Releasing the old to allow the new. Transitions, change, now that’s something to celebrate. It’s important to know and understand when to let something go and to prepare yourself for an unknown. It can be scary, but the rewards are far greater than the regrets one can have when looking back on what could have been.
There are some sensational progressions for us this year. I’ve just upload our new Dead Horse Records website and although there are a few links that just doesn’t go anywhere (blame it on my programming skills), I can still say it is an improvement from the (old) one we put up 12 years ago.
Spring cheers for 2 new partnerships. One of these illustrious partnerships is with Institut Musik Daya Indonesia. I’ve been working with this exceptional Performing Arts Academy since 2004. I’m gathering up my “clothes for the hot weather” and heading out and over to Jakarta, Indonesia in a few days to spend a month as resident vocal performance instructor and to perform at May 15-16 – Manado, Nord Sulawesi, Indonesia – Torang Pe Jazz by the Sea Festival. I will keep everyone posted via social media.
The second partnership is a brand new one. I’ve joined the board of Seed Artists, Inc. , 501 (c) nonprofit organization based out of Montclair, New Jersey. And I must say that we’ve hit the ground running. Our kickoff spring project is an incredible 2 days celebration of the music of the late, great Eric Dolphy. There will be 40 artists participating in this stellar event including yours truly. I am really excited to share the stage with these legendary players in the jazz industry. Come out and join us May 30 & 31 at Montclair University Auditorium for Eric Dolphy: Freedom of Sound. Read the highlights for this once in a lifetime event here.
Speaking of change, we have moved into a time where there is little or no funding for the arts. It is mind boggling that here in this country 58% of our tax dollars (1.3 trillion dollars) goes to the military budget but for education and that includes the arts, only 4 percent. What’s wrong with this thinking folks? With that being said (ranted actually), we don’t have to wait for the rest of the world to catch up to us, instead I would like for you to join our crusade to help build a cultural and more artistic world right now. Here is your opportunity to be a producer of a distinguished, musical event.
Where will the money go? The largest portion will go to the Jazz Foundation of America, to support their work with musicians in crisis and music in schools and the community. A lesser portion will go to produce next year’s Freedom of Sound celebration and write grants for permanent funding. And a third portion will go to MADLOM, to fund tuition for under-served children to attend its innovative dance, music and performing arts classes. Help make this event happen, be a patron of the arts.