January 9, 2020 music

Shanti Lalita was asleep when Hurricane Maria nearly ripped off the bedroom window of her fourth-floor apartment in the San Juan neighborhood of Santurce. It was 5:00 a.m., and the 27-year-old cellist and composer was napping between bouts of vigilance as the category-five storm that ravaged the island with wind speeds reaching up to 155 miles per hour. Lalita screamed, she recalls, then sprung into action to save her instruments and other belongings. Kaija Saariaho does not mess around. She creates powerful concert music and opera which often combines acoustic instrumentation and electronics to express her textural, spectral inspired compositions. Having spent…

December 21, 2019 music

Make sure you at least understand and consider maintaining and registering publishing ownership when you let others use your beat. Otherwise, you run the risk of making the beat to a song but never getting properly paid for it. Consider further that it is very easy to distribute your music as a standalone product. People like instrumentals, too. Spotify recognizes when listeners like your music and will help you find your listener base, algorithmically if not personally. When pitching to venues, being completely honest about what you can deliver is essential for building trust and solid relationships for years to come. A…

December 1, 2019 music

Masaka Kids Africana is a community hub providing wrap-around services to children in need throughout Nyendo, in the Masaka region of Uganda. The children’s performances of traditional music and dance capture the hearts of audiences worldwide, and the organization is currently building its capacity, expanding their facilities to house and feed even more young people around the region. The smooth groovy vibes of Yacht Rock await. Learn how songs by Steely Dan, Toto, and the Doobie Brothers function to use their ideas in your own songs! (more…)