I swear I'll write more about the AMAZING Chris Weisman soon. Busy times at PMAC - sorry for being so quiet here! For the weekend, enjoy the super-catchy Girls FM by Chris' latest band project, Happy Birthday.
I've been on vacation this week - thus the lack of postings to kick off Chris Weisman's tenure as LCOTM. I'll be better next week! But don't think I'd let you enter the weekend with out some listening. Chris is one of my favorite songwriters, and I didn't know this one until I discovered it on YouTube. Enjoy!
Today we welcome August's Living Composer of The Month: Chris Weisman. Chris was a member of the PMAC faculty for several years before moving to Brattleboro, Vermont two years ago to pursue his compositions and a recording and performance career. Since that time he has released several new CDs of original music and his band, Happy Birthday, signed with SubPop Records and released a CD that has received some critical acclaim. Happy Birthday is now on tour, without Chris (read article linked below to learn why Chris chose not to tour with the band), and Chris just spent two weeks at PMAC leading our Summer Rock Workshop for Teens.
Chris is a prolific songwriter. Many of his songs can be sampled and purchased for download at his website, www.chrisweisman.com. Be sure to check out his site!
For our final Friday Listening Session of July, enjoy David Smooke's blades for singing, whistling cellist. It is particularly exciting to see composers working with performers who think outside the box. Enjoy!
We are now firmly in a new era. I think the new generation should be called Gen DIY (do it yourself). The internet has made it possible to be your own label, your own distributor, and to finally have EASY access to the world. You can develop a fan base from virtually ANYWHERE (with "virtually" being the key word).
While you do need to be creative in figuring out how to now compete with EVERYONE ON THE PLANET, your destiny is in your own hands and anything is possible.
For most, this is the only way to maintain control over one's art. Commercialism has killed the pop music industry for music lovers. Mainstream music has become more about consumption than art. Independent artists fight the mainstream model, and now some, like Palmer, are beginning to win.
Better late (in the evening) than never. It has been an intense week at PMAC, with a lot of art and quite a lot of new music being composed by students in our Summer Rock Workshop. It's been incredibly rewarding, but we are all ready for the weekend.
This Friday we showcase David Smooke's 21 Miles to Coolville for bassoon quartet performed by Dark In The Song. Check out the score here. The recording is beautiful and the accompanying video documents the journey from Athens, Ohio (where David was teaching at Ohio University when he wrote the piece) to Coolville - 21 miles away. Enjoy!
Living Composer of the Month is a blog of the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC). We feature a new living composer each month and provide information about that composer throughout the month, including: biographical information, a brief 5-question interview with the composer, audio and video clips of their music, audio and video interviews, information on how to buy their recordings and scores, and interesting facts and related stories. We feature composers from a wide variety of styles and genres. If you have a suggestion for a living composer of the month, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.