Celebrating 6 years of Musical Service! Join us, today!
Music, the sound of the spheres, begins in the womb! ~ Diva JC
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. ~ Maya Angelou
Featured in this issue: Lenore Raphael, Mimi Johnson, Marian McPartland, and MEOW Con.
Welcome new members: Magda Machado (v/c), Maguy Begou, Allice Hill, Joanna Cazden, Colleen Chanel (v/c), Beth Levin Chapman (v), Gail Jhonson (v/c/p), and Aulikki Hirvensalo [c=composer; p=pianist; v=vocalist]
The end of Summer finds us in a new home in a new county. After being a Broward County non-profit, since April 2007, WIJSF, Inc. is now doing business in Palm Beach County, Florida. There is a rich cultural scene, here, in the City of Delray Beach, where my grandparents resided all of my childhood. Now, their entrepreneurial spirit will hover over the work we do to promote women musicians, globally.
Many thanks to member and professional golf instructor Ronnie Dunayer for recommending this wonderful new home office to me. I believe our Palm Beach County members – Ronnie, Debbie Pierce, Rory Ranucci, Roberta DeMuro, and Lindsay Johnson will bring added insight to our future plans to move WIJSF forward. We have an important Board/Planning Meeting coming up on September 15 at the Delray Oaks West Clubhouse and I am sure to have good things to report in the October Newsletter.
Items on the agenda will be MEOW Con in Austin, TX, and MUSICWOMAN MAGAZINE for which we are developing a business and marketing plan to publish the second online edition in November with advertisement. We’re asking for your help to get us to MEOW Con, October 24-26, where Lorna Lesperance and I will have a booth to promote our three compilation CDs and YOUR personal CDs, if you are interested. The booth is $800, which gives us two registrations that are normally $300 a piece.
We have a fundraiser at www.gofundme.com/octoberconferences and ask that you support this effort, generously, since our presence at MEOWCon will probably be the only group from the Jazz/Blues genre. We’ve decided to forego attendance at the Rex Nettleford Arts Conference at Edna Manley College, in Kingston, Jamaica, in the beginning of October, due to lack of funding for travel expenses.
Finally, the Call to Women Composers for submissions of one song from 10 members that must be received by November 1, with $125 submission fee pays for 20 CDs plus the $25 submission fee. The CDs are valued at $15 each for a return of $300 for your $125 investment. Traditionally, we’ve manufactured 1,000 of each compilation with 200 going to the composers and the remaining 800 CDs being sold to raise funds for the organization or sent to various DJs and radio hosts for airplay to continue our work to promote our musical members. Some composers chose to give their CDs as gifts or sell them for $15 or $10 dollars. That is a personal choice.
No country is without women making music.
On September 12, we are at Europe House in London for the English presentation of WIMUST.
FONDAZIONE ADKINS-CHITI: DONNE IN MUSICA
In Need of Key Changes
Workshop for Composers at the European Parliament in Brussels
November 13, 2013
It is largely understood that within the musical world “talent alone is not sufficient for the success of a professional career.” Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity by UNESCO (2001) and the European resolutions on the Status of Artists (2007), nothing has changed. The statutes of artists are still being endangered and questioned every day, whilst equal opportunities in the performing arts are far from being a reality. In order to act on this critical observation Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica and ECSA, both actively representing the rights of European composers, are joining forces and organizing In Need of Key Changes. The event will enable the creation of a common platform, engaging the Parliament in talks over the working conditions of today’s composers of art music and the necessity to safeguard, empower, and sustain their positions within the European cultural/world heritage, for the sake of EU competitiveness as well as the future of creativity.
Sede Legale: Teatro Comunale, Piazza Trento e Trieste 1, Fiuggi Città
Featured Guest at Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival
By Lenore Raphael
Landing in Johannesburg on Wednesday, August 23, I was surprised at how different the city is than I thought. New Yorkers tend to think of other places as small cities. Johannesburg has six million people and everything any large city has – supermarkets, coffee shops, drug stores, good restaurants, movies theaters, and shopping malls. The people are mostly Afrikaans, which has the Dutch influence and language of the Boers (farmers) that settled there. However, everyone in this culturally diverse city speaks English as well. Everywhere we went, people seemed happy, smiled easily, and were relaxed. There was none of the stress that one feels in large, urban cities. But there are problems due to unemployment.
From the moment my husband Joel and I arrived, we were welcomed by our hosts Brian and Monica Hough. Brian is editor and jazz reviewer of his magazine JassMan.
My Master Class in Pretoria at the University of South Africa (UNISA) was a wonderful experience. UNISA is the only All-Steinway school in South Africa. The students were eager to learn more about jazz as we know it. They asked very perceptive and interesting questions and really seemed to enjoy playing for me. The jazz they played was more pop-oriented. But we discussed all kinds of jazz and I suggested many artists that they might listen to. They knew most of the names but had not listened to their recordings.
On Saturday, August 24, I was a featured artist at the Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg. I had not met with the South African rhythm section but a half hour sound check told me we were going to be fine. It was MORE than fine because bassist Jimmy Mngwandi and drummer Walter Kote were a treat to perform with. They listened and were really in tune with what I was playing. Jimmy is moving to the United States, so I expect we will be working together more. We performed to a full house at the Market Theater and got a long, standing ovation. It was a wonderful experience.
There were many great artists at this festival sponsored by Standard Bank and, over the years it has become a major event with names like Ahmad Jamal, Abdullah Ibrahim Dollar Brand, Eddie Daniels, Rene Marie, The Batiste Family from New Orleans, and many more scheduled for this year. All in all, I had a wonderful time on this trip, including a safari and sleeping in a tent with a monkey on our roof and hope to go back again!
Charlotte, Ronnie, Joan, Leslie, and Lorna spent a musical evening with
Jacksonville flautist Linda Witsell at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach, FL
|9/05/2013 4:00 PM||Lakecia Benjamin (archived)|
|9/12/2013 4:00 PM||Donna McElroy|
|9/19/2013 4:00 PM||Carla DeSantis Black – MEOWCon|
|9/26/2013 4:00 PM||Crescentia ONeal|
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FAREWELL TO AN AMAZING MUSICWOMAN
How to bring awareness about women composers and musicians.