MFM Public Musicians Forum

MFM ZOOM Talk Event #5 with Mario Guarneri (US) and Axel Mueller (Germany)

Musicians For Musicians (MFM) PresentsMusic Is Essential ZOOM Talk Event #5 with Mario Guarneri and Axel Mueller Speaking about “What now?…The Case for Relevance of Music”

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2022
Time: 1pm to 2:30pm (ET)
Venue:  ZOOM
Ticket: free

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Talk description

Topics will include:

  1. How has COVID affected the life of musicians, and what is the current post-COVID situation for freelance musicians in the US, Germany and Europe?
  1. At what point in life did Mario and Axel become entrepreneurs? Why did they choose to do so? Is it possible to run a company while working steadily as a musician? What strategies can assist in dealing with time management?
  1. What is the value and relevance of music in today’s world, and how have things changed in that regard since the start of COVID?

About Marion Guarneri 

Mario Guarneri and Axel Mueller

Mario Guarneri poses with his trumpet. The white cover on the music instrument is a mask without which he wouldn’t be able to perform in public due to COVID-19 restrictions. San Francisco, California. November 14, 2020. (Kevin Kelleher/Etc Magazine)

Mario Guarneri has done everything from sitting in with Louis Armstrong at the age of thirteen to performing in the Los Angeles Philharmonic for fifteen seasons under conductors Zubin Mehta and Carlo Maria Giulini. He was principal trumpet for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for a decade, toured Europe with the Los Angeles Brass Quintet.

In addition to his solo albums on the Crystal and Nonesuch labels, one of which was nominated for the Prix de Rome, Mario has played on hundreds of television and motion picture soundtracks, and was a featured soloist for movies like Lonesome Dove and Godfather III.

Mario has taught trumpet for more than fifty years, including master classes in Asia and Europe. He is currently a trumpet instructor at the San Francisco Conservatory and has recently also been appointed to the SFCM jazz faculty. He performs and records regularly with his jazz quartet in the San Francisco area, and has established a worldwide reputation as a creative musician of the highest level.

In 1986, he developed the Buzz Extension and Resistance Piece (B.E.R.P.) for all brass instruments. The BERP turned out to be a dynamic advancement in brass pedagogy. Since then, Mario’s lectured extensively on the BERP concept at music conventions across the country

In 2013 he founded a non-profit, Jazz in the Neighborhood which seeks to sustain the art form, establish equity for local jazz artists and provide access for young artists and jazz supporters of all ages.

In 2021 Mario co-founded INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS ALLIANCE (IMA) which seeks to help musicians collaborate and improvise to help them gain a rational and solid economic footing in an uncertain world.

Mario has been on MFM’s Board since 2020.

About Axel Mueller 

Mario Guarneri and Axel MuellerAxel Mueller hails from Mannheim, Germany, and is a multi-instrumentalist. He has a degree in jazz saxophone, and also performs on flute, clarinet, Irish whistle, duduk and guitar, as well as singing background vocals.

He has worked as a street musician, music teacher, theater musician, studio musician and horn section player, as well as arranger, musical director, and composer for theater productions. In addition, he spent 10 years as a booking agent and tour manager for various other musical acts. Currently working mostly in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Axel is a busy touring musician performing with many well-known pop acts.

During the pandemic Axel became an entrepreneur, manufacturing and distributing a flute mouthpiece worldwide named the Fliphead, which he invented.

In 2021 Axel co-founded the membership organization PRO MUSIK; its mission is to be the voice of Germany’s freelance musicians in the fight for fair pay and social justice.

PRO MUSIC and MFM have been allies since 2021; their missions are identical.

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