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2015 NewSong grand prize winner Rachel Kilgour returns to Lincoln Center

Monday, August 29th, 2016

2015 NewSong grand prize winner Rachel Kilgour returns to Lincoln Center

Rachael Kilgour stunned NewSong judges in 2015 with her passionate delivery of provocative songs that effortlessly blend artistry and activism. Her performance earned her the winning spot in last year’s competition, and that means Kilgour will return to Lincoln Center, along with fellow 2015 NewSong finalist Blair Bodine, on Thursday, September 8th.

Kilgour says that above all else, the NewSong Music competition was a way for her to reach new listeners and grow as a writer and performer. “We try to get better and better at communicating our human experience, and we try to find the right people to share it with,” says Kilgour. “That is our job as artists.”

Kilgour has also been hard at work recording over the past year and is eager to share her latest album, Rabbit in the Road. We took some time to talk to the Minnesota-based songwriter to learn more about her life since last year’s win and her upcoming album release.

What about you upcoming show at Lincoln Center are you most excited about?
I am looking forward to returning to the Lincoln Center on September 8th and so happy that Blair will be joining me! I am feeling pretty fortunate for the opportunity and so glad that I will be able to share my new album with the audience. There is quite a lot of nuance that goes into an artist’s performance, and there is something kind of jarring about picking your top three songs to share for a contest. It will be good to have the chance to move from song to song in an organic way — to tell a story.

It’s great to see you sharing the bill with last year’s NewSong finalist Blair Bodine. Are there any other relationships you have made through NewSong that have stayed with you?
I think one of the most beneficial relationships I have gained through this experience is the one I have formed with Gar Ragland, the President of NewSong. Since January, Gar has put so much time and energy into helping me complete this album and plan for its release, and he has also introduced me to a number of influential people in the industry. I am so grateful to know him. I’ve also stayed in touch with a number of the other finalists since the contest, and I think we have all benefitted from those connections.

Part of your prize was performing at the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival. What was that like for you?
Attending Sundance and performing at the ASCAP Music Cafe was an incredible experience. First off, I was so grateful for the opportunity to experience the festival itself. There was such respect for filmmaking as an art form in that setting — it was very encouraging. Having the chance to share my work with a brand new audience is always a gift, but performing on that particular stage was quite an honor. The listeners were engaged and seemed to really understand my performance, and that is all I care about at the end of the day.

Did anything about the NewSong competition surprise you?
I was surprised to win, certainly! But I was also surprised by the amount of support NewSong offered each of the finalists and how well they maintained relationships with previous winners and finalists after all of these years. I think NewSong is doing a lot of important work to connect emerging artists with resources and with each other.

To learn more about Rachael Kilgour, visit rachaelkilgour.com. For more information about her upcoming performance at Lincoln Center, visit lincolncenter.org.

NewSong Music and Arts Brookfield team up to present Summer on the Plaza music series

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Summer on the Plaza

Denver’s Summer on the Plaza is similarly diverse, with no-frills rock ‘n’ roll from Strange Americans to poly ethnic power pop from Wendy Woo. Listeners can enjoy music from rising stars of the regional music scene and enjoy a bite and a sip at modern steakhouse Guard + Grace within view of the band. Beginning at 4 p.m., KBCO DJ’s will provide entertainment before the bands take the stage at 5 p.m. and play until 6:30 p.m.

Where: 1801 California Street Denver, CO 80202
Date & Time: Wednesdays in July 4:00-6:30 p.m. FREE
Artist Lineup:
July 6: Wendy Woo
July 13: The 14ers
July 20: Petals of Spain
July 27: Strange Americans

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About Arts Brookfield
Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier buildings in Denver, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art.

About NewSong Music
NewSong Music is an independent artist development and music production company headquartered at Asheville, NC’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios. NewSong’s mission is to build and support a community of performers and songwriters across all genres and levels of skill, and to identify the truly exceptional artists to introduce their music to a broader, international audience.

Its programs include a record label (NewSong Recordings), artist management services, concert production and the annual, international NewSong performance and songwriting competition.

Melody + Word concert series in NYC and Summer on the Plaza series in Denver feature NewSong musicians

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Melody + Word concert series in NYC and Summer on the Plaza series in Denver feature NewSong musicians

Two Free Concert Series Curated by NewSong Music take place throughout July

Satisfy your summer craving for quality live music with two FREE concert series from NewSong Music and Arts Brookfield: Melody + Word in New York City and Summer on the Plaza in Denver, CO. “We’re very excited to once again partner with Arts Brookfield to curate these two summer music series,” says NewSong Music founder Gar Ragland. “Denver’s lineup features some of Colorado’s most beloved rock bands, while New York’s ‘Melody + Word’ series at Grace Plaza, as the name suggests, aims the spotlight on songcraft.”

Full details for Melody + Word and Summer on the Plaza concert series below.

Melody + Word

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Melody + Word at the Grace Plaza is a free, lunchtime festival in New York with musical stylings ranging folk-pop to funk. “All four performers were brought to our attention as standouts in our annual, international NewSong Showcase and Competition,” says Ragland. “We’re thrilled to feature last year’s NewSong grand prize winner Rachael Kilgour, along with runner-up finalists Queen Esther and BONOMO.”

Where: Grace Building, Plaza Avenue of the Americas, NYC
Date & Time: Thursdays in July, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm FREE

Artist Lineup:
July 7: Aly Tadros
July 14: Queen Esther
July 21: BONOMO
July 28: Rachel Kilgour

Summer on the Plaza

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Denver’s Summer on the Plaza is similarly diverse, with no-frills rock ‘n’ roll from Strange Americans to poly ethnic power pop from Wendy Woo. Listeners can enjoy music from rising stars of the regional music scene and enjoy a bite and a sip at modern steakhouse Guard + Grace within view of the band. Beginning at 4 p.m., KBCO DJ’s will provide entertainment before the bands take the stage at 5 p.m. and play until 6:30 p.m.

Where: 1801 California Street Denver, CO 80202
Date & Time: Wednesdays in July 4:00-6:30 p.m. FREE

Artist Lineup:
July 6: Wendy Woo
July 13: The 14ers
July 20: Petals of Spain
July 27: Strange Americans

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About Arts Brookfield
Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier buildings in Denver, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art.

About NewSong Music
NewSong Music is an independent artist development and music production company headquartered at Asheville, NC’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios. NewSong’s mission is to build and support a community of performers and songwriters across all genres and levels of skill, and to identify the truly exceptional artists to introduce their music to a broader, international audience.

Its programs include a record label (NewSong Recordings), artist management services, concert production and the annual, international NewSong performance and songwriting competition.

 

The Orange Peel Presents Kruger Brothers plus Ethan Crump at The Sanctuary at CUMC

Friday, June 24th, 2016

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The Orange Peel presents Kruger Brothers plus Ethan Crump at The Sanctuary at CUMC – 27 Church Street
Show: 8pm
Doors: 7pm

Tickets & Info: www.theorangepeel.net/events/kruger-brothers/

*We are throwing a fun Asheville-style gathering outside on historic, shady, tree-lined Church Street from 5pm until the show begins at 8pm. Make a night of it and come downtown early to hang in the great urban outdoors for a few pre-show local beers and grub from some fave food trucks, followed by absolutely impeccable acoustics in the Sanctuary venue for this wonderful night of bluegrass. Sounds like a pretty perfect summer date or family night out to us!

Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger started singing and playing instruments at a very young age. Growing up in a family where music was an important part of life, they were exposed to a wide diversity of musical influences. The brothers were performing regularly by the time they were eleven and twelve years old, and they began their professional career in 1979. Jens’ and Uwe’s first public performances were as a duo, and in just a few years they were busking on the streets of cities throughout eastern and western Europe.

CBS Records contracted with Jens and Uwe when Jens was just seventeen years old, and shortly thereafter, the Krugers hosted a radio show on SRG SSR, the Swiss Public broadcast group. Several years later, the brothers teamed up with bass player Joel Landsberg, a native of New York City who also had a very extensive musical upbringing in classical and jazz music (studying with jazz great Milt Hinton), thus forming a trio that has been playing professionally together since 1995. Together, they established the incomparable sound that The Kruger Brothers are known for today. The trio moved to the United States in 2002 and is based in Wilkesboro, NC.

Since their formal introduction to American audiences in 1997, The Kruger Brothers’ remarkable discipline, creativity and their ability to infuse classical music into folk music has resulted in a unique sound that has made them a fixture within the world of acoustic music. The honesty of their writing has since become a hallmark of the trio’s work.

In their ever-expanding body of work – Jens Kruger (banjo and vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar and lead vocals), and Joel Landsberg (bass and vocals) – The Kruger Brothers personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition. Their original music is crafted around their discerning taste, and the result is unpretentious, cultivated, and delightfully fresh.

In addition to their regular concert schedule, The Kruger Brothers perform these classical pieces regularly with select symphony orchestras and string quartets throughout the country.

Through their numerous CD releases, radio and television performances, lectures, and collaborative efforts, The Kruger Brothers’ powerful artistic statement continues to inspire and enlighten audiences and musicians around the world.


Chicago at Uncommon Ground: Max Hatt / Edda Glass with Kelsey Wild

Friday, June 10th, 2016

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“Beautiful music that is subtly poignant, elegantly funky, and haunting without trying to be. Their songs are direct yet often take unexpected and colorful harmonic twists and turns, delighting the ear.” – Nels Cline (Wilco, Nels Cline Singers)

Max Hatt / Edda Glass features ethereal guitar, an unmistakeable voice, and the duo’s award-winning Jazz Americana compositions. “We want to write about a world both intimate and vast, about little people on great plains,” says Glass. “Plus sometimes we throw in a little Bossa Nova.” Their 2016 “Ocean of Birds Tour” kicks off with NPR Mountain Stage and takes them across the country and several genres, from the jazz clubs of Manhattan to Nashville’s record stores and New England’s folk fests. Based in Santa Fe, NM, the duo first hit the national stage at NYC’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where they won the 2014 Grand-Prize of the international Mountain Stage / NewSong Competition. Produced by Pat Sansone of Wilco & Autumn Defense, Ocean of Birds releases May 20th on NewSong Recordings, and is available for pre-order at PledgeMusic [ http://www.pledgemusic.com/maxhatteddaglass ] .

“I was mesmerized from the first moment I heard them. They have the ability to create a deep sonic landscape with only voice and guitar, with songs that possess a mysterious and soulful magic.” ~ Pat Sansone (Wilco, Autumn Defense).

“…like paintings or hand printed photographs that speak and sway. The material is hypnotic and comforting, because it is crafted with patience, wit and seasoned love.” ~ Lizz Wright

“Mesmerizing… cinematic folk-jazz” ~ ASCAP’s Playback Magazine, in review of their 2015 Sundance Film Festival performance.


Max Hatt / Edda Glass at the Trinity House Theatre

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

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“Beautiful music that is subtly poignant, elegantly funky, and haunting without trying to be. Their songs are direct yet often take unexpected and colorful harmonic twists and turns, delighting the ear.” – Nels Cline (Wilco, Nels Cline Singers)

Max Hatt / Edda Glass features ethereal guitar, an unmistakeable voice, and the duo’s award-winning Jazz Americana compositions. “We want to write about a world both intimate and vast, about little people on great plains,” says Glass. “Plus sometimes we throw in a little Bossa Nova.” Their 2016 “Ocean of Birds Tour” kicks off with NPR Mountain Stage and takes them across the country and several genres, from the jazz clubs of Manhattan to Nashville’s record stores and New England’s folk fests. Based in Santa Fe, NM, the duo first hit the national stage at NYC’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where they won the 2014 Grand-Prize of the international Mountain Stage / NewSong Competition. Produced by Pat Sansone of Wilco & Autumn Defense, Ocean of Birds releases May 20th on NewSong Recordings, and is available for pre-order at PledgeMusic [ http://www.pledgemusic.com/maxhatteddaglass ] .

“I was mesmerized from the first moment I heard them. They have the ability to create a deep sonic landscape with only voice and guitar, with songs that possess a mysterious and soulful magic.” ~ Pat Sansone (Wilco, Autumn Defense).

“…like paintings or hand printed photographs that speak and sway. The material is hypnotic and comforting, because it is crafted with patience, wit and seasoned love.” ~ Lizz Wright

“Mesmerizing… cinematic folk-jazz” ~ ASCAP’s Playback Magazine, in review of their 2015 Sundance Film Festival performance.

VIDEOS

Burlington Discover Jazz Fest: Max Hatt Edda Glass at Light Club Lamp Shop / Radio Bean

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

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“I was mesmerized from the first moment I heard them. They have the ability to create a deep sonic landscape with only voice and guitar, with songs that possess a mysterious and soulful magic.” ~ Pat Sansone of Wilco and Autumn Defense

“Mesmerizing… cinematic folk-jazz” ~ ASCAP’s Playback Magazine.

Max Hatt / Edda Glass features ethereal guitar, an unmistakeable voice, and the duo’s award-winning Jazz Americana compositions. “We want to write about a world both intimate and vast, about little people on great plains,” says Glass. “Plus sometimes we like to throw in a little Bossa Nova.” 

In 2014, Max Hatt / Edda Glass played at NYC’s Lincoln Center where they won grand-prize at the Mountain Stage / NewSong Contest and generally defied categorization. 2015 saw the them tour coast to coast, from Sundance Film Festival’s ASCAP Music Cafe to a headlining concert at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. NewSong Recordings will release their debut album, Ocean of Birds, on May 20th 2016, produced by Pat Sansone of Wilco & Autumn Defense. They have this to say: We’re interested in stories. How a melody comes home soundly to a place it didn’t grow up. How a major chord troubles your sleep with minor insinuations. How we look to the horizon, no matter how wide the plain between us.

“…like paintings or hand printed photographs that speak and sway. The material is hypnotic and comforting, because it is crafted with patience, wit and seasoned love.” ~ Lizz Wright

LINKS
maxhatteddaglass.com
https://www.facebook.com/MaxHattEddaGlass
https://twitter.com/HattGlass
https://instagram.com/maxhatteddaglass/
https://www.youtube.com/c/Maxhatteddaglassmusic

VIDEOS
new album: https://youtu.be/3avhdde9T9o 
Brazilian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJXxZ7Yj5ow 
Jazz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scTLClaMbiM

Rockwood, NYC: Max Hatt / Edda Glass

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

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“Beautiful music that is subtly poignant, elegantly funky, and haunting without trying to be. Their songs are direct yet often take unexpected and colorful harmonic twists and turns, delighting the ear.” – Nels Cline (Wilco, Nels Cline Singers)

Max Hatt / Edda Glass features ethereal guitar, an unmistakeable voice, and the duo’s award-winning Jazz Americana compositions. “We want to write about a world both intimate and vast, about little people on great plains,” says Glass. “Plus sometimes we throw in a little Bossa Nova.” Their 2016 “Ocean of Birds Tour” kicks off with NPR Mountain Stage and takes them across the country and several genres, from the jazz clubs of Manhattan to Nashville’s record stores and New England’s folk fests. Based in Santa Fe, NM, the duo first hit the national stage at NYC’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where they won the 2014 Grand-Prize of the international Mountain Stage / NewSong Competition. Produced by Pat Sansone of Wilco & Autumn Defense, Ocean of Birds releases May 20th on NewSong Recordings, and is available for pre-order at PledgeMusic [ http://www.pledgemusic.com/maxhatteddaglass ] .

“I was mesmerized from the first moment I heard them. They have the ability to create a deep sonic landscape with only voice and guitar, with songs that possess a mysterious and soulful magic.” ~ Pat Sansone (Wilco, Autumn Defense).

“…like paintings or hand printed photographs that speak and sway. The material is hypnotic and comforting, because it is crafted with patience, wit and seasoned love.” ~ Lizz Wright

“Mesmerizing… cinematic folk-jazz” ~ ASCAP’s Playback Magazine, in review of their 2015 Sundance Film Festival performance.



NYC, Club Bonafide: Max Hatt / Edda Glass

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

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“”Beautiful music that is subtly poignant, elegantly funky, and haunting without trying to be. Their songs are direct yet often take unexpected and colorful harmonic twists and turns, delighting the ear.” – Nels Cline (Wilco, Nels Cline Singers)

Max Hatt / Edda Glass features ethereal guitar, an unmistakeable voice, and the duo’s award-winning Jazz Americana compositions. “We want to write about a world both intimate and vast, about little people on great plains,” says Glass. “Plus sometimes we throw in a little Bossa Nova.” Their 2016 “Ocean of Birds Tour” kicks off with NPR Mountain Stage and takes them across the country and several genres, from the jazz clubs of Manhattan to Nashville’s record stores and New England’s folk fests. Based in Santa Fe, NM, the duo first hit the national stage at NYC’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where they won the 2014 Grand-Prize of the international Mountain Stage / NewSong Competition. Produced by Pat Sansone of Wilco & Autumn Defense, Ocean of Birds releases May 20th on NewSong Recordings, and is available for pre-order at PledgeMusic [ http://www.pledgemusic.com/maxhatteddaglass ] .

“I was mesmerized from the first moment I heard them. They have the ability to create a deep sonic landscape with only voice and guitar, with songs that possess a mysterious and soulful magic.” ~ Pat Sansone (Wilco, Autumn Defense).

“…like paintings or hand printed photographs that speak and sway. The material is hypnotic and comforting, because it is crafted with patience, wit and seasoned love.” ~ Lizz Wright

“Mesmerizing… cinematic folk-jazz” ~ ASCAP’s Playback Magazine, in review of their 2015 Sundance Film Festival performance.

Baltimore: Max Hatt / Edda Glass (May 20, 2016)

Friday, May 20th, 2016

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“”Beautiful music that is subtly poignant, elegantly funky, and haunting without trying to be. Their songs are direct yet often take unexpected and colorful harmonic twists and turns, delighting the ear.” – Nels Cline (Wilco, Nels Cline Singers)

Max Hatt / Edda Glass features ethereal guitar, an unmistakeable voice, and the duo’s award-winning Jazz Americana compositions. “We want to write about a world both intimate and vast, about little people on great plains,” says Glass. “Plus sometimes we throw in a little Bossa Nova.” Their 2016 “Ocean of Birds Tour” kicks off with NPR Mountain Stage and takes them across the country and several genres, from the jazz clubs of Manhattan to Nashville’s record stores and New England’s folk fests. Based in Santa Fe, NM, the duo first hit the national stage at NYC’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where they won the 2014 Grand-Prize of the international Mountain Stage / NewSong Competition. Produced by Pat Sansone of Wilco & Autumn Defense, Ocean of Birds releases May 20th on NewSong Recordings, and is available for pre-order at PledgeMusic [ http://www.pledgemusic.com/maxhatteddaglass ] .

“I was mesmerized from the first moment I heard them. They have the ability to create a deep sonic landscape with only voice and guitar, with songs that possess a mysterious and soulful magic.” ~ Pat Sansone (Wilco, Autumn Defense).

“…like paintings or hand printed photographs that speak and sway. The material is hypnotic and comforting, because it is crafted with patience, wit and seasoned love.” ~ Lizz Wright

“Mesmerizing… cinematic folk-jazz” ~ ASCAP’s Playback Magazine, in review of their 2015 Sundance Film Festival performance.