Wednesday, January 20

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Healing through music: Medicinal Music Makers brings harmony to hospitals
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Healing through music: Medicinal Music Makers brings harmony to hospitals

Valerie Narumi sought to continue the type of hospital volunteer work she did throughout middle and high school from the first day she set foot at USC. Now the experience has become a staple of her college life. Photo courtesy of Institute of Arts in Medicine. Long before she stepped onto campus, Valerie Narumi, a senior majoring in neuroscience, already had an idea in mind on how to get involved.  She wanted to continue volunteering at local hospitals as she had done in Orange County through middle and high school, rolling her piano keyboard on wheels within each building and playing for patients in those facilities.  Upon being accepted to USC, Narumi realized that the University did not exactly have the type of organization she was looking for that allowed for volunteers to...
Two veteran Shawnee Mission music instructors named region’s best this school year
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Two veteran Shawnee Mission music instructors named region’s best this school year

Shawnee Mission Northwest band director Penny Snead (left) was named high school band director of the year for the Kansas Music Educator Association's East Central Region, while Shawnee Mission South orchestra director Jonathan Wiebe was named orchestra director of the year. Photos courtesy Penny Snead and SM South student Chloe Cox. Two Shawnee Mission music directors are being recognized by the East Central Kansas Music Educators Association for their classroom excellence, according to a district press release. Shawnee Mission Northwest’s band director Penny Snead and Shawnee Mission South’s orchestra director Jonathan Wiebe have been named  the region’s 2021 high school band director of the year and hig...
Machine learning helps retrace evolution of classical music
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Machine learning helps retrace evolution of classical music

Researchers in EPFL’s Digital and Cognitive Musicology Lab in the College of Humanities used an unsupervised machine learning model to ‘listen to’ and categorize more than 13,000 pieces of Western classical music, revealing how modes – such as major and minor – have changed throughout history.Many people may not be able to define what a minor mode is in music, but most would almost certainly recognize a piece played in a minor key. That’s because we intuitively differentiate the set of notes belonging to the minor scale – which tend to sound dark, tense, or sad – from those in the major scale, which more often connote happiness, strength, or lightness.But throughout history, there have been periods when multiple other modes were used in addition to major and minor – or when no clear sep...
Knott County native’s newest single soaring up the country music charts
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Knott County native’s newest single soaring up the country music charts

KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Relatively new to the music industry, Tyra Madison Short says her newest single was inspired by a friend’s struggle within a relationship.“That’s kind of what sparked the song and then I wrote it in like two hours,” Short said.The song, “Right Girl Wrong Time,” has reached record heights for Short...reaching fourth on the iTunes country music charts, right behind country A-listers Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and Morgan Wallen.Short said that the beauty of being an artist is the ability to express herself through songs.“You can write about anything,” Short said. “It doesn’t have to be what you’re going through, you just tell a story no matter if it’s yours or not.”After moving from Knott County to Nashville to further her career, Short said that step in her journ...
Racers End Road Swing In Music City
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Racers End Road Swing In Music City

Women's Basketball | 1/18/2021 6:17:00 AM Story Links GAME NOTES LIVE COVERAGE LINKS Date (Time): Jan. 19 (4 p.m.) Opponent: Belmont Site (Venue): Nashville, Tenn. (Curb Event Center) Audio: WNBS 97.9 FM (PxP: Jeremy Rose) TV: ESPN+ (PxP: Dr. Rich Tiner; Analyst: Christian Kaposy) Live Stats: GoRacers.com Twitter In Game: @RacersWBB MUR Record (Streak): 5-6, 2-3 OVC (Lost 2) BEL Record (Streak): 4...
Opinion | Black Music Has a New Home in Nashville
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Opinion | Black Music Has a New Home in Nashville

The walls of the Rivers of Rhythm Path contain not only images of Black artists in performance but also expansive screens that convey this history on a grand scale, advancing through the timeline like a movie-palace documentary but also pausing, at intervals, to present immersive performances by some of the greatest Black musical artists in history. It was my great luck to be in the gallery just as a larger-than-life Prince began to sing “Purple Rain.”The galleries that open from the central corridor are both period-specific and genre-deep, offering more extensive explorations of the time and music, in both high-tech forms and in the glass cases of more traditional museum exhibits. (On display at the National Museum of African American Music are more than 1,500 artifacts.) In addition t...
Wisconsin veteran finds community of kindness through music and friendship
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Wisconsin veteran finds community of kindness through music and friendship

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Research has shown music therapy has long helped military veterans overcome challenges they face after returning home from war.For more than a decade, the non-profit that started in Milwaukee Guitars for Vets has done just that for countless veterans in southeast Wisconsin and around the country.But recently one instructor went above and beyond for one of her students. On CBS 58 Sunday Morning, Pauleen Le shared the story of Don Williams and his instructor Jean Kloke, who’s friendship has brought more th...
Dylan, Young, Fleetwood: Music publishing sector booming with high-profile sales
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Dylan, Young, Fleetwood: Music publishing sector booming with high-profile sales

New York (AFP) The pandemic has left the performance industry reeling but music publishing, a normally under-the-radar side of the business, is roaring thanks to a frenzy of high-profile music catalog sales. The royalty streams of songwriting copyright portfolios can prove lucrative for the long haul, and increasingly are enticing investors even as other industries tank under the pandemic's weight.In many cases, the transactions have come at staggering prices: Bob Dylan sold his full publishing catalog for a reported sum of $300 million to Universal Music Publishing Group, while Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac sold a majority stake in her catalog reportedly for $100 million.Neil Young and the duo behind Blondie inked deals ...
KLOF No. 8 (A Poetry & Music Special)
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KLOF No. 8 (A Poetry & Music Special)

This week’s show, which is part of our KLOF series is something of a departure from previous offerings. It includes a number of poetry readings placed to music. In the case of Black Country poet Liz Berry and Adam Horovitz, those two tracks are from We Come the Sun (on Decca Records) – The album is composed by Cerys Matthews with Hidden Orchestra and features 10 UK poets – We posted about the release here. The opening features readings by Beat writers Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac which I’ve remixed to music by Calexico from Feast of Wire (2003) and Hot Rail (2001)…unlike Ginsberg’s reading which was left untouched, I made a lot of changes to Kerouac’s reading to make it sound like it was almost meant for the music. I hope you enjoy the results as I had a great time putting i...
The Annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café Takes Place in Online Sundance Film Festival Village Jan. 29
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The Annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café Takes Place in Online Sundance Film Festival Village Jan. 29

With the Sundance Film Festival moving to a new virtual format, ASCAP is also reimagining their presence at the movie industry’s winter gathering. Their new Sundance ASCAP Music Café will feature a dynamic mix of music performances and composer and filmmaker interviews that celebrate the marriage of music and film. The lineup will kick off at www.bit.ly/ASCAPMusicCafe21 at 5:00 PM ET/ 3:00 PM MT/ 2:00 PM PT each day from January 29 to February 1. On January 29 and 30, musical performances include indie folk quartet Darlingside; soul singer-songwriter Devon Gilfillian, whose album Black Hole Rainbow was Grammy-nominated as Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical; founding member of acclaimed roots groups Our Native Daughters and Birds of Chicago Allison Russell and more to be a...