Musical Artist – Foxos Music http://foxosmusic.com/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 01:36:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://foxosmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/ICON-1.png Musical Artist – Foxos Music http://foxosmusic.com/ 32 32 Gibson Launches First-Ever Music Scholarship Program for Students Interested in Guitar | Guitare.com https://foxosmusic.com/gibson-launches-first-ever-music-scholarship-program-for-students-interested-in-guitar-guitare-com/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 01:36:39 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/gibson-launches-first-ever-music-scholarship-program-for-students-interested-in-guitar-guitare-com/ Gibson has announced the launch of its first-ever music scholarship program, which is expected to provide funding to more than 15 students, as well as provide them with equipment and instruments to pursue their musical dreams as well. The Sister Rosetta Tharpe Scholarship – named in honor of the godmother of rock ‘n’ roll – […]]]>

Gibson has announced the launch of its first-ever music scholarship program, which is expected to provide funding to more than 15 students, as well as provide them with equipment and instruments to pursue their musical dreams as well.

The Sister Rosetta Tharpe Scholarship – named in honor of the godmother of rock ‘n’ roll – will be for high school seniors who are about to embark on their higher education and career. The Gibson Scholarship Program will also partner with the Save The Music Foundation, which helps youth mental health through access to music, for 10 of the 15 scholarships to further help students find their place in the world. increasingly competitive music industry.

Gibson states that the scholarship is available to students with an interest in guitar, who plan to pursue some form of music in college. They said in a press release that “each recipient will receive a guitar, as well as a $5,000 cash grant to help fund their college” and that “the Gibson Gives and Save The Music alone will result in $75,000.00+ (10 grants of 5,000k and 10 Gibson guitars) giving away to young musicians.

The grants will be created in the name of current and former artists to celebrate their cultural impact across multiple genres of music, with more to be announced soon.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe also recently received a signature model from Gibson, in a recreation of her Custom White SG. The brand also paid tribute to the pioneering rock musician with its Shout, my sister, shout! country.

The first Sister Rosetta Tharpe Scholarship was awarded to a student at Philadelphia Girls’ High School, as the Gibson Gives program is intended to help students nationwide across the United States.

You can learn more about Gibson scholarships and donate to the program here.

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Lifetime musician releases his first solo songs https://foxosmusic.com/lifetime-musician-releases-his-first-solo-songs/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 10:06:24 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/lifetime-musician-releases-his-first-solo-songs/ By day, Brian Moran is a forensic accountant for the federal government. By night, he’s singer-songwriter BriGuy WhiteHorse. But it took a global pandemic for him to finally make his voice heard. Moran began playing the trumpet in fifth grade. In seventh grade, he was in his first group. “I learned the keyboard on my […]]]>

By day, Brian Moran is a forensic accountant for the federal government. By night, he’s singer-songwriter BriGuy WhiteHorse.

But it took a global pandemic for him to finally make his voice heard.

Moran began playing the trumpet in fifth grade. In seventh grade, he was in his first group.

“I learned the keyboard on my own,” he said.

At Shadle Park High School, he played trumpet in a marching band and jazz band, but he always wanted to play drums. So he bought an old drum kit and taught himself.

“A month later I played drums at a big festival in Corbin Park.”

After earning a degree in accounting from Gonzaga University, music became her sideline. In the 90s, he wrote songs and performed with the group Trouts Trouts.

“I was playing drums but not singing,” Moran said.

Trouser Trouts have gained followers in places like Swackhammer and Ichabod. One DJ characterized their sound as Barenaked Ladies meets The Clash.

“We played at the same time as The Mayfield Four when Myles Kennedy was with them,” Moran recalled. “We released a CD and signed with a manager.”

Shortly before their tour started, their guitarist quit and the band broke up soon after.

Moran married, had two children, and performed sporadically with a local cover band. In 2016, his son bought him a two-track recorder, and Moran began writing and recording songs in the basement of his house northwest of Spokane.

“I always thought about how my songs would sound if I recorded exactly what I had in mind and sang them,” he said. “I played all the instruments in my songs and even learned violin and banjo in one day because I felt the songs needed it.”

When the pandemic hit, he had recorded around 20 songs, never thinking anyone would ever hear them. The extra time at home fueled her creative energies.

“I’ve been writing a lot during the pandemic — probably a song every two months,” Moran said. “But I never performed my songs in front of anyone – even my family.”

It was his son, Ben Moran, who pushed him to share his music via streaming services. Ben is a musician who performs with Durnst & Friends and Big Mug Gail. He told his dad he knew someone who could help get his songs out there.

Hesitantly Moran agreed but decided he wanted to release his songs under a musical persona – BriGuy WhiteHorse.

“I’m a quarterback Chippewa. I went to a sweat lodge and was given the native name, WhiteHorse,” he said. “My kids’ friends call me BriGuy, and a pseudonym was born.”

His first YouTube release “Quarantine Blues” debuted on March 31, 2020.

“It’s about seeing the good in people,” he said.

From upbeat country-rock songs like “Broken Down Ford” to soulful ballads like “She” and “Angel”, Moran enjoys the creative freedom of writing and recording.

“I love telling stories in lyrics,” he said. “Kris Kristofferson is my favorite artist.”

He has upgraded his home studio to be able to produce his own work and readily admits that he loses track of time when composing or recording.

“I feel sorry for my wife,” Moran said. “I come here after work and the hours fly by. I am so captivated by the music. When I finally get to understand the bones of a song – oh my, there’s this sense of accomplishment!”

Streaming services like Spotify and iTunes mean his songs are heard all over the world.

“‘Broken Down Ford’ is big in Canada,” he said.

However, he does not consider himself an accomplished singer.

He addressed these feelings in his song “Can’t Play” – “Say I can’t play guitar and I know I can’t sing. I will play until my ears ring.

Although he hasn’t performed his music in front of an audience, he currently plays drums with a few local bands.

He smiles.

“I love being a drummer in the background.”

But a first public solo may be in preparation. He is working on his first EP and enjoys collaborating with his son.

“The pandemic exposed what was important to me — my passions,” Moran said. “For the first time, I sing my own songs.”

BriGuy WhiteHorse on YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCPtxRXCwa_4_XBIkkjqehFw

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The Tony Award-winning musical ‘Fun Home’ is now playing as part of the fringe series at the Mill Mountain Theater https://foxosmusic.com/the-tony-award-winning-musical-fun-home-is-now-playing-as-part-of-the-fringe-series-at-the-mill-mountain-theater/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 09:57:00 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/the-tony-award-winning-musical-fun-home-is-now-playing-as-part-of-the-fringe-series-at-the-mill-mountain-theater/ ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Director Katherine Quinn and actress Hayley Palmer are based in the Big Apple, but still love returning to the Mill Mountain Theater. Set up new production of MMT, “Fun House” represents a bit of a homecoming for them. Palmer plays the adult version of the main character, Allison Bechdel. “Mill Mountain […]]]>

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Director Katherine Quinn and actress Hayley Palmer are based in the Big Apple, but still love returning to the Mill Mountain Theater. Set up new production of MMT, “Fun House” represents a bit of a homecoming for them.

Palmer plays the adult version of the main character, Allison Bechdel.

“Mill Mountain is so special. I mean, New York is obviously amazing, and there’s so much theater there, which is amazing. But it feels good to come to a smaller place and feel that the theater we do really has an impact,” Palmer says.

The impact they hope to have this time is to help families start important conversations about sexuality and identity.

The Tony Award-winning musical, “Fun Home” is based on the life of Allison Bechdel.

“Alison Bechtel is a graphic memoir novelist, and this is her coming of age. His acceptance of his homosexuality and his relationship with his late father,” says director Katherine Quinn.

Bechdel’s graphic novel depicts her trip to the past when her father dies unexpectedly.

“I think that kind of idea, something that haunted Allison, the things that I didn’t tell my dad about, the things that he didn’t tell me about,” Palmer says.

When the show was first developed for Broadway, Palmer says the real Allison was a little hesitant.

“When they were like, hey, we want to make this a Broadway musical, she fell out of her chair. Like what? I mean, it’s a very specific story, but there’s something about it that points to themes that are so universal, so I like to think that it’s that we’re doing the show,” Palmer says.

The couple hope the musical will resonate with a wide audience, but will also appeal to young LGBTQ people.

“I so wish I had this show, growing up as a queer artist. I didn’t have that kind of representation, so I think it’s so, so valuable for young queer people to be able to see this show and young people, in general, because it’s a great show and the representation is important,” says Quinn.

“I think it’s important for parents too – an important thing for me is communication, and leaning into those moments to really connect with your child or share something with your parents and how those moments really matter,” says Palmer.

Above all, they say “Fun Home” is about healing and forgiveness.

Fun Home” runs now until July 3. Click here for ticket information.

Copyright 2022 WDBJ. All rights reserved.

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Welcome to THE COMMONS — News and Views from Windham County, Vermont https://foxosmusic.com/welcome-to-the-commons-news-and-views-from-windham-county-vermont/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 04:02:23 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/welcome-to-the-commons-news-and-views-from-windham-county-vermont/ PUTNEY—2021 Next Stage Artist-in-Residence Arun Ramamurthy returns to Putney on Saturday, June 25 with the Arun Ramamurthy Trio (ART) at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill, and Sunday, June 26 with Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM) outdoors at Bunker Farm in Dummerston as part of the Bandwagon Summer Series. Saturday’s concert will begin with a unique […]]]>

PUTNEY—2021 Next Stage Artist-in-Residence Arun Ramamurthy returns to Putney on Saturday, June 25 with the Arun Ramamurthy Trio (ART) at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill, and Sunday, June 26 with Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM) outdoors at Bunker Farm in Dummerston as part of the Bandwagon Summer Series.

Saturday’s concert will begin with a unique collaboration between cello and Indian slide guitar, two instruments rarely heard in Indian classical music. Cellist Jake Charkey and Indian slide guitarist Joel Veena (both from Vermont) are joined by tabla player Mir Naqibul Islam, a trio of artists all deeply rooted in the oral tradition of Hindustani music.

The second set of the evening features Ramamurthy bringing a fresh approach to classical South Indian repertoire in his ART trio. Recent recipients of Chamber Music America’s prestigious New Jazz Works commission, the Trio will premiere selections from Arun’s newly composed suite.

ART’s collaborative sound is carried by the propulsive rhythm section of drummer Sameer Gupta and electric bassist Damon Banks. The Carnatic canon is remixed in what the organizers describe as a “smooth integration of styles, as the group develops traditional and original compositions in explosive and improvised flights”.

“By staying true to raga, the modes that form the melodic foundation of classical Indian composition, but finding the full sonic identity of a skillful ensemble, Ramamurthy’s trio discovers new common ground and moments of conversation. organic between two traditions, both based on a balance of rigor and freedom.

Performance venues featured include Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Jazz Gallery, Ragas Live Festival at Pioneer Works (Brooklyn), David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and more. ART is a core ensemble of Brooklyn Raga Massive, a collective of classical Indian and raga-inspired musicians dedicated to bridging musical cultures.

Brooklyn Raga Massive is a globally recognized collective of musicians rooted in and inspired by Indian classical music. In this special performance featuring Co-Artistic Director Ramamurthy, BRM artists will present “Tradition to Innovation”, a microcosm of the BRM philosophy exploring classical music from North and South India alongside a spirit of innovation born in Brooklyn.

Bringing this musical exploration to life are Neel Murgai (sitar), Aaron Shragge (trumpet), Kane Mathis (kora/oud), Damon Banks (bass) and Mir Naqibul Islam (tabla). “BRM has cultivated a creative community of artists through its weekly concerts and jam sessions,” organizers say.

“Classical Indian music infuses nature, seasons, time of day and spirituality into its music. Brooklyn Raga Massive brought it to contemporary audiences with such force, its power is hard to deny,” Next Stage Executive Director Keith Marks said in a press release. “The musicality and their commitment to the craft is breathtaking. It’s a gift to bring these world-class musicians to Windham County.”

At the heart of Indian classical music are a set of melodic frameworks for improvisation and composition — the ragas. “Raga-inspired music, regardless of genre, is fluid, colorful and highly improvised, requiring deep listening and respect between musicians,” the press release explains. BRM “aims to leverage these values ​​of openness, generosity, humility and respect for tradition to cultivate genuine connections between artists and audiences from all walks of life.”

BRM was officially founded in 2015, but their seeds as a collective were planted in 2012 during a weekly jam session at a local venue in Prospect Heights. What started as a casual weekly event has flourished and become a mainstay of the New York arts scene, they say, “cultivating a vibrant community of diverse musicians and music lovers.” In keeping with the democratic spirit of these jam sessions, the collective is made up of over 50 collaborating musicians rooted in South Asian, classical Indian and other musical traditions.

BRM ensembles have partnered with artists from more than a dozen countries, including Mali, Cuba, Bolivia and Iraq, in styles ranging from jazz and minimalism to rock and klezmer to reach audiences of all ages and races. “This practice of cross-cultural collaboration both reflects the current global landscape and enables BRM to serve as an incubator for an expansive and inclusive new genre of music originating in Brooklyn.”

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Thrill | PS News https://foxosmusic.com/thrill-ps-news/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 05:48:43 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/thrill-ps-news/ Reviewed by Ian Phillips. By The Eight Five Two, Independent 2022. The Eight Five Two is a four-piece band from Sydney and Thrill is their impressive debut single. The band is an offshoot of the de la Hoyde brothers who are known for their work (both individually and together) with various electronic artists, with pop […]]]>

Reviewed by Ian Phillips.

By The Eight Five Two, Independent 2022.

The Eight Five Two is a four-piece band from Sydney and Thrill is their impressive debut single.

The band is an offshoot of the de la Hoyde brothers who are known for their work (both individually and together) with various electronic artists, with pop artist Nick de la Hoyde, and also with their alternative rock band Monks of Mellonwah. .

The brothers, John, Joe, Nick and Timm, were born in Australia but grew up on Lantau Island in Hong Kong, at a place called Discovery Bay.

After returning to Australia, they all found their way to music.

John and Joe through the various bands they played in before moving into songwriting and production; Nick who discovered music while playing football in Barcelona; and Timm whose love for Asian culture was expressed through time in Tokyo drawing manga and discovering Ableton, a German music software company.

They brought these varied life experiences to their composition and performance.

The sound on Thrill is lush, like all the tracks I’ve heard from them, suggesting they’re comfortable with the studio and the recording process.

They are also good musicians who can produce a carefully crafted song that is sonically interesting and not just one-dimensional.

Thrill it’s not being able to let go.

Memories of the past that we cling to in hopes of somehow rekindling the feelings.

Memories that send shivers down your spine.

Memory that lingers and defies time.

Although I have reviewed other songs released by Nick and the other brothers, I think Thrill is the first I hear from them as a collective involving them all.

The brothers are pushing boundaries and exploring a lot of musical opportunities right now, but I think there’s a lot of potential in The Eight Five Two.

Thrill is a good start. Let’s see how they can build on it.

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Sisters Folk Festival announces final artists for 2022 lineup https://foxosmusic.com/sisters-folk-festival-announces-final-artists-for-2022-lineup/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 21:16:56 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/sisters-folk-festival-announces-final-artists-for-2022-lineup/ Kentucky singer-songwriter Abby Hamilton gained a reputation as a can’t-miss live performer, opening for acts like Wynonna Judd, Shakey Graves, Kelsey Waldon, Valley Queen, Arlo McKinley and Justin Wells, as well as performing at festivals such as Railbird and Master Musicians. With influences ranging from classic country divas to Bruce Springsteen, Hamilton wows audiences with […]]]>
Kentucky singer-songwriter Abby Hamilton gained a reputation as a can’t-miss live performer, opening for acts like Wynonna Judd, Shakey Graves, Kelsey Waldon, Valley Queen, Arlo McKinley and Justin Wells, as well as performing at festivals such as Railbird and Master Musicians. With influences ranging from classic country divas to Bruce Springsteen, Hamilton wows audiences with her clever lyrics and haunting vocals.

The musical partnership between accomplished performer alasdair fraser“the Michael Jordan of the Scottish fiddle” and brilliant Californian cellist, Nathalie Haas, covers the whole spectrum between intimate chamber music and the ecstatic energy of dance. Over the past 16 years performing at festivals and concert halls around the world, they have truly set the standard for the violin and cello in traditional music. They continue to delight international audiences with their virtuoso playing, near-telepathic understanding, joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence in their music.

Drawing inspiration from a variety of roots in delta blues, vintage soul and melodic folk with a modern twist, Christopher Worth and David Jacobs-Strain form an inimitable acoustic duo, Strain + value. The two started performing together in 2018 after jamming around a fire of songwriters and soon after were invited to play a variety of main stage sets at West Coast festivals. After discovering an undeniable musical alchemy, they enter the studio to create what will become “Rhududu Sessions Volumes 1 & 2”. The recordings are classic and poetic in both lyrics and melody, with songs brought to life through the dexterity of their respective performances.

Fresh off the hit from his 2019 pre-pandemic album ‘Kick’ is coming dave hauseBlood Harmony’s fifth solo album. At its core, the title is an ode to the musical partnership between Dave and his brother Tim, but there are several layers of meaning tied to Hause’s role as musician, brother, husband, son, and father. As such, “Blood Harmony” is a reaffirmation of what family means to him. Especially since it comes out on the label of him and his brother of the same name. Speaking about his latest musical adventure, Hause says, “…the germ of the album, the beating heart, is that I’m in a real family. I have a good reason to work and a lot of people that I want to make proud of the work we do. It’s a family business. »Photo: Sacramento native Jenner Fox Band Justin Faren writes multi-dimensional songs that are both enchanting and seemingly effortless. With his fourth album, “Pretty Free”, Farren has masterfully crafted and recorded 11 original songs in a shed in his own backyard – songs that are uniquely personal yet endlessly inventive and highly relatable, filled with the kind of sudden twists that you will never see it coming but will never forget. Over the past few years he has won numerous awards including the Kerrville New Folk Competition, Songwriter Serenade and Wildflower. He shared the stage with David Wilcox, Anna Tivel, Sam Baker, Matt Costa and Pierce Pettis, among other folk legends.

Central Oregon Artist jenner fox comes from a family of river guides. He followed the family river business and recorded his first album to earn some extra cash selling CDs on the boat launch after rafting trips. Five albums later, after a decade of cutting her teeth on the river and the road, Jenner tells the stories of people and places with unprecedented compassion and respect. His shrewd tone, poetry, and mastery of his guitar do something only the brave do: let us in. Jenner will perform and host a late night jam with her band, including members of the string band Polecat.

The festival will be held at seven venues in downtown Sisters, Oregon including Sisters Art Works, The Belfry, The Depot, Open Door, Sisters Saloon, Oliver Lemon’s, Village Green Park and a “KidZone” at Fir Street Park on Saturday October. 1. Three-day passes for all events are available for purchase at https://sistersfolkfestival.org/festival-ticket-info/ and are priced at $200 for adults and $85 for youth 17 and under. The full festival schedule and day passes will be announced later this month. Be sure to follow @SistersFolkFestival on instagram and Facebook for updates and additional information.

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J Bonilla on Chipotle, ‘Doja Code’ and other heart openers in music https://foxosmusic.com/j-bonilla-on-chipotle-doja-code-and-other-heart-openers-in-music/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 13:51:19 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/j-bonilla-on-chipotle-doja-code-and-other-heart-openers-in-music/ Where you grew up and where you live now. I grew up in Santa Maria, on the central coast of California. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for many moons now. Your first musical memory. I got a Mickey Mouse drum kit when I was 4. I beat this stuff for about a year, and apparently […]]]>
Where you grew up and where you live now.

I grew up in Santa Maria, on the central coast of California. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for many moons now.

Your first musical memory.

I got a Mickey Mouse drum kit when I was 4. I beat this stuff for about a year, and apparently I showed that I had a pretty good groove. I ended up getting an upgrade, and I was off and running. The drums were definitely my way.

Your first gig.

Huey Lewis and the news. Please respect the courage it took to type this.

Your favorite bands/musicians.

i can’t get enough Amber Brand, Joy Crookes and Chloe at present. There is something truly special about the way these ladies draw on such diverse influences, backgrounds and skills and do such stunning work.

How do you get your music these days.

I can usually bask in the brilliance of all of our team members attending shows and being on every new release. I just keep one ear open and catch whatever hits me between the eyes.

Your favorite place to see a concert.

I like The Greek theater here in Los Angeles There’s nothing better than watching a great show under the stars in a place where the weather is almost guaranteed to be glorious.

Your favorite music video.

“Work It” by Missy Elliott. Sheer victory.

Your favorite music-focused TV show and/or podcast.

“Broken Record” with Rick Rubin. I love how Rick ends up being interviewed upside down by all the amazing artists that come along and have such respect for him. He also never remembers details or dates of anything he did, which I find hilarious.

A recent project you are proud of.

We just won a Clio Music Prize for a project we did with Kacey Musgraves for Chipotle. Super proud of how this one turned out, and it’s always great to work on a project where the creative bar is ridiculously high across all disciplines. Huge shout out Observatory for bringing us on this trip.

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The Range: Mercury Album Review https://foxosmusic.com/the-range-mercury-album-review/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/the-range-mercury-album-review/ James Hinton is an excavator. For the past decade-plus he’s spent making music as Range, he’s scoured the unsupervised corners of YouTube, Instagram and Periscope in search of voices, most largely ignored by the algorithms of the platform and the general public. As of 2022, this strategy has become less unusual, especially as the rise […]]]>

James Hinton is an excavator. For the past decade-plus he’s spent making music as Range, he’s scoured the unsupervised corners of YouTube, Instagram and Periscope in search of voices, most largely ignored by the algorithms of the platform and the general public. As of 2022, this strategy has become less unusual, especially as the rise of TikTok has sent just about every A&R rep with an impulse scrambling online to find the next viral talent. Hinton, however, takes a more nuanced approach, having developed a specific set of search parameters to maximize his chances of striking internet gold. He’s not looking for hit songs; he searches for raw gems, fragments of speech and emotionally resonant turns of phrase that he can turn into pieces of electronic pop perfection.

Hinton’s technique remained fairly consistent; his latest feature film, Mercuryrelies largely on the same methodologies as his breakthrough 2013 album, nonfictionand its follow-up in 2016, Potential. As such, the new album represents more of something like a refresh of its sound, rather than a full-fledged reinvention. Its 11 tracks allude to various strains of dance music (90s rave and classic grime are the most prominent) but largely eschew the actual dancefloor, instead basking in moments of vaporous melancholy and soulful reflection. Elements of soul, hip-hop and R&B also factor into the mix, but at its core, Hinton is a pop artist, and a meticulous one at that. (Given his attention to detail, it’s perhaps no surprise to learn that he studied theoretical physics at Brown University and admitted to being the kind of guy who does math problems for his own sake. having fun in his free time.)

His methods are remarkably effective. From the rave-lite R&B of the LP opener “Bicameral”—a song that makes the Bicep catalog sound like the work of hardened street toughs—to the scintillating gospel soar of “Cantor,” the album is bursting with color. vivid and stickiest melodies to sing along to. Mercury is noticeably warmer than its predecessors, and though it slips between compact bits of woozy British rap (“Urethane”), glorious soul (“Ricercar”) and tinkling garage laments (“Not for Me”), there is an obvious universality to Hinton’s work. Referring to something like “Spotify-core” wouldn’t normally be a compliment, but every song on Mercury seems perfectly suited to today’s streaming culture, in which listeners expect big feelings (and even bigger hooks) in tense pop packages. There’s no fat or excess in a track like ‘1995’, even though it somehow compresses the plaintive piano, MPC boom-bap, sample of My Bloody Valentine and soulful croon of the singer Toiya Etheridge in less than four minutes.

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Review: Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer: The Guitarist Who Changed the Sound of American Music by Philip Watson: An In-Depth Read From One of America’s Most Versatile Guitarists – Music https://foxosmusic.com/review-bill-frisell-beautiful-dreamer-the-guitarist-who-changed-the-sound-of-american-music-by-philip-watson-an-in-depth-read-from-one-of-americas-most-versatile-guitarists-music/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 05:02:05 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/review-bill-frisell-beautiful-dreamer-the-guitarist-who-changed-the-sound-of-american-music-by-philip-watson-an-in-depth-read-from-one-of-americas-most-versatile-guitarists-music/ “Is it true there’s a biography coming out about you and your career?” The rather simple question was posed to guitarist/composer/bandleader Bill Frisell in a phone interview late last year ahead of his upcoming appearance in Austin in January, where he and his trio would provide the live musical soundtrack of filmmaker Bill Morrison’s documentary. […]]]>

“Is it true there’s a biography coming out about you and your career?”

The rather simple question was posed to guitarist/composer/bandleader Bill Frisell in a phone interview late last year ahead of his upcoming appearance in Austin in January, where he and his trio would provide the live musical soundtrack of filmmaker Bill Morrison’s documentary. The Great Deluge. Knowing full well Frisell’s modesty and reluctance to be self-deprecating, his response was not at all surprising.

“Wow, oh man, I don’t know how it happened, but it is. Yeah, my friend Philip Watson, a few years ago he said he wanted to write a book and I said , ‘I don’t know what you want to talk about, but go ahead. So it really happened.’

Indeed, Irish journalist/author Philip Watson has found plenty to say in the over 500 pages of his captivating biography which covers the life, music and philosophy of Bill Frisell, the highly acclaimed, Grammy-winning and beloved artist whom we have been fortunate enough to see regularly here in Austin for the past 30 years.

And if you’ve seen Frisell play here, either solo, with one of his many bands, or as a sideman with saxophonist Charles Lloyd or drummer Andrew Cyrille, then you probably understand what a very unique talent he possesses. .

As the title of the book suggests, real dreams play an important role in Frisell’s story; in fact, the book opens with the description of a dream that would profoundly influence his whole outlook on music. In it, every piece of music he has ever heard or imagined plays simultaneously, but merges into “the most harmonious, beautiful, and perfect music”. And while this dream may symbolize an artist’s idealistic quest for perfection, it has also proven to embody Frisell’s evolution from a guitarist initially associated exclusively with the world of jazz to an artist adept at mixing a plethora of of influences – rock, blues, Americana, bluegrass, world music, modern classical and jazz – in a totally new and singular sound.

Perhaps Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon provides the most insightful description of Frisell’s contribution: “It’s like he’s kind of developed both a new and an old approach to the guitar. It was never about appearing so different from all that came before it. in front of him, spread everything, mix and move on.”

Watson uses a three-pronged approach to telling Frisell’s story. The foundation is a standard, linear, factual examination of his life and accomplishments: a post-war, middle-class upbringing in Denver where he played clarinet all through school, a move to the guitar and years of dues, an immersion in the “downtown scene” of New York. ’80s from the likes of John Zorn and Paul Motian, his meteoric rise in the music world, his subsequent success as an internationally acclaimed entertainer, and discussions of his nearly 40 albums.

From time to time the author inserts a chapter on Frisell personally. One, for example, examines his reserve and gentle nature when it comes to his music and his fellow musicians. Another chapter delves into the whole concept of whether Frisell is truly a jazz guitarist despite his adventures in so many other genres. Hint: “…whatever you call it…I approach my music with a jazz sensibility.”

To spice up the narrative, there are also nearly a dozen short, interspersed chapters where artists – including producer Hal Willner, the aforementioned Vernon, filmmaker Gus Van Sant and Paul Simon – listen to and comment on a specific Frisell album, sharing their personal experiences with the guitarist along the way.

Quite simply, this book is a lavish treat for many Frisell fans and perhaps a draw for those who haven’t yet drunk the Kool-Aid.


Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer: the guitarist who changed the sound of American music

by Philip Watson
Faber & Faber, 560 pages, $30

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Music Week Award SoundCloud Winners Talk Royalties, New Music & Community | Digital https://foxosmusic.com/music-week-award-soundcloud-winners-talk-royalties-new-music-community-digital/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 05:51:57 +0000 https://foxosmusic.com/music-week-award-soundcloud-winners-talk-royalties-new-music-community-digital/ SoundCloud’s head of major label services, Ian Greaves, told Music Week that the platform’s fan-powered royalty initiative has added an “extra dimension to everything we do”. Greaves was speaking backstage at the 2022 Music Week Awards, after winning the Music Consumer Innovation Trophy alongside Director of Engineering, Royalties, George Roldugin and their team. SoundCloud triumphed […]]]>

SoundCloud’s head of major label services, Ian Greaves, told Music Week that the platform’s fan-powered royalty initiative has added an “extra dimension to everything we do”.

Greaves was speaking backstage at the 2022 Music Week Awards, after winning the Music Consumer Innovation Trophy alongside Director of Engineering, Royalties, George Roldugin and their team.

SoundCloud triumphed amid stiff competition, including from TikTok, which has won the category for the past two years.

But Greaves shrugged off the idea of ​​a one-on-one battle.

“It’s not about competition, it’s about what we do,” he said. “And that’s to empower artists, create the artist-fan connection and make sure it’s as strong as possible.”

SoundCloud launched fan-powered royalties in March 2021, billing it as a user-centric payment system within its ecosystem of independent and emerging artists.

The company has moved from a market-share royalty model to a user-centric system for its community of 100,000 independent and emerging artists, those who monetize directly on SoundCloud due to seeing the total amount paid to them. collectively increase by 25%.

The communities that exist on our platform make a cultural difference within the industry

Ian Greaves

Reflecting on the rollout, Roldugin said, “This idea has been around in the music industry [for a while]but SoundCloud was the one who was able to make it a reality.

“We have so many artists who are monetized directly through SoundCloud, they don’t go through labels or distributors,” he added. “Users’ monthly fees go towards the songs they listen to” and that’s powerful.”

George Roldugin (left) and Ian Greaves (right) on stage at the Music Week Awards

Greaves described SoundCloud as the “most artist-driven platform” in the industry and said its Music Week Awards win “underscores everything we’re trying to do for the business, for industry”.

“In terms of music discovery, we want everyone to find their niche and find their communities, and that’s what you can do on SoundCloud,” he added.

Like the rest of the industry, SoundCloud’s business has changed since its inception in 2007, and Greaves pointed out that it shares more commonalities with social media platforms than other DSPs. Even so, he noted his unique place in the market.

“SoundCloud is such a different platform, we’re so much more of a social platform with how you can repost and like, it really connects artists and fans,” he said. “It’s so different on SoundCloud and right now the communities that exist on the platform are making a cultural difference within the industry. The way music discovery happens on SoundCloud is really different than what is happening somewhere else. It’s so authentic and, for new artists coming in, it gives them a voice that they just can’t get anywhere else.

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