In this final post about the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq, I look at where the Alumni have landed since our last concert in 2013. Click the link below:Continue
Added by Paul MacAlindin on September 16, 2017 at 2:48pm — No Comments
If you’ve ever dug into the comparative mythology of the Hero’s Journey, first brought to light by Joseph Campbell in “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”, you’ll know that something deep, unspoken exists in all of us, raring to get out, tear us apart, stitch us back together and return us to life forever changed. UPBEAT is the story of how a very unlikely group of young Iraqis and their friends put themselves though such a mill to forge a national youth orchestra for Iraq.
Added by Paul MacAlindin on August 3, 2016 at 4:59pm — No Comments
Sitting on a bed in an Iraqi hotel room in 2009, waiting for my first radio interview about the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq, I picked up the phone to a BBC Radio Scotland reporter who informed me he’d barely woken up and was nursing his first cup of coffee. Just to spite me for getting him into the studio so early, his opening salvo went:
“So, most people would think this is a pretty strange career move, wouldn’t they?” I burst out laughing and told him how honoured I…Continue
Added by Paul MacAlindin on August 3, 2016 at 4:51pm — No Comments
It's not too late to be a part of the Somewhere Project! Here are some ways to get involved:
1. Write a song based on the lyrics "There's a place for us". Excellent songs will be featured on Carnegie Hall's Somewhere SoundCloud:
2. Go to Neighborhood…Continue
The Somewhere Project is ramping up! If you haven't yet started writing a song based on "Somewhere" from West Side Story, it's not too late!
If you haven't heard about the project yet, go HERE for a great overview on Carnegie's Somewhere Page, and to see artistic contributions from young people all over the city.
Then, there are lots of ways you can contribute…Continue
Added by Deidre Rodman Struck on February 12, 2016 at 12:10pm — No Comments
To all musicians, vocal artists & educators.
I have been recently working with my local community radio station to promote local classical artist with airtime, musician interviews and industry news. This is a great way to great free exposure, promotion and get heard. Most cities have a community radio…Continue
Added by Idara Aguinaga on January 29, 2016 at 3:00am — No Comments
So, I've been mulling over this song "Somewhere", from West Side Story. Specifically the opening line: "There's a place for us".
It's made me think--where is MY place? MY home?
And, well, the answer turned out to be more complicated than I thought.
Years ago, I wrote a set of songs based on the town where I was born; Twin Falls, Idaho. I recorded an album based on a sense of this place, which I did not know, but which I felt connected to, because…Continue
I hope your fall is getting underway with pumpkin-spiced items and fuzzy blankets of goodness.
Autumn for me is a time in the city when the energy changes; you can almost sense creativity in the air as the leaves change and projects begin.
And so..it is time for us to begin a project, too!
As some of you may know, this year marks Carnegie Hall's 125th Anniversary, and to celebrate, they are presenting "The…Continue
During the Digital Music Production Workshops that took place within the Resnick Education Wing this spring, Building Beats was able to leverage its own assessment framework to provide a data-driven approach to this program.
Essentially, a data-driven approach is one in which “feedback…Continue
Added by Building Beats on June 25, 2015 at 3:07pm — No Comments
On May 9th, we held our final event of the Spring 2015 Digital Music Production Workshop: a listening party to celebrate the amazing work the students have produced over the past 8 sessions.
Added by Building Beats on May 22, 2015 at 12:54am — No Comments
And just like that, our 8-sessions at Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute have come to a close. This past Saturday we held the 8th and final 'official' workshop, which focused on readying the youth participants for our May 9th…Continue
Added by Building Beats on May 2, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments
The weeks are flying by, and the initial run of the Digital Music Production Workshop is almost complete. This past Saturday we held the 7th session of our 8-session program at Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute in partnership with Building Beats. The session focused on mixing and mastering songs to ready them for publishing.…Continue
Added by Building Beats on April 24, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments
This past Saturday we had another great session of the The Digital Music Production workshop, which focused on synthesizers. Resources from the class can be found here.…Continue
Added by Building Beats on April 6, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments
To date, our digital music production workshops at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute have mainly employed digital audio workstations running on laptops. But with the advent of tablet and mobile computing, there are even more portable solutions for…Continue
Added by Building Beats on March 20, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments
We are officially at the midpoint of our 8-session series of Digital Music Production classes held at Carnegie Hall's Weill Institute of Music in partnership with Building Beats. To mark the occasion, we were joined in class by a very special guest: Sarah Willis. Sarah plays french horn in…Continue
Added by Building Beats on March 5, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments
If you don't know (or don't remember) me, I'm a Teaching Artist here at Carnegie Hall, and also a piano player/singer/songwriter. Last year all of us in the songwriting group partook (is that a word? It looks funny as I type it) in a lot of group songwriting prompts and challenges, getting to know each other and generally having a ball writing songs and listening to each other's songs.
IT IS TIME, PEOPLE. Time to catch up with each other, and…Continue
The Digital Music Production Workshops are now in full-swing! The third session, which focused on drum machines, was held last Saturday, February 7th.…Continue
Added by Building Beats on February 12, 2015 at 12:00am — No Comments
The second Digital Music Production workshop at Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute was held this past Saturday, 1/24. This class had two main aims: educate the youth about the historical relationship between the DJ and the MC, and build on the digital production skills that the youth participants were introduced to during the first workshop. Resources from this session can be found…Continue
Added by Building Beats on January 29, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments
The first digital music production workshop took place this past Saturday (1/10), and it was an absolute blast!
This first class was meant to introduce youth participants to the possibilities of digital music production, specifically: what…Continue
Added by Building Beats on January 16, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments