Past Student News
Ari Leff took guitar lessons, recording lessons, and voice lessons and studied sound design, songwriting, and production with our very own Jason Brook Zimmerman, beginning when Ari was 11 years old and continuing until he went off to NYU’s elite program for recording artists. Ari graduated with a degree in Music Technology and then made it big as the artist Lauv. We are so proud of Ari and all of his accomplishments! For more information about Lauv, read on below, check out his Wikipedia page, or visit his direct website.
Amassing over 2.5 billion streams to date, the 24-year-old independent singer, songwriter, and producer Lauv resembles an auteur in his assemblage of electronic tones, airy beats, jazz-inspired guitars, and soulful vocalizations. After logging countless hours in his bedroom writing and producing, Lauv entered the Music Technology Program at NYU in 2012. Working under the auspices that he’d “make music for other artists,” he maintained a prolific output until penning his first Lauv release,“The Other” in 2014. “The Other” quietly took the internet by storm with over 250 million streams and is now certified Gold in the US.
Relocating to Los Angeles, he co-wrote the Platinum-certified Top 5 smash “No Promises” by Cheat Codes and Demi Lovato as well as the Pitchfork-endorsed “Boys” for Charli XCX, among others. In the meantime, “I Like Me Better” became his second bona fide smash. It vaulted past 850 million streams, hit Top 10 at Top 40 radio and is certified multi-Platinum in 12 territories.
In early 2019, he collaborated with pop icon Troye Sivan on “i’m so tired…” that has since accumulated over 300 million streams, is climbing top 40 radio charts globally and is scanned Gold in the US.
Current Student News
Student songwriter Andrew Azorsky of Bryn Mawr, PA recently released a unique new song, Shower Sounds with up and coming band, East Coast Blonde. Andrew is a college graduate living in Chicago who started studying with Jason when he was just 5 years old. Throughout the years, he has studied many instruments, songwriting, composition, theory, and recording engineering with Traveling Musician. He took guitar lessons with Jason Brook Zimmerman and saxophone lessons with Lori Rukavina Zimmerman. We love working with him and are excited about his latest venture. Listen to his latest songs on spotify at Asmr Shower SoundsAsmr Shower Sounds, a song by East Coast Blonde on Spotifyopen.spotify.com.
Congratulations to William Connolly of Malvern, PA who placed highly in the district and regional choirs this year! He currently takes voice lessons with Lori Rukavina Zimmerman.