Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Atlanta Ballet on AFM unfair list

The saga continues...The ballet has been contacting musicians to record Michael Moricz’ score to “Great Gatsby” for the Atlanta Ballet. The score calls for symphonic orchestra, as well as a 17-piece jazz band. Needless to say the union is pretty unhappy about this latest endeavor.

A picket is planned for this weekend at the Fox Theatre during the ballet's performances:

Oct. 26 at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Oct. 27 at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Oct. 28 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Oct. 28 at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Oct. 29 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Oct. 29 at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

I can give you contact info of the organizer of the picketing if you need it.


Anonymous said...

I wasn't exactly sure where to ask this, so I hope that a reply to the blog in an irrelevant place will be acceptable.
I've been reading your blog for about a week now and am thankful that I now have several resources for finding contemporary music in Atlanta. I'm a music student at KSU who composes avidly, so, naturally, I would enjoy this blog.
One of the topics that perked my interest was the ASSG- how exclusive is this group? I've met Eddie a few times and have essentially taken some lessons with him- should I email him directly and ask?
Also, how may I get involved with the contemporary music scene of Atlanta as a student? Although composing, practicing, and schoolwork absorb most of my time, I believe that being an advocate of the arts and a participant in new music in any way possible is equally important to my education as the other activities.
-Jason Rudolf

Darren Nelsen said...

Welcome, Jason!
Glad that you've joined us on the blog. Thanks for your participation and questions.
As to ASSG (Atlanta Score Study Group), just come to one of the meetings. It's a fairly informal group, open to all sorts of composers. There's a classical bent, but we have pop, rock, jazz and funk composers there too. It's a good group of people, and you'll be quite welcome. The meeting are awesome! We cover a wide range of topics and I always learn something new from others.

To get involved in the contemporary music scene... I'm sure a lot of folks here will have good advice. I'd say, networking is key. Go to as many new music concerts as you can, find out who the local new music ensembles are, which venues host new music concerts, meet music directors, other composers and musicians, reviewers, etc. Find out what's going on and choose something to get involved in. Some of the new music concerts could use volunteers to help put things together or promote the shows, composers might need copyist assistance. There's always a need for reviewers, so if you want to *write* about what's going on, that's a good thing to do, here on the blog or for such publications as New Music Box, Sequenza 21, etc. Also, if you're interested in peforming new music, you will find a lot of composer friends quickly. :)
Networking and volunteering will get your foot in the door for many opportunities. From there, you can choose what you want to do.

My feeling, and the feeling of some of the other composers around here, is that one of the most important things to do within our community is build bridges. Isolation will kill us. Until recently, the local composer community was too fragmented and isolated. Lots of us didn't even there were other composers around. It's tough to continue when you don't have a network of support or resources. So, we need to be aware of each other, share information, resources, opportunities, etc. That's helps each of us and all of us. And that's the purpose of this blog and the ASSG group (which were started independently, btw... but complement each other.)

Anyway, it's early in the morning, so forgive me for rambling as I wake up. (yawn)

See you at the next ASSG group!!

Anonymous said...

Darren- I've been so busy because of school, but I meant to ask when and where the ASSG would meet.

Thank you so much for your reply! I was pretty excited to read what you said.