HERE WE GO! (with more!)

Plans are well underway for a fabulous Music Industry Weekend at Bosch Baha’i School Oct 27 -30, 2011.

This years overall theme is “Distinguishing Yourself” – we are assembling a line-up of presenters to help you do just that. 

At the top of our Presenters “hit parade” is Jon Rezin.  

Jon Rezin is a first call engineer and producer with clientele that reads like a who’s who of the music industry. Starting out in NYC, Rezin cut his teeth recording jazz legends such as Ron Carter, Charlie Persip, Victor Goines. Since relocating to LA five years ago, he has become a much desired vocal producer and engineer. He spent four of the last five seasons engineering American Idol’s weekly studio albums, producing vocals for the Top 12 contestants. He has also engineered projects for numerous labels, producers and artists including Avril Lavigne, Maroon 5, Ne-Yo, and has mixed records for some of the legends of the music industry including Lonnie Jordan of WAR and Carlos Santana.  Jon is currently mixing for Toby Gad (Writer/Producer for Fergie, Beyonce, The Veronicas, and others) as well as writing with Allison Iraheta (American Idol) for her upcoming album. This is in addition to the engineering/production for many well-known Baha’i artists including: JB Eckl, Badasht, Badi, Andy Grammer, Devon Gundry & 
As a compliment to his production skills, he has also developed quite a track-record with web and social media marketing. As a web marketing strategist, he has helped numerous artists, producers and indie labels develop online strategies to get more exposure for their music, improve their online presence, and build their community of super fans. He will be sharing some of the key tools, tips, and strategies in his music marketing bootcamp taking place during the Bosch music industry weekend.
At this year’s Music Industry Weekend, Jon will share his insights on marketing, digital distribution, and more.  If you’re ready to take your music business to the next level, you won’t want to miss this weekend in the redwoods of Bosch Baha’i School! 

But what if you don’t even have a recording yet?  Let me introduce Russ Salton.

For the past 2 years, Russ Salton has provided a portable studio and recorded new tracks for our participants.  He has agreed to do so again this year and we could not be more pleased. 

Russ Salton is a Musician’s Musician.  His guitar improvisations flow effortlessly off his fingers and sound as though he’d been rehearsing them forever.
Russ honed his musicianship in a band called “Friends” in the Los Angeles music scene at its hottest.  After seven years of non-stop ‘entertaining” and striving to get signed by a large record company, Russ decided to move to Seattle; mountains, rivers, green as far as the eye can see…and rain. Now he’s creating music from the depths of his soul with meaningful lyrics, enticing melodies and production techniques from the “old school”.  His musical styles range from acoustic to rock and reggae to R&B.  He still performs shows 2 to 3 times a month in the Seattle area.
 He has recorded two albums of exceptional quality and done so in his own home studio in Gig Harbor, WA.  For his recent “SMILE” CD, Russ chose to use a mastering service in Norway and accomplished that final production step via the internet.  There is nothing in the recording process that Russ does not know how to do, or where to turn for the best help. 
Russ has also helped many other musicians to record their work.  As a result, Russ has become a DIY recording expert with some real insights on getting the most out of home-studio equipment.  Russ owns some of the best technology in that category and will be bringing a portable recording set-up to Bosch Baha’i School this year.  Russ will share his time and expertise to record tracks for those desiring to do so.  Of course, time is limited so we’ll be governing the workload for Russ, but last year Russ managed to record tracks for ten artists and even provided them a CD of everyone’s tracks.  If you have wanted to record yourself, but feel you need some expert help getting started, here’s your chance!

But let’s say that your interest is in Stage Performance.  We will have Alan James to help you!

Alan has been writing songs and performing in coffee houses, bars and   other venues across America since he was   22,   honing his craft under the influence of the likes of Hoyt Axton, Bob Dylan,   Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, Judy Collins and countless   lesser-known artists and friends all along the road.  
     Now in his fifth decade as a performing   singer-songwriter, Alan has amassed a wealth of experience and insights into   what it takes to capture an audience and hold their attention.  His Performance Workshops have benefited dozens of participants from the novice,   to the seasoned veteran.  He has presented his performance coaching at folk festivals, music conferences, and seminars throughout the Southwest.    Now, he’s a regular on our agenda for Music Industry Weekend. If you’d like   some expert guidance on improving your stage presence and winning the hearts   of your audience, Alan James is your man!

And there will be more than this, I assure you! 

In addition to our Thursday night song circle, and our “open mic” Friday night, we will be putting on a live show on Saturday night, open to the public.  We will feature the nine acts voted as “favorite” by all the participants. And each selected performer will have the opportunity to assemble and rehearse back-up support from among our talented participants.  And we have song-circles in which you can share your own work and get inspired by your friends, old and new.

JUST ADDED 7/30/11:  Jeff Bohnhoff will conduct a DIY recording workshop “Getting a Better Sound”

Jeff Bohnhoff has been a musician for 38 years.  He and his talented wife Maya have been playing music together in bands or as a duo since 1979.   Jeff says: “I first got into using computers for music in 1986.  Back then I was using a PC running DOS.  In 1995 my experience with music software landed me a job doing tech support for Emagic, the company that originally created Logic.”  Jeff became Emagic’s support manager for the United States.  Apple purchased Emagic in 2002, and Jeff relocated to the Bay Area.  He currently works in the AppleCare Engineering division, working with the development, marketing, and support teams for Logic, and other professional media applications.  When professional Recording Engineers with Logic software need help or advice, they call Jeff Bohnhoff.
      Jeff also runs a recording studio, called “MysticFig”. There, he has produced several albums for himself and Maya, as well as albums for other artists.  Over the past several years, Maya and Jeff Bohnhoff have become world renown artists in the “FILK” genre and been invited to perform all over the world, including England in 2008, Germany in 2009, Toronto in 2010, and performances all over the USA.  
       We are delighted that Jeff will share his recording experience with us again this year!

And I am not done with the agenda.  I have several other musicians who have volunteered a variety of  presentations and we’re working out how to best include those we feel most useful.

Let’s not forget however, as valuable as all the imparted knowledge can be, our greatest treasure at the weekend is the fellowship with other spiritually-minded musicians, the friendships, and the future collaborations that follow.

I hope you will be part of this amazing weekend.

Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator, Music Industry Weekend 
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

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