WAMA News - April 6, 2014

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WAMA News - April 6, 2014

Postby askmike » Sat Apr 26, 2014 4:19 pm

National & International Music News

Valkyries Ride All Night To Save Opera Company
April 01, 2014
By Mark Mobley
Open 24 Hours

"American opera companies are producing as much drama in the boardroom as onstage. New York City Opera folded in 2013 after years of unbalanced budgets. In March of this year, San Diego Opera announced that its current season, which ends in April, will be its last...Yet one opera company has vowed to do what it does best until it gets the money it needs... Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelungs) is a set of four operas ranging from 2 1/2 to 6 hours long, generally played over the course of a week. Rio Grande Opera is starting tonight at 7 Central and playing the operas back to back with only 10 minutes in between them until they raise $8 million."

Is The Sound Of Summer At Alternative, Triple-A Now?
March 31, 2014
By Sean Ross
Summertime

"...For the last five years, the song of summer has been either pure pop, rhythmic pop, or in that "turbo-pop" area in between...The last time a rock song came close to being the summer song was 2008..."

On The Auction Block: The Stradivarius Of Guitars
April 01, 2014
by Margot Adler
Going Once...

"Hundreds of acoustic guitars, some dating back to the 19th century, are coming up for auction in New York City. They include Martins, Gibsons, classical guitars from famous Spanish guitar makers, and some exquisite models from Greenwich Village luthier John D'Angelico."

1st production model Stratocaster sold for $250K
3/27/14
By Kristin M. Hall
Strat #1

"...The sunburst-finish Strat bears the serial number 0100. Although some Strats have lower numbers that begin with 0001, Gruhn says they actually were manufactured later in that first year of production. He says the number-one Strat was originally sold to an amateur who evidently took good care of it."

'A Love Supreme' Comes Alive In Unearthed Photos
March 28, 2014
By Patrick Jarenwattananon
Coltrane

"Whenever photographer Chuck Stewart was hired by a record company to document a recording session, he would shoot during the rehearsal takes, playback and downtime. The company would take what it needed, the remainder likely never to be developed, much less published. After decades in the photography business, and thousands of album covers to his name, he's amassed a lot of negatives...Recently, his son David was browsing through his archives when he found six undeveloped rolls of film from December 1964, 50 years ago. They portrayed saxophonist John Coltrane..."



Local Notes



Paperhaus' song "Helicopters" from last year's album, "Lo Hi Lo," was featured as the song of the Day on dcist.

Nina Osegueda was featured in a WTOP article about how being a heavy metal vocalist helps with her weight loss. "Despite feeling happier and healthier, Osegueda says she notices a double standard when it comes to female musicians." Loss


Video Views

Open Mic: Live from WAMU
Bill Emerson

Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie, Patuxent Partners, and Bud's Collective were on Open Mic live from the black box theater in the WAMU Media Center on Friday, March 21. This was the very first broadcast from the black box theater in the WAMU Media Center.

Locke Kaushal
"Year of the Cat"

House Artist Grant Recipient, Locke Kaushal, releases the official music video for his first single, "Year of the Cat" from his upcoming project "A Sober Man's Thoughts."

Audio-Technica Video Series
"Mic Techniques In Real-World Applications"

First videos in a new series exploring different aspects of mic technique, mic placement and more. The first videos focus on recording basics(11 videos, including vocals, guitar and percussion), and drum miking techniques (11 videos) and can be viewed in two playlists on Audio-Technica’s YouTube channel.




Online Resources


Alternative Money Making Approaches
for Musicians Failing to Sell Records
April 1, 2014
By Mackenzie Carlin
Approaches

"...While the current mobile downloading setup offers plenty of convenience for the average consumer, it can spell financial ruin for musicians and producers dependent on record sales. After all, illegal downloads still eat into profits..In order to survive in this environment of piracy, musicians must think outside of the box, taking advantage of social media, mobile technology, merchandising and, of course, live performances. Together, these elements can spell great profit, even in an age of iTunes and illegal downloading."

Crowdfunding the Right Way
April 2, 2014
By Dave Kusek
Crowdfunding

"...Crowdfunding is a huge undertaking, but, if done correctly, you can come out of it with a whole lot more than just money. It also presents dedicated and creative artists a chance to connect with their fans in a whole new way. Learn how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign with these 5 tips..."



Workshops


"Gillacamp" Guitar Workshops with Richard Gilewitz
Sat. April 5
noon - 3 pm
at HMT, 7010 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
$30 per session or $75 for all 3
Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090
HMT Workshops

Session 1 (12:00 noon-12:50 pm) - Basics of Fingerpicking and a 12-Bar Blues
Session 2 (1:00-1:50 pm) - Simple Tunes for Beginners and Beyond
Session 3 (2:00-2:50 pm) -- Exploration of Open C Tuning with Two Tunes
Folklife Forum on Coffeehouse Venues in Folk Music
Fri. April 11
1 - 5:45 pm
at Montpelier Room, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, WDC
Free
Coffeehouses

Since the 1950s, the history of the American folk music revival has been intertwined with the rise of coffeehouses and coffeehouse culture. This forum brings together notable coffeehouse producer Betsy Siggins from Boston's legendary Club 47, Caffè Lena History Project Founder and Producter Jocelyn Arem, filmmaker and documentarian Todd Kwait, and Baltimore-based performer and "open mic" organizer Rob Hinkal to explore folk music coffeehouses, both then and now. The forum concludes with a screening of "For the Love of the Music," Todd Kwait’s recently released documentary on Club 47 and the New England folk scene.

"Mixing with the Professional"
Seminar
April 15
in Rehearsal Room 1 at The John F Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts, 2700 F St NW, WDC
Free
Register at usa.soundcraft.com

Hands-on Si training on the Si Expression or Si Performer and hear from special guest engineer, Robert Kaplowitz. Register either for the morning or afternoon class - space is limited. Open to all professionals wanting to either learn more about our digital consoles, or those making the transition from analogue to digital desks. New engineers joining the business will obviously also benefit from the time spent with our professionals.



Opportunities


Performers Needed


Petworth Community Farmer's Market is looking for performers on Saturdays May - October 2014. Ideally they’d like feature musical performances starting at 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The Petworth Community Market is a volunteer, 501(3)(c) organization with a mission focused on bringing local food, goods and educational resources to the neighborhood and greater community. It takes place at 9th and Upshur Streets NW parallel to Georgia Avenue. If interested, email Bobby Klosowski at iambobbyk@gmail.com

Selected Events


Millennium Stage in April
6 pm
Free performances daily
Millennium

Arrive early (5 to 6 p.m.) to enjoy Happy Hour food and drink specials and a beautiful view of the Potomac from the River Terrace.

One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide
March 25 - April 13
at The Kennedy Center, WDC
KC Hip Hop

The festival highlights MCing, DJing, b-boying, and graffiti writing, the original four elements of hip-hop culture, alongside contemporary interdisciplinary work born of hip-hop aesthetics. Ticketed and free performances and exhibitions explore the breadth and depth of hip-hop today.

Potomac River Sacred Harp Singing Convention 2014
April 5 - 6
at Great Falls Grange, Great Falls, VA
Sacred Harp

Saturday 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM: All-Day Singing from The Sacred Harp and potluck Dinner on the Grounds (local singers, please help feed the multitude). Registration begins at 9:30 AM. 5:00 PM: Social supper at the home of singers Richard and Susan Green in Alexandria. New Traditions singing at 7:00, of four-shape songs not in the Sacred Harp or Shenandoah Harmony, including new compositions and songs from other tunebooks, such as the recently discovered Songs of Zion (1821). To contribute a song, please bring at least 20 copies. The New Traditions coordinator is Mary Ann Daly, 301-229-8534, madaly@verizon.net.

The Shenandoah Harmony


Sunday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: All-Day Singing from The Shenandoah Harmony and potluck Dinner on the Grounds. Registration begins at 9:30 AM. For more information or to volunteer, contact convention Chair Mary Helen Dupree, 202-714-2486, mhd33@georgetown.edu.

2014 Washington Area Folk Harp Society's Annual Concert
Sat. April 5
7:30 pm
at Knox Presbyterian Church in Falls Church, VA
Tickets at the door: $15, $10 for students & seniors
www.wafhs.org

This year’s theme is The Harp Goes For Baroque, featuring Early Music Specialist, harpist Constance Whiteside, along with the Heatherwood Harp Ensemble with Director Barbra Bailey Bradley, and the Harp Happy! Ensemble. Music from various aspects of the Baroque Period will be spotlighted by the performers. Donna Bowers Bennett and Marci Meredith – the WAFHS Scholarship winners in 2013 - will warm up the audience in the pre-concert concert.

The Seventy-Second Season of Concerts 2013–2014
at the National Gallery, West Garden Court, WDC
Season 72

Great Noise Ensemble


April 6, 6:30 pm - Great Noise Ensemble, Third Practice, & the Children's Chorus of Washington

April 9, 12:10 pm - Rosa Lamoreaux & ArocoVoce perform the music of Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, a renowned composer in Louis 14th Court.

April 13, 6:30 pm - Auryn String Quartet

April 16, 12:10 pm - Rosa Lamoreaux & Stan Engebretson

The 9 Songwriter Series Benefits:
Ted Garber and Family
Mon. April 21
7:30 PM
at Jammin Java, Vienna, VA
Adv VIP $20 / Bar $20 / Premier $20 / GA $20
Day Of VIP $25 / Bar $25 / Premier $25 / GA $25
Ted Garber & Family

Performers: Justin Trawick + Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer + Mike Clem + Mary Ann Redmond + Faraway + Victoria Vox

Ted Garber is a former Artist in Residence at Strathmore and this show benefits him and his wife, Rebecca Garber, who is suffering from a serious medical condition. All tickets for the March 3rd are valid for the rescheduled date. Please direct all inquiries to Mei at mei@jamminjava.com only.

The 4th Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival
Sat. April 26
1 - 8 pm
at Kingman Island, On the Anacostia River, Washington, DC
www.kingmanislandbluegrass.com

Featuring: The Hackensaw Boys, Sligo Creek Stompers, By & By, Second String Band, 19th Street Band, Only Lonesone, King Street Bluegrass, Delafield String Band, Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray, Vandaveer, Junior League Band, Justin Trawick and The Common Good, South Rail, Ballad've

A suggested donation of $10 (given at the door) supports Living Classrooms of The National Capital Region, a non-profit that manages Kingman and Heritage Islands Park.




New Releases


Seth Kibel has released a new children's jazz album, "Jazz For People Who Are Shorter Than Me." Joining Seth on this album, all of whom are taller than him, are Daryl Davis, Mary Alouette, Bob Abbott, Tom Holtz, Michael Raitzyk, Wes Crawford, and Mark Carson. www.sethkibel.com

MindsOne and Kev Brown have a new collaborative EP, "Pillars." A track from the album, "Pop," featuring Homeboy Sandman is can be heard in this Washington City Paper review.

Judah has a new concept album, "The Lupita Nyong'o Instrumentals." Hear a sample and read the Washington City Paper review


















WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles

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