Just Wait! THE BAND’S VISIT Cast Recording Hits Stores Friday

… Kai Harada (Sound Design), Maya Ciarrocchi (Projection Design), Charles LaPointe (Hair Designer), Jamshied Sharifi (Orchestrations), Andrea Grody (Music Supervisor, Music Director & Additional Arrangements) and Dean Sharenow (Music Supervisor & Music Coordinator). THE BAND’S VISIT world …

A Life Among Fishes: Exploring The Art of Gyotaku, Thursday, Jan 25th.

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Here’s something really cool to check out.

As part of their Film and Lecture series Bay Ecotarium, through its partner organizations, Aquarium of the Bay, The Bay Institute and Bay Model Alliance, are hosting a presentation by Christopher Dewees on the ancient Japanese art of fish printing. His book, A Life Among Fishes: The Art of Gyotaku, shares a half-century of printing fish and shellfish to full color. In addition to reading from his book, Chris will give a live presentation on the art of gyotaku.

Since his introduction to Japanese fish printing (gyotaku) in 1968, Dewees has honed his skills to a mastery level. His works have been featured in many individual and group exhibitions around the world.

While Chris is a well-known artist, he is also an ecologist and a fisherman. His artistry is deeply informed by his research in marine fisheries management. In addition, Chris is Marine Fisheries Specialist, Emeritus, at the University of California, Davis Campus.

The event will be held on Thursday, January 25, with a reception at 5:30 pm and presentation from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway in Sausalito.


32 Under 32 – Jeffrey Sabin-Matsumoto of Portal A

There might be two nicer words than “Short Week” but we can’t think of them at the moment. Let’s keep the fun going with another 32 Under 32 winner. This time it’s Jeffrey Sabin-Matsumoto of Portal A. Give his interview a read today, then make sure to check back here tomorrow for a look at another 32 Under 32 star. It’ll already be Wednesday!

Congrats on being chosen as one of the top 32 advertising and marketing professionals under 32. When it comes to your job, what do you think you do differently to stand out?

I’m a precise blend of hard work and nonstop fun. In production, we work at a rapid pace juggling so many variables all at once – under stressful conditions, it’s really important to take in the moment and enjoy yourself. In order to do that, I try to create a loose atmosphere by singing, dancing, laughing, and encouraging the team to cut a rug with me.

What sort of things have you been doing at work that excite you?

As part of Portal A’s Originals division, we’ve been developing our first YouTube Red special (that will be launching soon). Since the beginning, I’ve been working on the project to develop the idea, identify the talent, and guide the production through the edit. It’s a completely different approach than branded content, and it’s been super exciting to help create an original show.

What is it about where you currently work that really pushes you to be better?

As our team grows, I’m no longer just accountable to myself and my own work, but responsible for our team of producers to ensure that we are staying true to the Portal A process that has brought us so much success. I am driven by making sure our entire production team is the best that it can be as we grow.

Somewhere out there is a kid half your age who wants your job. What do you tell them?

Start making videos…and don’t stop. Don’t wait for an opportunity to present itself, create the opportunity yourself. By developing your practical skills, you will learn invaluable lessons about production, and see all sides of the process.

It’s equally important to make connections wherever you can. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there – you’ll be surprised how much people will want to help you, and you’ll never know who can open doors for your career in the long run.

In thinking over your career so far, what work has made you the proudest?

At the end of each year, I look back with so much pride on what I’ve produced and our team’s body of work. Looking back on YouTube Rewind 2017, I was especially proud of our team for producing back-to-back days in L.A., and then hopping on a red eye flight to D.C. for another ambitious shoot the next day. And this was all while the other half of our production team was filming Rewind in Tokyo. We don’t stop!!

What do you want to accomplish career wise? What are your goals?

My goal is to create content that pushes the boundaries of what people expect, and to tell stories for underrepresented communities to shift perception and encourage dialogue. I also want to make every Beyoncé music video from now until eternity.

What’s the best professional advice you’ve ever received?

My mom taught me to work hard and be myself – and I haven’t looked back since. I only know how to give 110%. And, as I mentioned earlier, I’m singing the whole way.

This might be tough, but here’s your chance to give a shout out to one person who has helped you get to where you are today. Go.

There have been so many people, it’s tough to choose just one. But

Duncan Channon and Upwork Offer President Trump Freelance Social Media Help

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In Duncan Channon’s new “Hey World” campaign for Upwork, the brand raises its hand to offer freelance help to time-strapped or resource-strapped pop culture figures, business icons, institutions and political leaders – among them President Trump, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, Equifax and NASA.

Funny stuff and we like the eye-catching illustrations, too.


Crypto, Films, and Taking Back Creative Power: An Interview with 21 Million Executive Producer …

Even I, in my small evangelical way, have turned a few people on to crypto [and] Blockchain, including my friends YOUTH (The 21 Million Music Supervisor) and Pink Floyd bassist Guy Pratt, who I’m helping with ICO funding for a film project that will hopefully follow the 21 Million Blockchain distribution …

Tickets on Sale Tomorrow for MOULIN ROUGE in Boston

Justin Levine (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) is music supervisor, orchestrator and arranger and Matt Stine (Sweeney Todd) is music producer. Casting, by casting directors Jim Carnahan and Stephen Kopel, will be announced soon. Bill Damaschke is the executive producer. General management is …

Rhythm Planet Recommends: Upcoming Shows to Catch

January is quickly evanescing, but I wanted to point out a few terrific events that you won’t want to miss. There’s Cuban dance music, an intimate evening with a rock legend, Hawaiian slack-key masters, and more. Check out the listings below for details.

Thursday, January 19 | Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars with Harold López-Nussa Trio | CSUN Valley Performing Arts Center (Northridge)

Cuban bandleader and musician Juan de Marcos was a key force behind the highly unlikely (a.k.a. octogenarian musicians lost in obscurity) and very successful franchise, Buena Vista Social Club (BVSC), but he himself is less well-known. Before the BVSC, he co-founded the son group Sierra Maestra, named after the mountain range in Eastern Cuba. He’s bringing his 14-piece Afro-Cuban collective to CSUN, a school which has a well-respected music curriculum that has turned out many successful musicians. No doubt many of them will be there for an evening that will keep the audience on its feet dancing. Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa opens the show. Click HERE for tickets and more information.

Saturday, January 20 | Yemen Blues | Luckman Fine Arts Complex (East L.A.)

A group comprised of musicians from New York City, Uruguay, and Tel Aviv, Yemen Blues combines Yemenite, African, blues, funk and jazz styles into a synergistic musical brew. It’s a heady mix that underlines the fact that music is and will always be the universal language. Israeli vocalist and composer Ravid Kahalani leads this ensemble of brass, string, and percussion players. Core members include Uruguay’s Rony Iwryn and Israeli Itamar Doari on percussion, plus Brooklyn, New York’s bassist/oud player Shanir Blumenkranz. Together they’ve created a powerful and original sound that they like to call “New Age Culture Music.” Click HERE for tickets and more information.

Thursday, January 25 | Don’t Box Me In: An Evening with Rockstar Stewart Copland | Long Beach Convention Center Terrace Theater Lobby (Long Beach)

Stewart Copeland, composer and drummer of The Police (Photo: Shayne Gray)

Copeland is of course best known as the drummer of The Police, but he has had a prolific career as a film score composer and has ventured into opera as well. My favorite score by him is an early one called The Rhythmatist from 1985, which I used to feature a lot on my radio shows. This talk/meet-and-greet held by the Long Beach Opera—where Copland will have the west coast premiere in March of his latest opera—will be a rare treat for his fans. For those willing to pay for a $200 VIP reception, attendees will have a chance to chat and meet Copeland face-to-face over drinks and appetizers. Copeland’s talk is preceded by a screening of his documentary Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out. The $100 general admission includes screening and talk with two drink vouchers for beer or wine. Click HERE for tickets and more information.

Thursday, February 1 | Legends: Keola Beamer & Henry Kapono | The Broad Stage (Santa Monica)

Slack-key guitar master Keola Beamer (Photo by Mark Modeen)
Henry Kapono (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Keola Beamer and Henry Kapono are masters of the Hawaiian slack-key guitar, each with huge followings in Hawaii. Willie Nelson has called Beamer’s slack-key style, “the best there is on the planet.” Kapono is a thrilling performer who celebrates Hawaiian culture and the joy of living in the islands through his music. Each artist will perform a set of contemporary Hawaiian music, then join together for the finale. The concert also features Kumu Hula (Hula Master) Moanalani Beamer. Ticket-buyers have the option to upgrade their evening with a pre-show Polynesian style Luau reception for an additional $50 (with tax and gratuity included). Click HERE for tickets and more information.

Saturday, February 3 | Peking Acrobats | Luckman Fine Arts Complex (East L.A.)

Anybody who loves Cirque du Soleil will thrill to the Peking Acrobats, and will probably also come to realize how much the famous Québec-based performance troupe has been influenced by Chinese acrobatic traditions. The Peking Acrobats set the Guiness World Record for a feat known as the human chair stack, where six performers balance precariously 21 feet up on six chairs without any safety lines. The show will feature other amazing displays of contortion, agility, and dexterity. Like Peking Opera, Chinese acrobatics are an ancient (dating back over 2,000 years), enduring, and beloved Chinese traditional art form. Click HERE for tickets and more information.

Banner image of Ravid Kahalani of Yemen Blues courtesy of the artist.

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Black Lightning: Kurt Farquhar creates bold music for new CW series

Kurt Farquhar (KF): A lot of conversations with the producers and music supervisor. We kind of put it together as what a overall sound would be like. One of the challenges with Black Lightning is there’s a lot of licensed songs, and how you’re going to make the score intertwine with that and not make it …