EMErgence: Electronic Music Experience to Educate and Inspire Asheville Area Youth

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The Bob Moog Foundation is proud to be partnering with LEAF Schools and Streets to bring a unique experiential educational event to a diverse group of Asheville area high school students from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. EMErgence: Electronic Music Experience is a two-day event that will feature hands-on activities, workshops and lectures from local professional electronic musicians and producers.  The goal of EMErgence is to offer an opportunity for emerging artists to learn the fundamental principals of sound and music production.

UnknownThe event begins on the evening of Tuesday, October 22nd with legendary producer and Grammy award winning recording artist King Britt at the kick-off event,  which is free and open to the public. The kick-off will take place at 6pm at the Wesley Grant Community Southside Center in the Livingston community. Britt will be demonstrating and performing a variety of his music and techniques, offering an extraordinary opportunity to learn from a master.  Youth, parents, and community members are invited to be inspired by this innovative artist, to use a portable recording studio, and to take part in other music and technology experiences which will be set up in lobby of the Grant Center.  The kick-off event will also introduce the festival’s workshop artists.

In the early afternoon of Wednesday, October 23rd, the Bob Moog Foundation will present four one-hour Synthesis Fundamentals sessions taught by synthesizer guru Marc Doty. During the sessions students will also take part in Dr. Bob’s Interactive Sonic Experience, a hands-on instrument setup meant to inspire exploration of the science of sound. The sessions will take place at the Bob Moog Electronic Studio at UNC Asheville and are open to all workshop participants.

In the afternoons of October 23rd and 24th, workshops taught by local musicians and techologists will take place at Echo Mountain Studios and CityMac. Participants have been chosen from area high schools through an application process. The workshops will focus on music theory, composition, production, recording and mixing.  

King Britt will infuse EMErgence through his role as lead visiting teaching artist during the two-day experience.  Local electronic musicians and workshop leaders, including David Krantz, Samuel Paradise, Stereospread, Johnny Mann, Josh Blake and Debrissa McKinney will work with King Britt in a master class along with local youth.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will be joining EMErgence on Thursday October 24th, providing an eight-hour recording session for select participants who will plan, write, and record a complete song within this eight-hour period.  Additionally, four lucky students from UNC Asheville interested in music production and journalism will be chosen to shadow the John Lennon Bus staff throughout the following weekend at the 2013 Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit.

The finale for EMErgence, also free and open to the public, will be “The EMErgence Music Showcase”, facilitated by King Britt and showcasing the work completed by students and workshop leaders over the two day experience.  This event will take place on Thursday, October 24 at 6pm in The Millroom Fans of electronic music are encouraged to attend.

LEAF Schools & Streets and the Bob Moog Foundation present EMErgence: Electronic Music Experience through the generous support of the Dan Lucas Memorial Fund.  The Dan Lucas Memorial Fund was set up by Dan’s family after he passed in 2008. Dan’s great passions were music, especially jazz. He studied at UNC Asheville. The Lucas Memorial Fund provides funding through the Western North Carolina Community Foundation, which helps develop and distribute charitable funds across 18 Western North Carolina counties.

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