WAMA News - March 26 2015

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WAMA News - March 26 2015

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National & International Music News

National Recording Registry To “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive”
March 25, 2015
>From the Library of Congress
Audio Legacy

"Joan Baez, Sly Stone, Steve Martin Recordings Named American Treasures. The Doors’ debut album; the magical essence of New Orleans jazz; one of the most-played songs on the airways during the 20th century; the "Lovin’ Feelin’" of the Righteous Brothers; and the sounds of a pioneering children’s program are among the recordings recently selected for induction into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today named 25 new sound recordings to the registry that have been recognized for their cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society and the nation’s audio legacy. "

How a Philadelphia Youth Chess Club Is
Channelling The Spirit of D.C. Punk
march 19, 2015
By Matt Cohen
Chess Club

"When Ian MacKaye wrote the lyrics to Minor Threat's "Minor Threat in 1981, he was—not so subtly—challenging his fellow youth to do something different; to make a statement to those who don't think much of them.

That message has transcended generations, still inspiring young punks to do great things, whether it be starting a band, organizing a protest, or, uh, winning chess tournaments. Case-in-point: Philadelphia's Minor Threats Chess Club, a chess team of inner city Philly youths that's winning tournaments up and down the East Coast."

US Recorded Music Revenues Up In 2014
March 19, 2015
Revs Up

"The US recorded music market grew for the fourth consecutive year in 2014, with wholesale revenues up 2.0% to $4.86 billion."

Local Notes

Yuliya Gorenman had an review in the Washington Post about her program at the Katzen Arts Center.

Saxophonist Tedd Baker and pannist Victor Provost are leading a new band called EST, with Zack Pride on bass, C.V. Dashiell on drums, and Mark Meadows on piano.

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Film & Video Views

"Street Smart"

The video has 6 snippets of songs that appear on the new CD "Street Smart" by rock band August. A second video is a interview with lead singer/keyboardist, Jeff Bowers.

Led Zeppellin Played Here
Thurs. April 2
7 pm
at Silver Spring Town Center, Silver Spring, MD
$10 donation requested

View the Trailer here

Led Zeppelin Played Here explores the start of the modern rock concert industry, focusing on Led Zeppelin's first month in the US, and a concert mystery: Did they play on January 20, 1969 in a suburban Maryland gymnasium, in front of 50 confused teenagers, while President Richard Nixon was celebrating his first inauguration nearby. Many swear the concert took place, but just as many cast doubt. Did it really happen? Or over forty years later, is it some sort of a 'Rock-and-Roll Rashomon' re-imagining of history? Featuring interviews with rock writers, musicians, and fans, and several who claim they were there witnessing history that night.

Attendees are invited to also enjoy the Spring Potluck Mixer before, during and after the film. Please confirm your space at rsvp@silverspringtowncenter.com and let them know what dish you will be bringing. Wine, beer and other beverages will be served.


6 Rookie Mistakes Bands Make With New Members
Mar 17, 2015
By Shane Mehling

"Someone has left (or been kicked out), and while you feel that your band still has potential, you need that void filled as soon as possible. But bringing someone new in can be exhausting, stressful, and possibly fruitless. So for it to be a success, avoid these six blunders."

4 Reasons You Shouldn't Be Waiting for Inspiration to Write Songs
Mar 18, 2015
By Sam Friedman

"... Writer's block is one of the worst feelings for a songwriter. You stare at a stack of half-written songs thinking, none of this is even good. But what's most important is to not stay idle. While you're shifting between great songs, it's important to be creative daily and to write regardless of whether the material feels like your next hit. Here are four reasons why you shouldn't wait for inspiration to write songs."

4 Tools Under $20 a Month You Can Use to Run Your Band's Publicity Campaign
Mar 16, 2015
By Janelle Rogers

"...If you're a band with a limited budget who can't yet afford to hire a publicist or other members of your support team, you need cost-effective tools to help manage the business side of your business, like running a publicity campaign for your album release, managing your tour, or organizing your recording schedule."



SAW Songwriter's Toolbox
Hosted by Karl Straub
Sat. Mar. 28
10 am - 12:30 pm
at Surge, 1988 Kirby Rd, McLean, VA

This month's topic will be "The Rhythms of Spoken Language." Individual words have meaning, but the way they sound together can undercut or strengthen whatever you're trying to say. In a song, the rhythms and accents in your words have a lot to do with their emotional impact. The rhythms and accents in spoken speech can show us ways to make lyrics and melody work together more effectively.

Wyatt Easterling Workshop: The Anatomy of a Song
Followed by a Wyatt Easterling Concert w/guest Tony Denikos
Sat. Mar. 28
2 - 4 pm workshop, 4:45 pm concert
at The Surge (The Barn), 1988 Kirby Rd, McLean, VA
$30 Workshop only
$20 Concert only
Workshop & Concert - $40 to $50
20% off of both events for SAW Members
10% off of both events for BSA, NSAI and WAMA Members
Register at: www.saw.org

Topics: What makes a successful song?, Structure of a song, The Etiquette of Co-writing (Splits, demos, expectations), Demos/production, how to prepare for the studio (Full vs. guitar, piano/vocal), Publishing, Music for Film and Television

Wyatt’s career has been full of chart-topping hits; more than 2 decades of gold and platinum winning releases with Easterling acting as songwriter, producer, executive and/or session player. He was also the A&R Director for Atlantic Records and later partnered with Miles Copeland (The Police & Sting) Bugle Publishing Group and Firstars Management.

“Wait! Does This Belong to Us?” New Ideas of Music Ownership and the Musical Life of the Kïsêdjê, a Remote Indigenous Society in Brazil
April 8
noon to 1 pm
at the Library of Congress Pickford Theatre, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building, WDC

Presented by Anthony Seeger, Distinguished Professor of Ethnomusicology, Emeritus, UCLA.

The introduction of ideas taken from international intellectual property regimes to communities of indigenous peoples can lead to serious repercussions. This presentation discusses some of the results of the arrival new ideas and language about music and ceremonial ownership on central aspects of the musical, artistic, and economic life of a group of Brazilian Indians known in the literature as the Suyá, but who now prefer to be called Kïsêdjê.

“A Bourgeois Town”: Lead Belly in Washington, D.C.,
presented by Terika Dean, Lead Belly Estate and Alvin Singh,
Lead Belly Archive.
April 24
noon - 1 pm
at the Library of Congress Mumford Room, 6rd Floor, James Madison Building, WDC

To celebrate the 125th birthday of the legendary folk singer Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, American Folklife Center archivist Todd Harvey welcomes Lead Belly family members Terika Dean and Alvin Singh for a discussion about their famous relative, his contributions to American culture and world music, and an overview of the significant Lead Belly materials in the Center’s archive.



Fort Reno Summer Concert Series
Deadline: Mon. March 30, 2015

Please mail your submissions to:
Amanda MacKaye
Fort Reno Concert Series
2215 N. Culpeper St.
Arlington, VA 22207

The submission guidelines are at http://www.fortreno.com/Only artists from this area are eligible for consideration. Currently that is defined as within the Capital Beltway. All music styles are encouraged and welcome, however from year to year the aim of the series may change and that can drive selections. If you have any questions, just ask Amanda at fortreno dot com

The 13th Annual Nebraska American String Teachers Association
Fiddle Tune Composition Contest
Entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2015.

1st PLACE: $100.00 2nd PLACE: $50.00 3rd PLACE: $25.00
Best Viola Tune: $75.00, courtesy of the American Viola Society

The winners will be announced on May 23, 2015, during the Monumental Fiddling Championship held at the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska. The winning compositions will be performed at the Monumental Fiddling Championship, and printed in Stringing Along, the journal of the Nebraska Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. www.neasta.net For the 2015 contest rules and guidelines, e-mail debby@greenblattandseay.com.


Selected Events

Women Folk
Sat. March 28
7:30 pm
at Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium, 7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD

Performing: Greta Ehrig, Audrey Engdahl, Mary Amato, Suzanne Brindamour, Annette Wasilik, Kipyn Martin

We Are Takoma presents "Women Folk," an informal collection of award-winning Mid-Atlantic singer-songwriters.

Baltimore Traditional Festival
April 10-12
To sign up and for more info: www.baltimoreirisharts.com

Instructors & performers: James Kelly, fiddle; Kevin Crawford, flute; Billy McComiskey, button accordion; Patrick Ourceau, fiddle; Kathleen Conneely, tin whistle; Michael Stribling, uilleann pipes; Jim Eagan, fiddle; Frank Claudy, flute/tin whistle; Peter Fitzgerald, banjo/mandolin; Pat Egan, songs; Alex Boatright, concertina; Donna Long, piano; Ben Power, bodhran; Josh Dukes, guitar; Shannon Dunne and Megan Downes, dance

With a Friday night all-start concert at the Creative Alliance, Workshops on Saturday and Ceili in the evening, Tune teach on Sunday and sessions all weekend long.

26th Annual Potomac River Sacred Harp Singing Convention
April 11-12
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m
At Great Falls Grange, 9818 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Virginia.

All-Day singing from The Sacred Harp with a midday break for dinner. Please bring a dish to share. The convention is free and open to the public. All are welcome and no experience is required. Copies of The Sacred Harp (1991 Edition) and The Shenandoah Harmony (2013 Edition) will be available to borrow.

New Releases

Joel Harrison returns to DC for a weekend of concerts celebrating his CD release on Cuneiform Records, "Mother Stump," a homage to his DC musical roots and commemorating DC guitar legends, including Danny Gatton. Sat. Mar. 28 at JV's, Falls Church and Sun. Mar. 29 at Bohemian Caverns, with a WPFW 89.3 FM radio interview with Tom Cole on Sunday as well. www.joelharrison.com

August has released a new CD, "Street Smart." Availabe at Drum and Strum Music Store, Warrenton, VA, as well as at their website. www.augustrockband.com

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Final Curtain

Norman Scribner
founded D.C. Choral Arts Society, dies at 79
March 24, 2015
By Megan McDonough

"...A skilled pianist, organist and composer, he spent nearly five decades at the helm of the Choral Arts Society. There, he coached and conducted thousands of singers in concerts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and other venues in the United States and abroad...He composed instrumental, solo vocal and choral works, and was a music faculty member at American University, George Washington University and the Washington National Cathedral’s college of church musicians. He met his future wife Shirley Heiney, a pianist and alto singer, while conducting American University’s chorale in 1960...He received a Peabody Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006 and the Choral Arts’ humanitarian award in 2012." from a Washington Post obituary

WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles

News presented in this newsletter is for informational purposes only,
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