A Homage to THE BAND’s “The Weight”

Text by Bruce Gallanther (DMG Newsletter for December 2nd, 2022)

“The Weight” by The Band, from Music from Big Pink, released in 1968

I pulled into Nazareth, was feelin’ about half past dead
I just need some place where I can lay my head
“Hey, mister, can you tell me where a man might find a bed?”
He just grinned and shook my hand, “No” was all he said

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Report: Musicians For Musicians ZOOM Webinar #12 w. Bassist Ron Wasserman

MFM Presents: “Music Is Essential” ZOOM Webinar #12 Ron Wasserman: “Transcribing Recorded Music for Live Performance with Dance”

Report by Dawoud Kringle

On Tuesday, November 29, 2022. MFM presented its 12th “Music is Essential” Zoom Talk. The guest speaker was MFM member Ron Wasserman.

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MFM ZOOM Talk Event #8 w. Grammy Award Winner Arturo O’Farrill and Zack O’Farrill

Musicians For Musicians (MFM) Presents: “Music Is Essential” ZOOM Talk Event #8 with MFM Members Arturo O’Farrill and Zack O’Farrill Speaking on the founding, current work, and vision of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, Arturo’s activism, and the intertwined histories of latin music and jazz.

Date: Friday, December 16, 2022
Time: 5pm to 6:30pm (ET)
Venue:  ZOOM
Ticket: free

Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpdO-trzorHNSF2dK3NhLOBqcTVRYHmvKz

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Sylvain Leroux Fula flute student

Report: MFM ZOOM Talk Event #7 with Banning Eyre and Sylvain Leroux

Banning and Sylvain Hold Court on Zoom!

Report by Dawoud Kringle

On Friday November 18th, 2022. Musicians For Musicians (MFM) Presented its 7th “Music Is Essential” ZOOM Talk Event. MFM Members Banning Eyre and Sylvain Leroux spoke about Leroux’s Music Activism and his Non-Profit Fula Flute Ecole in Conakry, Guinea.

Banning EyreSylvain Leroux

Leroux began with an overview of how he became interested in African music. Eyre guided the discussion in an interview style.

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MFM “SPEAKS OUT” Podcast EP 43: Hubert Howe on Finding Your Own Voice

“You have to take yourself seriously and find your own voice.”

In this episode of the MFM Speaks Out podcast, Dawoud Kringle interviews NY’s composer and music educator Hubert Howe.

The topics discussed include studying composition at Princeton under people like Milton Babbitt and J.K. Randall, his opinions of Karlheinz Stockhausen, becoming a Professor of Music and Director of the Electronic Music studios at Queens College in New York and Julliard, his involvement with the New York Composer’s Circle, how electronic music was and is accepted in the classical music world, his thoughts about the influence of electronics on American popular music, such as Progressive Rock, Hip Hop, EDM, and composers and improvisers like Frank Zappa, Brian Eno, or Miles Davis.

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