Month: November 2013

In Pursuit Of African Music Cds & Vinyl

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Most statistics on illegal downloading average out to about 95% percent since at least 2008. Subsequently, online music streaming services started popping up, such as spotify.com, that offer subscribers a menu of music from a range of major and independent record labels at a nominal monthly fee (about $10 dollars in the US). Spotify was a Swedish start-up company in 2008, and by 2010 had 2.5 million paying subscribers. As of May 2012, there are more than 20 million monthly users on the Spotify platform, with between 15 17 million tracks and 500 700 million playlists to choose from. Something about downloading CDs, singles, and streaming music from the Internet, though, doesnt work well for radio shows (and DJs) so I went on a hunt for still-standing record stores that carry African music. I followed a path to Sterns Music located, as I rememberedin central London, which used to be the #1 retailer for African music in the world.
For more information, visit http://blogs.voanews.com/african-music-treasures/2012/07/26/in-pursuit-of-african-music-cds-vinyl/

BuJazzO return from Africa, much music in tow

The German Jazz Orchestra on its West African tour 
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Once the instruments were put down, English was rarely spoken. French and Portuguese ruled communication. “And who can speak those languages anyway?” Seidler said with a chuckle. “But some sign language always comes in handy. And, of course, music – music was the foundation for bringing people together.” Four Senegalese and three Mauritanian musicians accompanied BuJazzo members on their tour from Saint-Louis to Dakar in Senegal, and on to the city of Bissau in Guinea-Bissau.
For more information, visit http://www.dw.de/bujazzo-return-from-africa-much-music-in-tow/a-16859861

Kaakie, R2Bees, Sarkodie, FUSE ODG, D Black, E.L For 2013 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards On Saturday

Madlingozi explains, I used to drum when I was young. In fact, I used to bash out rhythms on anything I could get my hands on; thats what my mother tells me. And when I was a kid, The Beatles were real big. So people started calling me Ringo after Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr. Madlingozi mixing new music in his Johannesburg studio But to this day, Madlingozi hasnt had even one second of formal musical training. I make music using my ears and heart, through passion and perseverance. Through experience I have learned that if I do something over and over again, it becomes part of me, he says. I am entirely self-taught. Hes convinced the roots of this desire that drives him presently are to be found in his past. Because there werent many opportunities for black musicians during apartheid, I was forced to teach myself and to work much harder to progress which in the end has proved to be a good thing! Mistakes become sonic success. Madlingozi concentrates as he tries to perfect a mix on a new song in his studio in Johannesburg Madlingozi prides himself on his powers of improvisation, insisting that he often turns his musical mistakes into sonic successes. Some of the mistakes are beautiful stuff! he exclaims. He bemoans the fact that some record producers want everything polished and perfect. They tell me, No, Ringo, that note its false. Then I tell them, No, its meant to be there.
For more information, visit http://www.voanews.com/content/south-african-virtuoso-makes-music-from-the-heart-103517939/155874.html

South African Virtuoso Makes ‘Music from the Heart’

Madlingozi concentrates as he tries to perfect a mix on a new song in his studio in Johannesburg

This year, the annual Channel O Africa Music Awards will confirm its standing as Africas leading and most consistently exciting music awards event with a superb line-up of live acts. Among those taking to the stage on Saturday night will be, Victoria Kimani, Wizkid, Burna Boy, The Soil, Buffalo Souljah, Aka featuring Da L.E.S., KCee, Lizha James, Cassper Nyovest featuring Okmalumkooklat, Khuli Chana, and Mafikizolo. In the host hot seat is the one-two star-studded combination of Nigerian muso Naeto C and South African hip hopper AKA both artists already having proved their popularity with Channel O viewers over the past few years. The only category not voted for by Channel O viewers is the Special Recognition, which this year is being awarded to Nigerian R&B duo P-Square. Twin brothers Peter and Paul Okoye, are being honoured for their significant artistic contributions to music, which have helped place African music and its artists firmly on international stages. They follow in the footsteps of the likes of Oscar Oskido Mdlongwa (2012); Nigerias Koko Master DBanj (2011); Somalian born KNAAN (2010); South African Brenda Fassie (2009) and Ghanas George Lee (2008).
For more information, visit http://showbiz.peacefmonline.com/pages/music/201311/181457.php

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Bujazzo Return From Africa, Much Music In Tow

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The German Jazz Orchestra on its West African tour 
Copyright: DW/Babou Diallo

“And yet, they were often invited for meals and were warmly welcomed. Those experiences will leave an impression on our musicians for life.” Music instead of politics Dominik Seidler with tour guide Moustapha Balde The German jazz orchestra did not travel to Africa for the sake of headlining shows, but rather in order to interact with fellow musicians. “We had no interest in being on display, like: ‘We’re here, we’ll play for you, and you listen,'” stressed Seidler, adding, “On the contrary.” BuJazzO transcribed a music piece by Jose Carlos Schwarz in the tour bus on the way to Bissau. “No one has heard of him in Germany, but in Guinea-Bissau, he’s a bit of a national hero,” said Seidler. “When we played his piece, people chanted ‘BuJazzO, BuJazzO!'” This performance, say all of the musicians, was definitely more important than the one at the St.-Louis International Jazz Festival.
For more information, visit http://www.dw.de/bujazzo-return-from-africa-much-music-in-tow/a-16859861

Nigerian start-up taking on mobile music

MyMusic is aiming to corner the mobile music market in the West African nation of Nigeria (image: MyMusic)

When users click the pay by mobile button, the download is automatically initiated on their mobile phones and the fee is deducted from their mobile credit, explains Taiwo, who also serves as MyMusics Chief Operating Officer. While many music streaming and download services are web-based, Taiwo added that shifting to a mobile model was really important, as Nigeria is home toone of the largest mobile communities in Africa. Mobile holds the biggest potential for us. The majority of these users have their mobile phones as their only connection to the internet and any form of technology, he added to the CNN interview. MyMusic has an impressive collection of songs, but the co-founder was quick to add that a lot more work lies ahead for the start-up. What happens with most of these international sites is that they have a structured system where they can just go meet a record label and automatically get about maybe 100,000 songs, or as much as possible but in Nigeria, the structure is still growing. The goal now is to have a wide variety.
For more information, visit http://www.itnewsafrica.com/2013/11/nigerian-start-up-taking-on-mobile-music/

Taking Music Lessons As A Child Could Physically Change Your Brain

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The researchers found that listening to joyful music is linked with dilation of blood vessels’ inner lining, meaning more flow of blood through the blood vessels. Specifically, the diameter of blood vessels grew by 26 percent when a person listened to happy music. However, the opposite effect was noted when a person listened to anxiety-triggering music — blood vessel diameter decreased by 6 percent as a result. The research was presented in 2008 at a meeting of the American Heart Association. Soothes Pain Researchers from University of Utah Pain Research Center showed that listening to music is effective as a distraction for anxiety-prone people from feeling pain, and as a result, could help people feel less pain. The study, which included 143 people, was published in the Journal of Pain.
For more information, visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/14/music-lessons-brain-child-physical-changes_n_4260917.html

Get piano lessons with Media Theatre’s new Music Director

The schedule will be determined by each student and Scott Anthony, who started his own lessons at the age of four. In 2006, he received his BM in Piano Performance from Catholic University, studying with Emmy-winning artist Marilyn Neeley. He has also worked under the tutelage of Bruce Murray at the Brevard Music Festival and recently studied with Harvey Weeden at Temple University, where he received his Masters in Piano Performance. Scott Anthony is no stranger to MMTC, having been a part of its orchestra pits during the run of Wings as second keyboard and also enjoying the same during Spamalot. He moves into the position of Music Director for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which plays Nov. 20-Jan.
For more information, visit http://www.delconewsnetwork.com/articles/2013/11/29/entertainment/doc529381ed2904c479589826.txt

Music classes for infants, toddlers offered in Hubbard

by: WENDY REZNICSEK - Music Together classes, geared toward infants, toddlers and preschoolers, allows parents and guardians to experience music alongside their children, who learn while they play. Classes are offered in Hubbard and Wilsonville this January.

7. Interested families are invited to attend an open house at Innovative Dance in Wilsonville on Dec. 3 at 10 a.m., or at Hubbard Chapel Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. There will be a free demonstration class and a parent-child music and movement program developed by the Center for Music and Young Children will be held. Director Wendy Reznicsek has been in business three months and completed her training to become a Music Together teacher in June. Facilitating a musical experience for children and their caregivers is especially rewarding, she said.
For more information, visit http://portlandtribune.com/wbi/152-news/202465-music-classes-for-infants-toddlers-offered-in-hubbard

Piano Sonata In Ftc Minor

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29, 2013 12:59 a.m. ET Teddy Roosevelt busted Standard Oil. The Obama administration? It’s making the world safe from rapacious piano teachers. Every month, it seems, brings a new story of this presidency leveling the intimidating powers of the federal government against some law-abiding citizen.
For more information, visit http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB20001424052702303562904579224251626379422

Strassel: Piano Sonata in FTC Minor

More photos Their results, published in 2010 in the American Journal of Distance Education, showed that there was less idle chitchat and joke-telling during videoconference lessons. Students made more eye contact and spent more time actually playing their instruments than those who studied in person, where there are arguably more distractions. (Being middle-schoolers, though, one student did point out that it was easier to cheat on fingering during the remote lesson, because the teacher’s view was limited.) Resistance is understandable, given that the in-person master-apprentice model has a long and storied history. “That’s how Mozart was taught. That’s how Bach was taught,” said Orman, who with Whitaker is researching virtual-reality instruction methods for conductors. But advanced students often travel long distances for the right mentor: Orman went all the way to the Conservatoire National de Region de Bordeaux, in France, to study classical saxophone performance. For those unable or unwilling to make such a commitment, cutting out the commute is increasingly being recognized as a worthwhile goal.
For more information, visit http://www.latimes.com/news/local/education/la-me-skype-piano-lessons-20130428-dto,0,7412510.htmlstory

How much do piano lessons cost in the Twin Cities area?

The length of the piano lesson is typically thirty minutes for beginners and forty-five minutes to an hour long for more advanced students. Most piano teachersrequire their students attend weekly lessons. Some piano teachers offer a thirty minute lesson, followed by a fifteen minute computer lab time where students work on music theory or play music-related games. A new trend for piano teachers is to charge by semesters. While some people don’t like paying such a largesum all at once, other parents like the semester system because they don’t have to bother with writing out a check every month.
For more information, visit http://www.examiner.com/article/how-much-do-piano-lessons-cost-the-twin-cities-area

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The association must also develop a sweeping antitrust compliance program that will require annual training of its state presidents on the potential crimes of robber-baron piano teachers. It must submit regular reports to the FTC and appoint an antitrust compliance officer. (The FTC wanted the officer to be an attorney, but Mr. Ingle explained that this would “break the bank,” so the agencyhow graciousis allowing him to fill the post.) And it must comply with most of this for the next 20 years. The MTNA is not yet free of fear; the FTC has still to approve the consent decree. An FTC spokesman told me the agency does not confirm or deny the existence of investigations.
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Taking Music Lessons As A Child Could Physically Change Your Brain

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“But it should be pointed out that when studying emotional responses to music it is important to remember that all people do not respond in the exact same way to a piece of music and that one individual can respond differently to the same piece of music at different times, depending on both individual and situational factors,” thesis author Marie Helsing said in a statement. “To get the positive effects of music, you have to listen to music that you like.” Helps During Surgery Listening to music while lying on the operating table could help to lower stress, TIME reported. The research, conducted by Cleveland Clinic researchers, included patients — mostly with Parkinson’s disease — as they were undergoing brain surgery. The researchers found that the study participants who listened to pure melodies — versus just rhythmic arrangements, or a mix of the two — were comforted the most. Their brains also reflected this calming, TIME reported, with some of the study participants even falling asleep. Protects Your Ears’ Sound-Processing Abilities A 2011 study in the journal Psychology and Aging shows that being a lifelong musician is linked with better sound processing, the Washington Post reported.
For more information, visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/14/music-lessons-brain-child-physical-changes_n_4260917.html

Music Lessons Boost Verbal Memory

Private lessons and group rates are both offered, and they’ll give you a rebate if you take the TTC, bike or walk to your lesson. They have three locations around the city. On the Off Beat For ages 5 to adult, On the Off Beat will teach private lessons for bass, cello, drums, flute or fife (fife!), guitar, piano, violin, and voice. Cool ensembles are available from this east end school as well, such as youth rock band, 4 – 8 hand piano, jazz trio, latin drumming, and chamber ensemble. All their teachers are professional musicians. Toronto Singing Studio Stephen Malkmus once said quite wisely “a voice coach taught me to sing, he couldn’t teach me to love” but we’re not here to learn loving.
For more information, visit http://www.blogto.com/music/2013/10/music_lessons_in_toronto/

In the study, psychologists in Hong Kong studied 90 boys between the ages of 6 and 15. Half of the boys had received music training as members of their school’s string orchestra, plus music lessons on Western instruments, for up to five years. The others had no musical training. Researchers gave the children verbal memory tests to see how many words they could learn and recall from a list and a similar test to measure their visual memory skills. The study showed that the students with music training learned, recalled, and retained more words than the other boys.
For more information, visit http://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20030728/music-lessons-verbal-memory?redirect=/content/article/71/81414.htm&_referer_=foxnews.webmd.com&orig_qs=src=rss_foxnews

Music Fraternity In Catch-22 Situation Over Royalty

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Accordingly, the music composer and song writer are now the first owners, but they can also assign their rights to a producer or music label. A composer, on condition of anonymity, says, “This is like a Catch-22 situation. We can’t begin work until we sign an agreement. And, if we do, then we risk being banned by the association. Besides, some producers are saying that they’re under pressure from the companies to get their agreements signed before they purchase the music rights.” The way forward, feels Tandon, is for both the parties to sit together and sort it out.
For more information, visit http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/music/news-and-interviews/Music-fraternity-in-Catch-22-situation-over-royalty/articleshow/26532801.cms

Music and Nightlife Capewide: Nov. 29 to Dec. 5

But for what it’s worth, I’m siding with YAAM as my favorite nightclub in Berlin, which is the best nightclub city on Earth right now. I was over there visiting an ex-patriated old friend and full-time Berliner musician. While making our nightlife plans, he admitted he had mixed emotions about techno-tourist spots such as Weekend and Berghain that, while essential to contemporary dance music, are kind of overwhelming and an emotional rollercoster to actually enter. Plus, it was roughly 25 degrees at night, and I was woefully underpacked to be standing in line for three hours outside a spot such as Tresor . PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Fortunately, there’s also a whole world of Berliner weirdo spots, with all the upside of those classic places (excellent sound systems, an anything-goes ambience), but that don’t require making it past the iron gates of Sven Marquardt . YAAM had absolutely everything a music-hunting, scene-averse tourist could want: German/Jamaican rastas fist-bumping you on the way in through a vast yard cordoned from the street by a graffiti-doused section of the Berlin Wall; an ad hoc shack called “Cool Runnings” slinging vegan food and mulled wine — a perfect way to batter the cold wind off the Spree; a DJ playing spooky, soulful trap and dancehall mixes through a sound system that rivaled the bass at Low End Theory (even tin shack dives in Berlin have perfectly calibrated low ends). The bartender noted that the first drink is the most expensive because they donate an extra Euro to the volunteer DJ and the club’s activist programs (which still rang up a pint of Berliner Kindl at around $3); fliers touting big shows for up-and-coming dancehaller Chronixx and classics such as the Skatalites; and a giant sign hangs outside that homophobia — long a scourge of Jamaican music — will not be tolerated in the slightest. If you’re in Berlin, it’s totally valid to seek out the heavyweight clubs of dance music. But it’s also refreshing to know that off the techno-tourist trail is a whole world of global-village blowup spots where instead of a steely-eyed gatekeeper, there’s a double first-bump and a mug of hot wine waiting for you inside.
For more information, visit http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-berlin-fun-music-venue-jamaican-trapmusic-bar-fake-beach-20131127,0,7486172.story

YouTube set for ‘Music Pass’ subscription, app code reveals

Follow @nickhide (Credit: YouTube) YouTube looks set to introduce an ad-free subscription service called “Music Pass,” according to strings of code hidden in its new Android app, YouTube 5.3. The code, which was excavated by the blog Android Police , apparently reveals these forthcoming options: Background music to keep playing while you use other apps. Uninterrupted playback — so no ads. Offline play so you can watch videos and listen to music away from Wi-Fi without devouring your data allowance. Further code hints that you’ll be able to download a whole playlist to watch offline, and choose which definition the video is saved as, while uploaders will be able to specify their videos can’t be watched offline. There’s no indication as to whether all YouTube videos will be available, or just music.
For more information, visit http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57614008-93/youtube-set-for-music-pass-subscription-app-code-reveals/

Berlin’s most fun music venue is a Jamaican bar with a fake beach

Concert photos by the L.A. Times

5 Events Calendar Posted Nov 29, 2013 @ 06:29 AM CAPE COD Grand Cru Wine Bar Cape Codder Resort, 1225 Iyannough Road (Route 132), Hyannis, 888-297-2200. Live music Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Nov. 29: Bart Weisman Jazz Group featuring Carol Wyeth. Nov.
For more information, visit http://www.wickedlocal.com/capecod/entertainment/x348812179/Music-and-Nightlife-Capewide-Nov-29-to-Dec-5

Mccultured! Australian Fast Food Restaurant Plays Loud Classical And Opera Music To Stop Gangs Loitering

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Musical deterrent: A McDonalds store in Australia has begun playing classical and opera music from its speakers to deter groups of youths from hanging around

The branch of the fast food outlet in the Mount Annan region of Sydney, New South Wales, began playing the music when the manager became fed up of groups of teenagers loitering late at night. Several weeks since classical music was introduced to the restaurant, its manager claims that the unusual ploy is paying off. Musical deterrent: A McDonalds store in Australia has begun playing classical and opera music from its speakers to deter groups of youths from hanging around (picture posed by models) Matthew Watson told the Macarthur Chronicle newspaper: ‘We’ve noticed a reduction in the number of young people hanging around, but we’ll have to reassess it properly in a couple of weeks. ‘We play a range of classical and opera music and so far it seems to be working.’ Local residents commended the tactic on the newspaper’s Facebook page agreeing that it was driving away youths. Anorexic woman who dropped to four stone on a diet of peas reveals how McDonald’s job saved her life Sara Carrick posted: ‘Great idea and It is working! ‘I work nights nearby and it has made a massive difference already to the lingering and loitering in the car park.’ But not all residents were as happy with the musical deterrent.
For more information, visit http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2511488/McDonalds-Australian-plays-loud-classical-opera-music-stop-teen-gangs-loitering.html

Clemency Burton-Hill: Mozart would be ‘outraged’ to hear classical music is for the elite

Clemency Burton-Hill

Arguing the glorious music of the worlds best composers should speak to everyone, she said: Its basically a great big sonic party to which everyone in the world should feel invited. Related Articles How Britten proved the sneerers wrong 22 Nov 2013 Burton-Hill, a 32-year-old violinist and presenter, is the latest addition to Radio 3s breakfast slot, which she will present for the first time on December 2 alongside Petroc Trelawny. She has now argued classical music should be for all to enjoy, with intellectual knowledge not a prerequisite for enjoying classical music. Writing about her passion for the genre in the Mail on Sundays Event magazine this weekend, she said it breaks my heart a little every time I hear someone say, Oh, I love classical music, but I dont really understand it Admitting it is one of the most intellectually complex art forms we have, she added: To be able to understand classical music, all you need is ears, an open mind, and to be able to feel. Burton-Hill disclosed she had grown up listening to anything I could get my ears on, including classical favourites and Britpop bands such as Oasis, Radiohead, and Blur. She has now argued classical music is exactly the same as any other type of music, saying everything from Vivaldi to a cover version on X Factor is all a powerful means of communicating emotion. She told the magazine: There is no right way to hear a piece of classical music: after all, these works are robust enough to have survived centuries worth of varying reactions and interpretations.
For more information, visit http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/classicalmusic/10471354/Clemency-Burton-Hill-Mozart-would-be-outraged-to-hear-classical-music-is-for-the-elite.html

Now That’s What I Call Relaxing Classical makes my blood boil

It resists being embalmed. Classical music, alas, doesnt always resist. Much of it is sedately slow moving and beautiful, with a plush aural surface that connotes luxury as surely as a top-of-the-range Harrods sofa. It takes an effort to get past that licked surface, and find the often unruly emotions and intellectual adventure that lies beneath. (Ive tried to offer some help with that, in my Classical 50 Playlist .) Related Articles Happy 30th birthday Now Thats What I Call Music! 28 Nov 2013 Unruliness and adventure have to be avoided at all costs in something called Now Thats What I Call Relaxing Classical. Everything has to seem perfectly familiar, and perfectly safe.
For more information, visit http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/classicalmusic/10477857/Now-Thats-What-I-Call-Relaxing-Classical-makes-my-blood-boil.html