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The Seagull Has Landed!

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Seagull guitars that is. In keeping with our year in preview and adding new partnerships throughout the year, we have now partnered with Godin Guitars to bring you their lines of Seagull acoustic guitars and La Patrie classical guitars.

All Seagull Guitars and La Patrie Classical Guitars are made in Canada from start to finish.

There is a small quiet village in the eastern townships of Quebec that has been the backbone of guitar building in Canada for over 30 years. This village of guitar builders is dedicated to the art & tradition of hand crafting guitars. They’re meticulous in every aspect of building these guitars, which leads them towards the creation of exceptional instruments that they themselves can be proud to name after the very place they are from. This is the village of La Patrie… and these are their guitars.

It was here in 1982, where Robert Godin of Godin Guitars produced the first Seagull guitars. The concept for the Seagull guitar was to take the essential components of the best hand-crafted guitars (such as solid tops and beautiful finishes) and build these features into guitars that could be priced within the reach of working musicians.

While the Seagull guitars were created for the working musician, the La Patrie guitars took that concept a step further in the arena of classical guitars. All La Patrie guitars feature select pressure tested solid cedar tops. Graded and tested for their excellence and structural integrity. The wood used in these tops can be found only in previously fallen cedar trees that have an average age of about 800 years. La Patrie guitars also feature a Custom Polished finish, which is reminiscent of the French polish of the 19th Century.

We are very excited to have partnered with Godin guitars to bring you their lines of Seagull Guitars and La Patrie Classical Guitars.

Pick up one and you will understand why!

2015...The Year In Preview

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The music industry kicks off every year in January with the National Association of Music Merchants Show or NAMM Show. As a trade-only event, the NAMM Show is attended by companies and musicians that meet the associations criteria, those that manufacture, distribute and/or retail musical instruments/products.

The NAMM Show is a place where new connections, relationships and friendships are formed and rekindled. This year was no exception. As a company that is a proud member of NAMM, we made great connections at this year’s show.

This year we look to bring some exciting new musical offerings to our line-up of fine quality instruments and still hold true to our belief of offering a quality musical product at an affordable price. So far this year we have secured relationships with Harpsicle Harps and Kala Brand Music Company.

Harpsicle Harps are made by hand in the U.S.A., in Indiana...smack in the middle of the country. These Harps were originally thought of as strictly a beginner’s instrument, but professionals around the globe use them as their travel harp, the one they can toss into the airline overhead while their big harp is trapped in a massive harp travel trunk...And the customer reviews are through the roof.

Kala Brand Music Company is the manufacturer of one of the most popular line of ukuleles in the world….and they are a U.S. based company out of Northern California. The ukulele is such a popular and fun instrument that it just makes sense for us to partner with Kala Brand.

We are very proud of our new partnerships with Harpsicle Harps and Kala Brand Music Company. Look for us to offer new and exciting instruments from these great companies and new offerings from some others as well.

Musical Motivation.

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Musical Motivation.

Early musical training for small children helps develop the brain in language and reasoning skills. Learning to play an instrument in early child development helps the mind and body work together. Continual music study through adolescence enhances teamwork skills and discipline, players in a band or orchestra have to work together to sound good and must commit to practicing and attending rehearsals. Music performances teach young people to overcome fear and anxiety, take a risk and have confidence in their abilities. Recent studies show that students who learn a musical instrument are more successful on standardized test such as the SAT and achieve higher grades in high school and college.

But what about learning a musical instrument as an adult? Is it to late? NO!

As an adult you have listened to music for years and have a basic understanding of the structure of music. You have already developed the discipline to practice. Adults are much better equipped to tackle complicated concepts. Playing an instrument relieves stress and exercises your brain. Plus you actually want to learn the instrument, you are not forced by your parents. Adults are usually excited to play music for the sole purpose of playing music and that is the best motivation.

Check out the plethora of musical instruments on our website to find which one will excite and motivate you!

 


Enjoy the video with your children!- Symphony Field Trip- KidVision VPK

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KidVision VPK (Virtual Pre-kindergarten)  provides educational and entertaining virtual field trips.  This video/virtual field trip is to the New World Symphony.  The Mission of the New World Symphony is to prepare highly-gifted graduates of distinguished music programs for leadership roles in orchestras and ensembles around the world. Established in 1987 under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, this unique educational environment prepares gifted graduates of distinguished music programs for leadership positions in orchestras and ensembles around the world. Since its inaugural concert on February 4, 1988, the New World Symphony has been heard in such prestigious venues as New York's Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, London's Barbican Centre, Paris's Bastille Opera and Argentina's Teatro Colon.  http://www.nws.edu/

Enjoy this informative video with your children!

Landfillharmonic - “Los Reciclados” The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura

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In the town of Cateura, outside the capital of Paraguay, residents lives are defined by trash. The Cateura Dump, along the Paraguay River has tons of garbage dumped there everyday and the poor locals swarm over to pick through the pieces of trash to use as their livelihood.

Music teacher Favio Chavez came to the town of Cateura to start a music school for local children, but quickly realized the demand was much greater than the number of instruments the school could provide. With help from Nicolas “Cola”, a local garbage picker and luthier, they found ways to craft instruments from the vast landfill surrounding the city, violins and cellos from oil drums, flutes from water pipes and spoons, guitars from packing crates.  They now have an orchestras made entirely of garbage. The Orchestra has grown from just a few musicians to over 35. The music school of Cateura, does not have their own building yet, but teaches music and how to build recycled instruments to more than 200 kids of the landfill.

The Recycled Orchestra has become the focus of international attention over the last few months, after the trailer from an upcoming documentary about the kids went viral. The full-length feature isn’t set for release until 2014, but the buzz surrounding it has already propelled the orchestra onto a small Latin American tour, with plans to expand next year to the U.S. and Europe.

Classically trained violinist Lindsey Stirling who was on America's Got Talent during the 2010 season, has a video "Transcendence"  that included some of the musicians from the Landfillharmonic.






Stradivari Viola Could Set World Record Selling Price

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A rare Stradivari viola to be auctioned this Spring via sealed bid is expected to set a world record for the most expensive musical instrument ever sold – the starting bid is $45 million. The viola will be shown at Sotheby’s premises in New York on 27 March, and in Hong Kong on 4 April. It will also be shown to media in Paris, France, on 15 April.

This Viola is called "MacDonald" named after Godfrey Bosville, the 3rd Baron Macdonald, who purchased it in 1820.  It is one of only ten surviving violas made by the master luthier.

The current auction record is held by the ‘Lady Blunt’ Stradivarius violin of 1721, which was sold by the Nippon Music Foundation in June 2011 for £9.8m.  In January 2013 the 1731 ‘Vieuxtemps’ violin by Giuseppe Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ was sold by London dealers J.&.A. Beare  to an anonymous buyer for an undisclosed sum, although Beares confirmed that the price exceeded £9.8 million.


 

 

Antonio Stradivari was an Italian luthier and a crafter of string instruments and is generally considered the most significant and greatest artisan in this field.  Stradivari's crafted his instruments in Cremona, Italy.  From the 16th century onwards, Cremona was renowned as a center of musical instrument manufacture, beginning with the violins of the Amati family, and later included the products of the Guarneri and Stradivari shops.

We were able to visit Cremona, Italy this past fall.  The town of Cremona, rich in musical history, is a still hub for the instrument-making world today. There is a school for luthiery  and on many street corners, one can see signs for various luthiers who work throughout the town.   We work with a Luthier in Cremona, Dimitri Atanassov, whose instruments have become popular for their quality of sound, playability and afordability.  You can purchase a custom, handmade violin from Dimitri through Appassionato Musical Instruments.

Music in Nature: Birds on the Wires

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You never know where you’ll find inspiration for music!

Jarbas Agnelli made music out of pictures of birds on a wire, using the placement of the birds as the exact location of musical notes. The musical result has become an icon of how harmony is found naturally in nature.  Jarbas was fascinated with the melody that the birds created via their placement on the wires, which were strung along like lines on a music sheet. He sent this music to a photographer named Paulo Pinto and the story was then told to a reporter and wound up as a story in the newspaper. In the end this music produces a melodic song that is playable via instruments—ran its course and wound up the Winner of the YouTube Play Guggenheim biennial Festival.

 

Piano House

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This captivating piece of architecture is located in Huainan, China, built in 2007 by architectural students at Hefei University of Technology. The Violin is made completely out of glass and houses the staircase/escalator that connects to the piano. The grand piano portion stands on three concrete legs and features a roof terrace beneath a canopy – the piano's open top. The piano and violin were built to a scale of 50:1. The piano building houses two concert halls and is used by music students from a local college. Because of its unique shape it has become a popular tourist place and many newly weds have their photo taken in its front. The locals have dubbed it “the most romantic building in China”.