WAMA News - 01-21-2011

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WAMA News - 01-21-2011

Postby askmike » Tue Feb 01, 2011 6:08 pm

25th Annual Wammies News

Wammies Sponsors

WAMA would like to thank our official sponsors tor the 25th Wammies:
BMI and the City of Falls Church;
and the Falls Church New-Press for sponsoring the Pre-Wammie VIP Reception at Argia's Restaurant.

The After Party will be at Bangkok Blues, just down the street from the State Theatre.

25th Wammies Checklist

    25th Wammies Ballot Deadline Approaches. Ballots must be received by 10 pm on Jan. 21st. Click Ballot. Remember, you must be a current WAMA Member to Vote!

    Order tickets to the 25th Wammies on Feb. 20th at the State Theater, Falls Church, VA. Tickets

    Feb. 10th deadline for ads for the Wammies Program. For more info, go to: WAMA Rates or email dcmusic@wamadc.com.

    To be a part of the pre-Wammie Meet 'N' Greets, organized by the City of Falls Church for all nominees, email Becky.

    Cast your vote for your favorite band or artist by Friday, February 11, 2011 - 6pm.
    You don't have to be a WAMA member to vote or to win the "Fan's Award."

    Donate an item for the Silent Auction, contact Maggie.

National Music News

Kennedy Center to take over Washington National Opera
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... eheadlines
By Anne Midgette
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 20, 2011; 10:42 AM

"It's official. In a move that had been discussed for months and openly rumored as long ago as last summer, the Kennedy Center announced Thursday that it is taking over the Washington National Opera."

Imagem Acquires 5 Alarm Music
http://tunes.broadwayworld.com/article/ ... c_20110106
Thursday, January 6, 2011

"Imagem Music Group, one of the world's largest independent music publishers and owner of Boosey & Hawkes and Rodgers & Hammerstein, has announced the acquisition of the leading independent U.S. production library music company, 5 Alarm Music. The move will add significant weight to Imagem's existing production music services which includes Cavendish, Abaco and Strip Sounds. Cavendish, one of the world's oldest library music catalogues dating back to the 1930s, is represented by 5 Alarm in America effective immediately."

Moombahton: A slow beat that's fast on the rise

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 06021.html
Thursday, January 13, 2011; 8:12 PM

"You don't have to be in great shape to get down to moombahton. The D.C.-born dance music micro-genre is languid, bass-heavy and slow. You can get away with a few knee bends and still look enthusiastic."

In the suburbs, more - and better - performing arts centers
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 02658.html
By Anne Midgette
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 7, 2011; 10:51 AM

"It's 7:30 on a November night in Manassas, and the ticket line is snaking around the foyer of the brand-new Hylton Performing Arts Center and nearly to the door. The box office isn't accustomed to the rush."

Washington's small orchestras are striking a key note

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 02662.html
By Anne Midgette
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 7, 2011; 10:51 AM

"...These orchestras - with annual operating budgets of $2 million and $1.2 million respectively, as opposed to the NSO's $30 million - are the largest of some 25 small orchestras in the Washington region, ranging from professional ensembles to amateur community groups."

BMI Tool Tracks Live Song Plays for Writer Royalties
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20110 ... -royalties
by Anita Wadhwani, The Tennessean, Jan. 15, 2011

"Many songwriters start their careers working in small venues — coffee shops, nightclubs, bars and cafes. It may not be very lucrative, but it does pay — at least it's supposed to. Songwriters and publishers are legally entitled to royalties each time their music is performed live in a business venue, no matter how small. In practice, however, it's nearly impossible to keep track of all the live, local music that's played across the country. Performance rights organizations have instead tried to come up with formulaic ways of calculating these small royalties, divvying up the licensing fees they charge small establishments, for example.

This week, BMI launched something completely different. Songwriters and publishers can now keep track of their music's performances on their own, using a new registration system. An online data entry form allows the songwriter on tour, for example, to record every song played in every bar or coffee shop along the way.

Local Notes

Dismemberment Plan
has reunited for shows at the end of the week at the sold out Black Cat and 9:30 Club. They also have a Late Night with Jimmy Fallon appearance on Thursday night, and have newly-reissued their landmark LP, "Emergency & I."

Ruthie Logsdon’s dad, Joe Logsdon, passed away on Monday morning, Jan 17th. He had been very ill and suffering greatly for quite some time. If you didn't know him, he was a really great guy, a real sweetheart of a man.

Video Views

Hotspur has a new song up on youtube, "Last Call (While The Night Is Young)."

Frank Cassel has a music video of his Sugarloaf Mountain song on YouTube. He also plays the banjo in a documentary for families, Barnstorming Live, soon to be aired on the local PBS Station. For more info: http://www.barnstormingmovie.com


SAW Songwriter's Toolbox
with Suzanne Brindamour

Sat. Juan. 22
10 am - 2:30 pm
at the home of Caron Dale, NW Washington, DC
for directions, email Kevin Dudley ducman59@hotmail.com

The SAW Songwriter’s Toolbox is a monthly songwriting workshop series presented by the Songwriters' Association of Washington. Come prepared to write, contribute, share and be challenged.

Pro Tools Level I (TCM101)

Peabody Spring 2011 session
starts Thursday, Jan 27th
6:30-7:30 pm
at Peabody Conservatory Room C314, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
The cost per semester (16 weeks) is $435.

Johns Hopkins University faculty member, Angela Taylor, will be teaching the Pro Tools class. For more info, http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/301 or 410-234-4630.

Two Recording Workshops
Presented by Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center, Shure Microphones, and Golden Sound Studio tickets will be available at WMC.

Basic "Mastering" Workshop
Saturday February 5th, 2011 - - 11am until 3pm
Pre-Registration Required - $75
*Early-bird Special!! Register before January 21st, and pay only $60

Whether you're just learning what the difference between mixing and mastering is, or you're trying to improve your ability to master your own recordings at home, you will learn a lot at this workshop. Curriculum will include an overview of the mastering concept, common mastering tools, the analog vs. digital debate, CD architecture, and more. Attendees can bring one unmastered mix to be used in demonstrations, and could even leave with a mastered version.

Drum Recording Workshop
Saturday April 9th, 2011
times and price TBA

With an opportunity to experience new products hands-on in a professional studio environment. Visit the microphone counter at Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center (WMC) for more information.

Selected Events

Camelot: A 50th Anniversary Tribute To The Kennedy Adminstration
the Kennedy Center's series
"The President's Own" Marine Jazz Combo
and Marine Chamber Orchestra Concert

2 p.m., Sunday, January 23
Schlesinger Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus
free, no tickets are required.

On Jan. 20, 1961, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was inaugurated the 35th President of the United States. From his very earliest days in office the youth and charm of both President Kennedy and his wife attracted great attention, and it was not long before the first couple were being compared to King Arthur and Lady Guinevere, the main characters of Lerner and Loewe's popular musical Camelot. Among the many legacies of President Kennedy's tragically short tenure was his strong support of the arts, and the impact of his advocacy can be felt today.

Musicologist Elise Kirk, author of Music at the White House, reprises her role as guide for a musical trip through Camelot. The concert will highlight a historical moment in music that occurred under the Kennedy Administration: the first jazz concert performed in the White House. On Nov. 19, 1962 the Paul Winter Sextet performed in the East Room for the series "Concerts for Young People by Young People."

Paul Winter, award-winning saxophonist, bandleader, composer, and explorer of the world's musical traditions, will join the Marine Jazz Combo for a set. Join Paul following the concert for a post concert chat in the lobby.

Jazz Night in Southwest 12th Anniversary Celebration
Fri. Jan. 21st
6 - 9 pm
at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street, SW, WDC

With a special roster of local all-stars, including Buck Hill, drummer Nasar Abadey and other special guests.

Metropolitan Ukulele Association Gathering
Sunday, January 30
1 pm
at the home of Mary Etta Boesl in Gaithersburg, MD
call her at 240-499-6868 for directions

As usual, contributions of food or drink to share are appreciated. Bring copies of a song sheet or two to pass around, and — if you have a portable music stand — bring it along.


Capital City Voices Audition

Reserve your spot now to attend the March 5 rehearsal and join
Tuition is $160 per month
Only 20 spaces per choir are available and many are already filled.
For information and registration: Contact director Jeff Antoniuk at 410-295-6691 or send email to CapitalCityVoices@gmail.com.

Audition to join the jazz choir, singing jazz, swing and tight vocal harmonies under expert direction and taking part in public performances. The choir is for anyone aged 16 and up, who can carry a tune, hold a part and read music (at least a little bit). The repertoire varies in style and level of difficulty. Seasoned vocalists and novices are invited to join. This is a great opportunity for classical singers who want to dive into jazz, instrumentalists who want to vocalize and "shower singers" with a good ear.

The choir meets at the National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20016. This great location has tons of parking and is close to a Metro stop (Tenleytown-AU).

Schedule: Rehearsals are held weekly on Saturdays from 11am until 1pm. A second choir will likely meet from 2pm until 4pm. The schedule follows the school year, with breaks for summer and major holidays. The first meeting is March 5, 2011.

American Youth Chorus Looking for Young People

from DC, MD and VA who love to Sing (ages 8 to 14)

Auditions are currently being held for the American Youth Chorus' spring concert season. Rehearsals are held after-school on Tuesdays for ages 8-10 and on Thursdays for ages 11-14 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC. Over the past two seasons, the chorus has performed in many prestigious venues, including the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Kennedy Center, the Duke Ellington Theatre, the State Department, the Children’s Inaugural Ball and at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Their performances have been featured on CBS News, CNN and C-Span.

To schedule an audition appointment, call Debby McConnell at 202-399-7993 x182 or email her at debby_mcconnell@congressionalchorus.org

Warren G is Scouting For New Talent

California Sound Studios, a full-service recording facility in the Los Angeles area, has asked Music Connection to put the word out that the company's CEO Nathan Wright has aligned with acclaimed rapper Warren G to find and develop new talent. The company's Mission Statement: "To provide today's most talented artists with the latest in state-of-the-art equipment and techniques. Our music industry professionals have a proven track record and ensure the best in production quality and business opportunities." For more details, contact Amna Haider, amnahaider@rocketmail.com.

New Releases

David Kitchen
used his 2009 WAMA P.A.S.S. contest winnings (studio time at Cue Studio) to work on tree new songs, "You Don't Love Me No More," "Ain't That A Beautiful Thing," and "Without You."They are a preview of his new CD, due out in mid 2011. http://www.facebook.com/DavidKitchenMusic

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