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Event Review: Condensing the Vapors of Ideals into the Liquid of Process: Musicians for Musicians Holds its Third Public Meeting

Date: February, 23, 2016
Venue: CA Music Room (NY)

Review by Dawoud Kringle

MFM Open Meeting 2-23-2016On Tuesday, 2/23/16, Musicians For Musicians (MFM) held its third open public meeting at CA Music Room. The attendance was a bit thin, but considering the miserable weather, this was no surprise.

After the ritualistic opening of the meeting with a musical offering (this time, it was MFM founder Sohrab Saadat’s solo saxophone exploration of his composition “Sad Sake”), the discourse and dialogue over the processes, possibilities, and definitions of MFM and its agenda began to take shape.

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MFM’s Second Public Meeting: A Promising Idea Is Put To A Difficult Test

Text by Dawoud Kringle

MFM jpg logoOn Monday, 1/25/16, I attended the second public meeting of Musicians for Musicians (MFM). The regular DBDBD reader will recall my article about the first meeting wherein I mentioned that, as a milestone in the fledgling organization’s humble beginning, it was a successful first step. Now, MFM takes its second step.

MFM founder and president Sohrab Saadat Ladjavardi held court once again for the second meeting. The tradition of a musical interlude, started by Saadat at the first meeting, was led by Zikrayat leader Sami Abu Shumays. He led the participants in a vocal call and response that allowed the participants to experience firsthand the nuances of maqam based melodies.

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Music Activism: On my trip to Capitol Hill last week, I watched Karoline Kramer-Gould make history

Text by Blake Morgan

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Karoline Kramer-Gould & Blake Morgan (photo courtesy of Blake Morgan)

Back in October, Karoline Kramer-Gould, the courageous music director of WJCU in Cleveland made history and broke ranks with broadcasters by co-writing an open letter with me––to Congress––in support of artists’ rights.

She is the first radio-station music director to openly support artists’ pay for radio play, and she has paid the ultimate professional price, and left the station as a result.

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Artists Rights Advocates Make Gains in 2015… Web/Tech Admissions Laid Bare

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So many of the issues we’ve been talking about for years are finally becoming part of the larger and more mainstream conversations about artists rights and an ethical internet. Seems like there is a little bit more than a slight draft blowing on house of cards that Silicon Valley has built. Here’s a quick recap. […]

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Event Review: Musicians for Musicians’ First Open Meeting – MFM Introduces Itself To The Public

MFM jpg logoDate: December 8th, 2015
Location: CA Music Room (Manhattan)

Review by Dawoud Kringle

On Tuesday, December 8th, Musicians for Musicians, the brainchild of musician / activist Sohrab Saadat Ladjavardi, held its first open meeting at the CA Music Room in NYC.

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