Friday, August 14, 2015

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

Here's the latest wrap-up of assorted links and short news items of local interest:

* Saxophonist Oliver Lake was interviewed on the Free Improv Pod podcast.

* Guitarist Todd Mosby has posted video of a new solo guitar composition, "Joni's Song," on YouTube and Vimeo.

* The St. Louis Low Brass Collective has turned to Kickstarter to finance the recording of an upcoming album featuring commissioned works by Kim Portnoy, Barbara Harbach, John Cheetham, Matt Harris, and Jim Pugh. As of this writing, they've raised $4,070 toward a goal of $6,000. The deadline for the campaign is Monday, August 31

* Trumpeter Keyon Harrold is one of the featured musicians on Revive Music Presents Supreme Sonacy, Vol. 1, a compilation album released last week on Blue Note. Harrold performs with fellow trumpeter Maurice Brown and saxophonist Jaleel Shaw on a version of Lee Morgan's "The Procrastinator" and a remix/interlude called "Playing Catch Up."

* Washington University graduate Sarah Plovnick has received a 2015-16 Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship to study combinations of jazz and Dominican music and their influence on music education in the Dominican Republic. Plovine is one of five recent U.S. college graduates selected to participate in the joint effort by the U.S. Department of State and mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network, which seeks "to explore the power of music to influence culture and engage audiences overseas on topics of global importance."

* The St. Louis Public Library's free public recording studio (pictured) is featured in an article on the website of Pro Sound News. More than 2,000 people have used their library cards to book free time in the SLPL's studio since it opened in May, 2014.

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