15 W 28th St, New York, NY
Bartok, Beyonce, and Kelly Clarkson?
As the first quarter of 2013 comes to a close (already?), I am reminded of how it began with one very important national event that included music—the inauguration of President Barack Obama. (Or as my conservative brother-in-law would say, "your President.")
After the inauguration the press jumped all over Beyonce for lip syncing the National Anthem (OMG!), blah blah blah. (I can think of waaay better reasons to jump all over Beyonce... but that's another story : ) But hey, it was cold out! Besides, there is a storied history of musicians "faking it" in the freezing weather at inaugurations.
However, the coolest thing for me as a musician was the performance of My Country, Tis of Thee sung by the very talented Kelly Clarkson in an arrangement for the most excellent US Marine Band. Have a listen: Kelly Clarkson's 2013 Obama Inauguration Performance
Like much of the music of Bela Bartok, this particular version of My Country Tis of Thee caught my attention because it had a dynamic flow to it. The arranger used various meter (or time signatures) to creatively enhance the dramatic impact of this traditional patriotic song. What did the arranger do, and what was the effect?
In our next Meetup I'll break down the arrangement and compare it to some expressive moments in Bartok's music to make the point: meter is not just a blunt instrument, a backdrop tool. And, we'll find out what we can learn from its free flow, and how it can effect your music.
After the demo we'll dive into playing your tracks and/or your live performances.
As most of you know, we have a 5-minute rule (limiting music to 5 minutes and commentary to 5 minutes for each piece), which works well—we’re getting to more people, and your critiques have been great for each composer and/or performer.
Live performance is encouraged. Bring your instrument (or voice), and/or a track that can accompany your live performance. There is a decent upright piano at the studio.
If you are a newcomer and want to play your music, the easiest way is to bring an iPod, iPhone, etc., or a CD of some of your tracks, which can be played through our laptop and/or monitors. Try to keep your selections down to a total of 5 minutes or so.
If you’re a lyricist, bring some lyrics to read. It's healthy exposure for you, and you may make some good contacts.
If you wish to perform live, that's great! There is an acoustic upright piano. The sound system is my small m-audio monitors with RCA, stereo 1/8th inch mini, or 1/4 inch inputs. So, calculate your amplification needs accordingly. We also have a video monitor to play DVDs for you film/video composers. If you have any questions, performance-based, tech, or otherwise, please feel free to drop me an e-mail.
The Tada Theater is in Chelsea at 15 West 28th Street between Broadway and 5th Avenue--very easy to get to. You Westsiders can take the 1 train to 28th Street and walk a few blocks east. And, the R and W local trains stop just a few hundred feet from the building entrance. Tada is on the uptown side of 28th Street. The building entrance is next to a parking lot in the middle of the block.
See you then!
p.s. The $15 admission price includes wine and munchies. Party on!
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.