In the Jazz group, Catalina Gomez, a composer, pianist, and guitarist from Bogotá, Colombia posted her music and commented:
"I've been been looking for musicians here but I've been having trouble ... What can I do to get people to play my work?"
Well here is her music and tips from various musicians to help every anyone get started and keep thriving.
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Support and Collaborate with Colleagues
Work with others in your field to develop your music, research and share opportunities. Pool your resources.
Carlos Julio Ortiz Toro, composer and instrumentalist: The majority of young arrangers and composers from Bogotá don't get musicians ... because instrumentalists prefer standard and classical tunes ... and they don't want to take the risk with new compositions. ... We young arrangers and composers don't have enough money to pay musicians ... for that reason, we use the internet to promote our scores and find people around the world who are interested in them. ... To improve that situation, here in Bogotá, I think that we shall make study groups ... composer, arrangers and instrumentalists to improve ... skills with the work of all and looking for places to perform new music.
Build a Reliable Base in Person and Online
Get personal by writing for and performing with people you know. Connect on an individual level with performers and listeners.
Aaron Siegel, composer and percussionist: Writing for your friends and/or solo instruments can insure that you are going to get your work played and also allow you to edit and re-edit after each performance. As far as getting noticed, nowadays you have to have some videos of your work online, and also have a presence on social media. But, the best way to build an audience is to develop it one listener as a time, which means sending your music out to people who review it and can provide you with some helpful feedback.
Define Your Style and Stick With It
Create and perform music that you know and love. Get comfortable with and share your identity to build a reliable reputation.
Roy Haynes, drummer: I had a good feeling in my playing,” he said. I didn’t just change with whatever style they said was new. I just kept playing ... What I play is going to be me, true. It’s gonna come from within, not gonna be something I just thought I heard someone else play. (Boston Globe article by James Sullivan)
Reinvent and Record a Cover
Take advantage of the popularity of familiar favorites and make a contemporary version of a classic.
Haley Reinhart, singer and songwriter: With the music I grew up on, there were all these imperfections that made it amazing. It wasn’t about trying so hard; it was all about pure feeling and energy. To me that’s the important stuff. That’s what I want to bring back into music today. (www.haleyreinhart.com)
Design and Present a Unique Look
Be creative in the look and delivery of your music. Go big, bright, crisp, funky - something that screams your name and makes a strong, lasting impression.
Josh Jennings, critic: I'd resigned myself to the notion that it would be another promo CD waxing lyrical about an album which, upon a listen, would be good. However, there stood my dad cradling a piece of cardboard slightly larger than 12 inches by 12 inches, and placed carefully on the table, a freshly unpackaged piece of vinyl which read 'Once In A While - Allsopp, Vosloo, Stanley and Giles... but I don't have a record player! Oh my god I want to hear this record." (Jazz Shaped)
Be Bold and Make an Scene
People remember creative, energetic and up-close-and-personal performances and entrances.
Jonathon Hampton, conductor and singer: The first time I heard a choir start a concert from the balcony and continue singing while process through the audience in two separate lines, it blew my mind. They were so close I could hear each individual voice. I was 9, and I knew right then and there that I wanted to join that group. As a soloist and choir conductor today, I always like to start off my concerts from somewhere unexpected and make my way through the audience. People always comment about how much they appreciate that.
Lead photo by Mr. Lightman, form FreeDigitalPhotos.net