Artist: Paul Harrison
Title: Adventures From Home
Genre: UK jazz
Digital release date: September 1st, 2020
Review by Fiona Mactaggart
Manchester, England-born pianist, composer and arranger Paul Harrison since moving to Scotland a decade ago has become a stalwart of the Scottish jazz scene, playing with such names as Chris Potter, Tommy Smith and Carol Kidd and in everything from solo to big band formats and everything in between. It’s a puzzle as to how he finds the time to also teach at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The University of Edinburgh, but it comes as no surprise that Harrison has kept himself busy during the quarantine, using the time to create a solo piano tribute to many of his jazz musical influences, many of which are American.
In this episode of the MFM Speaks Out, Dawoud Kringle interviews LaRonda Davis, National President of the Black Rock Coalition (BRC), co-founder and CCO of Flaming Yoni Productions, and Group Creative Director of Publicis.
The topics discussed include the history of the BRC, it’s mission and accomplishments, their unique approach to music activism and their relationship with organizations such as MFM, AFM, Local 802, combating racism in the music industry, surviving the COVID-19 pandemic, and looking toward the future.
Visit LaRonda Davis and the BRC at http://blackrockcoalition.org/
Music publicity and promotion, like building a fanbase, takes time, dedication, and effort. In this webinar discussion with Adam Reifsteck, founder of Teknofonic Recordings, and Jeffrey James, founder of Jeffrey James Consulting, we will uncover some of the best approaches when it comes to promoting your music and how to craft the perfect pitch to improve your chances at getting reviewed and your music noticed in today’s digital landscape.
Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
REGISTRATION IS FREE AND OPEN TO MFM & MPA MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEscOGurDIsGNR-hpNjKDcNYJC6lYNDUCb0
Text by Stephen Johnson
Photo © 2015 by Ed Kurys
It’s hard to describe the late/great Ted Orr as a compact, modest and Catskill Mountain dwelling musician, because when I met him back in 88 in Woodstock NY he was more a mighty ‘Thor’ high on guitar extrapolation and gig tech.
In this episode of MFM Speaks Out, Adam Reifsteck interviews percussionist and composer Ed Hartman. The topics discussed include the evolution of Hartman’s music career, the challenges musicians continue to face during the Coronavirus pandemic, and how to get started in the world of sync licensing as a lucrative income stream.
Ed’s music has been heard on television (HBO, NBC, ABC, CBS, MTV, Discovery, Green, TLC, WE, Travel, Women, Animal Planet, MSNBC) and in feature films, shorts commercials, documentaries, and even a planetarium. Ed’s score for As the Earth Turns (also co-producer), has helped the film get into over 100 festivals, over 100 awards and nominations, including 29 for best score.