Well – Bob Dylan sang about it decades ago, but the topic always rings true. Over this past decade the Music Industry was turned upside down due to new technologies and distribution systems. Pre-2000, a middle class of musicians was able to sell recordings and make a decent living with a mix of concert engagements, record sales, and possibly some teaching and related activities. Then the digital age brought file sharing and a new value system that included free goods and a crippled club scene. In the aftermath of Napster, a new generation of consumers expected music to be free or of little value and musicians to provide their goods cheaply while supplementing their hobby with real jobs. (more…)
As I’m trying to decide if we should do a quick or a long fade on the cymbals at the end of my new recording of “Plenty of Nothing” after six hours of trying to find the right mix and fixing spots on this song, I wonder how many listeners realize how tediously unromantic and time-consuming the process of finishing the final recording of a song is.
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I’m honored to help present “Singers of Songs” - Cello works by David Baker as recorded by cellist Manuel Fischer-Dieskau on MDG Records during a concert series in Germany from October 12 – 18. The CD was released earlier this year and I got to contribute the piano part to the Suite for Cello and Jazz Trio as well as the liner notes. The music is an interesting mix of classical and jazz elements and Manuel’s cello playing is simply beautiful. And even more special was to listen to David’s stories about writing the music for cello virtuoso Janos Starker who initially brushed it off as easy fare until he realized the demands and the quality of the compositions. (more…)