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HAPPY HOUR IS TONIGHT AT SPITFIRE
Office of Film + Music
Join us at Spitfire tonight Wednesday, June 30 for the monthly Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour networking event. Spitfire will be open exclusively for the event from 5:00 - 7:00 pm and is located at 2219 4th Avenue in Belltown (between Blanchard and Bell). Don't forget to tweet to #seattlefm and watch your comments appear on various screens in real time at the event. We hope to see you at Spitfire for food, drink and networking!
OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC WELCOMES NEW INTERN, LAURA BREWER
Office of Film + Music
Raised by a pack of wild jazz musicians in Kansas City, Laura left Cowtown to pursue degrees in English and Media Studies from Loyola University Chicago. Upon graduation, she and her best friend packed up the car and headed westward for the rain-soaked, overly-caffeinated Seattle lifestyle. Aside from gigs at local clothing stores, Laura worked as the Publications Coordinator for this year's SIFF. She also makes short documentary films for Seattle's Origin Records. In her dwindling free time she enjoys playing ditties on guitar, lounging in parks, and long, sweeping walks around the city.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
LUDOVIC MORLOT NAMED MUSIC DIRECTOR OF SEATTLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
New York Times
Frenchman Ludovic Morlot will become the next music director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Gerard Schwarz will step down at the end of next season after 26 years as music director, and Mr. Morlot will assume the mantle in the fall of 2011 with a six-year contract. Born in Lyons, France, Mr. Morlot studied violin at the University of Montreal and conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He applied to the Boston Symphony's Tanglewood Festival as a conducting fellow, and he was the only one chosen. He has guest conducted at the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Seattle Symphony and others. Several players in the orchestras he has led described Mr. Morlot as a thoughtful, intuitive musician with a good sense of phrasing and a collaborative manner. Although Mr. Morlot has won positive reviews and is in high demand as a guest conductor, Seattle is taking something of a risk because he has never had an orchestra of his own. Mr. Morlot said he feels no fear about that, "just pure excitement." For further details, follow the link.
4CULTURE ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF ARTS PROJECT GRANTS
4Culture congratulates the groups and individuals recently awarded a total of $639,985 to create art projects. Awards up to $9,000 will support the creation of projects by 84 individual artists and 68 groups, in all artistic disciplines: media, music, theater, dance, visual and literary. On the list of individuals and groups that received support are documentary filmmakers, classical musicians, music festivals of all genres, film festivals, and presenting organizations. To read a full listing of recipients, follow the link, and we offer big congratulations to all the talented grantees!
JOIN EMP|SFM FOR FREE CONCERT THIS THURSDAY NIGHT
EMP Late Nights
Thursday July 1st is the next installment of "EMP Late Nights," a new program that offers extended visiting hours during the busy summer months and free live music from local bands. July's Late Nights features performances in Sky Church from two local bands, Boy Eats Drum Machine (6:30 pm) and No-Fi Soul Rebellion (7:30 pm). The show is all-ages. Also, if you RSVP to the event you'll receive your very own EMP beer coozie adorned with their 10th Anniversary button upon arrival. Follow the link for more information and to RSVP.
REGISTER FOR THE 53RD ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS ONLINE ENTRY PROCESS
The Recording Academy and The Grammys are welcoming all record labels and media companies to submit music for consideration through the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards Online Entry Process. The process will begin on July 7. In order to submit titles for consideration, you must be a registered media company. Registration is free and available by following the link.
THE MALDIVES PERFORM FREE SHOW AT COLUMBIA CITY THEATER GRAND REOPENING
Columbia City Theater
Help continue the celebration of the grand reopening of the historic Columbia City Theater, which hosted such acts as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Jimi Hendrix. From neighborhood movie theater, to jazz club, to home of the DIY punk movement, the theater has been a staple in the Seattle arts scene. The newly renovated theater reopened on June 25 and is marking the event with a full line-up of concerts, which you can peruse by following the link. Be sure to check out the Sound on Sound free presentation of The Maldives on July 2.
CONTRIBUTE TO LOCAL DOCUMENTARY
Citizen Mayor is a feature length documentary filmed and produced locally in Seattle, chronicling the much publicized mayoral race of 2009. The Citizen Mayor project team would like to invite Seattlites to appear in this movie and voice for the people of Seattle. For submission details follow the link. Deadline is July 15.
'SOUNDS OUTSIDE: A CELEBRATION OF ADVENTUROUS MUSIC & COMMUNITY' ANNOUNCES LINEUP
Once again the Monktail Creative Music Concern presents Sounds Outside: A Celebration of Adventurous Music & Community for two Saturdays in July and August. In its fifth year, the annual, free to the public, jazz and creative music festival comes to Capitol Hill's Cal Anderson Park to celebrate the diversity of the local and national music communities and encourage positive use of the centrally located urban park. This year, Sounds Outside touts another exciting line-up, including local and national acts such as Non Grata, Zubatto Syndicate, Double Yoko, and Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble. For a full listing of the lineup and other details follow the link.
DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS: STORYVILLE VANCOUVER CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The Vancouver Film & TV Forum (British Columbia, Canada) runs from September 28 - October 1 plus New Filmmakers' Day, October 2. The 2010 Forum is proud to stimulate the development, co-financing and co-production of the creative documentary by creating Storyville Vancouver. This will be an opportunity for filmmakers based in the Pacific Northwest to pitch their projects to an international forum of commissioning editors. Pre-selected creative, feature length documentary projects, at various levels of development, from the Pacific Northwest will be publicly pitched to international commissioning editors with accredited Forum observers in attendance. Key commissioning editors from the UK, Sweden, Germany, US, Japan and Canada will be in attendance at the pitch forum. Visit the above link for entry form and regulations. Deadline for submissions is August 20.
CHECK OUT FREE CONCERTS & MORE AT THE VITAMINWATER SOCIAL CLUB
Vitaminwater Social Club
The Vitaminwater Social Club is a temporary pop up venue in Seattle's vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood. Designed as a small boutique venue and created to interact and engage with the Seattle community and city at large, the space will host events from yoga classes to rambunctious hip hop shows to literary writing workshops. Open for one month, they will host a series of events including Macklemore & Sol, NFFTY high school filmmakers event, the Sap'n CD release party, and The Vera Project poster road show & gallery opening night. To check out the full event lineup and for more information follow the link.
LAST DAY TO SUBMIT TO LOCAL SIGHTINGS
Northwest Film Forum
Local Sightings is Northwest Film Forum's premier showcase of Northwest filmmaking. The festival, which happens at Film Forum theaters, features great prizes, filmmaker parties, archival Northwest films and an impressive national film industry jury in search of strong Northwest work. The annual festival includes feature film presentations as well as short film programs and special events with live film performances, installation art, audience participation and parties. Also in this year's festival will be the usual assortment of fiction, documentary and experimental films as well as a featured presentation of a historical Seattle film and an opening party. The deadline for submission is July 1.
CALL FOR ARTISTS: SEATTLE STOREFRONT INSTALLATION PROJECT
Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Shunpike, seeks up to 12 artists to develop temporary installations for 12 vacant storefronts in Seattle's Pioneer Square and Chinatown/International District neighborhoods. The installation project, titled Storefronts Seattle, will be on display from September to November 2010. Artwork may be in any two-dimensional, three-dimensional or new media. The installation project is part of a series of opportunities that include artist residencies using storefronts, where visual and performing artist can create work, rehearse and/or perform. For more information or to apply for an artist residency visit Shunpike's website.
ONE DAY'S WAGES RELEASES BENEFIT ALBUM FEATURING LOCAL MUSIC
One Day's Wages
One Day's Wages, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that describes itself as "an international grassroots movement dedicated to ending extreme global poverty," has announced the release of 21-song compilation, Songs for a Cause, Vol. 1, featuring 21 local and national musicians. The album boasts many impressive Seattle names such as Rocky Votolato, David Bazan, Throw Me the Statue and The Moondoggies. Even more impressive, "100% of the album sales (minus credit card costs) go directly to projects to fight global poverty." The album can be downloaded at the above address for a donation.
YOUNG NORTHWEST MUSICIANS: APPLY FOR YOUNG SONGWRITERS LAB
The Young Songwriters Lab provides an opportunity for young musicians to learn about the songwriting process. Under the mentorship of professional musicians, students will learn creative approaches to song composition and lyric writing, along with strategies for navigating the music business. All styles of music welcome. Mentors include: Sue Ennis, Jill Wangsgard, Draze, plus guest artists. The Young Songwriters Lab is open to serious, aspiring musicians, ages 14-early 20s, who are interested in growing as songwriters and performers. Limited scholarships are available. For application information, follow the link.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 6/21 - 27
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Band of Horses "Infinite Arms"
- Blitzen Trapper "Destroyer of the Void"
- Moondoggies "You'll Find No Answers Here"
- Damien Jurado "Saint Bartlett"
- New Pornographers "Together"
- Head and the Heart "self titled"
- Fresh Espresso "Glamour"
- Brandi Carlile "Live At Easy Street"
- Minus the Bear "Omni"
- JFK "Building Wings On The Way Down"
SEATTLE SWOOPERS FILM WINGSUIT JUMP OVER SEATTLE
Seattle native Luke Aikins, team member and coordinator for the "Red Bull Seattle Swoopers", brought the jump team to town to film never-before-seen wingsuit jumps over the Seattle skyline on June 9 and 10. Team Members Luke Aikins, Miles Daisher, Andy Farrington and Jon DeVore are among the most accomplished and experienced skydivers, B.A.S.E. jumpers and paragliders on the planet. The team performed several jumps, exiting the plane at 8,500 feet and swooping across downtown Seattle, passing by Queen Anne Hill and buzzing the iconic Seattle Space Needle at over a hundred miles an hour. The jumps were a long-time dream of Aikins, who has more than 14,000+ skydives, and considers the "Seattle Swoop" one of his crowning achievements.
CHECK OUT THE NEWEST INSTALLMENT OF KEXP'S "HIP-HOP: THE NEW SEATTLE SOUND"
This week's installment of the KEXP 10-part series "Hip-Hop: The New Seattle Sound" features DJ/Producer/MC Vitamin D. Vitamin D's band, The Ghetto Children, and Tribal Music label laid the foundation for today's new hip-hop scene and were a huge influence on acts like Blue Scholars, Jake One, D. Black and more. Vita's studio, The Pharmacy has had an open-door policy, welcoming anyone from the community who was willing to put in the work. In addition to his talents as a DJ, producer, composer and engineer, Vitamin D also mentors youth in the community, giving kids living in rough neighborhoods a chance to make music. To listen to the documentary, follow the link.
FREEWAY & JAKE ONE ON LIST OF THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2010
Seattle hip hop producer, Jake One's collaboration with Freeway, The Stimulus Package, ranked highly on Complex Magazine's list of the 25 Best Albums of 2010 (So Far). Complex writes, "With Jake in his corner, and a number of quality guest verses, Free is able to let that beat breathe without worrying about exhausting a listener with his trademark gruff delivery... Much like Free's stellar debut, great production and Free's nuanced lyrics make The Stimulus Package the right record for the right time."
MELVINS' "I'LL FINISH YOU OFF" IS NPR'S SONG OF THE DAY
Washington band the Melvins' latest album, The Bride Screamed Murder, recently cracked Billboard's Top 200, a first for this band that's been putting out music for more than 26 years, and NPR has named their song "I'll Finish You Off" the song of the day. NPR says "To this day, the band explores the pummeling low-end sounds that made its early work so gargantuan; from the cerebral sounds of Tool to the sonic abuse of Pig Destroyer, Melvins' intense vibrations are still felt throughout the world of extreme music. 'I'll Finish You Off' is loud, proud and backed with a psychedelic wall of guitar distortion, as the group continues a few tricks it's been executing on its past few albums: recording with two drummers and spreading chorus effects across the vocals. Of course, the voluminous guitar chugs only lend more massiveness to the track, but an organ pops up as the instrumentation's most surprising addition... More than a quarter of a century into the band's career together, it's inspiring to hear Melvins continue to deafen new generations of listeners."
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel White, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Laura Brewer, Intern
Gina Corsiglia, Intern
Alex Hudson, Intern