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Ms. Springer is Performing at the HENEGAR CENTER

 


NOTE THE NEW DATES: I’m having a wonderful time in the ensemble of this quintessential October musical. Please come out and support the Henegar Center by seeing “Sweeney Todd” (rated PG for violence and adult humor), and check out their great programming for children such as “ANNIE” in December!!

Posted 1 year, 7 months ago.

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Even My Dog Sings

Even My Dog Sings

Bella and I put a Musical Holiday Greeting on YouTube.
On the date of this posting it has 837 views.
Want a good laugh? Take a peak.

Video: Kristin and Bella Sing You a Happy Holiday

Posted 7 years, 2 months ago.

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Singing with Bobby McFerrin

Circle Singing at the Omega institute

Singing with Bobby McFerrin

This past summer, I had the amazing opportunity to sing in a choir setting with the incomparable Bobby McFerrin for nearly a week. The format was vocal improvisation, mostly a genre called “Circle Singing.” We sang with McFerrin and his co-teachers about six hours per day in the beautiful, holistic resort, the Omega Institute, in Rhinebeck, NY.

In this genre, the leader (standing in the center) divides a ring of singers into sections (usually by voice part) and assigns a 1-2 bar phrase to be repeated indefinitely. Each vocal section is given a contrasting, yet harmonically pleasing, part which layers simultaneously with the other voice parts. Vocal percussion, sometimes known as beat-boxing, is added, and the leader improvises on top of all (with a microphone). The effect is joyous, spontaneous, and spiritual.

As a classically-trained singer and pianist, who often rehearses many hours for each performance, the practice of vocal improvisation is liberating. The goal isn’t musical perfection, or telling a story, or even entertaining a crowd. Its about transcending expectations and flowing with the music in the moment. The magic is music that is invented, manifested, performed, and witnessed by all participants at the exact same time.

There are many musicians across the world who have learned this style of “Circle Singing,” including a couple groups in NYC. Mostly, leaders create in 4:4 time in Major or Minor tonal patterns. But, McFerrin epitomizes vocal improvisation leadership, by creating in 5:4, 7:8, 9:8, and 13:8 time. He also creates in various modes. One of his co-teachers, Chistiane Karam from Lebanon, improvises vocal music on quarter tones (see video).

Posted 7 years, 6 months ago.

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KRISTIN’S COLUMN: Five Celebrity Endorsements, Examined

Why were Kirstie Alley, Bill Cosby, Ellen DeGeneres, Joss Stone, and Catherine Zeta-Jones the top picks to represent Jenny Craig, Jell-O, American Express, GAP, and T-Mobile, respectively? How do these celebs rate on product expertise? trustworthiness? liability? appropriateness physical attractiveness? Continue Reading…

Posted 12 years, 4 months ago.

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“How to Reach Showbiz Execs: Growing industry open to technological, financial, and globalization solutions

Source: B-to-B: The Magazine for Marketing Strategies by Roger Slavens

Abstract: This article describes the perspective of Entertainment executives and recommends tactics for marketing to them effectively.

Analysis: According to Tony Uphoff, VP for The Hollywood Reporter Magazine, the entertainment industry so dynamic that “deals can be made or broken in minutes based on rumors and news.â€? This quote relates equally to films, music, and TV – which are rapidly converging – as well as the exploding mediums of the internet, mobile technology, and globalization. Continue Reading…

Posted 12 years, 11 months ago.

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Source: Variety (USA), February 20-26, 2006 By: Josef Adalian

Abstract: This article details the rising competition for mid- or top-level executive positions in television. “

Analysis: The closing of Warner Brothers, UPN, and Carsey-Werners resulted in at least 100 lay-offs. The stakes have been further raised by recent mergers: including those of NBC with Universal and CBS with Paramount. In addition, like most American corporations, conglomerates – most notably Time Warner – have slashed salaries and staff to cut general costs. These cutbacks effect mid-level positions, mostly at the VP level, yet ground-level posts remain plentiful. Similarly, writing jobs have plummeted due to the rise of reality shows and a depression in the sitcom genre. Continue Reading…

Posted 13 years ago.

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