Monday, March 12, 2012

American Music Abroad 2012-2013 selections

After a week of bouncing around NY, STL and SF for live auditions for the American Music Abroad program, the selections have been made for the 2012-2013 American Music Abroad ensembles:

·         Act of Congress (Americana/Acoustic Rock, Alabama)
·         Audiopharmacy (Hip Hop/Dub, California)
·         Boston Boys (Soul/Country, Massachusetts)
·         Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer with Barbara Lamb (Folk/Roots, Maryland)
·         The Clinton Curtis Band (Rock/Blues, New York)
·         Della Mae (Bluegrass, Massachusetts)
·         Keola Beamer & Jeff Peterson, with Moanalani Beamer (Hawaiian Slack Guitar/Hula, Hawaii)
·         Kyle Dillingham and Horseshoe Road (Heartland Acoustic, Oklahoma)
·         Mahogany Jones (Hip Hop/Soul, Michigan)
·         Matuto (Americana, New York)
·         PROJECT Trio (Jazz/Classical/Hip Hop, New York
·    Real Vocal String Quartet (Classical/World Strings, California)

Competition was really tight among the approximately 40 bands selected for the live auditions.  The final list has some really amazing ensembles that span the whole scope of American music.  For instance, PROJECT Trio creates some amazing music with flute beatboxing.  Keola Beamer was involved in the music for the move "The Descendants," while his partner Jeff Peterson has won a Grammy or two.  Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer also won two Grammys.  I am a huge fan of Della Mae, an all-girls bluegrass group.  A great group on the whole, and I am going to enjoy touring with some of these groups.  This is where good cultural diplomacy starts.

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