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Steve Vai to Receive Les Paul Award Guitarist, composer and
producer Steve Vai
will be presented with the prestigious Les Paul Award at the 27th
Annual TEC Awards on Friday, January 20, at the 2012 NAMM Show.
Since launching his solo career in the early '80s Vai has ascended
to the ranks of rock's "guitar heroes," having sold 15
million records, and become a concert sensation while earning three
Grammy Awards and being nominated for more than a dozen. Vai will
perform with an all-star lineup at the TEC Awards ceremony, backed
by the 2Cold Chili Bone TEC Band.
Vai has received honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music
and Musician's Institute, and founded Mothership
studios and Favored
Nations, a record label for musicians, who in Vais words,
have attained the highest performance level on their chosen
instruments. He has also served as a Trustee for the Recording
Academy, is on the board of Hollywood Arts, and works closely with
his own Make a Noise Foundation, raising money for music education.
The 27th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, presented
by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio and NAMM, will be
held on Friday, January 20, 2012 at the NAMM Show in the Pacific
Ballroom of the Hilton Anaheim, adjacent to the Convention Center,
Anaheim, CA. To purchase tickets, please visit here
l-r: Kanye West, Bon Iver, Adele, Skrillex
The 54th Annual GRAMMY Award Nominees Announced Adele had
a huge evening, earning nods for Song of the Year, Record of the
Year, Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo
Performance. Kanye West scored nods for both his solo work and his
collaboration with Jay-Z. West's song "All of the Lights"
will compete against "Otis" for Best Rap Song. West, overall,
had seven nominations, leading the pack. Rockers the Foo Fighters
also had a big evening, with multiple nominations including Album
of the Year; they finished the night with six nods. Bruno Mars also
scored big, with looks for Record of the Year, Song of the Year,
Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album. Pop
mainstays Lady Gaga and Rihanna are both up for Album of the Year,
while Rihanna also has nods for Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Rap/Sung
Collaboration and Best Rap Song. The late and great Amy Winehouse
received a nomination for her collaboration with Tony Bennett. our
Fave category Best new artist nominees along with Indie singer-songwriter
Bon Iver who received
recognition in the categories for Song of the Year, Record of the
Year, Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album are country trio
Perry, rappers J. Cole and Nicki Minaj, and DJ-dance music performer
(Sonny Moore).Surprisingly, the two fastest-selling albums of the
last 12 months, Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" and Lady Gaga's
"Born This Way" -- the first collections in more than
five years to sell more than a million copies in their first week
of release -- collectively generated just one nomination in the
top four categories, an album-of-the-year nod for "Born This
Way." Swift, whose third album has sold almost 3.8 million
copies, is vying for country album honors, and her anti-bullying
single "Mean" is nominated for country song and solo performance.
say, these two artist have already won! Wednesday's live "Grammy
Nominations Concert" was dominated by opening and closing act
Lady Gaga, who lead off with her latest single, "Marry the
Our other favorite
category belongs to the producer, mixer/engineer, mastering engineer
and arrangers. Here's big congrats to Mike Shipley, Kevin Killen,
Frank Filipetti, Bob Ludwig, Eric Schilling, Doug Sax, Stephen Marcussen,
Butch Vig, Raphael
Sardina (Lady Gaga Born This Way), Cheche
Alera (Lady Gaga Born This Way), Manny Marroquin, Dana
Nielsen (Album of the year Loud/Rihanna) and Clare
Fischer and Brent
Fischer for their instrumental arrangement of In The Beginning
For all nominees click
here The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on "GRAMMY
Sunday," Feb. 12, 2012, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and
once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1
surround sound on CBS from 8 11:30 p.m.
of A Songwriter Dan
Wilson wrote Adel's "Someone
Like You." A singer, multi-instrumentalist, and Grammy-winning
songwriter for over two decades, he has built a reputation as a
writer of songs of uncompromising beauty and timeless artistry:
a "songwriter's songwriter" whose music has nonetheless
many times graced the top of the popular charts.
Alicia Keys The Sony Wonder Technology Lab is a free, four-story,
interactive technology and entertainment experience for all ages.
Located in mid-town Manhattan, SWTL inspires creativity in a high-quality,
engaging, and family-friendly learning environment. Their latest
exhibit is a Music Mixer, an interactive exhibit featuring 14-time
Grammy® Award-winning recording artist Alicia
Keys. Visitors can put their own spin on the Keys hit, "Empire
State of Mind (Part II)," using a variety of instrument tracks
in genres ranging from Hip-Hop to World. By manipulating a set of
three-dimensional "audio blocks" on an interactive table,
visitors work together to create a whole new mix, while learning
about the characteristics of different instruments, effects and
musical styles. "Our mission has always been to inspire kids
to learn about technology and entertainment in a hands-on setting,
and there is no better example of that than the music experience
we are opening today," said Karen Kelso, Executive Director
of the Sony Wonder Technology Lab. You
can even schedule your kid's next Birthday Party at Sony Wonder
To Re-unite w/Ozzy
The announcement was made as the four musicians (joined by producer
Rick Rubin, who will work on the band's new album) gathered at the
site of their very first U.S. show, L.A.'s famed Whisky a Go-Go
on the Sunset STrip. That gig was played 41 years ago to the day
on 11/11/70, so that's where the men convened at 11:11AM, along
with emcee, musician and spoken-word artist Henry Rollins. Rubin
expressed a lot of enthusiasm at being able to work with such seasoned
legends. According to Rubin, the writing process is ongoing, with
several songs already written. Recording will begin early next year.
Signs exclusive production deal w/Dr. Luke Lukasz Gottwald,
better known as Dr Luke is the star producer and Max Martin protégé
who's delivered hits for Katy Perry ("I Kissed a Girl,"
"Teenage Dream"), Britney Spears ("Til the World
Ends," "Hold It Against Me") and Kelly Clarkson ("Since
U Been Gone," "My Life Would Suck Without You") and
discovered Ke$ha, will launch his own Kemosabe Records in January,
which was described in the article as "Sony's fourth label
division" (the other three being Columbia, run by chairman
Rob Stringer, Epic, headed by chairman and CEO L.A. Reid and RCA
which recently announced Peter Edge as its new CEO). The Doctor
will report to Morris at Sony
plan to sign only artists that I really love and really want to
work with," Dr. Luke (néeLukasz Gottwald) is quoted
as saying. "I also believe that songs are the bloodline of
a label, so I will still be instrumental in creating and acquiring
Hip-Hop Super Agent Cara Lewis Exits William Morris. Lewis'
clients include: Kanye West, Eminem, B.o.B, and Common -- She's
the no. 14 honoree in Billboard's 2011 Women in Music executives
and she's leaving William Morris Endeavour, where she served for
23 years, at the end of the month when her contract expires.
how the rest of the roster may shake out and which of Lewis' clients
will join her.
Music Group Acquires EMI Recorded Music catalog Universal Music
Group announced in November that it had signed with Citigroup a
definitive agreement to buy EMI's recorded music division for approximately
$1.9 billion (£1.2 billion). And, in another equally surprising
development, Sony Corp announced that it is buying EMI's music publishing
division for $2.2 billion.
With this sale, Universal which already controls an extensive
catalog of music featuring superstar artists such as Bon Jovi, Lady
Gaga, U2, Eminem and Kanye West will acquire the major works
of acts including the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Coldplay and
the Beach Boys. Sony/ATV Music Publishing is a joint venture between
Sony Corp. and the Michael Jackson estate. It controls more than
750,000 copyrights (including evergreens by the Beatles and Bob
Dylan). Chairman-CEO Martin Bandier said
in a statement: "I am excited to be reunited with the incredible
songs, writers and people of a company I helped build. Our track
record at Sony/ATV over the past four years demonstrates our ability
to build a strong platform that sustains significant growth. The
opportunity represented by this transaction is both transformative
for Sony/ATV and a truly special moment for me, personally."
UMG chairman-CEO Lucian Grainge said in a statement: "This
is a historic acquisition for UMG and an important step in preserving
the legacy of EMI Music."
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and or print your Wants/Needs. Our goal remains to empower and encourage
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When possible, provide a link to your music or gear...When you're
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studioexpresso reader writes: "... I'll make this super quick!
My name is Alfie, and I'm a 26-year-old songwriter/producer with
perfect pitch. A few weeks ago, I made this14-minute-long video
of me playing through the entire current Billboard Top 40 songs
in the country on piano, in order, from memory. It was all done
in one straight take, with no editing. The arrangements are all
my own." Well, Alfie, thanks for that quick year-end wrap up!
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CATALOGUE FOR SALE, CONTAINING MASTERS AND MUSIC PUBLISHING:
An earning Music Publishing company that incorporates three (3)
Record Labels with a wide range of almost all music styles of Rock,
Pop, Neo/Soul/R&B/Jazz Tip, Dance, Electronic, Rap/Hip Hop/Old
School, etc. The Publishing company controls 95% of the copyrights
for full period of copyright, and the Label has over 100 released
Masters plus a further Masters to be released for full period of
copyright. ALSO, we have other earning catalogues available. *serious
inquires only* CONTACT: James Citkovic, Countdown Entertainment
LA Opera's Dream Team. A brand new dazzling dream couple
for opera meets Maestro Domingo at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on
Saturday, November 26th. You already know Shakespeare's classic
tale of star-crossed lovers torn apart by a familial hatred that
consumes their worlds, forever united in heart, soul and death.
Tenor sensation Vittorio Grigolo (good-looking and charismatic)
made his Company debut as Roméo, with the sultry Nino Machaidze
returning as Juliette. The opera is French and most effective when
sung by the French. Plácido Domingo conducted this LA
Opera's landmark production, directed by Ian Judge in November.
Maestro Domingo, who served as general director of the Washington
National Opera for approximately 14 years and holds the post of
general director at Los Angeles Opera, got some beautiful playing
from the orchestra and received numerous warm applause for his steady
orchestral leadership in the pit. John Gunter's iron-scaffold sets
gave the stage an updated multidimensional look and allowed actors
to execute an energetic choreography both on vertical and horizontal
planes. Tim Goodchild's costumes --mid-19th-century swirling ballgowns
and hoopskirts -- are beautiful in the opening ball scene. Thank
you for making us fall in love all over again, hearing five sublime
love duets...so pure, so poetic, so perfect... the theater was flooded
with intoxicating romance, making Roméo et Juliette an unforgettable
experience to savor.
Become LA Opera's Visiting Patron Membership in the Visiting
Patron Program requires a $2,000 tax-deductible contribution to
LA Opera. Benefits include VIP ticketing services for purchases
and exchanges, a 10% discount on performance tickets; invitations
to all Visiting Patron Weekend (March 3-4, 2012) events and activities;
backstage tours and entry to the Founder's Room and discount hotel
rates. For more information or to become a VPP VIP, click here.
Spring performances include: Verdi's Simon Boccanegra with Plácido
Domingo (pictured above right) and Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring.
For more info click here
VIPs Come Together for a Holiday Cheer at Universal Mastering
November 10, 2011 Party To Raise Awareness for MusiCare
Kramer, AJ, Beth
studioexpresso's Claris Dodge, Marvin
Etzioni; seated: Matt Forger, Rafa
An intimate group of 50 VIPs came together on November 10 to raise
awareness for Grammy's MusicCare www.beapartoftheheart.com
Bisquera, Daniela; Candace Stewart
West Studios, Clark
Mastering's Randy Aronson, Greg
Penny, Claris; Erick Labson with a friends.
mastering engineers Pete Doell (Miles Davis, Dwight Yoakam, Marilyn
Manson, Los Lobos, Richard Marx, Dashboard Confessional, Sheryl
Crow, & Harry Connick Jr.) , Erick Labson (Sublime, Aerosmith,
Boyz II Men, The Who, Duke Ellington) and Gabriel Wallach were on
hand and gave guests grand tour of their mastering facility.
Earls (R); Group photo with mastering engineer Peter Doell (far
C Ross, Claris
hosts, Universal Mastering's Randy Aronson, Nicholas Dofflemyer
and Blair Milby offered a scruptious buffet and cheer!
Guests were entertained by Clare Fischer trio directed by Brent
Lunde of Trans
Audio Group with Gabriel Wallach of Universal Mastering; Vicki
Bridge studios in Glendale and Candace Stewart of East
West Studios in Hollywood; Clare
Fischer Trio with Brent
A Heart : Donate Today and
Support MusiCares with Your Photo
& Message The
fundraising campaign is aimed at the public to create the world's
largest photo mosaic comprised of 1 million photo tiles. According
to president/CEO, Neil Portnow, Bon Jovi, Melissa Etheridge, Martina
McBride, Rascal Flatts, Pete Stump, and Taylor Swift are among celebs
who have already uploaded their photos. MusiCares continue to provide
a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of
need. Established by The Recording Academy in 1989, MusiCares' services
and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal
emergencies. Participants can visit
www.beapartoftheheart.com and make a contribution of $1 or more
to receive an online tile, upload a photo and include their stories
and links to websites and social media platforms. When you donate
and upload your photo to the MusiCares mosaic, youll be giving
to a good cause and you can share how music has given back to you.
In related news and in celebration of MusiCares' 20th anniversary,
artists including Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, "Glee"
Live! In Concert!, Josh Groban, Ray LaMontagne, Tim McGraw, Rascal
Flatts, Darius Rucker, Taylor Swift, and James Taylor are teaming
up with Tickets-for-Charity while on tour to offer fans access to
great concert seats to benefit MusiCares. Fans will have access
to some of the best seats in the house, including sold-out dates
nationwide, by purchasing tickets at www.ticketsforcharity.com/MusiCares20.
Fourteen-time Grammy® winner Paul
McCartney to be honored as 2012 Musicares® Person of
the year. Annual Gala Benefiting the MusiCares Foundation and its
health and human services programs for music people will be held
Feb. 10, 2012, During GRAMMY® Week.
Christmas Albums Sales
The holiday album title that has shipped the most copies in
the United States is Elvis Presley's 1957 LP Elvis' Christmas Album,
which is certified by the RIAA for shipment of 13 million copies
in the US (three million copies of the original 1957 release on
RCA Victor Records, plus ten million copies of a "budget"
edition first released by RCA Camden in 1970 and then by Pickwick
Records in 1975). Kenny G tops the list of ten best-selling Christmas
albums of the SoundScan era (beginning 1991-present) in the United
sales of 7.3 million
of the most influential rappers of the 1990s, Heavy
D (aka. Dwight Arlington Myers) was pronounced dead in the emergency
room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on November 8. He was 44. .
As leader of the hip-hop trio Heavy D & the Boyz, he gained
mainstream fame for the theme song for the TV show In Living
Color. (The song was first In Living Color, Heavy
D & the Boyz later recorded a new theme, Cause Thats
the Way You Livin When Youre in Living Color.)
Heavy D also rapped on Michael Jacksons Jam and
Janet Jacksons Alright. In recent years, Heavy
D focused more on TV and movie appearances. He made a cameo in Eddie
Murphy and Ben Stillers new film, Tower Heist.
Heavy D performed at Octobers BET Awards, his first live performance
in 15 years. In pop culture, Heavy D is also remembered for his
mention in the Notorious B.I.G.s 1994 hit single Juicy
with the lyric Saltn'Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine.
He's survived by his beloved daughter, Xea. In lieu of flowers,
the family is requesting that donations be made to the Heavy D and
Xea Myers Fund: C/O JP Morgan Chase 726 Madison Avenue New York,
NY 10085 Memorial Website: http://www.rememberheavyd.com
Happy Birthday Song! The song has appeared in over 140 movies,
in countless advertisements for products ranging from cars to cereals
to insurance to paper products and pet stores
and was featured
in the worlds first singing telegram in 1933. Royalties are
earned for public performances of the song as well as its use in
movies, television shows, advertisements, music boxes, theatrical
productions and the like. (Just an fyi
singing it around the
dinner table or serenading your friend is a royalty-free private
performance.) The song was written by two sisters
an educator and the other a composer. They were knowledgeable about
copyright law and took steps to register their work for copyright
protection. They may not have guessed that their song would become
one of the most popular songs in the 20th Century
over an estimated $45 million dollars to date. Spending $35 to register
your music for copyright protection pays off! Mildred Hill was a
kindergarten and Sunday-school teacher, like her younger sister
Patty. She moved into music, teaching, composing, performing, and
specializing in the study of Negro spirituals. Hill and her sister
were honored at the Chicago World's Fair for their work in the progressive
education program at the experimental kindergarten, the Louisville
Experimental Kindergarten School. She wrote about music using the
pen name Johann Tonsor. Hill died in Chicago, Illinois, in 1916.
She is buried with her sister in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville,
Carter Making The World A Better Place. Receiving a Christmas
card, personally painted and signed by the former President Jimmy
Carter is sweet. What's even more impressive is Carters' dedication
to making our world a better place. "Waging Peace. Fighting
Disease. Building Hope" is the slogan for their not-for-profit,
nongovernmental organization. The Carter Center has helped to improve
life for people in more than 70 countries by resolving conflicts;
advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing
diseases; improving mental health care; and teaching farmers in
developing nations to increase crop production. The Carter Center
was founded in 1982 by former US President Jimmy Carter and his
wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University, to advance
peace and health worldwide.
thanks your ongoing generosity for making The Carter Center a life-changing
force for millions of people around the world. The former President
created the above image (his boyhood home in Archery, Georgia) for
his 2011 Christmas card that says: "With Wam Wishes for Peace
and Joy at Christmas and throughout the New Year." Today he
and Rosalynn live in nearby Plains, Georgia.
The test of time typically rewards iconic artists who
produce capital-C Classic work, borrowing from Steven Hyden; which
is why over the course of decades, certain songs lose their original
meanings and become statements about the legacies of their creators.
Its been 40 years since Imagine was a hit, and
if people still care about that song 400 years from now, it likely
will be tied up in the altruistic saintliness that John Lennon (theoretically)
Watch John greet a stranger in his garden circa 80s here
Holidays are about giving and connecting to people, yes, sometimes
strangers. Thanks for your gift and the lesson John!
Quince is member of the rose family with a fragrant bouquet and
beautiful color -- Enjoy it as a light jam, perfect for toast or
filling for croissants, as a condiment for meats (lamb or pork)
or as desert served with vanilla ice cream!
5 large quinces
1/3 cup of Cognac
cup of water
tablespoons of honey (agave juice or sugar)
3 tablespoon of lemon juice
stick of cinnamon optional
Clean the quince the way you would an apple, peeling, slicing and
removing the seeds (dried pits of the fruit are used to relieve
cough). Keep the slices in water (just to the top to avoid turning
dark). Drain slices and transfer to a pot. Add Cognac and water
and bring to a boil over high heat (30 minutes), turn off heat,
and leave the pot on the stove for 30 minutes. Drain off liquid
into a large saucepan, add honey and cloves, and bring to a boil
over medium heat, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon to prevent
sticking and browning. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes,
stirring frequently, until the liquid melds.
Add lemon juice, stir for 5 minutes, and remove from heat. Allow
to cool for 30 minutes, pour syrup over fruit and chill in airtight
Can be stored for up to a year and the color of the compote will
darken over time to varying shades of red. Enjoy!
can currently catch a performance of John
(As SLow aS Possible)" in Halberstadt, Germany-and your great-great-great-(OK,
do that 15 more times)-grandchild will be able to catch the end
of it. You can hear this most unusual concert, currently in its
10th year and scheduled to end in 2640 Click
to hear the current sound Cage himself did not pick that end-date;
639 years is the length of time between the construction of the
first church organ and the 2001 start of his performance, which
coincided with Cage's 85th birthday. The score, which would total
29,289 miles, is being played by an automated organ housed in the
former St. Burchard church. And it's being played slowly! Chord
changes happen so sporadically that the next one isn't scheduled
to occur until July 5, 2012; a 2008 note change drew 1,000 listeners.
Want your own piece of history? You can sponsor a note for an entire
year (the year of your choosing) for a minimum donation of about
$1,350. Other works by avant-garde composer Cage include one piece
that consists of four minutes and 33 seconds of silence. Ommmmmm
Last two words
of this year...Support Local Musicians
Give the gift of a nice concert to your loved ones this Christmas!
You'll be supporting our local artists and economy.
Enjoy photographs of musicians by http://www.michaelweintrob.com/
1. Experts don't
always have the answers.
2. Clients cannot tell you what they need.
3. Don't aim for 'better', aim for 'different'.
4. Big challenges create the best work.
5. Aesthetic sensibilities actually matter.
6. Simple is good.
7. Make mistakes, learn quickly.
8. "Value" is different from "price."
9. A-Gamers work with A-Gamers.
10. Real artists create and are prolific.
look at the charts,there's not a lot of male artists
whatever reason, female artists sell a lot more records and get
played a lot more on the radio."
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