Sunday, January 26, 2014
GRAMMYS tonight; things to do on the Final Day at NAMM -- Jan 26, 2014
It's a big day in the music world, and the biggest reasons are both in Southern California. It's the final day of the NAMM Show, where more than 90,000 people in the music industry have congregated to see and hear instruments, bands and gear, and tonight, the 56th Annual GRAMMY AWARDS are televised from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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Let's face it: the GRAMMY broadcast tonight on CBS really doesn't offer much for Folk-Americana fans. The West Coast airtime is three hours after it happened, and the few Grammys awarded in "our" music genres are not featured on TV, anyway.
The highlight -- maybe the only reason to watch at all -- is the "LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT GRAMMY" being presented to the two surviving members of THE BEATLES, and it comes 50 years to the day after their 45 rpm single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" hit the US charts. Both PAUL McCARTNEY and RINGO STARR remain vital and active parts of today's music, and both are known for the ability to make a witty remark. That part should be interesting.
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For those at NAMM -- both badged participants and anyone looking for free live performances -- the final day presents many events indoors and performances indoors and out.
*** What's Accessible to the Public:
√ The hotel lobby stages in the Hilton and the Marriott, plus the outdoor stages and events, are open to the public. These include the NAMM GoPro Stage on the Grand Plaza, the outdoor stage between Parking Lot 1 and the Arena, events on the lawns, and elsewhere outdoors. More on that in a moment.
√ Live streaming webcasts are available from many events -- more events than ever before. Check out the "Schedule of Live Streams" at the NAMM website.
*** For badged NAMM participants:
There are even more live performances and scheduled events indoors, throughout the Anaheim Convention Center.
Here are selected highlights...
1 pm TONERITE, INC, booth 3582 (Hall D) - JAMIE DUPUIS - Guitarist/composer Jamie Dupuis was born May, 1990 in New Liskeard ON Canada. He recorded his first studio album “Inspired by a Dream” in 2011. He has won an international scholarship competition in Hollywood, placing first out of 1000 competitors in the “full Ride Scholarship, 2011” at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. Also, he is a graduate from Cambrian college in Classical guitar performance, studying under Philip Candelaria. He has won 2nd place in an international competition called Six String Theory and 1st place in the country category,which is held by Lee Ritenour. Jamie has since established himself as a known musician/teacher in Northern Ontario. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamiedjazz Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=D
√ 1 pm GHS STRINGS, booth 4684 (Hall C) - guitar great Muriel Anderson does a Classical Guitar String Demo.
√ 1 pm ENGLER INNOVATIONS, LLC, booth 1534 (Hall E) - Christie Lenée demonstrates "The Engle." She has been capturing a wide audience across the US, touring frequently and delivering vibrant energy at shows on stage with Tim Reynolds (guitarist for Dave Matthews Band) and with a stellar cast of musicians including Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Jeff Coffin, and Stanley Jordan. Her new instrumental album “Chasing Infinity,” features the Engle, which combined with her talents, creates a very different sound. See Christie demonstrate the Engle. More at www.youtube.com/watch?v=CViFvIaU_P8
√ 2 pm SEYDEL HARMONICAS, booth 3028 (Hall D) - 2 time Grammy Nominee & Seydel Artist, PT Gazell performs. American Master of the Half Valved, Gazell Method, Diatonic Harmonica. Hot, swingin’, smooth, original, clean, lyrical, faster than a speeding bullet, diatonically chromatic, one of a kind. Also at 4 pm.
√ 2 pm TONERITE, INC, booth 3582 (Hall D) -
FRANK CRESPO does an acoustic performance. He has been playing electric guitar for 21 years, and he says, "I'm still doing it, but the last years I've discovered a new music world with the acoustic guitar, doing melody, rythm, percussion, tapping, etc. -- anything to find the best way to express myself." More at www.facebook.com/FrankCrespoGuitarist and at his website at www.frankcrespo.com. watch a video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=x http://youtu.be/xdXuWnhKaMM http://youtu.be/2UsBRS7XtsA
√ 2 pm JJ GUITARS, booth 4773 (Hall C) - Matt Schofield - World renowned, award winning guitarist, singer songwriter and producer will be appearing and performing with JJ Guitars. Special guest, Tomo Fujita.
√ 2 pm GHS STRINGS, booth 4684 (Hall C) - Jonathan Moody presents a Bass String Demo.
√ 2 pm CORDOBA GUITARS, booth 5310 (Hall B), brings BEN WOODS, one the most talented, prolific, and sought-after flamenco guitarists in the United States today. He is best known for single-handedly creating a new genre, "Flamenco and Metal," by developing new guitar techniques and arrangements for his groups Flametal and Heavy Mellow. He's back at 4 pm, for a "Ben Woods & Friends Demo."
√ 2 pm CONN-SELMER INC, booth 4600 (Hall C), presents a clinic and autograph session with the CANADIAN BRASS.
√ 2 pm "Partial Capo Clinic -The Ultimate in Open Tunings!" is a performance / clinic at TONEGEAR, booth 1079 (Hall E). SpiderCapo in Action with Peter Einhorn , the inventor of the SpiderCapo, the universal individual string capo, will explore selected tunings of the 946 that are available within the octave. A performance that demonstrates some of the the amazing musical possibilities of these tools, will be followed by detailed explanation and Q & A. Advanced techniques for real-time (live) changing of tunings, multi-fret tunings, and setting up open strings to sound as harmonic's (while fingered notes sound as played), are demonstrated and explained. Mr. Einhorn is a long-standing New York musician with wide ranging credits with Jim Hall, John Abercrombie, Joe Lavono, to the NY Metropolitan Opera. He is published by Alfred Music and at www.Jamplay.com.
√ 2 pm BEHRINGER, booth 5244 (Hall B), saved 'til today their X32 2.0 "Firmware Launch." Learn about the "groundbreaking new" firmware, which includes a wealth of added features. They'll talk about the new option cards that add Dante, MADI and ADAT connectivity to the X32 family. Lead Engineer Jan Duwe will be on-hand and available for Q&A.
√ 2 pm HAMMOND USA, booth 5100 (Hall B), presents CHRISTIAN CULLEN & JACK MAHER ORGAN AND PEDALS DEMO at 2 & 4 pm.
√ 2 pm IZOTOPE, INC, boith 6920 (Hall A), presenys "Tips from a Pro: LIVE!" Time-saving tricks for TV sound mixing Bill Jackson, Emmy-winning sound mixer (Entourage, House of Lies). The Emmy award-winning sound mixer takes you through some quick mixing tips for television on a tight timeline to deliver fantastic results, fast. (Products Featured: RX 3, Nectar 2, Ozone 5).
√ 2 pm ONBOARD RESEARCH CORPORATION, booth 4131 (Hall C) - Robert Conti - Performance and signing by the acclaimed International & Innovative leader in Jazz Guitar education.
√ 2 pm JOHN HORNBY SKEWES & CO. LTD, booth 4621 (Hall C) - The awesome Jerry Donahue performs with his new Vintage and Fret-King Jerry Donahue inspired guitars.
√ 2 pm SCHECTER GUITAR RESEARCH, Room 210-D - Schecter Amplification Clinic with Sergio Vega and Patrick Kennison. Also at 4 pm.
√ 2 pm MAKEMUSIC, INC, booth 6210 (Hall A), presents different aspects of "What's New in Finale 2014." At 2 pm, it's "Getting the Most out of Your Finale." At 3 pm, it's "Film Music on the Fly with Instant Orchestra." At 4 pm, it's "Inspire Your Students with SmartMusic: Practice, Improve, Perform."
√ 2:30 pm ENGLER INNOVATIONS, LLC, booth 1534 (Hall E) - Candyrat kalimbatarist, Trevor Gordon Hall has collaborated with bass virtuoso Michael Manring and continues to share the stage with artists such as Pat Martino, Phil Keaggy, Don Ross, Andy Mckee, Alex Skolnick, The California Guitar Trio, Billy Cobham etc. Trevor has collaborated with various builders to redesign an instrument called the kalimba, which mounts to the surface of the guitar. Come see Trevor demonstrate how he has used both the kalimba and the Engle to expand his sound.
√ 2:30 pm MIDI MANUFACTURERS ASSOC (MMA), booth 1090, (Hall E) - "WEB MIDI Technology Developer Summit" presents a session for hardware / software developers (engineering staff) to learn about using a web browser to access local and remote MIDI devices. Participants: W3C/Google, Livid Instruments, and more. Advance regisration is required (email email@example.com).
√ 3 pm SENNHEISER ELECTRONIC CORP, booth 6577 (Hall A), presents live performances: Katie Cole at 3, followed by Honey Whiskey Trio at 3:45 pm.
√ 3pm "Ukulele Circle" in the NAMM Member Center, Convention Center lobby.
√ 3 pm MAKEMUSIC, INC, booth 6210 (Hall A), presents different aspects of "What's New in Finale 2014." At 3 pm, it's "Film Music on the Fly with Instant Orchestra." At 4 pm, it's "Inspire Your Students with SmartMusic: Practice, Improve, Perform."
√ 3:45 pm SENNHEISER ELECTRONIC CORP, booth 6577 (Hall A), presents a live performance by Honey Whiskey Trio, National Vocal Harmony Competition champs.
√ 4 pm JZ MICROPHONES, booth 6946 (Hall A) - Maor Appelbaum, mastering engineer and musician (mastered recordings for major international acts including System of a Down, Sepultura, Yngwie Malmsteen) will discuss the topic - "Q&A with Maor Appelbaum."
√ 4 pm SEYDEL HARMONICAS, booth 3028 (Hall D) - 2 time Grammy Nominee & Seydel Artist, PT Gazell performs. American Master of the Half Valved, Gazell Method, Diatonic Harmonica. Hot, swingin’, smooth, original, clean, lyrical, faster than a speeding bullet, diatonically chromatic, one of a kind. Also at 4 pm.
√ 4 pm ENGLER INNOVATIONS, LLC, booth 1534 (Hall E) - This one is to see the device, "The Engle." Joe Cosas is a multi-instrumentalist who plays the Tampa Bay area, playing for several different groups and artists from diverse genres. He currently works with rock and pop stars. Joe will be demonstrating the Engle on a variety of instruments, including: banjo, guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele. Check it out at www.youtube.com/watch? v=nbD_ES988jo
√ 4 pm HAMMOND USA, booth 5100 (Hall B), presents CHRISTIAN CULLEN & JACK MAHER ORGAN AND PEDALS DEMO at 2 & 4 pm.
√ 4 pm MAKEMUSIC, INC, booth 6210 (Hall A), presents different aspects of "What's New in Finale 2014." At 4 pm, it's "Inspire Your Students with SmartMusic: Practice, Improve, Perform."
√ 4 pm MIDI MANUFACTURERS ASSOC (MMA), booth 1090, (Hall E) - "WEB MIDI Technology Developer Summit" presents "Ethernet AVB/MIDI WG Meeting" -- For hardware / software developers (engineering staff) interested in connecting MIDI devices using IEEE-1722 ("AVB"). Advance registration is required (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
√ 4 pm SCHECTER GUITAR RESEARCH, Room 210-D - Schecter Amplification Clinic with Sergio Vega and Patrick Kennison.
√ (all day) WESTONE LABORATORIES, booth 5712 (Hall B) - Make time to check out the "Silent Bands" with musician-designed and endorsed in-ear monitors. Scheduled band set times: 2:30 pm The James Douglas Show - Westone Silent Band, Funk, Soul & Rock n Roll; 4 pm Juan De Hoyos - Westone Silent Band
√ (all day; scheduled events) DANA B GOODS, booth 5868 (Hall B), has a steady and varied series of performances and demos by various sponsors:
• 1:45 pm Diago Guitar Gear - James Kitchen.
• 2:45 pm ADK Microphone - Larry Villella.
• 3:45 pm Lakewood Acoustic Guitars - Martin Seeliger.
• 4:45 pm MTD Kingston Bass - Rob Giles.
• 5:15 pm Hulala Ukes - Steven Hinojosa.
• 5:45 Rock-Tips Liquid Callus - Dana Teague.
√ (all day) GOLD TONE, INC, booths 1408-1409 (Hall E) - Amalia Ramirez of Jose Ramirez Guitars from Spain will be available for questions and comments. Gold Tone, Inc. is the new USA distributors of Jose Ramirez Guitars.
√ (all day) SONARÉ BRASS, booth 3512 (Hall D), presents Victor Haskins, a 21-year-old professional trumpeter who is comfortable in a variety of musical styles as a soloist, improviser, sideman, or section player. In addition to being a composer, arranger, bandleader, clinician, and lesson teacher based out of Richmond, Virginia. Victor has accomplished much in his short career. Some notable highlights include the release of his debut album of all original compositions -- "The Truth" -- on 32 Bar Records in March of 2013, his being selected as a member of the 2013 class of the prestigious Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead Residency at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, placing 2nd in the 2012 National Trumpet Competition Jazz Division, and placing 3rd in the 2013 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition. Victor has also been named a Joseph J. Kennedy, Jr. Scholar three times consecutively by the Richmond Jazz Society, and his bands have been featured at the Richmond Jazz Festival (2013) and Richmond’s 2nd Street Festival (2011). Watch Victor Haskins performing at the Kennedy Center, at:
√ (all day) LUNA GUITARS, booth #5467. Be sure to stop by the Luna Guitar booth, and the Dean Guitar booth directly across from it. Guitar wizard VICKI GENFAN is doing demos and playing intricate riffs. Plus, you can try-out the before-and-after effects of the ToneRite treatment on the NEW Luna Guitar Art Deco. Huh? Art Deco is an eclectic artistic and design style that began in Paris in the 1920s, and flourished internationally. It represented elegance, glamour, functionality & modernity. Its linear symmetry was a distinct departure from the flowing, asymmetrical, organic curves of its predecessor, Art Nouveau. Luna’s new Art Deco guitar has a clean, crisp design that perfectly reflects the Deco movement. The mother-of-pearl inlay, stunning against ebony, is a perfect example of Deco minimalism. These instruments merge elegance and functionality that add-up to a truly exceptional instrument. More at www.lunaguitars.com/acousticproduct/artistdeco.php
√ (all day) SANTO ANGELO CABLES, booth 3584 (Hall D) - Guitar virtuoso Conrado Pesinato, endorsee of Santo Angelo USA, will be demonstrating our very own Killswitch and Tattoo Cables during the show. We invite you to stop by and check us out. Santo Angelo USA - engineered for musicians.
√ (all day) ELEVEN DIMENSIONS MEDIA, LLC, booth 6424 (Hall A) - Zynaptiq demonstrates PITCHMAP 1.5 – the latest edition of the world's first and only real-time polyphonic pitch processor. This demo must be seen and heard to be believed. "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" – Arthur C. Clarke.
√ (all day) MIGHTY MITE, booth 4458 (Hall C) - Mighty Mite is Showing off their all new USA Made Replacement Necks. Same specifications and attention to detail as the Holy Grail Necks from the late '70s. Demos with Jeff Kylloe.
√ (all day) MOKU UKULELES, booth 1205 (Hall E) - Don Kim (DC) Singer-Songwriter / Uke Player performs music from his new EP; performances & demonstrations of the Moku Uke line.
√ (all day) MERIDA GUITAR / VISION MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, booth 1018 (Hall E) - Billed as a “Blindfold Comparison Challenge”, Merida has invited Martin Guitars®, Taylor Guitars® and Fender's Guild® brand to bring the best of their instruments to the 2014 NAMM Show. There, a blindfold will be placed on retail buyers who will have the opportunity to vote with their ears. The move was prompted by recent headlines “Fender® reported to begin selling direct”, and by the desire for Merida to show how demonstrating sound performance over brand name can help protect independent dealers from this new direct selling trend. According to Mike Spremulli, president of Vision Musical Instruments and distributor of Merida guitars, it’s time to take off the gloves. “This exercise is not just about Fender® and we all know that,” he stated. “It’s really about how sound and performance is the best protection from factory direct selling at the brick and mortar level. Times have changed and we need to change with them. Sound and performance cannot be sold over the Internet. Sound and performance is what the independent dealer needs to start promoting if they expect to compete with manufacturer direct selling. We want to prove this at the NAMM show by calling out these three guitar giants, regardless of their current selling policies, and let the chips fall where they may.” To prove his point even further, Spremulli is directly inviting Martin®, Taylor® and Fender’s® Guild® brands to submit their own dreadnought cutaway models; the very best they can cherry pick for this blindfold challenge. Of course, if they choose not to bring their best to the party, he says he will supply his own Martin®, Taylor® and Fender’s® Guild® guitars so your retail staff can still participate and start thinking about selling performance over brand with every product category in your store. It's bilked as a very-public "bare-knuckle comparison."
More, soon, as always.
♪ The Guide will be making CH-CH-CHANGES – turn, embrace the change -- in 2014. Some folks will like some, others will not. There will be points of departure to make room (and time) for the new. We’ll do what we can, because as always, we operate with the editor’s motto, “One does what one can.”
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