CITY ARTS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES JAM-PACKED LINEUP

August 6, 2010

City Arts Festival
Get excited for the inaugural City Arts Festival, happening October 20-23. Festival audiences can experience rare performances and collaborations among artists, including local and national musicians, as well as film premieres, touchstone dance performances, flash mob food courts, photography exhibits, intimate conversations with leading thinkers, artist interviews and more. Larger national acts in the festival include Belle and Sebastian, She and Him, Big Boi and Gogol Bordello, and the event features tons of local acts including Blue Scholars, Blitzen Trapper, Seattle Opera, Macklemore, Chase Jarvis, Head Like A Kite, Maldives and many more. Follow the link for more information about this exciting festival and for details about getting tickets.

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MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND GETS PROPS FROM AV CLUB

August 6, 2010

AV Club
Local up-and-comers The Mt. St. Helens Vietnam band got a great review from everyone’s favorite website The AV Club. Garnering comparisons to Pink Floyd, the Arcade Fire, Cursive and Trail of Dead, the review says their sophomore album Where the Messengers Meet has “unexpected edge” and points to “Bitter Cold,” a heaving dirge that finds Benjamin Verdoes and his wife Traci Eggleston unraveling a cheerless narrative of madness and abandonment over a tempo set by their 15-year-old adopted son, Marshall. Along the way, over the course of Messengers, swooning cellos, spiky guitars, math-rock drum configurations, and even the occasional banjo enhance the drama.” To read the full review, follow the link.

PHILHARMONIA NORTHWEST SEEKS A CONDUCTOR/MUSIC DIRECTOR

August 6, 2010

Philharmonia Northwest
Philharmonia Northwest, a Seattle-based chamber orchestra, is currently seeking a conductor/music director. The orchestra will select finalists to conduct the rehearsals and concerts for each performance set during the 2010-2011 season. The regular concert season generally consists of 5 or 6 concerts per year. Concerts are typically on Sunday afternoons, with rehearsals on Tuesday nights and dress rehearsals on Saturday mornings. Applicants should submit the materials electronically by August 15 to the Conductor Search Committee. For more information on how to apply follow the link.

NOT JUST ABOUT THE MUSIC FOR JAZZ MUSICIANS

August 6, 2010

NPR
The more famous you become, the less time you have to spend promoting yourself, right? That might not be the case for jazz musicians, who still spend hours of their precious, creative time tending to their social media sites, networking and controlling the business of their careers. In an interesting article for NPR, Tom Cole looks at the careers of Dave Holland, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Nathen Page and Dizzy Gillespie among others, to show that even the most well-known jazzers must devote their time to self-promotion. “Becoming a musician is a choice in itself. Those few lucky enough to achieve financial success can devote their time to their music. The rest have to work at being musicians, composers, booking agents, promoters, web producers, fan mail correspondents — no matter what their age or stature.” Follow the link for the full article.

MARGARET JANE WRAY OF SEATTLE OPERA

August 6, 2010

Seattle Magazine
Get a sneak preview with this exclusive video of Margaret Jane Wray singing a portion of “Brangäne’s Ruf” in the lobby of McCaw Hall. The opera singer discusses her role in the current show at Seattle Opera, Tristan und Isolde, which runs through August 21, after the link.

JAZZ MUSICIANS: APPLY FOR THE CMA/FACE FRENCH AMERICAN JAZZ EXCHANGE

August 6, 2010

Chamber Music America
Jointly administered by Chamber Music America, the cultural services department of the French Embassy and the French American Cultural Exchange, the CMA/FACE French American Jazz Exchange supports small jazz ensembles and/or individual musicians from France and the United States, or their territories, who wish to engage in a collaborative project in one or both countries. The project must feature at least one public performance and may include such activities as touring, recording and audience development. Eligible projects will be directed by a lead jazz partner from one country working with a collaborating jazz partner(s) from another country and performing with an ensemble of two to ten musicians from one or both countries. Projects are eligible if they advance an adventurous musical idea using traditional, straight-ahead and/or experimental concepts; create new music composed by one or both partners; explore new music by one or both partners that may not necessarily result in a finished composition; and/or bring partners together for the first time to play one partner’s existing music or music by both partners. Complete guidelines and application are available at the CMA Web site.

BUMBERSHOOT LINEUP ANNOUNCED

August 6, 2010

Bumbershoot
It’s time to start making your Labor Day plans because the Bumbershoot lineup has officially been announced. The three-day fest at Seattle Center is coming at you with comedy troops, film screenings and, of course, local and national music acts. The 1 Reel Film Festival is featuring screenings of the Best of SIFF Award Winners, Films4Families shorts and Women in Film shorts, to name a few. Exciting local acts include Visqueen, Fresh Espresso, Hey Marseilles, McTuff Trio, David Bazan, Matt Jorgenson Quintet, People Eating People, THEESatisfaction and The Moondoggies. Be sure to check out the full lineup after the link.

CD ART AND THE FUTURE

August 6, 2010

Reverb
There are still some of us who really prefer physical, material art objects. Books, CDs, DVDs—placing these on your shelves provides a sense of hominess and accomplishment and connection. But our numbers are dwindling, and most favor cheaper, digital copies of their artistic world. So where does that leave people like Jeff Kleinsmith, Sub Pop’s longtime art director, and co-owner of Patent Pending Industries? Exactly where he wants to be. In an interview with Reverb, Kleinsmith explains that now is the time to get creative with music packaging. Download codes can be included, but those of us desiring the tangible will start seeing all kinds of packaging devices beyond the simple CD sleeve. It “could be a magazine, it could be a shirt, it could be a sticker on a banana, it could be anything, really, that has that has that download. It could be a poster, a thing associated with this music,” Kleinsmith says. The full interview is after the link.

MUSIC EDUCATORS: APPLY FOR THE ASCAP MUSIC GRANT PROGRAM

August 6, 2010

ASCAP Foundation
The ASCAP Foundation is a publicly supported charitable organization dedicated to sponsoring American music creators and encouraging their growth through music education and talent development programs. The ASCA Foundation invites proposals from nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations engaging in music education and talent development programs that are consistent with the mission and objectives of the foundation and which support music education for aspiring songwriters and composers. Deadline to apply is August 1. For more info, follow the link.

CHECK OUT THE FLEET FOXES’ NEW TOUR DOCUMENTARY

August 6, 2010

Fleet Foxes
Local favorites Fleet Foxes went on tour with Joanna Newsom and made a beautiful black and white documentary to share with the world, featuring three nights of live performances, goofing around backstage and the grind of the road. Enjoy!