August 2012

Google Maps Meets Twitter For Musicians

August 28, 2012 16:47

Screen Shot 2012-08-28 at 10.43.04 AMThe ways that musicians seek out and find their creative collaborators have come a long way in the digital space. There now exist a number of sites that go well beyond Craigslist and focus specifically on connecting musicians , and each has its own unique value offering. One such site that made its way onto our radar is MusoMap, a cool and interactive Google Map that puts the focus on getting in touch with musicians far and wide and starting a conversation.

Read more here...

See it for yourself @

Kahne (Violin)
Founding Director - Embracing a more diverse 'every day' music community.

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World Musician's Day - April 6th 2013

August 23, 2012 16:33

World Musician's Day is the celebration of our local musicians. It's a day for neighbouring musicians to get together and perform in everyday unexpected places. Music has, and always will be, most powerful when shared face to face with the community.

Get in touch with your local musicians on the map by using the hashtag #WorldMusiciansDay. Put together a group, gather your music, pack up your instruments, and take to the streets. It's that simple.

We musicians breathe the life and soul into humanity and it's time we made a day of it.

April 6th - The day that the global map of musicians was launched, by musicians, for musicians.

This is for anyone that wants to use their music to build a connection with the people who live nearby.

Every small town and suburb across the planet. It's a bit like FĂȘte de la Musique with a home town urban focus. Here's a question... What 'non-venue' location close to home needs some music? Perhaps your regular bus stop, the steps of your local town hall, an abandoned warehouse, the cafe next door, the local pub, a laneway. Find a spot you like and bring it to life.

That's it. Get cracking and share your plans with local musicians. Become part of this celebration, spread the word on all social media, and join us in sharing the gift of music.

Kahne (Violin)
Founding Director - A street to street musician connection.

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Becoming Jon Rose. The significance of location, and the pursuit of a unique sound.

August 21, 2012 17:12

Jon Rose is not something to fear. Jon Rose is something to become.

Dear Jon Rose,

From seeing your commentary on "An Aural Map Of Australia" you have helped me crystalise some of my unconventional ideas around the importance of an initiative I have recently created.

Your belief in the creative mind, and your thoughts on consumption of music in Australia, have put my issues with the industry into some context. To hear you speak about the significance of location, and the pursuit of a unique sound, is so incredibly overwhelming that I have desperately falling in love with your kick ass dialog. For god's sake, thank you for speaking some intellectual common sense.

Believe it or not, but unknowingly, my global street by street musician mapping collaboration might be an answer to your frustrations. is simply a global map onto which musicians can pin themselves and connect through a personal connection to their environment. This is something that I have launched only 3 months ago and already it has gathered 780 musicians who are keen to find a new way of sharing their sound. This is a fast growing, location focused, wild array of musicians and instruments full of possibility.

I hope that an authentic home grown approach to musicianship will eventually change the industry. There is a lot more to say here. Musomap has a long way to go. I would love to be given the opportunity to speak with you.

Jon Rose. Thank you for making me realise that I am not alone.I look forward to hearing from you.

Kahne (Violin)
Founding Director - Creating a more diverse musician community through a authentic street by street process of introduction and collaboration.

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A Growing Map of the World's Violinists

August 15, 2012 23:14

Zoom into this dynamic map of the world and find out more about the world's violinists. Find someone local and collaborate!

If you're not on it, add yourself, and help us launch this musicians initiative.

Kahne (Violin)
Founding Director - Connecting Musicians

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A Love Letter To The World's Musicians

August 13, 2012 00:10

This digital revolution seems to have the publishing industry in a spin...

Dearest Musicians,

I wake filled with thoughts of you. Your portrait and the intoxicating evening which we spent yesterday have left my senses in turmoil. Sweet, incomparable musicians, what a strange effect you have on my heart! Are you angry? Do I see you looking sad? Are you worried?... My soul aches with sorrow, and there can be no rest for you lover; but is there still more in store for me when, yielding to the profound feelings which overwhelm me, I draw from your lips, from your heart a love which consumes me. Ah! it was last night that I fully realized how unworthy I am to have your portrait!

You are leaving at noon; I hope to see you soon. Until then, mio dolce amor, a thousand kisses...

Yours faithfully,

The Fat Cats That Run The Global Music Publishing Industry

This message was disclosed by a secret source and published by a violinist..., an initiative dedicated to helping local musicians reconnect & create a unique sound.

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Top 10 Weirdest Things I've Seen Whilst Trying To Perform

August 9, 2012 07:27

Musicians see some pretty weird things... Share a #StrangeThingsOnStage story with the rest of us at

How about the strangest thing I DIDN'T see: Before I started practicing entertainment law 30 years ago, I was a full-time professional touring & recording musician (a jazz pianist & funk bassist). When I played my bass on stage under the lights, I used to sweat a lot, my glasses would keep coming down over my nose and therefore I usually took them off to play. One night in the early '70s I was playing "Hello It's Me" (The Isley Bros version) at a big club in Oakland, CA when all of sudden I thought it was strange that everyone in the club seemed to get up all at once to slow-dance. Then in an instant I realized that everyone was diving under tables / hitting the floor, etc. Our lead singer pushed me down (and everyone else on stage was ducking for cover behind the B3 & the Leslie speakers...). It seemed that one of the hookers who frequented the place had a beef with the bartender, pulled out a .32 auto and started pulling the trigger... Luckily it was a cheapo Sat. nite special and it one got hurt...2 minutes later the Oakland riot squad streamed in and arrested her....and we started playing again....The next morning I went out & bought contact lenses....
Posted by Paul Ungar

This was not a pretty thing . . .

I perform at a lot of senior facilities, including nursing homes. (Let me assure you, these are not all equal quality!) One time, playing at a facility where there was no staff watching as I performed, an elderly woman in a wheelchair proceeded to take her top off! It was disturbing in a lot of ways . . . I want to add that there are a lot of wonderful experiences at these places too . . . I once had a 102 year old lady dancing to my music . . . pretty cool!
Posted by Jeffrey Scott Stewart

I was doing a one man show (piano/vocal) in a restaurant in downtown Mpls. quite a few years back. It was my first night there, and the crowd seemed to be digging my show. I was getting applause and requests, and hoped to get booked there many more times.

Suddenly, a guy that looked homeless, (dirty scraggly hair with ragged stained clothes) came in off the street through a side door near the stage. I had never seen him before in my life, and I continued singing and playing, but he pointed a finger at me and started shouting that he was going to kill me in a loud voice. He said some other things that I can't recall, but the main thing I remember is he came across as if he knew me and was really mad about something I had done.

I was bewildered and shaken, but I kept playing and singing, and tried to act as if nothing happened. The guy soon went back out into the street, but all the customers were put off, apparently, because within 5 minutes the room was empty.

Later, the manager said something about "keeping my personal life out of his restaurant". I told him that I didn't know the guy, but the place never hired me back.
Posted by Thomas Lichtenstein

I was thanked, handed two hundred dollars and I was told that I could return to work
across the street.

When I was working as reviewer, I covered a concert of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in which Yo Yo Ma played the Rococo Variations. Somewhere in there his A string broke. It was an Olympics year, so when Jonathan Spitz immediately left his principal cellist's chair to hand Ma his cello, I decided to time how long it took for Spitz to change the string. Not a beat was lost, just a couple of solo cello notes. And Spitz was back with Ma's newly strung and tuned cello in under 4 minutes! In my review I gave him a gold medal! And so did the gracious Ma, who refused to take any solo bows, insisting that Spitz take all the bows with him. It's still one of the most memorable concert moments I've witnessed.
Posted by Paul Somers

Wasps getting under my fingers whilst attempting an intro.
Posted by Neil Willetts 

Well, this doesn't qualify as "strangest", but a buddy of mine in the service told me the story years ago. He was playing on a cruise ship before he entered the USAF bands. One night the ship was experiencing a lot of rolls due to the storms happening and causing sea swells. A rather elderly gentleman in a wheelchair was by a table at one end of a long dance floor. For some reason, the brakes on his wheelchair gave way and he started to roll, slowly at first, then gradually picking up speed across the entire length of the floor. The drummer in the band catches this and starts a press roll adding a crescendo and finishing off with a vaudville-style crash as the poor old geezer hits a table on the other end and flips right out of his chair and onto the floor.

The drummer was off the boat the very next day.
Posted by Pete Harrison

Well it wasn't me performing, but I was watching a performance of Die Fledermaus and an actual bat continually dive bombed the stage! Rather ironic.
Posted by Vivian Doublestein 

By the way-- some years ago at the Metropolitan Opera in The Makropolis Case, a character on a very over sized library ladder fell backwards to the floor and died.

The strangest performance I witnessed with an odd contrast of images was a visit from the Ballet Nacional de Cuba in Los Angeles. They were doing a beautiful and very traditional "Giselle." But there had been threats against the company-- At the front of the theater on either side of the stage were armed guards in jump-suits. It was a strange contrast of images.
Posted by James Koenig

We were playing an open air concert in a spa town in Germany. Some Gershwin, some Strauss, that kind of thing, with the odd audience aged from 65 to open end. One old lady stood up when we began with Summertime. She started to dance slowly and also to take off her clothes... We finished the piece with her standing there in her trousers (didn't manage to take them off quickly enough I guess...) and bra, still dancing and clapping furiously.
Posted by Zaeda z

Another time, I was doing a Thanksgiving Day gig in 2001 at a posh restaurant(now defunct Magnum's Steakhouse) on Ontario Street in downtown Chicago when an obviously drunken female patron(mid-30's perhaps) suddenly lunged over the bar and grabbed the microphone from me in mid-song(I would stand behind my accompanist who sat at a keyboard that was set in the bar). I politely coaxed her into giving me back the mic and I tried to continue the set. A couple minutes later, she dove over the bar again in an attempt to grab the mic from me again. This time I was prepared and I got out of her wway! She missed the mic and proceed to fall completely behind the bar(breaking A LOT of glassware and several bottles of wine in the process). She started yelling for me to kiss her(I'd never seen this woman before), at which I took a break and walked outside. The manager on duty(who was originally been amused by the her first effort) was not amused about the damage she wreaked, and promptly threw her out!
Posted by Peter Oprisko

Kahne (Violin)
Founding Director - Helping musicians collaborate.

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Musicians In The Flesh

August 7, 2012 21:23

I appreciate the way our real life musicians are...
- getting their music out there.
- sharing their sound with the community.
- in the flesh.

I built to encourage musicians to get out of the practice room and into local venues, it's a work in progress.

I want to encourage musicians everywhere by sharing the personal stories of those who have already found or created a new stage to perform on.

Which leads me to these questions...
- What sort of training have you had?
- How did you learn to play?
- How did you come to start playing in public?
- What sort of interesting spaces you transformed into a music venue?
- Where do you like play?
- What's the strangest thing you've seen whilst trying to perform?
- What sort of unexpected reactions have you had?
- What sort of music does your audience like?
- What effect does your music have on people?

Real life people, accessible venues and locations, reactions, and interesting events. That's a start...

Your thoughts and feedback would be massively appreciated. I'm hoping to share your story with musicians everywhere.

If not a message via the map, submit your thoughts to

Kahne (Violin)
Founding Director - Helping musicians collaborate.

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Footpath Sounds

August 6, 2012 21:20

Is it just me or would you also like to find out more about your local musicians?

Walking home from work.
A morning stroll to the markets.
Visiting a friend, I take the footpath.

The cool breeze. A warm coat. The sounds of a tenacious student streaming out onto footpath.

"Hello neighbour!" I wander....
Would it not make a lot of sense for us local musicians to collaborate? How hard would it be for us to find a local cafe or empty space and share the gift of real life music with those around us?

I don't stop to say hello, I head home to my studio instead.

Kahne (Violin)
Founding Director - Get local, collaborate, get live & get paid.

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