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SPECIAL HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR CELEBRATION AT SPITFIRE - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15
Seattle Office of Film + Music
Join the Seattle Office of Film + Music, Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter, Washington FilmWorks and Washington Interactive Network to celebrate the holiday season with complimentary desserts and entertainment from local filmmakers, local DJs from KEXP and Easy Street Records and Wii games! You must be 21 or older to attend and RSVP by calling 206.834.1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This networking holiday event will be held on December 15 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm at Spitfire. Hope to see you there!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
ARTISTS, ATTEND A FREE INTERACTIVE SEMINAR ON HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CREATIVE WORK
American Society of Media Photographers Seattle
The American Society of Media Photographers Foundation (ASMP) invites all artists and creative professionals to join them on Wednesday, December 16th at Pravda Studios for a free seminar discussing copyright law. During the seminar, four intellectual property lawyers will cut through the legalese and demystify the steps you can take to better protect your work. There will also be an online demonstration, walking you through the steps of filing a copyright registration. Bring laptops and jpegs of visual works of art for the interactive demonstration. Doors open at 6:00 pm for a networking hour with appetizers and beverages and the seminar starts at 7:00 pm. Click the above link for more information about the panelists and discussion topics.
SEATTLE FILMMAKER LINAS PHILLIPS' BASS ACKWARDS INCLUDED IN SUNDANCE'S "NEXT (<=>)" SECTION
Seattle filmmaker Linas Phillips' Bass Ackwards has been accepted in Sundance's new section, NEXT (<=>), composed of eight American films selected for their innovative and original work in low-and-no-budget filmmaking. After ending a disastrous affair with a married woman, a man embarks on a lyrical, strange and comedic cross-country journey in a modified VW bus. The cast includes Linas Phillips (True Adolescents), Davie-Blue (True Adolescents, $5 Cover Seattle), Jim Fletcher, and Paul Lazar. Click the above link to see the entire NEXT (<=>) lineup.
CITY ARTS LAUNCHES ITS NEW WEBSITE
City Arts Magazine
City Arts magazine unveiled its new website last week. CityArtsMagazine.com will include the CAB (City Arts Blog), with regular sections like Morning Pickup; a quick 'n' dirty look at local arts news, Soapbox Artists; monthly guest writers from the arts community; and Catch This, must-see arts and music events. The site also includes exclusive stories, archives, multimedia content including mini-documentaries, and episodes from The Song Show with rare performances and interviews with local musicians.
NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART ACOUSTIC VENUE OPEN ON PHINNEY RIDGE
Last May, a new acoustic music venue quietly opened up in a craftsman house atop Phinney Ridge that offers stunning acoustic sound and a unique engagement between players and fans. Empty Sea Studios is a labor of love by musician, educator and recording engineer Michael Connolly, borne of his frustration with available acoustic venues, and a passion to raise the bar for what audiences and performers alike can expect. The multi-use space functions actively as a recording studio, teaching space and a 45-seat concert venue for intimate acoustic performances. For the more information, please follow the above link.
CHECK OUT NEW WASHINGTON FILMWORKS YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Washington Film Works YouTube Channel
Washington FilmWorks has launched a YouTube channel which includes videos from their 2009 Viral Video Campaign. The campaign solicited local filmmakers to create :30 and :60 commercials promoting Washington State as a great place for motion picture, commercial and television production. Final videos from Mark O'Connell, Will Chase & Lucien Flynn, Staci Bernstein & Ilona Rossman Ho, and Philip Rezek & Michael Welty are available for viewing. Click the above link to watch them!
FREE WINTER CONCERTS AT CITY HALL TO FEATURE JAZZ, HAWAIIAN UKULELE, AND BAGPIPES
Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
Melt winter's chill with a mix of free music at City Hall, including Hawaiian ukulele masters, Scottish tunes from one of Seattle's most celebrated pipers and not one, but two, legendary jazz pianists. The free lunchtime Seattle Presents concert series is presented year-round by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs at City Hall. All concerts are held from noon to 1:00 pm. Click the above link to hear a sampling of works and read more about each artist.
ROCK PHOTOGRAPHS SELECTED BY GRAHAM NASH TO EXHIBIT AT EMP|SFM
The EMP|SFM will present Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock 'n' Roll Photographs Selected by Graham Nash beginning February 6, 2010. This exhibition will showcase some of the most memorable photograph in the history of popular music, as chosen by a legendary musician who is also well-known as a photographer, collector, and pioneer in digital imaging and printing. On February 5, EMP|SFM's Director of Curatorial Affairs Jasen Emmons will host an interview with Graham (of supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash) in Sky Church at the museum. Click the above link for more information on the exhibit and to preview a few of the photographs.
SCIENCE FICTION + FANTASY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL COMING SOON
EMP|SFM in partnership with SIFF will present the fifth annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival at the Seattle Cinerama Theatre on January 30, 2010. The festival brings together industry professionals in filmmaking and the genres of science fiction and fantasy to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction and fantasy cinema arts. Click the above link to purchase tickets and view the lineup, which includes a handful of local short films such as SJ Chiro's Third Days Child and Travis Senger's C.C. 2010.
JOIN MUSICA ENTERTAINMENT FOR COLUMBIA CITY HOLIDAY KIDS FAIR
Musica Entertainment presents the Columbia City Holiday Kids Fair, which celebrates the holidays with amazing youth performances, and by increasing awareness about early learning. The Salvation Army will be on hand to accept new and unwrapped toys for distribution to children in need. The festive event features Frosty the Snowman as host and performances from the EriAm Sisters, Erik & Rickie, Amazing Circus 1-ders, and Roderic. The Fair will take place on Saturday, December 12 from noon - 3:30 pm at the historic Columbia City Theatre. Click the above link for more information.
SEATTLE MUSICIANS RECEIVE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
The Recording Academy
Pearl Jam, Death Cab for Cutie, Dave Matthews Band, Alice in Chains, singer-songwriter Neko Case, and New Age artist Henta are among artists with Northwest connections that were nominated for Grammy Awards, announced last Thursday. Pearl Jam's "The Fixer" garnered a best rock song nomination and the Alice in Chains song "Check My Brain" is up for consideration for best hard rock performance. Death Cab for Cutie's The Open Door received a nod for best alternative music album. Dave Matthews Band's recent album is up for both best rock album and album of the year. Tacoma native Neko Case's Middle Cyclone is up for best contemporary folk album and best recording package. Seattle-based singer Henta's album Laserium for the Soul was nominated for best new age album. Click the above link to see the full list of nominees.
WATCH ART ZONE'S BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE SEATTLE YOUTH SYMPHONY
Check out the above Art Zone with Nancy Guppy special on the Seattle Youth Orchestra, a 2009 Mayor's Award recipient. Since 1942, the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras has been introducing kids to the wonderful world of classical music and Art Zone looks at how they have adapted over the past sixty-seven years.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 12/2 - 9
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Various Artists "GIVE Seattle 2009"
- Pink Martini "Splendor in the Grass"
- Various Artists "Live at KEXP, Vol. 5"
- Brandi Carlile "Give Up the Ghost"
- Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
- Nirvana "Bleach"
- Nirvana "Live at Reading"
- Built to Spill "There Is No Enemy"
- Pearl Jam "Live at Easy Street"
- Slender Means "Adrift in the Cosmos"
SEATTLE BAND MEMBERS MIX AND MINGLE TO FORM NEW GROUPS AND SIDE PROJECTS
As a companion piece to this month's film-focused Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Q13 reports on the Washington and Seattle film industry. Click the above link to take a closer look at what has happened to this market and what needs to happen now to make it come alive again.
SPIN PROFILES JASON WEBLEY
SPIN magazine praised the Seattle sing-songwriter saying "boisterously reserved, Jason Webley is an everlasting battle that is a Gemini. Remnants of this escape him on and off stage. Growing up musically in Seattle, a city sprawling with music history, Webley managed to avoid it all and still come out as one of today's best ambassadors. One thing still holds true, Seattle musicians don't go looking for the music scene, even in their own city. It comes to them." Follow the above link for the full profile and interview.
SEATTLE-BASED PHOTOGRAPHER CHASE JARVIS PROFILED BY DIGITAL PHOTO PRO MAGAZINE
Digital Photo Pro
Seattle-based photographer Chase Jarvis has been profiled in this month's issue of Digital Photo Pro magazine as "Master of the New Media." Jarvis, they write, is the "consummate photographer, bringing a pure love for the medium and an energy-fueled gusto to the world of commercial photography," the article boasts. "Chase Jarvis has mastered what it takes to be a digital photographer, from an aggressive online presence to plain old technical know-how in realizing a project's concept from beginning to end. What's more, he has become a major commercial photographer while staying true to his roots as an independent artist." His success in the commercial world of photography also has allowed him to pursue his own interests on the side, including "Songs For Eating and Drinking," in which he invites musicians to a feast of sorts put together with his friend Michael Hebb. Past guests have included members of Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Pedro the Lion, Throw Me the Statue, Macklemore and others. Jarvis directs the evening and takes stills and video for posting to the website. Click the above link to read more about Jarvis.
REAL VP'S AMAZING SAGA OF GETTING HIS BAND'S ROYALTIES
Warner Bros. messed with the wrong guy when it sent muddled royalty statements to Tim Quirk, singer for Too Much Joy, a pop band that had some traction in the 1980s and early 1990s and still sells a few downloads. Warner wasn't saying how much the band was making from digital music service. But Quirk knew that it wasn't that hard to figure out -- he's now a vice president at RealNetworks, where he helped build the database Rhapsody uses to track how much it pays for whatever music is played by the service. Quirk laid it all out in a blog post Tuesday that's a great primer on how money is divvied up by music services and trickles down to bands. Read more at the above link.
INSTRUMENT INVENTOR TRIMPIN HEARS MUSIC EVERYWHERE
When the earth quakes, most people run for the closest doorway. Trimpin heads to the studio. The German-born artist-inventor has been generating sounds inspired by oddball sources since he was a kid. So when a tremblor struck his adopted hometown of Seattle, Trimpin tuned in to the sonic chaos. "I had tympani hanging on a catwalk that started to move back and forth, got out of control, and smashed to the floor," he recalls. "Outside, trolley cables came together and created sparks. That was the inspiration to use seismic data as musical material." His Seismofone is one of several mind-blowing contraptions featured in the documentary Trimpin: The Sound of Invention, which is out on DVD this month.