Planetary Coalition @ ArtsLIVE

A gorgeous tour of the world’s music traditions, led by guitarist Alex Skolnick, who made his initial reputation in the metal world (with the Bay Area band Testament). This acoustic program is based on an ambitious CD released in 2014 that involved 27 notable musicians representing two dozen countries. Although a smaller ensemble will perform for this, a similar sampling of world music will be featured, all anchored by Skolnick’s formidable guitar chops—which he now employs across genres from metal to jazz and world.

University of Dayton

October 29, 2015

Alternative Press Music Awards 2015

Local sales rep for 2015 Alternative Press Music Awards. Secured local sponsorships and hosted the VIP Welcome Party at Barley House.

The Alternative Press Music Awards show is America’s premier night to celebrate all the best in punk, alternative and heavy music. Hosted by All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat, the second-annual APMAs was a smashing success that delighted fans, artists and the industry alike. Staged at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, the awards show was attended by 8,500 fans, bands and industry members. The APMAs were broadcast exclusively on AXS TV and watched by millions of passionate and engaged music fans. The APMAs trended #1 globally for over 24 hours on both Facebook and Twitter, making it an instant classic.

Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, Ohio)

July 22, 2015

Modern Heavy Metal Academic Conference

Coordinated panel, media, and associated appearances for Alex Skolnick at the Modern Heavy Metal: Markets, Practices & Cultures conference taking place at Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland) from June 8 - 12, 2015.

In June 2015, Aalto University School in Business hosted an international academic conference called “Modern Heavy Metal: Markets, Practices and Cultures." There were some 150 visitors visiting the event, both from the academia and the industry. In the course of the five conference days, over 60 research papers and keynote speeches – by metal artists and academic scholars – were delivered, accompanied with an industry panel/workshop and other metal-laden programme bits. Altogether, MHMC2015 marked a successful meeting place for metal scholars and practitioners.

Metal and Cultural Impact Conference

Coordinated keynote speech, oral history and associated appearances for Josh Bernstein and Alex Skolnick at Metal and Cultural Impact Conference taking place at the University of Dayton on Nov. 6 - 8, 2014.

This conference aims to examine metal culture’s role in society throughout the world. Does metal seek to bring people together or pull them away from mainstream culture? Does it serve as a rallying cry for the oppressed throughout the world? Has its development over time negatively affected the quality of the music, or has the changing nature of our world made it that much more important to its fans, musicians, and those who control the industry? How has metal music and its culture adapted with the changing world - or has it? And, as metal continues to be a part of world cultures, how will it not only affect the world, but also how will it be affected by the world?

There will be more than 30 presentations over three days, including a presentation by Alex Skolnick, guitar virtuoso and member of the legendary thrash metal band Testament. The conference will draw presenters from nine countries on four continents.

Capital University 2014 Music Tech Workshop

Coordinated keynote speech, workshop, and associated appearances at Capital University Music Technology Workshop (March 27 - 29, 2014) for Flemming Rasmussen, Grammy Award-Winning producer of Metallica's "Ride the Lighting," "Master of Puppets" and "…And Justice for All" albums.

Coordinated VIP Tour of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Facilitated donation of original studio photos of Metallica, Morbid Angel and Rainbow by Flemming Rasmussen to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives.

Assisted in production of Flemming Rasmussen's oral history video that was donated by Capital University to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives.

Assisted in coordination of Flemming Rasmussen's visit to the Project Rock class at the McVey Innovative Learning Center in Hilliard, Ohio.