FLASHBACK PART IV / SCHOLARSHIP / CALANDRELLI MASTERCLASS / EVENTS

I. FLASHBACK TIME – 2005 – PART IV – VIDEO GAMES and TRICKS
II. NFA FLUTE SCHOLARSHIP
III. ASMAC JORGE CALANDRELLI MASTERCLASS
IV. EVENTS

…Absolutely guaranteed anonymity – Former Musician’s Union officer
…The one voice of reason in a sea of insanity – Nashville ‘first call’
scoring musician
…Allows us to speak our minds without fear of reprisal – L.A. Symphonic musician
…Reporting issues the Musicians Union doesn’t dare to mention – National touring musician

***** LOCAL 47 MEETING THIS MONDAY at 7:30 PM *****

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I. FLASHBACK TIME – 2005 – PART V – NEW YORK AND ELSEWHERE

Allegro – Volume CV No. 1 January, 2005
Local 802, New York City

Lights, Camera, Action! Making More Movies in New York

When you think of making movies, Los Angeles is the first city that probably comes to
mind. But Local 802 hopes to make you think of both Los Angeles and New York.

A new City Council bill would create a 5 percent city tax credit for film producers doing
certain types of film production work in New York City (including soundtrack recordings).
The bill would complement recently passed state legislation allowing a 10 percent tax
credit for similar work done in New York State.

As reported in last month’s Allegro, film studios are starting to use subtle methods to get
around soundtrack recording. So any piece of legislation that encourages legitimate
studio production in New York could benefit New York recording musicians.

The bill is Intro 454-A. 802 member Roger Blanc testified to City Council on Dec. 1 in
support of the bill. Blanc is vice president of the New York chapter of the Recording
Musicians Association as well as second vice president of the international RMA.

The transcript is below.
Ladies and gentlemen: My name is Roger Blanc and I’m a New York City-based
freelance musician and vice president on the local and international boards of the
Recording Musicians Association. Thank you for this opportunity to speak on
behalf of New York City recording musicians.

The Recording Musicians Association boards I sit on represent the interests of
musicians recording in the fields of film, television, records and advertising.

Our organization is what’s known as a “player conference” to our union, the American
Federation of Musicians, and our activities affect the working conditions of recording
musicians across the United States and in parts of Canada.

Due to a variety of economic and technological factors, musicians working in the
recording field have in recent years suffered substantial professional challenges.

As these challenges apply to the New York City film business, the City has seen a
significant across-the-board reduction in film music soundtrack recording activity over
the past ten years.

Statistics over this ten-year period show the number of New York City film soundtrack
recording sessions per year cut in half, the total number of musicians employed in this
field per year cut in half, and the amount of total wages paid to recording musicians in a
given year cut by more than 60 percent net of wage increases over the term.

New York City musicians face competition from Los Angeles, where the film studios
and their related production infrastructure help to assure some degree of regular
employment in this field.

We face competition from non-union recording venues, both in the U.S. and abroad.
We face competition from the former Eastern Bloc countries, many of whom are home
to musicians willing to work for substantially lower wages than their counterparts in the
U.S., Canada, and Western Europe.

Finally, we compete with many other high-powered industries for the precious real
estate which is required to house recording studios here. Many of our best studios have
been forced out of business by the high costs of Manhattan property.

The current trend in film soundtracks favors the licensing of pre-existing hit songs over
the recording of original new soundtrack music. A variety of newer electronic musical
options allow for the number of musicians employed in a given film to be substantially
reduced in many instances where new music is recorded. Prerecorded music libraries
may be licensed in lieu of creating and recording original new music for films here. In
short, New York City film soundtrack recording is an area of activity which could
certainly use the promotion that the production incentives in this legislation would
provide.

Thank you for your time.
Roger Blanc, Local 802

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Seattle has been a hotbed of film, TV and video game recording since Seattle
Symphony musicians voted to decertify the AFM in 1988. Seattle musicians then
started courting film scoring work, creating a rampant and popular non-union
environment for film producers. Below is advertising from the websites of Seattle
Music (David Sabee) and contractor Simon James:

[EC: Their list of credits is substantially larger now, 10 years later.]

SeattleMusic.com
From its auspicious debut scoring Mr. Holland’s Opus and Die Hard
with a Vengeance for Michael Kaman, to this spring’s scores for Lake
Placid, The Astronaut’s Wife, Love Letters, The Limey, Castle in the
Sky, Atomic Train, and Six Pack, SEATTLEMUSIC continues to build
on its success as a world class film scoring orchestra.

Superior musicians, music preparation and engineering services,
conductors, orchestrators, recording studios and mobile trucks are
combined for a growing stream of projects. As successful team
creation is of paramount importance, SEATTLEMUSIC is your one
stop source for musical services. The combination of superb
musicianship, experienced management and a buyout for all media
has established SEATTLEMUSIC at the forefront of the film scoring
industry.

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SimonJamesMusic.com

Simon James, Northwest Sinfonia contracts with the Pacific
Northwest’s finest musicians, ensuring that your orchestral recording
experience will be your very best. Regardless of style or idiom, Simon
will find the perfect performers for your project. See why many
satisfied clients continue to return for the friendly atmosphere and
foremost musical excellence at reasonable rates. Never any extra
charge for new use!

Completed scores recorded, as represented on this website include:
• 100 motion pictures
• 45 CD’s and Video Games
• 58 TV
• 14 IMAX

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Eastern Europe and London recording orchestras and environments,
as advertised and represented by the Tadlow Music Agency
(see www.praguephilharmonic.org):

Through our 20 years experience of dealing with musicians,
technicians and studios Tadlow Music is able to offer complete, or
separate element, recording packages in London. Because we are
totally independent and not affiliated to any one organisation we are
able to offer the most flexible choice of orchestras and studios.
Included in our packages are the services of:

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
The world renowned ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, through
Tadlow Music, are available for recording sessions in London.

Formed in 1946 by Sir Thomas Beecham the RPO has the enviable
reputation as being one of the most experienced recording orchestras
in the world. Their repertoire encompasses all the major classical
works with as well as a host of “crossover recordings” and Original
Film and TV Soundtracks.

Their most recent soundtrack recording was for ARSENE LUPIN –
music composed and conducted by Debbie Wiseman

Other Soundtrack Credits include
MAURICE JARRE’s Oscar(R) winning score for A PASSAGE TO INDIA
and his scores for MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME THE BRIDE
TOP SECRET & THE MESSAGE (Oscar(R) nominated)
plus
GREYSTOKE – JOHN SCOTT
MOUNTBATTEN – JOHN SCOTT
EYE OF THE NEEDLE – MIKLOS ROZSA
TIME AFTER TIME – MIKLOS ROZSA
RELATIVE VALUES – JOHN DEBNEY
FIVE DAYS ONE SUMMER – ELMER BERNSTEIN
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON – ELMER BERNSTEIN

Confirming their role as “Britain’s National Orchestra” the RPO and the
ROYAL PHILHARMONIC CONCERT ORCHESTRA are famous for their
versatility in both recordings and concerts and their “lighter”
repertoire includes albums with SARAH BRIGHTMAN, PLACIDO
DIMINGO, DIONNE WARWICK, JOSE CARRERAS, CHARLOTTE CHURCH
and RUSSELL WATSON as well as symphonic arrangements of the
music of QUEEN, U2, MADONNA, DEEP PURPLE, ELTON JOHN and the
popular HOOKED ON CLASSICS series.

For more information, please contact [email protected]
The Pro Arte Orchestra
“The quality of top musicians in London is legendary and the players
(of the Pro Arte Orchestra) are among the best in the world” –
Composer, Jim Parker

NEXT TIME – PART VI – MORE FOREIGN OPTIONS IN 2005

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II. NFA FLUTE SCHOLARSHIP
 
Each year, the Frances Blaisdell Convention Scholarship provides financial
assistance for a high school or undergraduate flutist to attend the National
Flute Association Convention. Recipients gain the means to attend the
largest annual flute event in the world and the chance to participate in
an enriching, immersive experience with renowned flute performers and
ensembles from across the globe.

The recipient of this scholarship will receive $750 to attend the NFA’s
44th Annual Convention in San Diego this summer, plus complimentary
convention registration, and a one-year membership to the NFA. This
is a great opportunity for a flute student to gain insight, inspiration, and
connections to further their flute musicianship and career.

The Frances Blaisdell Convention Scholarship is open to full-time
students under the age of 25. Applicants cannot be previous recipients
of the scholarship.

If you are not eligible to apply, please share this information with students,
colleagues, friends, and anyone who might want to attend the convention,
but currently lacks the financial means to do so.

Applications are due May 1. Visit the Frances Blaisdell Scholarship page
to learn more about the opportunity or submit an application.  
 
Victoria Pampe
Membership Manager
National Flute Association
70 E. Lake Street, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60601
312-332-6682 (office)
312-332-6684 (fax)
[email protected]

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III ASMAC JORGE CALANDRELLI MASTERCLASS

ASMAC Master Class with Jorge Calandrelli
Moderated by Sylvester Rivers

Note Location @
LOS ANGELES VALLEY COLLEGE

Saturday, April 30, 2016 @ 11:00am

Award winning composer/arranger/producer/conductor
Jorge Calandrelli
Moderated by:  Sylvester Rivers
 
“Ballads to Bossa:
Arranging Across Different Styles.”

Jorge Calandrelli will share his arranging, production and recording techniques through projected scores, real-time audio, commentary and questions and answers.  Jorge will detail his methods for successfully crossing different musical styles and genres, while maintaining individuality and musical integrity.  He will discuss planning the form of an arrangement, intro, interlude and ending, overture and prelude as an alternate form of intro, as well as sketching demos for basic ideas, etc.  The Master Class will include setting the mood and the groove of a theme, development of motifs – key changes – climax, instrumental arranging and arranging for vocals, and more.  Special bonus materials will be provided to all attendees.
 

Jorge Calandrelli is a 6 Time Grammy Winner, with 2 Oscar Nominations, 
27 Grammy Nominations, and was recipient of the 2014 ASMAC Golden
Score Award, among other prestigious awards.

Most recent is Jorge’s involvement on the new album “Cheek to Cheek” 
with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga where he arranged and conducted all
orchestral arrangements, as well as the “Great Performances” live show
conducted for PBS at the Lincoln Center in New York which aired on the
heels of the album release. Upon completion of the Duets II album,
 Jorge reached a significant achievement celebrating a 25-year association
with the timeless Tony Bennett, which includes, thirteen recorded albums,
six Grammy Nominations and two Grammy Awards won.

The album “Amore Infinito” produced and arranged for Placido Domingo 
and the LSO by Maestro Calandrelli with original songs and lyrics by Pope 
John Paul II has been re-released by Sony Classical this year to commemorate
the Popes canonization.  The album contains duets by Josh Groban,
Katherine Jenkins, Andrea Bocelli, Vanessa Williams and Placido Domingo Jr.
as well as some original songs by Calandrelli.

Additionally, he worked as Executive Musical Director for The Concord Music
Group for three years.  Mr. Calandrelli continues to work independently with
a wide diversity of artists and projects as well as working on his concert pieces.
Jorge’s passion for music includes young musicians and music education. 
Mr. Calandrelli currently serves on the Advisory Board for ASMAC, as well as
having served on the Board of Governors of NARAS.

MODERATOR:  SYLVESTER RIVERS

Composer, arranger and pianist Sylvester Rivers has recorded with numerous
hit artists including Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, The Jacksons, Sammy Davis, Jr.,
Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin,
New Edition, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips,
Barry White, Marc Bolan & T. Rex, Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio, Deniece Williams,
The Fifth Dimension and many others.

Composing, arranging and orchestrating for television and film, as well,
such as the television series, “Fame,” songs for the Kevin Bacon/ Laurence
Fishburne film, “Quicksilver,” “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo,” “The Arsenio
Hall Show” and numerous others, he has been prolific in producing music
throughout a wide spectrum.

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Check out the ASMAC website – www.asmac.org
to see the new master class, luncheon and interview DVD’s in the ASMAC store (Van Alexander, Ray Charles, Johnny Mandel, Jorge Calandrelli, Bill Ross, Jack Feierman, Sammy Nestico and more), to download ASMAC luncheon podcasts, and more!
JUST ADDED: 
Special Interview with the renowned composer/arranger 
JIMMIE HASKELL

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IV. EVENTS

DEAN AND RICHARD

DEAN AND RICHARD are now playing every third Friday
at Culver City Elks 7:30pm-10;30pm,
11160 Washington Pl.
Culver City, 90232
310-839-8891

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LA WINDS JAZZ KATS 584

NO COVER, NO MINIMUM.
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at Viva Cantina
7:30-10:00.
900 Riverside Drive, Burbank.

Free parking across the street at Pickwick Bowl.
Come hear your favorite charts played the way they
should be.

We are in the back room called the Trailside Room.

Come on down. Guaranteed to swing.

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NEW RUSS GARCIA BOOK

Russell Garcia:   Russell wrote his auto-biography
“I Have Hundreds Of Stories, Some Of Them True”  
before he passed away at age 95 in New Zealand,
on 20 Nov 2011.  The book is out now.

Russell was a world renowned composer-arranger-conductor
who wrote music for over 100 films.  He is known for his
innovative music score for the film “Time Machine”.  Garcia
is also known in both the TV and recording fields and has
composed music for countless TV shows such as, Rawhide,
Twilight Zone, Laredo, The Virginian.  He has recorded many
CDs  in his own right, as well as with stars such as, Louis
Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Vic Damone, Judy Garland,
Oscar Peterson, Julie London, to name a few.  

Garcia has also written 2 best-selling text books The Professional
Arranger-Composer “ Book I and Book II, which have been translated
into 6 languages.  He is known also for his symphonic and classical
works which have been performed by the New Zealand Symphony,
Munich Symphony, the Vienna Symphony, plus countless Radio
Symphony Orchestras throughout Europe.  He was often a guest
lecturer at many universities around the world on Symphonic
Composition Techniques.  Russell and his wife Gina made New
Zealand their home in 1971 while continuing to work in the Music
and Film Industry.  He was awarded the Queens Service Medal
for his service to music in 2009.
(www.buildabetterworldproductions.com)

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4/25/16

MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016
7:30 PM
SCREENING & PANEL DISCUSSION
RECEPTION TO FOLLOW

JOIN THE PANELISTS*
Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Paula Malcomson,
Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig,
Pooch Hall, Devon Bagby, Kerris Dorsey and Katie Holmes
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS David Hollander, Mark Gordon, Bryan Zuriff
Moderated by Stacey Wilson Hunt (New York Magazine/Vulture)
at
Paramount Theatre
Paramount Pictures Studios
5555 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA  90038

CLICK HERE TO RSVP BY APRIL 22

Hosted parking available in Visitor Parking Lot.
Tweet your questions to @SHO_RayDonovan prior to the event.
Seating is first come, first served.
Admittance is not guaranteed.
*Subject to availability.
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4/28/16

HAPPY HOUR WITH A CAUSE – ECUADOR EARTHQUAKE RELIEF

Thursday April 28 at 5pm – 10pm

El Caserio
401 Silver Lake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Join us for a special Happy Hour With A Cause as we help raise funds to assist with the earthquake relief efforts in Ecuador. On April 16th, Ecuador was struck with a devastating 7.8 earthquake, which has caused the death of over 600 people and destroyed many towns throughout the country. As a result of the earthquake, access to clean drinking water has been very difficult for most families.

We are fundraising monies to assist our dear friend, Jimmy Roca (a longtime supporter of Happy Hour With A Cause) in his efforts to obtain the necessary water filtration equipment to extract, filter, and deliver free water from a reservoir in Manabi, Ecuador to a local town of 40,000 people.

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5/7/16

San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra
James Domine, Music Director, Presents

In Concert

Saturday Evening, May 7, 2016, 7:30 PM
Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Domine
Piano Concerto #3 in A minor (Wind of Time)
Joanna Ezrin, pianist

Williams
 Suite from Harry Potter

Debussy 
Nocturnes 
CSUN Women’s Chorale

Tickets available 
On the Website: sfvsymphony.com
At the Box Office
By calling 818 347-4907

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5/15/16

LACESMA 75TH ANNIVERSARY DIAMOND JUBILEE GALA

The Los Angeles City Elementary Schools Music Association,
LACESMA, is celebrating its 75th Anniversary of promoting
elementary music education in LAUSD with a Gala Event in
the Grand Ballroom of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at
the Los Angeles Music Center on Sunday May 15, 2016.

Banquet tickets are $60.00 each and can be purchased by
going to our website at lacesmamusiced.org or by mailing
a check made out to LACESMA to: LACESMA c/o Jeanne
Mitchell, P.O. Box 361 Topanga, CA 90290.

For questions, please email us at [email protected]
At the celebration there will performances by over 100 singers
of the LACESMA Children’s Honor Chorus, some of the 2016
LACESMA Instrumental Scholarship winners, as well as a p
erformance by a celebrity TBA.

We are proud to have Gail Eichenthal, Executive Producer of
KUSC, as the emcee of the Banquet. Please help support
elementary music education in LAUSD by attending this
Gala Celebration! Click here to see the first Promotional
Video Clip of the Gala.

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MASTER IN FLM MUSIC APPLICATIONS STILL BEING ACCEPTED

The Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program
At The
Seattle Film Institute

is still accepting applications to the One year

Master of Music (MM) in Film Composition

Recently rated as the #4 school for film scoring education
in the world by Music School Central and the #2 school
for earning a Masters of Music degree in Film Composition

Study with program creator and lead instructor

Hummie Mann

2 Time Emmy Award Winning film composer of
“Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and featured in
Variety Magazine’s article “Leaders in Learning”

Click here to listen and watch student scores from previous years

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016
school year We offer rolling admissions – applying
early is recommended Scholarship support is
available to early applicants

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You can read all previous offerings at:http://www.responsible47.com

UNTIL NEXT TIME,
THE COMMITTEE FOR A MORE RESPONSIBLE LOCAL 47

 

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