Sidemen: Long Road To Glory – Blues Music Documentary

Let’s help this vital Kickstarter music project make its goal today. The blues are an indigenous art form native to America. Preserving on film these seminal sidemen for future generations is paramount.

Sidemen: Long Road To Glory- Award Winning film about the lives of bluesmen Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith.

ArtistShare Is Widening Its Brand with Fan Funded

I am a very active patron of the arts. I supported ArtistShare before I participated on Kickstarter, Pledge Music and Indiegogo. My fan funding experience started with Maria Schneider’s Sky Blue project in 2007. I continue to support Maria Schneider’s compositions to this day.

Eight years since I discovered ArtistShare fan funding, crowd funding has firmly established itself as the preferred model for financing projects.

 

It’s great to see artistShare increasing its brand. ArtistShare® – First in Fan Funding ®, Powered by Fan Funded ®. I registered with Fan Funded to learn more about the revised strategy.

I will follow up with more details my attentive readers when Fan Funded updates everyone.

PonoMusic Progress Update

The PonoMusic Team updated Kickstarter backers (I’m proud to be included in that number) with news about strategic partnerships and product engineering progress.

PonoMusic is making great progress on the development of the new and improved PonoPlayer (the one you pledged for), as well as the on-line store, the content delivery system, and the desktop media center application.

1. Desktop Media Software

JRiver (www.jriver.com) will provide a Pono-branded version of their world-class desktop media center software. This software will be similar to the iTunes® desktop app in that it will allow you to manage your music, create playlists, sync your music to your PonoPlayer, access the PonoMusic store, buy & download music to your desktop, do player firmware updates, etc.

2. PonoMusic Store

PonoMusic will partner with CloudCraze (www.cloudcraze.com), an eCommerce platform that runs natively on the salesforce1® platform. The PonoMusic Store will be hosted through a partnership with SalesForce.com. PonoMusic will establish a world-class social music store. PonoMusic expects to have their PonoPlayer pre-order store (for post-Kickstarter pre-orders of PonoPlayers and some accessories) up and running in mid-to-late June. Kickstarter supporters will receive notification of automatically created user accounts at that time.

3. Content Delivery

PonoMusic is days away from finalizing a partnership with a world-class content delivery partner who has great expertise in the content management and quality management issues.

Work has also begun the initiative with major music labels to have the PonoMusic store on-line with a very large, relevant and interesting content catalog by October.

Bruce Botnick has joined the PonoMusic leadership team. He is a legendary audio engineer and record producer known for his work with the Doors, Love, Buffalo Springfield, the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, and many other artists. Bruce is responsible for establishing the PonoMusic content strategy and ensuring that they will provide the highest quality version of each recording sold in their music store.

Bruce’s graphic below captures the state of modern recording today and depicts his motivation for joining Pono to help us save music from the lossy formats such as MP3.

4. Headphones,

The PonoMusic Team is working on several offerings that they are very excited about. Their goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to experience the flawless sound from Pono soundtracks, and do so at an affordable price. They also will be testing headphones from many of the major manufacturers and posting their recommendations on their site in a few months.

 
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Music Journalism A-Z – Daphne Carr

I appropriate the letter C music journalism post to Daphne Carr who helms the independent publishing project for best music writing.

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I discovered the resolve of Daphne Carr in my pursuit of music writing excellence. First and foremost Daphne has been the series editor of Best Music Writing (Da Capo Press 2007-present). The Best Music Writing book series (2000-2011) was published by Da Capo Press until the 2012 edition.

Daphne Carr is taking the Best of Music Writing publication independent in 2013. Last year a  Kickstarter project was created and successfully funded to carry out that goal.

Launch Best Music Writing as an independently published book series

I pledged $15 to get an e-book version of Best Music Writing 2012 delivered to me on launch day and a thank you postcard. Launch day has not been announced yet but I remain hopeful for future communications in this regard.

Daphne Carr has started Feedback Press which provides a home for new writing about music, along with other reflections on culture and fiction. Feedback’s titles will be available in print and electronic editions.

The first publication from Feedback Press was Pop Papers, a series of short works about music that were  released simultaneously in print and digital formats. The first five titles in the series (Session One) had their début at the IASPM-US/Experience Music Project Pop Conference (March 22-25 at New York University).

I am very interested in this music writing appreciation community. The Music Book club meets periodically in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at WORD the Independent Bookseller to discuss music writings and published works. I hope to attend one of their 2013 meetings the writer series looks interesting.

So hopefully you have a better inkling why Daphne Carr’s momentum matters in the dynamic evolution of music publishing. I know I do 😉

Jay Blakesberg – Jam – Kickstarter Project!

I love music photography books and I enjoy ground floor opportunities. Jay Blakesberg is my favorite rock/jam photographer on the music scene today. He continuously captures with his lens the excitement and passion of live performance in the music of our heart.

Jay epitomizes design with a keen eye. Take a look at the way he engages you with his home page art 😉

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I just saw that Jay has a Kickstarter project for a new coffee table book, JamThe premise of this title which will be Jay’s sixth music photography book is epic, live, magical music moments. If the sample pictures on the Kickstarter project are any sign of the vibrancy it will be a great publication. I decided todayI am going to back  Jay’s next book because I believe in his art and energy, a lot.

I have seen Grace Potter and the Nocturnals several times live and his photo exhibits how their concerts feel live.

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We welcome the opportunity to hang out with you at a live concert sometime Jay. Let us know if you plan to come to the East Coast in 2013 😉

Jason Moran – Grammar, A Documentary Film About Jazz

https://i1.wp.com/stanfordjazz.org/archive/newsletter/images/Moran,%20Jason%20web.jpgI have learned so much from the dedicated focus of jazz pianist and composer, Jason Moran.  It’s only fair that I help his artistry in return by making a contribution to his Kickstarter project, Grammar, a documentary film about jazz. We will all benefit from his combined evolution of jazz, hip hop, performance and visual art.

Jason Moran is a 2010 MacArthur Fellow and the triple-crown winner of Downbeat Magazine’s 2011 Critics Poll. A graduate of the acclaimed jazz programs at the Manhattan School of Music and Houston’s High School of the Performing and Visual Arts, Jason now presides as the Kennedy Center‘s Artistic Advisor for Jazz and serves on the piano faculty of the New England Conservatory.

Let’s Help Kickstart Renaissance’s Next Studio Album, Grandine il Vento

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The Renaissance momentum took hold for us last year when we attended their live concert at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Ct.  Renaissance built upon the success of that innovative Northeast tour by filming and releasing a multimedia DVD/CD of their live concert.

The energy surrounding the progressive rock group Renaissance is building and here is how you can make a contribution to the mutual success of their next studio album, Grandine il Vento.

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Renaissance is taking the next step in their rich legacy by recording, Grandine il Vento in the studio. They are projecting  it will be ready and released by September, 2012. They need our help to finance their initiative. It’s unfortunate that the major record labels no longer care about the music Renaissance makes nor most of the music we love. It’s yet another example why major labels are such dinosaurs in the digital age. Here’s your chance to prove the labels how wrong they are and to support the new music business economy model that is happening on a major scale with Kickstarter.

If you are a grass-roots activist, someone who believes in the artist and their art coming to market join with us Renaissance enthusiasts and make a contribution to the Kickstarter project. Its titled the New Renaissance Studio Album: Grandine il Vento, a Rock project in Philadelphia, PA by Renaissance. I mean after all doesn’t music belong to the people, the artists and those of us who embrace its value.

You will find a vast array of pledge opportunities with rewards ranging from advance copies of the album to VIP tickets to concerts, original paintings, executive producer credits, home concerts, plus special items from their private memorabilia collections including two historic guitars and the dress Annie Haslam wore on BBC’s Top Of The Pops.

Charles Mingus Jazz Documentary: “Mingus On Mingus”

We all like to back a winner in this life. As a patron of the arts, I love to help fellow creative people achieve their goals with their music and film projects.

Kickstarter is a direct avenue for people to help people contribute to their dreams. The first Kickstarter project that I backed was Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie in April of 2010. I figured Wavy Gravy and the Hog Farmers fed half a million people at Woodstock and kept our dream alive. Why not repay that favor? I just rented it from iTunes and watched  via my PC/HDTV. It doesn’t get any more direct grass roots than that 😉 Gotta love when it all comes full circle!

I have backed four Kickstarter projects since which all got funded and moved forward!

I am writing today to keep that streak alive by sharing with you the Charles Mingus Jazz Documentary: “Mingus on Mingus”. The project deadline is one week from today December 18, 2011.

This project by Charles Mingus’s grandson, Kevin Ellington Mingus and Valeria Rios is a creative team formed to develop and promote the relationship of film and music through performance.

The feature-length documentary is the journey of a grandson searching for the truth behind the legend of the grandfather he never knew. Surrounded by controversy for his polemic actions and his unpredictability, the enigmatic figure of his grandfather became a jazz icon. The documentary opens doors to unknown facets of a composer who left one of the largest musical legacies of 20th Century American music. It is the path of his grandson, looking at the life of his grandfather through the eyes of those he touched and inspired, and through the locations where he lived and composed his art. The film rediscovers both, the man and the artist: Charles Mingus.

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I urge my readers and fellow lovers of the jazz music idiom to embrace and support this project. What appeals to me the most is Kevin’s journey to discover and get closer to his grandfather Charles Mingus. I feel each of us will gain a stronger appreciation of the affinity we have for family, kinship and music by helping this project come to fruition.

Together we can make Kevin and Valeria’s vision a reality for jazz fans all over the planet.

For those who wish to know more about the Mingus on Mingus forthcoming documentary, please browse on over to the OrangeThenBlue production Web site.

Kickstarter contributions are accepted here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1198687204/charles-mingus-documentary-mingus-on-mingus