R.E.M. quit: “we have decided to call it a day as a band”

“To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.” R.E.M.

In their own words: The guys share their thoughts on why now.

MICHAEL

“A wise man once said–’the skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave.’ We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we’re going to walk away from it.

“I hope our fans realize this wasn’t an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way.

“We have to thank all the people who helped us be R.E.M. for these 31 years; our deepest gratitude to those who allowed us to do this. It’s been amazing.”

PETER

“One of the things that was always so great about being in R.E.M. was the fact that the records and the songs we wrote meant as much to our fans as they did to us. It was, and still is, important to us to do right by you. Being a part of your lives has been an unbelievable gift. Thank you.

“Mike, Michael, Bill, Bertis, and I walk away as great friends. I know I will be seeing them in the future, just as I know I will be seeing everyone who has followed us and supported us through the years. Even if it’s only in the vinyl aisle of your local record store, or standing at the back of the club: watching a group of 19 year olds trying to change the world.”

STOMP AUDITIONS IN NEW YORK CITY APRIL 25, 2011


STOMP, the international sensation, is holding auditions for extremely athletic men and women between the ages of 18 and 35 for the New York City company and the national tour.

STOMP is a non-union percussion and movement piece. However, members of Actors Equity and other unions are not excluded from auditioning. Percussionists who move well, dancers with percussion skills, and actors with either dance or drumming skills are ideal.

Auditions will begin Monday April 25 2011. Sign up takes place between 10 AM and 2 PM.

You must sign up on Monday to audition; no late sign up will be accepted. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Boots or shoes with hard soles. No heels, sneakers, or taps. BE PREPARED TO MOVE.

Auditions take place at The Orpheum Theatre, 126 Second Avenue (between East 7th & St. Mark’s Place) in Manhattan.
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Steve Vai and Berklee Attempt World Record for Largest Online Guitar Lesson

Berkleemusic, Berklee’s online continuing education division, along with Grammy Award–winning guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, announces a call to action for guitarists around the world to join forces and set the Guinness world record for the largest online guitar lesson on March 3, 2011. This first-of-its-kind initiative will bring together the worldwide community of guitarists in an unprecedented online celebration of music education.
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Drum Workshop, Inc. Expands U.S. Manufacturing

[press release]

The world-renowned, American manufacturer of DW-branded drums, pedals and hardware recently announced the expansion of drum production at its more than 80,000 square foot facility in Oxnard, California. The move comes after a careful review of manufacturing processes and material acquisition that found it possible to expand production at one central location. As part of the restructuring program, the company’s Ensenada, Mexico facility will no longer be utilized and complete operations, including the highly-successful line of DW Performance Series drums, will move to DW’s Oxnard headquarters.

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Berklee to open a campus in Valencia, Spain, in 2011

Berklee Confirms 2011 Opening of International Campus in Valencia

Berklee in Valencia will draw upon the resources, tradition, and culture of innovation and creativity that define Berklee College of Music.

Today, in an event celebrated in the Generalitat Valenciana with the participation of president Camps as well as mayor of the city Rita Barbera, Berklee College of Music president Roger H. Brown signed an agreement to rent the Annex South building of the Palau de les Arts complex, located in the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia. The Boston-based contemporary music college will begin its operations in Valencia in 2011, confirming the schedule of its first campus outside the United States.
Berklee in Valencia
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Skip Hadden: “Berklee drumset and percussions online course coming soon”

There are something like 130 online course @ Berklee Music, the online department of Berklee college of music (http://www.berkleemusic.com/). But no drumset and percussion so far. We are wating for Berklee to add this opportunity to drummers from all over the world: study @ Berklee without moving to Boston.

We wrote ’bout that in the past, but now there’s some good news, it seems. In a letter to Hudson Music TIP members (Teachers integration program) Skip Hadden writes: “At this point in time there are no percussion/drumset classes. They will be up in April of 2011 and I’ll let you know more about these as information becomes available. I do know that the first two offerings will be and they are “Drum Set Fundamentals” by Yoron Israel, Assistant Chairman of the Percussion Department and “Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drum Set” by Mark Walker, Professor of the Percussion Department.”

Good news, isn’t it?