To assist musicians as they express themselves on their chosen platform, is very purpose driven. Tip of the hat to your willingness to serve those you relate so well with. You will do exceptionally well, enjoy your journey as you without doubt will uplift others! wade-bergner.com. Namaste, Wade
Freedom For Musicians is well into changing the world of “Notes”.
Seems to be an affair of the heart where you are pouring in everything you have. And the results are coming through load and crystal clear.
Amazing how proud you should be the emotions behind which are like music to my ears.
Susan Patricia Connor Lewis
Director / firstname.lastname@example.org
What an amazing site!
I love the energy of it! I am not a musician myself, but I do love music. Your site is easy to navigate and it’s easy to find everything I was looking for. The best thing is I have found some new music that I really love – the artists are amazing and I’ll be keeping a close on the updates! I look forward to checking through more of some of your amazing music. Thankyou!
Karen and Jacky
Thanks for providing a fabulous platform
As a musician myself I really love what I’m seeing here. I don’t perform professionally any more but did so for many years with my partner. These days we still write, record and play and are in the process of creating an archive website for our back catalog to live on. We were slogging away way before Facebook, Youtube and all the other social platforms existed.
A Quiet Revolution
Freedom for Musicians seems like a really innovative concept for musicians to promote and distribute their digital music. I admire the work you are doing in this industry to solve the problem of exploitation by the big labels and distributors. I look forward to seeing the success of Freedom for Musicians.
Gogo Simo is a seven piece band that plays almost every genre of music. They have recorded two albums titled Gogo Simo and Heshimu respectively. They completed their third album ‘UPAWA; which was launched on 2nd September, 2011. Gogo Simo is without a doubt the best band in Kenya.
They perform 5 days a week every week and are largely popular for entertaining at one of the leading TV shows ‘Churchill Live’. They entertain age groups from 25 to 85. The band consists of bass guitar, keyboards, drums, saxophones, percussion and female lead voice. Almost all the band members are vocalists in their own right. Once you’ve heard Gogo Simo, you keep coming back for more.
1. Artist/1stKeyboard/Composer/CEO/Producer/Managing/Music Director: James Gogo
2.Keyboards/Vocals: Mike O W Jozee
3.Drums/Vocals: Mechack Niyo
4.Bass: Moses Karanja
5.Band leader/Saxophone/Vocals: Noah Saha
6.Assistant Band leader/Lead Guitar: David N Omamu
The band was formed in 1981 and is made up of former musicians from the seven regiments of Her Majesty’s Household Division Bands namely:- The Life Guards, Blues and Royals (now the Household Cavalry Band), Grenadiers, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards Bands. The present Household Division Musicians Association Band follows a long tradition of music making by musicians from these famous regiments.
Most of the members are still playing in leading London Orchestras, London Theatres, or teaching in music colleges and schools throughout the country.
The Band performs at numerous public and private engagements, most notably The Chelsea Flower Show, Eastbourne Bandstand, and at The Royal Hospital Chelsea. The Band rehearses at The Royal Hospital Chelsea, with which it is proud to be associated.
The band rehearses once a month on a Sunday morning from 10.30am – 12.30pm at The Band Room at The Royal Hospital Chelsea.
David began his musical career at the age of 13 as a trombonist for Barnstaple Town Military Band and Bideford Town Brass Band. In 1987, he joined the Army and was posted to the Band of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment. During his two years at the Royal Military School of Music, David took a change of course, studying flute and classical piano under Graham Mayger and Veronica Clayton respectively. It was while he was at Kneller Hall that David discovered his passion for writing band arrangements.
After postings to Northern Ireland and Cyprus in the early nineties, David successfully passed an audition for the Life Guards Band of the Household Cavalry. During a series of summer concerts for the Household Cavalry band, David was persuaded by the Director of Music to take yet another musical change: he became the principal oboist of the Band, a position that he held until he left the army in 1998. During his military service he has performed all around the world, playing for all the members of the Royal Family, The Lord Mayor of London, as well as countless Ambassadors and diplomats.
FFM member and prodigious musical talent, saxophone player Temitayo Kayode is taking part in the Nigerian Top 10 Wonder Kids Competition. As you can see and hear on the video, Temitayo is a born musician and entertainer. You can vote for him below
The Top 10 Magazine is in search of 10 child prodigies and super talented Kids who deserve to be on the top 10 list of Nigeria’s outstanding kids that will grace the cover of the next edition of the magazine as “Nigeria’s Top 10 Wonder kids”
In the mid 90s I was browsing in the bookstore at Berklee College of Music in Boston. I was looking for Slonimsky’s Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns, a book of algorithmically-generated scales which had a following among jazz musicians, most notably John Coltrane.
As a frontispiece he had included two surprising images.
What were these? A small note at the bottom of the acknowledgements said:
Geometric Drawings: By John Coltrane, 1960. Gifts to Yusef from John.
Over time I became fascinated by the Coltrane drawings and set about decoding them using a protractor, compass and tracing paper.
First I made a clean schematic of Coltrane’s marked-up diagram.
In thinking about it I realized it could be simplified from two rings to one without losing any of the intrinsic relationships.
Of course, from a musician’s perspective this had the surprising result of converting from a whole-tone scale in Coltrane’s original to a chromatic scale in my single-ring version. Then I realized there could be a three-ring version as well, with the intervals on each ring describing diminished triads.
This new three-ring version was visually strange and beautiful, and had a feature that wasn’t evident in either the one-ring or two ring versions: a winding pattern.
Pick a section starting with C and walk to the next C, one semitone at a time. The first four notes of the series would be C, C#, D, Eb. In the one and two ring versions D and Eb are adjacent, but in the three-ring version Eb is on the far ring.
That got me to thinking of the series as a winding banner.
And from there a 3D pattern, not a flat one.
I made a clean final version of this sketch.
From there it was natural to go on to versions with four, five and six rings.
When I had finished my six-ring version, I was sorry that I couldn’t go any further, because each set of rings shows a symmetric interval, and there are no symmetric intervals larger than this.
My drawings were complete, so I made a little title page for the collection.
Not long after I went to a Yusef Lateef concert. It was at Lincoln Center in New York City. He was a stellar player and the show was unforgettable.
After the performance I made my way to the crowd of people chatting by the stage door with the musicians, introduced myself, and asked him to sign my copy of his book.
We talked about the Coltrane diagrams. I showed him a version of my work. He told me that Coltrane had been drawing the original diagrams between sets on a gig they did together, and had given them to him. Lateef said this wasn’t the first time. “He was always doing that,” Lateef said.
That was probably during a period when Coltrane was studying Slonimsky and thinking about generative patterns for melodies. The year was 1960. He was growing from the modernist formalisms of bebop harmony — all bright lines and strict causality — to the ecstatic spirituality of free jazz. The connection between his post-bop and free jazz was numerology, a belief that divine or mystical phenomena can arise from quantitative thinking.
1960 was arguably his peak year. He founded his landmark band with McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones and recorded his signature hit, “My Favorite Things.” Whatever the diagrams meant to him, they were connected with his best art.
Lateef was warm and generous with his time. I promised to send my own schematics, and later that year I did, along with a cover letter.
At FFM, we want to highlight new and aspiring musical talent wherever we find it and where better than the many Music Colleges, Universities and Schools around the world. Our new feature ‘Spotlight on a Music Student’ is an opportunity for you or someone you know to step into the spotlight and share your talent, dreams and ambitions with the musical world.
All you have to do is send us your information, pictures, videos, sound clips and links and we will compile your feature.
Freedom For Musicians are raising funds for our fantastic musical friends in Uganda. They need to buy instruments to continue the fantastic work already being done by the David Kiwana Wind Orchestra.
“We are a starting wind classics band and we intend to give chance to our players to play music and we really need your support for us to do it please what ever you give will help give a chance to one African child a chance to get a chance to play music .
thank you all all friends around the world .
Help spread the word!” Wodonya Innocent
With no public funding, these brilliant young musicians rely on kind donations to buy and repair their instruments. I am raising money to not only provide an equipment fund, but to provide tuition and a professional digital recording which they can sell to provide a small income and sustainable funding. This will be released through FFM Records. Please help us help them with any donation you can manage by visiting Gofundme.
What standard should you be?
To join the RAF as a musician you will need to have a minimum playing standard of ABRSM Grade 8 or equivalent.
Entry is by audition based upon the format of the Grade 8 examination. Entry level is determined at that audition; either Part-Qualified (the minimum standard acceptable), or Qualified (typically at college graduate/diploma standard).
Salary – £19,634.52
After Basic Recruit Training, Part-Qualified Entrants will spend approximately 12 weeks at Headquarters Music Services. They will undertake further study on their instrument, learn band drill, and complete written projects prior to final assessment and posting to a band.
Salary – £25,272.24
After Basic Recruit Training, Qualified Entrants will spend approximately 4 weeks at Headquarters Music Services for Familiarization Training before their first posting.
The initial contract is for twelve years, but notice to leave can be given, subject to a qualifying period of service.
Eligibility The upper age limit for musicians applying is 39 years on the day of attestation (the first day on Recruit Training). The lower age limit is 17 ½.
Further details on the RAF Recruitment Eligibility Check
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