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New Platform for Musicians – MY MUSIC Celebrates Premiere

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 11, 2007

MY MUSIC Premiere Oct. 2007 in Friedrichshafen

New music trade show is an innovative platform for musicians – Eight halls booked – Concerts and conferences, workshops and contests – Over than 2000 performing musicians – Approximately 200 exhibitors expected

Madonna’s guitar maker will be attending the premiere of the MY MUSIC trade show at the exhibition grounds in Friedrichshafen, from 11 to 14 October 2007. Madonna’s musicians buy their instruments from US company Breedlove, which builds exclusive custom guitars. Preparations for the MY MUSIC premiere are in full swing. 180 exhibitors from 10 countries have confirmed their participation. Show management expects a total of more than 200 exhibitors at the premiere of this important music industry event.

“The interest of the music industry in this event has been especially positive”, say trade show organizers Roland Bosch, Business Development, and Project Manager Annika Raff. “MY MUSIC has a highly innovative concept – this exciting new event offers industry figures and musicians a new place to meet.”

The concept promises numerous highlights including “Shop 2010”, the “Guitar of the Year”, “Early Instruments”, a “Vintage Synthesizer Exhibition”, “MY POP”, and a large exhibition by star photographer Brian Rasic. On top of this, there will be a non-stop concert program on six stages, featuring a diverse range of musical styles. From classical music to jazz, pop, rock, folk and brass music – each style will be presented in an individual theme area at the music event. The program also includes conferences from the German Music Council, the Association of German Musical Societies and the National Association of German Orchestra Associations. A “Guitar University”, “Classical Forum” and “Sheet Music Stage” are also on the program.

Diverse range of products on display
At MY MUSIC visitors will discover a vast selection of bow, string, wind and percussion instruments. The expo will feature all the latest electric, acoustic and bass guitars, bow and wind instruments, keyboards, pianos, percussions and drums. Musicians will also find all the information on the latest PA, lighting, sound and studio technologies. Numerous publishers will also be on hand with a large selection of sheet music and teaching materials.

Music 24
MY MUSIC is set to dazzle the region with its live event “Music 24”. Concerts, nighttime pub music festivals and endorser shows are all on the program. To name just one event: the “Isle of Music”, in Lindau on Saturday 13 October, will be a spectacular evening with concerts in over 20 locations.

Exciting concert program
The concert program for MY MUSIC promises to be a colorful and exciting highlight. The list of scheduled shows includes a range of rock, pop, classical and brass-band concerts. Music lovers won’t want to miss a special performance of the remarkable “Missa profana” in the Friedrichshafen Palace Church. This mass by contemporary composer Professor Heinz Werner Zimmermannan is one of the greatest pieces of religious music written in the 20th century. With her exciting blend of jazz and pop, Viktoria Tolstoy will also be stopping off in Friedrichshafen on her European tour.
The Southwest German Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing live to Fritz Lang’s cult film “Metropolis”. Other musical highlights at MY MUSIC include: Ernst Hutter and the Original Egerländer, the Meersburg Boys Choir, the Brass Band of the Bavarian Bereitschaftspolizei, the Bundeswehr Big Band and the Baden-Württemberg Brass Band. The concert program will close with a big rock and pop music night.

“My Band” contest
The “My Band” contest is aimed at young up-and-coming musicians under the age of 29. Finalists will perform before a jury of music agents, industry representatives and experienced concert, festival and tour organizers. The winning band will be invited to play at one of Germany’s largest open-air festivals.

“My Pop” information centre
“My Pop” is an information centre for musicians with all the latest facts on music and media. In cooperation with the music support group, MY MUSIC provides musicians and bands with all they need to know about the music business, career opportunities and future prospects.

The workshops at MY MUSIC include sessions on drums, bass, wind instruments and conducting – the program is incredibly diverse and includes something for everyone. Simple Minds drummer Mel Gaynor will be holding a drum workshop, and Professor Guggenberger’s “Basic Plus” workshop on “Breathing makes the music” is also on the program. “Bass Doctor” Roland Kaschubes’ workshop is sure to be a hit. Peter Fischer – a musician with over 800 live performances and numerous instruction books to his name- will be holding a “Rock Guitar Worksop”. Singing teacher Robin D. – “Monrose” mentor in the TV show Popstars – will be holding a vocals workshop, and “Choir singing in elementary schools” is the subject of a workshop with Friedhilde Trüün. Trüün demonstrates how teachers can develop children’s voices and deal with the “humming problem” in elementary school choirs. Her techniques turn “hummers” into little “Carusos”.

SHOP 2010
This special exhibition provides retailers with the information they need to maintain their competitive edge. Whatever the topic – shop design, product display or window decorating – retailers will get the input they need at SHOP 2010. Presentations on subjects such as “Optimizing sales”, “Creating customer loyalty”, and “Staying ahead in the Online Age” all feature in this informative program for trade visitors.

Star Photographer Brian Rasic
Brian Rasic has been one of the world’s best photographers in the rock and pop business for over 30 years. His clients include top acts such as the Rolling Stones and Depeche Mode. In this special exhibition, Rasic will present 50 of his best photographs – and all these signed and framed prints can be purchased on site. In several workshops Brian Rasic will explain how to shoot high-quality band photographs and what to look for in a good photographer.

This is where the music is!
Numerous conferences will be taking place at MY MUSIC. The Association of German Musical Societies recognizes that Friedrichshafen is “where the music is”. But the association also wants to know: “Where will music be tomorrow?” Other organizations present at MY MUSIC include: the German Music Council, the nmz Content Corner, the National Association of German Orchestra Associations and the Classical Forum of the Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium.

Musical diversity takes center stage
In addition to the shows on the large concert stage, there will be live performances daily on five additional stages. At the “Music of the Continents” theme area visitors will hear more than just Brazilian, Cuban and African sounds. Jazz, blues and a harmonica orchestra will also be part of the show. Fans of brass music will find just what they like at the Meckatzer Arena, while piano and choir performances are scheduled for the Foyer. Traditional “Lumpenkapellen” (Carnival Bands) will be playing on the “Power Stage”, and the Classical Forum will be a musical treat for classic fans.

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Jazz Legend Joe Zawinul Dies at 75…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 11, 2007

VIENNA (Reuters) – Keyboardist Joe Zawinul, who played with Miles Davis and helped shape jazz fusion with his band Weather Report, died in his native city of Vienna on Tuesday, aged 75.

Zawinul, voted best keyboarder 30 times by music magazine Down Beat’s critics’ poll, including this year, had sought medical attention last month after a tour. He died of a rare form of skin cancer, local news agency APA reported.

Joe Zawinul (July 7, 1932 - Sept 11, 2007)

“Joe Zawinul was born on July 7, 1932 in earth time, and on September 11, 2007 in eternal time. He lives on,” APA quoted his son Erich as saying.

Growing up in Vienna’s poor Erdberg district during Nazi rule, Zawinul first showed his talent by playing the accordion with his family. He later won a free place in the Vienna Conservatory. As a young man his friends were the late former Austrian President Thomas Klestil and pianist Friedrich Gulda.

In 1959, Zawinul won a piano scholarship at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where many careers in contemporary music began, before joining the bands of U.S. jazz stars Dinah Washington and later Cannonball Adderly.

Miles Davis first approached the budding pianist in New York’s Birdland jazz club, wanting to hire him, Zawinul once told an interviewer. Zawinul turned him down but said that when the time was right, they would make history together.

And when the time was right, they did. Ten years later, Zawinul wrote “In a Silent Way,” the title cut for Davis’ 1969 album regarded as one of the trumpeter’s first forays into jazz fusion, a genre drawing on rock, R&B and other styles.

He played on and composed for Davis’ “Bitches Brew” album in 1970, a chart-topping record considered revolutionary for the day and marking his crossover to a rock and pop audience.

Zawinul started Weather Report in 1970 with saxophonist Wayne Shorter. The band did much to bring electric piano, synthesizers, and African and Middle Eastern rhythms to mainstream audiences in a jazz setting.

Before its breakup in 1985, Weather Report released 17 albums. Its most famous song, “Birdland,” published on the “Heavy Weather” album in 1977, won separate Grammy awards in three decades — for the original version as well as for covers by Quincy Jones and Manhattan Transfer.
Following the break-up of Weather Report, Zawinul had fronted the Zawinul Syndicate for the past 20 years. After the group’s tour this summer, he sought medical attention and was admitted to the Wilhelmina Clinic in his native city last month.

In 1963, Zawinul married Maxine, the first African-American Playboy bunny, whom he met in the Birdland club too. They mainly lived in Malibu, California. The couple had three children.

He also spent a lot of time in Vienna and started his own club there, also called Birdland. He had planned to give a concert in Vienna’s concert hall on September 29.

Vienna Mayor Michael Haeupl said the musician would be buried in a grave of honor in Vienna.

(seen 11th Sept 2007 (10:00 am) @ JACO PASTORIUS  @

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Toronto: International indo-jazz Music Festival (Sept, 11-13 2007)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 11, 2007

Toronto international indo-jazz Music Festival 2007

Toronto international indo-jazz Music Festival 2007

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Schließung des tesla? Offener Brief der Initiative Neue Musik

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 11, 2007



«Die Initiative Neue Musik e.V. wendet sich nachdrücklich gegen die Nichtverlängerung des Vertrags mit dem Medienkunst-Labor Tesla im Podewil’schen Palais.

Das Tesla ( war in den vergangenen 2 Jahren ein wirkliches Labor für künstlerische Projekte: Aufführungen, Ausstellungen und Konzerte wurden mit Workshops gekoppelt; für Künstler und Produktionsteams wurden Räume zur Verfügung gestellt, Diskussionen und Screenings aus den vielfältigen Bereichen der Medienkunst sorgten auf beispielhafte Weise für den Austausch zwischen KünstlerInnen und Publikum. In diesem Sinn war das Tesla aus unserer Perspektive gerade auch ein Ort der ‘Kunstvermittlung’, ein Ort wo sich die Produktion und Rezeption von Kunst treffen.

Es ist bedauerlich, wenn, wie es jetzt den Anschein hat, Kunstproduktion und Kunstvermittlung gegeneinander ausgespielt werden. Zu der erfreulichen Verbreitung und Aufwertung der Kunstvermittlung in den letzten Jahren hat nicht zuletzt die aktive und kreative Mitwirkung von KünstlerInnen beigetragen. Im Bereich der zeitgenössischen Musik gibt es heute eine Fülle von Initiativen, die auch gebündelt werden, etwa aktuell im “Netzwerk Neue Musik” ( der Kulturstiftung des Bundes ( Eine ‘Initiative Kulturelle Bildung‘ sollte bei der Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH ( nicht auf Kosten des Fortbestands des Tesla angesiedelt werden. Im Gegenteil bedeutet die Schließung des Tesla eine empfindliche Schwächung der freien KulturproduzentInnen und der innovativen Kunstentwicklung ‘von unten’, die ja gerade von diesem Senat gefördert werden sollte.

Der Vorstand der Initiative Neue Musik e.V. im September 2007

Martin Daske

Initiative Neue Musik Berlin e. V.
Klosterstraße 68-70
10179 Berlin

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