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Old 09-15-2009, 04:20 PM
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I just got a copy of this one and posted it to YouTube if anyone's interested:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mn9mZFNxMI
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Old 09-16-2009, 05:56 PM
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I am a guitar player, mostly acoustic, but also have an electric. I like classic rock, some country, medieval music, renaissance music, classical music, and generally anything that will sound good on an acoustic. I am mainly a fingerstyle player.

My wife sings (and very well might I add), and she is learning to play bass. I am also teaching her to play the acoustic guitar.

Besides playing, I also like to arrange music. Right know I'm having fun making guitar arrangements of old video game music and movie music. I also repair guitars.
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Old 09-19-2009, 01:00 PM
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Professional musician here I've been lucky to have been able to make a living in music for most of my professional life (up until a couple of years ago when I started a day job teaching autistic kids). I have a bit of a broad and scenic career, but I'll try to get as much of it as I can in here...

(Oh yeah, and I have to plug GreenEarthAl and his music...he is an AMAZING performer and must be seen live if you have the chance!)

Anyhoo...here goes:

Flute playing:
I did an undergrad degree in flute and voice and was gigging pretty well and got onto the sub rosters of a couple of decent orchestras when I fell on my hand and couldn't play for a couple of years. Other things developed during that hiatus and even though the flute career kinda took a detour, I can play again and do weddings and such, but not as much as I used to. Would love to step that up again.

Singing:
I studied singing in college and continued to build a career when my flute playing had to stop. I've worked in professional operas and musical theaters. After I was doing these opera and musical gigs for some time, I realized it might be good to get more training so I went and got a masters in musical theater. I also gig at churches and weddings, sang in a jazz group for a while and did some backup vocals for an Afro-pop band for a bit.

Conducting:
When I fell on my hand and couldn't play, I started getting more involved in conducting. I directed some community concert bands and then started directing and conducting musicals and operas for a while. These days it's more focused on choir conducting. I've done some church choir directing and was directing a fun community choir back in London.

Teaching:
I got my certification and spent some years teaching in the public schools. I've directed everything from marching band to school choirs and everything in between. These days I do more private instruction in flute and singing. I also do a lot of singing workshops for community groups. I *love* community songleading and love it when people connect through their singing. I also teach performance master classes whenever I get those gigs.

Composing:
I worked in the theater education department for a big music theater for a while and did a lot of composing of kids shows while I was there. I've done a lot of arranging for other people or setting other people's stuff to music and a small bit of film soundtrack work, but would love to try more. Just before I left London, I was working with a contemporary dance company as their composer and had just had some music of mine performed in a pretty significant venue..that was awesome!

Misc:
I studied African percussion with a guy from Guinea for a while and played in his Afro-pop band. As I've been working more teaching kids with autism it's been fun exploring how music can help with their language and general connections. I play a bit of guitar and a lot of piano, but consider myself a good faker more than skilled at it. Sometimes I just write songs for the fun of it. Maybe I'll pursue that more someday, but my plate is pretty full
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Old 09-19-2009, 04:53 PM
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I was composing songs since the age 9. I studied classical music for 4 years and then jazz for 8 years.

I was very big into the jazz scene until I became deafblind. People used to jokingly call me Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder (not that I'm of either their caliber but just because I was a blind jazz musician and supposedly share some of their body language. Wink.)

Now I am looking into other ways of experiencing music, such as through vibrations. I can't hear most of the types of music I used to enjoy so much before, such as jazz, folk, and classical, but I am entering new worlds and new tastes, thanks to my deafness. I met a metal-jazz fusion artist the other day and was able to enjoy his music with the volume cranked up.

Anyway, I have several of my songs recorded on YouTube under the username nikamirovak if you're interested. As much as I would love to hear everyone else's music, I can't -- unless your music is very loud to begin with, then I'll give it a whirl. I love listening to music really loud so I can feel the vibrations and feel it resonating through my ribcage and the objects around me.

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Old 09-19-2009, 05:00 PM
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I am a guitar player, mostly acoustic, but also have an electric. I like classic rock, some country, medieval music, renaissance music, classical music, and generally anything that will sound good on an acoustic. I am mainly a fingerstyle player.

My wife sings (and very well might I add), and she is learning to play bass. I am also teaching her to play the acoustic guitar.

Besides playing, I also like to arrange music. Right know I'm having fun making guitar arrangements of old video game music and movie music. I also repair guitars.
I love fingerstyle guitar playing. It holds a special place in my heart.

Are you planning on forming a band with your wife someday? Sounds like you guys would be great together. Smile.

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Old 09-19-2009, 05:05 PM
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I did an undergrad degree in flute and voice and was gigging pretty well and got onto the sub rosters of a couple of decent orchestras when I fell on my hand and couldn't play for a couple of years. Other things developed during that hiatus and even though the flute career kinda took a detour, I can play again and do weddings and such, but not as much as I used to. Would love to step that up again.
I hope you'll be able to come back 100% one of these days!
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:15 AM
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I hope you'll be able to come back 100% one of these days!
Thanks for that, though the definition of the whole pie has changed, so I couldn't even tell ya what 100% looks like. I'm happy to just be involved in creative music and performance projects whatever form they take.

I've always sucked at self promotion, but I should work on that...so for anyone else interested, here's a couple of things I did back in London...

This was a collaboration I did with an electronica artist, he wrote the tracks, I wrote the melody and lyrics. These are rough demos that we were planning on producing at some point:

http://www.myspace.com/blueiceofficial

And here's a snippit of a recital I joined in on just before leaving London:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUVTzqLYJpI
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Old 09-20-2009, 06:40 AM
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That Blue Ice Stuff is Awesome! 2 songs in so far.
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Old 09-20-2009, 01:06 PM
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That Blue Ice Stuff is Awesome! 2 songs in so far.
Aww...shucks...thanks! Alas, he's moving to Greece soon so he won't be in London when I return. We may try to complete these projects remotely, but that depends on technology. We'll see, I guess.
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Old 09-20-2009, 10:08 PM
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Changing subject slightly, but I was led to this video by Storm Large and it really is great and kinda fitting in a poly way.

8 Miles Wide

Warning! Do not listen to this at work or in a public place unless you have headphones!

Warning! This has a very catchy chorus as well.
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