International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 106, No. 9, September

Artistic Visions Put to the Test
Ten days to write music for a three-minute scene, and 15 minutes to record it. This sounds like an almost impossible feat for both composers and musicians alike. But at the ASCAP TV and Film Scoring Workshop, now in its 20th year, this challenge is a...
Business Chops: When to Quit Your Day Job
Many International Musician readers have dealt with the ups and downs of the music industry for years and understand the constant ebb and flow of risks and opportunities. Others may be new to the business, gigging part-time, or as sidemen on someone's...
Cool Tools
SNAZZY STICKSArtisticks, new from Hot Sticks Manufacturing Co., have a sleek design and full-color graphics giving the drumsticks a special flair. Made from top-quality US hickory, Artisticks are available in 5A, 5B, 7A, 2B, and ROCK wood and nylon tip...
Gesundheit! the Dreaded First Sneeze of the Season
With the cold and flu season quickly approaching, musicians everywhere are hoping to not be stricken this year. It's time to prepare your defenses in order to stay as healthy as possible this year. Here are some tips.PreventionThe single best defense...
In the Heights: HARPIST REACHES NEW LEVELS WITH HER MUSIC
Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis of Local 802 (New York City) fell in love with the harp during a family trip to Chicago when she was nine-years-old. Admiring the Valentine's Day window display of harps and angels in the Lyon & Healy store on Ogden Avenue,...
Kaeshammer Crosses the Border in Jazz
Though pianist Michael Kaeshammer of Local 145 (Vancouver, BC) was born in Germany, it was quintessentially American boogie-woogie jazz piano, the kind practiced by Fats Waller and Earl Hines, that kick-started his love of jazz. "I was listening to all...
Lambro Recalls the Highs and Lows of Hollywood
In the worlds of both symphonic music and film scoring, Phillip Lambro of Local 47 (Los Angeles) has earned a stellar reputation after more than 50 years as a composer and passionate advocate for innovation in contemporary music.After a premiere from...
Marathon Man: A Race for Healthcare
Cornetist Ed Polcer of Local 38-398 (Westchester County, NY) and his wife, Judy Kurtz, will lace up their running sneakers to tackle the 26.2 mile New York City Marathon in November as a fundraising effort for The Jazz Foundation of America's long-term...
New York Bassoonist Finds Niche
Monica Ellis of Local 802 (New York City), tours 10 months of the year with her woodwind quintet, Imani Winds. Imani is Swahili for "faith" and the group consists of African American musicians who continue to push the envelope of traditional classical...
Quick and Easy Ways to Get PR
If you're looking for no-cost publicity, and don't know exactly how to go about it, here are a couple ideas you may want to consider.If you are playing at an unusual party, ask the host for permission to send a news release to local media. Be creative....
Take Note
CHANGE OF OFFICERSWESTERN CONFERENCE-New President Frank Glasson; 1717 Morena Blvd.; San Diego, CA 92110; Tel: 619-276-4324; Fax: 619-276-4876LOCAL 80, CHATTANOOGA, TN-New President Robert Burks; 3703 Connelly Lane; East Ridge, TN 37412; New Tel: 423-867-7407....
The Force Is with AFM Musicians
AFM musicians provide the score for the latest chapter in the Star Wars epicThis month, a new chapter in the epic Star Wars story will be released. Bridging the gap between episodes three and four of the popular films, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed...
Why Should They Join? the Tangible Benefits of AFM Membership
If you're a local officer, you've heard this question all too often: "Why should I join the union?"Those of you in the AFM know the value of the collective bargaining power, solidarity, and political power that comes from working together as a union.For...