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Pete Carma, I'm a totally nonprofit supporter of Indie Music!

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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Greta Panettieri::
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Wednesday

StreetcredMusic: Throwback Thursdays, Sistas

That feeling you get when you bring two women artists together..from all over the world...
    ....and they become 'fidanzate'.


Yula Beeri & Greta Panettieri 2012




Yula & Greta, 2014
at
TheHiveNYC












Video:::Greta and Yula, at TheHiveNYC

Putting people together in New York City, with music as the catalyst..'StreetcredMusic'

Erin Pellnat, Kayce Laine @Bitter End, 2014


    Kayce Laine & Erin Pellnat
2015









 Video:: Erin Pellnat/Jean Fight

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Greta and Sonia Montez 2012








Sonia Montez and Greta
2014, Rockwood Music Hall
Stage 3










Yula Beeri & Tessa Lena 2015
So there you have some throwback meetings, that are still going strong.

    Israel, Italy, USA, Puerto Rico, Russia, and the Bronx....


(to see more about any of them, type their name in the 'search' 
on the front page of the blog or scroll down on the right margin) 


Thursday

StreetcredMusic: She Said~~He Said, Lara Bello, Frank Sinatra, and The Moon

 She Said~~He Said, is a fun thing I like to do, because in reality music has no gender.

She Said:
Lara Bello

  
            
                Video here, Enjoy: 'Fly Me To The Moon'
 My first experiment musical recorded was this: Here in 2003 I was trying to look for different colors within the standards of jazz, and I inventaba melodies and spontaneous letrillas.
To my father, great photographer, he loved " Fly Me To The Moon " and so he wanted to record this experiment with the bassist granadino Guillermo Morente. I remember the rain brutal that fell after this recording, with the water coming in the whole house and I with the hairstyle and make-up running to get buckets of water and to save the plugs and electronic equipment from the floor. :)


 He Said:
 Frank Sinatra

                   
               Video here, Enjoy:'Fly me To The Moon'
 The tune was originally called 'In Other Words'
In 1954, when writing the song which would become famous as "Fly Me to the Moon", Bart Howard had been pursuing a career in music for more than 20 years. He played piano to accompany cabaret singers but also wrote songs with Cole Porter, his idol, in mind. In response to a publisher's request for a simpler song, Bart Howard wrote a cabaret ballad in waltz time which he titled "In Other Words". A publisher tried to make him change some lyrics from "fly me to the moon" to "take me to the moon" but Howard refused to do this. Many years later Howard commented that “... it took me 20 years to find out how to write a song in 20 minutes"
He used his position as a piano accompanist and presenter at the Blue Angel cabaret venue to promote the song and it was soon introduced in cabaret performances by Felicia Sanders.


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Wednesday

StreetcredMusic: Laure Porche, Creator, Artist, New York City.

I recently met a wonderful 'creator' relativity new to New York City. Arriving from France 2 years ago, and I'd like to tell you about the amazing contribution she is making in just that short time.

Laure Porche
                            
Actress/Choreographer
 I met Laure through one of my favorite communities of the Arts in NYC, TheHiveNYC
.....a non profit, very special cultural events happening, in Brooklyn.
She is on the verge of several new projects that will enhance the culture of the city.
She has made a difference already by 'giving back' as an instructor of dance.

Here's a video sample of what you will see from this young talent!!
         Video::Dance reel from Laure Porche

Here's a conversation I had with Laure:
Hi Pete...
"I'm an actress, dancer, choreographer and writer from France. My background spans many different styles of dance (hip hop, belly dance, jazz, Afro) which allows me to adapt to the energy required in any piece, and also to mix styles together to create a unique aesthetic of movement.

While in France, I worked a lot on the fusion belly dance scene, and also did a lot of TV work in Lebanon as a co-choreographer and dance captain on several TV shows.

Laure Porche
 I came to New York to deepen my training as an actress as I was aware American acting is way beyond the kind of technique I could get in France. My experience here as a "displaced person" sparked a reflection about exile, and this reflection is being embodied in the one woman show I'm currently creating.

The show uses theater, dance and movement to explore the idea of being permanently separated from where one is coming from. Through it, I try to give a voice to my Russian great grand mother, who emigrated to France with my great grand father and ended up losing her mind. I also speak and express parts of my own experience and the nostalgia I have always carried, of not being able to go back to where I came from before Earth.

I explore my relationship with God throughout my childhood, as well as the impact my parents' divorce had on me, and the new brand of homesickness I've discovered since coming to the US.

It's a very personal piece, but I've had a chance to workshop it earlier this month and people were wonderfully receptive. Since working on this piece, I've talked to several people who expressed the same feeling of being "strangers on Earth", and thanked me for expressing something they could never quite put into words. It will premiere at the Emerging Artists Theater New Work Series in May.
 
 Aside from that show, I'm also working on The Hive production's of the Tempest in the role of Stephano, and on an experimental movement/theater piece set to happen at Dixon Place, in which I play the French writer Georges Sand." 
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I'm looking forward to see Laure in several productions this summer and lucky for New York she is 'displaced' here. A bright future is ahead, I'm sure.

Twitter: follow Laure @Laureiginale

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Friday

StreetcredMusic: Tessa Lena, Chosen: Taking Music Listening to a New Level of Stupid

A piece from one of my favorite people, who has a wonderful blog::
        ...Tessa Lena

Chosen: Taking Music Listening to a New Level of Stupid

I am happy to bring on my punchline in the opening sentence: The only thing that this new gamified music listening service is taking to a new level, is “stupid”.
Now, the long form.
Does everything have to be about the finance game? Everything-everything? Even love and magical things?
I am thinking, one day in the distant future, the majority of people are probably going to be forced to remember that the purpose of adult life is not distraction, and not trying to never grow up, but enjoying adulthood. Adulthood is a very happy thing.

Music is otherworldly. It can soothe, and bring out the pain and then heal it, it can inspire one through a difficult task. But when people of a certain psychological type get a hold of it, all they know to do is how to use it to play finance games and sell shit. All they know to do is how to sell shit, period. There is nothing wrong with selling when it’s done in the context of respect and general decency. During the darkest times, there are always people who manage to sneak in amazing, beautiful things, and sell them to others without too much evil. But when it’s about sucking the soul out of you, like a spider from a sci-fi cartoon, it not good. When people dealing music don’t have the organ to understand its power, it’s tragic.

Tessa Lena, her band is Tessa Makes Love



Enter Chosen, “an experiment in the gamification of music listening.”
This morning’s press-release, masked as a cheery Medium article, starts with nonsense about “our genetic fabric” (a drop of determinism that is designed to create a subliminal tie to the advertised product… yawn).

And then it goes into the dark web of meaningless macaroni: “Chosen turns the genre on its head, where not just performers compete, but the 99% of us, who are fairly talentless as performers, compete to prove our expertise as judges…

Our game ‘Judge the Judge’ has you watch a 15 second performance clip followed by two video reviews. You pick the better judge.Ultimately, your rank as a judge is based on an algorithm that includes your historical performance picking winners, the number of followers you’ve built, and the quality of your critiques determined from winning ‘Judge the Judge’ rounds.”
And it goes on, and on, and on.


A tangent: There are many interesting books that talk about how shifting the focus from learning to “entertainment” in education and business practices has been used–sometimes intentionally and sometimes accidentally–by powers in politics and commerce, to create a helpless mass of followers who need a pacifier, at all times. Unfortunately, there are side effects for the followers. They never grow up, and that’s one of the most horrible things that can happen to a human. Neuronal connections don’t develop, misery entails.
Predators are allowed to prey and blow smoke. But listening to them creates pain. Gamification is just a way to corrupt people a bit more, and recycle their beautiful, vibrant souls for a quick profit.

David Hyman, I hope you read it. I don’t know you and I don’t hold any personal grudge–desprite the blunt tone of my words–but have you ever thought of music (and yourself) as a power to make the world better, vs. a power that is guaranteed to make the world more stupid? Do you want to leave the legacy of stupid behind you?

Do you have kids? Do you want them to use your service?
Monetizing the sacred is a two-sided sword. Think about it…
I am a musician, and you are fucking up my sacred.

 Tessa Lena is a musician living in New York. Her background is in classical piano, linguistics, ethnomusicology, and computers. She fronts the band Tessa Makes Love. Robots are on her $hit list.

Follow her on Twitter: @tessamakeslove or subscribe to her newsletter here.

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Tuesday

StreetcredMusic. Conversation with Sonia Montez. Part l

This blog is for Indie Musicians. Many of them, Greta Panettieri, Yula Beeri, Tessa Lena, and Jade Simmons among others, have given me praise for giving a 'voice' not only to their music, but a platform to speak.

Here is a chat with one of the most outspoken, intelligent, informed and TALENTED musicians on the New York scene for years:: Sonia Montez

Enjoy~~Part I

Video chat with  My friend Sonia Montez





Enjoy::: a video by Sonia Montez and the Henry Street Players~~ 'AveryJane'

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Monday

StreetcredMusic, New CD from Kalen &The Sky Thieves`"Bluebird"

Kalen: friend of this blog for several years has a great new CD available now!
Her band of 2 years, 'The Sky Thieves' has given us 'Bluebird'

Kalen & The Sky Thieves
Kalen has been a force in Indie Music in New York City ever since I started my bogging.
"Bluebird" is a mirror of her versatility.
The silky, smoothness of her voice mixed with her 'rockstability' make this CD unique.

The title tune, 'Bluebird' is a bluesy heavy bottom tune, with some great guitar work by, Will Hanza
....this tune to me, jumps from a blues opening to a more heavy rock finish. Remember I told you Kalen was versatile!

Kalen's range and that 'silky smoothness' I mentioned is on display on 'Keep You Mine'...
...speaking of on display, as good as her recordings are, you must see her live to get the full impact of her talent. Performance, which is lacking in so many indie artist's 'bag' is a plus with Kalen.

Kalen
'Island' Tune #4 is one that stays with the listener. It's melody, that to me creates a feeling of an ocean, and Kalen's upper register, well. it paints a picture, cool, wind, flowing. Nice tune!

...and then the ever present, sultry, antisocial 'Rabid Girl' shows up. One of the very best tunes I have heard from Indie Music in years. Again there is a portrait painted here. Of NYC, with a beat that says...
everything New York is about... stress, strife, hardship, police, addiction, and Delancey Street, as observed by Kalen...and all put together in a great composition.

This is an album of 10 tunes, that the Sky Thieves can be proud of. One thing that I don't normally mention, but for me it adds to the listening pleasure...the rotation of the tunes here is perfect!

Kalen: on her music...
   "I think it's a combination that I've never wanted to just say I'm going to do this one thing. I listened to a lot of my mom's vinyl growing up, I love classic rock, but then I love a lot of trip-hop. I never saw myself as a singer-songwriter even though I was one, so I always really tried to incorporate other elements of soul and groove and funk by making my songs really bass-line heavy, even just on the piano. I think that's part of why the sound is multifaceted, because each person in the band also has a really diverse music taste individually, but also come from really kind of different schools of music. Will Hanza comes straight from '70s psychedelic music and Wayan Zoey comes from jazz and jam band world. Jay Giacomazzo came from more of the rock and punk scene, and then I came from  New Hampshire writing funky bass-lines.
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Get the CD, BUT make sure you get out to see them LIVE!

Web site:: and get the CD here:: Kalen&TST
Like and follow their:: Facebook page!

THEY WILL BE AT THE HARD ROCK CAFE, IN PHILLY, MAY 6TH



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Friday

StreetcredMusic: Jade Simmons, Black History Month, at Elgin Community College

In keeping with Black History Month the wonderful folks at Elgin Community College were able to get Jade Simmons, for a two day residency. Jade is a friend and Elgin is in my back yard, so, lucky me.
First a 'hats off' to ECC and the wonderful women there who made this happen and also extended their hospitality to me.

Joyce Fountain, Sociology Instructor

Toya Webb, Media
The concert, event, and Q&A that I attended was as energetic, informative and as entertaining as it could be.
For Black History Month, especially in Illinois, who better than Jade. A former Miss Chicago, Miss Illinois and then first runner up Miss America. A child who in South Carolina was taken to a KKK Rally by her dad, where she was exposed to the most disgraceful verbal attacks one could imagine.
 And in her adult life was asked by a patron at one of her concerts to show her to her seat, thinking she was an usher.
So the 'history' was vividly brought to light to the young people of ECC, in the Jobe Lounge in 2015.

Jade Simmons
 Jade took that 'history' and built on it, to be one of the most influential women in America. 
She has performed at the White House, Moscow, and, at her favorite, Rachmaninoff's house where
she was able to play his own piano.
Also known by me and all of her followers as the 'Rebel' of classical music, she mixes in all kinds of beats to her work.
I have reviews of Jade's two previous CDs, 'Revolutionary Rhythm' and 'Playing With Fire'
....just type her name in the 'search' of this blog.
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Jade has boundless energy for her music and communicating. She reaches people with a straight from the shoulder approach that is based on her vast experiences in life and music.     
         She comes prepared for her audience. The almost 2 hour seminar yesterday just flew by.  

Here is a Rap/Classic that Jade closed the show with yesterday.
Wonderful time!

Jade will be in NYC:: February 27th. at a great venue~~SubCulture
get tickets here:  Jade at SubCulture, TKS
                                                    
Thanks Jade Simmons and ECC!


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