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My purpose in having this blog is to, yes, bring you all the music of the great Indie Artists in NYC....but...
My bigger mission is to help you get to know the personality of the artists, see them as I know them~~

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StreetcredMusic: Choosing 2015's Photo of the Year.

It's that time of year again. Time for me to pick the StreetcredMusic 'Photo of the Year' for 2015.

Remember it's not the quality of the photo that is most important, it's what the picture captures.
The time and place, events and the emotion it provokes with me, that matter most.

There are 21 pics in all, see the previous selections here::
Other pics in the running for 2015

Erin Pellnat returns from Paris:


Tessa Lena... 'Tessa Makes Love' is the band. first performance at TheHiveNYC

Tessa Lena

MetroNomads and Seasonal Beast 
...Performing together at The Living Room.

Adam Halfi, Naaran Barzilay, and Yula Beeri

There UGO, 15 more coming!!

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StreetcredMusic: Choosing 2015's Photo of the Year.

It's that time of year again. Time for me to pick the StreetcredMusic 'Photo of the Year' for 2015.
Remember it's not the quality of the photo that is most important, it's what the picture captures.
The time and place, events and the emotion it provokes with me, that matter most.

This is the 2014 winner, me and the Diva, who got me started doing this blog, in NYC.

In NYC with Greta Panettieri
Soooooo, here are the first three I chose to be in the running::::

This one is me saving Sonia Montez from being attacked by a Dragon on Fifth Ave, NYC

Jan, 2015.
This is from the wonderful performance given by Lara Bello in Chicago, at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

The third photo to show you of the 21 choices I have made is...
Yuli Beeri, singing 'Goodnight' at the end of one of the performances of Yula & 'The eXtended Family'

At TheHiveNYC
There UGO, 18 more coming!!!!

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StreetcredMusic: A 3Way, My Way: Bassey, Pavarotti, Sinatra. Sinatra Centennial 2015

 Ladies first, the incomparable Dame Shirley Bassey.  From Tiger Bay, Cardiff Wales.

 Enjoy: video, Shirley, her way

Dame Shirley Bassey
 (My2cents: I saw her at the Copa, in NYC, like, Oh, 1977??
The walls shook, the power in her voice is really scary)
Then came these guys:: The Three Tenors: I saw them at the Meadowlands, there were no walls.
Enjoy:: Video, a 3way my way

My Way::
"My Way" is a song popularized by Frank Sinatra. Its lyrics were written by Paul Anka and set to music based on the French song "Comme d'habitude" co-composed, co-written and performed in 1967 by Claude François. Anka's English lyrics are unrelated to the original French song.

Frank Sinatra at 17
 I saw Sinatra so many times I can't remember. Living in Vegas, I got to see one of his final gigs there, at The Desert Inn, and in the lounge that night with him, were Keely Smith and Sam Butera

Enjoy the video:: 'My Way' by Sinatra

Released 1969, Sinatra, the album 'My Way'


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StreetcredMusic: 'My2cents' Playing Gigs For Free? Why?

Here is a video I did a few weeks ago, and the responses that have come to my Facebook, Twitter and my email... I will continue to add more as they come in::

Enjoy the video, 'My2cents'

Emilly Ben Ami made this happen.
Got it, OK here are the responses...

This one came from Rich M, he calls it 'Promoters that don't promote'~~

"In New York, I often see homeless people opening the door for people outside of Dunkin’ Donuts and asking for change. These are people that have no job, so they create their own, without really asking permission.
Similarly, there are people who have created the job of scheduling bands to play 45 minute sets at various clubs, do nothing until the night of the show, where they show up and take money from you and your fans."

Linda, NYC Subway musician
  From, Maya, NYC...

"The truth is, musicians have got to love performing their own music this much because everything else surrounding playing a show is a nightmare, and New York City just magnifies the problems. Everything from booking shows to hauling your gear on the subway to tiny stages, this town is not for the faint of heart. Of course, the thing that will suck the soul right out of you is booking your own gigs. The truth is, booking your own shows takes thick skin, patience, networking, confidence, and organization. Then when you get nothing for all that, well it sucks. So you have a point on both ends, it drains your finances, but there will always be people playing for FREE!"

From, Jan, NY
  Amen! About time someone spoke the truth. Thank you, Pete!

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StreetcredMusic: New Album from Itaiguara, 'Awakening'

For many years when I mention Brazilian Jazz to my friends, the comments I get are...
"too complicated, the rhythms, the language"...I usually stop there.

Itaiguara with his new and his first album, has now given me ammunition, to attack again in this battle, to awaken more readers to this genre.

Itaiguara FB page
'Awakening' is a wonderful, smooth flowing collection of original compositions. With, as always with Itaiguara, the finest musicians in jazz.

Eleven tunes in all, but, the first one that caught my eye and ear was,...
 'Chorinho pro Cidinho', a tribute to the maestro Cidinho Teixeira    
Video: Chorinho pro Cidinho 


Hi, Pete,  Hello readers...
" I'm a Brazilian bassist, guitarist, composer arranger living in New York. "Awakening" is my first solo album released in 2015. Its songs, 10 of which are original compositions, are an exploration of various styles of Brazilian music and beyond. These range from samba, bossa nova, baião, choro, and modifications of traditional Brazilian styles (afoxé in 3/4 and samba in 7/4), to chamber music, jazz waltz, funk, and Afro-Peruvian. The album features 20 musicians playing a variety of instruments including flutes, clarinet, bassoon, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, accordion, trumpet, guitar, drums, percussion, piano, violin, cello, bass, and vocals. The title track is a composition with a slow build, reminiscent of each day's dawn, and also represents the figurative awakening in an artist's career. For me, it signifies the journey from gaining experience as a sideman to articulating my vision through music."

 ....this album flows, as described above, many diverse styles, and rhythms....
........vocals on the album, by Greta Panettieri ~ Nana Brandao and Itaiguara.
..........for a first time work, this is a group of compositions, and music makers unmatched!!

The release show/party for 'Awakening'  will be in NYC, November 18th, 2015 at Subrosa
...there will be 2 sets, 8PM & 10PM

'Awakening' is available here, now, and see a complete list of the musicians::Awakenings, HERE

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StreetcredMusic, How Did It Get Started? Part 1, Pete Carma

Sometime in the Fall of 2010, I think??

I took this the night I met Greta Panettieri
Here is how this blog came about:: My Video Answer!

Kalen, & & The Sky Thieves

Yula Beeri & The eXtended Family
Follow these and all the other amazing women, who give their all to careers in Indie Music ....
....and bring us all that joy, and love.

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StreetcredMusic: Artists in New York, Part XVl, Chelsea Rodriguez

I first met Chelsea Rodriguez where all creative people in New York City 'hang' TheHiveNYC.
Chelsea was dancing and acting in a live stage production of 'Yulix, A Rock Opera'.

(one of my fav photos) Chelsea, by Ethan Baldwin
"I am a dancer and choreographer, hailing from Miami, FL. I was actually born in Palm Springs, CA but Miami would be considered the closest to a home base growing up. I have been in New York for about 7 years, and the city has taken my artistic career to places I never dreamed.

Between working with Streb Extreme Action Company, performing as a faux queen/performance artist in NYC nightlife, dancing in a rock opera (Yulix ) with the amazingly talented Yula Beeri and performing my own work, my art and dancing has consistently grown to encompass a distinct and unique style.
Chelsea, photo by Allison Stock

I am currently working on a new solo as well as several projects with friends. I am also in the midst of co-producing my first nightlife party. Dance-wise I am continuing to explore my movement style and hone in on specific qualities. I feel it may start to take on a physical theater sense".
 I asked Chelsea the one question I ask everyone...If you could work with anyone, who would it be?
"It is a toss up but I would love to work with either Matthew Bourne or Doug Jones. I always admired how Bourne could take classic ballets, deconstruct them and re-create such unique twists on the stories. I am fascinated by how Jones has been able to create a niche for himself in the film industry as both an actor and a physical performer. I would love to work with him and further learn how to blend different artistic aspects into one solid form".

....."Pete, thank you so much for providing this opportunity. I look forward to seeing the continued developments on the StreetcredMusic documentary."

My thanks to Chelsea Rodriguez for taking time and adding 'dance' to my Artists in New York series!

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StreetcredMusic, Doc Film. Almost done!

....The editing process is moving along. Clara Lofaro's part is done. I'm just adding 'My2cents' about her at this point. It looks great I might say. In the process it became more of a personal story than a music feature, for Clara.

A portrait I had done of Clara, by Liz Emirzian
Soooo... just so you are not cheated, here is a musical clip, that will not be in the film. She wrote 'Hurricane' a great tune, for the film.

Enjoy:: Vimeo of 'Hurricane' being written

Since... it has been featured in an album, by American Idol finalist  Erika Van Pelt called 'My Independence'.


Now we are concentrating on 'The Diva'  ~Greta Panettieri, and her marvelous self....
..fun days ahead watching all the footage of her smile and voice!!

~here are some clips of her::
Vimeo:: Greta in NYC!

Greta, Her Music
 Here is the movie FB page:: 'StreetcredMusic'

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