International Musician

Monthly journal providing news and information for professional musicians. Includes legislation updates and audition notices.

Articles from Vol. 106, No. 12, December

2008: A Great Legislative Year
The Federation achieved some notable successes in the 110th Congress, which just concluded. The AFM worked closely with its allies in the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the creative community, to advocate a myriad of issues affecting music...
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Acadian Duo Makes Laughs, Music
What happens when you combine classic folk instruments like acoustic guitars and harmonicas, with physical comedy, bilingual performances, foot-stomping, dancing, and a flare for vaudeville? You get Prince Edward Island's very own Acadian duo, Chuck...
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A Day from the VP's Journal
I'm often asked, "What do you do all day?" It is hard to describe what I do, as each day's tasks are so very different. I try to keep a journal of the daily events. In order to give everyone a bit of an idea of what occurs in this office, is an accounting...
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A Voice for the Silent
A special violin, silenced for more than 60 years, was played on Veterans Day in Cincinnati. In World War II, the violin, and others like it, accompanied Jewish prisoners to concentration camps, playing a macabre symphony as they marched to their deaths.The...
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Awards Ceremonies Honor AFM Members
It was a busy several months for AFM members with major awards ceremonies handing out distinctions to musicians from all genres.On October 17, the 2009 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters ceremony honored several Local 802 (New York City) members;...
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Brass Band of Battle Creek: Gathering Brass Pros
The Brass Band of Battle Creek (BBBC) started out as a community band in the small Midwestern city of Battle Creek, Michigan, but it's risen far from its roots. Now it's a group of all-star professional players from the US and England, that plays to...
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Business Chops: Doing the Numbers-Setting Realistic Goals and Objectives in the Music Business
Music professionals-including performers, songwriters, arrangers, instrumentalists, and technicians-are often driven by creative or artistic goals and dreams, and frequently downplay their financial and personal aspirations. They assume that someone...
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Cool Tools
CYMBAL GUYCymbal Guy is a device for playing cymbals, co-invented by Noah Hwang, Glen Ayers, and Larry Spivack, a member of Local 802 ( New York City). Cymbal Guy is the answer for playing a pair of 22-inch crash cymbals with your foot.Cymbal Guy attaches...
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Ideas for Work: Bring Your Music to Their Place
I realize the music industry has changed for musicians. Clubs don't hire musicians like they used to. DJs compete in the wedding-gig arena. Big bands are a thing of the past.Sometimes we have to take work where we can find it, and come up with our own...
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Improving Technique through Body Mapping
Musicians all over the world are suffering from pain and limitation in their playing, some to the point of losing their careers. Most of these musicians hurt because they misuse their bodies, not because of disease or structural anomalies. Most of these...
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Marching to Their Own Drum: US Musicians Are Entrepreneurs
Skilled musicians are used to receiving compliments about how easy they make it all look (and sound)-as if their performances had not followed countless hours in the studio or rehearsal room. But the same musicians would be genuinely startled to know...
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Natural Saxophonist Continues to Evolve
The memory Carmen Leggio of Local 38-398 (Larchmont, NY) holds most vividly from his paper route, when he was nine years old, is hearing Artie Shaw on the radio everywhere he went. "I started playing because of it," Leggio says. "Artie Shaw made me pick...
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Obama's Fight for the Employee Free Choice Act
In last month's column I personally endorsed and supported Barack Obama for President of the US. In most quarters I received praise and in some dismay, and a comparison to Hitler. In this month's column I'd like to provide you with a major reason why...
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Other 2008 Highlights-Year in Review
JANUARY* AFM's Canadian Office successfully applied to the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal (CAPPRT) to expand its jurisdiction to include, under federal Status of the Artists legislation, all musicians in Canada, not just...
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Pianist Celebrates a 30-Year Career Milestone
What Barbara Irvine of Local 802 (New York City) loves about freelancing is the same thing other musicians often dislike about it: an uncertain future. "Two weeks ago I was losing my mind because I hadn't worked in a couple months-I was just about at...
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Resources
THE DRUMMER: 100 YEARS OF RHYTHMIC POWER AND INVENTIONCelebrating the 30th anniversary of Modern Drummer magazine, this historic book tells the complete story of modern drum set masters from early jazz drummers to today's mind-altering rhythm wizards....
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Standing Up & Speaking Out
AMY RAYAmy Ray has never been one to mince words.As one-half of the enduringly popular folk-pop duo Indigo Girls, Ray of Local 148-462 (Atlanta, GA) has spent more than 20 years penning and performing songs that are both emotionally compelling and politically...
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Supporting Nova Scotia's Youth
(ProQuest: ... denotes text stops here in original.)Next year marks Frances Power's 82nd birthday and the 33rd year of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra (NSYO), a project she founded with Robert Raines of Local 149 (Toronto, ON). Power, a violinist of...
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Take Note
CHANGESLOCAL 58, FORTWAYNE, IN-New mailing address: P.O. Box 13003; Fort Wayne, IN 46866LOCAL 132-314, ITHACA, NY-New Secretary Neil Klinko; 115 Daffodil Dr.; PO Box 62; Horseheads, NY 14845; Tel: 607-739-8198LOCAL 245, MUNCIE, IN-New President Michael...
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The Long Way Home
CHRIS CUMMINGSSinger/Songwriter Gives Back to Community with Highly Anticipated ReturnChris Cummings of Local 815 (Saint John, NB) recently received the title "Ambassador for the Province of New Brunswick" for his efforts to help the province. Premier...
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Wrapping Up a Great Year for AFM Musicians
As the holiday season approaches, many of us will look back at the good experiences we shared with family and friends over the years. As members of the AFM, our friends include all the terrific individuals within the union. The AFM membership is a group...
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