Whether you enjoy listening to tunes in your car, through your earbuds while on the go or emanating from the world’s greatest concert and performing arts venues, there is a good chance that a Matador played a role in creating the music. CSUN alumni produce, write, sing, play, compose and conduct the soundtrack of our lives. CSUN students also get in on the act, as you will read in this issue of CSUN Magazine, which focuses on Matadors making music.
Our cover star of the issue, alumnus Serj Tankian ’89 (Marketing) is just one example of the musical impact radiating from CSUN. From his undergraduate days in Northridge, Tankian rocketed to stardom as the front man for System of a Down, which remains one of the best-selling alternative metal groups. Even earlier in our university’s history, legendary record mogul Mike Curb ’09 (Hon.D.) is another wonderful example. A living legend, Curb’s name graces a record label — Curb Records — and his alma mater, CSUN’s very own Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication. In Matadors on the Mic, you’ll learn about Curb, pop star Andy Grammer, Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren and many other musical Matadors.
Inside, we also highlight two new exciting developments to the campus musical landscape. In July, I announced the renaming of CSUN’s performing arts jewel to the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts in recognition of a transformative gift from the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation. “The Soraya,” as the center will be known, has grown to become one of LA’s most respected venues to experience the arts. Then, just after Labor Day, I announced an exciting new partnership with Saddleback College for our radio stations, which share the same 88.5 FM frequency, to carry the same award-winning Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) format that was developed at CSUN’s KCSN. You can now hear The New 88.5 FM from Santa Clarita to San Clemente, expanding the reach of the station and increasing opportunities for students from both institutions to learn more about the music and radio industries.
With The Hollywood Reporter ranking CSUN’s music program among the top 25 in the world, CSUN’s impact on the world of music will only continue to grow. I hope you will enjoy learning more and seek out the beautiful music being made by our students and alumni.
Dianne F. Harrison, PH.D.