Weba Garretson CV

Curriculum Vitae

Weba Garretson

1838 Preston Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90026





California State University, Los Angeles, CA

M.M. in Commercial Music (Vocal Performance), special recognition graduate studies,  2011

Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY

B.A. 1977,  Experimental Theater

Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, MA

A.A. 1975, Theater/Dance

Continuing Education

Institute for Vocal Advancement – Certified Level Two, 2017

Sight Singing Beginning-Advanced with Gerald White, 2014

Estill Voice Training Level One Course, Judith Dunlore, 2012

Elisabeth Howard, Vocal Power Method, 2011

Daniel Knowles, Progressive Vocal Technique Level One, 2011

Lisa Popeil, The Total Singer Workshop, 2011

The Female Voice in Popular Music, Randy Lewis LA Times Music Critic, Colburn School of Music 2012

Tonal Harmony, private tutoring Chris Rozé (faculty USC) 2008

Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA 2008, Music Theory

Harrison School of Music, West Hills, CA 2006, Jazz Piano, Music Theory and Ear Training

Irene Borger, Creative Non-fiction Writing, Santa Monica, CA 2006

Marjory Taylor Vocal Studio, Los Angeles, CA 2004, Vocal Performance

Ron Anderson Vocal Studio, Los Angeles, CA 1996-2001, Vocal Performance

Ann Bogart, Frameworks Oasis Theater Company, Los Angeles 1999,  Viewpoints, Suzuki

Teaching Experience

California College of Music, Pasadena, CA, Adjunct Faculty Music Instructor (Voice) Fall 2017

New Roads School, Santa Monica, CA Vocal Coach for “Cabaret” Spring 2016

Wisdom Arts LAB, Pasadena, CA Workshop on Contemporary Vocal Techniques January 2013 to 2015

Odyssey Charter School, Altadena, CA – Popular Singing Technique, Fall 2013

Weba’s Vocal Studio, Echo Park, CA  — Contemporary vocal techniques 2009 to present

California State University, Los Angeles, Music Technology 2010 – ProTools, Teaching Assistant

Los Angeles Leadership Academy, Los Angeles, 2003, Jazz Choir assistant to Morgan Ames

MAK Center for Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, 2003 “Weill, Brecht & Eisler in Los Angeles”  lecturer

Valley Cities Jewish Community Center, Sherman Oaks, CA, 2000 “Weill, Brecht & Eisler in Los Angeles” lecturer

Performances & Commissions

“Tribute to Sam Shepard” October 2, 2017 Bootleg Theater

“Garretson & Gorodetsky with Vince Meghrouni” ARK Gallery June 10th, 2017, Edendale Library, May 27, 2017

“Sanctuary” Metropolitan Master Chorale, Hollywood Lutheran Church, June, 2016

“What Must the Hummingbird See?” A Multimedia Song Cycle

WeHo, Winter Sounds, West Hollywood, CA Feb 6, 2016

Automata, Los Angeles, CA March 21-23, 2014

“My Moby Dick” Broad Stage, Santa Monica, Oct 5, 2013

“Re-mixing Moby Dick” Central Library, Los Angeles Sept 26, 2013

“What Must the Hummingbird See?” – Concert version:

Rise Phoenix, Cafe Nela, Highland Park, Sept 21, 2013

Stories Books, Echo Park, CA Sept 13, June 21st 2013

Gatsby’s Books, Long Beach, July 6th, 2013

Words & Music, Pilates and Arts, Echo Park, June 30th, May 26th, April 28,2013

Wordjazz, Croatian Hall, San Pedro, May 17, 2013

Pasadena Lit Fest, Pasadena Central Park, May 1, 2013

Wisdom Arts LAB, Community Fridays, Feburary 22, 2013

Hipster Replacements, Sancho Gallery, Echo Park Sept 6th, 2012

Battery Books and Music, Pasadena, June 17th, 2012

Earmeal, internet broadcast, May 9, 2012

“UTOPIA/dystopia” by Los Angeles Poverty Department, directed by John Malpede, Red Cat at Disney Hall, Los Angeles, CA, December, 2007

“Dancing Naked” A song cycle, American Composers Forum Salon May 2005

“Dancing Naked” A song cycle, Mark Taper Auditorium, Downtown Central Library, July 2004

“Dancing Naked” Redcat Theater at Disney Hall, Earjam IV, Los Angeles, CA June 2004

“A Dangerously Unexpected Tribute to LA MUSIC” curated by Stew, Grand Performances at California Plaza August 2004

“Exquisite Corpse” solo performance Presented by SASSAS, Schindler House, Los Angeles,  July 2004

“Shape of Emotion” performance & discussion in conjunction with Bill Viola’s exhibition “The Passions” J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, March 2003

Video Art – Bill Viola – Video Artist / Weba Garretson – Lead Actress 

“Mary” 2011, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England, post-production

“Visitation” 2008, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles

“Ocean Without a Shore” 2009, National Gallery of Australia,  Melbourne

“Acceptance” 2008, Transfigurations, Kukje Gallery, Japan

“Ocean Without A Shore” 2007, Church of San Gallo, Venice, Italy

“The Passions”  2004, National Gallery of London, England

“The Passions” 2003, J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

“Resurrection” 2002, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

“Resurrection” 2002, Guggenheim Museum, Berlin, Germany

“Quintet of Remembrance” 2002, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

“Surrender” 2001, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

“Catherine’s Room” “Surrender” “Witness” “Unspoken” 2001, Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London, England

“Union” “Quintet” “Locked Garden” 2000, James Cohan Gallery, New York, New York

“Quintet of the Astonished” 2000, National Gallery of London, England

Eastside Sinfonietta – lead singer – 1997-2003

Joe Berardi, Weba Garretson, Ralph Gorodetsky, Jason Payne & Tracy Wannomae

Club Tropical, Culver City, CA Presented by Cryptogramophone Records December 2003

The Echo, Los Angeles, CA August 2003

El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, CA Center for the Study of Political Graphics,  August, 2000

Valley Cities Jewish Community Center, Sherman Oaks, CA April 2000

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles “Happy End”   February 23- March 2000

Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles “Kurt Weill Centennial Concert”  January 2000

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles “Friday Nights at the Getty”  June 1999

Downtown Public Library, Los Angeles, “Soundings” Summer Performing Arts Series,  August 1998

Hollywood Athletic Club, Los Angeles, “20/20/20” LACE’s  Anniversary, July 30, 1998

UCLA, Dept of Germanic Languages, “Brecht Centennial Celebration”   Los Angeles June 1998

Goethe-Institute, Los Angeles, CA  April 1998

The Los Angeles Central Library, “Brecht on Brecht”  February 1998

Pomona College, Claremont, CA, “Brecht Fringe Festival”  February1998

SHRIMPS – Performance Art – 1986 -1998

Pamela Casey, Weba Garretson, Ryan Hill, Gail Gonzalez, Martin Kersels, Steven Nagler, Steve Stewart & Mark Wheaton

2005 HACK performed in ensemble

LACE, Los Angeles, CA

1998 SWELL composed score and performed in ensemble

Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA

1997 SCREECH composed score and performed in ensemble

ASK Common Grounds Festival, UCLA

Huntington Beach Arts Center, Huntington Beach, CA

Damaged Goods, Glaxa, Los Angeles, CA

LACE, Los Angeles, CA

1997 LICK composed score and performed in ensemble

Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

FAR, Barnsdall Art Park, LA, CA

New Terrain Performance Series,  Luchman Theater, Cal State Los Angeles, CA

1993 STUMP performed in ensemble

Barnsdall Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1992 STUN performed in ensemble

World Dance Congress, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Twisted Spring,’92  LACE, Los Angeles, CA

1991 STUMP performed in ensemble

Twisted Spring, ‘96 LACE, Los Angeles, CA

1991 TONGUE  wrote text and performed in ensemble

Highways, Santa Monica, CA

Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA

1990 LOOKS wrote lyrics and performed in ensemble

Serious Fun Festival, Alice Tulley Hall, Lincoln Center, NY

Brave New Works, Baltimore, MD

Inter-media Arts Gallery , Minneapolis, MN

1988 BIG BLUE SEA performed in ensemble

Smarts Festival, Santa Monica, CA

Puttanesa/Welcome to Weba World – 1993-2006 original music with spoken word

Joe Baiza, Weba Garretson, Ralph Gorodetsky, Rich West  (later Wayne Griffin)

SXSW Music Festival Austin, Texas  1994 & 1995

IMS Music Festival San Diego, CA 1994 & 1995

Paradise Lounge, Eichelbergers, Above Brainwash,  Chameleon in San Francisco; Wickiup Cafe & Casbah, San Diego; Rhythm & Brew, Indio; The Ark, Long Beach; The Mint, Cafe Largo, Luna Park, Al’s Bar, Spaceland, Utero, Alligator Lounge, Lingerie, Los Angeles, CA

GYNOMITE- Spoken Word 1993-1997

writer/performer, and co-produced series with Elizabeth Belile and duVergne Gains

Beyond Baroque Literary Center, Venice; LA the Bookstore, Santa Monica; LunaPark, Utero, Los Angeles;

SXSW Music Festival 1995, Austin, Texas


Weba Garretson (singer, lyricist)  & Steve Stewart (guitarist, composer)

“Humans Making Love As Gods” radio play for the Territory of Art series commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA, Los Angeles,  CA

LA Freewaves, California Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Live at the Galaxy, Los Angeles, CA

Rio Hondo College, Rio Hondo, CA

Santa Barbara Day of Music, Santa Barbara Museum

WEBA & the WAILING TURBANS- 1989-1990

Weba Garretson (singer, lyricist) & Steve Stewart (guitarist, composer)

Human’s Making Love As Gods premiered Japanese American Cultural Center, Los

Angeles 1992

Adventure Amour premiered Café Largo, Los Angeles 1990

Come To My Heaven premiered Café Largo 1989

The Weba Show: a lounge act for the 80’s 1981-1984

Weba Garretson (singer),  David Schweizer (director)  Philip Littell (performer) and Jerry Frankel (musical director)

“Thicke of the Night” starring Alan Thicke, National TV

Olympic Arts Festival, Los Angeles, CA

Kool Jazz Festival, San Diego, CA

Lhasa Club, Los Angles, CA

Danceteria, New York, NY

The Pyramid Club, New York, NY


“Happy End” by Kurt Weill, Elisabeth Hauptman, Bertolt Brecht, Museum Of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles directed by Randee Trabitz 2000

“Beauty & Replication”  by Donald Krieger, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, directed by Donald Krieger,1993

“North” by Donald Krieger, Cast Theater, Los Angeles, directed by Donald Krieger, 1990

“Winter’s Tale” by William Shakespeare, Power House Theater, Santa Monica directed by David Schweizer, 1985

“Island” by Donald Krieger, Cast Theater, Los Angeles directed by David Schweizer, 1984

“Boys Life” by Donald Krieger, Cast Theater, Los Angeles, directed by Donald Krieger, 1983

“Magic Radio” by Donald Krieger, The House, Santa Monica directed by Donald Krieger 1982

“Sport of My Mad Mother” by Ann Jellicoe, Cast Theater, Los Angeles directed by David Schweizer, 1981

Songs for Film and Television, &Commercials

“Little Miss Sunshine” 2006, directed by Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, musical arrangements with Mark Wheaton and Bob Remstein

“Priceline.com,” directed by directed by Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, produced by Hill Holiday, composed soundtrack in collaboration with Mark Wheaton and Jason Payne, 2001

“Winter X Games,” ESPN Network directed by Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, composed soundtrack in collaboration with Mark Wheaton and Jason Payne, 1999

“Night of the Warrior” 1991, directed by Rafal Zielinski song with Steve Stewart

“Sinful Life” 1989 IRS Media, directed by William Schreiner & Paul Colichman producer, song “Let’s Do the Sweet Love Thing” and “Pom Pom Fun” with Steve Stewart


Such is love, Weba Garretson 2012, Weba Garretson Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Catasonic Records

Puttanesca, Puttanesca 2006, Weba Garretson Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Catasonic Records

Don’t Be Afraid: Songs by Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler performed by the Eastside Sinfonietta featuring Weba Garretson, 2003, Weba Garretson Singer, True Classical CDs

Chairs I Have Known: The Music of Jac Zinder,1997 Weba Garretson Executive Producer, Catasonic Records

Welcome to Webaworld, 1995, Weba Garretson Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Catasonic Records

Gynomite: fearless, feminist PORN,1995, Weba Garretson Producer, Catasonic Records

Mechanical Sound Orchestra, 1995, Matt Heckert composer, Weba Garretson Producer, Catasonic Records

Humans Making Love As Gods, 1992, Weba Garretson Writer, Singer, Co-composer, produced and released by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CAHonors and Awards

LA County Musicians Roster 2014

Center for Cultural Innovation Completion Grant 2014

Simply Songwriting Music Award, 2005, St Elmo Village, Los Angeles

LA Weekly Awards 2000, Eastside Sinfonietta nominated Best Classical Music Ensemble

SHRIMPS:  Dancing in the Streets 1993

California Arts Council Touring Roster 1992-93

NEA Inter-Arts Projects 1990

NEA Inter-Arts Projects 1989

Professional Associations 

Member of BMI since 1984

Member of SAG since 1994

Member of AFTRA since 2011

Member of American Composers Forum 2005

Member of Bohemian Women’s Political Alliance 1990-1992

Member of Women’s Action Coalition 1990-1992


Abira Ali, Wisdom Arts LAB 626-318-0897

Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, @BOB Inc. 310-396-7333

John Walsh, Director Emeritus J.P. Getty Museum, walsh37@aol.com

Bill Viola, video artist, Bill Viola Studio (562) 490-0224

Joy Silverman, Director of LACE 1982-1988, 626-398-8724