Canada's most successful songwriters, composers and music publishers are will be honoured in the 31st annual SOCAN Awards, held for the first time online, with Shawn Mendes solidifying his place in songwriting royalty earning two of the most prestigious prizes, becoming the most-awarded SOCAN member in a single year.
Follow @socanmusic on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (#2020SOCANawards) to join in the celebration of more than 50 award winners announced today through September 25th via special virtual presentation. Celebrations include Drake, LIGHTS, bülow, Andrew Lockington, Daniel Caesar, Laila Biali and more.
Biali has some new music for fall/winter including the release of Anthem by Leonard Cohen.
Laila Biali released her cover of 'Anthem' by Leonard Cohen last Friday, Sept 18, for Leonard's birthday celebration TODAY Sept 21.
The 2019 JUNO-Award winner covers her fellow Canadian and music icon with his relevant song that delivers a salient message for the times we find ourselves in: "Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything, that's where the light gets in." Leonard would have turned 86 today.
This single releases on the heels of Laila's highly succsessful 2020 album release, Out of Dust, which came out on March 27 and features an expansive ensemble of instrumentalists and singers including GRAMMY Award winners and nominees Lisa Fischer, John Ellis, Larnell Lewis, and others.
CBC Radio 1 is premiering the track today along with the Quarantunes video. Watch the attached
In 1968, a 16-year-old jazz fan at Palo Alto High School in California decides to hold a concert in the school's auditorium to raise funds for its International Club-and convinces Thelonious Monk's manager that his client should be the headliner. (Not surprisingly, the student, Danny Scher, would soon become a major force in the live-music production world.) As concert day approaches, one of the school's janitors, an audio enthusiast, offers to tune the piano in exchange for recording the show, a deal that's quickly agreed to. On the afternoon of October 27, the Thelonious Monk Quartet gives its only known high-school performance. Afterward, the janitor (his name apparently lost to history, though researchers are no doubt still working on that) hands the young promoter a tape. It goes in a box, where it sits for the next 50 years. When its owner rediscovers it, he contacts Monk's son T.S., who-first tickled by the story, then impressed by the recording's quality-sanctions its release.
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UK singer and producer Labrinth just scored his first-ever Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics thanks to his Euphoria soundtrack standout, "All For Us." The song, which ended the emotional rollercoaster first season, was nominated alongside Pharrell and Chad Hugo's "Letter to My Godfather" from The Black Godfather, Thomas Mizer and Curtis Moore's "One Less Angel" from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' "The Way It Used to Be" from Watchmen. Reznor and Ross won the Emmy for the dramatically-titled Outstanding Music Composition For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special award.
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Some years ago, I was stopped at a traffic light and heard Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 1 on the radio. It dawned on me (after many times listening and playing it in orchestras on the violin) that Brahms channeled his predecessor, Ludwig van Beethoven.
The young Brahms cleverly passed this famous rhythmic tattoo among the various voices in the orchestra. Sometimes it's in your face. Sometimes it's subtle like this:
There are other nods to Beethoven in Brahms' First Symphony that have been well pointed out. For instance, the nature of the broad, stately theme in Brahms' finale has been compared to Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."
The pressure of such high expectations terrified him. That's why Brahms took nearly two decades - from early doodles and sketches to final product - to complete that first symphony. Once he cleared that hurdle, the music flowed freely. He completed his other three symphonies each in less than a year.
The looming shadow of Beethoven was and is legendary; intimidating numerous composers who followed him. Besides Brahms, great symphonists like Felix Mendelssohn and Gustav Mahler felt his presence.
David Korevaar, a concert pianist and Distinguished Professor in the College of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder, said Beethoven had a similar effect on his contemporaries, including his teacher.
"Poor Haydn," Korevaar said.
Franz Josef Haydn realized his student's genius and changed his focus as a composer. Haydn pretty much stopped writing instrumental music and turned his attention largely to choral works instead.
"Beethoven by the late 1790s made such an impact that Haydn - who, after Mozart's death, briefly got to revel in being the greatest composer in Vienna - found himself again eclipsed," Korevaar said.
Two centuries later, Beethoven continues to intimidate.
"There's this kind of masterpiece complex where we say, 'Do you dare to play this music?' Well, why not?" Korevaar said.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Korevaar challenged himself to record all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas, mostly in his home living room The goal was to complete the cycle in 60 days. He did it in 41.
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In May, 2020, Anthony McGill launched a powerful musical protest video urging people to #TakeTwoKnees in demonstration against the death of George Floyd and historic racial injustice
Today, the Avery Fisher Artist Program of Lincoln Center, in New York City, announced American clarinetist Anthony McGill as the 2020 recipient of the prestigious US $100,000 Avery Fisher Prize, in recognition of outstanding achievement and excellence in music.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Anthony currently serves as the principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic and holds teaching positions at The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, and Bard College Conservatory of Music.
His #TakeTwoKnees video went viral this May, and hundreds of artists and citizens responded to the initiative with their own videos using the hashtag.
"Thank you to the Avery Fisher Artist Program for this incredible honor. I never imagined as a young music student that one day I would be where I am today. None of it would have been possible without people truly believing in me. I'm grateful for this recognition of my life's work as I continue to advocate for the next generation of young musicians," Anthony said.
A virtual 2020 Avery Fisher Prize award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, September 15 at 6:00 PM (EDT) and will be streamed live on The Violin Channel's Facebook.
Previous recipients include Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Sarah Chang, Pamela Frank, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Edgar Meyer, Midori, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Leila Josefowicz, and the Emerson and Kronos String Quartets.
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NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with concert pianist Simone Dinnerstein about her new album, A Character of Quiet, which she recorded at home during the pandemic.
Life right now is a lot of things - unsettled, scary, quiet - rush-hour traffic mostly gone, the thrum of our daily routines suspended. For concert pianist Simone Dinnerstein, that has meant no touring, no concerts. Instead, she has recorded a new album at home during quarantine and chosen music that speaks to a sense of the world slowing down. It's called "A Character Of Quiet." And Simone Dinnerstein joins us now from New York.
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In the fall of 1968, a sixteen-year old high school student named Danny Scher had a dream to invite legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk and his all-star quartet to perform a concert at his local high school in Palo Alto, CA.
Violinist Daniel Hope spent his period of social distancing by performing chamber concerts online from his living room in Berlin with specially invited guests including Christoph Israel, Till Brönner, Matthias Goerne and more.
World-renowned singer-songwriter Melody Gardot announces her long-awaited new album along with the release of a highly anticipated single which sees her join forces with 17-time Grammy Award winning music icon Sting.
Maria Schneider receives '2016 ASCAP Foundation - Life in Music Award' / MARKET WIRED
Posted: December 15, 2016 12:00 AM
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The ASCAP Foundation last night honored acclaimed choral music composer Morten Lauridsen and groundbreaking jazz composer and bandleader Maria Schneider with The ASCAP Foundation Life in Music Award. The accolades were presented at The 2016 ASCAP Foundation Honors at the Appel Room and Ertegun Atrium in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street, New York City. The ASCAP Foundation Life in Music Award is presented by The ASCAP Foundation to an ASCAP writer member for his or her outstanding accomplishments as a composer, songwriter, performer, arranger or vocalist in any genre. The 21st annual event also honored and featured performances from scholarship and award recipients in an array of music genres including classical, jazz, musical theater, pop, country and rhythm & soul, all of whom benefit from programs of The ASCAP Foundation.
The Maria Schneider Duo celebrated Schneider's honor with a performance of her composition "Walking By Flashlight." Other outstanding performances by this year's honorees included "Good Go Bad," from Brad Blackburn, Leon Brettler Award winner; "Heart Like a Phoenix," from Kate Copeland, Robert Allen Award winner; "Breaking Point," from Roxy Coss, Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award winner; "New York City Lights," from Charles Duke, "Reach Out and Touch" Award winner in honor of Nick Ashford; "Bad Night in Heaven" from Kison, Desmond Child Anthem Award winner; and "Point G" from Ali Can Puskulcu, Morton Gould Young Composer Award winner.
Here is a full list of 2016 honorees
LIFE IN MUSIC AWARD - MORTEN LAURIDSEN
LIFE IN MUSIC AWARD - MARIA SCHNEIDER
Harold Adamson Lyric Awards
Country - Lonnie Lee Fowler
Musical Theatre - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
R&S - Niré Alldai, Aaron 'ys' Dales,
Raleigh Dunn (of TheVAMP), Maya Milan, Frankie P,
Cesar "Pearl Gates" Perez, Jr. & Rent Money
Pop - Justin Hariz & Ben Samama [Oktavian]
Robert Allen Award
Cheín Garcia Alonso Scholarship
Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards
Emily Bear, David Bernot, Paul Bloom, Esteban Castro, Mario Castro, Michael Conrad, Roxy Coss, Natalie Dietz, Lukas Gabric, Joshua Green, Dave Hassell, Taylor Herron, Gene Knific, Jodie Landau, Remy Le Boeuf, Roos Plaatsman, Jonathan Saraga, Jeremy Siskind & Christopher Zuar
Honorable Mentions - Andrew D. Herring,
Andrew Karboski, Josh Shpak, Alexander Weitz
& Matthew Whitaker
Harold Arlen Film & TV Award
Harold Arlen Musical Theatre Award
Louis Armstrong Scholarships
at Queens College
at the University of New Orleans
"Reach Out and Touch" Award
in honor of Nick Ashford
Irving Berlin Summer Camp Scholarship
Leonard Bernstein Award
Freddy Bienstock Scholarship & Internship
Boosey & Hawkes Young Composer Award
honoring Aaron Copland
Leon Brettler Award
Irving Burgie Scholarship
Irving Caesar Scholarships
Leah Brekke, Marcandrew Martinez
Sammy Cahn Award
Caylee Anna Hammack
Desmond Child Anthem Award
Eunice & Hal David Merit Award
Fran Morgenstern Davis Scholarship
Willie Beaton II
Jamie deRoy & friends Award
Musical Theatre Scholarship
in honor of Stephen Schwartz
Mina Bloom, Rachel Gilbert, Tristan Mclntyre,
Dylan Schifrin, Bailey Share-Aizic & Juan Solis
Louis Dreyfus Warner/Chappell
City College Scholarship
honoring George & Ira Gershwin
Max Dreyfus Scholarship
Fellowship for Composition at
The Aspen Musical Festival & School
Ira Gershwin Scholarship
Jay Gorney Award
Scott Evan Davis
Morton Gould Young Composer Awards
Natalie Dietterich - Leo Kaplan Award
Paris Lavidis - Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship
Daniel Allas, Ermir Bejo, Trevor Bumgarner, Thérèse-Marie Chaix, Thomas Dougherty, Jess Larsen, Sky Macklay, David Mettens, Ali Can Puskulcu, Marco-Adrián Ramos, Jake Runestad, Barry Sharp & Alyssa Weinberg
Honorable Mentions - Frazar P. Henry,
Joel Rust, Peter Shin & Phil Taylor
Harold Heiberg Vocal/Accompanying
Rebecca Hansen, Levi Hernandez
Jerry Herman Broadway Legacy Prize
Anthony Hurd, Rhetta Kampel,
Brian Ross Klimowski, Morgan Kruger
Fred Ho Award
Bart Howard Scholarship
at Belmont University
Christine Mason Schmitt
at Berklee College of Music
Julia Battistin, Jeffrey Gaiser
in honor of Quincy Jones
Steve Kaplan TV & Film Studies Award
Marco ValerIo Antonini
Michelle & Dean Kay Award
Leiber & Stoller Music Scholarship
Frederick Loewe Scholarship
Barbara & John LoFrumento Award
Music Conservatory of Westchester
Music Therapy Institute
Eastchester School District
Henry Mancini Music Fellowship
Michael Dean Parsons
Johnny Mandel Prize
Vic Mizzy Scholarship
Rudolf Nissim Prize
Cole Porter Award
Louis Prima Award
Brian Richburg, Jr.
Joe Raposo Children's Music Award
Joan & Irwin Robinson Scholarship
Betty Rose Scholarship
David Rose Award
Jimmy Van Heusen Award
Mariana & Paul Williams
Sunlight of the Spirit Award
Lucille & Jack Yellen Award
About The ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education, talent development and humanitarian programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascapfoundation.org, on Twitter @ascapfoundation, and on Facebook.
Data Lords is a new double-album by Grammy Award-winning composer and bandleader Maria Schneider. Inspired by conflicting relationships between the digital and natural worlds, the recording features Schneider's acclaimed orchestra of 18 world-class musicians.
"No one can deny the great impact that the data-hungry digital world has had on our lives. As big data companies clamor for our attention, I know that I'm not alone in struggling to find space – to keep connected with my inner world, the natural world, and just the simpler things in life," says Schneider. "Just as I feel myself ping ponging between a digital world and the real world, the same dichotomy is showing up in my music. In order to truly represent my creative output from the last few years, it felt natural to make a two- album release reflecting these two polar extremes."
With The Thompson Fields, composer, arranger and bandleader Maria Schneider celebrates a long-awaited reunion with her vaunted jazz orchestra, a homecoming nearly a decade in the making. Featuring eight new original works by the leader, The Thompson Fields makes brilliant use of Schneider's 18-piece jazz orchestra, a long-standing ensemble that spotlights such first rank players as Donny McCaslin, Rich Perry, Frank Kimbrough and Lage Lund. The performances reveal an ever-deepening relationship between Schneider and her musicians, many of whom she has worked with over a quarter of a century. The album follows a momentous year that found Schneider's recent album Winter Morning Walks garnering three wins in the classical category of the 2014 GRAMMY Awards, making her one of the rare musicians to win GRAMMYs in both the jazz and classical categories. The CD is powered by ArtistShare andavailable exclusively at MariaSchneider.com.
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