International Musician

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

Articles from Vol. 107, No. 9, September

AFM Calls on CBC/SRC to Record CMC Anniversary Concert
In 1959, an nonprofit organization called the Canadian Music Centre/Centre de musique canadienne (CMC) began. It is bilingual, private, and not connected to any government agency. Its national headquarters is in Toronto, but it has regional offices in...
AFM Supports Health Care Reform Plan, Launches Online Advocacy Campaign
For years working Americans have watched the country's health care system become less and less accessible to tens of millions of Americans. Costs have skyrocketed and high insurance premiums have made health insurance unattainable for many. Almost fifty...
America Has All the Right Musical Ingredients and Mark O'Connor Knows How to Put Them Together
MUSICAL MELTING POTEvery summer for the past 16 years, an unlikely mix of students and teachers gather at Mark O'Connor String Camps in New York City, Los Angeles, and Burns, Tennessee. While the hundreds of campers that attend the three camps are all...
Bassist Makes Fiction Debut
RICHARD BEESON"It's like an adult Alice in Wonderland" says bassist Richard Beeson of Local 802 (New York City), describing his first published novel, Seduction of a Wanton Dreamer. The difference is, the book has a definite musical twist, and could...
Career Moves Coast to Coast and Back Again
In his 70-year career. Art Depew of Local 47 (Los Angeles) has performed everywhere from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center hospital in Washington, DC, to The Lawrence Welk Show in Hollywood. And he has enjoyed every minute of it.Growing up in West...
Celebrating Labor Day by Looking Back
On this celebration of Labor Day, I would like to share some excerpts from the words of John H. Donlin, former president Building Trades Department, American Federation of Labor, which appeared in the September 1923 issue of International Musician. I...
Chime Maker Finds Musical Ancestry Blowing in the Wind
Garry Kvistad's career as a wind chime maker began in an Illinois junkyard. At the time, he was a percussion instructor at the University of Northern Illinois who wanted to build his own instruments as a hobby, using old materials to hear even older...
Detroit Musician Assembles All-Star Team to Honor a Legend
Legend has it that Maynard Ferguson was lounging on the lawn of an Italian hotel, sipping a drink and taking in the view of Lake Lugano when he first heard the melody to "Caruso," by Lucio Dalla. He loved the tune so much, he recorded it for his 1998...
Halifax Singer Champions Traveling Musicians' Issues
Guitarist and singer/songwriter Dave Carroll of Local 571 (Halifax, NS) was put on the global map in the last couple months over his YouTube video sensation, "United Breaks Guitars." The catchy tune details the sad story of how Carroll's $3,500 Taylor...
How a Bandleader Motivates Musicians
I'm a music director for theater companies, which means that I spend a lot of time as a bandleader. I landed my first national tour at 25 years old and, to be frank, I was largely inexperienced in managing and motivating people. Before I left for tour...
Minnesota Orchestra Agrees to Concessions
Minnesota Orchestra has agreed to cost saving concessions for the next three years, including a wage freeze, delays in filling open positions at the orchestra, and reduced pension contributions. The renegotiations follow previous administrative staff...
Momentum Grows in Favor of Performance Rights
The Performance Rights Act (S. 379/H.R. 848) campaign gained momentum this spring and summer in Washington, DC, and across the nation. Washington developments included an August 4 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, coming after an earlier House Judiciary...
Music Educator and Trumpet Player Pleases Crowds with the Alphorn
When Roy Hansen of Local 10-208 (Chicago, IL) brings out the 12-foot-long alphorn at a gig with the German band, Jimmy's Bavarian, most people laugh. "They think of the Ricola commercial," says Hansen, 57. "The alphorn is such an old instrument and the...
Resources
1,000 SONGWRITING IDEASThe next time you are struck by writers block don't fall into the trap of relying on the same old I-IV-V chord progressions and rehashed melody lines. Instead, pull out this handy reference by Lisa Aschmann of literally 1,000 unique...
Take Note
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Toronto Vocalist Dreams of Broadway Fame
Busking on the streets is something singer Laura Hubert of Local 149 (Toronto, ON) loves to do. "I love seeing people's reactions and faces, it's amazing," says Hubert who started her career on the highways and byways of Toronto, Ontario. "I have this...
Working Unusual Gigs
My e-mail inbox overflowed this month with AFM members telling me about "unusual gigs" they've played. Here's a few I'd like to share with you:From AFM Secretary-Treasurer Sam Folio:We have all had our share of unusual gigs. I have played four brothels,...