Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi – chief editor “Music should be like a real punch in your face.”
Hubl Greiner – consultant (Photo by Claudia Knupfer) and MFM member
Banning Eyre – contributor, guitarist, AFRO POP editor, author and MFM AC member
Fiona Mactaggart – contributor, concert reviewer
Fiona was born on a summer night in 1961, in Scotland. From a young age, she saved her pocket money to attend Edinburgh Festivals’ concerts, since when music has played an increasingly important part in her life. Fiona has wide-ranging musical interests with a particular interest in new music, whatever label might be attached. She plays drums, and on occasion composes, with performances in Edinburgh, Glasgow and New York. Her wish is to spread the pleasure of music to as many people as possible. Fiona lives in Scotland.
Michelle Shocked – American singer-songwriter, activist and MFM member
Christopher Drapeau – guitarist and MFM member
Lindsey Wilson – contributor, singer-song writer
Matt Cole – contributor, CD and concert reviewer
Ancelmo James – contributor, CD, concert reviewer and MFM member
Dawoud Kringel – contributor/ concert and CD reviewer, author and MFM member
Constance Cooper – contributor/ concert and CD & video reviewer and MFM member
Constance Cooper is a composer, keyboards/vocals improviser, and actress/performance artist. Her Acrobat, a concerto with improvising violin and cello soloists, received the Gustav Mahler Prize (Klagenfurt, Austria) in 2002. Her controlled-improvisation ensemble compositions Coming From Us, commissioned by the American Composers Forum, are available on the Cadence-Quixotic label. She is a founding member of Chemical Composition, Discontense, Arc Welding, and ArtStar. She received her PhD in composition from Princeton University in 2003.
She plays the featured role of Kate Dolan in “10th Avenue”, a feature-length pilot about the notorious Westies gang, directed by Richard Kilduff (Blue Chip Productions). In November 2013, her 10-minute play Beginning With Rabbit, underscored throughout with improvised music, won the Bad “Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good!” Theater Festival’s award for best movement and music and was published by Pennster Media.
Richard Bennett – contributor / interviewer
John Pietaro – contributor
Hillary Donnell (DJ Ruby) – New Orleans music scene contributor
Hillary Donnell is a DJ, cultural critic and prison reform advocate based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She decided to write for DooBeeDooBeeDoo after conducting an interview with Sohrab of SoSaLa in November 2013. Her view is that music is not only a means of creative expression but can also be a vehicle for social progress and enlightenment, a mantra that seems to fit well with DBDBD’s wealth of cross-cultural content.
Joe Yanosik – concert reviewer
Joe Yanosik is a degreed engineer who lives and works on Long Island as a sales manager. He is a knowledgeable fan of all types of music including rock, pop, country and jazz of which he writes about sometimes and listens to all the time.
Sean Hockings – contributor from Hong Kong
Sean Hocking’s musical education began at an early age, growing up in the West Indies surrounded by steel bands, carnivals and soca music. On moving to the UK in the mid 70’s he was soon engrossed by the likes of David Bowie, Roxy Music and others appearing on Top of The Pops.
Aged 11 in 1976 the radio came alive with The Adverts, Stranglers, Damned, Clash & Sex Pistols and the discovery of the Beatles Helter Skelter on a compilation meant there was no going back. The subsequent downpour of new music into the early 80’s now classed as post punk meant that every week a new discovery came along …
Hocking also travelled to Australia in the early 80’s to discover the amazing underground music scenes that country’s cities as well as New Zealand.
Back in the UK at university in Brighton in the mid eighties with it’s wonderful underground gay club scene he was introduced to the delights of hi energy and early Chicago/Detroit house and started to dj and put on parties. Back in Sydney by the late eighties with it’s hedonistic club scene the next few years were are haze of House & Techno.
Hocking formed his first label/art project 12 Apostles with partner in Crime Beb Davies in the late 90’s . And subsequently decided to start his own label Metal Postcard a couple of years later to highlight artists who were being ignored by other labels and the live scene
He now resides in Hong Kong and hopes to bring China and SE Asia’s underground music scene to a wider world.
John Kruth – contributor
Behzad Yaghmaian – contributor
Jason Reza Jorjani – contributor
Jason Reza Jorjani (b. 1981) is an Iranian-American and native New Yorker. He is a dual citizen of the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Iran, who has traveled in Iran. A doctoral student of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Jorjani completed his BA and MA at New York University. His NYU MA thesis concerned “The Conflict Between ‘Islamic Democracy’ and Universal Human Rights”, with a focus on Iran.
Augusta Palmer – contributor and proofreader
Augusta Palmer is a writer and filmmaker who holds a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University. She has also written about film for indieWIRE and Filmmaker Magazine, and has taught film history and criticism at N.Y.U., Sarah Lawrence College, Brooklyn College, and the School of Visual Arts. She co-directed If You Succeed (2007), a feature documentary about a young entrepreneur trying to start a business and save his failing marriage, and more recently completed The Hand of Fatima (2009), a film about the writer Robert Palmer and his deep affinity for The Master Musicians of Jajouka
Zach. Prewitt – CD reviewer
Zach Prewitt has no credentials in journalism. He never learned to properly play an instrument or read music. He does however have a nice set of speakers and is willing to dabble in CD reviews when the mood strikes him. Just so you know where he’s coming from, he thinks Appetite for Destruction and Mechanical Animals the only two perfect albums. One day in the not too distant future, he will release the third addition to this list under the name Dark Wonk.
Stephanie Keith – contributor & photographer
Piruz Partow – CD reviewer and MFM member
Jeff Greene – contributor
Anika Lani – contributor
William Harvey – contributor
Angela Davis – CD reviewer
Matthew Rentz – CD reviewer
Audrey Fort – concert reviewer
Audrey Fort is a native of Upstate New York. She danced in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and now studies drums at The Collective School of Music and teaches ballet.
Sarah Rahani – concert reviewer
Rob Pulwer – contributor
Brian Prunka – concert reviewer
Sylvain Leroux – contributor and MFM member
Chris Arnold – concert reviewer
Kevin Williams – contributor
Kevin is a guitarist and percussionist born in Washington DC. After graduating from NYU School of Jazz Studies in 2002, he has been performing with a lot of Brazilian music groups up and down the N.E, United States. He has also been dividing his time between Brazil and the U.S. for the last 15 years.
Ravish Momin – concert reviewer
Jeremy Siskind – contributor
Aida Shahghasemi – concert reviewer
Eric Lofhjelm – concert reviewer
Eulas Pizarro – contributor