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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Dueling Pianos for RIMS Event

Dueling pianists: Tim Ray & Ben Cook

Music Management provided dueling pianists for the RIMS (Risk & Insurance Management Society, Inc.) event on April 25th at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. The event hosted 1900 guests and pianists Tim Ray and Ben Cook were the featured entertainment for the evening. Two grand pianos were placed atop risers in the middle of the ballroom and the musicians played jazz and popular standards and fielded requests. Not used to seeing dueling pianos, attendees were delighted at the quality and originality of the presentation.

Music Management is dedicated to presenting fresh ideas in music. This is one example of the way Music Management matches Boston's best musicians to the city's best events.

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Pianist Bert Seager Tours Peru and Ecuador

The Bert Seager Trio

I have just returned from a concert tour of Lima, Peru and Quito, Ecuador, where our music was enthusiastically received. We were part of the third International Festival of Cajón Peruano sponsored by the Centro Cultural De España in Lima. We also had engagements in jazz clubs, schools, and in public parks. The United States Embassy in Peru also helped sponsor our tour and was very interested in the cross-pollination of our musical cultures. I went to Lima with my Peruvian colleagues, bassist Jorge Roeder, and drummer/percussionist Jorge Perez Albela. We also traveled with the amazing singer Sofia Rei Koutsovitis and with Eric Kurimski, a guitarist who has lived in Peru and studied the music there in depth.

Peru has a very strong and deep tradition of rhythms and dances arising from its African/slave heritage – much like the United States where blues and jazz developed indigenously from a similar heritage. The Peruvian slaves, whose drums were confiscated by their owners, kept drumming, first on fruit crates, and then, as they evolved into what became their national instrument, a wooden box called the cajón. They developed rhythms and dances found nowhere else on the planet.

Both US jazz, and Afro-Peruvian music starts with a four-beat measure and then divides each beat, into triplets. The North Americans feel the syncopated accents on the third triplet (right before the beat) – which gives jazz its familiar swing, while the Peruvians feel the up-beat on the second triplet. (right after the beat). This, in many ways, is a much more complicated rhythm which plays off of the ambiguity of hearing the music in “three” or in “four.” This is achieved by grouping the twelve sub-divisions in each measure (four triplets) as either six groups of two – or four groups of three. The four beat measure is also subdivided simultaneously into 16 subdivisions. All of which leads to an intuitive fluid and playful melding of three and four where feeling overrides math.

But what was incredible – besides the phenomenal musicianship, enormous energy and devotion of the Peruvian musicians – was the way they so often heard and played their music in this 12/8 way of feeling the time. I would hear musicians play traditional Peruvian songs or Gershwin tunes or Beatles songs – all within this rich rhythmic framework. There is no end to the exuberance and virtuosity of the Peruvian musicians.

I have always found that traveling in this way, in getting to hear, and meet, and play with musicians from other countries is of enormous value, in that it reminds me how important it is to put all of one’s heart into the music – every single time I sit down to play or practice.

Afro-Peruvian music is gaining wider recognition and larger audiences worldwide. If you are interested in hearing some samples you can click the following links of some of my favorite artists.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Why Should I Use a Music Agency for my Wedding Music?

It is so easy in this day and age to find and secure musicians and disc jockeys directly through their websites. Why would anyone want to introduce an intermediary and book through a music agency? Will it not just add an additional expense the cost of the event?

Clients often ask us these questions. Our response always addresses the quality, security and service booking through Music Management provides.

Music Management Quality: We subject the artists on our roster to a strict screening policy for not only level of quality but also look, dependability and personality. They must play exceptionally well, but also understand that at an event they are part of a service team of vendors all working together to create a successful event.

Music Management Security: In addition to being licensed and insured, when the client’s contract is with Music Management, it becomes our responsibility to insure that the artists perform at the event.

Music Management Service: Our staff is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week either during regular office hours or via cell phone during evenings and weekends. We respond to inquiries and questions no later than 24 hours after they are received.

What about the expense?

In many cases it might actually be less expensive to use Music Management since we have more leverage to negotiate for a lower rate with our regular artists since we provide them with so much work throughout the year. There is a commission built into our fees, but in most cases it is the same rate that you would receive if you were to book directly through the artist.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mili Bermejo: Love Songs of the Americas

Mili Bermejo

“Mili Bermejo remains one of the most, if not the absolutely most, emotive singers of Latin Jazz music currently recording,” wrote Cadence reviewer Alan Bargebuhr. Mili recently performed her latest project, a program of Love Songs of the Americas, at the Regattabar at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge. Her band consisted of pianist Tim Ray, bassist Dan Greenspan and cellist Eugene Friesen. Both Tim and Dan have been playing in Mili’s band for many years, but Mr. Friesen is a relative new-comer to the band. It is unusual to have the cello included in a jazz band and it added another warm and soulful voice that matched Mili’s voice beautifully. They began the program with a Brazilian tune, continued with tangos and bossa novas and even included a jazz standard or two. Mili’s voice is penetrating and gorgeous, full of deep emotion. Her music speaks to political situations in the Americas and of course, the songs she sang tonight spoke of love in all of it’s complicated dimensions. Since Mili sings mostly in Spanish, she tells the story of each song in English before she sings. One need not know Spanish to feel the emotional power of Mili’s music. She and her husband Dan Greenspan have been collecting and writing songs for the past 25 years.

Their new album, titled Love Songs of the Americas, will be available in the next couple of weeks. To purchase Love Songs of the Americas and hear Mili’s music, please visit Mili’s website at:

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DJ/Vocalist Rich DiMare Joins the MM Roster

Music Management is proud to announce the addition of disc jockey, vocalist and radio personality Rich DiMare.

Rich DiMare is a DJ at Boston's hottest spots including The Roxy, Felt and Whiskey Park. In addition to the club circuit, Rich performs for weddings, corporate events, graduation parties and holiday parties. Rich can be heard on the radio with KISS-108's popular Matty in the Morning show and is the producer of the Top 30 Countdown with Billy Costa. Rich is the perfect choice for any party occasion!

This talented crooner is most heavily influenced by Frank Sinatra and
is often compared to Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr. As a trio or
quartet, Rich DiMare offers clients the swank atmosphere of the classic
“Rat Pack” with youthful energy and style.

Rich has performed with Ayla Brown, Joey McIntyre, Nick Lachey, the
White Heat Swing Orchestra and the Hip Pocket Orchestra. After a
guest singing appearance on “Live with Regis & Kelly” host Regis
Philibin said, “Man, this kid sounds good”!

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

K2 Band Showcase: Wednesday April 21st

The K2 band will host one of their highly successful band showcases again this month. This is a great opportunity to see the band live in action and ask any questions you may have directly to the band.

Wednesday April 21st
7:30-8:30 pm
Elephant & Castle Pub, lower level ballroom
161 Devonshire Street
Boston Financial District

Please let us know if you are interested in attending and we will be happy to make arrangements.

For more information and video for K2, click here.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Tips for outdoor wedding ceremonies

Many brides dream of having a romantic outdoor wedding. While outdoor gardens, views of the water and beautiful sunsets do create a very special ambience, the surroundings are not always hospitable to musicians’ delicate instruments. The sun can be damaging to a stringed instrument’s fine finish, for example, or the ground conditions can put a harp in jeopardy. The wind can be a potential problem for music stands and the sounds of the ocean can hamper the sound of the music.

Here are some guidelines that we offer for outdoor wedding ceremonies:

There can be no rain, mist or drizzle.
Musicians cannot perform in temperatures lower than 60 degrees.
Musicians must be out for direct sunlight.
Harps must be placed on a dry, level surface that is clear of debris.
When close to the ocean, a tent for the musicians is desirable.

If you have any questions, you can always call our office at 617-489-7600 and speak to one of our knowledgeable salespeople. We always try to accommodate your wishes.

Our picks for artists with many years of ceremony experience both indoors and out:

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