Playback WINTER 2009 Table of Contents
13th Annual ASCAP Foundation Awards
It's All Paul > Playback Winter 2009
Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter and ASCAP Board member, Paul Williams, who recently wrote songs for the holiday TV special, A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa, is pictured backstage in Los Angeles after a recent concert peformance. Pictured (l-r) are JK Promotion's Jon Konjoyan, Yahoo! Music's Paul Grein and Williams.
Amina & Safia Schmahl > Playback Winter 2009
Bon Iver - Playback Winter 2009
ASCAP's Josh Briggs (far right) is pictured with Bon Iver band members at their "MySpace Transmission" recording session earlier this year at Brushfire Studios. Bon Iver is featured as one of our "Rock Success Stories of the Year" on page 38-39.
Torica Cornelius > Playback Winter 2009
I recently inked a publishing deal with Warner Chappell/Bryan Michael Cox and have placed songs on Monica's new J Records project. The song for Monica is a song that everyone can relate to because the content is based on living your life and not caring about what other people think. I also have a song on hold for JLO and it'll definitely be a big club joint that guys and girls will relate to.
The 2008 NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker
Graham's The Man > Playback Winter 2009
ASCAP recently held another edition of its continuing music supervisor showcase series - this one featuring the legendary Graham Parker, in conjunction with Primary Wave music publishing.
Groovin' on Capitol Hill
Chris Henderson > Playback Winter 2009
Recently, I worked on Jamie Foxx's next hit single featuring T Pain entitled "Blame It." It was chosen because the clubs across the country responded to it so strongly as he went on promotional tour for the new album. I think what people are responding to the most is the track and the sing-along, infectious hook.
Mike and The Bike > Playback Winter 2009
Mike and the Bike, a children's book and accompanying CD, authored by ASCAP member Michael Ward (Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, The Wallflowers, etc.) sold over 50,000 copies in the US. His new book, Mike and the Bike Meet Lucille the Wheel, features songs co-written by Ward and his son, new ASCAP member Tennessee Ward and, like the first book, features contributions from Lance Armstrong and voice of the Tour de France Phil Liggett.
UK WINNERS > Playback Winter 2009
Rocky Mountain Folks Fest > Playback Winter 2009
ASCAP's 15-year partnership with Planet Bluegrass Festivals continued in 2008 with two of Planet Bluegrass's classic events, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest and Song School, in Lyons, Colorado.
Rubin Performs at Black Caucus > Playback Winter 2009
Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, hosted the 24th Jazz Issue Forumand Concert during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference from September 24-27, at the Washington Convention Center.
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith > Playback Winter 2009
The most recent project that I've worked on is T-Pain's latest release, Thr33 Ringz, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts. I think people are responding the most to the melodic sounds over hardcore beats. OnMyRadio by Musiq Soulchild is the next album to be released that I've worked on and I feel that there will be a great response to the sweet melodies that will speak to all audiences and assure them that this will be a timeless album.
Staying Power > Playback winter 2009
Steinberg's Star > Playback Winter 2009
Tribute to CY
Webb Shines in Dallas/Fort Worth
ASCAP Board member Jimmy Webb (pictured) recently spoke and performed at a Dallas/Fort Worth songwriter master class presented by Mary Dawson, of the syndicated radio show, "I Write the Songs."
Members of Fountains of Wayne, Nada Surf, Spin Doctors Play ASCAP Sponsored Benefit for Kelly Buchanan
Kevin Kaisershot Wins Teacher's March Composition Contest
ASCAP members Steve Vai, Jonatha Brooke speak on CCC panel on artist-run labels
Cook County Wins Best Feature Film at the Hollywood Film Festival
ASCAP songwriter Smokey Robinson speaks at CCC's "An Evening with Smokey"
ASCAP songwriter Smokey Robinson speaks at CCC's "An Evening with Smokey"
Faces and Places
Kathryn Salfelder Receives ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize
Concert Band/Wind Ensemble Crediting
Commencing with the October 1, 2008 Survey Year, ASCAP will credit Concert Band/Wind Ensemble works performed by duly licensed College, University or Conservatory ensembles for which programs are submitted to ASCAP, on a per count, or census basis. However, although these performances will be credited as large ensemble works, their monetary value will be subject to the funds available for distribution in the Educational licensing pool in each Survey year.
World Class Composers
Doyle Scores Igor
World Class Composers
Song Camp Creations
Monitor Latino Convention in L.A.
Colombian Singer Songwriter Munera
Two Osorios Create Showcase Event at Miami Art Central
Honoring Great Work
Roland's JUNO-Stage ($1,599) is a 76-key synthesizer boasting a newly designed keyboard for optimal feels and a sound set includes the 88-key stereo multisampled piano derived found on Roland's popular Fantom-G.
ASCAP Sweeps Grammy Classical Composition Category
Harold Meltzer Wins Barlow Prize
Brett Dean Wins 2009 Grawemeyer Award
The Lost Art of Letter Writing was commissioned by the Cologne Philharmonie and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra for violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann. Brett Dean conducted the world premiere in 2007 at the Philharmonie in Cologne.
Thru the Walls: October 2008
The ASCAP Foundation Thru the Walls showcase is designed to showcase the work of concert composer/ performers whose concert music defies boundaries and genres. The October showcase featured composer/electronics and vocalist Svjetlana Bukvich-Nichols, composer/violinist Caleb Burhans and composer/violinist Caroline Mallonée. Frank J. Oteri, composer and editor of NewMusicBox.org, emceed the event.
Jimmy Cobb and Snooky Young Honored as Jazz Masters
Stephen Schwartz feted at the Pantages
ASCAP COMMISSIONS HONORING HANK JONES TO BE PREMIERED IN CHICAGO ON FEBRUARY 20
ASCAP writer Frank Fitzpatrick pens the title song for Soul Men
AFI Film Fest shows some Skin
A Milestone Year
2008 marked the 20th anniversary of the ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis, a prestigious program that cultivates the next generation of emerging TV and Film composers.
The plight of our planet's water supply.
Twitter Takes Off
Micro-blogging is starting to matter in the music industry. Bands and professionals alike use it to promote both professional projects and personal thoughts like one ongoing conversation.
Best in Country
With her incredible talent and genuine charm, Chicago native Jennifer Hudson made the leap from American Idol finalist to Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning actress in just two years. Hudson won the awards for her role as Effie in the screen adaptation of Dreamgirls , becoming one of the youngest-ever winners of the award.
There's a whole world of kaleidoscopic sound inside the head of Alex Lilly, front-lady and songwriter for the Los Angeles pop ensemble Obi Best. On the group's entrancing debut Capades, Lilly fills her eccentric songs of transoceanic yearnings, hidden fantasies and anonymous spite with a twinkling cosmos of a production job.
The Panamanian R&B/hip-hop group La Factoria was created in 2000 by producer Pablo Maestre, better known as DJ Pablito. The DJ's vision helped to lead La Factoria to success on the Billboard charts. Ranks's music with La Factoria proudly embraced caribbean rhythms, helping to propel "Por un Beso Tuyo" up the charts and across International borders.
Historic Moment > Playback Winter 2009
The election of Barack Obama was an historic event that demonstrated the power of our democracy. It showed that when many voices come together to speak as one, great things can be accomplished. In these economically uncertain times, we need strong leadership in Washington more than ever before.
20 Years & Still Bouncing
The Bouncing Souls frontman Greg Antonito gives you a look on how they've maintained longevity and embraced the new digital revolution as they approach their 20th anniversary.
A Breed Apart
Since the early 1960s, Judy Collins has lent her silvery voice to the work of dozens of great composers and lyricists, ranging from Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Webb, Lennon & McCartney to Stephen Sondheim, Weill & Brecht , Jacques Brel, and Yip Harburg, among many more, creating classic renditions of their songs.
By creating music videos for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, the Deaf Performing Artists Network (D-Pan) demonstrates that music isn't just for the hearing-centric.
Out of Focus
Well over a decade after progressive metal quartet Cynic released its landmark '93 debut Focus and broke up the following year, nobody could have predicted that the band would ever reform.
In his sophomore release Sobriety Kills, Jason Karaban returns with an engaging and remarkable record filled with compelling melodies, prodding lyrics and his memorable voice.
Heavy on chaotic song structures and featuring a bleak storyline, TV on the Radio's 2006 breakout album Return to Cookie Mountain felt like a report from the front lines of battle. "I was a lover, before this war," lead singer Tunde Adebimpe howls at the record's start. That piercing image enthralled nearly every critic who heard it and set the bar high for the art-rockers' recent follow-up Dear Science.
The always affable Jim Boggia, audiophile record lover and longtime favorite songwriter of "those in the know," has been waiting his turn for longer than he'd like us to print.
J-Vibe just got nominated for a 2009 Best R&B Song Grammy for "Heaven Sent," which also received a Female Vocal Performance of the Year nomination.
Alvin Singleton's Brooklyn Bones: Requiem for the Prison Ship Martyrs for tenor, chorus and orchestra received its world premiere on November 15, 2008.
Stepping Out: Appointed
Stepping Out: Featured > Playback Winter 2009
RANDY BADAZZ ALPERT'S "Hypnotize," which he was a co-writer, in the movie and trailer for Notorious, about Notorious B.I.G., IAN BENNETT'S song "News to Me" on the May 12 th episode of One Tree Hill., ALEXX CALISE, DENNIS MOREHOUSE, and JARRID MASSE'S "In My Pocket" in the upcoming film of the same name., CAMERON CARPENTER, organist, on the cover of Muso magazine. The article discusses his recent international tour and organ music., TONY L. CARLUCCI'S "Think of You" on MTV. The song is off his album Kisses in the Evening., CAVANAH as vocalist on the new song "Blue Moon" by hip-hop artist Sacrifice., NEIL and MATTHEW DE LUCA'S custom trailer score for the new Tom Cruise movie, Valkyrie.
Happy Goes To Hollywood
Stepping Out: Honored > Playback Winter 2009
YU-HUI CHANG, CHRISTOPHER DIETZ, DU YUN, GEOFFREY GORDON, MARK KILSTOFTE, LEI LIANG, JUSTIN MERRITT, STEPHEN ANDREW TAYLOR and USHIO TORIKAI with Aaron Copland Awards composer residencies for 2008. Those selected receive all-expenses-paid residencies at Copland's restored, longtime home in Lower Hudson Valley. COOL DAYS END received four Grammy considerations. Their first album, Streets, Dreams and Everything in Between came out on Kace Records. They performed at the 2008 Wingstock Festival. COREY DARGEL'S Removable Parts with an IT Award for "Outstanding Performance Art Production." IRVING FIELDS was both an honoree and performer at the Arts for the Aged in Washington, D.C. on October 4, 2008. President Bush congratulated Fields on his 93rd birthday. FRITZ'S POLKA BAND with two Upper State Independent Awards, one in the Country/Bluegrass category and one in the International category.
A Night at the Theatre
Stepping Out: Performed
Stepping Out: Premiered
ASCAP composer and guitarist Ray Rivera, who will celebrate his 80th birthday in March, has issued his autobiography, Ray's Tune: Music Is My Thing.
Stepping Out: Released
Stepping Out: Signed
Stepping Out: Commissioned
ASCAP writer Lori Barth's "I'm Dreaming of Home" performed at Festival International Musique & Cinéma
The ASCAP Foundation
Joan and Irwin Robinson Scholarship
A student at New York University, Dalias began his studies at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts as a guitarist in the jazz band and a trumpeter in the concert band. During his senior year he marked his first foray into songwriting, performance and recording with the release of a six-track EP entitled Blue Morning.
Eunice and Hal David Instructor-In-Residence Award
The Aspire to Inspire Initiative
Cy Coleman Award
The Creators Tool Box
Headphones come in more varieties and offer better performance than ever before. From entry-level earbuds to big-ticket surround-capable headsets, there is a set of 'phones for every budget.
Preamps, which boost the signal of microphones so they can work with mixers and audio interfaces, can be the most important gear in your studio. Here's the lowdown on how to choose and employ the right preamp for any recording situation.
The Art and Craft of Stephen Schwartz
Equally adept as a lyricist and composer, Stephen Schwartz has enjoyed one of the most prolific and honored careers in history of modern musical theater.
TC Electronic's PowerCore 6000 brings the eight FreeScale DSP engine sound of the high-end System 6000 to DAW users.
Getting Drums on Track
Toontrack music's Drumtracker is a standalone drum replacement program for OS X and Windows.
Eight's More Than Enough
The latest version of Digidesign's powerhouse DAW Pro Tools boasts a newly updated user interface and is ripe with new music creation features.
The Alesis Mastercontrol is both a control surface and audio interface that offers low-latency 44.1–192kHz-recording capability via FireWire.
Korg's new nanoSeries USB controllers are designed to be both stylish and ultra-compact.