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“JOSH GROBAN LIVE: All That Echoes” to Hit 500+ Select Movie Theaters Nationwide on Feb 4 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 January 2013 14:58
Showcasing one of the most powerful and unique voices in modern popular music, NCM® Fathom Events and Warner Bros. Records will present “JOSH GROBAN LIVE: All That Echoes” in select movie theaters nationwide on Monday, Feb. 4 at 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CT (tape delayed at 7:30 p.m. MT/PT).  Highlighted by exclusive selections from his new album, “All That Echoes,” this intimate one-night event will feature Groban as he performs hits from his 12-year career. Fans will be among the first to hear these new songs performed live, and will have the chance to request songs to be included in Groban’s playlist. Broadcast live from New York’s famed Allen Room, featuring a stunning 50’ x 90’ window overlooking Central Park, Groban will also answer fan questions submitted via Twitter and text messages prior to the event. Click HERE to view a trailer for the event.
“JOSH GROBAN LIVE: All That Echoes” will be showing at the following theaters in your area on February 4 at 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CT (tape delayed at 7:30 p.m. MT/PT):

Please join us for "Uncanny Valley," a piano/poetry/electronics concert PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Univ. of Iowa Press   
Friday, 11 January 2013 14:02

The University of Iowa Center for New Music is proud to presentguest pianist Oni Buchanan and author/poet Jon Woodward performing"Uncanny Valley"a piano/poetry/electronics concert-length work by composer John Gibson

In this program, the piano performance of Oni Buchanan joins and reflects the spoken text of the poem Uncanny Valley as performed by its author, Jon Woodward. Uncanny Valley is a long serial poem in sixteen sections, meant to be read aloud, with numerous optional repeats throughout the text. These repetitions act as accumulations of sound, maddening as well as hypnotic, and Gibson's piece provides a sonic environment in which they can truly blossom.

Although the pacing is determined by the two performers, the musical specificity of each section (from Morse code to sine waves to jazz to a brief quote from Schumann) reflects the poem text in ever-different ways. Digital samples triggered by the reader enmesh the piano and spoken text, haunting the music with echoes of itself. Extending outward from the phenomenon of "semantic satiation" (whereby a single word loses all apparent meaning and identity when repeated for even a short duration), this program investigates whether the same satiation is possible with phrases, sentences, pairs of verse lines, or musical forms.

In 1970, roboticist Masahiro Mori coined the term "uncanny valley" to describe the emotional and empathetic chasm between humans and imperfect human simulacra, a gap created by their imperfection. This program searches out what is most uncanny, and most human, in both language and music.

For more information about the event, please click here.

To hear an excerpt of "Uncanny Valley," please click here.

When & Where

Sunday, January 27, 2013


Riverside Recital Hall

405 N. Riverside Dr.


West Music Honored with Excellence in Retail Award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Goerdt   
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 13:32
Coralville, IA - December 2012 – West Music Company has been awarded the prestigious "Retailer of the Year" award from Music Inc. Magazine. The 2012 Excellence Awards honors 10 retailers and 10 suppliers who have gone above and beyond in 2012, improving their businesses and their bottom lines, as voted on by their industry peers. This is the first time West Music has been honored with the Retailer of the Year award.

West Music continues to find new ways to grow its mission by bringing music to niche markets. West Music currently employs over 170 associates including 13 full-time music therapists and is also active in lobbying at the state level to recognize the value of music education in school programs. West Music recently debuted their exclusive line of José Hernàndez Mariachi instruments in early 2012. Developed in partnership with Jose Hernàndez, one of the most recognizable leaders in mariachi music, West Music created these instruments in an effort to bring high quality mariachi instruments to this growing market. Interest in mariachi music continues to grow across the United States and schools are increasingly looking for ways to bring this rich cultural heritage into their school music programs.

"Our 71 year history illustrates our ongoing commitment to our customers and to our mission – 'To enrich peoples’ lives through the participation in music.' I am particularly proud of our extraordinary team of talented associates. It really is the people who make the difference here. I'm very fortunate to be surrounded by passionate, creative employees. This award acknowledges their dedication and passion to making a difference in the lives of our customers." said Robin Walenta, CEO and President of West Music.

About West Music Company
Founded in 1941, West Music’s mission to “Enrich peoples’ lives through participation in music” is at the root of its success and continued growth. West Music specializes in pianos, guitars, drums and percussion, band and orchestra instruments, and print music as well as offers music instruction, repair and music therapy services. West Music has six retail locations in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. For more information, visit West Music’s comprehensive online website at or call 1-800-373-2000.


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Wednesday, 09 January 2013 13:16
After six years of what seems to be an ever-revolving cast, Thunder Power remains the collective musical outlet of a group of friends residing in Omaha, anchored by constant members Alex Boardman, Will Silvey Simons and Ian Simons.
They have released four EPs (two solo, two split), and they’re at long last ready to release their debut LP Volumes, out now on Slumber Party Records.
Volumes, recorded at ARC Studios in Omaha, features 11 tracks that capture the band’s musical approach of attempting to reach peak instrumental lushness, all balanced by the off-putting beauty (and sometimes frailness) of introverted songwriting.
Please visit for a couple of track previews.
Below is a still shot from Thunder Power's video for "Spiraling Sky" from Volumes. You can watch the video here.
or click this link...
The Spiraling Sky story is intricate yet universal. Toki, a monkey from another universe, embarks on a journey of psychedelic self-discovery and finds that he has more in common with transuniveral beings than he ever imagined possible after he ends up teleporting to a gathering at the home of early 20th century English nobleman Alexander Boardmont, 15th Earl Boardmont. Those in attendance receive an omen of a strange happening about to occur in the form of a cryptic medieval parchment, but do not know what to make of it until Toki bursts into the living room. As you will see, the cast (including two adorable live gibbons AND an animated monkey!) brings the story to life in a compelling mix of live and animated footage with a feel that is equal parts Downton Abbey, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Scooby-Doo.
You can also find the video for "Foreign Soil" from Volumes at
Thunder Power taking it easy on a beautiful fall afternoon in Omaha
A few kind words about our previous releases...
"Thunder Power is a band that understands dynamics, recalling a Moe Tucker-fronted Velvet Underground with just a splash of Pixies. Definitely worth keeping an eye on."
- My Old Kentucky Blog, Indianapolis, IN,
"Thunder Power reminds us of the kind of simplicity that is all we need to survive on, the ways that letters are put into words and then the way that they’re given context – the way that no matter what we’re going through, there’s really no stopping and that’s usually what gets us through and over to the other side."
"Soulful twee-pop…you’ll be humming…throughout the day."
"Thunder Power manages to flesh it out in subtle ways…making for little moments that let some maturity and individuality show through."
"I realize they have a forceful name, but their music is reminiscent of Belle and Sebastian: it’s got an extremely catchy and whimsical feel to it."
"Whatever the song, it doesn’t discount the fact that Thunder Power is an excellent band with amazing potential. They proved it with Love Yourself… and they definitely do so again with And Everything After."
Please contact with any further inquiries.

Emma Wall Performs In Concerts at Concordia University, Nebraska PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenny Hammond   
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 09:39

Additional Concert Added This Year to Meet Popular Demand

SEWARD, NE (01/09/2013)(readMedia)-- Emma Wall, a freshman from Eldridge, Iowa, performed as part of Concordia University, Nebraska's annual Christmas at Concordia concerts Dec. 7-9. Performances were Friday, Dec. 7, Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9, at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward. Wall sang Soprano II in the A Cappella Choir.

An additional concert was added to the slate of Christmas at Concordia performances this year to better accommodate demand. In recent years all tickets have been reserved within a few days of becoming available. More than 2,000 people attended the concerts.

Multiple ensembles from the music department at Concordia took part in sharing the Christmas message. The four concerts featured the University A Cappella Choir, the University Symphonic Band, Male Chorus, Handbell Choir, Women's Chorale and the University Brass Ensemble. The groups performed traditional hymns of the season and request audience participation throughout the concerts. Scripture readings and original music from Concordia students and faculty also were part of the celebration.

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb. that currently serves over 2,200 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit

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