NEW YORK /MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — Honoring the musical storytellers scoring the past year’s top films, television series and video games, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced this week the nominees for the 2024 ASCAP Composers’ Choice Awards. A first-of-its-kind program among US performing rights organizations, the ASCAP Composers’ Choice Awards gives the ASCAP composer community a forum to recognize the artistic accomplishments of their peers.
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The Crow Hill Company’s New Small String Gestures Sample Library Enhances Composing for Film, TV and Pop
EDINBURGH, UK /MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — Take control of an intimate string section performing an evocative collection of shifting musical passages with The Crow Hill Company’s new Small String Gestures sample library, the second release in what they are calling a “hysteresis” approach to sample collection and music instrument playing. It’s a complement to their prior release, String Murmurations.
Gibson Garage London is a new flagship store for all things Gibson: a place to explore Gibson’s 130-year music history, outside the US
LONDON /MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — Opening to the public Feb. 24, 2024, the new Gibson Garage London is a ground-breaking flagship store for all things Gibson, located in historic London. At the Gibson Garage London kickoff event, Gibson announced it has entered into a collaborative partnership with one of the most influential musicians in history, Jimmy Page, an icon across all genres of music, art, and culture and co-founder of one of the biggest bands of all time, Led Zeppelin.
MUSEWIRE – MUSIC NEWS / As my dad used to say in the ’60s, “hang loose.” Fuse Audio Labs has announced their latest audio plugin, the VREV-63. which is “the ripping reincarnation of the legendary tube driven spring reverb from the sixties: the godfather of surf guitar sound! Hooked up in front of an amp, the drippy and splashy sound of this mysterious box has inspired countless reggae, dub, garage, rockabilly, jazz and spaghetti western artists. Play off the hook on incredibly long and inspiring
Lowell Chamber Orchestra premieres new edition of Julia Perry’s SYMPHONY FOR VIOLAS AND BASSES, from new edition by LCO music director Orlando Cela
LOWELL, Mass. /MUSEWIRE – Music News / — On Sunday, February 18, 2024, 3 p.m., The Lowell Chamber Orchestra will present the first Massachusetts performance of Julia Perry’s “Symphony for Violas and Basses,” from a new edition by LCO’s music director Orlando Cela. The new edition looks to celebrate Perry’s centenary of her birth, and provide a clear template from which other ensembles can perform this work from one of America’s most influential and underappreciated composers.
ContinuuCon 2024 Electronic Music Conference Scheduled for Pittsburgh in April, with Tickets Now on Sale
PITTSBURGH, Pa. / MUSEWIRE – Music News / — This year’s ContinuuCon 2024 Electronic Music Conference will take place in the U.S. for those who have been unable to avail themselves of some of the exotic locales around the world of prior years. The sixth international Haken Continuum Conference, is returning to the U.S. on April 26–28. This year’s event will take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Musicians, sound designers, software developers, and music enthusiasts are invited to explore the wo
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. /MUSEWIRE/ — Under a canopy of stars, Pompano Beach was transformed into a haven for jazz enthusiasts as over 10,000 music fans showed up for the beachside celebration. Jazz royalty including Branford Marsalis, Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton, David Sanchez, and Najee held court on the Champion Porsche Stage at Jazz Fest Pompano Beach 2024 and captivated audiences with their incredible talent.
NEW YORK, N.Y. /MUSEWIRE/ — HitPaw, a company specializing in digital multimedia solutions, has now launched HitPaw Voice Changer 1.4.0 with the exciting update of AI Cover feature. The newest 1.4.0 version of HitPaw Voice Changer allows users to transform their audio files into the styles of various iconic artists like Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, and Drake. The 1.4.0 aims to offer a unique and personalized audio experience.
Music News: Artists’ Addiction Records In Partnership with Tavola Productions to Release The Original Television Soundtrack to The Beloved Show ‘Lidia’s Kitchen’ On December 15
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /MUSEWIRE/ — Artists’ Addiction Records and Tavola Productions have teamed up for the release of the “LIDIA’S KITCHEN: ORIGINAL TELEVISION SOUNDTRACK,” on December 15, 2023; available on all digital platforms. The album is the musical backdrop to the beloved public television show “Lidia’s Kitchen” hosted by world-renowned chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, television host, and Italian food ambassador Lidia Bastianich.
LOWELL, Mass. /MUSEWIRE/ — The Lowell Chamber Orchestra (LCO) has been inducted into the Barr Foundation’s “Creative Vitality Grant Program,” in order to continue its mission of providing the greater Lowell area with the most diverse classical music.
BOSTON, Mass. /MUSEWIRE/ — The venerable indie rock band Guided By Voices (GBV) recently celebrated 40 years of music with several thousand fans in its hometown of Dayton, Ohio, performing two sold-out shows at the Dayton Masonic Center over Labor Day weekend. In the spirit of bringing that celebration to Boston, four local fans (calling themselves the Textbook Committee) have organized Forever Since Heedfest, which brings three GBV tribute bands and diehard fans from near and far to Warehouse XI in Somerville, MA this February.
NEW YORK, N.Y. /MUSEWIRE/ — We are thrilled to announce the release of HitPaw V1.2.0, a significant update to our already popular software that expands its capabilities. With this new version, we are introducing two exciting new features, adding to our existing functionality and offering even more versatility and creativity to our users.
ROCKVILLE, Md. /MUSEWIRE/ — Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC) today announced the launch of a new LifeLAB program offering complimentary community classes, events and webinars for today’s modern elder. The program offers fun and interactive learning opportunities to tour and learn about the benefits of living at Charles E. Smith Life Communities while enjoying music, wine, coffee, hors d’oeuvres, interactive art and more.
Music News: Renowned pianist and conductor, Boris Cepeda, relocates to Atlanta and unveils European Piano Academy
ATLANTA, Ga. /MUSEWIRE/ — Boris Cepeda, an accomplished pianist and conductor, will now call Atlanta home. It’s a groundbreaking move made possible through a “genius” visa designated for individuals with extraordinary abilities. This move marks a significant chapter in his illustrious career.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — The holiday spirit will be brought to life once again with the “Holiday Pops Spectacular” taking place on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at 8 p.m., marking the final appearance at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, CA. Join Maestro Steven Allen Fox, Resident Choir Maestra Marya Basaraba, and the Golden State Pops Orchestra and Chorale in a heartwarming journey filled with joy and merriment!
FORT WORTH, Texas /MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — The McGrath Project is back! Three years after the band released its last album, “Golden Goose,” in 2020, the band has emerged from this post pandemic world with new life. The new album titled, “Oh My,” will be released internationally on September 26, 2023, with pre orders available on all digital mediums.
South Bay Music Association Presents ‘Frankenstein: Alive in Concert’ in Collaboration with Grand Vision Foundation
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — South Bay Wind Ensemble (SBWE) is thrilled to begin our 2023/2024 season with “Frankenstein: Alive in Concert” on October 28, 2023 at 7 p.m. The classic 1931 film has sound and dialog, but no music. So now, South Bay Winds are providing the music with a 2002 score by composer Michael Shapiro.
LOWELL, Mass. /MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — The Lowell Chamber Orchestra opens its fifth season Saturday, September 16, 2023, with music that redefines the symphony as genre. The evening will feature music by Brittney Benton, Yoko Nakatani, Vincent Persichetti, and Arnold Schönberg, bringing a historical approach to the ever changing façade of this genre.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — FineShare is an intelligent software company that offers innovative solutions to enhance multimedia experiences for individuals and businesses. In July, FineShare launched Online Voice Changer which is based on AI Voice Cloning technology. This month, FineShare is proud to introduce FineShare Singify, an innovative and free AI song cover generator that aims to redefine music creation and provide an unprecedented carnival for music lovers.
Pompano Beach Arts Announces Headliners for Jazz Fest Pompano Beach 2024 – Branford Marsalis Leads an All-Star Internationally Acclaimed Lineup
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. /MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — Pompano Beach Arts is proud to announce the headlining acts for Jazz Fest Pompano Beach 2024. Grammy(r) Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis, one of the most iconic jazz musicians of our time, leads a stellar lineup of internationally renowned artists including Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton, David Sanchez, and Najee.
TAMPA, Fla. /MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — “A Love Song” is a one-of-a-kind song that shares the blessing of marriage for over 50 years and a loving call of encouragement for true love between a man and a women for the ages Christian Film Producer, Patrick R. Carberry has released his second single “A Love Song,” produced by Demo My Song, a beautiful breakthrough song filled with heartfelt love, loyalty, and an uplifting, timely message for everyone.
LOWELL, Mass. /MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — The Lowell Chamber Orchestra has officially announced its fifth season, which will be comprised of seven concerts starting in September of this year, and running all the way until June of next year. Three soloists will be featured with the ensemble this season, two of them members of the orchestra itself.
/MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — Avantone Pro has announced availability of their new “Planar the II” headphones, reference-grade open-back headphones with Planar Drivers designed for both studio use and critical listening in audiophile home environments. Planar drivers offer an incredible set of advantages over traditional moving coil drivers. Amazing accuracy, high-end detail, clarity, natural bass, and response time.
The Wallis and The ASCAP Foundation Present MUSICAL THEATRE FEST 2023: Two Weeks of Musical Theatre Events
/MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — The Wallis and The ASCAP Foundation Present MUSICAL THEATRE FEST 2023: Two Weeks of Musical Theatre Events. The first ever ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Fest gives emerging musical theatre composers the chance to learn from the industry’s leading lights. Happening Jul 11, 2023 – Jul 20, 2023. All sessions are FREE to attend, and they’re filling up fast – RSVP to secure your spot.
/MUSEWIRE – Music News / — The Smirnoff ICE Relaunch Tour 2023 continues this summer headlining a delicious duo of Smirnoff ICE and star-studded musical performances. As part of the concert lineup featuring both the chart-topping latest hits and nostalgic anthems, all proceeds from ticket sales for the newly announced tour dates will directly support nonprofit Women In Music: an organization committed to advancing equality, visibility and opportunities for women in the musical arts.
/MUSEWIRE/ — The folks at MP MIDI have announced that their latest iteration of the innovative MP MIDI Controller, version 2A, previewed at Superbooth23 Berlin, is now shipping. The 2A version adds glass flat top minimal design, increased viewing angle, encoders through glass, optional rack mount kit and additional power port.
MOTOWN, USA /MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — Famed Motown songwriter, recording artist and lone female member of legendary R&B sibling singing group, DeBarge, Bunny DeBarge has released her newly revised, tell all memoir, “The Kept Ones: DeBarge, The Fame Years.”
Soundfly teams with LA Pianist and Producer Elijah Fox for new course, taking students through his process of writing, improvising, and producing hip-hop infused jazz
BROOKLYN, N.Y. /MUSEWIRE/ — Pianist and producer Elijah Fox welcomes musicians into his exciting new course with online music education hub Soundfly. In it Elijah explores his singular approach to writing, improvising, and producing the “Impressionist” music for which he’s become widely known; a style that has hypnotized fans around the world, been championed by collaborators like Yussef Dayes, Tom Misch, and Kiefer, and become the foundation for Drake & 21 Savage’s hit “Major Distribution.
Lowell Chamber Orchestra in MA announces winners of its 2023 Call-for-Scores and Concerto Competition
LOWELL, Mass. /MUSEWIRE/ — The Lowell Chamber Orchestra congratulates composers Cory Brodack and Martin Max Schreiner for winning the orchestra’s 2023 Lowell Chamber Orchestra Call-for-Scores, and marimba player Wei-Hsing Nikki Huang, for winning the 2023 Lowell Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition.
One of the Top Guitarists of All Time, Ben Weinman, Has New Course with SOUNDFLY on How to Make a Living in Art Without Making Compromises
NEW YORK /MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — Online music learning platform Soundfly has released a brand new course with Ben Weinman, guitarist, songwriter, and founding member of The Dillinger Escape Plan, on the business of making art without compromising one’s values or integrity. The Business of Uncompromising Art is a course like no other, and musicians of all types can find it today in Soundly’s digital library of creative music courses
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. /MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — ContinuuCon 2023, the fifth international Haken Continuum Conference, is slated for May 17–19 in Palmela, Portugal, Haken Audio announced this week. This year’s focus will be on every electronic musical instrument that features the Continuum’s internal sound engine, the “EaganMatrix.” This includes the new Osmose synthesizer from French manufacturer Expressive E, as well as the Continuum Fingerboard, ContinuuMini, and EaganMatrix Module for Eurorack.
ARLINGTON, Mass. /MUSEWIRE – Music News/ — The Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the United States premiere a composition written in 1781 by Marianna Martines, a student of Franz Joseph Haydn. Martines work is the overture to her oratorio “Isacco.” This edition by the Philharmonic Orchestra’s Music Director Orlando Cela aims to preserve as much as possible the intentions of the composer, and show the mastery of Martines.
Houston Music Educator and Composer Melvin Johnson Journeys to New Heights, Shares Family Wisdom in Debut Album: ‘Little Red Wagon’
HOUSTON, Texas /MUSEWIRE – New Music/ — On February 17, 2023, Houston, Texas pianist/composer Melvin Johnson will offer a gift to the world with his debut album, “Little Red Wagon,” overflowing with musical narratives on family love and the life lessons they provide. Johnson, who once thought of himself as only a live performer, found a unique hunger for recording and production during COVID lockdown.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. (MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire) — The newest online music education course from Soundfly, is: “The Pocket Queen: Moving at Your Own Tempo” as part of the platform’s digital subscription library. This course, led by drummer, producer Taylor Gordon, aka “The Pocket Queen,” (PQ) teaches modern rhythm and drumming concepts and music production, as well as strategies for finding one’s authentic creative self.
Composer Gabriele Vanoni and Lowell Chamber Orchestra announce new multimedia music performance contemplating immigration and history
LOWELL, Mass. /MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — Nearly 40% of Americans can trace at least one ancestor to Ellis Island, and the Lowell Chamber Orchestra will present a work based on three actual stories of the famous islands that encompass the immigrant experience. Composer Gabriele Vanoni spent half year researching for his work “Island of Peoples,” a multimedia composition based around three true stories from Ellis Island that are just as relevant today as they were when they happened.
Golden State Pops Orchestra presents 2022 HOLIDAY POPS: timeless holiday film music, traditional favorites, and snow
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — The Golden State Pops Orchestra rings in the holiday season with joyous music and high spirits on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 8 p.m. in the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, California. Celebrate the holiday season with Maestro Steven Allen Fox, Resident Choir Maestra Marya Basaraba, and the Golden State Pops Orchestra and Chorale, with the “Holiday Pops Spectacular.”
Modbap Modular releases Trinity and HUE as latest Eurorack synthesizers and FX in growing product portfolio
LOS ANGELES /MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — Modbap Modular releases Trinity and HUE as latest Eurorack synthesizers in its expanding line-up of music making tools. Trinity is the fourth Eurorack entry in its growing product portfolio as a three-channel DIGITAL DRUM SYNTH ARRAY that use various types of synthesis: Analog Inspired, Additive, FM and Noise.
NAMM Foundation announces Make Music Winter 2022, a free outdoor musical celebration on the Winter Solstice
BROOKLYN, N.Y. /MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — The Make Music Alliance and NAMM Foundation announces Make Music Winter 2022, a free outdoor musical celebration with exuberant and participatory parades, performances, and events throughout New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and dozens of U.S. cities, will return next month on the Winter Solstice, Wednesday, December 21.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — Realitone has announced their new flagship sample library, NIGHTFALL – hybrid organic strings toolkit, is now shipping. A collection of unique sustains, drones, textures, soundscapes, shorts, signatures, sound design effects, repetitions, pulses and loops, combined with our flexible 2-layer blending system and intuitive effects controls makes NIGHTFALL a versatile instrument to give you an original sonic advantage.
LONDON /MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — Spitfire Audio has announced availability of ABBEY ROAD ORCHESTRA: LOW PERCUSSION, part of the company’s brand-new flagship Professional Composer Series and which they describe as “the most detailed sample library that we have ever created.” Featuring cinematic percussion performed by British world-class percussionist Joby Burgess (“Black Panther,” and “Mission: Impossible”) in Abbey Road Studios’ world-famous Studio One.
NASHVILLE /MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — Court puts Gibson in a position to own their legacy innovations and be future focused: On July 28, 2022, the court issued an injunction permanently enjoining Armadillo (known as Dean Guitars) from the manufacture, advertisement, and/or sale of its guitars that infringe on Gibson’s ES, SG, Flying V, and Explorer trademarks, and the Hummingbird wordmark.
MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire — UVI has announced release of “Mission 6,” a new virtual synthesizer instrument inspired by the most audacious 16-voice analog synthesizer, the venerable Alesis Andromeda keyboard. The late-great Andromeda had 16 voices with 16-part multitimbrality, both SEM and Ladder-style filters per voice, and an expansive mod matrix and built-in effects.
Composer Ryan Lott of Son Lux Unveils His Secrets for Making Evocative Music and KONTAKT Virtual Instruments
BROOKLYN, N.Y. /MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — U.S.-based Online music school Soundfly has joined forces with Son Lux founder and bandleader, Ryan Lott, to release a new, in-depth course exploring Lott’s unique approach to making emotionally compelling music by starting with custom-built digital instruments. “Ryan Lott: Designing Sample-Based Instruments” is available today as part of Soundly’s subscription library of creative music courses.
Covenant Winery Summer Music Series 2022 in Berkeley, CA drinks district Includes funk band, Free Run
BERKELEY, Calif. /MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — The Covenant Winery Summer Music Series, which kicked off on Memorial Day weekend in Berkeley at their Sixth Street winery, continues through July with four concerts, July 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2022. Showcased at the winery’s new outdoor tasting lounge, fans of wine and music can enjoy the vibe of the Berkeley Drinks District, while sipping a nice array of California and Israeli wines.
The Recording Academy has announced five new GRAMMY Awards categories to be awarded at the 2023 GRAMMYs
/MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — The Recording Academy has announced five new GRAMMY Awards categories to be awarded at the 2023 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 65th GRAMMY Awards, including the newly added Songwriter Of The Year (Non-Classical) and Best Score Soundtrack For Video Games And Other Interactive Media categories, among other new categories and changes.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. /MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — Moog Music has announced Mavis: a powerful, low-cost ($349 USD), build-it-yourself semi-modular analog synthesizer that invites creatives to begin their journey into the Moog ecosystem or expand their existing synth setup. With the legendary Moog sound and quality, Mavis delivers serious value in the form of an affordable, compact musical machine. Now shipping worldwide.
SWEDEN /MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — This week (June 9), IKEA revealed new products including desk and record player from the upcoming OBEGRÄNSAD collection in collaboration with Swedish House Mafia. Together, they explore music and creativity at home to make everyday life easier for those who produce, perform, play or love music.
‘Make Music Day’ Updates Schedule for 40th Anniversary: 5,000+ Live, Free Outdoor Music-Making Events to be Held Nationwide
NEW YORK /MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — Make Music Day, the worldwide festival of music held annually on the summer solstice, has announced its updated schedule of unique, exciting and culturally diverse events for its 40th anniversary celebration and full in-person return on June 21, 2022. Encompassing more than 5,000 free outdoor concerts, performances, music lessons and jam sessions nationwide, the daylong musical free-for-all will be staged in over 100 U.S. cities.
Spitfire Audio releases RESONATE with premier solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie – a cinematic percussion library that really resonates
LONDON /MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — Spitfire Audio releases RESONATE – a collaborative project with premier solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie described as a cinematic percussion library that really resonates like no other. RESONATE unlocks the other-worldly mystery, magic, and tension of orchestral percussion’s power of resonance.
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. /MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — ‘Future Coast’ modular synth-maker Qu-Bit Electronix has announced AURORA — a powerful spectral reverb capable of a wide palette of sounds: from lush caverns and whale songs, to alien textures, according to the company.