THE DOLL.  Upon initial home listening usage, you must use a similar technique to the one that Indiana Jones used when he jackassingly opened the Ark at the end "Raiders Of The Lost Ark".  In sum, I spared Keneally "the fiery cataclysm" that has already consumed recipients Sean Hayes (Will and Grace), Steven Bailey (My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance/Grey's Anatomy), and many others.  That rules........

I am busy planning on a tour to Europe.  The maps are out.  The Starbucks locations are plotted out.  It looks like London, Brussels, Amsterdam, all over Germany, and Italy are my top choices to play at so far.  I've had some positive talks with a few bookers/promoters over there. 

FEAR THE DOLLS!!! Go check out "ALL THE DOLLS IN THE SAME PLACE" now!  With a worldwide release date of January, 2006, advance copies of this record will be available at the Discipline Global Mobile Shop (http://www.nexternal.com/dgm/Product792), The Vermont Music Shop (http://www.vermontmusicshop.com/index.php?i=cd558), CD Baby (http://cdbaby.com/cd/terrien), Tower Records, and other fine outlets!

A cool bass and drums duo from Montreal, QC called "Trikme" (Merlin and Patrik) recently contacted me about my vacant drums and bass chairs.  I guess internet research really does pay off after all!!  After many phone calls and e-mails, the duo decided to venture out West for a week-long session of nasty odd-time, poutines, and hot gang chicks!!  We even got to hang with THE V during his visit with Dar Williams.  By the way, Mike "THE V" Visceglia just contributed a great column to Bass Player magazine which is apparently a lengthy treatise regarding how much WE RULE!!

We also got to hang out with Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention alumnus Don Preston and watch "SINISTER FLESH", which stars Preston himself as the fearsome Dr. Ogo Moto!!  Preston also came down to our studio and played with us for 2 hours (while Merlin threw up due to a bad case of food/poutines poisoning)!  Check out this cool interview with Don Preston!

October 7th:
I was chilling at the Adrian Belew show at the Key Club.  It was an amazing live show which featured Belew with his new Parker Guitars, Mike Gallaher on bass, and Mike Hodges (a dead ringer for Tony Levin) on drums!!!  It just goes to show you that playing Thela Hun Ginjeet as an encore is a great call every time!!  Thanks to P@ for hooking me up!!  More pix HERE.

September 24th:
I was hanging out at BassQuake in Campbell, CA with other pro bassists such as Michael Manring, Adam Nitti, Todd Johnson, Dave LaRue, and my man, Vail Johnson (Kenny G's Man On The Bass-shizzle!!).  Check out some live pix here.  It was great to catch up with old friends like Jeremy Cohen and AccuGroove's Future Triathlete, Mark Wright.  I brought my Status Fretless 6 and quite a few people were blown away by it!!  But for sure, Todd Johnson's new Zon 6 RULES!!  FYI, The V is hitting LA in October.  You've been warned!

REALITY TV RULES and who better to dominate the seen than JT!?
I have been busy auditioning and interviewing for Survivor Season 12 (Survivor S-12)  The kind folks at SEG and Mark Burnett Productions apparently enjoyed my application......and strategy of cannibalism...since I was selected as a SEMI-FINALIST.  If I get on the show (which would rule), would the producers ever find my hidden stash of allergy meds and protein bars????

I was hanging out with bass compadre Marty O'Brien (Bassist for Tommy Lee, Ben Moody, Methods Of Mayhem, etc.) the other night after his new band "3-Faced" played at the Whisky A Go Go.  Marty was just recently on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (and on The Jimmy Kimmel Show) playing bass in a new project formed by Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, who is busy promoting his new "Tommy Lee Goes To College" reality show on NBC.

July 31st: 
Fellow bass pal Mike Visceglia was in town for the long weekend while on tour with Suzanne Vega and Marc Cohn.  A few nights after the show, we went to the Sugar Bitch show at The Viper Room in support of our favorite gal pal hottie, bassist Kim JadeShe rules on the 4-banger!!  Bassists RULE!

While Mike V. and I weren't exactly "Walking In Memphis" nor were we, as in Luka's case, living "On The Second Floor", I can tell you that we sure as hell were hanging out at the Viper Room in LA, kicking it with some industry heavies!!!  Master thespian Michael Anderson (Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive, Carnivale, etc.), a pal of Mike V's, was in the house and as you can tell, he surely was "representing his NOHO 'hood"!  Peace OUT!!  As this video suggests, I will surely buy the coveted "Don't Run Over The Crippled German Midget.com" domain name!

We even ran into fellow bassist Lemmy from Motorhead and finally, finally, finally, I shook mitts with the indestructible 3-time Emmy winner Ron Jeremy at the Rainbow Room.  Awesome, awesome, awesome!

July 23rd: 
Japanese drum genius Tatsuya Yoshida, the mastermind behind drummer/bassist duo Ruins, was in town at the Knitting Factory Hollywood on his "Bassist Wanted" Tour.  It just so happens that I was at this club for the second half of my "Drummer Wanted" Tour.  Oddly enough, Yoshida just happens to like this one band called King Crimson.  I chatted with him for a while and then my wife and I offered to shoot some some amateur video for him....of his bombastically precise pound your ears out drums/bass set!!  We shot his entire set for him using his cool camera which was quite nice despite the fact that my drink intake made all of the controls appear to be in Japanese!  Ok, they really were in Japanese.  At some point, I would love to write some MONSTER riffage with him!!  We would make a mighty ferocious and tasteful drums/bass power duo!!

I was fortunate enough to shoot some pretty sweet vids and pix all throughout this show, which also featured Pray To The Robots and Zolar X, a band that quite frankly, scared the shift out of me.  I've done the world of journalism a great service by providing you all with some great footage of Zolar X's 3 biggest fans: Comic Book Guy, Leather Ass, and Mustard/Ketchup GuyHollywood alta-weirdos are awesome.....

But the highlight of the night came when Collyn McCoy, bassist for PTTR and former Shaws employee in the great state of New Hampshire, came to the rescue of Yoshida's fill-in bass partner, who busted a D string at the beginning of their set.  McCoy kindly handed the young bassist his own 6 string Warwick Bass
until he could tech the guy's bass with a new string.  God, we New Englanders are SO generous!!!

July 10th: 
Lads and lasses, I was at the "Princes of Malibu" premiere at record producer David Foster's $40 Million Dollar Malibu estate.  My wife and I were guests thanks to some very cool friends of ours who work their tails off on Mark Burnett-related productions!  The jibby was in full effect.  They gave us candy!  There were Red Vines in the Guess handbags (which as you can tell, featured Brandon and Brody doing sweet model poses).  More treats HERE.

I  stalked both "Growing Pains" alum Alan Thicke and fashionista hair dresser/shampoo mogul Paul Mitchell with limited success.  Under the dizzying influence of In-N-Out Burgers (I am a vegetarian, the smell gagged me!) and Coffee Bean Tea & Leaf iced coffees (I had 4 of them!), they proved to be incredibly elusive!

June 23rd: 
Ronan Chris Murphy had a sweet birthday bash in Culver City.  I told many enchanting stories, most of which will help me obtain the coveted status of "ACTIVE WELL-WISHER".  Soon, I will be inducted into the Fourth Quadrant, where my Nintendo skills will allow me to seek and destroy all non-active flashbulb photo-wishers.........Rumor has it that Jeff Goldblum was lurking around and he even had the Kool-Aid guy bring over a nice birthday gift!!  SWEET!!

June 18th: 
I was all dolled up in 80's Metal attire for a wholesome night of ROCK AND MULLETS at the Cinderella/Quiet Riot/RATT/Firehouse fiasco.  As you can see, for obvious reasons, our new friend from Long Beach is GENIUS!  My bloody and torn up Van Halen t-shirt (complete with sweet deep-sea fishing shades, white high-tops, and my "I Love Napoleon Dynamite" wrist band ABSOLUTELY RULES

May 30th: 
It looks like I have some competition by a young Japanese man in the "Panty Raid" space. 

May 13th: 

I caught one of my favorite bands, Scotland's finest sons, the Trash Can Sinatras live at the El Rey Theatre in LA.  The "show" was fun but the sound man and his lack of technical skill, should surely be dealt with.  Just goddamned awful sound.....But they played BLOODRUSH, so all was well with me.  At one point during the show I was "SHHHHUSHED" by a large Mexican girl because I was "talking too loud".  I then inquired if she was a representative of the "TREADMILL POLICE".  Look dude, heavies and boozies do not mix well.

May 1st: 
Well, I am "trying" to stay out of trouble!  I am finishing up my new record with Ronan Chris Murphy and Pat Mastelotto, doing some cool session work in LA (Quarter notes..sweet!), and catching as many live shows as I can.  I was hanging out with fellow composer and stellar contrabassist Steuart Liebig the other night, demoing some of his amazing vintage bass effects as well as checking out his arsenal of Fodera basses.

April 30th:
I went to the Steve Vai show at the Wiltern Theatre.  This was a spur of the moment GET YER ASS OUT THE DOOR and create some madness kind of event.  Just as I was about to buy a ticket at the door, an older Black gentleman came up to me and hooked me up with a free ticket, which ultimately granted me access to within 3 feet of the main stage!  Serendipity/Karma truly is a BOOMERANG!!  Just a few months earlier back in Chicago, I had an extra Coheed and Cambria ticket (I'm a big fan of CoCa and the Eppard's, Josh and Joey of "3") and I gave it to a young teenager, who without question, has no Playstation or girl skills whatsoever!  That's why he got the ticket.

Anyhow, it was a great night!!  I even ran into Christopher Guest and his wife, actress Jamie Lee Curtis.  You all probably know Mr. Guest from his infamous role as "Nigel Tufnel" from Rob Reiner's cult-rock classic movie "THIS IS SPINAL TAP".  Actually, Chris is an insanely talented composer and guitarist so I was not all that surprised to see him at the show.  I am assuming that he is friends with Steve Vai, but since there were no "pods" on stage or 12" Stonehenge statues, this can not be confirmed.....or denied. 

So, while I was walking down to my section in front of the stage, I turned around to see Christopher and Jamie enjoying the opening band, blues master guitarist Eric Sardinas.  As I passed them by, I looked right at Christopher and muttered the following words:

"Peanut. Hazelnut. Cashew nut. Macadamia nut." 

He quickly laughed his ass off in recognition of this brilliant quote, shaking his head in disbelief, as I conjured up this wonderful line from another one of his great movies called "Best in Show".  Sadly, I neglected to tell him about my slight Parker Posey fetish and how my recent rental of Blade: Trinity did very little to alter my opinion of her. 

Guitarmeister Nuno Bettencourt was hanging out in the lobby..with a guy who had a cowboy hat on.  Nuno had a cowboy hat on......his friend had a cowboy hat on.  Enough said.  But the best part of the whole night was around closing time, when I found THIS guy stumbling and mumbling incoherently around the concession stand (also known as the "Boozies" stand):

That's hot!!  And not only is that HOT, it's what goddamn HOLLYWOOD rock and roll is all about, as he surely informed me.  I got the devil horns and everything.   You see the make-up, the headband, the arsenal of bracelets, the amulet on his neck which for sure as shift, should be able to resurrect some type of Egyptian Mummy/Demon from the "Netherworld".  I saw it all that night.....The make-up, the excessive drinks, the slurred speech, the fact that I became his best friend in minutes, the make-up rolling down his face in small beads of black and red make-up....All of it was pure genius!  And of course, I had forgotten my trusty digital camera so I was only able to capture this madness with my cell phone camera.  Goddamn brilliant!!  For some, it might even conjure up images of Jame Gumb from "The Silence Of The Lambs". Well, it did for me and that's why I fed this cat lots of free boozies.  I gave him my business card and for the love of God, I hope it is within my future to hang with this guy again!!!

April 21st:
I also was chilling with fellow bassist Al Caldwell after his concert with soul diva Vanessa Williams.  Mike Adler, Melissa Bunker and I made it to the show and we had a blast!  Check out Al's big 11-string bass in my delicate Coors Light-ridden mitts!!!

March 11th:
I presented several dollars at the Echo here in Silverlake, which enabled me to get in and check out Hella, a Sacramento CA-based guitar and drums duo that give new meaning to the sonic collision of "the sperm and the egg".  At some point, I would like to contribute some edgy bass material to their already chaotic musings.  And I want to show them "THE BOOK OF SHIT".

March 17th:
I caught a cool show featuring Michael Vlatkovich playing some incredibly avant-garde trombone at Cryptonight in Culver City.  Chris Garcia was playing drums that night.  He is AMAZING!  Just recently, he has been doing a few shows sitting in with fellow bass pal Michael Manring and guitarist Alex DeGrassi.

March 3rd:
Contrabassist/gifted composer and pal Steuart Liebig was holding down the bass chair at Cryptonight in Culver City.  Joe Berardi blew my tits off with his forward thinking drum chops.  Wow!!  Then later that month on March 31st, I caught Liebig's "Splinter Group" creating "noises and squooshes".  It was truly a night of 6 and 12th string bass effects and experimentation at its finest!! 

January-February-March MIKE WATT-NESS!!:
Also, all of you LA hipsters missed an awesome HELLRIDE show (featuring fellow bassist Mike Watt, Stephen Perkins on drums, and Peter DiStefano on guitar) at 14 Below on January 14, 2005!!  I hung out with this great bass legend after the show.  Hell, I even went back on February 26th and caught them a second time,   MUCH RESPECT to him!!!  His old handlebar moustache only rivals Mark Egan's 70's stache! 

Then, I saw Mike Watt with Stephen Perkins' BANYAN project in Long Beach (Nels Cline was in full-effect, destroying the room with sonic guitar effectiveness) with my good pals Mike Adler and Melissa Bunker.  And at this show, Watt's good pal and mad dog drummer Jerry Trebotic was in the house, feeding his wife apple martinis!!!

February 18th:
Guess who pounded Boddington's for his birthday/anniversary at the AMAZING Oh My God! show in LA?  Oh My God: Best Damn Band period!!!  Billy RULED as did my boy Iguana on the organ!

Lastly, I just got an e-mail from OMG's Iguana, who said that MTV wants to follow Oh My God on tour and film them, day and night...basically, to document a "real life touring band" on the road.  This footage will then be edited down to a three-minute film about the band that will air during MTV's season finale of "Making the Band" on Thursday May 5th at 10 PM (Eastern/Pacific)!  Brian, Billy, and Bish: Kudos for all your hard work "legalizing cocaine" and educating the world about the trials and tribulations of McObesity!!!  You guys are truly my favorite American band!

February 16th:
I was hanging out with my good pal/guitarist extraordinaire Seahag and his fellow Atlantic Records mates Doo Doo, Tomato, and Reverend Bill as they tore it up during a great live scat set on Feb. 16th at their The Sound Of Urchin show in Hermosa.  Besides, it's always nice to be greeted and addressed by Tomato as "Hey, You're The Guy That Takes Pictures Of Your Own Shift!"

February 2nd:
I just checked out the indefatigable Nels Cline Singers project at Club Tropical.  God, I need to borrow some of his effects!!!!!!!!  Nels is truly a sight to behold!!!

January 28th: 
I was fortunate enough to be able to check out my pal Fareed Haque's gig at the Jazz Bakery, featuring Billy Bangs in violin and Kahil El'Zabar on Drums and Percussion.  Fareed was so kind to both me and my friend and stellar 7-string rock violin goddess Asha Mevlana.  I surely owe him one!!

January 23rd:

Jay Terrien was hanging out with his pal Alex Skolnick from the Alex Skolnick Trio at their show at the Viper Room on January 23rd.  Where were you?  He even ran into his pal Amanda, a delightful lesbian Suicide Girl who ultimately threw up her Guinness intake upon returning home that night. I guess I bought her too many birthday drinks????? Amateurs...............P.S.: Whatever happened to you MARGARITA????

January 6th, 2005:

I finally made it out to The Echo to see fellow string player Eric Gorfain's Section Quartet tear up some Radiohead tunes arranged for classical string quartet like nobody's business!  Yes, of course I was analyzing the violist's bowing technique!!!  Luckily enough, former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlain showed up and played a very spirited and improvised late night set with his new Jimmy Chamberlain Complex project.



Did you see Jay Terrien tearing it up on bass and viola at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA from January 20-23, 2005??!! 

JT just returned from the Winter NAMM 2005 show in Anaheim from January 20-23, 2005.  What a blast!!  He finally got a chance to demo some of Mark Wood's AMAZING product line of electric violas.  When he wasn't helping out his good friend and prominent luthier Mike Adler, he was chilling out with fellow bass cats Al Caldwell, W. Anthony Joyner (Faith Hill's main bass man!), Mike Stram, "Mad Dog" Michael Brown, Scott Pazera, Chris Benavente, Fred Bolton of BEE Basses, Adrian Garcia of Access Bass in Las Vegas, Jauqo III-X, and Billy Dickens.  He also got a chance to meet and network with bass legends Chuck Rainey, Doug Wimbish, Tony Levin, as well as an "extended range porn legend" named Jasmin St. Claire!!!

By the way, STELLAR bass compatriot Michael Visceglia (Suzanne Vega, Phil Collins, Al Green, etc.) just mailed me a copy of his new book, "A View from the Side".  It's an inspirational book that every bass enthusiast should check out!!!  Michael has an uncanny ability to get top bass pros like Tony Levin, Marcus Miller, Colin Moulding, Percy Jones, etc. to reveal the pros and cons about their experiences as both musical innovators and "artists".  Michael's warm personality cuts through the book and to boot, he even has a STALKER!!  Look out J.Lo and Brad Pitt!!  I highly recommend picking up a copy of this great read!!  I brought it to the NAMM show and MANY great bassists and close friend's of Michael signed it for him!  I then Fed Exed the book back to Michael.  I can imagine his surprise to see his own book signed by so many bass legends and close business associates!  Mike and I had a great phone chat later that week.  He's a great advocate for our instrument and I hope to work with him someday.


Jay Terrien is pursuing legal action to expedite a full refund of over $7,650.00 USD (plus damages) from Heiko Hoepfinger and BassLab Basses GmbH (Kassel, Germany), pertaining to the fraudulent business practices, unsatisfactory amateur craftsmanship, and poor service-level agreement (German civil code sec. § 437, No. 2 BGB) regarding a custom bass that he purchased from BassLab GmbH. Here's a partial photographic list documenting some of Heiko Hoepfinger's (BassLab Basses GmbH) craftsmanship and construction errors.

This lawsuit, which has already been referred to Melchers Rechtsanwälte in Frankfurt, Germany, the United States Attorney General's Office (IL), The Federal Trade Commission (Washington, DC), Wachovia Banking Corporation, VISA International, and various Better Business Bureau satellite offices, will also seek related punitive damages and all other miscellaneous/legal costs (German civil code sec. § 437, No. 3, § 280 BGB) caused by Heiko Hoepfinger's fraudulent business BassLab GmbH, its "North American" Distributor, Greg Holmes' GH Services based in Ontario, Canada, and their unauthorized third-party credit card merchant "Kosmetik Claasen" (A Flower Shop operated by Susanna Claasen) located in Muenster, Germany.

Jay Terrien, along with some of the top Chicago bassists, including Billy Dickens and Jauqo III-X Reality, demoed some new extended-range bass gear and composite violins/violas from July 23-25, 2004, at Nashville's NAMM SUMMER SESSION!!

Jay met up with many innovative extended-range bass luthiers such as Mike Adler, Carey Nordstrand, Jens Ritter, Kevin Brubaker, Steven Mosher, Mark Eshenbaugh, Chris Benavente etc., as well as several cutting-edge musical instrument companies interested in exploring both endorsement opportunities and business development initiatives that maximize his extensive product management and consulting background.

Lastly, deceased al-Qaeda Hostage Nick Berg was a friend of mine from my days in West Chester, PA. I've dedicated my song SONIQUE to him. If you have a moment, please read my Nick Berg: In Memoriam Page**

*Sunday, March 11, at the Living Room with Erik Rabasca (Guitarist, Lunar Detour) and Joe Deninzon (Violin, Stratospheerius with legendary guitarist Alex Skolnick (Testament, Michael Manring, Stu Hamm, etc.), Ritchie Blackmore, and Sheryl Crow). The gig was an amazing display of virtuoso fire and intensity! Special thanks to Erik and Joe for sitting in and dazzling the crowd with their imaginative improv chops!

*Friday, February 16, at The Lion's Den, New York (with Glue)

*The Rising Cafe, Park Slope, Brooklyn on Friday, February 2.

*Terrien played an energetic and muscular solo set at The Lion's Den (on 214 Sullivan St., Bet. Bleecker & W. 3rd) on Friday, January 19. Thanks to all of the fans who came out to the show. Jay was blown away by your enthusiastic response to his hyper jam music.

*Previously, he performed an intimate fretless "acoustic set" live at The Living Room (http://www.livingroomny.com) on Sunday, January 7.

Thanks for all of your support at Jay Terrien's live shows!!