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WAMA News - May 23 2014

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National & International Music News

Computers, Classics and Cadenzas:
Making Math Music From Literature
May 19, 2014
By Andrew Flanagan
Music Vibes

"Two technology-rooted artists (or, if you prefer, art-focused technologists) have devised a method for analyzing the emotional content and general profile of literature from "Alice in Wonderland" to "Clockwork Orange," using that information to generate music designed to mirror the piece's "general vibe." You may disagree, but we think the result of a computer reading "Alice" brings up sepia-toned memories of shrinking potions and magical, mercurial cats..."

NMPA Launches Suits Against Infringing Lyric Sites
May 21, 2014
By Ed Christman

"The National Music Publishers Assn. is saying it has taken a last-resort approach and filed lawsuits against two lyric websites it claims is infringing copyright laws by posting lyrics without getting licenses from - or paying - rightsholders."

Slyde Launches Mobile App To Promote Singles
With Rich Content and Monetization
By Clyde Smith
Mobile App

"Slyde is a newly launched mobile platform for music marketing and monetization. Artists create "slydes" featuring a promotional single along with a variety of related content. Users collect the slydes, which are available for a specific period of time that's clearly marked, and enjoy not only audio but such content as lyrics, pics and videos. Monetization is also possible through such features as track sales via iTunes with more options ahead."

Rachmaninov manuscript sells for £1.2m
20 May 2014

"A manuscript handwritten by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov of his Second Symphony in E Minor, Op 27, has sold at auction for £1.2m...It is thought to be the only surviving handwritten manuscript of the symphony in existence. The Second is considered to be Rachmaninov's greatest symphony."

Va. mountain music man Stanley honored by Yale

"Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley has added another honor to his long resume. Yale University awarded Stanley a doctor of music degree at ceremonies in New Haven, Connecticut, this month. The citation accompanying the honorary degree calls Stanley 'the patriarch of traditional mountain and bluegrass music'."

Iranian Pharrell fans arrested for Happy tribute video
21 May 2014
Iranian Fans

"A group of Iranian fans who created a tribute to Pharrell Williams' hit song Happy have been arrested."


Local Notes

Wale appeared on NBC’s Today alongside Mariah Carey to perform on the diva’s new song, "You Don’t Know What To Do," which will be featured on Carey’s 14th studio album, Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse, hit the radio May 19. (see new release for a link to listen)

John Jennings: Musician's Relief Love Campaign
John Jennings, long time producer, writer, producer & band member with Mary Chapin Carpenter is battling metastatic kidney cancer. He is recovering from a challenging spinal cord surgery and is currently undergoing radiation treatment. He will likely have another surgery within the next two months followed by chemotherapy two months later. John is determined to beat this disease. That said, he is facing a medical crisis. Please donate what you can.

Film & Video Views

Giant Denman Horn goes on display at Science Museum
In Your Ear

"...Today's scientists can cram tiny speakers into wafer thin televisions and tablets, and achieve outstanding quality from headphones you can put inside your ear. But more than 80 years ago one piece of sound equipment was just as revolutionary, although it wouldn't fit inside your house, let alone in your ear. "


Online Resources

The Ultimate Guide to Email Marketing & Newsletters
for Musicians & Bands
May 22, 2014
By Marcus Taylor
Email Marketing

"Email marketing is one of the most important elements of digital marketing for bands and musicians. Why? First of all, it’s one of the only forms of online communication between you and your fans that is entirely future proof and within your control."

Make the Most of Your Email List
May 20, 2014
By Dave Kusek
The Most

"One thing a lot of indie artists procrastinate on is tackling their email strategy. There are lots of things you need to get your head around, from which platform or service to use, to what content to include, to how often to send emails. On top of that, you also need to figure out how to get people to actually sign up for your email list - a marketing role that many musicians are uncomfortable with."



Jazz Vocal Intensive:
Using Improvisation to Create Song-Interpretation
Sat. May 31
10 am - 3 pm
at Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD

George Gershwin said life is like jazz: “It’s better when you improvise.” This class led by Connaitre Miller will help you create unique interpretation of jazz standards. You’ll learn lyric interpretation, melodic and rhythmic alterations and stylistic tweaks in an in-depth class. Includes a rhythm section in the afternoon.

"The Music of Mississippi John Hurt" Guitar Workshop
with Scott Ainslie
Sat. May 31
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
at Archie's Blues Barbershop, 4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD
For reservation contact info@acousticblues.com

In this class we’ll explore Hurt’s repertoire while focusing on his right and left hand techniques with a special eye to establishing the right/picking hand muscle patterns necessary to maintain a steady alternating bass while developing independence on the high strings to play melodies. If you have Hurt tune in mind that you'd love to see, send me a list and we'll cover as many of them as we can during the workshop. Scott Ainslie ainslie@musician.org

Ukulele Summer Jams with Maureen Andary
Saturday June 7
1:00-2:30 pm and 3:00-4:30 pm
at HMT's lessons studio
Space is limited! Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090

Beach Boys, boardwalks, BBQ's & bikinis! Learn classic and contemporary summer jams. Enjoy them all summer long at your cookouts, the beach, camping trips, and on your front porch - this is the time to go out and about and share the ukulele joy! Maureen will be teaching this 90-minute class for beginners who know at least 4-5 chords.

Harp Workshop with Lily Neill
Saturday June 14

1:00-4:00 pm
at Seeker's Church: 276 Carroll St. NW, Washington DC
(across from Takoma Metro station)
Space is limited! Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090.

Open to harpists of any style (folk and pedal harps welcome). Lily Neill's harp workshop will cover a variety of topics to improve players' dexterity, control and repertoire. The workshop will examine ways to develop individual style through arrangements, ornamentation and various means of musical "punctuation." We will work on improving finger independence, speed and control through a series of short exercises as well as delve into ways of improving players' performances and interpretations using a "toolbox" of techniques for both the right hand and left hand. We will also take a special look at the traditional music of Ireland and the Nordic countries, particularly Finland and Sweden. The workshops will be taught by ear although players can receive written music after the workshop if they wish. Players wishing to join this course should be confident with learning music by ear and should also feel free to record demonstrations in the workshop.

Guitar Summer Workshop At Mason
with Christopher Jenkins
July 7-11, July 14-18
9 am - noon or 1-4 pm
at the Potomac Arts Academy building, just off of the George Mason University campus, Fairfax VA

Join classical guitar instructor/performer Christopher Jenkins for this summer workshop, designed to take your guitar playing to the next level.
Guitar Essentials Workshop for Beginners Ages 13-18 - $198
Classical Guitar Ensemble for Intermediate to Advanced Players Ages 13 to Adult - $238
Ukulele Adventures for Kids Ages 8-12 - $198

Teaching Guitar Workshop Level I & II
July 21-25
8:30 am
at 1806 Robert Fulton Dr, Reston, VA

$549 – Includes 3 graduate credits, a letter stating clock hours, and a certificate of completion.
$379 – Includes a letter stating clock hours and a certificate of completion.
$299 – (Open to Alumni repeating a course) Includes a letter stating clock hours and a certificate of completion.

There are no additional materials fees. First-time attendees will receive a free guitar. All attendees will receive method books and guitar accessories. If you’re attending Level II or repeating a course, please bring your own guitar. The Teaching Guitar Workshops are professional development courses for teaching school music.

Maryland Summer Jazz Camp

June 7 - Brazilian Jazz Workshop
July 12 - Music Theory Clinic
July 23-25 Three Day Adult Jazz Camp 5

The 2014 faculty: Helen Sung (Piano), Jimmy Haslip (Bass), Kenny Rittenhouse (Trumpet), Jeff Antoniuk (Saxophone), Peter Fraize (Saxophone), Jim McFalls (Trombone), Marty Morrison (Drums), Donato Soviero (Guitar)

Family & Military Discounts. Ask about H.S. Scholarships & College Internships. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Artistic Director Jeff Antoniuk at 410-295-6691.

2014 DCBU Bluegrass Camp
June 29 - July 4
at McDaniel College, Westminster, MD

Held in cooperation with Common Ground on the Hill. With Bluegrass banjo master Tony Trischka, Dudley and Sally Connell (Singing); Jon Glik (Fiddle), Cathy Fink (Clawhammer Banjo); Marcy Marxer (Guitar), Mark Schatz (Bass), Roland White (Mandolin)


The 19th Annual USA Songwriting Competition
Deadline: May 30

Winning songs will receive radio airplay in United States and Canada. Entrants vie for a top prize of $50,000 worth of cash and merchandise such as cool gear from Gibson Guitars, Sony, D'Addario Strings, PreSonus, Audio-Technica and more. Enter in Pop, Rock/Alt, Folk, R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Instrumental, Lyrics Only, etc.

NERFA & SERFA Regional One-Day Conference
Showcase Application Deadline: May 31

The Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) and Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA) will hold the event at Unity of Charlottesville in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Ten artists/acts will be selected by a panel of judges (comprised of presenters and a folk DJ) to each perform 15-minute slots in the late afternoon through the early evening. Notification of those selected to showcase their talents will be made by the end of June. Only the first 75 showcase applicants will be considered. Registration forms and online showcase applications are posted in the Regional One-Day Conferences menu that appears on the left side of www.nerfa.org.

INTERSECTIONS 2015 Call for Proposals
Deadline: Fri. June 27

The Atlas Performing Arts Center announces its sixth annual festival that unites collaborative artists from DC and beyond with richly diverse audiences to expand what we share through the arts. By presenting imaginative intersections of theatre, dance, music, film & video, opera, visual art, and spoken word that offer new perspectives on contemporary culture, we break boundaries, deepen dialogue, and create connection in our intimate performance spaces, festive lobby, and café. For details www.jotform.us/bboaz/intersectionsdc15

U.S. Indie Labels Invited To Submit To UK Independent Music Awards
Deadline May 30, 2014
UK Indie

To qualify, the artists or projects must have had UK releases. There is an entry fee. Entry forms and info are at www.musicindie.com/awards/enternow

New Oasis Catalog

Please fill out the info online to be sent their new catalog and Our Brand-New, Award-Winning Catalog and free goodies.

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Selected Events

The National Gallery of Art's Jazz in the Garden
each Friday starting 5/23 through August, with the exception of July 4
from 5 - 8:30 p.m.
full schedule at

Al fresco music and wine in the Sculpture Garden. Despite the jazzy moniker, you'll hear tunes ranging from blues to salsa: Afrofunk band Elikeh kicks off the series. New art and a new menu are ready for the summer's concerts. Like previous years, beer and homemade sangria will be for sale. No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed, but visitors can pack their own picnics, including non-alcoholic drinks. Backpacks and coolers must stay outside the Sculpture Garden.

Rockville Hometown Holidays
May 24 -May 25
2-10 pm

With over 30 bands, two days of live music on five stages, entertainment for children and the annual "Taste of Rockville," all at Rockville Town Center. Full schedule online. On Monday, there's the 70th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade, which starts at 10:30 a.m.

Battle of the Big Bands
Sat. May 24
from 9 p.m. to midnight
at Glen Echo Park's Spanish Ballroom, MD

Featuring the Tom Cunningham Orchestra and the Craig Gildner Big Band

As one of the founding fathers of the Lindy Hop, Frankie Manning did much to create swing dancing as we know it. But decades after ruling the floor at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom and shining on screen in Hollywood's "Hellzapoppin'" and "A Day at the Races," Manning kept swing dance alive, hosting workshops and classes for dancers all over the world, including annual appearances in Washington and Baltimore. Manning, who passed away in 2009, would have turned 100 on May 26, and dance events are being held in his honor all over the world this weekend. This is Washington's contribution. Dance performances and presentations take place between sets. Admission is $20 at the door, and includes a free swing dance lesson at 8 p.m.

The Ann Rabson Memorial Boogie-Woogie Showcase
Sun, May 25
4 to 8 p.m.
at the Colonial Tavern, Fredericksburg, VA
Tickets are available online at annrabson.brownpapertickets.com.

Performers: Daryl Davis, Roddy Barnes, Bob Margolin, and Rabson’s former bandmates in Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women, Gaye Adegbalola and Andra Faye.

Proceeds from the event will benefit blues music education, including the Ann Rabson Scholarship Fund at the Pinetop Perkins Foundation in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

The 34th Annual Washington Folk Festival
May 31 & June 1
Noon to 7 pm
at Glen Echo Park, MD
To view the Performance Schedule schedule2014.pdf

The 34th Annual Washington Folk Festival showcases the diversity of traditional music in the Washington area. All musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craftspeople live in the the greater Washington metropolitan area and volunteer their talents

The Jazz Samba Project - Bringing Bossa Nova to the United States
May 31 – June 15
at the Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD
Admission Free

Free Opening Reception on Sat., May 31, 2 - 4PM. Radio broadcaster Felix Grant was a familiar voice to Washington, D.C. listeners for nearly 50 years. His early interest in Brazilian culture and music played a pivotal role in introducing bossa nova to the United States. This multimedia exhibit includes photographs, concert programs and awards, as well as interviews of prominent artists such as João Gilberto, Leny Andrade, Sergio Mendes and Dorival Caymmi. Together they provide a glimpse into Brazilian music of this period and its explosive impact on the American jazz scene.

The DC Record Fair
Sun. June 1
at Artisphere, Arlington, VA
$5 Early bird admission from 11-12, $2 after
For more info, call Som Records at (202) 328-3345

Cocktails, food, and DJs. The DC Record Fair is brought to you by Som Records, DC Soul Recordings, and The Vinyl District.

ROAMfest ’14
Sun. Jun. 1
7:30 pm
at The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA

Del Ray’s own Rock of Ages Music (ROAM) Rock School program is giving young musicians the ability to truly experience what it means to be in a band; not to mention the opportunity of performing at The Birchmere. Seven bands featuring kids ages 10 to 16 will play everything from classic rock to original material. For more info call 703-838-2130, or email roam.rockofagesmusic@gmail.com. Tix available through Ticketmaster (+ service charges), and at The Birchmere Box Office and through ROAM for only $15.50.

Omega Recording Studios' Battle of the Beats
Friday, June 6, 2014
7:00pm - 9:00pm
at Omega Recording Studios

Contestants must upload the 3 beats via the form on Omega Studios’ website by 11:59pm on Tuesday, June 3. In addition, you may upload up to 3 of your own personal beats, separate from the beats made with the sample folders (Omega will NOT make these beats available for sharing and streaming on our website or on our social media accounts). Based on the beats made using the sample folders, the judges will narrow down the entries to a small group of semifinalists, who will be announced at 7pm on June 6 in Studio A at Omega.


New Releases

Gods'llla's new song, "Invisible," was reviewed in the Washington City Paper. Listen to the song & watch the video at www.washingtoncitypaper.com

Trans Am has a new album, "X," along with a dcist song of the day pick of "I'll Never." Listen at dcist.com

Paul Wingo has released a new CD, "peace*ing-it-together." www.paulwingo.com

Nick Bayard has released his solo debut album, "Memento." www.nickbayard.com

Meshell Ndegeocello (WAMA Hall of Fame) will be at the Birchmere on June 5 to perform songs from her new album, "Comet, Come to Me." www.birchmere.com

Nils Lofgren (WAMA Hall of Fame) has a 10-disc box set "Face The Music" due out May 27 from the Concord Music Group. On nine CDs and one concert DVD, the annotated collection traces Lofgren's musical life and times, starting with his pre-Grin band Paul Dowell and the Dolphin, to his work with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and throughout his solo career up to his latest full-length effort, 2011's Old School. Two of the discs contain 40 previously unreleased tracks and rare gems. www.musicradar.com

The Washington City Paper has an article on recent DMV hip hop releases, where you can listen to various singles, some with videos. www.washingtoncitypaper.com Here's the list of those mentioned: GoldLink single "Sober Thoughts," from "The God Complex" project released in April Dino B.A.M single "Not Afraid" from his upcoming EP The Wave EP, due out in June. Wale with Mariah Carey on her new song, "You Don’t Know What To Do." Wale also released "Razor Freestyle (Bad Guy)," a nod to Scott "Razor Ramon" Hall.

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WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles

News presented in this newsletter is for informational purposes only,
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