Award-Winning Indie Artist Talks Songwriting, How to Make Great Videos

Alto Key, an independent London-based artist who makes indie/alt-pop music, is a musician whose work has the power to uplift your spirits, punch you in the gut, and squeeze a tear from your heart. He is also delightfully and hilariously funny on his various social media channels, and boasts over 6.7 million likes and 375,000 […]

A Bit About Bagpipes with J. Avery Head

Avery became involved with the local Syracuse Scottish Pipe Band.  He was elected Pipe Major (director) within 6 weeks and has been directing the band ever since (1974).  The band was initially a Grade 3 pipe band, but has since become a Grade 4 or 5 band, depending on the playing personnel each year thanks to Head’s influence.  Since then he’s taught a number of players over the years, and some of them have developed into very noteworthy players and performers.  Further, Avery has competed in numerous solo competitions over the years, and has earned a number of medals. 

Sandra Wong: The Wonder of the Nyckelharpa

As an enterprising force in the world of indigenous and exotic instruments, Sandra further engages in collaborations with a many musicians working with diverse genres of music. Sandra goes on to create and personally facilitate musical study trips to different countries — leading people into the heart of individual folk cultures through the music and dance of each country. She strives to nurture a deep love of music and the arts in both children and adults.

Skanson & Hansen: The Harmonious Collision of Two Guitar Worlds

As the description implies, this is not a case of one guitar player strumming a rhythm while the other flat-picks along in melodic movements. Rather, this is a case where these two gentlemen co-operate in composition. They operate more like a quartet. In this manner they can arrange their music to offer more than rhythm and melody, but also imply other parts, such as

Steph Johnson — Spiraling Upward To Bright, Musical Horizons

Voices of Our City is an inspirational musical ensemble that has garnered plenty of headlines. The choir has been the focus of a documentary “The Homeless Chorus Speaks” that aired nationally on PBS stations. The group has performed with the San Diego Symphony, and opened a benefit concert at the historic Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on a bill that featured Jason Mraz and founding members of the Doors.

Mind Over Matter — The Science of Shred with Michael Head

“What music really comes down to, like a lot of things, is people. Whether you are playing a gig, producing a recording project or coordinating events, it’s all about the people. If you’re listening to my music at a gig we are having a connection. And especially, working in the studio, you are having some impact on this artist’s future. That means something. There’s always collaboration….