Category Archives: Domestic Bands/ Musicians

Geri Allen: MFM Salutes The Maestra’s Memory and Legacy

Text by Dawoud Kringle

Geri AllenOn Tuesday, June 27th, 2017, pianist, composer, and music educator Geri Allen died. The cause of death was reported to be cancer. She was 60 years old.

Her work has earned her a reputation as one of the world’s finest jazz pianists.

Geri Antoinette Allen was born on June 12, 1957 in Pontiac, Michigan, and raised in Detroit. She began studying the piano at age seven and went on to graduate from Cass Technical High School, (the alma mater of Paul Chambers, Wardell Gray, Gerald Wilson and Donald Byrd).

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Composer Robert Ashley dead at 83

Photo by Joanne Savio, 2006

Photo by Joanne Savio, 2006

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/mar/04/composer-robert-ashley-dies-aged-83

Robert Ashley – who was best known for his radical reinvention of the operatic form operas and other theatrical works, many of which incorporate electronics and extended techniques – passed away the day before according to Nedslist.

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Saluti A Tutti! This is Kultur Shock, we’re a Seattle-based gypsy punk band…culture shock…?!

unnamedText by Amy Denio (Kultur Shock member)

We all survived the Kultur Shock: Heaven and Hell Tour of November/December 2013 with limps, scrapes, a mashed fingertip, various pitched coughs (depending on size of chest cavity), enduring lots of ice & cold and Saso guiding us through dicey driving conditions (thanks Santa Marta for all you do for us).
But more importantly every concert was amazing, we met the next young generation of music lovers, orgonite was in positive evidence.  Other high points:  security guards surrounded me when I filmed a CPR video in the foyer of a Health Clinic waiting to meet my friends (no arrest), plus I inadvertently broke and entered a man’s apartment in Mostar looking for a toilet ~ he kindly offered me coffee (no arrest).
This short tour created more beautiful memories than one could ever imagine.  18 concerts in 21 days, spanning France, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Hungary and Romania. See photos & videos to the right…

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