My name is Christopher Drapeau, I’m a heavy metal, hardcore, and punk rock guitar player, a solo composer and songwriter, and a member of Musicians For Musicians. MFM is a non-profit organization advocating for the rights and interests of professional musicians. Our goal is spreading the idea that #MakingMusicIsAProfession. My involvement started after moving to New York City and starting to establish myself as a working musician. My career has always had a DIYbackbone, and it is a very important ethic to uphold as a musician to be successful in my opinion; and MFM stands for that 100%.
Two Nights with Arturo O’Farrill & the Legendary Dr. Cornel West: Path of Sweet Resistance
Photo by Lindsey Wilson
Date: May 13, 2017 Venue: Symphony Space (NY)
It’s a rainy Saturday night. I skirt into Symphony Hall where I sit amongst a sea of appreciative audience members. Suddenly, I am surrounded by a cacophony of confectionery sound just five rows away from a bombastic event of horns, drums and percussive delight inviting us to move along with its Afro-Latin sway. This musical collaboration was laced with sacred moments dipped in cane sugar as the rhythms proudly strutted between the beats of Bahia and the Caribbean. Powerful! Last year, I had the pleasure of seeingfour-time Grammy winner and Musicians For Musicians (MFM) Board Member,Arturo O’Farrill perform at Symphony Space and I’m happy to say that his brilliance still stands.
A MFM Workshop About The Digital Ecosystem with Ken Umezaki, President of Digital Daruma
Ken will be leading a special workshop for MFM members and aspiring musicians on making music and business go hand in hand. He will provide real world advice using his experiences starting Digital Daruma.
The digital economy has commoditized music, with profound ramifications for musicians or creators, consumers and the music industry across everything they do. The fundamental shift to a commodity business has created many challenges but, more importantly, tremendous opportunities for the music business to innovate and grow in ways that would not be possible without the digital ecosystem for media assets. Ken discusses his perspective on the future of music as a commodity business, and the foundations that need to be built in order for musicians and the business to succeed in this digital era. Read more here: http://musiciansformusicians.org/event/mfm-workshop-make-music-business-4/Continue reading →
As Cooper – who’s a member of MFM – introduced the project and performance, the others began vocalizing. It became clear immediately that this was not to be a cappella performance with songs and arrangements. The vocalizing included a wide variety of harmonies, throat singing, sounds and ambient noises.