WAMA News - April 4 2015

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WAMA News - April 4 2015

Postby askmike » Wed May 06, 2015 5:53 pm

National & International Music News

Broadcasters Ask FCC For Payola Waiver
March 23, 2015

"A group of radio broadcasters has asked the FCC for a waiver of the requirement that radio stations notify listeners on air when a sponsor or promoter has paid for a particular piece of programming, including a song."

SoundExchange Files Its Second Lawsuit Over Improper Royalties
April 03, 2015
By Andrew Flanagan

"...Because Muzak began offering its streaming service to Dish Network satellite television subscribers before the establishment of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in 1998 -- which set higher statutory rates on digital streams -- it was allowed to have its pre-existing, lower royalty rate of 8.5 percent of revenue grandfathered in. By comparison, the 2015 rate for new subscription services is 15% of revenue or 1.4 cents per subscriber a month -- whichever is greater."

Data Mining the Digital Gold Rush: 4 Companies That Get It
April 03, 2015
By Robert Levine
Got it

"For decades, the music business ran largely on instinct: magic ears, gut feelings, weird hunches. Success had a thousand fathers, as well as a certain mystery. Label executives knew a hit when they heard one, and they promoted it until the public agreed -- or not...These days, calling stores to ask about CD sales is as archaic as the idea of an album that sells 10 million copies. The industry is now in the age of "Big Data" -- the information generated by digital platforms like Spotify and Twitter, and the tools to analyze it for insights."

Local Notes

Ted Efantis, a tenor saxophonist, is "one of Washington’s well-known living jazzmen, mostly because he has been a fixture in its clubs and at its jam sessions for the better part of 70 years." And he had an article about him in the Washington Post. JazzMen

Wale's 'Seinfeld'-inspired album is heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart.

Black Masala has started an Indiegogo Campaign. Your donation of any amount will help them to raise $5,000 towards the making of a new album being recorded in May 2015.

Cyrus Chestnut is a world-renowned jazz pianist and recently joined the faculty at Howard University's jazz program.

"Mayor Muriel Bowser's office announced today that the city will close the main stretch of U Street for the second annual Funk Parade on May 2nd."


Film & Video Views

Black Masala
"3 Year Anniversary Album Campaign"

This video is part of their Indiegogo campaign.


How to Make Your Music Seem Like a Freaking Goldmine to Music Journalists
April 2, 2015
By Casie Millhouse

"...this time you know you’ve got THE hot track of the year. But once you send that private link out to a few DJs you highly respect and a couple blogs and there’s not one reply you feel, left behind...it’s not you or even your music, it’s how you put yourself out there."

Top Classical Music Apps That Can Be Downloaded To Your Smartphone
March 31, 2015
By Jason Phillips
Music Apps

"...If you like time away from the hustle and bustle and wish to relax with some classical music you may find one of the following apps just what you need"



“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.

Songwriting Workshop with Ted Garber
Sun. April 12
noon - 4 pm
at The Mansion at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD
$35, $30 for WAMA & SAW members (use discount code SONGWKSHP5)
Purchase tickets online at Strathmore Tickets

Strathmore Artist in Residence alumnus Ted Garber leads this fun and interactive workshop, which will include short lecture/demonstrations on the basic components of successful songwriting, as well as lots of time for the group to give feedback on each other’s tunes. More experienced songwriters with a few tunes under their belt will get coaching and pro-tips from Ted, as well as a chance to have any songs-in-progress critiqued by the group. Beginners will have a chance to get started on lyrics and get ideas for kicking off their songwriting. All skill levels welcome. Bring your guitar or any other accompanying instrument, or just yourself. A piano will be available.

“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
Lead Belly

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.

Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" Workshop
Sat. May 2
1 - 5:30 pm
at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd,
Rockville, MD
Tuition: $180, $125 Auditors
For details & registration call 443-822-6483, or visit www.indepthjazz.com

An inDepth Jazz Clinics workshop. Faculty members include Thad Wilson (trumpet), Lyle Link (alto sax), Wade Beach (piano), Tom Baldwin (bass), Tony Martucci (drums), and Artistic Director Jeff Antoniuk (tenor sax). They'll guide you through five of the most important songs in jazz history, the entire Kind Of Blue album. And if you think you know these songs, come get a pro-level view of the next steps for you.

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Selected Events

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.

Mid-Atlantic Song Contest Winners Showcase
Tues. April 21
7:15 pm
at Amphora Dinner Deluxe, 1151 Elden St, Herndon, VA
$11 request donation, $10 for members of SAW or Folk Club

Performers: Anna Dagmar, Kipyn Martin, Sarah Keyser

The Folk club of Reston-Herndon teams up with MASC to present three winner's of the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.


New Releases

Annette Wasilik will be releasing a new CD, "Songs from the Talking House," on April 12 at the New Deal Cafe, Greenbelt, MD. Accompanying her will be John Previti, Andrea Hoag, Bobby Birdsong, Kevin Dudley and Rand Gardner. www.annettewasilik.com

Dcist reviews these new songs at dcist.com
Dot Dash's "Winter of Discontent" from "Earthquakes & Tidal Waves"
Moving Castle's “Diamonds for Breakfast”
Pinkwash's (formerly from DC) "Cancer Money."
Qualms' "Psalms"
Cruzie Beaux's "You're a Dog"
Edy Blu's "Planetary Sister"

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Final Curtain

Willima "Bill" R. Pierangeli

Bill Pierangeli, age 69 of Silver Spring, MD passed away March 14, 2015. A member of the Songwriter's Association of Washington, he was a regular around the area's Open Mics. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 AM Friday April 10 in St. Denis Church, 2401 St. Denis Lane, Havertown, Pa. where family and friends may call after 10:00 AM. Obit

WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles

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