March 01, 2005

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NOTEWORTHY MEMBER NEWS

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Joy and Pain

LORI BARTH has been commissioned by Phillip Rombi to write lyrics for the upcoming film, Joyeux Noel (2005). Barth also wrote the main and end title song with co-writer Terry Wollman for the upcoming film No Pain, No Gain, no release date as of yet.



Commissioned

RUSS LANDAU, composer for film and television and recipient of more than 15 ASCAP awards, by Apple Computer, Inc., to compose original music for their new iDVD 5 software release. By lending his creative touch to the software, Russ gives users of iDVD 5 an opportunity to incorporate their own video into templates scored by the composer of such television hit series as Survivor and Fear Factor.

ROBERTO SIERRA, world-renowned composer, by Marty Campbell, scrap dealer from Mansfield, OH, to create a classical piece for his wife in honor of their 35th wedding anniversary. Campbell contacted Sierra through Tim Russell, music director for ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, OH and the world premiere of the piece was April 9-10 during the “Masterworks Old and New” concerts by ProMusica.

CARL STROMMEN, composer, by the 2005 International Invitational Maui Band Festival for his piece entitled Fanfare for a Festival, conducted at the Maui Arts Center in Lahaina, Maui County, Hawaii.

DAVID UBER, leading American composer, by the Real Brass Osaka, conducted by Nobuhiro Noguchi of Osaka, Japan to compose a work for the brass choir that will be featured on a new CD in late 2005. A new CD entitled Romance has also recently been issued by Mr. Noguchi exclusively containing trombone/piano solos by Dr. Uber.

Featured

ANNIE DINERMAN’s “Perfect Day,” on a CD project called One To Grow On, a compilation of other native Ohioans, including Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) and Craig Fuller (Pure Prairie League, Little Feat) featuring songs for kids and parents, plus spoken parenting tips to keep kids off drugs.

MARTIN GUIGUI’s music in the feature film, Swing, which he also directed. The film recently won the “Audience Favorite” award at The Park City Film and Music Festival and the “Best Music” award at the Latin USA Film Festival.

RUBY FISHER’s song “Shame, Shame, Shame,” co-written with Kenyon Hopkins in 1956 and used for the film Baby Doll, was recorded by Aerosmith for their Columbia album, Honkin’ on Bobo, a 2004 Billboard Top 200 album.

VIC MIZZY’s “The New Spiderman Song” on the Spiderman 2 DVD. Entering his 70th year as a songwriter, the song was commissioned by the film’s director, Sam Raimi, and is also available on Mizzy’s first solo CD, Songs For The Jogging Crowd, and can be downloaded from iTunes. Vic also wrote the TV theme to Green Acres, whose second season is now available on DVD.

SOL WEINSTEIN’s song “The Curtain Falls,” in Kevin Spacey’s filmic paean to Bobby Darin, Beyond the Sea. Spacey plays Darin in the film and even sings the song himself. Sol wrote the music and lyrics back in 1962 for a TV appearance in New York and Bobby Darin happened to hear it, like it and record it in 1963.

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A Proclamation
for A Jazz Great

MILFORD GRAVES, jazz musician and holistic healer, received a Proclamation from the City of New York. Council members Leroy Comrie, William Perkins and members of his immediate family were present during the ceremony.

Honored

A GIRL NAMED JAEN and co-writers David Kater and Jeeve, by the John Lennon Songwriting Competition with the grand prize in the R&B category for the song “Betcha Can’t Say No.” “With the Light On,” written by A Girl Named Jaen and Simen Fjeld was also named a top finalist in the Electronic category, both occurred in January 2005. A Girl Named Jaen and co-writers John Scott, Jeeve and Mark Nubar were also awarded first place in the Dance category for the USA Songwriting Competition with the Dr. Brooks Frantic mix of the song “Freaks” at the end of 2004.

MARC BLITZSTEIN, legendary American composer, for his legacy and centenary of his birth. Best known for his 1936 musical play, The Cradle Will Rock, and his translation/ adaptation of the Brecht-Weill Three Penny Opera, Blitzstein created 127 other original works and 17 other translations in his lifetime. A complete list of planned Blitzstein Centennial events can be found at ljlehrman.artists-inresidence.com/Blitzstein100.html.

CARLISLE FLOYD, composer and librettist, by President George W. Bush with a National Medal of Arts for his contribution to American cultural life. Floyd, cofounder of the Houston Opera Studio, is most widely known for writing operas that draw on American folk and religious music traditions, such as Susannah and an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s tale, Of Mice and Men.

JACK LAWRENCE, composer, has been selected to receive an honorary Doctorate of Science degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy for his great contributions to the American Songbook with songs such as “Heave Ho, My Lads, Heave Ho” that have inspired generations of midshipmen and graduates of the Academy. Commencement will be held in June 2005.

BONNIE LEE SANDERS for being nominated for a 2005 MAC Award in the category of Musical Comedy Performer for her critically acclaimed performance of her show, An Evening With Dottie Burman. The musical evening was directed by Patricia Norcia with musical direction by Paul Greenwood at Don't Tell Mama Cabaret Theater in NYC. The show featured songs from Dottie's latest CD of her original songs, When the Palm Trees Grow in Central Park. The title song from this album has also just been awarded the Second Prize in the Social/Political Songs category in the Unisong International Song Contest. Visit Dottie's website at www.dottieburman. com/video.htm to watch video highlights of the show.

CHRISTINE SPERO, a Jazz singersongwriter with first prize in the Jazz category of the 2004 USA Songwriting Competition with her song “He Wasn’t Always That Way,” from her CD, We Call It Music, that will be released on a compilation CD of all the winning songs in 2005. Spero’s song “Caribbean Nights,” was also a finalist in the 2002 competition.

PETER YARROW for demonstrating outstanding leadership in the advancement of the arts, has received the 2005 Public Leadership in the Arts Award from Americans for the Arts and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Performed

SHEILA DAVIS’ music in The Ballad of the Flim Flam Man, by the Jordan Community Theatre in Jordan, MN in April 2004. The play is a country-western musical based on the novel by Guy Owen with a book and lyrics by Herb Martin.

MEREDITH MONK’s Stringsongs, for the Kronos Quartet by the Barbican and the Carnegie Hall Corporation. The work received its world premiere at the Barbican Hall in London in January 2005, and its U.S. premiere at Zankel Hall in New York in February 2005.

BARRY SHRADER’s Trinity at the 13th Annual Ussachevsky Memorial Festival in the Lyman Hall of Music at Pomona College in Claremont, CA in January 2004.

GERALD STERNBACH AND FAYE GREENBERG’s “Mary,” by Eric McCormack (of TV’s Will & Grace) on the TV Land Awards in March 2004. The tribute to the beloved Mary Tyler Moore Show of the 70’s was performed in the presence of the members of the original sitcom cast.

JOE GIANONO’s music for Taxi, a choral work with lyrics by Hal Hackady, by the New York Theatrical Community Chorus around Manhattan in May 2005.

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Piano Man

Dan Manjovi: New York songwriter/pianist Dan has released a new self-titled album of original songs showcasing both his sophisticated pop songcraft and his accomplished keyboard work that brings to mind the Manhattan skyline at night, piano bars and the clinking of cocktail glasses. Manjovi recorded the album at Manhattan’s Dubway Studios and Brooklyn’s Park West Studios with a group of excellent musicians featuring Greg Skaff on guitars, Conrad Korsch on bass and Kirk Driscoll on drums.

Premiered

JONATHAN BRIELLE’s Himself and Nora, the love story of James Joyce and his muse, Nora Barnacle, at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA in March 2005. The play was directed by Joe Hardy and Jeff Calhoun and was under the artistic direction of Jack O’Brien.

LEE HOLDRIDGE's Ode To Orion, commissioned by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, on April 22. This 9-minute piece for French horn and orchestra was written for DSO principal horn player, Gregory Hustis, and the orchestra was conducted by fellow ASCAP member Richard Kaufman.

FREDERICK KOCH’s Quiet Music and Toccata by pianist Spencer Myer for the Rocky River Chamber Music Society in January 2004 and his Fabrication for flute, harp and violin by the Jocelyn Chang Trio at the Lakewood Beck Center for the Arts also in January 2004, as well as for the Cleveland Composer’s Guild in February 2004. Koch was nominated the distinguished alumnus for 2004 by the Cleveland Institute of Music.

MARC MELITTS’ String Quartet No. 2, by the internationally acclaimed Kronos Quartet at Hendricks Chapel’s Malmgren Concert Series at Syracuse University in January 2005. Melitts is considered one of the leading American composers of his generation and is well known throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

WALTER SKOLNIK’s Serenade for cello and orchestra by The Musica Bella Orchestra of New York at The Church of the Blessed Sacrament in New York City in January 2005.

CARL STROMMEN’s Setting Sail – Freedom of The Spirit by the Long Island University Chorus and C.W. Post Symphonic Band at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in November 2004.

RAYMOND VUN KANNON’s Concert Piece for bassoon and piano by Dr. Arnold Irchai, Bassoonist and Dr. Kevin Sharpe, Pianist at the University of Florida in January 2005. The program also included new works by Paul Chambers and Tim Reed.

ORIANNA WEBB’s chamber orchestra piece, Ways the Sky Meets the Sea, by the University of Connecticut Symphony, conducted by Jeffrey Renshaw, as the winner of Uconn’s Sackler Prize in March 2005.

CHUCK WILD’s song “Oh Liberty!” in honor of the Liberty Memorial, a national museum and memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. Scheduled for May 2005, the performance will include soloist Nathan Granner of the Sony group American Tenors alongside the Kansas City Symphony.

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Chick Singer Winners

Nadia Fay and Jay Condiotti, aka Dirty Children, were the grand prize winners in the Chick Singer Night contest in Los Angeles for their song "Before It Gets Good." The prize was a day of tracking and mixing with Al Schmitt at The Village Recording Studio in West LA. Also, part of the prize was a mastering package and a CD duplication package, they used to complete their full length debut CD release, Shut Off the World.

The two also landed cuts on Raven Symone's new album and a cut on Canadian artist Kelly Jay's new CD. They’ve also placed many songs on such television series as Top Model and Celebrity Justice. For more info, check out Jay and Nadia's site at: www.dirtrychildrenmusic.com. Pictured (l-r) at Village Recording Studio are Al Schmitt, Bill Smith (Al's assistant), Jay Condiotti, Nadia Fay, Kenny Aronoff (drummer), Lori Maier (founder of Chick Singer Night) and Andy Brohard (pro tools operator)

Released

PETER BETAN’s latest recording, Passion Fix, showcases an eclectic blend of acoustic stylings. A New York City native, Betan has been a constant in the south Florida music scene for the past 17 years. From big concerts to intimate club settings, his styling of “new acoustic music” is as diversified as his performance venues.

LOU BLACK’s new CD, City of No Winters, is a 13-song disc showcasing his solo songs, along with compositions co-written with noted poets Richard Hess, Enid Holden from South Africa and Laura Dean Meek. The album reflects years of Black’s musical and lyrical development and his songs have a distinctive worldview due to his extensive travels.

HENRY MANCINI’s Case History of a Film Score: The Thorn Birds, edited by Mancini’s friend, Roy Phillipe, in a text designed for the college classroom that allows the reader to gain insight into the creative process of master composer Henry Mancini. The book contains 16 music samples, a CD of recordings from the original soundtrack and provides a detailed analysis of the ideology and technique behind Mancini’s creation of music to be paired with the story and its images.

FRANCIS D’AMICO’s Fanfare and Elegy for Orchestra on a new album, Americana (Weston Sound) recorded by the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, conducted by William Schieble. The album features Barbara Dever and Todd Thomas. The composer also had a world premiere of an overture, Paradiso, performed by the same orchestra at the Ocean City Music Pier in Ocean City, New Jersey, on September 19, 2004.

ANDRE DELANO, Maxwell’s sax player, goes solo with a smooth jazz album entitled Full Circle. After an impressive music career touring and recording with acts such as Stevie Wonder, Maxwell and Bobby Lyle, Delano felt it was time to proclaim his independence with a diverse smooth jazz mixture that illustrates his musical journey. Check out www.andredelano.com for more information.

KEY FRANCES’ The Pyramid Session Live, joined by cellist Michael Kott and percussionist Mark Clark unrehearsed in a large copper pyramid in Santa Fe, NM during a new moon. What resulted was a musical masterpiece that takes you places you didn’t even know existed. With riveting guitar solos and impressive vocals, this album stands alone in the world of live recordings.

GRETA GERTLER & PECCADILLO ’s Nervous Breakthroughs, the highly anticipated second album by the Sydney-based chamber pop band includes tracks that span many topics and styles and has a distinctly Australian flavor, aided by the all- Aussie line-up.

JIM AND JENNIE AND THE PINETOPS’ Rivers Roll On By (Bloodshot) their third studio album. Fans who have come to know them as a preeminent bluegrass unit will be quite pleased. With the new drum, washboard and Banjo caster additions the band reveals a new sense of experimentation that raises them to a unique new standard.

EDWIN ANTHONY LUGO’s new neo Latin soul album, Burning Love, is the artist’s follow up to his hit album, Latin Soul. Grammy Award winner and Founder of Love Kiss Music, Lugo has worked with some of the music industry’s most famed artists and producers. For more info, check out www.lovekissmusic.com.

NATASHA MILLER’s third album I Had A Feelin’, a tribute to the songbook of Bobby Sharp, in 2004. The songs on the album, with the exception of “Unchain My Heart,” have never been previously performed or recorded and were written by Bobby Sharp over 30 years ago. With Miller’s interpretive powers and Sharps songwriting expertise, the album secures itself as a timeless document of song.

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Kimmel’s Band: The Cletones

ASCAP member Jonathan Kimmel co-wrote the theme to his brother’s television show, The Jimmy Kimmel Show, with Cleto Escobedo Jr.. Escobedo is the show’s music director and performs the theme with The Cletones, named after his dad, Cleto Escobedo Sr. The elder Escobedo is the renowned saxophonist from the late 1960’s band, Los Blues, a legendary late night Vegas group that all the “cats” came to see, including Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Elvis. Both Escobedos perform with other top-notch players in The Cletones. Pictured on the set of the Jimmy Kimmel Show (top, l-r) are band members Jonathan Dresel, Jimmy Earl and Toshi, and (bottom, l-r) host Jimmy Kimmel, (holding the sax), Cleto Sr., Cleto Jr. and Jeff Babko.

JUDITH OWEN’s fifth release, Lost and Found, featuring collaborations with award-winning artists such as Tom Scott, Keb’ Mo, Cassandra Wilson and Richard Thompson, delves into the Welsh singer/songwriter’s roots as a classically influenced pianist whose vocals embrace jazz, pop and Celtic music. With instrumentation that ranges from a lone piano and voice, to a full string orchestra, the music blends with Owen’s own sultry vocal inflections and sassy songwriting to create distinctive sounds.

RAWK DAWG’s second studio album We Only Came To Rock. Filled with hard edged, in your face rock, these guys go on to disprove the notion that second albums frequently lose steam. With nine tracks of what’s sure to become classic rock, the band is well on their way to stardom. For more info, check out www.rawkdawg.com.

MICHAEL ALAN SNYDER’s Resilient Minds. Snyder provides over a decade of calming, soulful and inspirational songwriting, all within 15 songs. The University of Connecticut has graced Snyder with several awards for his poetry, the roots of his unique and original recordings.

TERRY SILVERLIGHT’s new CD Wild!!, which features Paul Schaffer and Will Lee. Terry, a veteran session drummer, has also released a new drum instruction book published by Music Sales/Amsco/G.Schirmer.

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