Coba Rain Dance for trumpet and Piano by Ashley Buxton



This composition, a flashy concert piece with piano accompaniment, is designed to test the aspiring trumpeter. It is deliberately very scalic in places and showcases the performer’s double tonguing, dexterity and range.

Coba is an ancient Mayan city in Mexico and the Rain Dance depicts the chaotic climb to the top of the Nohoch Nul pyramid (137 ft.). The Mayans dance to keep rain at bay as the dark clouds make their way towards the summit.

Download the trumpet and piano score here for just £2.99

Coba Rain Dance
Coba Rain Dance for trumpet and piano

Ashley Buxton Bmus(Hons) -Brass performer, teacher, composer, arranger and conductor.

Ashley Buxton is the Director of Music at a Grammar School in the Midlands. He has an impressive background that includes 12 years as a trumpeter in the Regimental Band of Her Majesty’s Coldstream Guards. Ashley joined the Army at 18 as a professional Trumpeter and was awarded the Besson Brass Player of the Year 2000 at the Royal Military School of Music and the Royal Military School of Music Certificate for Exceptional Proficiency on the Trumpet/Cornet. His career enabled him to travel and perform on live TV, at a royal wedding, on 36 commercially recorded CDs, at Live 8 and in premier concert halls around the world. Having gained a BMus Hons Degree in Music from Trinity College in 2007, Ashley left the army for a career in teaching in 2011. He gained Qualified Teacher Status with Bromley Schools’ Collegiate and Bullers Wood School and is currently enjoying working with musicians and students in the Midlands. In his spare time, Ashley can be found working on commissions featuring compositions/arrangements for a multitude of instrumentalists, ensembles and media.

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Introducing, Anthony – A left of center, independent, solo recording artist



Hailing from Edmonton, Canada, Anthony describes himself as, “A left of center, independent, solo recording artist.” His genre is as varied as it is unknown but, something like, Alternative Indie Rock Pop, kinda fits. Added to this, Anthony is an amateur sound engineer to a bizarre array of uncommon and mostly non-conforming musical gestures.

Anthony is also a talented writer, penning some insightful and poetic articles.

How what was ugly, bloomed some pretty petals.

By Anthony Devyn

For whatever reason, a sizable portion of my life, I have been overly aware and ashamed at the ugliness much of humanity is intentionally entangled in.  I have never been quite able to fathom the absurdities and they certainly have been on an exponentially outrageous rise.  A case of recent to point that I vaguely recall and thinking back on it now, I wonder if it was even a factual case because it is really that absurd, a woman was suing or wanted to sue God in our courts for some wrong or something or other He allegedly did to her.  How in the heck is that even possible or even considered?

There are too many oddities to expand on and my word count could soar into the billions.  Aside and along with that however, let me confess, I am no saint but no monster either.  I haven’t personally met anyone in the flesh who was perfect and the word, folly, comes to mind for anyone seeking it as well as the word, bullshit, for those who think they’ve achieved it.  I have personally and knowingly left errors, errors that the world of music would claim as such, in my music throughout my recording career, although they’ve become subtle over time, I know I will never nor can ever claim it perfect beyond it being perfect for me.

Let me clarify, to me when I’ve concluded the writing portion to a new song, it is perfect for me and the Inspiration that brought me to such a wonderful place.  Not that we haven’t gone back to enhance some issues that we’ve mulled over between us, but, an out of tune voice… a seemingly wrong bass note… a line of lyrics that I am not truly fond of, it is as it is because Inspiration said it so, she is happy even when my schooled mind thinks she’s crazy.

For informational purposes, I began my formal introduction and practice in music beginning at age 10.  The private instruction ended at about 17 or 18 but the learning never stopped even when I wasn’t playing regularly.  Before 2015, I wasn’t a recording artist and my catalogue of originals was pretty much non-existent.  At 48 and 3 years later, I now have 60 some odd tunes recorded fully in various stages of mix and master plus maybe a dozen more still on the lyrical workbench.  I was immediately astounded when it all started to pour out of me and not like it came out one glass at a time, I was drenched.  Much of my learning now is D.I.Y. and primarily revolves around mix and mastering as well as the business side to the industry.  I am most fond of the creation aspect more and I wish all my time could be devoted to it.  But, a question remains, what happened? What changed that opened the floodgates up?

I have always had an affinity for words, putting them together and squishing them in with my obscure thoughts and ideas.  If there were teams debating me, they would be squabbling over which side understands what the heck I meant the least.  The, “he’s speaking gibberish again honey, better call the pharmacy”, is nothing new to me, family used to tell me I thought too much.  I like pondering and I like to write.  I have always wanted to, and, I have started a few times only to burn the pages on the barbeque, write a book or a novel.  In 2014, for 5 days straight during Easter, I barely ate, I barely slept but at the end, I had my book.  WTF?

Not long after I wrote my book, unpublished, “To Chase the Wind”, and I kid you not, I had a dream that was very real and very vivid at the time but now all I have are the words the dream left me, “Music wants you back!”.  There was intent behind that dream and, whatever or whomever or however you determine that the dream was delivered is, a whole entirely different discussion altogether and not truly relevant.  What is of interest is, I could not refuse.

What happened?  Did time ultimately reveal and total up the life experience to get Inspiration’s attention enough to kick Passion’s butt into overdrive instead of lounging around gorging out on Twinkies?  Maybe, kind of, sort of.  Humanity’s ugliness had to go and infect and disease and pervert my happy go life that I was thoroughly enjoying to the utmost degree at the time.  I was devastated, I am still recovering 6 years later.  Some who know might say, “it was a divorce, get over it”, it was so much more than that and as a result, want to start a group called D.A.D.D., Dads Against (the) Divorce Disease but, I haven’t come across any who really care.

This event, ugliness, was the inspiration for the book and the catapult that flung me into my jungle of words and phrasings, melodies and tempos, crazy ass “semi-schizophrenic (in a good way) alt. rock sounds” as quoted to the official reviewer, a first ever for me, for my 5th album Bitter Dry.  I am not well known, probably not well liked or thought of in the few small circles I am in.  Maybe I overly and eagerly expected too much in the virtual world, trying to find goodness in folk to restore some hope I want to have for humanity, now that I feel able to converse without the venomous explosions and tear ducts opening up.  Mostly I guess, I want to let my music do the talking despite my fingers being drawn to the keyboard like a magnet.  My message here to you today is, without the outlandishly fluorescent and Ace Frehley inspired attire, I would like to live on the Earth with an excellent adventure in a Community like Bill and Ted led.

I am hard core this, music/art does, can and will change the world.  It must be tempered with an innocence like Bill and Ted have and I say have because, I hear that the Wyld Stallions are back for a third tour!  We are those who are looked at for inspiration and are admired sometimes.  We should be upright citizens being excellent to one another!

May 16 by Devyn Anthony ©2018

You can follow Anthony on twitter

Check out more of Anthony’s music on Songtradr




An evening with Bill Madison on the FFM Live Lounge – Saturday 25th August 5:00pm Eastern Time


“An inspiring blend of Folk, Country, Originals, Blues and Oldies!”

Bill Madison
Click to go to the FFM Live Lounge

FFM are proud to present an evening’s live music from Bill Madison on our very own Live Lounge. Just click on Bill’s picture to go to the gig. Saturday, August 25th, 5:00pm Eastern Time (9:00pm GMT)

Bill Madison’s musical career spans more than 50 years; performing in the Folk Music venues of Boston, New York City and Montreal during the Folk Revival of 1960’s, and playing in the ski resorts and honky tonks of Northern New England from the 1970’s to the 1990’s.

In 1973, he produced and released his first album called “Sunday Mornin’ Hayride”, on his own label called “Saloon Records”. That album has been re-released by Riverman Records and Yoga Records and was voted in the top ten retro re-issues for 2009 by the Acid Archives. As was predicted, the album has become a “classic in the folk/blues idiom”.

new hayride cover

 In 1974, Bill took part in forming ‘Them Fargo Brothers’ which became New England’s Premier Country Rock Band. They toured extensively throughout the Northeast and Bill toured with the band until 1990. Pictured below is a group picture taken at their last band reunion in 2011.

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 Bill Madison is currently writing and recording in his studio and marketing his music through his web site. Bill’s music is on Spotify, Standing O Project, iTunes and other streaming sites, and his music is available for licensing and is included in several licensing libraries such as Songtradr, Hummingbird Music and Audiosparx.

 Here’s some links to Bill Madison’s music

Lobsta Stu   My latest release!

Barefootin’ Boogie

Friends In Love

When I Get There

Trying To Be A Friend

Only A Dream

Farm Boy


Introducing Rupert Cheek – FFM Director of Marketing and Social Media



We are thrilled to announce that Rupert Cheek of Cheeky Promo fame, has been appointed Director of Marketing and Social Media for  Freedom for Musicians Ltd.

Having graduated with a BMus in 2002, Rupert went on to postgraduate study (composition for TV & Film) and performed as part of an international arts event (London, Edinburgh, Berlin) through a connection at University. He has worked as a pianist in primary education, been a drummer in various bands, and accompanied singers and songwriters. Rupert is also a part time composer, working on  music theatre, musicals and an opera project in his spare time.

Rupert has ‘hit the ground running’ with the creation of our new Instagram, twitter, Linkedin and Facebook homes. You can now follow FFM on these major social media outlets.

Freedom for Musicians are now entering a new and exciting phase in our development and with Rupert Cheek on board, we’ll be a force to recon with on the independent music scene.

Find out more about FFM 

FFM


“Lobsta Stu” – Latest release from Bill Madison



FFM Records are proud to bring to you the latest release from Bill Madison. You can download Bill’s latest directly from FFM and stream at Humbolt.

Madison’s musical career spans more than 50 years; performing in the Folk Music venues of Boston, New York City and Montreal during the Folk Revival of 1960’s, and playing in the ski resorts and honky tonks of Northern New England from the 1970’s to the 1990’s.

Lobsta Stu
Download “Lobsta Stu” by clicking here.

Preview “Lobsta Stu”

More about Bill Madison




FFM are proud to introduce our latest recording artist, Bill Madison.

Bill Madison’s musical career spans more than 50 years; performing in the Folk Music venues of Boston, New York City and Montreal during the Folk Revival of 1960’s, and playing in the ski resorts and honky tonks of Northern New England from the 1970’s to the 1990’s.

 In 1973, he produced and released his first album called “Sunday Mornin’ Hayride”, on his own label called “Saloon Records”. That album has been re-released by Riverman Records and Yoga Records and was voted in the top ten retro re-issues for 2009 by the Acid Archives. As was predicted, the album has become a “classic in the folk/blues idiom”.

new hayride cover

 

In 1974, Bill took part in forming ‘Them Fargo Brothers’ which became New England’s Premier Country Rock Band. They toured extensively throughout the Northeast and Bill toured with the band until 1990. Pictured below is a group picture taken at their last band reunion in 2011.

2011-11-08_14-11-07_39 (2)

 

Bill Madison is currently writing and recording in his studio and marketing his music through his web site. Bill’s music is on Spotify, Standing O Project, iTunes and other streaming sites, and his music is available for licensing and is included in several licensing libraries such as Songtradr, Hummingbird Music and Audiosparx.

 Here’s some links to Bill Madison’s music

Lobsta Stu   My latest release!

Barefootin’ Boogie

Friends In Love

When I Get There

Trying To Be A Friend

Only A Dream

Farm Boy

FFM will be live streaming a performance from Bill Madison in the near future

Bill Madison
Click to visit Bill Madison’s website for more

David (Pete Blue) Powell – Now on itunes with the debut album, ‘Long Time Coming’



FFM blues Artist, David Powell, is now available to download at itunes. David’s debut album, ‘Long Time Coming’ is a fantastic showcase for this brilliantly talented guitarist, singer and songwriter. FFM are planning to release more from this up and coming blues man.


Ethical Music Streaming: Humbolt and FFM, together we are breaking the mould

FFM is now live on the new and brilliant indie music streaming platform, Humbolt. You can download the app to access the FFM catalogue and the latest indie labels from around the world.

Humbolt is a music discovery platform dedicated solely to independent music.

We focus on artist and label growth by providing a platform that allows them to stream their catalogues and exclusive content directly to their audience in exchange for their support.

We believe that every artist, label, sub-genre should be able to benefit directly from their fans without distraction from heavily marketed mainstream services.

Simply put, we like the weird stuff!

Download the app here

How it works

  • SUBSCRIBE TO YOUR FAVORITE LABEL AND UNLOCK THEIR ENTIRE CATALOG
  • SUBSCRIBE TO AN ARTIST AND UNLOCK THEIR LABEL’S ENTIRE CATALOG
  • DECIDE IF YOU WANT TO SUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST OR LABEL MONTHLY OR ANNUALLY
  • HOP ON AND OFF AT YOUR LEISURE! MONTHLY SUPPORT STARTS AS LOW AS $2.99/MONTH
  • IT’S THE ULITMATE “RECORD OF THE MONTH” CLUB, BUT FOR EVERYTHING!

HUMBOLT IS A LIFE HACK, PAY FOR THE MUSIC YOU WANT, REWARD THE ARTISTS AND LABELS YOU CHOOSE, AND BE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED IN FOR GIFTS ON US.

 

Introducing ‘Bluefingers’ – A duo with a difference.



Bluefingers are an acoustic duo that perform instrumental music in arrangements for classical guitar and percussion. The duo consists of Mladen Veličković, classical guitar and Aleksandar Jakšić, percussion.

Please spread the love by sharing and subscribing to their youtube channel and facebook home.

 

“Classical Gas” is an instrumental musical piece composed and originally performed by Mason Williams. “Bluefingers” played one of many versions of this composition, which was used as a soundtrack in the movie “The Story of Us”.

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The latest from Aria Elan – Butterflies



FFM’s very own USA Ambassador Aria Elan brings her own particular brand of sunshine. From her acclaimed album ‘Smile’, please enjoy ‘Butterflies’.

Written, produced and photographed by Phred Mosbey (Bobby Brown, Bell, Biv, DeVoe, Earth, Wind & Fire).

More about Aria Elan