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Berklee Hosts its First American Roots Weekend June 20-22

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:32am

Berklee American Roots WeekendBoston, MA, April 16, 2014. Berklee College of Music hosts its first American Roots Weekend, June 20-22, for acoustic musicians who perform bluegrass, blues, folk, country, acoustic jazz, and swing on instruments such as violin, viola, cello, bass, mandolin, guitar, and harp. Berklee string instructor Joe Walsh, a mandolin player who has performed with Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck and others, will lead the weekend.

The American Roots Weekend is part of Berklee’s popular summer programs. To apply, please visit berklee.edu/summer/berklee-american-roots-weekend.

Leading roots musicians and educators will teach the program, including bassist Viktor Krauss, who has worked with Bill Frisell and Lyle Lovett; Matt Munisteri, who has toured with Mark O’Connor and Madeleine Peyroux; Grammy Award-winning banjo player Alison Brown; Mark Simos, who has written songs for Alison Krauss; and renowned violinist Matt Glaser, director of Berklee’s American Roots Program.

“We’ll also have Darol Anger, Paul Rishell, Annie Raines, and Maeve Gilchrist,” said Walsh. “These are some of the most influential roots musicians in the world.”

This is the first summer session for the American Roots Program since its creation five years ago. “The program has been a huge success. All over the country people ask me about who’s teaching and how the students are doing,” said Walsh. “There’s clearly a lot of excitement about roots music at Berklee now. The camp comes as a response to this, giving people a way to be a part of the scene for a weekend, and a way to check out Berklee.”

Students will participate in ensembles, master classes, and lectures. Participants will also choose from a host of classes including Variations on a Simple Melody as an Intro to Improvisation for Folk Musicians, Country Blues Guitar, Music Theory, and Intro to Ear Training. The evenings will feature faculty concerts and jams.

Berklee’s American Roots Program:

The artistic validity of a wide range of American roots styles—including blues, gospel, folk, early country music, bluegrass, old-time, cajun, western swing, polka, Tex-Mex, and others—is beyond dispute. This music is the lifeblood of America’s cultural heritage. The expressive urgency and depth of these styles is supported by strong fundamental musical values. Berklee has created the American Roots Music Program in recognition of the richness of these idioms, and the ways that they fuse with contemporary elements.

The American Roots Music Program produces concerts, hosts visiting artists, designs and implements curriculum, creates and hosts faculty development sessions, and designs and implements symposiums and seminars. Also, using a broader definition of the term "roots," the program examines the core of what it means to be a musician in all idioms, and contemplates the roots of our western musical traditions, ranging from Bach to traditional African music. The artistic director for the program is Matt Glaser, who served as chair of Berklee’s String Department for 28 years.

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than 65 years, the college has evolved to reflect the current state of the music industry, leading the way with baccalaureate studies in performance, music business/management, songwriting, music therapy, film scoring, and more. With a focus on global learning, Berklee in Valencia, a new campus in Spain, is hosting the college’s first graduate programs, while Berklee Online serves distance learners worldwide with extension classes and degree­granting programs. The Berklee City Music Network provides after­school programming for underserved teens in 45 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. With a student body representing nearly 100 countries and alumni and faculty that have won more than 310 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow.

Categories: Music Industry

Developing Talent

ASMP's Strictly Business - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:01am

[by Tom Kennedy]

Among other things, team management is about alignment, coordination, and developing the strengths of those around you by understanding individual aspirations.

A wise manager ignites personal passions and makes developing team chemistry a high priority.  This starts with having a vision for each person’s role on the team, and making that vision a jointly shared responsibility.  A manager who is passionate about developing the skills of others on the team is more likely to gain useful support than one who is solely focused on achieving results for clients.  While the latter is essential, it can only be accomplished if people contributing to a group effort feel good about their own position.

It is important to put people on a team in a position to succeed individually by understanding their own view of their talents and career goals.  Those can be very important as clues when trying to gain maximum creative effort from others.  Ideally, a good manager is able at every moment to reflect back to a team member how he or she is performing and how individual skills might be further developed.

Inevitably, team management requires the alignment of individual efforts to accomplish a group goal.  To do that effectively, one needs to be able to understand the business objective being sought by a client and the why behind “the ask.” If that isn’t clear to all on the team at the outset of any project, it will be very difficult to harness everyone’s full efforts.   The team leader must be able to articulate the objective to be accomplished, as well as explain how each team member’s efforts will contribute to the total effort.   It is also important to make each team member feel valued for his or her contribution.

To do that effectively, a good manager asks for input, particularly at the outset of a project or assignment, and then examines fully the “why” behind what is being brought to the table by all team members.  All inputs need to be considered as variables and understood for their meaning.  For example, if someone is negative because they are anxious about their individual performance contribution, that needs to be understood.  Surfacing underlying issues and varying perspectives is crucial to full communication. Listening purposefully and paying attention to underlying meaning builds trust in a team.

In turn, trust and confidence produce the optimal performance that makes a team and a manager successful.

Tom Kennedy is an independent consultant coaching and mentoring individual photographers, while also working with various organizations to train individuals and teams on multimedia story creation, production, publication and distribution strategies for digital platforms, and enhancing creativity. He also regularly teaches at Universities and multimedia conferences. He has created, directed, and edited visual journalism projects that have earned Pulitzer Prizes, as well as EMMY, Peabody, and Edward R. Murrow awards.  He can be reached at kennedymedia@gmail.com

Categories: Business, Photo Industry

Juan Gabriel in 'Stable Condition' After Falling Ill, Adds Replacement Tour Dates

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:17pm
Mexican singer Juan Gabriel, who on Monday was hospitalized and diagnosed with pneumonia, is now listed in "very stable condition " in Las Vegas...
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Billboard Latin Music Conference 25th Anniversary: 1999-2003 Rewind

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:17pm
Register today for Billboard's 2013 Latin Music Conference & AwardsUse promo code 'BIZ14' to get a special discount. In honor of the 25...
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No Stopping 'Frozen' Album as 11th Week at No. 1 Seems Likely

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 8:16pm
Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack is heading for an 11th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, so suggest industry forecasters. While it's too early...
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Play Ball: Kings of Leon & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Talk Detroit Tigers' 2014 Season

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:16pm
April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from...
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Taylor Swift Surprises Fan at Bridal Shower (Watch)

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:16pm
After showing up unexpected at a fan’s hospital room undergoing cancer treatment last month, Taylor Swift has surprised again by showing up at a...
Categories: Music Industry

Lorde Meets Her 'Royals' Muse: Baseball Legend George Brett

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:16pm
The N.Y. Post reports this morning that Lorde got to meet Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett – probably most famous for the “...
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Next Year's ACM Awards Sell Out in Minutes

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 6:15pm
The Academy of Country Music Awards, which held its 49th annual show this past April 6th, has already sold out its tickets to next year's events --...
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615 Spotlight: Mary Sarah Builds 'Bridges' With Country Icons (Song Premiere)

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 6:15pm
Texas-based performer Mary Sarah grew up with the "Opry." She would listen to the WSM radio show from time to time, but also that's where she honed...
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DISClaimer: Baby Acts Steal The Musical Thunder

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:41pm

The baby acts stole the thunder from the established stars this week. As much as I loved the [...]

Categories: Music Industry

MusicRowPics: Love and Theft

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:17pm
Songs currently projected to be on their upcoming release include the sweet and sultry tune [...]
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Rapper Christ Bearer Severs Penis, Attempts Suicide

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:15pm
Andre “Christ Bearer” Johnson, a rapper in the California duo Northstar, was reportedly found on the sidewalk outside of his North Hollywood...
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Bob Dylan Off the Hook in French Anti-Discrimination Case

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:15pm
French prosecutors have dropped the charges leveled at Bob Dylan last year after the singer made comments about Croatians that were alleged to...
Categories: Music Industry

Brett Eldredge, Jana Kramer Take Part In Macy’s Campaign

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:31pm
Brett Eldredge and Jana Kramer will take part in the return of Macy's American Icons [...]
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Artist Updates (4/16/14)

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:16pm
Brad Paisley on Two and a Half Men • Randy Houser teams with Eckrich • Ronnie Dunn [...]
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Ellie Goulding Up Close

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:15pm
Ellie Goulding has had a halcyon 2014 so far, if you'll excuse the pun. With her song "Burn" dancing up the Hot 100 chart, huge cheers for her...
Categories: Music Industry

Juanes Set for Digital Superstar Q&A at Billboard Latin Music Conference

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:15pm
Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes will talk the business of music during the Billboard Digital Superstar Q&A during the Billboard Latin Music...
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Canon G1 X Mark II First Impressions Review

DPReview.com - Latest News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:30pm

Canon's PowerShot G1 X Mark II is an intriguing update. It keeps the 1.5"-type sensor from its predecessor, but adds a faster processor, longer and brighter lens, tilting LCD, dual control rings and has Wi-Fi with NFC. The big change for 2014 is no more optical viewfinder. Our first impressions review covers the usual aspects of the camera (Controls, Body and Design, etc.), but also has our Shooting Experience report where we talk about it handles in the real-world. Learn more

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Jay Z's Made In America Expands to Los Angeles, Becomes Bicoastal Music Fest

Billboard.com - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:14pm
The Budweiser Made In America festival is expanding to Los Angeles - and staying in its birthplace of Philadelphia, with two simultaneous two-day...
Categories: Music Industry