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Teenage jazz singer is hitting all the right notes

November 25th, 2010 Ninoverolla music No comments
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Teenage jazz singer is hitting all the right notes




Teenage jazz singer is hitting all the right notes
Music was never in short supply in Claire Dickson’s Medford household. Whether it was her clarinetist father, Glenn , practicing for his part in Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, her brother Eric McDonald off to perform with his folk band, or the musical theater productions Claire began appearing in at a young age, she knew her way through a score.
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White Light Musical Festival, Discussed by Times Critics
The classical music critics of The New York Times discuss festivals as a means to attract new listeners, using the White Light festival as a jumping-off point.
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Lynn students enjoying hip-hop rivalry
LYNN – Lynn Classical senior Jeremias Jimenez and Lynn English senior Caleb Michel have responded to the long rivalry between Lynn English and Lynn Classical High School in a way that has their fellow peers singing along.
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New Classical Tracks: Songs of Spain
On her new disc, mezzo Elina Garanca uses the character of Carmen as a starting point, but branches out into music with a gypsy connection, and music of Spain–an exploration that she describes with enthusiasm.
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Two schools share a mastery of classical music
For its fall show, the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra expertly performed three classical music pieces.
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Music for Events – How to pick the right musicians!

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Music for Events – How to pick the right musicians!




Everybody knows that planning the perfect music for your event can be stressful whether you are looking for unique entertainment or simply background moods.  You may be booking for either wedding music, corporate event music or are having a special commission being performed and yet the anxious feeling still remains the same.  In an ideal world you want to be complimented about your booking decision by your peers but when you are relying on other people to be on time, be professional and provide the goods it can make you on edge until after the event.

 

So here is some tips to help you get your day right!

 

What type of music do I need?

Firstly you need to decide what you are wanting to achieve with the music.  Is it simply background music or is it a performance you require?  If you think your guests are going to want to chat and not need to shout, you need to choose background music.  A featured performance can be an excellent way to signify the event is moving into a new phase e.g. speeches or a lecture, or it can signify the end of your event.

 

Daytime Music

Now you know what the role of the music is going to be, now you need to consider who is attending your event and what music they may appreciate!  Sometimes an event will have just the older generation, and some at a wedding for example, may be very mixed.  So how do you cater for everyone?  Well lets consider time of day first.  If you have a morning or afternoon event then a full on musical assault may be not what people expected!  Light classical entertainment is recommended.  Consider instruments such as harp, string quartet or piano.  If you want light entertainment that suits ages across the board and people are sure to remember and talk about after the day then you need to think slightly more ‘out of the box’.  More unusual instruments such as the vibraphone can be an excellent choice as it has a beautiful sound which is not too loud and is capable of ‘wowing’ people.   I encountered such an experience at a corporate event when I saw ‘Emma Welsby’ playing the vibraphone.  She was accompanying people as they were entering a corporate event run by PIANC (The World Association For Waterborne Transport Infrastructure).  The sound floated around the room and was a beautiful background sound to listen to.  I took one of her cds home with me and subsequently visited her website on www.emmawelsby.co.uk which led me onto her www.youtube.com/emmawelsbymusic channel and I was captivated by what she could offer.  She can even DJ great music in the evening whilst playing percussion!  It is unusual finding a musician who is savvy with using modern technology to sell herself, hence why it can be so difficult to find these unusual gems.

 

Evening Music

Now your daytime event is over you need some music to kick start your party!  This is where it can get tricky as you may have a multitude of age ranges to please.  If you are on a budget then a DJ may suit who can play music right through from the 1950′s up to present day.  If you want to do this with class this is where you really need to be careful.  Choose a DJ website with a touch of class and one that is going to be flexible with the evenings playlist.  Specify songs from each era you would like to hear and ask to have music played along the same lines of those songs.  This will filter out any tacky songs you dread to hear! You also need to specify if you want the DJ to talk through the night, if you do then you need to say how much, when, what you want the content to be so you don’t get someone who loves the sound of their loud voice ruining the vibe of your room.  I would highly recommend spending a bit of money here as you pay for what you get.

A decent band if you can afford it is well worthing paying for!  You need to find a band which has a good online presence such as a myspace profile, youtube video, website and even a soundcloud profile.  You have to be careful with demo CDs as modern music technology is so good now that it can make the worst band sound capable of pulling it off live.  Ask if you can speak to previous customers who have booked them to get a real testimonial from a real customer and if you can get to see them live even better. Some bands are quite busy and won’t have any public gigs, in that case ask to go and see them in a rehearsal room.  If your fronting up a lot of cash and they won’t bend over backwards to help, they really are not worth booking.

 

The Conclusion!

The bottom line with booking any musician is you need someone to be 100% reliable with equipment in good working order and be in good time for the performance.  That person needs to be approachable, friendly and have a reputation they want to keep.  If your gut feeling is starting to play up, listen to it!

Video ipod`s package

February 7th, 2010 Ninoverolla music No comments
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Video ipod`s package




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The trend that the Apple company set for their packages is redefined with every new appearance of a product. Actually, the permanent search in finding the right package and aesthetics and adapting the box to both the product and the customers` needs is focused on discovering a more compact way of packaging and, at the same time, with an expressive, yet subtle artistic touch. Due to the characteristics of the product, the packaging of the video iPod tries to be both practical and aesthetic, in order to symbolize somehow the visual characteristics and quality of the new product.

The original package of the iPod was a 6" cube box. The box was supposed to be removed out of the sleeve, after which, it was unfolded as a flower. The first iPod package reflected the image that the company was trying to promote: exuberant style, expressive elements, brisk and intense colors and sounds. After the appearance of the next types of iPods, this image of the product changed into a more mature one, an image which was expressed through the campaigns, the package and the general design of the product.

The main color of the iPod video is plain black, which is rather risky, yet original, considering the fact that the main aspect that the device has is the video, meaning colors, motion and diversion. Still, there are various silver accents on the box, which represent the Apple logo and text. Still, the color of the box fits with the colors of the actual iPods: black and white, just like the iPod nano. By choosing these colors and this style of packaging, Apple wanted to create a more sophisticated and stylish look of the new product; together with this, the ads for the product changed to a more series and mature tone.

The shape of the box differs, as well, from the first flower-like box of the first generation of iPods: this iPod`s video box is rather flat and square, more stylish and more serious looking.

Sirius and xm satellite radios

February 4th, 2010 Ninoverolla music No comments
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Sirius and xm satellite radios




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There are two major companies that offer satellite radio in America: Sirius and XM.

XM was the first company that offered satellite radio. It has two satellites named Rock and Roll and it has its studios in Washington D.C. Sirius Radio has three satellites and has its studios in New York As the XM was first, it has 3,2 hundred thousand, but Sirius brings competition with 1,1 hundred thousand subscribers in the present time.

Satellite radio is by far the best radio ever, making the AM/FM radios look old and dying even. This new era of radio has a lot of advantages that will please you at the maximum.

As the income comes from the subscribers not from advertisements, there are no commercials, no one is saying what to buy, no one is promoting their channel and no one is interrupting you from listening to what you want, where you want. There a lot of choices in want to listen to as both XM and Sirius have a big programming variety that includes music channels of world music(pop, rock, classical, rap, hip-hop, opera, country, western, jazz, dance, blues, Latin), weather, news, traffic, sports and entertainment channels. Local weather and traffic channels are available only for major cities in the U.S.A. provided by the two companies and every five minutes you can hear updates. The best thing in all channels is that there are uncensored. So, you can listen to uncensored stand-up comedy and hip-hop channels, at least for now.

The satellite radio has a very good sound quality, no static and no interference, a quality that may be compared with the one of a CD. The radio is based on a go/no-go system based on the strength of the signal. So, weak signal may cause dropouts.

You can easily get information about songs and artists right on you satellite radio receiver that can also help you select channels and categories.

The image features of the new ipod video

February 2nd, 2010 Ninoverolla music No comments
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The image features of the new ipod video




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Although the dimensions of the new iPod video are smaller, the display thinner, the screen dimensions are bigger and the image quality is better. These advantages are not the only ones as the new iPod video keeps more surprises regarding the image and the screen display.

The large color screen and reduced dimensions of the video and audio device is the attractive point of the new iPod video. This aspect makes possible the explicit reading of the menu, of the options and possibilities as it has a bright, sharp text.

The screen quality of the new iPod video may be compared to the screen quality of any TV set and it may even become the winner of such a contest. Both the design of the new iPod and the video features are very well thought out and the most important aspect is that the resolution is up to 320×240. The resolution quality is comparable to the quality of VHS video tape, being less than half that of a DVD. That is why the sunny weather, the too bright rooms are not a problem for watching the videos on the iPod video. These obstacles are great enemies of the previous handheld video devices of reduced dimensions and these do not matter anymore, especially when it is the case of the new iPod video.

The possibility of watching the favorite music video and Disney or Pixar video, the TV shows of films on the road, away from home was a matter of dreams not long time ago. And this dream is possible now due to the next step in video technology.

Besides, the new iPod video has also some amazing options with the photo album because of great quality of the images. You may also rate your photos or create slideshows with your favorite ones so that your past empty moments may be filled with great memories. This fact is also due to the eliminated common obstacles (sunshine, bright indoors or outdoors) of watching videos on

The success of satellite radio

January 20th, 2010 Ninoverolla music No comments
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The success of satellite radio




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The entertainment industry is one of the most dynamic and attractive ones, and satellite radio has recently captured a large share of it. Audio entertainment products are highly popular today and there is a wide variety of choices when it comes to having good music in your car: regular CD players, car CD players with storage space or MP3 players. When it comes to radio however, there is an even bigger divide – you can listen to or go with one of the new satellite radio offers. The popularity of satellite radio broadcasting has gone sky-high in the past years mostly because it has some exciting benefits that commercial FM/AM programming simply cannot offer. Analog radio stations are not able to broadcast the full range of sounds available through digital satellite radio and this has a noticeable impact on sound quality. Digital radio programs are broadcast through a satellite – this means that users don’t have to switch radio stations every time they get out of a certain geographical area, as the signal is countrywide. Traditional to FM and AM broadcasts have different forms of noise disturbances – satellite radio eliminates this problem as the quality is very close to that of the original tracks it is playing.

Technology and content

Because satellite radio uses such high tech instruments (satellites, small portable receivers) many still perceive it as unapproachable and prefer to stick with traditional radio. Most young people, however, can’t wait to get their hands on the latest in technological advancements, so satellite radio is perfect for this age group. The price you had to pay for satellite radio one or two years ago was a bit high for many who decide to enjoy traditional, commercial radio stations instead, as they are free. Today however, for a

All about high school jazz competitions

January 18th, 2010 Ninoverolla music No comments
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All about high school jazz competitions




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There is nothing more exciting that masses of Jazz lovers all in the same place competing in a competition to showcase the skills they have honed. High school educators all around the country unite at different location to enter their vocal Jazz ensembles, Jazz Bands, Jazz Orchestra’s in a competition to represent their schools. All who enter this Jazz competition have been preparing and working hard at learning the music most of the school year.

The music educators gather a small stack of repertoire that will really make their students stand out as unique. The key to performing for the Jazz competition is to know the music, and express it exactly the way the teacher has taught them to do. The truth of the matter is that all Jazz singers should sing out , and not hold back unless the teacher motions for you to do so. All the instrumentalist should follow the music and shape the sound. Jazz music is an expression that should come as a personal interpretation of the piece. After all, how do the winners in the Jazz competitions exist if the right music and interpretation of the musicians did not exist?

Fortunately, the successful Jazz Group must possess something that allows them to feel at ease with showing soulful emotion with the instrument of voice. When every member does the same thing it makes the most magical atmosphere of music that would send chills up the spine. One can play the piece of music plainly as written, or one can perform the music as written shaping it into something beautiful. Emotion should always be involved with music performance. Moreover, the music performed in Jazz competitions should be believable to the listeners.

Meaning, if you do not feel the music no one else will feel it. Therefore, a performance without emotion is dull and uninteresting. If emotion is something hard to grasp at anything in your life, you should try the Mr. Holland’s Opus strategy.

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Lena horne: jazz legend

January 12th, 2010 Ninoverolla music No comments
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Lena horne: jazz legend




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Lena Horne is one of the most popular African-American jazz legend singers. She was born in 1917 Lena Mary Calhoun Horne in New York City. She performed with the greatest jazz musicians such as Duke Ellington and Artie Shaw. She lives in New York City today and does not appear in the public eye anymore. Lena is most famous for the movie Stormy Weather, in which she sung the title song, in the 1940′s. Contrary to how music careers usually begin, Lena grew up in an elite family. She lived in a black bourgeois area in Brooklyn, New York.

Her father Edwin Horne left them when she was three-years-old. Her mother Edna Scottron, daughter of an inventor, was an actress with a black theater group and traveled a lot. Lena’s grandparents raised her. Though, she was said to have been a part of the Black elite, racial discrimination still existed. Lena Horne and her friend Paul Robeson embarked on a lifelong effort to fight for Civil Rights.

In fact, she took the civil rights movement so seriously to the point of rejecting the offer to perform to a segregated audience or to an audience where the black people were there only to serve white people. Lena Horne was apart of the March on Washington just for the purpose of receiving well-deserved treatment equal to the privileged white people. In addition, Lena Horne committed herself to speaking along with performing for the NAACP, National Council For Negro Women and to assist former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt in passing the anti-lynching law in America’s Congress.

Even with all those serious concerns she still found time to become one of the most memorable Jazz singers in history. She performed at the cafй society, a club imitating the European cabarets to show the talent of undiscovered African American which led to the success of Lena Horne, Paul Robeson, Big Joe Turner, Ella

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The photo features of the new ipod video

January 9th, 2010 Ninoverolla music No comments
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The photo features of the new ipod video




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One of the newest and most popular digital devices on the market today is, without any doubt, the new video iPod. The small device has improved significantly since the last model` s launching and the main evolution is represented by the capacity of playing videos.

Still, the new iPod video is not all about watching movies or music video clips, as it has various improvements since the last model, different accessories and improved capacities. As the producing company Apple claims, regarding the evolution of the product: Witness the evolution of the revolution. First it played songs. Then photos. Then pod casts. Now iPod plays video. Importing and saving photos was an important characteristic of the last models of iPod and it still is, even with the new video feature.

IPod video, just like the previous generations of iPods, can import photos in digital format from either a camera or a card reader. One of the best options for these is the Apple Camera Connector, which works with both a camera and a USB card reader. Still, the usage of the Apple Camera Connector or Belkin Media Reader (for the other generations of iPods, excluding the iPod video, which is not compatible with Belkin) might cause the intense usage of the battery of the iPod, as well. With the USB 1.1 camera, the battery remains half charged after the procedure. While transferring the pictures with the UBB 1. camera, the iPod shows the thumbnails of the imported images. At the end of the transport, the images can be browsed, but they can not be displayed on TV.

The new iPod video provides some options for the photo album, due to the high quality of the images and pictures. These can be rated or they can form slideshows and a major plus this fact that the new iPod video provides full-size thumbnails of photos.

Another characteristic of

The essence of jazz music

January 3rd, 2010 Ninoverolla music No comments
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The essence of jazz music




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The essence of Jazz music is the ethereal atmosphere of the dimensional harmony created by kaleidoscope of chromatic tones. It is the pulsating back beat of syncopating African rhythms through the rumble of the drums, or soft sound of the brush to the snare.

The music is an expression of melody from the depth of the soul conveyed as a gospel in many unique ways. These elements combined with the free impressionistic ambiance of instrumental tones in orchestration as a foundational juxtaposition of 7th, 9th,13th chordal harmony makes this style truly unique. The essence of Jazz music is music that is upbeat, full of pizzazz ,yet laid back with style. One would never guess that this free style of music has a foundation that began with Baroque elements found in Classical music.

Classical music comes from the basic structure of homophony when two or more musical lines are played vertically in the same direction as sacred music. In fact, Jazz music is created with homophony in terms of the movement of chords to support the melodic improvisation. However, when it comes to playing intervals and chordal harmonies, Jazz is free from the restriction of classical form. For example, if a song is written in the key of C or a minor there are no sharps or flats written on the staffs. Many times in Jazz music Accidentals are put in the music to cause a tonal effect found in chromatic tones. Tonal effects can occur when one or more notes are altered by raising or lowering a pitch by one half step. Sharps are symbols in the shape of a number sign or tic tac toe board (#). Flats are symbols in the shape of a lower case B(b), yet shaped differently like half a heart.

In some Jazz pieces, both the sharp and flat can occur simultaneously in a chord. The result of