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Aug
25
Sun
2019
CCC Proudly Presents Its Second Annual “Jazz In the Park” @ Peekskill River Front Green
Aug 25 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Jazz In The Park
On August 25th the CCC proudly presents its second annual Jazz in the Park at Peekskill’s own Riverfront Green!

Ray Blue is an international jazz saxophonist and a member of MFM, who takes his music well beyond his own performances to students around the world via his workshops and master classes, music scholarship and mentoring program. He founded in 2004 the Peekskill based Cross-Cultural Connection (CCC) which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

“This festival is presented because it’s important and I’m doing my part to help sustain the culture of live jazz performance” – Ray Blue

This event is free to the public.

The Line up:
Houston Person Quartet, Dr. Barry Harris, Kirk Lightsey, Ray Blue Sextet, Norm Hathaway Big Band, CCC PRO AM ENSEMBLE.

Aug
27
Tue
2019
MFM Public Musicians Forum 17 @ Wingspan Arts
Aug 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MFM Public Musicians Forum 17 @ Wingspan Arts

This monthly forum is run by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (President) and Billy Harper (BoD). This forum will feature topics on a variety of subjects of interest to our members and non members.

Not only ALL musicians of ALL genres are invited to attend, but also music educators, DJ’s, Hip Hop artists, music advocates, Union people, etc. according to #UnityInTheMusicCommunity.

Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Venue: Wingspan Arts (Film Center Building, 630 9th Ave, between 44 & 45 St., Suite 602, NY, NY 10036)
Contact: 212-586-2330

Sep
8
Sun
2019
TIMBILA @ SISTERS Bklyn
Sep 8 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

TIMBILA  – Afrodelic music from Zimbabwe, Mozambique & the East Village

TIMBALATIMBILA with MFM’s AC member Banning Eyre on guitar blazes ecstatic African rock with an East Village edge. The trance of African spirit possession merges with the trance of free-spirited head-bangers. Surreal buzzing timbila, hypnotic dream melodies of mbira, stinging guitar.

Line Up:

Nora Balaban – mbira, timbila, vocals
Banning Eyre – guitar
Louisa Bradshaw – vocals
Rima Fand – violin, vocals
Dirck Westervelt – bass
Bill Ruyle – drums, percussion

Sep
19
Thu
2019
Dawoud Kringle’s Music Meditation Session @ Quest Bookshop
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dawoud KringleDawoud Kringle‘s Music Meditation Sessions are a unique experience. It is a guided meditation that replaces suggested imagery with psychoactive musical form. Many people have had profound experiences with this.

Inspired by the vast musical traditions from around the world; east and west, acoustic and electronic, modern and ancient. Dawoud uses these varied genres to provide a creative and sacred inspiration, and illuminate a new musical path.

In addition to being an accomplished guitarist and bassist, it is his work on the sitar and dilruba that have earned his reputation as “The Jimi Hendrix of the sitar.” His experiments with applying jazz technique and electronics to the traditional music and techniques are unprecedented, and seeks to extend the boundaries of the instruments.

Sep
24
Tue
2019
MFM Presents: “Make Music Your Business” #9 Workshop with Ken Hatfield @ Wingspan Arts
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
MFM Presents: “Make Music Your Business” #9 Workshop with Ken Hatfield @ Wingspan Arts

Ken Hatfield Speaking About Copyright – legally protecting your creations. Understanding, securing and defending the most fundamental of all artists’ rights.

Date: Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
Time: 7pm to 8:30pm
Venue:  Wingspan Arts (Film Center Building, 630 9th Ave, between 44 & 45 St., Suite 602, NY, NY 10036)
Ticket: $15 (free for MFM members). No refund.

Seating: limited (up to 25 seats)

“What finally turned me into an activist for artists’ rights was the realization that no musician can afford to sit on the sidelines expecting others to fight for rights we ourselves are unwilling to defend.” Ken Hatfield

MFM Advisory Committee member Ken Hatfield will discuss what copyright is, its origins, its importance and why giant tech corporations are funding Astroturf campaigns to undermine it. He will also cover what individual artists need to do to secure and protect the ownership rights of their music under the recently passed Music Modernization Act (MMA). 

About Ken Hatfield: the musician, author and activist

A leading proponent of jazz played on the classical guitar, composer KEN HATFIELD received ASCAP‘s prestigious Vanguard Award in 2006 for “innovative and distinctive music that is charting new directions in jazz.”

Ken’s the leader on 10 commercially released CDs, 9 featuring him performing his original compositions, as a soloist or with his ensembles. He’s published six books of his compositions. In 2005 Mel Bay published his comprehensive instructional book Jazz and the Classical Guitar: Theory and Application and in 2017 included two of his compositions in Contemporary Guitar Composers of the Americas. 

Ken’s compositional experience ranges from jazz works for his own ensembles, to solo classical guitar works, choral works, and ballet scores for Judith Jamison, The Washington Ballet Company, and the Maurice Béjart Ballet Company, as well as scores for television and film, including Eugene Richards’ award-winning documentary but, the day came.

Ken continues to lead his own ensembles and be an in-demand sideman. In recent years he has also become an artist rights activist, serving as co-chair of the Artist Rights Caucus of Local 802 and as a member of the Advisory Committee of Musicians for Musicians (MFM). In April 2019 he participated in the United States Copyright Office’s fifth and final roundtable on reform of section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. 

About MFM

MFM seeks to bring together musicians from all disciplines, styles, traditions and localities in the cause of their mutual self-betterment. Whether through education, networking or political action, MFM’s ultimate goal is to elevate the work of all musicians to the level of a true profession, one which is recognized and appropriately rewarded by the society in which they live and work. MFM additionally advocates for the creation and maintenance of a fair and sustainable musical ecosystem, one in which participants share equitably in all forms of revenue generated by their work product, whether composed, recorded, or performed live. In the final analysis, we seek to promote all conditions which benefit the musicians’ community and the music created by it, while opposing all those which do them harm.”

 

Oct
6
Sun
2019
Friday Ambient with Peter Wetzler, Chris Anderson and Brian Farmer @ The Rail Trail Cafe
Oct 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

An evening of experimental sounds and textures with Peter Wetzler, Chris Anderson and Brian Farmer

Peter Wetzler

MFM member Peter Wetzler is an award winning composer-musician-music director scoring for film, theatre and television with a uniquely diverse musical background. While classically trained in piano Peter was guest soloist with symphonies at an early age and studied conducting and composition at Princeton and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

From Europe he moved into jazz and non-western music having played in gamelan and avante garde ensembles and writing music for post- modern choreographers such as Bill T Jones, David Dorfman and Susan Marshall and touring Europe and North America with Laura Dean. The strong rhythmic drive of his music blended with the raw experimental influence of the “downtown” New York City music scene has made his style much sought after for unique film and television scoring ranging from animation and films featured at MOMA and PBS Great Performances to National Geographic’s permanent multimedia installation in Washington DC.

Later highlights include conducting the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in a live performance of his score to Anezka Sebek’s film “Landfill” at the Hudson Valley Film Festival (along with Brian Farmer!) and Isabel Barton’s film “Julie of the Spirits” at the Woodstock Film Festival.

Peter scored his first feature film “The Warboy” in Toronto in 1984 and performed at the Music Gallery, Gladstone Hotel and Arraymusic while living in Toronto. His ensemble “The Repeatos” opened the 2007 Baltimore Jazz Festival and played in Toronto’s “Ambient Ping” series.

PETER WETZLER BIO

Wetzler has been active in the burgeoning new music scene in Kingston pioneered by Pauline Oliveros’s “Deep Listening Space” and his own church buildings that housed “The Center for Arts and Technology”. As the first recipient of Kingston’s “Distinguished Artist Award”

Peter has curated the MAD (Midtown Arts District) Summer Festival of the Arts and first met Chris Anderson when he joined the Catskill Mountain Gamelan in 2013 and wrote “First Love” for gamelan and accordion in honor of Pauline Oliveros. Wetzler and Anderson recently performed on Anderson’s homemade instruments @ The Hudson Basilica Ambient Series.

www.peterwetzler.com

Brian Farmer

Brian Farmer is a musician and composer with a 40 year history in a diverse array of artistic and musical contexts including working and studying with roots Apala master Bisiriyu Atunrase in Ikorodu Nigeria, Musical Director for Arm of the Sea Theater, Co-Founder of world beat group FutuFutu, Drummer and percussionist with Nego Gato Afro-Brazilian Ensemble and Co-founder of Big Sky Ensemble. Since 2008 he has shifted his work to more solo and duo work with ambient and nature based music making, often combining found sound recordings, the sounds of his home farm, random electronics and a deeply detuned telecaster. He has released released multiple records on his Bodhi Bridge Music label. www.bodhibridgemusic.bandcamp.com

Chris Anderson

Chris Andersen is a musician, musical instrument maker and designer. He currently is building marimbas, various percussion instruments and experimental pieces in Kingston New York. Recently he has been working on glass instruments inspired by the work of Ernst Chladni and the French Baschet brothers. Chris also introduced the steel pan to Bali 15 years ago. He created the company Bali steel pan, which now sell their hand pan instruments internationally. www.balisteelpan.com

Oct
12
Sat
2019
MFM Hudson Valley Chapter Meet Up #1 w. Jazz Maestro Joe Lovano @ Stephen Johnson Residency
Oct 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

MFM Hudson Valley Chapter Meet UpThe MFM Hudson Valley Chapter Meet Up #1 w. Jazz Maestro Joe Lovano is held in Kingston (NY), October 12th, 2019.
This public meet up is organized and run by Musicians For Musicians (MFM) President Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (347-963-1448) and member Stephen Johnson (845-282-6721).

PLEASE CALL STEPHEN JOHNSON AND ASK FOR ADDRESS. ——  FREE FOR MEMBERS!

EVERYBODY (not only MFM members, but also local musicians, radio hosts, music industry people, journalists, event curators, artists, etc.) is welcome to attend.

It’s a great opportunity for Hudson Valley professional musicians and all people who care for Musicians Rights come together and discuss #MakingMusicIsAProfession and how to advocate #UnityInTheMusicCommunity in their communities. The time has come that ALL musicians of ALL genres make the public aware that #MusicAintFree.

After the Hudson Valley Music Summit, August 9th, 2019, Saadat and Johnson decided to start a MFM Chapter in Kingston. Johnson (UK citizen, professional musician, and leader of Future350 Nu Bossa) offered his service as the rep and spokesman of this chapter.

“So whether you are a seasoned professional gigging musician or a budding songwriter, there are some shared issues that MFM is boldly addressing, such as knowing our rights as musicians. Professional musician distinctions. Sustainability in the music industry. Educating and inspiring music patronage. Championing the value and business of music.

These are all matters we share concern for, and this conversation promises to be time well spent especially with your voices being heard.”Stephen Johnson

The main goal of this chapter is to reach out and organize the Hudson Valley musicians. The chapter is a place for its members to network and work out specific local strategies how to reach out to the Hudson Valley musicians community.

Six Hudson Valley professional musicians have already joined. One of them is legendary jazz man Joe Lovano who will attend the meeting. Membership is expected to grow, because “organizing” is the only option musicians got in order to take care of their business.

                                                                    Agenda

1. Johnson’s “welcome” speech. Introducing himself as the Chapter’s rep and spokesman. (3 min)
2. Saadat speaks about MFM tasks and commitments (5 min)
3. Johnson reports about the Hudson Valley Music Summit (August 9th) which was co-sponsored by MFM
4. A conversation with Joe Lovano about the Hudson Valley Jazz scene
5. Q&A

About MFM (https://musiciansformusicians.org/)

MFM seeks to bring together musicians from all disciplines, styles, traditions and localities in the cause of their mutual self-betterment. Whether through education, networking or political action, MFM’s ultimate goal is to elevate the work of all musicians to the level of a true profession, one which is recognized and appropriately rewarded by the society in which they live and work. MFM additionally advocates for the creation and maintenance of a fair and sustainable musical ecosystem, one in which participants share equitably in all forms of revenue generated by their work product, whether composed, recorded, or performed live. In the final analysis, we seek to promote all conditions which benefit the musicians’ community and the music created by it, while opposing all those which do them harm.”

Ray Blue “Work” CD Release Concert @ The Beanrunner Jazz Cafe
Oct 12 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Tenor saxophonist Ray Blue enjoys his WORK, creating a straight-ahead jazz set filled with warm melodies.
A Well-Balanced Program Of Originals, Standards And Tunes By Nat Adderley, Jimmy Smith And George Coleman

Ray Blue The New York based tenor saxophonist and MFM member Ray Blue, who has a deep tone and a melodic style, is featured on WORK, a set of accessible yet quietly creative music. The program mixes together three of his originals with surprising versions of standards and lesser known but superior jazz songs. He and Randy Klein, head of Jazzheads Music Group, worked diligently to achieve the appealing Old School feel and sound that Blue’s listeners want to hear.
Blue teams up with three pianists (Sharp Radway, Kirk Lightsey and Benito Gonzalez), guitarist Jeff Barone, bassist Essiet Okon Essiet, drummer Steve Johns and, on three songs apiece, the rambunctious trombonist Ron Wilkins and percussionist Neil Clark. Starting with the exuberant “Work,” the program includes such surprises as an uptempo transformation of “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” two versions of “That’s All” (including a duet with pianist Lightsey), a playful rendition of “Don’t Know Why,” and a cooking “Everything Happens To Me” which is normally taken as a slow ballad. Blue, displaying a large tone that almost sounds like a baritone in spots, is heard at his best on his original ballad “My Friend And I Took A Walk” and “Our Day Will Come” which benefits from a shuffle rhythm. Trombonist Wilkins is quite boisterous on Nat Adderley’s soulful “Sweet Emma,” the Jimmy Smith minor blues “Mellow Mood,” and George Coleman’s “Amsterdam After Dark.” Another highpoint is Blue’s “Attitude” which, after an energized and surprising melody, becomes a hot swinger that features the composer.
Ray Blue has been an important saxophonist for the past 20 years, leading his own CDs on a regular basis since 2001. Among those who he has worked with through the years have been  John Gilmore, Art Davis, Ted Curson, Benny Powell, Eddie Henderson, Steve Turre, Wycliff Gordon, Bernard Purdie, Harold Mabern, Kirk Lightsey and the Sun Ra Arkestra. The saxophonist, who has appeared at many international jazz festivals, has also been an influential educator and is the founder of Cross-Cultural Connection, Inc. a non-profit organization that promotes jazz culture, performance and education.
WORK is one of Ray Blue’s most enjoyable outings to date, a melodic set that will appeal to a large audience, especially those who enjoy the Old School swinging jazz style and sound.

RAY BLUE QUINTET:

Ray Blue – Saxophone
Sharp Radway – Piano
Santi DiBriano – Bass
Alvester Garnett – Drums
Neil Clarke – Percussion

Oct
15
Tue
2019
SHAPESHIFTER LAB PRESENTS: AN EVENING WITH MARK DEUTSCH, WITH SPECIAL GUEST DAWOUD THE RENEGADE SUFI @ Shapeshifter Lab
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

MARK DEUTSCH, WITH SPECIAL GUEST DAWOUD7pm – Dawoud the Renegade Sufi

Dawoud is a multi-instrumentalise, composer, imrpoviser, and leader of
God’s Unruly Friends, a Mystic Ethno-Jazz Electronica ensemble. He will be
offering a solo performance on dilruba and laptop of improvisations on
original themes (including selections of his 21 piece work The Harmolodic
Raga Cycle).

http://www.godsunrulyfriends.com/

MARK DEUTSCH, WITH SPECIAL GUEST DAWOUD8pm – Mark Deutsch

Classically trained bassist and sitarist Mark Deutsch is the creator and
master of the Bazantar: a 39-string acoustic bass with additional drone and
sympathetic strings. He received worldwide acclaim as a unique musical
innovator, and his work is recognized for its spiritual qualities.

A sample of the accolades he earned:

“Mark’s sonic explorations invoke the ancient tradition of trance-ritual
and embody a sacred musicality rarely heard in Western cultures.” – Bill
Lasswell, Producer, Audio Alchemist and Bassist

“Mark Deutsch has created explorations into the depths of sound where the
roots of tonality beneath Eastern and Western systems are one. This
historis tone poem bridges the dark opulence of tone to the high visionary
sounds of the spirit. A must for all sonic adventurers.” – Don Campbell,
Author of “The Mozart Effect”

http://bazantar.com/

Oct
22
Tue
2019
MFM Workshop “Make Music Your Business” #10 w. Adam Reifsteck @ Wingspan Arts
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Time: 7pm to 8:30pm
Venue: Wingspan Arts (Film Center Building, 630 9th Ave, between 44 & 45 St., Suite 602, NY, NY 10036)
Ticket: $15 (free for MFM members).
Seating: limited (up to 25 seats)

Facebook is the best platform for promoting music and building an audience because its advertising features are the most powerful and diverse of all the platforms. You can target precisely the people you are trying to reach quickly and efficiently. Without the right strategy and tools in place, however, you will waste a lot of time and money. In this workshop, composer and producer Adam Reifsteck will give an overview of Facebook’s advertising platform, show how to find your target, and build a successful campaign so you can make the biggest impact with your music online while boosting your income.

About Adam Reifsteck (https://adamreifsteck.com/)

MFM member Adam Reifsteck is a New York-based composer, producer, and entrepreneur. Whether writing for small ensembles, producing electronic music, or performing improvised group compositions on Wi-Fi-connected laptops, Reifsteck creates dynamic, futuristic sound worlds and brings new audiences to classical music.

Recipient of grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, and the Kalamazoo (MI) Community Foundation, his music has been performed by the Attacca Quartet, Amernet String Quartet, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Duquesne University Chamber Singers, Flutronix, Gaudete Brass Quintet, Mana Saxophone Quartet, Western Michigan University Chorale, and other ensembles.

Drawing upon his music technology background, Reifsteck is also an active recording engineer, producer, and founder of Teknofonic Recordings, an independent record label and artist development platform providing electronic musicians with learning resources, networking opportunities, and career support.

Reifsteck holds a master’s of music degree in composition from Western Michigan University and a bachelor’s of music in music technology from Duquesne University. He is a member of Broadcast Music Inc., the Society of Composers and Lyricists, the Recording Academy, the Audio Engineering Society, and Musicians for Musicians.

About MFM (https://www.MusiciansForMusicians.org)

MFM seeks to bring together musicians from all disciplines, styles, traditions and localities in the cause of their mutual self-betterment. Whether through education, networking or political action, MFM’s ultimate goal is to elevate the work of all musicians to the level of a true profession, one which is recognized and appropriately rewarded by the society in which they live and work. MFM additionally advocates for the creation and maintenance of a fair and sustainable musical ecosystem, one in which participants share equitably in all forms of revenue generated by their work product, whether composed, recorded, or performed live. In the final analysis, we seek to promote all conditions which benefit the musicians’ community and the music created by it, while opposing all those which do them harm.”